To Russia With Love and $15 Billion

Here’s a hot idea: Why don’t we send 10,000 tons of high level uranium waste to Russia? You’d rather not? Not until you buy your lead suit?
OK then, how about we send 10,000 tons of radioactive garbage to Russia and throw in $15 billion for Vladimir Putin. For the cash, Putin must solemnly promise to store the potential bomb-making material safely and not let any of it slip into the hands of the Iranians or the IRA.

Reporter in Hot Water

Mmmmm. Ahhhhh.
In a hot tub somewhere just outside New York on a humid summer night, your correspondent sinks down into the bubbles in the mood for a True Life detective story.
Here’s a good one: Four men on a boat, a cruise ship to Bermuda, July 1994. Back on shore they fell ill, one with a fever so fierce his brain was damaged. One died.

Kissing the Censor's Whip

Britain’s two leading editors and a reporter face jail for printing a story embarrassing the government – but objections to this assault on freedom of the press were slow and timid.
GREG PALAST reports on how Britain’s journalists learned to love the censorship that lashes them.

Why The Lights Went Out All Over California

America Preached The Wonders of Free Markets to The Rest of The World
But Exempted Itself — Until Last Year

Sunday July 1, 2001
The Observer
Napoleon called England a nation of shopkeepers, but the Little Corporal never tried to purchase dietary staples (organic milk, Red Bull) from a Tesco Express. I tackled the manager as to why they were out of stock AGAIN. ‘It’s Friday,’ he said, as if that were an unforeseen occurrence, like a rogue tidal wave that had engulfed Upper Street and prevented deliveries. I began to explain that ‘Friday’ is what accountants call a ‘recurring event’ and HAVEN’T YOU BRITONS EVER HEARD OF COMPUTERS YOU KNOW THOSE THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE TELEVISIONS WITH TYPEWRITERS ATTACHED… but, by then, everyone was looking around at that despised figure, the Complaining American.

Multinacionales Sedientas De Ganancias

El suministro de agua potable es la ultima adquisicion de Companias Britanicas sedientas y al servicio del Tí¬o Sam.
En Cochabamba, el nuevo Imperio Bretaña construye un dique por la verdad. por Gregory Palast
Gregory Palast es un experto e reconocido en regulación de la empresa de servicios publicos. Este arté culo se publicí  primero por el periodico del Observador de Londres en el que Palast escribe una columna semanal.

Silence of The Media Lambs: The Election Story Never Told

Editor’s Note: Investigative reporting about voting rights violations in the U.S. have been page one news — in Britain. Palast is fighting mad about the lack of interest shown by U.S. outlets in stories that are making waves worldwide. His report on what happened to his reporting is the latest media “whistleblower” story on MediaChannel, where this story first appeared.

Smells Like Texas

Ah, the smell of Texas in the morning!
According to LaNell Anderson, real estate agent, what I’m smelling is a combination of hydrogen sulphide and some other, unidentifiable toxic gunk. We’ve pulled up across from a pond on Houston’s ship channel, home of the biggest refinery and chemical complex in America. The pond is filled with benzene residues, a churning, burbling goop. Though there’s a little park nearby, this is not a bucolic swimming hole. Rather, imagine your toilet backed up, loaded, churning and ripe – assuming your toilet is a half-mile in circumference.

Bush Energy Plan: California Reamin'

You nasty-minded readers probably believe George Bush’s Energy Plan is just some pee-brained scheme to pay off the Presidents oil company buddies, fry the planet, and smother Mother earth in coal ash, petroleum pollutants and nuclear waste. If that’s what you think, you’ve overlooked the really vicious intent of the whole program.
It’s payback time – and Bush intends to make California pay. Let me list California’s sins.

IMF and World Bank meet in Washington

GREG PALAST:
It’s quiet now, but all police leave in the capital has been cancelled. They’re taking no chances after last week’s anti-globalisation protests in Quebec and the street wars on this spot during the same meeting last year of the IMF and World Bank. So what’s their complaint? The protesters say that what we have here is a conspiracy – the World Bank, IMF and World Trade Organisation don’t help the poor of the world, they crush them. Well, the bosses are here today, let’s ask them. Mr Wolfensohn, the protesters say you are the chief of a secretive, undemocratic world government which has made poverty worse worldwide. How do you respond?

GATS Got His Tongue

(Note to American readers: Replace the words “Trade Minister Dick Caborn” with the words, “US Trade Representative” – whose assurances about the WTO are virtually interchangeable with European ministers’ happy-talk…)
Britain’s Trade Minister Dick Caborn does nothing all day and that keeps him very, very busy. Caborn is busy reassuring his nation that nothing in the proposed General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) threatens Britain’s environmental regulations. Nothing in GATS permits American corporate powers to overturn safety and health regulations.

Gregory Palast – International Investigative Reporter

Gregory Palast is almost certainly the greatest investigative journalist you’ve never heard of. An award-winning reporter in Britain, where he writes for The Guardian and The Sunday Observer, as well as hosts the BBC’s 60 Minutes-esque Newsnight, Palast abandoned his native America when the mainstream press declined to publish his groundbreaking, hard-hitting exposes, known for stripping bare abuses of power. Case in point: his recent series on how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris conspired to illegally purge the Florida voting rolls of thousands of former felons whose voting rights had been restored by other states, the vast majority of whom were (not coincidentally) Democrats. In the few venues that have bothered to report it in the United States, it’s caused scarcely a ripple. Palast will be in Cleveland on Tuesday to debunk reigning myths about the much-touted phenomenon known as globalization.

Ask No Questions…


The Hinduja-Funded Spirit Zone Wasn’t The Only Corporate Cash Deal Done at The Dome

For The Observer
Sir Anthony Hammond was so busy, busy, busy last month clearing absolutely everyone in Government over the Hinduja affair that he had no time to speak to the key witnesses. ‘I have not interviewed any of the Hinduja brothers,’ he writes in his report to the Prime Minister. ‘There were obvious practical difficulties in visiting them in India.’ Yes, and sea monsters had eaten all the phone lines to the sub-continent, I assume.
If on his way to investigate the Hinduja-funded Spirit Zone at the Millennium Dome Sir Anthony hadn’t been as hurried as the March Hare, I would have invited him on The Observer ‘s special tour of the Dome. Had he followed me through the doorway marked ‘Privileged Access’, he might have asked whether there was a flea market in favours surrounding Geoffrey Robinson, Peter Mandelson, John Prescott and others at the top of a Government obsessed with funding the Greenwich sinkhole and other New Labour projects. But Sir Anthony was not asked to ask questions about the Dome.

Inquiry into New Claims of Poll Abuses in Florida

The US civil rights commission was yesterday investigating allegations by the BBC’s Newsnight that thousands of mainly black voters in Florida were disenfranchised in the November election because of wholesale errors by a private data services company.