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Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman Support The Palast Investigative Fund and keep our work alive. Become a monthly Contributor.

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What Do You Call a Failed Insurrection? PRACTICE

Forget the whack-jobs who invaded the Capitol one year ago today. These “insurrectionists” were schmucks with no chance of overturning the election. (I don’t dismiss the gravity of their actions–they crushed the skull of a policeman and threatened other murders in the hall of the people.) But truly, the real danger was in the Oval Office when, two days earlier, Trump peddled a… READ MORE

Biden refuses to use political capital to bust the filibuster and save voting rights

Palast joins the By Any Means Necessary crew to discuss the blocking of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act by Senate Republicans, the history of the filibuster as a tool of racist disenfranchisement, Biden’s refusal to use political capital to bust it, and how Democrats’ inaction on issues such as voting rights contributed to their recent electoral defeats. … READ MORE

They can imprison Steven Donziger, but they cannot silence him

On the morning of Steven Donziger’s sentencing hearing, I spoke extensively with the human rights attorney about his extraordinary case. Donziger was sentenced to prison for 6 months — punishment for winning a $9 billion judgment against Chevron for destroying the Amazon with oil sludge. Denied bail, while awaiting his appeal, Donziger began his sentence on October 27th, 2021 at the federal prison in Danbury, CT. While he’s incarcerated… READ MORE

Roger Waters: Hey, Judge, Leave Donziger Alone

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame attended the trial and persecution of Steven Donziger, the human rights lawyer who defended the Cofan indigenous people of the Amazon against Chevron Oil. Waters actually sat through several days of the trials, horrified at the… READ MORE

Ali Alexander subpoenaed by Congress
Exposed as instigator behind illegal Jan 6 march on Capitol

Today, Congress finally subpoenaed Ali Alexander, whom our investigation exposed as the instigator of the illegal January 6 march on the capitol. We had, on January 8 also disclosed that the Georgia Republican Party had officially sponsored Alexander despite his threats of violence if Trump were not declared re-elected. The Select Committee to Investigative the January 6th Attack filed… READ MORE

Chevron: A Smoking Gun and a Cover Up

In 2011, an Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion for the poisoning of indigenous lands. The courts found that Chevron’s Texaco operation had illegally dumped 16 billion gallons of deadly oil waste.

The smoking gun? This confidential document, in which the Chairman of Chevron Oil’s Texaco division personally orders that incriminating evidence of oil sludge dumping in Ecuador be “removed…and destroyed.” … READ MORE

Steven Donziger sentenced to six months in prison

[Oct 1, 2021: New York] Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger was sentenced to six months in prison today for contempt of court. For the first time in US history in such a case, he was prosecuted not by the US Justice Department, but by a private attorney who worked for Chevron. He received the maximum sentence for… READ MORE

Fact Injection: Donziger v. Chevron

This is the first time in history that a private corporation has criminally prosecuted a U.S. citizen. In an unprecedented move, a judge asked Chevron’s lawyers to prosecute Donziger for criminal contempt — after the Department of Justice had refused to do so. No jury would convict Donziger, so the judge refused him a jury trial and found him guilty. On October 1 this judge is going to sentence Donziger. He could get six months in jail—on top of the two years he’s already served under house arrest—so I want you to… READ MORE

The Cheese Smelled Funny So We Threw It in the Jungle
Vultures' Picnic: Chapter 5

I ended up out here in the rain forest half by accident. I had some confidential papers from the World Bank I intended to give to Ecuador’s President. But, going through the documents, it was clear that there was no way to understand Ecuador, which had just rejoined OPEC, without first following the oil. And following the oil meant going into the oil fields in the jungle and grilling the Natives about their claims of illnesses and deaths … READ MORE

Why We Occupy
Occupy Wall Street: Protecting the People from the Powerful for 10 years!

Why We Occupy, my talk for Pacifica Radio, is my detailed J’accuse against the 1%. It’s as fresh and relevant today as 10 years ago — a summary of eight of my most crucial investigations into the war between Them and Us. And to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street’s occupation of Zuccotti Park, in New York’s financial district, we’re offering … READ MORE

My own Forever War: Afghanistan and 9-11

Last week, Fawad Andarabi, a well-known folk singer in Afghanistan, invited the new Taliban leaders to his home to show his compliance and respect. 
Taliban don’t approve of folk singing. But they enjoyed his luncheon, then took him out and shot him in the head. The same day I heard of Fawad’s execution, I got an email from… READ MORE

Louisiana Black-out: Not an Act of God, an Act of Entergy

The darkness, the misery and death you are witnessing in Louisiana is not an act of God, it’s an act of Entergy Inc. I was hired by the City of New Orleans to investigate why their power company, Entergy, simply can’t keep the lights on while citizens’ electric bills soar. That was in 1986. In 35 years, nothing has changed my official conclusion: Entergy is a racketeering enterprise parading as a… READ MORE

Socialize Power

What’s the solution for the endless electricity disasters from Louisiana to California? Socialism.

As I and other experts hired by the city of New Orleans told the politicians, put Entergy out of business. Create a publicly owned system that wouldn’t have wires that … READ MORE

Ed Asner (1929-2021)
A Lion in Underpants

Ed once told me he could’ve kissed the network’s ass, promised to be a good on-stage puppet, an off-stage mute, and save his career which was now on the new Black List.
But he couldn’t. Couldn’t stay silent. Instead, Ed grew louder.
And unstoppable.  
At dinner this week… READ MORE

The Ex-Con Con-Job
North Carolina to allow ex-cons to vote, too bad the Dems are MIA on registering them.

North Carolina courts ruled to allow ex-cons to vote even if they haven’t paid old fines. The GOP is freaking. Here’s why: a University of Minnesota study found 89% of ex-cons vote Democratic, no matter their color. I’ve calculated that over 9 million ex-cons are ELIGIBLE to vote — but need help and guidance getting through the berzerko rules for ex-cons to register — which ain’t so easy for … READ MORE

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