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Occupy LA Arrest Scandal Update: A Visit to the Raided Camp, Freed Protesters Speak and Bad News About Our Legal Situation…

There were cops everywhere. Some stood in packs around their police cars, others patrolled the fenced-off perimeter on foot while motorcycle cops circled the block in pairs. There were reinforcements outside LAPD’s massive headquarters, conveniently located across the street from City Hall…

Dec 4, 2011 | Comments (36)

Max Blumenthal: How Israeli Occupation Forces, Bahraini Monarchy Guards Trained U.S. Police For Coordinated Crackdown On “Occupy” Protests

When a riot squad from the New York Police Department destroyed and evicted the “Occupy Wall Street” protest encampment at Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, department leadership drew on the anti-terror tactics they had refined since the 9/11 attacks. The NYPD deployed “counterterrorism measures” to mobilize large numbers of cops for the lightning raid on Zuccotti…

Dec 2, 2011 | Comments (60)

Yasha Levine Released From Jail, Exposes LAPD’s Appalling Treatment of Detained Occupy LA Protesters…

Most don’t realize that much of the abuse happened while protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the press and news media. And the disgraceful truth is that lot of the abuse was police sadism, pure and simple…

Dec 2, 2011 | Comments (158)

Update: Yasha Levine released from LA prison on bail, heading home…More later…

Update: Yasha Levine was released from prison on bail, and is heading back to his apartment. The experience was worse than he’d expected, but he’ll explain more on that as soon as he’s back and able to focus. Looks like…

Dec 1, 2011 | Comments (23)

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ALERT! EXILED EDITOR YASHA LEVINE ARRESTED, JAILED DURING POLICE ATTACK ON OCCUPY LA!

UPDATE: Yasha was finally freed on bail just a few minutes ago, after two nights in jail, He just told me he’s exhausted and yet still quite shocked by how harshly the protesters were treated after the embedded reporters were…

Nov 30, 2011 | Comments (58)

Provocateur Porn: How Many Spooks Does It Take To Infiltrate A Protest Movement?

I spent this past Sunday night reporting from Occupy LA, along with at least 2,000 others who came in solidarity to help the camp stand up to a threatened LAPD raid.  The defense of the camp, or the battle to…

Nov 29, 2011 | Comments (28)

Why Does This Pig Jason Barker Have A Job At The New York Fed?!

So let’s return to Barker. He can’t even spell “hippie” correctly. He’s presumably a libertarian (the anti-immigration and “53%” identifiers are tells). Libertarians profess to be against the coercive use of state power, yet Barker eagerly advocates inflicting severe injuries onto protestors with no due process. So he looks to be an authoritarian and a hypocrite.

Nov 29, 2011 | Comments (15)

What do Rick Perry, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, Radley Balko and John Tyner Have In Common?

Poor Rick Perry: At last week’s Republican debate, he unveiled yet another “enemy” that a President Perry would destroy for America–but no one paid attention. Gov. Perry’s newest monster he’s vowed to slay is the TSA union…

Nov 28, 2011 | Comments (25)

Hugo: Scorsese Makes Nice

Hugo is an overstuffed candy-box film of the type that some people really, really like. And if you add “A Martin Scorsese Confection” to the tag, everybody’s over the moon with how unexpected it is, this gift to mankind that’s…

Nov 26, 2011 | Comments (36)

eXile Classic Comix: A Very Iraqi Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we’re publishing an eXile classic Comix from Thanksgiving, 2003…

Nov 25, 2011 | Comments (12)

Kill Without Joy: Hit Man Praises Jack Ruby As “Strictly Pro”

I recently came across a book from the late 1970s called “Kill Without Joy: The Complete How To Kill Book” written apparently by a Canadian locksmith. The hard-boiled title belies the book’s dark comic flair. Or maybe it’s just the…

Nov 24, 2011 | Comments (30)

How UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Brought Oppression Back To Greece’s Universities

Today, thanks in part to UC Davis chancellor “Chemical” Linda Katehi, Greek university campuses are no longer protected from state security forces. She helped undo her native country’s “university asylum” laws just in time for the latest austerity measures to kick in. Incredibly, Katehi attacked university campus freedom despite the fact that she was once a student at the very center of Greece’s anti-junta, pro-democracy rebellion–although what she was doing there, if anything at all, no one really knows.

