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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 2007
The Torture Tape Cover-Up
MARJORIE COHN
When the hideous photographs of torture and abuse emerged from Abu Ghraib in the fall of 2004, they created a public relations disaster for the Bush administration. The White House had painstakingly worked to capitalize on the 9/11 attacks by creating a "war ...
Cataclysm By Money Whim
ALLAN NAIRN
Three years ago today, the tsunami hit Aceh. It was a cataclysm so vast that Acehnese don’t talk about it all that much. It’s easier to deal with human-scale things. That morning, December 26, 2004, in an inland town far from the impa...
Who Killed Bhutto?
MURTAZA SHIBLI
The death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is being mourned by millions of Pakistanis. She had a profound public base despite staying out of her country for nearly a decade and dogged by corruption and nepotism charges. Her death, however, ...
We Are All Prisoners Now
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"They’re locking them up today They’re throwing away the key I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow, you or me?" The Red Telephone (LOVE, 1967) At Christmas time it has been my habit to write a co...
Bolivia Amends New Constitution and Faces Mutiny from Within
NORMAN MADARASZ
By the end of the week before Christmas, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales dealt with his country’s constitutional reform as a leader ought to. He rallied a divided country by calling out to South America’s soccer greats, Pele and Maradona, to help...
From One Saddam to Fifty
CHARLES TRIPP
Now that the first phase of the Iraqi civil war seems to have ended, it is time to consider the political processes it may have left in its bloody wake. It is crucial for Iraqis and others to get a sense of the stability and durability of present arrangements. Are...
Brzezinski and Charlie Wilson’s War
STANLEY HELLER
Imagine, they made a funny movie about how the US helped turn Afghanistan into a killing field. It’s the film "Charlie Wilson’s War, a ligthearted look of how a skirt-chasing Congressman and a no-nonsense CIA thug helped bring mountains of weapons...
Two Unreasonable Men
JOHN WALSH
"An Unreasonable Man," the superb documentary on Ralph Nader, appeared on PBS on December 18. It is a substantive and very engaging portrait of Nader–and it has garnered far less attention than it deserves. It holds one’s attention for every ...
Lebanon in Search of a Government
RANNIE AMIRI
"Bush, your orders will not be implemented and your tutelage is rejected." - Hezbollah Deputy General Sheik Naim Kassem, in response to President Bush’s call for Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to ignore the constitution and push ...
No-Knock, You’re Dead
PAUL ARMENTANO
A growing number of political pundits are questioning America’s military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some are beginning to draw parallels to lawmakers’ much longer domestic war effort: the so-called war on drugs. The comparison is apropos....
The Strange Career of Scott Gottlieb
MARTHA ROSENBERG
As a 33-year-old Wall Street insider known for recommending hot medical stocks, many were surprised when physician Scott Gottlieb was named FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs in 2005. "Gottlieb has an orientation which belies ...
Conscience and Empire
PATRICK COCKBURN
As a child the only interesting fact that I knew about my grandfather Henry Cockburn was that he had read his own obituary in The Times. This happened because he was a diplomat in the British legation during the siege of Peking in 1900 during which the Chinese Box...
Burma is Not Back to Normal
JILL JAMESON
A small Buddhist Peace Fellowship delegation went to Burma to bear witness to the suffering of the people following the brutal crackdown by the Burmese military at the end of September on monks and the people of Burma. We wanted to communicate the support and soli...
Help! A Ceasefire!
URI AVNERY
Forget the Qassams. Forget the mortar shells. They are nothing compared with what Hamas launched at us this week: The chief of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, has approached an Israeli newspaper and proposed a cease-fire. No more Qas...
Clueless Crusaders
JOHN WALSH
Tom Hayden has been given the cover article for The Nation’s December 17 issue to instruct the peace movement for 2008. Not since the cover page endorsement of the prowar John Kerry in 2004 has there been such an embarrassing face to this journal. In essence...
Russell Means Goes to Washington
STEVE MELENDEZ
In 1980 the United States government printed 500 hardcover books called, The Final Report of the Indian Claims Commission. It is on our Museum’s wish list. In it on page 4 under the heading "Historical Survey," it makes the grand revelation on how ...
Dreaming of a White House Christmas
RICHARD NEVILLE
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the White House Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse, The stockings were hung up by the chimney with care, And the shredders were humming in the chilly night air Our spinners and fix...
Tony Blair and the Hawking of Religion
FARZANA VERSEY
Tony Blair has become a Catholic. Had it been seen as a personal decision, it would be fine. However, it already sounds like political canonization. According to a report, Blair, now a Middle East peace envoy, said he had prayed to God when deciding whether or not...
Thinking of Edward Said
TARIQ ALI
I think of Edward Said often, especially, but not only, when I read of the sordid deals in which the PLO is engaged with Israel and its US backers. I miss Edward’s impetuosity and righteous indignation. He would have had no truck with the shrivelled little B...
A Dark Ride on the Border
ANDREA PEACOCK
The sirens woke me up. The dogs broke into a howl, abruptly as though it woke them as well. Gee, that sounded close, I thought. Then the howls turned into barks, and Donna was outside calling them in. A few moments later, shouts. Doug was out of bed, strugg...
The Big Fix
MIKE WHITNEY
Last Friday Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a report concluding that the voting systems that decided the 2004 election in Ohio were rife with "critical security failures". The perpetrators were so cocksure t...
Not Getting It About New Orleans
CHUCK MUNSON
It comes as no surprise when a major U.S. newspaper backs real estate developers over the rights and interests of the poor they have a long track record of doing so, while the poor are lectured in patronizing language to emulate the people the papers celebrate. Th...
Politics and Profits: How the Oil Cartel Gets Its Way
RALPH NADER
While many impoverished American families are shivering in the winter cold for lack of money to pay the oil baron their exorbitant price for home heating oil, ex-oil man, George W. Bush sleeps in a warm White House and relishes his defeat of the Congressional atte...
Molecule of the Year: Cannabiodiol
FRED GARDNER
THC -delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol- is not the only active ingredient in cannabis. At least five other cannabinoids exhibit biological activity, and so do some terpenes and flavonoids. All these compounds are found in the resin stored in the plant’s glandular...
Mike Huckabee’s Ascending Chariot
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Suddenly it’s Huckabee. The surge of the former Arkansas governor in the race for the Republican nomination has the pell-mell excitement of one of Napoleon’s victorious rampages across Europe in his heyday. In this case the long faces belong not to the...