n today's program, a master class in journalism, high finance, and election fraud from reporting investigator, Greg Palast. Trained at Chicago's infamous School of Economics under Milton Friedman, (Godfather of Trickle Down Economics and inspiration to the Gordon Gekko mantra of the era, "Greed is Good") Palast transitioned into journalism because the reporters he was feeding stories of malfeasance in high places to routinely screwed them up, or allowed their editors bleed them white.
But, as a trailblazing DIY investigator, he soon discovered; having a great story to tell doesn't mean the media will tell it. Finding himself in the position of having, as he says, "to take hostages to get his name in American papers," Greg Palast ventured across the Atlantic, finding a home with London's Guardian newspaper, and later presenting his investigations on the BBC flagship television program, Newsnight.
Greg Palast is the author of several books, including New York Times bestsellers, 'Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,' 'Armed Madhouse,' and 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.' His latest is 'Vultures' Picnic,' named by the BBC's Newsnight Review as "Book of the Year for 2012." In addition to Britain's Guardian, (who regards him as "the most important investigative journalist of our time...") and the BBC, Greg's reports are featured Stateside by The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, and online at Truthout.org. Listen. Hear.
Greg Palast film exposés include: 'Billionaires and Ballot Bandits - The Movie,' 'Vultures and Vote Rustlers.' 'Why We Occupy - Palast Live!,' 'Big Easy to Big Empty,' 'Bush Family Fortunes, ' 'The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,' 'Palast Investigates,' 'The Election File,' and with Jeremy Scahill 'Big Noise: From Black Water to White Powder.' Greg Palast in the first half.
And; today, people from across the province gathered here in Victoria for 'Food for the Future - the Family Day Rally for Farmland
.' Right now, in support of "the fracking industry," "foreign electricity exports," or for "increased demand for domestic electricity consumption," (all lines used to variously "justify" the destruction by dam construction of thousands of hectares of prime farm land in the Peace River country) the proposed Site C dam would certainly, in a time of growing food insecurity, destroy not just some of our best farm land and wildlife habitat, but would also displace homesteader families, and visit again cultural dispossession for First Nations.
I went down to the demo to catch the tenor of the times
. Food for our future at the first Family Day for Farmland rally in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher, and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft
will be here between segments to bring us up to speed with some of the other newz emanating from our streets and beyond. But first, Greg Palast and the state of his industry, journalism, under the Industrial State.
Created on Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:11
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Washington’s Military Aid to Israel: Fake Peace Process, Real War Process
by Chase Madar
e Americans have funny notions about foreign aid. Recent polls show that, on average, we believe
28% of the federal budget is eaten up by it, and that, in a time of austerity, this gigantic bite of the budget should be cut back
to 10%. In actual fact, barely 1%
of the federal budget goes to foreign aid of any kind.
In this case, however, truth is at least as strange as fiction. Consider that the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid over the past three decades isn’t some impoverished land filled with starving kids, but a wealthy nation with a per-head gross domestic product on par with the European Union average, and higher than that of Italy, Spain, or South Korea.
Consider also that this top recipient of such aid -- nearly all of it military since 2008 -- has been busily engaged in what looks like a nineteenth-century-style colonization project.
Created on Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:00
Written by Charles Sullivan
Third World America’s Trade Agreements
by Charles Sullivan
- The PicketT
he corporate media would have us believe that the nation is in the midst of an economic recovery.
In the shadow of the approaching mid-term elections, the president cites the number of jobs created and speaks optimistically about America’s economic future. The future is indeed bright, but only if you are among the wealthiest one percent of the population.
For instance, since the 2007 recession, the greatest crisis of capitalism in 75 years, corporate profits have risen, CEO salaries and bonuses are at record levels and the stock market is soaring. By contrast, workers’ wages have stagnated for more than four decades, benefits are either few or non-existent, and workers are encumbered with debt that forces them to perform multiple jobs— if they can find them—in order to survive.
Jobs that offer long-term security and a living wage are scarce even for those with university degrees. Adjusted for inflation, today’s workers are worse off than they were in the late 1960s.
Read more: Not with a Bang: TPP Whimper Takes America with the Stroke of a Pen
Created on Saturday, 08 February 2014 10:02
Written by Press Release
Tell Haitian coup survivors many Canadians do care
by Canada Haiti Action NetworkD
ear CHAN Comrades;
As some of you may recall, the years following the 2004 coup were particularly brutal for the inhabitants of Cité Soleil and Bélair. At one point the U.N. troops barricaded Cité Soleil whose residents were trapped in their own neighborhood, having only the sea as a possible escape route.
It was during this period that an extraordinary gesture of solidarity took place when equally impoverished folks cooked food and boiled water to bring to their brothers and sisters under siege in Cité Soleil.
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 17:37
Written by Greg Palast
Hedge Fund Hog Makes Mommy's Monkey Jump
by Greg Palast
(update of story from Truthout) - Gregpalast.com O
n Thursday, a federal jury found Mathew Martoma guilty of insider trading. Martoma, who's only worth a hundred million or so, is small potatoes. He's taking a fall for his boss–and his boss' mommy–and her monkey.
Martoma's boss is Steven A. Cohen, worth about $9 billion, who directs a criminal enterprise masquerading as a hedge fund called SAC Capital. The description of SAC as a crime scene is drawn from the findings of the jury, Securities and Exchange Commission charges and Cohen's own confessions.
While eight of Cohen's partners-in-crime have been convicted and Martoma is about to join them in the Big House, Cohen has performed enough ju-ju on the system to keep charges filed against him personally to civil, not criminal, counts. So far.
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 16:36
Written by Jim Miles
Reviewing 'From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-Emerging Islamic Civilization'
by Jim Miles
n his introduction, Eric Walberg states; “The main purpose of this book is to help the reader to understand the alternative map which Islam offers.” This is both a literal and figural map, an alternative to the imperial and neo-colonial boundaries that divide the Islamic world, and an alternative viewpoint to that of the imperial driver of capitalism. This offer includes “realigning ourselves with Nature, and rediscovering humanity's’’ spiritual evolutionary path...without abandoning the vital role of reason.”
This path along this alternate view is created strongly, with an obvious sympathy for the parts of Islam that are little known to the capitalist imperial view. It is a fully comprehensive path, leading the reader through time and through not just the Middle East, but on into Northern Africa, the Sahel, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The path always interacts with the imperial capitalist landscape ranging from the original European nationalist empires of France, Britain, Spain, and Holland on through to the hegemonic empire of the United States that has subordinated the previous empires into its fold. This has been done through military backing of corporate enterprises and many financial maneuverings that have - up until now - managed to stretch this empire into a full global span.
The first chapter “Islam, Christianity, and Judaism” explains the nature of the Koran without the political prejudice brought on by imperial reaction (blowback) to occupation and creation of the ‘evil’ other. Following that, it presents a broad history of Islam up until the era of the First World War.
While the interactions with Christianity were often violent, Islamic expansion eastward generally tended to be accomplished more peacefully through trade and missionaries - the latter of course being against the military corporate interests of the west.
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:46
Written by Press Release
BCCLA Files Complaint Against RCMP and CSIS For Spying on Enbridge Pipeline Opponents
he British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed two complaints today against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The complaints allege that the two agencies illegally monitored and spied on the peaceful and democratic activities of community groups and First Nations opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
These groups include ForestEthics Advocacy, Dogwood Initiative, LeadNow.ca, the Idle No More movement, and others.
The BCCLA alleges that the RCMP and CSIS interfered with the freedoms of expression, assembly and association protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by gathering intelligence about citizens opposed to the Enbridge project through a range of sources.