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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 2012
Despite the United States, Palestine Finally Returns Home
CESAR CHELALA
After an overwhelming vote in her favor (138-9 with 41 abstentions), Palestine has finally returned home.  Sixty-five years after the United Nations General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine into two states (one Jewish and one Arab), Palestine was granted a n...
To Empire, With Love
PAUL CARLINE
It’s said there are few safer bets in Hollywood than a Bond film.The latest offering in the extremely lucrative Bond franchise – “Skyfall” – has already broken box-office records, taking some $87.8 million in its first weekend in the...
Morsi Runs the Gauntlet
WAEL ISKANDAR
There’s a scene at the end of Braveheart when William Wallace was being tortured to death. At the height of torture the executioner paused and tried to convince Wallace to pledge allegiance to the king so that he may die a quick death. He said, “It can all en...
The Fate of Keynesian Faith in Joseph’s Countercyclical Moral
DOUGLAS GROTE
Into the fifth year of the Great Recession our nation’s scarcity of jobs continues to condemn tens of millions of us to suffer a hard life of involuntary unemployment, underemployment, and insufficient wages. One would hope that any future political agreements made to m...
A View from Livadia Palace
ISRAEL SHAMIR and AD HEmMING
I drove up to white and sumptuous Livadia Palace with some difficulty. The palace, once a royal summer residence built and frequented by the last Russian Tsar, stands on a rather steep slope amidst a spacious park that descends to the Black Sea far below, and the road is ...
Yes We Cannabis
HELEN REDMOND
The cracks in the American cannabis control system just got wider with the states of Washington and Colorado passing referendums legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. It is nothing short of historic in a country that arrests over 850,000 people every ye...
How 7 Historic Figures Overcame Depression Without Doctors
BRUCE E. LEVINE
While Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway received extensive medical treatment for depression but tragically committed suicide, other famously depressed people—including Abraham Lincoln, William James, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kaf...
Latinos and the 2012 Elections
ALVARO HUERTA
President Barack Obama owes Latinos big-time for his 2012 re-election victory. According to the polling group Latino Decisions, Obama received an overwhelming 75 percent of the Latino vote. Representing 10 percent of the electorate, Latinos played a pivotal role in Obama...
I Heard the News Today, Oy Vey
RANDY SHIELDS
Historian Gabriel Kolko has written about the trend of the “democratization of arms” throughout the world and, personally, I can’t wait for it to happen. During Israel’s January 2009 “Cast Lead” massacre of Gaza, I thought that Hamas might have some of the sam...
An Open Letter to the Spirit of a Rebellious Leader
ADAM CHIMIENTI
[Note: Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso from 1983-87, was assassinated on October 15, 1987. This letter was written on the 25th anniversary of his death and modified slightly after.] Dear President Sankara, It was 25 years ago this autumn t...
It’s An Anti-Imperialist Struggle, Not a Clash of Civilizations
RON JACOBS
In the machinations of Empire, religious and ethnic differences are often used to justify wars and repression. Historical examples abound. Animosity between nations’ ruling elites are framed in religious terms to rile up the populace and convince them the antagonism...
In the Kingdom of Double Crosses
MISSY BEATTIE
Went south. I-95’d and I-85’d to help sister Laura arrange the furniture in the Chapel Hill house Erma had not seen yet.  Traveled north with one of my children, then back on the road again with him to North Carolina. Regardless of location, I keyboard a path ...
Give Us Our Money Back!
MURRAY DOBBIN
There is a class of people and corporations in this country whose illicit financial practices have an enormous negative impact on the country and its citizens. Yet the law and order regime of Stephen Harper barely plays lip service to the issue of tax evasion through ta...
Israel’s Youthful Warriors
CHARLES R. LARSON
The title of Shani Boianjiu’s vexing “novel,” The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, ...
That Bond Sound
DAVID YEARSLEY
While the greatest musical dynasties ruled over vast empires of the imagination, their geographic domains were small. The Couperins held the organist post at the church of St. Gervais in Paris for nearly two hundred years from middle of the 17th century to well...
Williams and Nieves
POETS' BASEMENT
Ubuntu by HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS   An anthropologist tells a story Of how he proposed a game To the children of an African village; The game was played like this:   He placed a...
Gaza: What Would Lincoln Do?
ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
Most American media have praised President Obama’s handling of the Gaza crisis. It is certainly a relief that Operation Pillar of Defense produced about one-tenth the casualties of Operation Cast Lead four years earlier, though it is small comfort to the 168 Palestinian...
Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
VIJAY PRASHAD
On 18 November, the Israeli armed forces bombed a house and killed the al-Dalou family, all ten members that were present and two neighbors. When the dust and fires settled, it became clear that amongst the dead were five children and five women. Among them was Mohammed J...
The Humiliation of Bradley Manning
RAY MCGOVERN
It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment while other military officers privatel...
I Exist on the Political Map of Egypt
MASSOUN SUKHARIEH
Down with the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood Down with the Brotherhood Supreme Guide Do not be afraid, Morsi is going to leave. Erhal, Erhal [leave, leave] People want to bring down the regime. Moatassimim moatasmeen ha...
What Really Happened in Gaza
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
The official storyline is that Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November, 2012 because, in President Barack Obama’s words, it had “every right to defend itself.” In this instance, Israel was allegedly defending itself against the 800 projecti...
Genocidal Yearnings
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
By the middle of the 19th century the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe.  Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.  This in ...
Mad Scientists and Geo-Engineering
BINOY KAMPMARK
We are doomed as a parasitic, rapacious species, and with that air of certain demise, anything is possible.  That, at least, seems to be behind the desperate push for a human effort to reverse, alter and adjust the environment in order to halt the previous effects of alt...
The New Tyros of the Eurozone
DEAN BAKER
The eurozone crisis countries still have not developed a workable strategy for countering the policies being imposed by the troika — the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF and the European Union. Their main problem is not profligate government spending, as fans of dat...
Climate Change Mental Inertia
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Dave Lindorff wrote  of his “speculation about an American conspiracy of inaction…to reduce either this country’s annual production o...