Covering bin Laden: Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man, edited by Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait, is an exploration of the iconic status of Osama bin Laden achieved through global media coverage and government propaganda. He became a prism through which one's views on the "war on terror" could be viewed.
Again and again, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere, state lies to the public, with the help of corporate media, have allowed the United States to wage war abroad as a means to control other nations and their natural resources. The responsibility of the rest of us is clear. It is to identify and expose the reckless lies of warmongers and never to collude with them.
In Alabama, several prisoner deaths resulting from apparent negligence by corrections staff illustrate a growing problem that can be fatal. Race, gender and class are just a few of the things that might lead someone to let us die. While national conversations around racial injustice dominate our news cycles, it's crucial that the lives of those behind bars be taken into account.