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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 2014
How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS
GARIKAI CHENGU
Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid histo...
How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign
ARUN GUPTA
I’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walkin...
Fear of a Caliphate
ANDREW LEVINE
Now that Barack Obama the dove has metamorphized into Barack Obama the hawk, the President and his people are more than usually in over their heads. It isn’t just that their past and present enemies in Iraq and Syria – Iran and the Assad government – are now ...
Capitalism and Climate Change Redux
ROB URIE
GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), the first of the modern ‘free-trade’ agreements to promote supranational corporate governance, was signed in the immediate aftermath of WWII. WWII had at that point destroyed the burgeoning industrial economies of Europe,...
War, Circus and Injustice Down Under
JOHN PILGER
There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia’s rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott with Indigenous children in Arnhem Land, in the remote north. “...
War in Whose Interest?
CONN HALLINAN
Thinking about U.S. foreign policy these days brings to mind a line from songwriter/comedian Tom Lehrer: if you are feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis you have good reason. 1)  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is creating a ...
Ideology, Islam and Religion
BINOY KAMPMARK
“In conclusion, neither ISIS, nor John Kerry nor al-Azhar and certainly not the Saudi ruling dynasty speak on behalf of the ‘true Islam.” As’ad AbuKhalil, Sep 15, 2...
Project Fear and the Scottish Vote
TARIQ ALI
Unionists of every stripe from the Orange Lodges to Tories and Labourist all sorts will be delighted with Scottish results. The United Kingdom has been saved. They won by 400,000 votes. Not a great triumph but a victory nonetheless and a defeat for the independence moveme...
Academic Fraud and the Ponzi Scheme of “Higher Learning”
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
It’s another fall and with the school year now in full session, I thought this was a good time provide students and parents an insider understanding of what to expect out of the higher education experience.  I won’t win any accolades from fellow teachers and administ...
Palestine, the US and “Democracy”
BOB FANTINA
Now that the dust has settled on the mutilated bodies of Palestinian men, women and children, the world seems able to ignore the desperate plight of those that survived. Apartheid Israel has accomplished its periodic ‘mowing of the grass’, the leveling of Gaza’s inf...
Clean Water as An Impediment to Corporate Profits
PETE DOLACK
An Australian mining company insists its “right” to a guaranteed profit is superior to the right of El Salvador to clean drinking water  — and an unappealable World Bank secret tribunal will decide if that is so. Drinking water is the underdog here. It might...
The Obsolescence of the Nation-State
URI AVNERY
TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotlan...
Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
RALPH NADER
The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a big...
US Guilty of War Crimes in Palestine
SAM BAHOUR
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the sum...
Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq. Even in the Middle East itself, the Yazidis and their way of life have been an enigma, shrouded by mystery and mostly grasped through stereotypes an...
Donors Will Fail Gaza Again
NICOLA NASSER
On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Pa...
What Shall I Tell My Fellow Syrians and Iraqis?
BARBARA NIMRI AZIZ
Shall I explain to these besieged, patient, impoverished millions that this war is the last one? Shall I confide that it’s hopeless; better get out? (To where?) Shall I urge them to enlist their sons with the moderate rebels who the coalition will support? Or, say “Fo...
Germany’s African Genocide
ANDRE VLTCHEK
How outrageous, how heartbreaking, how truly grotesque! Windhoek City – the capital of Namibia – is, at one extreme full of flowers and Mediterranean-style villas, and at the other, it is nothing more than a tremendous slum without water or electricity. And...
Perpetual War, Perpetual Bombing, Perpetual Losing
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS depends crucially on precision bombing by drones and airplanes.  The heavy lifting on the ground is supposed to be accomplished by our ‘allies’ in Iraq and the Syrian opposition, but as any...
Miss America is Back and Women’s Liberation Has Gone Missing
CAROL HANISCH
The protest of the Miss America Pageant in 1968 w...
America’s Global Agenda
NORMAN POLLACK
Even principled conservatives (yes, there are some, unlike principled liberals, a species near extinction) are beginning to shudder at Obama’s war-intensity and expansion of Executive power. George Will, not my favorite, had cogent things to say about Obama’s maneuver...
How Stieg Larsson Exposed the Swedish Far Right
LOUIS PROYECT
For the average person the early death of Stieg Larsson must have come as a disappointment since that meant that the fourth Dragon Tattoo novel would remain uncompleted, the last in a series that were perfect reading on the bus or subway going to work. I understood how th...
Oil and Water on The Two Way River
KEVIN BUCKLAND
Our paper canoes sit low in the water – you feel each wave like a new land rising beneath you, pulling you up and into some improbable future. We are in the untold times. Some of our species has managed to rocket the planet out of the geologic age we were bor...