Phyllis Bennis on Jerusalem Move, Jeff Cohen on ‘All Governments Lie’

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Demonstration against Israeli apartheid, Hebron (cc photo: ISM Palestine)

(cc photo: ISM Palestine)

This week on CounterSpin: Donald Trump’s “recognition” of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital further condones and entrenches Israel’s brutal and illegal occupation, but major media downplayed that context in favor of warnings about potential violence—by Muslims—in reaction to the move. For some perspective on the impact of the decision, apart from what it means for “Trump on the World Stage,” we’ll hear from Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and author of Understanding the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, among other titles.

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I.F. Stone

Also on the show: Among the many reasons to reject the Trump FCC’s push to kill net neutrality—and the December 14 repeal will be fought in court—is the impact it would have on the ability of communities marginalized, and worse, in corporate media to talk and to organize around it…and of independent reporters to amplify those unheard stories and power-challenging narratives. Radical, independent journalists have always fought the structural, political, economic odds—and that’s the subject of a new documentary called All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone. We’ll talk with one of the film’s executive producers; he’s also the founder of FAIR, Jeff Cohen.

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And Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the Republican tax plan.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.