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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 February 2004
Smearing Nader
DOUGLAS O'HARA
"The worst Democrat is better than the best Republican." That’s what my grandfather, a union man, used to say and it’s still considered political bedrock in my family. I, on the other hand . . . I’m reminded of my grandfatherR...
Throttled by History
GARY YOUNGE
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI. As civil war encroaches, civil society implodes and civil political discourse evaporates, one of the few things all Haitians can agree on is their pride in Toussaint L’Ouverture, who lead the slave rebellion in Haiti that establ...
The WSJ’s Paranoid Lens on Latin America
PHILLIP CRYAN
In one of her Wall Street Journal columns last year, Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote that U.S. lawmakers and State Department officials who criticize the Colombian military’s human rights record are "still fighting the Cold War, on the wrong side.&qu...
Private Refused to Fight in "Dehumanizing" War
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
US army private Jeremy Hinzman fought in Afghanistan and considers himself a patriot. But when his unit was ordered to Iraq, he refused to go and embarked on a radical journey that could make legal history. Private first class Hinzman left the 504th Parachu...
Not a Chance
JOSH FRANK
Watch out for the Democrat backlash, Ralph Nader is running for President as an Independent. Of course most agree Nader’s run will not accrue nearly as many votes as his 2000 tally. Nonetheless these weak-kneed liberals are fearful of their deranged "sp...
The Passion, Rabbi Lerner and the Gospels
GARY LEUPP
I’m included, for some reason, on the email list of Tikkun Magazine, edited by Rabbi Michael Lerner, whom I respect for his involvement in the antiwar movement, including the Not In Our Name Coalition. On the other hand, I sometimes find his pronouncements b...
Why No Democracy in Iraq?
CHRIS KROMM, RANIA MASRI And TARA PUROHIT
It’s almost a year since the Iraq war began, and now that the "official" reasons for the invasion–Iraq’s storied stockpiles of weapons, the imaginary ties between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden–lie ...
Things They Should Consider
AL KREBS
Before the Democratic Party and its "liberal intelligentsia" unleash its expected vindictiveness upon Ralph Nader’s candidacy for president in 2004 it might consider the following: * Al Gore (with an able assist from the U.S. S...
Israel’s Apartheid Wall on Trial
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. Imagine a domestic terrorist cell loose in the city. They have already murdered a few people. The intelligence agency claims that members of the black community are harboring them, and their victims are almost always white. Since the city is more...
Separated at Birth?
BRUCE JACKSON
In his fifteen minutes or so on 22 February Meet the Press with Tim Russert, Ralph Nader (who with ever-increasing frequency refers to himself in the first-person plural) used some variant of the word "corporation" twenty-one times. Except when referring...
Richard Perle, Executioner
KURT NIMMO
Native Americans had an expression for it. Forked tongue. Now we call them liars, backstabbers, dissimulators. People who say one thing and do another. Cheats, double-dealers, hypocrites. Dirty tricks and skullduggery. For as Mark Twain once q...
Chasing Judith Miller Off the Stage
DEREK SEIDMAN
When I heard that the New York Times correspondent Judith Miller was going to be speaking at a local campus last week, I was eager to check her out. Ever since I read Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power’s atrocious review of Noam Chomksy’s "Hegem...
This Week in Redfern
VANESSA JONES
There is a boy dead in a city morgue. A teenager. Thomas "TJ" Hickey. Dead at 17. How do you write about death? About riots? About an issue no-one in power seems to want resolved? The mad scramble of Australia as it is today. Inner city Sydney Redfern. P...
Argentina Fights Back
ROGER BURBACH
Buenos Aires. President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is emerging as the leading nemesis of the International Monetary Fund and the private financial speculators in South America. Assuming office in May 2003 with less than a quarter of the popular vote, he ...
Kerry: He’s Peaking, Already
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
By all rights John Kerry should have been at the top of his form, the night he won the Wisconsin primary. Even though the six biggest states, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, New York and California have yet to vote, he’s been hailed as the Democratic nom...
An Air That Kills
JOHN HOLT
AN AIR THAT KILLS: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal...
Why They Wouldn’t Wait
TOM JACKSON
Going back all the way to the Bush administration’s build-up for invading Iraq, there has been much written and said about the reasons for the invasion. Now Paul O’Neill’s revelations that the Bush administration planned to invade Iraq long befor...
Lessons on Justice from Guatemala
KATE DOYLE
President Fox, Something remarkable has happened in Guatemala. You owe it to your country to take notice. On January 20, the Guatemalan Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a senior military officer, Col. Juan Valencia Osorio, for plotting and orde...
An Opportunity for Debate on Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER
In the post 9/11 world there has been strong concern about nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or "rogue" states. The pretext for the initiation of the US war against Iraq was the concern that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, including...
Sharon is not the Problem
GHADA KARMI
The Sharon government is widely regarded, even by Israel’s friends, as a negative force in the current politics of the Middle East. Its brutal repression of the Palestinians, its intransigence over engaging in the peace process and its defiance of world opin...
Anatomy of a Night Raid on Balad, Iraq
BEN GRANBY
Mohammed offered me a cigarette. I wasn’t about to refuse. I dont normally smoke, and a choked a little after inhaling. Then the nicotine seared through my veins. Relaxed. I was suited up to join Alpha ‘Attack’ company on a night time miss...
Jefferson, Slaves, Haiti and Hypocrisy
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
SLAVE POWER. Two hundred years before Stokely Carmichael called for black power, the black slaves in the United States elected a President. How? The much hailed blueprint of justice, the American Constitution, gave each of them, man, woman, or child, status in the...
What Gives Texas A&M the Right?
GREG MOSES
[Editors' Note: During February the Texas Civil Rights Review uncovered documents from a specially appointed ta...
The Afghanistan Debacle
MIKE WHITNEY
If we want to understand the Bush Foreign policy in Iraq, we only have to look at Afghanistan. The basic principles are identical. There are approximately 11,000 American servicemen currently in Afghanistan, most of whom are stationed at military facilities...
Palestinian Issue Riddles Bush’s 2005 Budget
SAM BAHOUR
"The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution...