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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 March 2011
To the Shores of Tripoli?
RON JACOBS
It seems reasonable to state that the reason Washington launched its machinery of death against Libya is to insure it would have some input in that nation’s future after Gaddafi’s departure.  The claim of saving civilian lives, while l...
A New Charter for Hamas?
RAMZY BAROUD
"Now it is time to naturalize the flow of history," wrote Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (British Guardian, March 16). The process of naturalization is now underway in the region Davutoglu refused to descr...
Latin America Embraces Palestine
MAURICE LEMOINE
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil wrote last December to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, saying: “Brazil, through this letter, recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.” It was a spectacular a...
The World’s Dirtiest and Most Dangerous Oil
PAUL C. PAQUET And CHRIS GENOVALI
Although rarely considered, many human activities deprive wild animals of their life necessities by destroying or impoverishing their surroundings, causing suffering of individuals through displacement, stress, starvation, and diminished security. Yet,...
How Italy Forced NATO’s Hand on Libya
MICHAEL LEONARDI
Silvio Berlusconi has come out on top once again as Gadaffi’s closest and largest  trading partner has forced NATO’s hand into taking the lead in the military intervention   in Libya. Libya supplies 1/3 of Italy’s oil and al...
The Clash of Principles and Interests in the Arab Revolutions
ESAM AL-AMIN
“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” –Confucius On February 15, 1991, then-President George H. W. Bush announced to the Iraqi people and the world in the aftermath of th...
Bahrain’s New Symbol of Resistance
RANNIE AMIRI
When tanks, bulldozers, U.S.-supplied Cobra attack helicopters and Bahrain’s trigger-happy security forces violently evicted peaceful protestors from Manama’s Pearl Roundabout last week, little time was wasted demolishing the 300-foot monum...
Libya, Oh What a Stupid War; Fukushima, Cover-Up Amid Catastrophe
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The war on Libya now being waged by the US, Britain and France must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises, smaller in scale to be sure, since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812. Let’s s...
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
CLANCY SIGAL
“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” – candi...
Obama in Brazil
BRUNO LIMA ROCHA
For the first time since John F. Kennedy, the USA has a charismatic leader to the point of being popular in other lands, becoming a reference for the electorates of different countries. And, because of his path and ethnic culture, Obama through that hi...
The Coming Canadian Elections
MURRAY DOBBIN
In trying to anticipate what the federal election campaign will look like it is striking that the biggest issues facing humankind are not even on the radar, yet alone being framed as planks in any party’s campaign platform. ...
Stoking the Fires of Islamophobia
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. ...
The Man Who Poisoned Us All
HUGH IGLARSH
Is the jury seated? Let’s begin the trial. The (spectral) gentleman in the dock tonight is named Kettering – Charles Franklin Kettering, rather tellingly called “Boss” for short by his associates during his lif...
The Meaningless Concept of Ethical War
JOHN CHUCKMAN
GFrench air force planes struck the first blows: using "intelligent" munitions, the planes struck tanks and artillery which threatened the people of Benghazi. Now, who wouldn’t be heartened to learn that mechanized forces being ...
Grocery Store Hate
JENNIFER WILLSON
After nearly a year of living here, I have quickly learned that France is a place of many contradictions. It’s a land where stunning beauty nearly knocks your socks off at every corner, but also where dog poo threatens at every turn. Where one can fa...
The Confinement of Bradley Manning
KIERAN MANJARREZ
For a brief moment, December’s WikiLeaks scandal caused us to remember the forgotten Private Bradley Manning who was arrested in June 2010 and who, to this very day, languishes in a perpetually lit white box, forbidden virtually all sentient stim...
What’s So Natural About Nature?
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Natural. 1)  A native of a place or country. 2)  One naturally deficient in intellect; a half-witted person.                    &nbs...
Lord of the Clueless
LINDA UEKI ABSHER
The Lord of the Rings is the hot tranny mess of my reading past: complicated, overly dramatic and involves costumes. And like that mess, my copy of the trilogy taunts me as mercilessly as a Christina Aguilera wannabe taunts a Jaegermeister-addled frat ...
Fracking the Wind River Country
ANDREA PEACOCK
Pavillion, Wyoming. Jeff and Rhonda Locker’s water changed abruptly one day in the mid-1990s while Rhonda was doing the laundry. A Denver-based gas company was working over an old well in back of their house, when the wash w...
Newt’s Principles
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Earl of Sandwich: "’ ‘Pon my honor, Wilkes, I don’t know whether you’ll die on the gallows or of the pox." Wilkes: "That must depend, my Lord, upon whether I first embrace your L...
Myth, History and Norman O. Brown
TODD WALTON
“As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.” — Book of Proverbs 25:3 "Have you seen The King’s Speech?” a...
Heiner Goebbels Meets Alice Tully Hall
DAVID YEARSLEY
On Friday last in New York City Spring seemed to bolt out of its hole. Temperatures skipped past 80 degrees and Central Park was full of people leisurely taking in the glorious afternoon and early evening. I’d driven down f...
Winding Down Obama
LINH DINH
Occupying Iraq, the U.S. spends about $300 million a day. For Afghanistan, it’s $200 million. These numbers are approximations because the Pentagon doesn’t really know how much it has spent on anything, or how many it has killed in its seve...
Let Barry Bonds Be!
ANTHONY PAPA
Greg Anderson, the government’s key witness against baseball great Barry Bonds, refused to testify in court this week landing him in jail for the fifth time. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston found Bond’s personal trainer in contempt ...
Motörhead Versus the System
BEN TERRALL
"Nobody’s crazy like me!" howls Motörhead front man Lemmy Kilmister on one of the scorching tracks from his band’s latest release, The World is Yours. Now 65 years ageless, the bass guitar wrangler and rock and roll bon vivant st...