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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 December 2009
Can Migrants Save the Global Economy?
DEBAYANI KAR
The global economic crisis has devastated workers around the world, none more than migrants whose daily wages are dependent on the whims of global financiers. Witness Dubai. Even before the meltdown of Dubai World, migrants whose labor literally built Dubai from the ...
Et Tu, Barack?
RANDALL AMSTER
Less than a year into the Administration that was to save us from the perfidy of the past, it’s clear that business-as-usual still holds sway. Trillions for war, nothing for the poor. Trillions for banks, but the people — no thanks. Trillions more in debt...
Breaking Palestine’s Peaceful Protests
NEVE GORDON
"Why," I have often been asked, "haven’t the Palestinians established a peace movement like the Israeli Peace Now?" The question itself is problematic, being based on many erroneous assumptions, such as the notion that there is symmet...
Beware the Progressive Democrat
HELEN REDMOND
It’s not What you thought When you first began it You got What you want Now you can hardly stand it though, By now you know It’s not going to stop It’s not going to stop It’s n...
The Calender Girl Conspiracy
FRED GARDNER
Marilyn Monroe once said, "I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle." This would have qualified her for an ADHD diagnosis in California nowadays.  And if cannabis had been lega...
The Afghan Four
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in ...
What Really Happened in Copenhagen?
BRIAN TOKAR
Detailed accounts from participants in the recent Copenhagen climate summit are still coming in, but a few things are already quite clear, even as countries step up the blame game in response to the summit’s disappointing conclusion. First, the 2 1/2 pag...
More Than a Sportswriter
DAVE ZIRIN
It didn’t make SportsCenter, but one of history’s most influential sportswriters died this week at the age of 98. His name was Lester Rodney. Lester was one of the first people to write about a young Negro League prospect named Jackie Robinson. He was the...
A Longer, Deeper Recession Looms
DAVE LINDORFF
If you google “recession easing,” you will find articles all the way back to April quoting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as saying that the recession is easing, and that the economy is “improving modestly.” Newspapers too, on their own...
Insurance Reform, in Brief
DICK J. REAVIS
For the past few weeks Americans who consider themselves leftists have been arguing among ourselves about whether we should declare any support for the medical insurance reform bill that the Senate passed early Monday. I have nothing to add to the dispute, exc...
Woodstock’s Dirty Secret
LAURIE KIRBY
Woodstock, New York I’m proud of my small town’s worldwide association with peace. Many times during the 24 years that I’ve lived here, I’ve stood in peace vigils on the Village Green – and provided a bit of local color for visit...
Palestine’s Gift of Christmas
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
I am no longer religious, however, the season and the way the people I live among express it, prompt these reflections. A few days ago, I attended a Christmas music choral concert in which my young daughter performed. I think a sense of peace would easily be t...
The Death of the Grand Ayatollah Montazeri
RANNIE AMIRI
“When a scholar dies, a breach takes place in Islam which cannot be filled until the Day of Judgment.” – Prophet Muhammad “On the Day of Judgment, God will be pleased with a person who honors and respects a Muslim s...
Relocating Guantánamo
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Obama’s dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises–the closing of the Guantanamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit. ...
The Best Way to Stop a War
RON JACOBS
I read today (December 22, 2009) that the last bunch of US Marines in Iraq are scheduled to leave early next year.  As everyone knows, this means that more than 120,000 US troops will still be in Iraq after that Marine unit’s departure.  I...
Sexual Politics in the Age of Obama
DAVID ROSEN
Coming to the end of Year 1 of the Obama presidency, a growing number of Americans who voted for him and other Democrats feel deeply dispirited. Some feel betrayed, having drunk deeply from the hope cool-aid and now waking with a wicked sense that little promised wil...
Flares in the Darkness
NORMAN SOLOMON
The winter solstice of 2009 arrived as a grim metaphor for the current politics of healthcare, war and a lot more. “In a dark time,” wrote the poet Theodore Roethke, “the eye begins to see.” After a year of escalation in Afghanistan, s...
Obama in the Shark Tank
RALPH NADER
The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (535-475 BC) said that "character is destiny." He might have added that "personality is decisive." Where is Barack Obama in this framework? The venerable historian, James MacGregor Burns, in his boo...
The Medicare Murder Mystery
MARY LYNN CRAMER
“It was a cold and snowy night in December 2008, when the insurance company Executive Officer sat alone in his brightly lit office suite. He himself was all a glow with warm fuzzy feelings as he composed a memo to his staff advising them of his pla...
Bernanke Tightens the Noose
MIKE WHITNEY
Ben Bernanke has been a bigger disaster than Hurricane Katrina. But the senate is about to re-up him for another four-year term. What are they thinking? Bernanke helped Greenspan inflate the biggest speculative bubble of all time, and still maintains tha...
Bordering on the Ridiculous
URI AVNERY
THIS WEEK I enjoyed an hour of happiness. I was on my way home, after collecting William Polk’s new book about Iran. I admire the wisdom of this former State Department official. I was walking on the seaside promenade, when I was seiz...
The Fate of California’s Forests
MARK SCARAMELLA
In the beginning there was Union Lumber, which begat Georgia-Pacific and Boise-Cascade, which begat Louisiana-Pacific and Masonite and Jackson State Forest, and Georgia-Pacific begat Hawthorne Timber (aka the Washington State Pension Fund), which begat U...
Now, I’m Really Getting Pissed Off
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Hey did you hear about the iconic African-American guy who plays golf, and whose relationship with the public is in a free-fall lately? No, as a matter of fact – I’m not talking about Tiger Woods. You know, I’ve really been trying not ...
Law & Order in Pennsylvania
WALTER M. BRASCH
Dick Wolf, who created "Law & Order" and its two successful spin-offs, "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," should probably consider establishing a branch office in Pennsylvania. ...
Why the Af/Pak War is Illegal
MARJORIE COHN
President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize nine days after he announced he would send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. His escalation of that war is not what the Nobel committee envisioned when it sought to encourage him to make peace, not war....