Rose Aguilar on Standing Rock Reporting, Michelle Chen on Samsung Labor and Environmental Abuses

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Defend the Sacred: #NODAPL demonstration

Water Protectors vs. the Dakota Access Pipeline (photo: Your Call)

This week on CounterSpin: In their feature “What to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests,” Time magazine told readers that “environmental activists say” the pipeline would contribute to man-made climate change; “they insist that fossil fuels—including the vast reserves in the Bakken Shale—need to be kept in the ground to protect the world from the worst effects of climate change.”

Presenting what has been the world scientific consensus for many years as the insistent opinion of activists is one way to undermine the significance of what’s happening in North Dakota, but corporate media’s main method has been to simply ignore it. If that maneuver is failing, it’s due to independent media, working to get the stories from Standing Rock out, despite on-the-ground intimidation and big media’s studied disinterest. We’ll get a report back from Rose Aguilar; she’s the host of Your Call, the daily call-in show on KALW in San Francisco. She’ll join us from her second reporting trip, where she’s filing dispatches from Standing Rock for 48hills.org and The Nation.

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Woman examining phone in Korean Samsung ad

Samsung ad (image: The Nation)

Also on the show: Fossil fuels aren’t the only industry presenting real harms and risks to the planet and human beings in their production. But unlike oil or grapes or even clothing, relatively few people think about where their cell phone comes from. The story of Samsung smartphones catching fire brought that company into the spotlight for a minute, but our guest explains that stories on the potential danger to some consumers missed a bigger, deeper story about the dangers Samsung—and corporations like them—pose for their own workers and the countries where they operate. We’ll get that story from Michelle Chen, contributing writer at The Nation, contributing editor at In These Times and Dissent magazine, and co-producer/co-host of Dissent‘s podcast, Belabored.

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SOURCE LINKS:

  • “Live From Standing Rock: Oil Pipeline Rejected Near a White Town…” by Rose Aguilar (48hills, 10/31/16)
  • “Exploding Phones Are Just One of Samsung’s Safety Liabilities,” by Michelle Chen (The Nation, 10/27/16)

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