The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Democrats.com Chat with Greg Palast

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[Bob] Thank you all for joining us for our chat with Greg Palast! Greg has just published an outstanding book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” You can buy it on Amazon.
[GP] Have you read it, Bob, or are you just pulling my…
[Bob] As an Enron executive, I take the 5th!
[GP] It's a hit in Dublin!
[David] Europeans have an endless appetite for American foibles.

Greg Palast On Globalization

by Lloyd Hart
On one of the best trips I have ever taken to New York City in which I started the filming of a documentary on globalization, I had no idea what to expect from the protests that were about to take place over the arrival of the World Economic Forum as it made it's hasty retreat from it's mountain hideaway in Switzerland to what it thought was sacred corporate ground in New York City. I did however have a good idea what I could expect from Gregory Palast

The Great Florida Ex-Con Game

For Harper's Magazine
In November the U.S. media, lost in patriotic reverie, dressed up the Florida recount as a victory for President Bush.
But however one reads the ballots, Bush's win would certainly have been jeopardized had not some Floridians been barred from casting ballots at all. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state – Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protegees of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 “ex-felons,” who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls.

A BuzzFlash Interview with BBC Investigative Reporter GREG PALAST

Greg Palast, an investigative reporter for the BBC and the Observer (sister paper of the Guardian), is well-known among BuzzFlash readers for his expose on how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris disenfranchised black voters in Florida.
Based in London (because tenacious investigative reporters are not valued in the U.S. media, he says) Greg is thorough, cynical and fearless. In March, BuzzFlash.com will be featuring Greg's new investigative reporting book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” Greg Palast takes no prisoners. Here's Greg as quoted in news release by the Institute for Public Accuracy:

“The California blackouts are a simple case of greed run amok. The big winners in this monstrosity are Enron — the largest career contributor to George W. Bush — and other energy companies who have strangled the market. ‘Deregulation' is a lie — it is simply moving regulation from democratic government agencies to an unelected circle of market manipulators.”

Eyes-Only Memos Show Who Done It

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.
Who done it? The killers left fingerprints all over the warm corpse.

'You'll get skinned alive': When Tony met Enron

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.

t r u t h o u t's Marc Ash interviews Greg Palast

ma . t r u t h o u t | Greg, welcome to TO. We have been looking over your new book, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”
Greg Palast | Yes, now there is some prophecy in there that is coming too true, unfortunately.
ma . t r u t h o u t | You raise a number of hot-button issues. You revisit Florida. How far are we away from Florida at this point? What do we know that we didn't know before? What's the relevance to where we're at right now?

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.

Scrub Helps Shrub

The company that the Florida secretary of state contracted with in 1998 to help purge the state rolls of ineligible voters is well connected to GOP circles. The chairman of the board of Database Technologies, now the DBT Online unit of ChoicePoint Inc. of Atlanta, was former astronaut and prominent Republican Frank Borman.