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Media Roundtable: Protests in Iraq, Fires in Southern California & The UAW-GM Deal

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Anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

On this edition of  Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the historic mass uprising in Iraq. In spite of the government’s brutal crackdown, millions of Iraqis are continuing to protest calling for the downfall of the sectarian and corrupt political system.

We’ll also look at the deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union. For six weeks, 46,000 workers went on strike demanding fair wages and better working conditions. 

Guests:

Joseph Serna, wildfire reporter with the LA Times

Nabil Salih, independent journalist based in Baghdad

Mike Elk, founder of Payday Report

Web Resources:

LA Times: Why the ‘extreme red flag’ winds hitting L.A. region are especially dangerous

The New Arab: Desperate Iraqi youth renew protests in unyielding attempt to reclaim their homeland

Aljazeera: A cruel and crucial October in Iraq

PayDay Report: Divided Auto Workers Vote to Accept GM Contract

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.