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Postcards From The de-Valuation Carnival

Greg Palast 

In Brazil, the rich are nearly naked. In other countries, the wealthy distinguish themselves by what they wear. Here, it���s what you DON���T wear that marks the difference. The affluent and blonde wear no more than what look like cast-off eye-patches below their navels, while dark-skinned servants and heavily armed guards are uniformed head to toe. It is mid-summer, and the wealthy have retreated to their beach homes by helicopter - a new fad - so they can fly over Sao Paulo���s threatening, lawless slums. ...more

Utility Bill Plugs the Supply of Leaks

Greg Palast 

I SPENT my last night on the Observer 's expense account at the Groucho Club killing a ��30 bottle of claret. I had convinced the editor I needed a wad of dosh to maintain my cover as a grasping yuppie. But my mark, a young New Labour lobbyist, was in no mood for good vintage. ...more

In the Land of the Free, the Legal Eagle is King

Greg Palast 

There are 200 m guns in civilian hands in the United States. That works out at 200 per lawyer. Wade through the foaming websites of the anti-semites, weekend militiamen and Republicans, and it becomes clear that many among America's well-armed citizenry have performed the same calculation. Because if there is any hope of the ceasefire that they fear, it will come out of the barrel of a law suit. ...more

Inside Corporate America
The Few Cyberati Dial Handouts from the Many

Greg Palast 

It's 2022 and my grandchildren ask, 'Grandpa, when did the communications counter-revolution begin?' As we huddle round the cyberfire, they guess it all went wrong in October 1999. That was when MCI WorldCom paid $115 billion for Sprint Corporation which, once it had merged with AT&T in 2002, gave the telephony behemoth 80 per cent of America's long-distance market. ...more

Consumers set for Payout in Microsoft Case

Greg Palast 

All British users of Windows software - and that's almost everyone with a PC - could be in for a payment from Microsoft as a result of the US government's case against it for monopolising the market for operating systems. ...more

Bank Appoints Controversial TV Evangelist

Gregory Palast for The Observer/Guardian UK

The Bank of Scotland has appointed the controversial American TV evangelist Dr Pat Robertson as chairman of its US retail banking holding company. The fundamentalist minister is known in America as founder and president of the 1.2-million member far-right Christian Coalition and for his statements attacking feminists, homosexuals, Democrats and Hindus. ...more

Native Inc Oils Wheels in Alaska

Greg Palast 

Holy week is especially solemn in Chenega. On Good Friday 1964, a tidal wave swept over the Chugach native village on Chenega Island in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Every home was washed out to sea. One-third of the residents drowned. ...more