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The Fast Track Trade Jihad

Inside Corporate America
After the attack on the World Trade Center, some enterprising hucksters here in New York tried to sell little bags of ashes to victims families, supposedly of their missing kin.
The stomach-churning commercialization of mass murder didn’t bottom out there. Barely had the towers hit the ground when U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick proclaimed the way to defeat Osama bin Laden was to grant George W. Bush extraordinary ‘fast-track’ trade treaty negotiating authority. Ambassador bin Zoellick, speaking from what looked like a cave on Capitol Hill, surrounded by unidentified Republicans, said Americans had to choose: stand up for free trade or for terrorism.

The Globalizer Who Came In From the Cold Joe Stiglitz: Today's Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

The World Bank’s former Chief Economist’s accusations are eye-popping – including how the IMF and US Treasury fixed the Russian elections
“It has condemned people to death,” the former apparatchik told me. This was like a scene out of Le Carre. The brilliant old agent comes in from the cold, crosses to our side, and in hours of debriefing, empties his memory of horrors committed in the name of a political ideology he now realizes has gone rotten.

E. Actual Ganador del Premio Nobel en Economia

“Han condenado a muerte a la gente”, el ex-tecnócrata me dijo. Era como una escena de una novela de espías. El brillante agente deserta, pasa para nuestro lado, y después de horas de interrogación, vacía su memoria de los horrores cometidos en nombre de una ideologí­a polí­tica que ahora él mismo reconoce como podrida.
Sin embargo, aquí­ en mi presencia, tenía una presa mucho más grande que cualquier espía de la Guerra Fría. Joseph Stiglitz fue Economista en Jefe del Banco Mundial. En gran parte, el nuevo orden mundial económico es su teoría hecha realidad.

Globalisten Som Kom in Från Kylan

Joseph Stiglitz: Ã…rets ekonomipristagare
“Den har dömt människor till döden”, berättade världsbankens förre apparatchik för mig. Det var som en scen frÃ¥n Le Carre. Den mästerlige gamle agenten kommer in frÃ¥n kylan, hoppar över till vÃ¥r sida, och under nÃ¥gra timmars debriefing berättar han om sina minnen av illdÃ¥d begÃ¥gna för en politisk ideologi han nu inser blivit rutten.

Two Symbols of American Capitalist Hegemony

Inside Corporate America
There’s two people you ought to know: Greg O’Neill and Clinton Davis. They are exceptionally important because, according to Rana Kabbani, writing in my British sister paper The Guardian, they are “two symbols of American hegemony.” Technically, she was referring to the two towers of the World Trade Center. But it was not American hegemony which fell 50 floors into horrid, crushing oblivion. Nor was it just some architectural artifact which was instructed with the “painful lesson” about US foreign policy described by Kabbani with unapologetic glee.

Insane About Asylum

George W, of all people, has called for making a few million immigrants into citizens of the US of A. A few of his business buddies have figured out that what comes across the Rio Grande is free ‘human capital,’ brown gold. But even the grating profiteering off the business of citizenship doesn’t take away the rare chance to say something almost nice about America — if only by contrast to Britain’s swivel-eyed fear of the strangers in their strange land…
So here’s me, using one of the lowest tricks in journalism — asking a London cab driver to give his salt-of-the-earth opinion on one of the great issues of the day: asylum seekers. He couldn’t wait.

Quien disparo sobre Argentina?Las huellas digitales acusan al FMI

Las noticias recientes acerca de America del Sur son que Argentina murio, o al enos lo hizo su economia. Uno de cada seis trabajadores estaban desempleados incluso antes del comienzo de este sombrio invierno austral. Y ahora que la produccion industrial — que ya venia con un descenso del 25 por ciento en este ano — entro en una especie de coma, millones de argentinos mas perdieron su trabajo. La crisis se desencadeno por una medida que disparo las tasas de interes a más del 90 por ciento sobre los prestamos denominados en dolares.

Who Shot Argentina?The Finger Prints On the Smoking Gun Read 'I.M.F.’

And news this week in South America is that Argentina died, or at least its economy. One in six workers were unemployed even before the beginning of this grim austral winter. Millions more have lost work as industrial production, already down 25% for the year, fell into a coma induced by interest rates which, by one measure, have jumped to over 90% on dollar-denominated borrowings.

Amnesty loses face

Following a landmark libel case ruling, an investigative journalist has warned other reporters not to put their faith in human rights organisation Amnesty International as a reliable source of stories.
The warning was made by investigative journalist Greg Palast, following a libel case concerning an article originally published in UK Sunday broadsheet The Observer, in which certain allegations were made against the multinational mining company Barrick.

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.