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New World Notes - The Prostitute Press, The War Machine, and Anwar al-Awlaki (Part 1)
This week on New World Notes: radio program #292, October 8, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst presents a fine talk by journalist Jeremy Scahill based in part on his recent book, Dirty Wars.
Scahill tells the story of the radicalization of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki--who was assassinated by order of President Obama in 2011. But this is also the story of an ever-expanding national security state, of the US's ever-expanding global wars, and of Barack Obama's war against whistleblowers and press freedom.
And it's also the story of the corrupt U.S. news media, determined to serve the powerful rather than hold them to account..
In this first of two parts, Scahill lambastes the Establishment media's Washington press corps and begins the story of Awlaki. He shows how how the Bush Administration's "Global War on Terror" transformed this American from a nonpolitical student...to the darling of the Washington elite...to a radical opponent of the U.S.'s wars in the Middle East--and a man marked for death (without trial or even charges) by the Obama administration.
Jeremy gave this talk (the title is my own) in Chicago, in June 2013. A video is available from WeAreMany.org.
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