This week on CounterSpin: The killing of two Western hostages by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan led some US media to re- engage debate over US drone policy. But media’s discussion is over how and where drones should be used—not whether they should be. We’ll talk to law professor Marjorie Cohn, author of, most recently, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues.
[Berta Caceres & COPINH members (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)] Also on the show: Sometimes called the Green Nobel, the Goldman Environmental Prize is given to grassroots environmental activists from each of six world regions. This year’s winners, including Honduran indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres and the group COPINH, are fighting not just governments but some of the world’s most powerful corporations to protect their land and livelihood. That’s why Caceres and her colleagues face death threats and repression. And it surely has something to do with why you can read all of the US media coverage of Caceres and the Goldman Prize in the time of an elevator ride. We’ll hear from Beverly Bell of the group Other Worlds about this story.
As usual, CounterSpin also looks back on the week’s news, including the Baltimore protests and the Supreme Court’s consideration of marriage equality.
“Double Standards and Drones,” by Marjorie Cohn (ConsortiumNews.com, 4/28/15)
“Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Leader, Wins Goldman Prize” (Other Worlds, 4/20/15)