Joe Emersberger on Venezuelan Elections, Dahr Jamail on Antarctic Ice

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Venezuelan Flag (cc photo: Juan Cristobal Zulueta)

(cc photo: Juan Cristobal Zulueta)

 

This week on CounterSpin: If the “liberal” US media are to be believed, one country interfering in the elections of another country is flat-out unacceptable, worth backburnering numerous other problems in the effort to trace its impact and root it out. If the liberal US media are to be believed, one country secretly pressuring an opposition candidate in another country not to run, so that the election can be discredited as having no viable opposition candidate, and imposing sanctions to create hardship to “encourage” the public to overthrow their elected officials—is not merely sound policy, but humanitarian as well. It just depends which countries you’re talking about. Joe Emersberger has been tracking media coverage of Venezuela—target of bipartisan calls to force regime change in the name of democracy—for FAIR.org and other outlets. He joins us to talk about that.

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Antarctic iceberg (photo: NASA)

(photo: NASA)

Also on the show: New research shows the glaciers of Antarctica melting faster than expected, and perhaps triggering a “feedback loop” that could raise sea levels to catastrophic effect. This is a real thing, happening now, but only a couple of major outlets have even reported the news, which still doesn’t amount to really taking it seriously. Journalist Dahr Jamail writes about human-driven climate disruption, and what it would mean to address it, for Truthout; he’s author of the new book The End of Ice, forthcoming from the New Press. We talk about Antarctica with Dahr Jamail.

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