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By Mark Ames
My Autocrat's Worse Than Your Autocrat: Corruption Galore In The Washington Post

(This article first appeared in TheNation.com on May 11, 2009.) The May 7 edition of the Washington Post features one of the most poorly timed op-ed commentaries in recent memory. Carrying the harmless headline “A Friend to Georgia and Russia,” it…

May 12, 2009 | Comments (17)

By Eileen Jones
The Embiggening Power of Star Trek ‘09

So Star Trek ’09 is out, it’s a big hit, and response to it is way over the top. This is highly enjoyable if you like to see people grappling with a popular culture artifact as if their lives depended…

May 11, 2009 | Comments (23)

By Gary Brecher
War Nerd: The Tamil Tigers Shoulda Listened to Yo’ Mao-Mao

Velupillai Prabhakaran: LTTE’s Guerrilla Generalissimo One thing you have to give the doomed Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka credit for: their supporters sitting in comfortable first-world cities have no shame when it comes to begging for help. Militarily the Sri…

May 11, 2009 | Comments (50)

By Matt Harvey
The Making Of K-Town: Inside New York's Real Estate Hype Machine

I’ve always taken it for granted that brokers disseminate lies through the media to tweak property values. But a couple of weeks ago, I became a small cog in the national real estate propaganda machine myself while reporting for the…

May 10, 2009 | Comments (27)

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By Mr. Walker
The "Stress Test" Scam

The results are in and, completely and utterly to no surprise at all, the US banking system is in decent fundamental shape. Yup, Dr. Geithner and Nurse Bernanke had the 19 largest banks in the US drop trow, grabbed their…

May 8, 2009 | Comments (17)

By Yasha Levine
Locked 'n Loaded For The Coming Obama-lypse

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Ever since it became clear that Barack Obama would be our next president, there’s been an unprecedented run on guns ‘n ammo in America. Partly this is fueled by fears, some justified, some not, that Obama will…

May 7, 2009 | Comments (78)

By Mark Ames
Radio Segment: Mark Ames Reads An Unforgettable Letter To America's Grandchildren

In the newest radio installment, Mark Ames reads to listeners a most unusual and fascinating letter from a member of the “generation of retirees” to their grandchildren. It’s an eye-opener!  This segment was aired on Los Angeles’ KPFK radio on…

May 6, 2009 | Comments (26)