If you see the new Pluto Press title on your bookseller's shelves, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," by former Chicagoan Greg Palast, don't pick it up. ...more
New York - With echos of Fox News versus Al Franken, ex-Governor Mario Cuomo this week filed suit against Franken's publisher, Penguin, over the ex-politico's mention in the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. ...more
Former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein was taken into custody yesterday at approximately 8:30pm Baghdad time. Various television executives, White House spin doctors and propaganda experts at the Pentagon are at this time wrestling with the question of whether to claim PFC Jessica Lynch seized the ex-potentate or that Saddam surrendered after close hand-to-hand combat with current Iraqi strongman Paul Bremer III.
Right-Wing Corporations Are Programming and Manning Our Nationï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s New Touch-Screen Voting Machines, Tallying Election Results With No Federal Supervision.
Worse, the Software They Use Is Disturbingly Tamper-Prone, and the Lack of a Paper Trail Makes Recounts Nearly Impossible. .. Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Greg Palast, Actor Peter Coyote and Author Bev Harris Explain Why the Fix Is Probably Already in for 2004. ...more
This week came the payoff when President Bush appointed James Baker III to "restructure" the debts of the nation of Iraq. ...more
Greg’s Letter Printed In The New York Times
Re: Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed on December 2
To the Editor:
Paul Krugman (“Hack the Vote,” column, Dec. 2) warns against the danger of computerized voting machines, but the real danger is the new, federally mandated computerization of voter rolls.
As he mentions, the disaster in Florida in 2000 was the wrongful disenfranchisement of voters.
Katherine Harris’s office, using a computerized database with known faults, misidentified these citizens as felons, then purged them from voter registries.
Last year, with little fanfare and less scrutiny, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which effectively orders all states to buy the computerized voting machines that Mr. Krugman rightly dreads. Worse, the law requires all states to computerize their voter rolls and purge those lists of suspect voters, a la Florida.
Heaven help us when President Bush and Congress tell us that they are going to “help” us vote.
GREG PALAST New York, Dec. 2, 2003
The writer, an investigative reporter, is the author of a book about the disenfranchisement of black voters in Florida in the 2000 election.
Hugo Chavez has an attitude problem. Only last April the Venezuelan president escaped a kidnapping by the Chairman of the nation’s Chamber of Commerce. This weekend, Chavez is facing a recall petition by the angry rich of Venezuela. He also faces the wrath of an angry rich American president who does not appreciate Chavez’ bad attitude toward globalization a la Rumsfeld.
By Christopher Horton
Asia Times Online
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the man widely considered as the top investigative journalist in the United States is persona non grata in his own country’s media. For Greg Palast, an accidental journalist, this is not upsetting. “Our news is like Pravda,” he stated matter-of-factly from his New York office in a recent interview with Asia Times Online.
Palast is content to continue his investigative reports into what he perceives as an American oligarchy – a nexus between politicians and corporations in which the line between the two is increasingly blurred – an endeavor which he pursues across the Atlantic in the British media. However, …more