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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 2010
No Repeal of Whaling Ban
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
A five-day International Whaling Commission conference in Morocco failed to produce an agreement that would authorize hunting whales in national and international waters.  Anti-whaling countries were defiant in their opposition to initiatives aim...
High Times Puts on a White Coat
FRED GARDNER
High Times magazine sponsored the original "Cannabis Cup" in Amsterdam in 1987. The event inspired plant breeders and publicized their strains and their seed companies. It has been held annually ever since —a fine excuse for a trade sh...
Putting Petraeus in Perspective
PATRICK COCKBURN
General David Petraeus has a high reputation but his real abilities are not the ones usually attributed to him. He is, above all, a general with an acute sense of US politics combined with a realization of the importance of understanding the politics ...
Loose-Lip McChrystal Did Obama a Huge Favor
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Just when Barack Obama’s presidency was drowning in BP’s crude oil, a megalomaniacal US Army general called Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, did him several huge favors. ...
An Uprising of Bones
JOHN ROSS
Under the martial cadence of muffled drums, the bones rolled solemnly up the elegant Paseo de Reforma atop a dozen military vehicles. Four skulls could be spotted in one large glass urn. "Look Papi, there goes Hidalgo!" a small boy pointed e...
Three Cheers for Renée Fleming
DAVID YEARSLEY
The musical terrain stretching between the entrenched aesthetic positions of parents and those of their teenage children is dotted with mines and ordnance laced with mustard gas. After enduring countless bombardments of Lady Gaga singing “Alejan...
Revoking BP’s Charter
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Some would criminally prosecute BP America and its executives for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Others would debar BP from federal contracts. But a group called Green Change is calling for the corpo...
Three Cheers for Renée Fleming
DAVID YEARSLEY
The musical terrain stretching between the entrenched aesthetic positions of parents and those of their teenage children is dotted with mines and ordnance laced with mustard gas. After enduring countless bombardments of Lady Gaga singing “Alejan...
Gaza Starves More Slowly
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. As Israel this week declared the “easing” of the four-year blockade of Gaza, an official explained the new guiding principle: “Civilian goods for civilian people.” The severe and apparently arbi...
The Miron Brothers
ANDREA PEACOCK
Fred and Paul Miron are like mirrors, reflecting two sides of the universe: night and day, good and evil, light and dark. You hear it in their voices—Fred the elder brother, talks of his life in the pleasant tone of a man who has enjoyed the bea...
Shock and Awe From Ottawa
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Toronto, Wednesday, 1:20 p.m:  “Did you feel it?”  The woman in the teal skirt tells me she definitely felt it.  We huddle together in the wind vortexing between the TTC and the new barely inhabited Quantum Towers. &nbs...
Why Firing the General Was an Act of God
PAUL KRASSNER
The volcano in Iceland was considered an Act of God. Smoke from the volcano caused countless flights to be canceled. The Rolling Stone correspondent was stuck in Paris. Embedded there, he hung around with talkative drinkers. Th...
Europe’s Fiscal Dystopia: the "New Austerity" Road
MICHAEL HUDSON
Europe is committing fiscal suicide – and will have little trouble finding allies at this weekend’s G-20 meetings in Toronto. Despite the deepening Great Recession threatening to bring on outright depression, European Central Bank (ECB) pr...
General Petraeus and His Senate Vassals
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Whatever you may think of General Stanley McChrystal and his succession by General David Petraeus, something very sad is about to happen. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has already scheduled its hearing for the constitutionally required co...
Overthrowing Darwin
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The world has arisen in some way or another. How it originated is the great question, and Darwin’s theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural. Jean Louis Agassiz, Evolution an...
Can Iraq Form a Government?
JUDITH BELLO
Recently, we haven’t been paying a lot of attention to Iraq. When we do hear something, we hear about a prolonged and possibly rather disorderly process reflecting an incompetent or maybe recalcitrant embodiment of Democracy. There are, in fact,...
Defending My Father … and the Constitution
NOOR ELASHI
The case perhaps most notably authorized by the Material Support Law, which was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, was that of the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in the United States. My father, Ghassan Elashi, co-founded th...
No Shelter From the Storm
MISSY BEATTIE
I was running through my sister’s neighborhood in KY and saw that “Support the Troops They Want Victory You Should, Too” sign in a yard. For a long time, after my nephew Chase was killed in Iraq, my sister had a large board, propped ...
The Death of Black Politics
MARGARET KIMBERLEY
New York Rep. Charles Rangel is among the many Black elected officials that make periodic figurative and actual pilgrimages to Israel, swearing undying loyalty. In a shamelessly groveling performance last week, Rangel took part in a Times Square press...
Revisiting Guazapa
WHITNEY COLE And ALEXANDER BROCKWEHL
The new documentary film Guazapa: Yesterday’s Enemies begins with the monumental event in the country’s modern history – the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero. It was he, more than any other contemporary Salvadoran, who possessed abi...
Capital Speaks
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
This Saturday tens of thousands of Americans, from all walks of life, men and women of all races, immigrants and citizens, young and old, from all regions of the country, will gather in hundreds of town hall meetings. There they will "weigh in on...
Getting Out of Palestine
M. SHAHID ALAM
When veteran journalist Helen Thomas was asked recently if she had any comments on Israel, she shot back, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” She apologized for the remark, but, as the campaign against her escalated, she chose to...
Iraqi Power Chords
KIM NICOLINI
As a general rule, I’m a fan of rock documentaries. As an artist and writer, I find the rock documentary formula inspiring. Whether I like the particular band or not isn’t really the issue.  The traditional rock documentary is about t...
Why McChrystal Did Obama a Big Favor
GARETH PORTER
Despite President Barack Obama’s denial that his decision to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus signified any differences with McChrystal over war strategy, the decision obviously...
The Forty Year War on the Environment
ALAN FARAGO
In The New York Times, Jeb Bush offers a rare glimpse of what we have been missing since the former governor of Florida– and putative lynchpin of the Karl Rove/ Grover Norquist wing of the GOP– left office. Jeb! derides President Obama bla...