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  •  I don't know much about (6+ / 0-)

    Palast.  Should I do more research?  What I do know about him makes me think he has some fascinating research but for some reason that I can't put my finger on, I'm cautious about him.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:30:48 AM PDT

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    •  I like him (1+ / 0-)
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      ek hornbeck

      His stuff has always rung true and prescient to me. Some may think his rants over the top, but the homework always seems solid. He's very strong on Voting-related scams and crimes...

      I've read Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization and High Finance Fraudsters, but haven't gotten to Vulture's Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores or the latest: Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal An Election In 9 Easy Steps, with Comics by Ted Rall (whom I know, spent time with at Occupy in D.C.; read his Anti-American Manifesto ('10)), and intro by RFK, Jr.

      Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George. His reports on the theft of the 2000 and 2004 US elections, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq's oil fields have won him a record six Project Censored awards for reporting the news American media doesn't want you to hear. "The top investigative journalist in the United States is persona non grata in his own country's media." [Asia Times.] He returned to America to report for Harper's Magazine.

      Palast's Sam Spade style television and print exposés about financial vultures, election manipulations, War on Terror and globalization,  are seen on BBC's Newsnight and Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!

      Palast, who has led investigations for governments on three continents, has an academic side: the author of Democracy and Regulation, a seminal treatise on energy corporations and government control was commissioned by the United Nations based on his lectures at Cambridge University and the University of São Paulo.

      Beginning in the 1970s, having earned his degree in finance at the University of Chicago studying under Milton Friedman and free-trade luminaries, Palast went on to challenge their vision of a New Global Order, working for the United Steelworkers of America, the Enron workers' coalition in Latin America and consumer and environmental groups worldwide.

      In 1998 Palast went undercover for Britain's Observer, worked his way inside the prime minister's inner circle and busted open Tony Blair's biggest scandal, "Lobbygate," chosen by Palast's press colleagues in the UK as "Story of the Year." As the Chicago Tribune said, Palast became a "fanatic about documents--especially those marked "secret and confidential" from the locked file cabinets of the FBI, the World Bank, the US State Department and other closed-door operations of government and industry--which regularly find their way into his hands. The inside information he obtained on Rev. Pat Robertson won him a nomination as Britain's top business journalist.

      Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. His writings have won him the Financial Times David Thomas Prize--and inspired the Eminem video, Mosh. "An American hero," said Martin Luther King III. In the BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes, Palast exposed George Bush Jr.'s dodging the Vietnam War draft. Greg Palast, says Noam Chomsky, "Upsets all the right people."

      Palast won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes.

      Re: "...will the American people notice, or are they dumb as sticks to quote the social historian Morris Berman who blames the culture for our problems." - don midwest. don, I'd like you to meet Woody and Twiggy. ☮ ♥ ☺

      by Words In Action on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:50:40 AM PDT

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