In the second part of an interview with Mnar Muhawesh, the founder and editor of MintPress News, Shadowproof managing editor talks to Muhawesh about infotainment and "fast food headline-driven" news media. We discuss how the news media spends such an exorbitant amount of time covering the presidential election and how this perpetuates the two-party system. Muhawesh also calls attention to Terry Burke, a disruptor in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, who has targeted her at many of her speaking events for opposing intervention in Syria.
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks and blasts in Beirut, it seems very likely that Western countries will overreact and play into the hands of the Islamic State. It also is clear there will be little reflection on how Western countries, including France, created a climate that fueled the radicalization of individuals, who would want to target locations in Paris.
I interview Mnar Muhawesh, founder and editor-in-chief of MintPress News (MPN), and asked to her to react to how Western countries are responding to the attacks in Paris. She also addresses the media's ignorance and dehumanization of people who were killed in blasts in Lebanon. We also discuss how MPN has been critiqued for its coverage of Syria and how there are journalists, who have somewhat ridiculously fashioned themselves as sleuths and gone after MPN.
Andy Worthington, known for his work campaigning and writing about Guantanamo Bay, is also a musician. He has a band called "The Four Fathers," which produced a major song that was used in the U.K. to campaign for the release of Shaker Aamer, "Song for Shaker Aamer." His band recently released an album, "Love and War," with eight songs.
As part of Shadowproof's "Protest Music Project," Andy spends 40-plus minutes talking about his music, what inspired him to write songs about austerity, Shaker Aamer, CIA torture architects, etc, and what kind of protest music has influenced him. Clips of Andy's music play throughout the interview, and at the end of the interview, Andy discusses one of his favorite protest songs of all time.