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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 2005
Land Reform in Venezuela
SETH DELONG
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is pushing full speed ahead with land reform, an issue that has been one of the most divisive and perennially debated topics in Latin America. Land reform poses perhaps the greatest challenge yet to Chavez’s stormy presiden...
Iranian Distrust of America
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Twenty-six years ago this month, an Islamic government replaced a pro-U.S. dynasty in Iran. In the process, Iran declared America its No. 1 enemy. At the time, I was a graduate student at Fordham University in New York. The students were enraged by the deve...
Dubya and Puty-Put Share a Medieval Castle
KURT NIMMO
It was an appropriate setting for two of the world’s most loathsome individuals: a medieval Bratislava castle overlooking the Danube River. "President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin sought common ground Thursday on keeping conventional and nu...
Murder in the Amazon
ROGER BURBACH
The murder of Dorothy Stang, a 73 year-old American nun who helped peasants engage in sustainable agriculture in the Amazonian rain forest, comes as oligarchic interests and the parliamentary right are on a political offensive against the government of Luis Inacio...
How to Stop the War in Iraq
JOHN FARLEY
The Vietnam war was finally ended when the House of Representatives voted to cut off money for the war. The antiwar movement ought to take the lessons to heart. Will the present House do that? Not a chance. There are simply too many hawks, both Republican and Demo...
The D’Aubuisson Memorial
LAWRENCE REICHARD
On February 20 I flew from Boston to Panama City, and had a seven-hour layover in San Salvador. I was going to go to the beach, but then I saw a full-page ad for a Mass marking the 13th anniversary of the death of one of Latin America’s most notorious butche...
When the Battlefield has No Borders
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
Given its small population, the rural northern California county where I live is home to an extraordinary number of successful artists. Two of these artists, Jan Hoyman and Doug Browe, also participate in a remarkable organization, Potters for Peace (...
The Royal Coup in Nepal
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
India and Britain have supposedly stopped their military help to Nepal in response to the 1 Feb Royal Coup. Even the US has expressed its displeasure on the events in Nepal. Immediately two sets of questions come to any rational mind, familiar with the South Asian...
Diagnosing the Green Party
JOSHUA FRANK
The ashes of the 2004 election battle have finally settled, and sadly the Green Party is buried in the rubble still grasping for air. Even so, if you have heard any of the sordid mutterings from staunch Green loyalists, they are spinning quite a different tale. ...
Bribing and Twisting Amerian Journalists
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Scots steel tempered wi’ Irish fire, Is the weapon that I desire. -Hugh MacDiarmid You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God! the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, ther...
Will These Roosting Chickens Have the Flu?
DAVE LINDORFF
Talk about your roosting chickens! While the U.S. government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on the much ballyhooed "War on Terror", creating vast secret intelligence networks, organizing a whole new government department, and reassigning r...
On Hearing About a Plot to Assassinate President Bush
JAMES REISS
I think that I shall never see A president as great as he. A Bush upon whose bristly limbs War hawks sit singing Gospel hymns. A Bush which lifts its limbs to pray No same-sex marriage gets away From laws that halt stem cell resear...
Witchhunts to the Right; Witchhunts to the Left
FRED FELDMAN
Some leaders of the American Indian Movement and quite a few mouthpieces on the left are currently seeking, on what I am sure they consider morally justified grounds, to counter the efforts to fight the witch-hunt against University of Colorado Professor Ward Chur...
Torture Nation
TOM WRIGHT
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face…forever. George Orwell Nearly a year has passed since the lurid photographs of Abu Ghraib first surfaced, briefly capturing the attention of...
Bad Blood
DIANE CHRISTIAN
One of the Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo tortures recently revealed is US women smearing menstrual blood on Islamic prisoners and fondling or rubbing them sexually to defile them. The tactic includes taunting prisoners that they will then have no ...
Learning All the Wrong Lessons
SHARON SMITH
It is unfortunately a little-known fact that thousands of high school and college students across the country organized walkouts against the war on January 20, marching as organized contingents to counter-inaugural demonstrations in Boulder, Colo.; Los Angeles; Ch...
Cannabis: the Goose that Lays Golden Eggs!
JOE PIETRI
Today the USA is the largest producers of marijuana in the world and it’s not enough. Marijuana has been quasi legal in Mexico the past 50 years and is grown commercially and exported to the US. Canadians would love to make marijuana legal and for th...
Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I guess I can call myself one of the Dylan generation since, at 63, I’m the same age as the troubadour from Hibbing but the prose stylists that allured an Anglo-Irish lad hopelessly strapped into the corsets of Latinate gentility were always those of America...
A New Face to Bush Foreign Policy?
JAMES PETRAS
The mass media in the US and Europe has given prominence to the "new style" foreign policy approach of the Bush Administration: Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice visits European capitals and meets with European leaders, declaring that a new era of co-op...
Hunter S. Thompson and the "New" Journalism
LOUIS PROYECT
Hunter S. Thompson shot himself in the head on Sunday. He was 67. While the reports don’t refer to a suicide note, it is safe to assume that a lifetime of drugs and booze had taken their psychic toll. Since he had also been in severe pain from back surgery, ...
A Salvador Option for Iraq?
W. JOHN GREEN
The designation of John Negroponte as the first director of national intelligence recalls the Central American wars of the 1980s, where he played a critical, if deeply controversial, role as U.S. ambassador to Honduras, 1981-85. Despite feigning amnesia while ques...
The Poisoned Well
WERTHER
* "The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past." –William Faulkner Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the American public has endured an astounding avalanche of official lies, half truths, p...
Cornering the Dragon
CONN HALLINAN
When newly appointed CIA Director Porter Goss recently warned that China’s modernization of its military posed a direct threat to the U.S., was it standard budget time scare tactics? Or did it signal the growing influence of hard-liners in the Bush administr...
Bush Outfoxed by Bin Laden
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
President Bush’s invasion has turned Iraq into a recruiting and training ground for anti-US terrorists, according to CIA director Porter Goss in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on February 16. Goss’ report was supported by ...
The Politics of Hariri’s Assassination
NASEER H. ARURI
The tragic assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, in Beirut on Monday, February 14, 2005, reverberated across the region, as it evoked vivid memories from Lebanon’s 14-year civil war. In itself, the act is a political earthquak...