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A Film-Lover’s Suicide

While critics go through the farce of compiling their Best Films of 2011 lists, I’m working on my suicide note. Here’s the latest draft:

Dec 30, 2011 | Comments (48)

Velvet Disappointment: Vaclav Havel’s Complicating Final Chapter

Václav Havel’s death last week was less surprising than the reminder he was still alive. How he came close to reaching the Czech median life expectancy of 76, I have no idea. The perpetually wheezing, intermittently pneumonic Havel had been…

Dec 30, 2011 | Comments (30)

War On OWS: Berkeley Police Threaten To Shoot Protesters With Same Deadly Tear Gas Grenade Launcher Used Against Palestinian Protesters…

A video recorded during last week’s early-morning raid on Occupy Berkeley shows a burly Berkeley cop strutting around with a repeat-fire tear gas grenade launcher, menacingly pointing it at protesters without provocation. At one point the bloodlusting cop threatens to shoot pointblank the guy with the camera…

Dec 26, 2011 | Comments (21)

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny: Uniting Nationalists and the Urban, Educated Middle Class

On December 5, the day after Russia’s Duma elections, the anti-corruption crusader and popular blogger, Alexei Navalny, told a raucous crowd, “I want to say to you: Thank you. Thank you for playing you part as a citizen. Thank you…

Dec 26, 2011 | Comments (28)

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NYPD Continues to Harass, Arrest Video Streamers & Journalists Covering the Occupy Movement

I gotta say, this newfangled live phone cam streaming technology is off the hook. Now anyone with an Android and an unlimited data plan can stream amazing embedded protest footage from anywhere to anyone–all of it in real time. Forget…

Dec 22, 2011 | Comments (25)

Tracking the Domestic War on Press Freedom: List of Journalists Arrested Covering the Occupy Movement

Free Press’ Josh Stearns has put together, and continues to maintain, a great up-to-date resource that’s keeping track of all the journalists arrested while covering the Occupy movement. As of today that number stands at 36, and includes the recent…

Dec 21, 2011 | Comments (5)

The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator

With violence and government crackdowns making headlines from so many familiar parts of the world, there’s hardly been a peep in the media about the biggest and ugliest massacre of all: Last Friday in Kazakhstan, riot police slaughtered up 70…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (31)

Occupy Atlantic Avenue! The Night Before the Occupy Boston Clearance

BOSTON–Occupy Boston! It was one of the last big ones to get cleared out, as I understand. I wasn’t there for the police clearance operation–but I was there the night before, when OB chumped down Boston Mayor Tom Menino, at…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (5)

The eXiled’s Mark Ames On The Alyona Show: “It’s Going To Get Ugly”

Exiled editor Mark Ames went on The Alyona Show to talk about why the financial sector keeps expanding even after the collapse of 2008, American decadence, the Occupy protests, and why “It’s going to get ugly” in this country… Watch…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (29)

Watch Live Stream Occupy New York Protests Running In The Streets

Watch livestreaming of today’s protest:

Dec 17, 2011 | Comments (8)

Sherlock Holmes 2: Fine, Whatever

So is Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows a slovenly, slapped-together mess of a big-budget Hollywood sequel, like you might’ve heard? Oh, yeah! You bet it is! One of the slovenliest! Now ask me if I care!

Dec 17, 2011 | Comments (20)

Who Can Forget Christopher Hitchens’ Fake Waterboarding Stunt?

Hitchens’ video is totally fake — there’s even soft-rock background music playing on the video, better music than you usually get at the dentist’s office, and his “interrogators” treat him more like a client getting a mud pack at a spa than a real suspect in Iraq. That makes it even more disgusting that Hitch caved in after only 11 seconds of having water poured over a towel on his face.

Dec 17, 2011 | Comments (13)

An eXiled eXclusive: The Martin Amis Pre-Eulogy To Christopher Hitchens: “The Man Whose Pharynx Was Horrorized”

The first hiccup of his usurpation was the second bottle. It slithered past the incisors, a Mamba of zooanthropic vengeance, exuding a peaty pathos, a 12-year-old blurt of inhumation, to crash against the pharynx which had held, Cincinattus-esque, against so many lucre-hefted Caledonian tides, but which on this first day of a coming future teetered and fell, a single twin tower, a meat WTC, revealing in its nude Lucretism the weakness of the West.

Dec 16, 2011 | Comments (52)

The War Nerd: Who Won Iraq? Answer: Anyone Who Stayed Out

But let’s take the question seriously for a second here: who won in Iraq? To answer it, you have to start with a close-up of the region, then change magnification to look at the world picture. At a regional level the big winner is obvious: Iran. In fact, Iran wins so big in this war that I’ve already said that Dick Cheney’s DNA should be checked out by a reputable lab, because he has to be a Persian mole.

