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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 June 2005
Meddling in the Internal Politics of Syria
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
How remarkable that a President who doesn’t know exactly where Syria is on the map can influence the direction of its social order! George W. Bush, by invading Iraq and then threatening action against Syria, has apparently contributed to confusion at the hig...
Bush’s Ruinous Empire
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last Friday the price of light sweet crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange for August delivery closed 16 cents short of $60/barrel–the highest price ever and an ironic outcome for the millions of Americans who believe that cheap oil...
The Court-Approved Lies of Charles Hurwitz
MARK SCARAMELLA
Senior North Coast attorney Jared Carter’s insider influence has left grimy fingerprints all over the recent Humboldt County Superior Court decision to dismiss the Humboldt County DA’s fraud case against Pacific Lumber. Humbol...
G8: Who are the Hijackers?
MIKE MARQUSEE
"FROM July 6 to 8, violent extremists will be converging on Scotland," declares the Dissent Network, one of the groups planning militant opposition to the up-coming G8 summit, "They’ll be trying to meet at the Gleneagles hotel, and we’ll be try...
Where is the UN?
KATHY KELLY
In Baghdad, under economic sanctions, landing a job in a hotel offered at least a steady pittance of earnings. Some men made ends meet by working two eight hour shifts in different hotels. A dignified, well educated fellow would don a restaurant ...
Press Apologists for Torture
LEIGH SAAVEDRA
In late June, 2005, the Washington Post came eerily close to being one of many apologists for the brutal treatment of those being held in Guantanamo Bay. They wrote, in response to the remarks made by Amnesty International and Senator Dick Durbin...
How to Bury a Mad Cow
JOHN STAUBER
Late Friday, June 24, is a perfect time to bury bad news in Washington, DC. That’s when Mike Johanns, the United States Secretary of Agriculture held a news conference. He announced that a beef cow suspected last November to be positiv...
A People’s Mission to Guant?namo
MARK CHMIEL And ANDREW WIMMER
A couple of winters ago, having already read more than enough, we became enraged at what the United States was doing to prisoners from the war on terrorism at Guantánamo Bay. We got a large piece of canvass, spray painted, “Stop...
America’s Parallel Legal Systems
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
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Negative Space
BEN TRIPP
Negative space was a topic of discussion around the household of my youth. My parents are both artists; my mother was a late bloomer (she didn’t start painting until she was 340) but my father hasn’t held a legitimate job since t...
Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places
JOHN WALSH
Patrick Buchanan often bemoans the steady erosion of the theocratic values which he calls “conservative.” He is right to be dejected, because over the long term, he is on the losing side in his “culture war.” And what...
The Politics and Ideologies of the Anti-Immigration Forces
TOM BARRY
Stereotypes and labels hinder understanding of the intensifying immigration debate in the United States. The debate divides sharply into two sides. On one side stand those who believe that immigration flows should be dramatically restricted....
The Raised Voices of Sweet Honey in the Rock
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
One of the great attributes of stars in the heavens is that as they lose energy in burning, they find new areas to warm and light. Such is the musical phenomena of six women who sing a cappella of love and longing, of sorrow and redemption, ...
The Supreme Court’s Jackboot Liberals
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So much for the right to die in your own home, smoking a joint to take your mind off the pain. Thanks to the liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court, the feds haul you to prison from from your death bed for smoking medical marijuana and any local...
This Land is Their Land
GEORGE CORSETTI
Conservatives called it the most important case in the Supreme Court this year. It was the latest skirmish in a war that pitted liberals against conservatives who desperately fought to limit government control over private property. And this...
The Hairless Apes of Kansas vs. the Reality-Based Community
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
I would like to explain why I think the war on evolution in the United States is one about which all progressives should be concerned. Compared with the campaigns against abortion and homosexuality, the other two members of that trife...
Gay in the Third World
SCOTT HANDLEMAN
Dangerous Living is the moving new documentary about the joys and sorrows of life as a gay man or lesbian in the Third World. It has just been released on DVD. Dangerous Living was directed by John Scagliotti, the award-winning maker of ...
The Story of Pinky
ALAN WALLIS
The man who got in the elevator with me had a scar on his upper lip, a scar so deep that part of his lip moved independently when he spoke. Our conversation lasted several minutes, but the first thing that always came to mind when I remember...
Counter-Recruitement: Preventing the Military from Getting More Youth for Their Wars
KEVIN ZEESE
The Army and National Guard have been failing to meet their recruiting goals for the last four months. Summer is typically the time they have their greatest success in recruiting and they are counting on this summer to make up for their shor...
Russian Roulette in Vidharbha
P. SAINATH
It is a kind of rural Russian roulette. Only there is more than one bullet aimed at the player. Vidharbha’s farmers are involved in a deadly gamble that concerns the monsoon but goes far beyond it. No one is sowing till the last minute...
What Do the American People Know and When Did They Know It?
ZEYNEP TOUFE
A profound sense of disappointment with the American people greeted me here in Istanbul where the final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq, investigating and documenting war crimes in Iraq, modeled on the Bertrand Russell Vietnam War Trib...
Call Him Senator Con Job
JOSHUA FRANK
I’ve met Senator Conrad Burns on two separate occasions: once during a visit to his plush office in Washington DC, and the other at an airport in Montana while he was campaigning for reelection. It wasn’t long into our first meet...
The Paradox of Mexican-Americans at War
JORGE MARISCAL
A recent edition of the New York Times (June 20) reported that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld hopes to promote Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez to four-star status and head of the Southern Command. Despite the fact that Sanchez was the high...
Victory and Recruitment
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Since at least the 1950s, the American left has accomplished almost nothing. The civil rights movement got somewhere, but it was independent of the left, and it had the support – at times the military support – of the US governme...
Fixing to Fix "Fixed"
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst The Downing Street papers are proving a formidable challenge to the White House PR machine as it desperately tries—in often-ludicrous ways—to slow down a train that has already left the stat...