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HOW MODERN MONEY WORKS — Economist Alan Nasser presents a slashing indictment of the vicious nature of finance capitalism; The Bio-Social Facts of American Capitalism: David Price excavates the racist anthropology of Earnest Hooten and his government allies; Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth More Chokehold Deaths? Martha Rosenberg and Robert Wilbur assay the deadly legacy of the Broken Windows theory of criminology; Gaming the White Man’s Money: Louis Proyect offers a short history of tribal casinos; Death by Incarceration: Troy Thomas reports from inside prison on the cruelty of life without parole sentences. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on how the murder of Michael Brown got lost in the media coverage; JoAnn Wypijewski on class warfare from Martinsburg to Ferguson; Mike Whitney on the coming stock market crash; Chris Floyd on DC’s Insane Clown Posse; Lee Ballinger on the warped nostalgia for the Alamo; and Nathaniel St. Clair on “Boyhood.”
Archives from October 2001
Mission Accomplished?
Ghassan Andoni
Finally Israel declared the objectives of its invasion of the Palestinian “A” territories. To arrest the ones who killed Minster Zeivi, to kill Palestinian “terrorists, to arrest as many as they can, to prevent “terrorists” from movin...
Memo to Ashcroft
Evan P. Schultz Legal Times
Long before John Ashcroft became attorney general, John Marshall was chief justice of the United States. His most famous opinion was Marbury v. Madison. And in that 1803 opinion, Marshall wrote something that goes to the core of American law: “The very essence of ci...
The New War Against Terror
Noam Chomsky
[Transcribed from audio recorded during Chomsky's talk at The Technology & Culture Forum at MIT] Everyone knows it’s the TV people who run the world [crowd laugher]. I just got orders that I’m supposed to be here, not there. Well the last ...
Cashing In On Patriotism
Sarah Turner
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Madison Avenue wasted little time devising ways to draw customers to their products. Some of these efforts have bordered on the unseemly. United Airlines is running a commercial about a firefighter who boarded a r...
Radioactive Mail
Michael Colby
For fifty years the purveyors of irradiation have been looking for a purpose. It all began, of course, in the 1950s under President Eisenhower’s Atomic Energy Commission, specifically its “Atoms for Peace” program. The U.S. was awash in nuclear w...
Assault on the Bio-Weapons Convention
The Sunshine Project
Even as its citizens suffer through the greatest biological weapons scare of modern times, and perhaps ever, the United States is promoting a plan to undermine international controls on biological weapons. The proposals come four weeks before a major UN meeting to...
The Meridia Manifesto
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The undersigned, university professors from different Latin American countries and participants in the First Latin American Colloquium on Interpretive Systemology carried out in M?rida Venezuela (October 1-4, 2001), consider of primal importance to let know systems thinke...
Afghanistan, War and Oil
George Monbiot
“Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here,” Woodrow Wilson asked a year after the first world war ended, “that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?” In 1919, as ...
Life on the West Bank During Wartime
Lori A. Allen
RAMALLAH: For the last three days I have spent much of my time doing one of three things: first, I have been watching Bethlehem Television as the lines of breaking news flashed on the screen (We announce the death of ….; Citizens: beware when walking in the ...
The Cipro Bailout
Steve Perry
In the past week the government has toiled ceaselessly to assure a restive public that the bioterror threat is under control, even as our elected representatives were lighting out for the territories at the first sign of anthrax spores on Capitol Hill. But never f...
War on the Poor
Tom Turnipseed
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will take up an economic stimulus package that indicates just how much the House has sold out to the big corporate and wealthy interests at the expense of poor and working class people. It is class warfare. According to ...
Advice from a Vietnam Vet
Dr. Shepherd Bliss
I come from a fighting family. We gave our name to Ft. Bliss, Texas. I enlisted and became on officer in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. When you kill someone, it is forever. They die, but the killing continues–inside you. When your nation kills people,...
Welcome to Web Hell
David Vest
Practically every major mainstream web site I like to visit has gotten significantly worse over the past few months. By worse I mean slower, uglier, more cumbersome, more likely to be down, and more intrusive. Even trusty old Yahoo, long known for sp...
War on the Poor
Hamit Dardagan
Humanitarian assistance=We bomb you. (Have a nice day.) Restraint=We bomb you when we are good and ready. The War Against Terrorism (TWAT)=Terrorism Against The Afghans (TATA) Our vengeance=Retribution Their vengeance=Vengeance ...
Stifling Dissent on Campus
Robert Jensen
Based on the mail of the past month, a lot of people still want me fired from my teaching position at the University of Texas for my antiwar writings in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Many accuse me of being “anti-American,” but ironically it is the...
The Home Front
David Vest
Suppose the president of the United States announced that terrorists had targeted and stalked 1 million American victims over the past twelve months, with the intention of isolating and attacking them, not all together in big buildings, but one at a time. Suppose...
Capital Strikes Back
Hani Shukrallah
Berlusconi apologised; Bush forswore a Crusade (even in “the broad sense of the word”); the war in defence of “Western civilisation” was toned down to a war in defence of freedom for everybody; and Infinite Justice became Enduring Freedom. ...
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s Interview with Al Jezeera
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
(Interview with Al Jezeera) Q: I’ll start in Arabic introducing you – Secretary Rumsfeld, thank you very much for letting us, giving us this opportunity. Let me start first with the question that of course any journalist in Washington would a...
Bush’s Palestinian State
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
A few days before the war against Bin Laden broke out, President Bush announced that “the idea of a Palestinian state has always been part of the US vision in the Middle East, as long as the right of Israel to exist is respected.” According to the New...
Nuclear Anxiety
Mark Scaramella
On September 11, 2001 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release entitled “NRC URGES INCREASED SECURITY” which reads, “The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, purely as a precaution, has recommended that all nuclear power plants, non-...
Imagine There’s No Unity
Lee Ballinger And Dave Marsh
“United We Stand,” America’s ever-present new slogan, does have a ring of truth. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine put it best four days after the September 11 attacks. “Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all the people a...
3 Arguments Against This War
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Unspeakable acts of violence were committed on September 11. The perpetrators of the horrific attack of September 11 must be brought to justice, using the instruments of domestic and international law. The unconscionable slaughter demands prosecution. But b...
The CIA and Anthrax
Douglas Valentine
As everyone is aware by now, the anthrax postal attacks began on 4 October in Florida, when a photo editor at a Boca Raton tabloid inhaled the bacteria form of anthrax, and died. His was the first such death in the US since 1976. Two other Sun employees also were ...
The Anthrax Chronicles
Steve Perry
The U.S. Congress headed for the hills on Wednesday after it was reported that the anthrax sample received at Senator Tom Daschle’s office on Monday may have gotten into the ventilation system of the Senate’s Hart Office Building. By mid-morning Wednes...
Operation Infinite Disaster
Chris Kromm
President Bush’s war planners have struggled to find a fitting code name for our latest military venture. But after a week of war, there’s only one appropriate label for the nightmare that has transpired: Operation Infinite Disaster. Leave aside...