Dec 15, 2011 | Comments (54)

Here Are A Few Video Samples That Help Answer “Why Are Young Muscovites Protesting Kremlin Power?”

There are a lot of reasons why Russians–young Russians, young Muscovites in particular–poured out into the streets last Saturday to protest rampant election fraud in the Duma vote. For the past couple of decades, young Muscovites couldn’t be bothered with…

Dec 14, 2011 | Comments (27)

DANGEROUS JAILS: THE PRINCE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

LASD insiders say that, for years, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka—not Lee Baca—has ruled the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department though a system built of favoritism, pay-to-play campaign donations, and loyalty rewarded over competence—and the jails scandal is one of the results…

Dec 13, 2011 | Comments (14)

Hanging With A “Family Guy” Writer In Jail…And Realizing That The Raid On Occupy LA Was Meant To Keep Other Family Guys From Joining The Movement…

Late last week, as I was reading a story by the Family Guy writer who had been brutally arrested and mistreated at the Occupy LA crackdown, I suddenly realized, “Holy shit, I remember that guy!” I didn’t catch his name…

Dec 13, 2011 | Comments (39)

Busted! E-Mails From Mother Jones Blogger Adam Serwer Contradict Published Smears Against Blumenthal Article

The eXiled obtained a bombshell email sent by Mother Jones blogger Adam Serwer that reveals Serwer’s own private doubts about the smears he publicly leveled against journalist Max Blumenthal in his blog and on Twitter.

Dec 12, 2011 | Comments (7)

How The West Helped Invent Russia’s Election Fraud: OSCE Whistleblower Exposes 1996 Whitewash

“The West let Russia down, and it’s a shame,” said Meadowcroft, a former British MP and veteran of 48 election-monitoring missions to 35 countries.

In a recent telephone interview with The eXile, Meadowcroft explained how he was pressured by OSCE and EU authorities to ignore serious irregularities in Boris Yeltsin’s heavily manipulated 1996 election victory, and how EU officials suppressed a report about the Russian media’s near-total subservience to pro-Yeltsin forces.

Dec 9, 2011 | Comments (11)

Austerity And Bloodbaths: Historical Graph Shows Perfect Correlation Between Austerity Programs And Mass Violence

I have written about the the correlation between austerity programs and violence–whether the mass state violence like the 1989 “Caracazo” bloodbath in Venezuela in response to an IMF-sanctioned austerity program, in which up to 3,000 people were massacred (leading eventually…

Dec 7, 2011 | Comments (31)

Update! Jeffrey Goldberg’s Smear Against Blumenthal Falls Apart As Source Changes Her Story To Mother Jones Reporter… [Updated More]

Looks like the source used by former camp guard Jeffrey Goldberg to try to smear Max Blumenthal’s investigative article is proving unreliable. Karen Greenberg has already completely changed her story from a clear-cut denial that she had ever said the…

Dec 7, 2011 | Comments (9)

Max Blumenthal Responds To Sleaze Campaign Waged By Atlantic Monthly’s Ex-Detention Camp Guard Jeffrey Goldberg…And Why The Atlantic Monthly’s Sleaze Reminds Us Of Putin’s Russia…

The Atlantic Monthly’s former Israeli Detention Camp guard, Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg, today posted a sleaze-hit on Blumenthal’s article. Since there are no facts in the story that can be called into question, the way they’re going after Blumenthal is by getting one of the sources to deny her quotes (or sort of deny, it’s hard to even tell now)…

Dec 7, 2011 | Comments (16)

This Is What Injustice Looks Like: Accused Serial Child Rapist Jerry Sandusky Walks Free Without Paying Bail…While Peaceful Occupy LA Protesters Forced To Post $5,000 to $10,000…

When I worked in Russia, there were two sets of laws–one for Kremlin favorites and oligarchs, who never worried about paying for their crimes; and laws for everyone else, who paid no matter what. Here, it’s starting to get even…

Dec 6, 2011 | Comments (38)

KPFK Radio Talks To Yasha Levine & Mark Ames About LAPD’s Abusive Treatment & Potentially Illegal Detention of Occupy LA Protesters…

Listen to eXiled editors Yasha Levine and Mark Ames on KPFK Radio’s “Beneath the Surface” with Suzi Weissman, as they discuss Yasha Levine’s arrest at the LAPD raid on Occupy LA and the appalling treatment of peaceful protesters he witnessed…

Dec 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

Over 10,000 In Moscow Protest Election Fraud…The 99% Everywhere Is Sick Of Oligarchy…

As the videos I’m posting below show, the mood in Moscow has definitely soured since I last reported on the anti-Kremlin demonstrations there in 2007-8. Back then, anti-Kremlin democracy protests were still confined to a smaller sliver of the population,…

Dec 5, 2011 | Comments (47)