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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 2006
The Palazzo Feinstein
JOSHUA FRANK
It happens all the time. If the antiwar movement takes on the Democrats for their bitter shortcomings a few liberals are bound to criticize us for not hounding Bush instead. It doesn’t even have to be an election year to get the progressives fired up. They j...
Bolivian Human Rights Leader Barred from Entering the United States
BENJAMIN DANGL
Leonida Zurita Vargas, a Bolivian coca farmer organizer and alternate Senator, was planning to be in the US right now as part of a three week speaking tour on Bolivian social movements and human rights. This tour would take her to Vermont, Harvard, Stanford and Wa...
The Dark Age of the Auto Industry
RALPH NADER
It is time for the American people to send a wake-up call to the domestic auto industry (General Motors, Ford Motor Company and DaimlerChrysler). Backlogged engineering advances well suited for commercial application and widespread diffusion are ready for use. Unf...
Why India Should Choose Iran, Not the US
AZIZ HANIFFA
Dr Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and one of the leading technical nuclear experts in th...
Renewing the Patriot Act
Sen. RUSSELL FEINGOLD
Later today we will have a cloture vote on S. 2271. We should not end debate on this bill, and we should not pass this bill. Doing so will only help implement the deeply flawed deal that was struck with the White House to reauthorize the Patriot Act without enacti...
Seven Arrested at White House for War Protest
MIKE FERNER
Holding a banner that read, "GOD FORGIVE AMERICA," seven peace activists were arrested yesterday in front of the White House, in a civil disobedience protest against the war in Iraq. Arrested by U.S. Park Police were Brian Terrell, Ed Bloomer, ...
Racism Thrives
SHARON SMITH
Those who worry that the world’s Arab and Muslim populations pose a threat to free speech in Western democracies need not fear. The first Amendment remains intact-particularly, it seems, when it comes to the "right" to inflict racial slurs. Indeed,...
Mahatma Bush
NORMAN SOLOMON
Evidently the president’s trip to India created an option too perfect to pass up: The man who has led the world in violence during the first years of the 21st century could pay homage to the world’s leading practitioner of nonviolence during the first ...
Bush’s Bunker Days
DAVE LINDORFF
Three articles this weekend suggest that President Bush and his aim-challenged vice president are being abandoned by key elements of their base, and are facing a growing threat of impeachment. In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Dexter Filkins, one of...
Twilight of the Hegemony
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
America is headed for a soft dictatorship by the end of Bush’s second term. Whether any American has civil rights will be decided by the discretionary power of federal officials. The public in general will tolerate the soft dictatorship as its discretionary ...
Sleeper Cells in South Dakota?
PAT WOLFF
Attention Homeland Security: The Taliban may have sleeper cells in South Dakota! What else could explain our neighboring state’s fanatical move to ban abortion in virtually all circumstances? The mullahs in South Dakota don’t want women to have ...
Amdocs vs. DP World
LILA RAJIVA
In December 2001, Fox TV broadcast a four part investigation on Israeli espionage by Carl Cameron, which the Israeli embassy in Washington, JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), and AIPAC (American Israeli Political Action Committee) immediately ...
The Smiling Buddha Blast and Canada’s CANDU Snafu
INGMAR LEE
In 1956 Canada provided India with a 40 megawatt "Canadian-Indian Reactor, U.S." (CIRUS) research reactor near Mumbai. The United States supplied the heavy water necessary to control nuclear fission. In 1959 Canada sold a 125-megawatt nuclear reactor to ...
Iraq’s Going According to the Plan?
RON JACOBS
Mysterious bombers blow up an important Shia shrine in Samarra. Government death squads murder members of the armed opposition. A wave of fury is unleashed against Sunni mosques, killing dozens. Moqtada al-Sadr orders his Mehdi Army to protect the Sunni mosques in...
And Now Come the Death Squads
ANDREW BUNCOMBE And PATRICK COCKBURN
Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations’ outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed. John Pace, who left Bagh...
Rewriting History
BEN TRIPP
There is nothing inherently wrong with rewriting history. All of history is the story of who lost, rewritten by who won. The whole thing is arranged to suit the guy at the top with the fancy hat and the massed armies at his beck and holler. Well and good. ThatR...
In Support of My Mayor
GILAD ATZMON
London. Ken Livingstone was suspended on full salary as London mayor for a month yesterday for likening a Jewish newspaper reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard. Once again, some basic human elementary liberties are sacrificed in defence of Jewish dig...
Bush’s Passage to India
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
A few days from now, Bush will go to India and reaffirm his newfound love, becoming the only Republican President to visit India after Nixon. Bush and his ‘mouthpieces’ are quite vocal about their need of India – to compete with the EU, to check ...
What is Supply-Side Economics?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Supply-Side economics was dubbed "Reaganomics" by the media. If you were for Reagan, that meant you were for it. If you were against Reagan, you were against it. That’s as far as public understanding ever went. Even today three decades later...
What’s Going On in Pakistan?
ZAHID SHARIFF
Lahore, Pakistan. Major cities in Pakistan have been in flames, several individuals have died, and damage to property is estimated to be in millions of dollars. These are among the worst riots in Pakistan’s history. Unrest of any significant ma...
The Investigation of Dr. Denney
FRED GARDNER
"I feel invaded," said Philip A. Denney, MD, at the start of the week. "I feel violated and I’m trying to figure out what to do about it." An anonymous concerned citizen had sent him documents revealing that two of the patients he examine...
Chertoff Strikes Again
LILA RAJIVA
President Bush has approved a deal selling control of six major U.S. Ports to an Arab company, Dubai Ports World, for $6.8bn. DP World, a state-owned business based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), bought out London-based Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigati...
Quail in War and Peace
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Levitan the painter and I went out to the woodcock mating are yesterday evening. He fired at a woodcock and the bird, wounded in the wing, fell in a puddle. I picked it up. It had a long beak, large black eyes, and magnificent plumage. It looked...
"By Their Fruits…"
JOHN BOMAR
Can anyone doubt that the war in Iraq has proved to be Osama bin Laden’s sweetest dream come true? In his book on the run up to war, Richard Clarke, the counter-terrorism czar at the White House, immediately recognized this potential risk of an Iraq invasion...
When 3 Million People Across the World Took to the Streets to Stop the War
MIKE MARQUSEE
Three years ago, the world witnessed something unprecedented. On the same day, in 900 cities in forty countries north and south, east and west, thirty million people took to the streets in protest against the imminent attack on Iraq. There were demonstrations in M...