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Letter From Athens: Inside the Greek Crisis with Anarchists and the Radicalized Ex-Middle-Class

I arrived in Athens only hours after the February 12 anti-austerity riots, the acrid odor of burnt-out banks still lingering downtown. I checked into a familiar haunt, the Hostel Zorbas on Victoria Square. The last time I stayed there, in the summer of 2001, the place still took drachmas and buzzed with backpackers just returned from Piraeus, where the ferries fan out to the pleasure islands of the Aegean. A decade later, those memories felt like the flashback scenes in The Road.

Mar 14, 2012 | Comments (85)

Slovakia Vs. The Cato Institute

In the early 2000’s, the co-chairman of the Cato Institute’s Project on Social Security Privatization, José Piñera, played a key role advising and overseeing Slovakia’s mass pension privatization, which passed in 2003 under the free-market government of Mikulas Dzurinda. Today, Slovakia’s retirees are groaning under the austerity pain administered to them by the Cato Institute.

Mar 12, 2012 | Comments (34)

Dispatch from Greece: Yogurt As A Form Of Political Protest

The co-ruling PASOK party had its national conference today. Its goal is to elect the new party leader who will succeed George Papandreou and will lead the Socialists in the coming elections. The candidates are Christos Papoutsis and Evangelos Venizelos. At some point, an old man approached Venizelos, complained about the cuts in his pension and then threw him a yogurt…

Mar 11, 2012 | Comments (16)

Absolutely Fabulous, Or Let’s Say You’re a Woman

If you’re a woman—and if you’re reading eXiled you’re probably not—but let’s say you are for the sake of argument—if you’re a woman, life’s already tough enough without the Rush Limbaugh Slutgate saturation media orgy, and right-wing political threats to…

Mar 10, 2012 | Comments (34)


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War Nerd Classic: Altar Boy Vs. Altar Boy In Uganda: The Lord’s Resistance Army & Joseph Kony

This article is a War Nerd Classic Christians are stone killers. You put a Christian and a lion in an arena and I’ll bet Toyotas to Subarus the Christian’ll have the lion for lunch. Just look around you: lions are…

Mar 7, 2012 | Comments (62)

Yves Smith: On the Continuing Oxymoron of Ethics at Harvard

This article is cross-posted from Naked Capitalism… There is so much crookedeness among our elites that it’s hard to know, absent more systematic study, whether Harvard is playing a leading role in this decline. However, the glaring gap between Harvard…

Mar 5, 2012 | Comments (33)

The Breitbart Conspiracy: Yasha Levine Goes To Westwood To Investigate Breitbaggers’ Claims Of White House Assassination Plot

I travelled to Breitbart’s hood to carry out a private investigation into what happened that fateful night …and found a grisly, blood-splattered crime scene just a block away from his home.

Mar 2, 2012 | Comments (69)

Mark Ames 1, Andrew Breitbart 0: Exiled Editor Does Dirty Chicken Dance On Breitbart’s Grave

Last autumn, Andrew Breitbart picked a fight with me. Now Andrew Breitbart is dead. Gee, whod’ya think won that little war?

Mar 1, 2012 | Comments (169)

Max Blumenthal: Progressive Democratic hero Elizabeth Warren enlists to serve AIPAC’s pro-war agenda

The national security/foreign policy position page on Warren’s campaign website reads as though it was cobbled together from AIPAC memos and the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry by the Democratic Party hacks who are advising her. It is pure boilerplate that suggests she knows about as much about the Middle East as Herman “Uzbeki-beki-stan-stan” Cain, and that she doesn’t care.

Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (33)

Why Is Ron Paul’s SuperPAC Headquartered In Mitt Romney’s Backyard?

But if the hacks ever do get around to following the money, they would very quickly stumble across one of the biggest WTF factoids of this primary season: Ron Paul’s SuperPAC, “Endorse Liberty,” is headquartered in Mitt Romney’s backyard: Salt Lake City, Utah.

Feb 29, 2012 | Comments (32)

AssKisser-Gate: Heartland Institute Founder David Padden Grovels For Master Charles Koch

I came across this hilarious groveling quote from Heartland founder David Padden about his all-knowing Master and Dear Leader, Charles Koch:

“I would never attempt to second-guess whatever he’s doing in the interest of making this a free country…”

Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (17)

Is A Politically Ambitious New York Lawyer Trying To Turn #OWS Into The Tea Party Express?

Occupy Wall Street activists have good reason to be pissed off at Michael Pollok, the New York attorney trying to organize a national Occupy convention in Philadelphia this coming July 4th. A quick look into Michael Pollok’s past points to yet another cynical political opportunist glomming onto the Occupy movement.

