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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 November 2010
Seven Ways Medical Conflicts of Interest are Disguised
MARTHA ROSENBERG
"Trust me" used to be the punch line about how a certain obscenity is uttered by Hollywood agents. It also used to govern the conflicts of interest policies at hospitals, universities, medical schools and scientific journals about doctors’ and...
"Leave the Oil in the Soil!"
PATRICK BOND
The stench of rotting blubber would hang for days over The Bluff in South Durban, thanks to Norwegian immigrants whose harpooning skills helped stock the town with cooking fat, margarine and soap, starting about a century ago. The fumes became unbearable, and a local...
Why Paul Krugman Waves the Flag for Uncle Sam
MICHAEL HUDSON
Here’s the quandary that the U.S. economy is in: The Fed’s quantitative easing policy– creating more liquidity so that banks can lend more – aims at helping the economy “borrow its way out of debt.” But banks are not lending more, ...
TSA and the New "Americanism"
RICHARD FORNO
There is a vocal segment of the American political fringe that throws around words like "communism", "socialism", or "fascism" in describing the economic or social policies of the current Administration. Right or wrong, they’re ent...
Obama Plays the Fox
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
On Saturday, 20 November a State Department spokesperson announced that the United States government is actively negotiating with Israel the price of a proposed 90 day cessation of settlement activity on the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem). It is reported that t...
Ignorance There … and Here
GARY LEUPP
The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), a think tank with offices in London, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro and Sharjah (UAE) has just released the results of a survey involving 1500 Afghan men interviewed in October. Conducted in the northern provin...
Honoring Helen Thomas
JAMES ABOUREZK
These remarks were delivered at a tribute for Helen Thomas, Thursday, November 18, at the  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in  Washington DC D.C., sponsored by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). ...
The Vatican Versus Jesus
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Istanbul. What a busy weekend the Pope has just spent!  After a closed-door pre-consistory meeting on Friday with the 150 cardinals who had traveled to Rome, where the problem of sexual abuse of minors by clergy may have been discussed,on ...
When Sanctions Are Not Enough
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
On September 14, 2010, the chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, stated: “We h...
Insouciant Americans
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In a recent column, “The Stench of American Hypocrisy,” I noted that US public officials and media are on their high horse about the rule of law in Burma while the rule of law collapses unremarked in the US. Americans enjoy beating up other peoples for Am...
194 Years of Scabs
DAVID MACARAY
According to labor historians, the word “scab”—used as a derogatory term for a strikebreaker—was coined by the Albany Typographical Society on November 20, 1816.  This Saturday will mark its 194th anniversary.  ...
Israel’s War Against the Dead
LAWRENCE SWAIM
In June, 2005, the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles began construction in Jerusalem of an ambitious new facility. This project was variously referred to by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and “dean” of the SWC, as the “Center for Human Dignity,...
The Politics of Nice
BILL MANSON
In his essay on "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell critiqued insincere, pretentious verbiage masquerading as meaningful prose. But above all, he deplored the use of politically expedient euphemisms: "Defenceless villages are bombarded f...
So Many Messages
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
All week, I intended to write about Nancy Grace and her Veterans Day tribute to our “fallen,” that euphemism for the war-torn dead. I would begin and, suddenly, see her surname with fallen and be Galatians 5: 4’d to “ye are fallen from grace.&...
Natives Without a Nation
JOSHUA BROLLIER
JOSHUA BROLLIER: This is JOSHUA BROLLIER with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. I’m here in Syria with Firas Majeed, the founder of the Native Without A Nation project. Firas is a 34-year-old Iraqi refugee living in the Jaramana neighborhood of...
Time for a Real Mutiny
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So much for 2010 as the year of mutiny, when the American people rose up and said, "Enough! Throw the bums out!" As the dust finally clears after the midterm elections, and the bodies are hauled from the field of battle, guess what? It was all so predictabl...
Let Them Eat Oil
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The mood in the Alaska office of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) was festive. Word had just reached Anchorage that the president was preparing plans to expand offshore drilling in Alaska. John Goll, the service’s regional director, summoned his top lieute...
Education at Gunpoint
RAMZY BAROUD
I recall the first sentence of my fifth grade essay on “Education and Youth”. Written with the occasional aid of my father, and dotted with clichés, it might have read something like this: “Youth is the backbone of any nation, and edu...
Pot and the Deficit
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
This week’s musings pertain to a leafy plant with the Latin name of Cannabis. It is a magical plant. When properly ingested or smoked, it can produce pleasurable physical affects on its user. But the didacticism of this column is about the fiscal, as distinguis...
How to Cut the Defense Budget
THOMAS CHRISTIE, PIERRE SPREY, FRANKLIN SPINNEY Et Al.
The Honorable Erskine Bowles National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20504 Dear Mr. Bowles: We are writing to you and other members of the President’s National Commi...
Immigration Supporters Win Big Victory in California
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform scored a major victory last week when the conservative-leaning California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that illegal aliens with three years of high school attendance could qualify for in-state tuition rates to attend ...
India’s Great Drain Robbery
P. SAINATH
India has lost nearly a half-trillion dollars in illegal financial flows out of the country, says a new study by Global Financial Integrity. India is losing nearly $54.03 million every 24 hours, on average, in illegal financial flows out of the ...
Tying Bernanke’s Hands
MIKE WHITNEY
Say what you will about Alan Greenspan, he was never a whiner. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about present Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke’s speech on Friday at a conference for the European Central Bank (ECB) was so full of crybaby blabber th...
How the US and Israel Hope to Destroy Hezbollah
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut "I’ve got these [expletive deleted] just where we want them Maura! Watch the 1000 slow cuts as we shred Hezbollah–who do they think they are? And we’ll do it by using 1757 and this time we’re going all the wa...
Schumann and the Warm Bath of Memory
DAVID YEARSLEY
This year marks the bicentennial of Robert Schumann’s birth and has brought with it many concerts, festivals, and recordings. His father was a publisher, and Schumann was an avid reader as a child. Aside from his great productivity as a composer, he became one ...