This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a “win-win,” but also say to the unconsulted party, “You better take it, or else.” Yet that is what’s unfolding with Donald Trump’s plan for Israel/Palestine, which some corporate media are describing as a “peace” plan, even as a chorus of voices, including Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, say the plan would put Palestinians in a “permanent state of apartheid.” We’ll talk about Trump’s—or Jared Kushner’s—proposal for Israel/Palestine with Omar Baddar, deputy director of the Arab American Institute.
Also on the show: Edward Snowden wrote recently, “The most essential journalism of every era is precisely that which a government attempts to silence.” He ought to know. Snowden was talking about Brazilian prosecutors charging journalist Glenn Greenwald with “cybercrime,” stemming from explosive revelations he reported about corruption in the process that sent former president and presidential candidate Lula da Silva to prison, clearing the path for neofascist Jair Bolsonaro to take the presidency. What is cybercrime, and what should we know about its use against this journalist—and potentially, against any journalist? We’ll talk about that with Rainey Reitman, chief program officer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.Print