Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby

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NBC depiction of North Korean Olympic cheerleadersThis week on CounterSpin: What do you do with a press corps that pauses from raising alarms about North Korea’s warmongering to raise alarms about North Korea’s peacemongering? Signs of rapprochement between North and South Korea at the Pyeongchang Olympics have led to media accounts warning Americans not to fall for peace-offensive “propaganda.” But: we are in favor of lowering tensions on the Korean peninsula, right? Right? We’ll talk about the prospects for war, and for peace, with North Korea with Christine Hong, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute.

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Prescription pain medicationAlso on the show: A Senate committee investigation has just concluded that advocacy groups that got money from pharmaceutical companies, like the makers of OxyContin, then promoted opioids like OxyContin as safe, lobbied to change laws aimed at curbing their abuse and sought to protect doctors charged with overprescribing them. Better late than never, but CounterSpin listeners were onto this story at least two years ago, when we spoke with reporter Lee Fang. We’ll revisit that relevant conversation.

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