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Khashoggi Way, street sign in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy

(cc photo: Joe Flood)

This week on CounterSpin: Elite news media are saying that Biden has to go to Saudi Arabia in July despite his pledges to make the country a “pariah” for abuses including the grisly murder of a Washington Post contributor, because…stability? Shaking hands with Mohammed bin Salman makes sense, even in the context of denying Cuba and Venezuela participation in the Americas Summit out of purported concerns about their human rights records, because…gas prices? It’s hard to parse corporate media coverage of Biden’s Saudi visit, because that coverage obscures rather than illuminates what’s going on behind the euphemism “US interests.” We talk about the upcoming trip with Raed Jarrar, advocacy director at DAWN—Democracy for the Arab World Now.

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Also on the show: “Congressional Republicans Criticize Small Defense Increase in Biden’s Budget Blueprint,” read one headline; “Biden Faces Fire From Left on Increased Defense Spending,” read another. Sure sounds like media hosting a debate on an issue that divides the country. Except a real debate would be informed —we’d hear just how much the US spends on military weaponry compared to other countries; and a real debate would be humane—we’d hear discussion of alternatives, other ways of organizing a society besides around the business of killing. That sort of conversation isn’t pie in the sky; there’s actual legislation right now that could anchor it. We talk about the People Over Pentagon Act of 2022 with Lindsay Koshgarian, program director of the National Priorities Project.

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Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at media coverage of gender therapy.

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Citations

[1] DAWN - Promoting Human Rights In The Middle East And North Africa ➤ https://dawnmena.org/[2] National Priorities Project ➤ https://www.nationalpriorities.org/[3] Congressional Republicans criticize small defense increase in Biden’s budget blueprint - Washington Examiner ➤ https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congressional-republicans-criticize-small-defense-increase-in-bidens-budget-blueprint[4]https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/600416-biden-faces-fire-from-left-on-increased-defense-spending/[5] Lee-Pocan People Over Pentagon Bill Proposes Much Needed Military Budget Cuts - Public Citizen ➤ https://www.citizen.org/news/lee-pocan-people-over-pentagon-bill-proposes-much-needed-military-budget-cuts/[6] National Priorities Project ➤ https://www.nationalpriorities.org/[7] Raed Jarrar on Biden’s Saudi Trip, Lindsay Koshgarian on People Over Pentagon — FAIR ➤ https://fair.org/home/raed-jarrar-on-bidens-saudi-trip-lindsay-koshgarian-on-people-over-pentagon/[8] FAIR — FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation. ➤ https://fair.org/