Year: 2000

Tony Rushes in Where Bill Fears to Tread

Greg Palast 

For all those conspiracy cranks and paranoid anti-globalisers who imagine that the planet's corporate elite and government functionaries actually meet to conspire about their blueprint for rewriting the laws of sovereign nations, be advised that the next meeting of the New World Order is being held this week at the Swiss Hotel in Brussels. It is the mid-year meeting of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue. ...more

Postcards From The de-Valuation Carnival

Greg Palast 

In Brazil, the rich are nearly naked. In other countries, the wealthy distinguish themselves by what they wear. Here, it���s what you DON���T wear that marks the difference. The affluent and blonde wear no more than what look like cast-off eye-patches below their navels, while dark-skinned servants and heavily armed guards are uniformed head to toe. It is mid-summer, and the wealthy have retreated to their beach homes by helicopter - a new fad - so they can fly over Sao Paulo���s threatening, lawless slums. ...more

Utility Bill Plugs the Supply of Leaks

Greg Palast 

I SPENT my last night on the Observer 's expense account at the Groucho Club killing a ��30 bottle of claret. I had convinced the editor I needed a wad of dosh to maintain my cover as a grasping yuppie. But my mark, a young New Labour lobbyist, was in no mood for good vintage. ...more

In the Land of the Free, the Legal Eagle is King

Greg Palast 

There are 200 m guns in civilian hands in the United States. That works out at 200 per lawyer. Wade through the foaming websites of the anti-semites, weekend militiamen and Republicans, and it becomes clear that many among America's well-armed citizenry have performed the same calculation. Because if there is any hope of the ceasefire that they fear, it will come out of the barrel of a law suit. ...more