Counterpunch.Com Editors to Speak at Fresno State Friday (Feb. 6) on Bush Foreign Policy, Environmental Policies

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Counterpunch.Com Editors to Speak at Fresno State Friday (Feb. 6) on Bush Foreign Policy, Environmental Policies

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editors of the investigative online newsletter CounterPunch, will be at California State University, Fresno on Friday, Feb. 6, to speak on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East as well as environmental policies of the Bush Administration.

Their presentation, “Bush versus the Globe,” is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Peters Building Rm. 191 in the University Business Center. It is open and free to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing event.

The lecture is sponsored by the Campus Peace and Civil Liberties Coalition, the Beth Ann Harnish Lectures Series, Peace Fresno, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and the Associated Students, Inc.

CounterPunch is self described at its Web site as a bi-weekly muckraking newsletter.

“Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints,” the web site says. “We aren’t side-line journalists here at CounterPunch. Ours is muckraking with a radical attitude and nothing makes us happier than when CounterPunch readers write in to say how useful they’ve found our newsletter in their battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers of nature.”

St. Clair is the author of “Been Brown So Long It Looked like Green to Me: the Politics of Nature,” recently published by Common Courage Press. He is also the co-editor with Cockburn of “The Politics of Anti-Semitism,” just released by AK Press.

St. Clair’s other books include: “Whiteout the CIA, Drugs and the Press, A Guide to Environmental Bad Guys” and “Five Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond.”

Scheduled to appear this spring is “Imperial Crusades: a Journal of Three Wars,” co-written with Cockburn. He lives in Oregon City, Oregon.

Cockburn is one of America’s best-known radical journalists, said Dr. Vida Samiian, faculty adviser for Campus Peace, a student organization.

He was born in Scotland and grew up in Ireland. An Oxford graduate, he was an editor at the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, before becoming a permanent resident of the United States in 1973.

Cockburn wrote on the press and politics for the Village Voice, and, all through the 1980s, he was a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

He is the author of more than 25 books, including Corruptions of Empire and, most recently, Al Gore: A User’s Manual. His exclusive column appears fortnightly on Antiwar.com.

Relaxed parking for the free event is in Lots V and J. Background information on the event sponsors is available at FresnoStatenews.com.

Additional information about conference registration will be forthcoming or call Miller at (559) 278-2087.

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