According to the news, Afghanistan is “suddenly” worth one trillion dollars of mineral wealth and there is a hunt for the founder of WikiLeaks. Is this news though? Or is this a slow, carefully timed archaeological dig of the politics that shape the news? On one hand, there are documents from decades ago indicating that Afghanistan is rich in minerals that may have led to the United States fabricating reasons to “occupy” the land in the first place. On the other, these articles of “news” could come as shockwaves to many.
Blackwater author and Nation Magazine contributor Jeremy Scahill joins us in the studio to deconstruct the incoming news from Afghanistan, including the search for the founder of WikiLeaks, Blackwater for sale, and the mineral-rich Afghanistan.