BTS 12/17/10: Greek Protests; Wikileaks

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As we continue to look at media complicity with the State in the case of WikiLeaks – the media joins with the state to protect state secrets rather than the public’s right to know – there is another case missing in action on US and European television: a virtual blackout about Greek strikes and protests against a new wave of savage cuts, ‘called austerity measures’ that have turned increasingly violent. The media has simply omitted the story, yet striking public and private sector workers in Greece have grounded flights, shut down schools and paralyzed public transport. Clashes erupted between police and protesters in Athens, and even the IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has expressed sympathy with ordinary Greeks feeling the pain of the cuts. But the extraordinary video of the protests is not being broadcast on the mainstream media – even as workers rally against austerity measure in other European countries including Spain, France and the UK. We’ll talk to Savas Michael Matsas in Greece, just home from the day’s actions.

And then we talk to Tom Hayden about what the WikiLeaks have confirmed about the Af-Pak and Iraq wars, the US government’s efforts to silence the leaks, punish the leakers (Bradley Manning is in solitary without even a blanket or pillow) and push Sweden to extradite Assange to America where he can presumably be silenced.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Savas Michael Matsas is an MD, philosopher, writer, and activist with the Greek Workers Revolutionary Party. He has written many books and articles, in English you can find his writing in Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth (Verso).

2. Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and legislator, the Nation Institute's Carey McWilliams Fellow, and an active leader for more than four decades in the student, anti-war and civil rights movements. From Port Huron to Chicago to California, Hayden's impact on American politics has been and is still huge. He writes regularly for The Nation and the Huffington Post, and is the author of 13 books, the most recent including Ending the War in Iraq [2007] and Writing for a Democratic Society: the Tom Hayden Reader [2008].