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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 April 2012
Why Are These Fraudulent Papers Unretracted?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
According to Science Times[1], the Tues...
East Africa at the Brink
RAMZY BAROUD
Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high. An all out war against...
Make Love, Then War
LINH DINH
In these days of a dying, raving and hallucinating empire, its best known poet, and a master at being anti-war, is accepting a Presidential Freedom Award from a cynical if affable, still, to many people, master of war. What is Dylan thinking? He and Obama are no strangers...
Occupy 1914
RON JACOBS
Anti-capitalist protests in Union Square brutally attacked by police. Economic hardship among the workers. Ostentatious expenditure by the wealthy.  This scenario sounds like the news headlines of the past couple of years, yet the...
The Cuban Five
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week, I picked up Cindy Sheehan at her hotel near Baltimore Washington International Airport, and we drove to the Cuban Interests Section in D.C. for lunch. This was just one event among many during which international representatives gathered on behalf of the Cuban ...
Martyrs for Justice
JERRY ELMER
May 1st is May Day, the international workers’ holiday honoring the labor movement. May Day is celebrated in at least 80 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Vietnam, but not in the United States. Here, our “Labor Day” was carefully put into September – by Presi...
Rupert Murdoch and the Levenson Inquiry
BINOY KAMPMARK
One commentator observed that he seemed like a potentate disputing an arrangement of borders and obligations.   Others noted that he was back to his calculating best, having abandoned his previously doddering manner after the closure of The News of the World. ...
Clarence Thomas’ Strip Search Fetish
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Except for Clarence Thomas, things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ...
The Paradoxes of Italian Journalism
ALESSANDRA V. MASSAGRANDE
If you work in history you are an historian, if you work in archive you are an archivist and if you write for a newspaper you are a journalist, in the rest of the world but not here in Italy. If you want become a journalist, in Italy, it is complicated. The ODJ (or...
Don’t Let Bigots Occupy Your Mind
LISA MARTINOVIC
Despite a generation of sensitivity trainings and multicultural studies, an astonishing number of people still feel emboldened to express their misbegotten bigotry in very public arenas.  Cops and vigilantes alike are caught on tape throwing down racial slurs before they...
Two Gross-Out Novels
CHARLES R. LARSON
The setting for Kristin Ómarsdóttir’s Children in Reindeer Woods is a forest in the mi...
Real Magic in Berlin
DAVID YEARSLEY
Every two years Berlin hosts one of the most imaginatively conceived, brilliantly executed, and consistently entertaining early music festivals in the world. Founded in 2002, this international biennale bursts not only with music, but also with ideas. The often-vexed rela...
Davies and Bellamy
POETS' BASEMENT
In the Woods by ROBERT A. DAVIES   In bed last night I smelled like firs unmistakably and was in Timber again no other task than watching.   Again I was looking for beaver....
The Story of a Chernobyl Liquidator
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America’s Mad Cow Crisis
JOHN STAUBER
Americans might remember that when the first mad cow was confirmed in the United States in December, 2003, it was major news.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been petitioned for years by lawyers from far...
The Killing of Anastasio Hernández Rojas
JOSEPH NEVINS
Eyewitness accounts and video footage shown in a PBS documentary last week provide shocking proof that U.S. federal agents brutally beat Anastasio Hernández Rojas, tased him five times, and ultimately killed him—this while he lay on the ground with his arms handcuffed ...
Washington Bets on the Gulf Royals
VIJAY PRASHAD
In late March, Hillary Clinton traveled to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There she met with King Abdullah, the primus inter pares of the Arabian Peninsula. Shortly afterwards, she inaugurated the US-GCC Strategic Cooperation Forum. The GCC i...
Relax, It’s Just a Run-of-the-Mill Nuke Spill
DAVE LINDORFF
A little over a month ago, back on March 19, at 3:00 in the morning, the Limerick Nuclear Power Station, which runs two aging GE nuclear reactors along the Schuylkill River west of Philadelphia, had a...
The Violence of Poverty
ALYOSHA GOLDSTEIN
On April 22, 1968, the National Welfare Rights Organization held a vigil on Capitol Hill in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been murdered eighteen days earlier.  This was to have been the day that King presented the demands of the Poor People’s Campaign to Co...
The Hospital of Horrors
ROBERT FISK
The pictures flash up on a screen on an upper floor of the Fallujah General Hospital. And all at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, ...
A Remarkable Week for Corporate Crime
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
It’s been a remarkable week in corporate crime. And it’s only Wednesday. This week drives home the reality – corporate crime inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined. Once again, it’s not the black kid with the hood o...
Those Randy T-Men
DAVID MACARAY
If you try to defend or make excuses for the actions of Obama’s Secret Service agents in Colombia (consorting with prostitutes), you’re probably going to come off as a pig or male chauvinist.  That said, unless these agents’ actions constituted dereliction of duty ...
Historic Union Victory in Los Angeles
BRIAN TIERNEY
In an era of defeat and decline for the labor movement, path breaking organizing victories are rare. Union activity in these times is more likely to revolve around defensive battles than conquering new territory or reclaiming ground that was lost decades ago. Earli...
Human Trafficking and Telling Stories
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
I recently read Wendi Adelson’s book on human trafficking This is Our Story, and ...
Free Salameh Kaileh!
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