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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 2007
Rev. Haggard Cured! Thank You, Jesus!
SAUL LANDAU
If you believed Rev. Ted Haggard on Christ and homosexuality you might also believe Bush and Cheney on Iraq’s WMD and now on Iran’s "guilt" for the Iraq War. Millions of fundamentalists recently rejoiced because Haggard recovered from his hom...
Making Poverty History
DAN BROOK
One test of a great idea is if afterwards it seems obvious or necessary. Scott Myers-Lipton has certainly come up with a great idea with his book ...
If Bush is a War Criminal, Then What About the Troops
STEPHEN S. PEARCY
In addition to holding George Bush and U.S. Congress accountable for the illegal occupation of Iraq, American troops must also be prepared to accept responsibility, because we’re all presumed to know the law. If we accept that fundamental legal presumption, ...
Iraqi Police Commit Rapes
YIFAT SUSSKIND
The international news media is flooded with images of a woman in a pink headscarf recounting a shattering experience of rape by members of the Iraqi National Police. Most of the coverage has focused on her taboo-breaking decision to speak publicly about the assau...
The Case for Keffiyehs
CHRIS DOLS
Richard Hayne is the CEO of Urban Outfitters. For fear of landing on the wrong side of the War on Terror, Hayne pulled from the trend-setter company’s shelves, the Palestinian head scarf known as a keffiyeh. Traditionally worn in the Middle East for protecti...
The Neurontin Suicides
EVELYN PRINGLE
The all-time poster child for a drug illegally promoted for off-label uses, is Neurontin, marketed by Warner-Lambert, and its Parke-Davis division, until Pfizer acquired the company in 2000. The term "off-label" means prescribing a drug for indica...
The True Extent of Britain’s Failure in Basra Reflects the Larger U.S. Disaster
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tony Blair has admitted what George Bush still desperately denies: defeat. Iraq is turning into one of the world’s bloodiest battlefields in which nobody is safe. Blind to this reality, The British prime minister said earlier this week that Britain could saf...
The Developer’s Model of Development
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
"An epitome of beauty, serenity and colonial charm" – From an advertisement for The Carlton, a luxury hotel created by The Rahejas in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu Two competing notions of development ar...
Watching the Checkpoints
JONATHAN COOK
The scene: a military checkpoint deep in Palestinian territory in the West Bank. A tall, thin elderly man, walking stick in hand, makes a detour past the line of Palestinians, many of them young men, waiting obediently behind concrete barriers for permission from ...
Finally, a Populist Antiwar Candidate
KEVIN ZEESE
Senator Mike Gravel is running a populist anti-war campaign for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. Gravel, who is no novice to Washington, DC politics, is direct and clear in his views on the war. And, he has a long history of fighting unjust war...
An Interview with Noam Chomsky
MICHAEL SHANK
Shank: With similar nuclear developments in North Korea and Iran, why has the United States pursued direct diplomacy with North Korea but refuses to do so with Iran? Chomsky: To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a li...
Hugo Chavez’s Agenda and the US
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Hugo Chavez Frias was reelected by an overwhelming nearly two to one margin over his only serious rival on December 3, 2006 giving him a mandate to proceed with his agenda to build a socialist society in the 21st century on a Bolivarian model designed to meet the ...
Why We Protested at Obama’s Speech
ILLINOIS STUDENTS AGAINST THE WAR
On Sunday, February 11th, a group of antiwar students turned out to challenge Barack Obama’s position on Iraq as he held a rally at the UIC Pavilion to kick-start his campaign. Approximately two dozen antiwar activists from UIC, Northeastern Illinois ...
Calderon’s War on Drugs
JOHN ROSS
The grifters, drifters, hustlers, down and outers, and ne’er do well denizens who inhabit the seedy hotels that line the run-down side streets of the old quarter or "Centro Historico" of this megalopolis, are wearing frowns these days. Not only is ...
Neoliberalism and War in Italy
TARIQ ALI
The states of Western Europe continue to resist harmonisation. On the same day that the chicaneries of every antiquated careerist vying for the New Labour deputy leadership were made public, each justifying his/her grotesque decision to support the war and occupat...
Do Something Good
KATHY KELLY
This past Tuesday, in Fairbanks, Alaska, nine people entered the office of Senator Ted Stevens to deliver their "emphatic request" that the Senator vote against supplemental funding for the war and then began reading the names of Iraqis and U.S. people w...
Stockcars on Dope
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Bicycle racing and NASCAR have more in common than the fact that both depend on their success for the wheel. Both are infected by the doping bug. Everyone knows that the sport that some might consider a touch effete has had a long history of doping. Learning that ...
Defund the War and Fund Reparations Instead
CINDY LITMAN
"This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are ca...
Repeating History
ROBERT FANTINA
No exit strategy; violent resistance by the occupied nation’s citizens; opposition to the war in the United States; international anger at the U.S. because of the war; the American economy being decimated by the war; escalating casualties; presidential refus...
Mr. Jefferson’s Inheritors
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"I belong to no organized party", Will Rogers once boasted famously, "I am a Democrat". Were he alive, he would be dumbstruck by the conformity that has overtaken his party. It is hard to imagine a time which cried out more for a vigorou...
An Open Letter to the Israeli People
REZA FIYOUZAT
I write to you as an Iranian as well as an American person, and write to you with great urgency. I know that some, maybe most of you, know what I am about to tell you, but somehow cannot admit it publicly. Maybe in such situations a mirror from outside can help. ...
Top Gun vs. the Axis of Evil
FRANKLIN SPINNEY
We all know that the American Way of War is to use our technology to pour firepower on the enemy from a safe distance. Implicit in this is the central myth of precision bombardment that dates back to at least to the Norden Bombsight in World War II. The theory of ...
Tobacco and Hollywood
RALPH NADER
Among the greatest unsung public health advances of recent times is progress made against the global cigarette industry. In the United States, cigarette smoking is finally on the decline. The courts have ruled the tobacco industry to be "racketeers.&qu...
Why Hillary, Obama, Edwards, Romney and Schwarzenegger Don’t Support Single-Payer Health Care
Corporate Crime Reporter
The majority of the American people want a single-payer health care system ­ Medicare for all. The majority of doctors want it. A good chunk of hospital CEOs want it. But what they want doesn’t appear to matter. Why? Be...
Inside the Imperial Budget
SHARON SMITH
Bush’s budget proposal for FY 2008 is emblematic of the social crisis unfolding inside the U.S. Empire, its ramifications still largely ignored in mainstream politics. Coupled with whopping military expenditures and permanent tax cuts for the extraordinarily...