Feb 28, 2012 | Comments (36)

Ron Paul’s “Super PAC” Sugar Daddy: Builds Toys For The CIA, Spies On U.S. Citizens, Opposes Democracy & Women’s Suffrage

This article was first published at If there’s one thing that distinguishes Ron Paul from the rest of the GOP field, it’s his principled stand against American empire and his ardent defense of individual liberties. [1] Paul’s opposition to wars, bloated…

Feb 23, 2012 | Comments (49)

The Occupy Super PAC Non-Story: How Lazy Hacks Helped Breitbart Smear the Occupy Movement

Last week, several news organizations carried a story about an alleged Occupy PAC that, if true, would have driven another stake of political cynicism in the heart of the fractured movement, built on idealism and opposition to the corruption of…

Feb 22, 2012 | Comments (27)

eXile Classic: A Hero of Our Time Hunter S. Thompson 1937-2005

You wouldn’t have guessed he’d shoot himself, but it made sense after the fact. He always meant what he said and did, and he always had the guns around. It was right that he used one to blow his brains out.

I can’t remember the last time a celebrity death made me sad like this.

Feb 18, 2012 | Comments (66)

The eXiled’s Free Campaign Advice For Mitt Romney: “Baptize Ayn Rand”

We call our 1-point comeback campaign “Brigham Shrugs” and it boils down to this:

“Baptize Ayn Rand, already!”

Feb 17, 2012 | Comments (25)

RADICALS FOR CORPORATE POLLUTION: The Koch Cartel & The Heartland Institute

Yesterday, our old friends the Koch brothers were back in the news. The DeSmog Blog exposed how some of the most rancid trolls in the world of climate change-denialism are on the payroll of the Heartland Institute, one of the Koch…

Feb 15, 2012 | Comments (24)

Revolution From Within: An Office Worker Imagines The Odds

Let me tell you the game I was playing with a kid I love. He’s almost nine and has been into tough guy myths lately. He works out, so he’s extraordinarily strong for his age and thinks he’s safe against…

Feb 13, 2012 | Comments (61)

Romney-geddon! Mitt’s Foreign Policy Team Run By Ultra-Neocon Loons & Failures Itching For Nuclear War With Iran

According to a former SAIS student, not only did Karlin order a nuclear strike on Pakistan, she also took the opportunity to nuke Iran. Her classmates were shocked. It was the first time in 45 years that a simulation concluded with the deployment of a nuclear weapon.

That year, Karlin received a plum job in the Bush administration’s Department of Defense where, according to her bio she was “intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian affairs.”

Feb 8, 2012 | Comments (29)

From the Archives: Boomer Reactionaries in Subprime Suburb of Victorville, Calif., Rage Against Giving Healthcare To Their Kids And GrandKids…

In the spirit of the Millennial vs. Boomer debate raging in the comment section of Connor Kilpatrick’s great piece, “Thirty More Years of Hell,” I’d like to republish my account of an anti-healthcare town hall meeting I attended way back in 2009 in the subprime Southern California suburb of Victorville…

Feb 7, 2012 | Comments (28)

Thirty More Years of Hell

This is for my fellow Millennial. The one who gets his or her rocks off to visions of a glorious Boomer-hegemonic extinction, like those old claymation movies of dinosaurs getting nuked by meteor-fire. This is for those of you who, like me, need a vision of that mighty Boomer Brontosaurus keelin’ over for good…

Feb 6, 2012 | Comments (98)

Screenwriter Smackdown: Tarantino vs. The Coens

I got ahold of the script for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and was mildly smug about it till I found out everyone’s read it already. Apparently it got leaked ages ago. Nobody tells me anything. So what’s everyone saying about…

Feb 4, 2012 | Comments (87)

Adam Curtis On Edward Limonov, Kremlin Politics, Russian Punk Rock (& The eXile)…

Adam Curtis, the British filmmaker whose many great films and blog posts for the BBC we’ve been ramming down our readers’ throats (in the parlance of our times) lo these past few years, has a new piece about Russian politics,…

Feb 1, 2012 | Comments (40)

The War At Home: Amazing video from this weekend’s police attack on Occupy Oakland

The Oakland Police Department went on another massive tear this weekend. On Saturday, they used rubber bullets, pepper flash-bang grenades, tear gas and batons to violently crush an attempt by Occupy activists to take over a vacant convention center in downtown Oakland…

Feb 1, 2012 | Comments (28)

Florida Small Businessman Tony Montana Endorses Newt Gingrich: “He Kill That Cockaroach Castro For Fun, Mang!”

But Gingreech, he speak to a fahkin issues that concern a Tony fahkin Montana, djou know. He say, “That fahkin cockaroach Castro, I keel him for fun, mang. But if djou elect me a Fahkin President of a Djounited State, I carve Castro up real nice, mang.”
Thees a kind of bold talk that America fahkin need, mang.

Jan 26, 2012 | Comments (23)