3213 – Pro-Palestine Voices Censored; Afghan Refugee Crisis Grows w/ Alex Kane, Shah Meer Baloch

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Alex Kane, senior staff reporter at Jewish Currents, to discuss his recent piece entitled “A “McCarthyite Backlash” Against Pro-Palestine Speech.” Then, she speaks with Shah Meer Baloch, reporter covering Pakistan for The Guardian, to discuss his recent reporting on the mass deportations of undocumented Afghans in the country. Then, she speaks with Shah Meer Baloch, reporter covering Pakistan for The Guardian, to discuss his recent reporting on the mass deportations of undocumented Afghans in the country. First, Emma runs through updates on Blinken’s presumptive plan for Gaza, the climbing death toll, continuing pushback to the support for the apartheid regime of Israel, SAG-AFTRA’s strike, and Trump’s fraud case, before parsing through the moving testimony of Rashida Tlaib on the House Floor. Alex Kane then joins, jumping right into what the term “McCarthyite” actually means, and why this genuine “cancel culture” that centers the active stigmatization and silencing of counter-hegemonic ideology makes for such an apt comparison to the ongoing reaction to the pro-Palestine movement. Kane walks through the recent examples of the amplified doxxing of college students involved in Pro-Palestine organizing, the rescinding of job offers from major law firms over similar activities, and the active silencing of college students by our own educational and political institutions, before looking at the hyper-racialized (and particularly Islamophobic) nature of this organized suppression. Kane and Emma wrap up by tackling the growing violence of this McCarthyite backlash, and how state support bolsters that threat. Shah Meer Baloch then quickly establishes a quick background on Pakistan’s ongoing eviction of Afghan refugees amid tensions between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban, centering on the constant threat of terror attacks in Pakistan. After tackling the details of Pakistan’s deadline for Afghan refugees, Meer Baloch and Emma conclude the interview with an assessment of the Taliban’s role in forcing these refugees out of Afghanistan, and what the actual logistics of the plan are.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they discuss the spineless coverage of the censuring of Rashida Tlaib, the genuine exterminationist goals of Zionism, and why the entire conflict has actually been about Meghan McCain, actually. Brian from Chicago parses through the interpersonal difficulties that have come from this conflict, Ben explores his personal conflicts around voting rhetoric, and Nikki Haley eviscerates Vivek Ramaswamy. Alex from Florida shares his perspective on Jewish-American reactions to the ongoing conflict, and the MR Crew reflects on the long history of bad-faith negotiations with Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

Check out Alex’s piece here: https://jewishcurrents.org/a-mccarthyite-backlash-against-pro-palestine-speech

Check out Shah’s reporting in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/shah-meer-baloch

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