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Are U.S. Corporations Going to “Win” The Iraq War?

Greg Palast 

The Bush AgendaGuest Column By Antonia Juhasz

Upon his return from Iraq on October 5, Senator John Warner, Republican of Virginia, remarked “There is progress being made in certain areas, but you just find that so many communities don’t even have drinking water. It seems to me that the situation is simply drifting sideways.”

Many of us have been saying since before the war began that corporate interests have taken precedence over those of the Iraqi and American public. Reconstruction””that is, the lack thereof, has become an increasingly recognized cost of the Bush administration’s corporate agenda. …more

Eyes-Only Memos Show Who Done It

Greg Palast 

In Buenos Aires, the Paris of Latin America, police gunned down two dozen Argentines in December after they chose to face bullets rather than starvation. The nation���s currency had crumbled and unemployment had shot up from a grim 16 percent to millions more than the collapsing government could measure. The economy had been murdered in cold blood. ...more

‘You’ll get skinned alive’: When Tony met Enron

Greg Palast 

When Tony met Enron I was there to witness love at first sight. New Labour was warned about Enron and its number crunchers, Arthur Andersen, after the office of Jack Cunningham, then Tony Blair's Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, rang me in New York at 5am on 21 September 1995. ...more

Guerrilla of the Year

Greg Palast 

Editor's Pick, ��January 2, 2002

It was a big year for muckraker Greg Palast. He broke shocking stories about the Bush
Administration's spiking of intelligence probes into bin Laden and Jeb Bush's role in the
Florida election theft. ...more

The WTO’s Hidden Agenda

Greg Palast 

Three confidential documents from inside the World Trade Organization Secretariat and a group of captains of London finance, who call themselves the "British Invisibles," reveal the extraordinary secret entanglement of industry with government in designing European and American proposals for radical pro-business changes in WTO rules. ...more

The Fast Track Trade Jihad

Greg Palast 

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. ...more

Two Symbols of American Capitalist Hegemony

Greg Palast 

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." ...more

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

Greg Palast 

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. …more

Why The Lights Went Out
All Over California

Greg Palast 

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. …more

Ask No Questions…

Greg Palast 


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. …more

A High Price to Pay For The Power and The Glory

Greg Palast 

The Firms That are Pulling The Plug on California Learnt Their Trade From Margaret Thatcher

The Observer

President George W. Bush has announced that on 7 February, come hell or high water, he will end Bill Clinton’s order directing emergency electricity supplies to California.
As the lights on the Golden Gate bridge blink off, the state’s politicians are in full panic that this spells bankruptcy for two giant regional electricity companies, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric. Not me. I can’t think of anything which would more joyously combine historic justice and good public policy than their corporate death. …more

Some Power Trip – from the Washington Post

Greg Palast 

As the lights go out over California, state politicians are in a Henny Penny panic that the two big local power companies, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., will collapse into bankruptcy. ...more

Dear Richard, Don’t Say We Didn’t Tell You

Greg Palast 

For Gtech, an In With The Bush Family is Worth More Than Anything Lottery Players Have in Their Hand
The Observer

Congratulations to George W Bush and to Camelot on their victories.
More than a year ago, we reported that the Government had decided to let Camelot retain control of the National Flutter in perpetuity. That was two weeks before the formal bidding process began. Despite our announcement, Richard Branson soldiered on, refusing, like the last dinosaur, to heed the voice whispering: ‘Excuse me, but you’re extinct.’ …more