Nov 22, 2011 | Comments (38)

Libertarian Liars: Top Reagan Adviser, Cato Institute Chairman William Niskanen: “Deficits Don’t Matter”

Like typical Randroid libertarians, they find the public’s gullibility and good faith contemptible. This is something that Americans still can’t get their heads around about the free-market libertarians who’ve ruled us and ruined us over the past three decades.

Nov 21, 2011 | Comments (12)

November 17: Why this day is so important for Greeks

November 17: a date that haunts Greece. It’s the date when the uprising of several hundred of students, who stood up against the military dictatorship by occupying the Athens Polytechnic, was brutally crushed. The iconic photo of a tank driving through the Polytechnic’s gate is a symbol of freedom for (probably) all Greeks.

Nov 18, 2011 | Comments (20)

Austerity & Fascism In Greece: The Real 1% Doctrine

See the guy in the photo there, dangling an ax from his left hand? That’s Greece’s new “Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks” Makis Voridis captured back in the 1980s, when he led a fascist student group called “Student Alternative” at the University of Athens law school. It’s 1985, and Minister Voridis, dressed like some Kajagoogoo Nazi, is caught on camera patrolling the campus with his fellow fascists, hunting for suspected leftist students to bash.

Nov 16, 2011 | Comments (43)

Malcolm Gladwell, Paid Booster for Bank of America… A Step Up From His Big Tobacco Shilling?

This just in: Bank of America announced today that it had hired star New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell to frontline in its cross-country banking propaganda tour. According to the press release, BofA’s Bankapalooza rolled through Los Angeles, Dallas and D.C.,…

Nov 16, 2011 | Comments (6)

Defending P.G. Wodehouse from His Goddamn Defenders

I’ve been tipped off recently that the hounds of Hell are after P.G. Wodehouse again. And we can’t have that sort of thing going on. The occasion for fresh attacks on the great writer is the publication of P.G. Wodehouse:…

Nov 12, 2011 | Comments (28)

Woe Is Wodehouse And His Biography

This article was first published in The eXile on October 4, 2007 Robert McCrum’s biography of P.G. Wodehouse was published in 2004. At the time, I ignored it. I know the formula for these bios. You won’t catch me sanctioning…

Nov 12, 2011 | Comments (6)

The Birth of the Koch Clan: It All Started In a Little Texas Town Called Quanah

This summer I traveled to Quanah, the dusty North Texas railroad town that Harry Koch called home, to find out more about the life of the man who spawned the two most powerful oligarchs of our time…

Nov 7, 2011 | Comments (45)

Rightwing Blogger Runs To Police, Informs On #OccupyDC Protesters…

Things heated up last Friday after Herman Cain finished his stand up routine at the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity event in Washington D.C. and the crowd settled in for a late night Ronald Reagan tribute dinner. At least 500 protesters, including…

Nov 7, 2011 | Comments (43)

Want to Watch 107 Minutes of Wall St. Propaganda? Then Go See “Margin Call”

You may have heard positive things about Margin Call, a new bankster suspense drama loosely based on the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. I just saw the film, and my advice: Don’t waste your time and cash, not unless you want…

Nov 3, 2011 | Comments (40)

To the Crows

To the memory of Ted Hughes, who said it first and best; and Thom Gunn, the only brave man ever to teach at Berkeley. Don’t take Greyhound, and don’t go to that offramp McDonald’s in Bellingham. Wisdom from the road….

Nov 2, 2011 | Comments (63)

Conscience of a Radical: Corey Robin’s “The Reactionary Mind”

The first rule of debate: Never accept your opponent’s characterization of his own position. But for decades, liberals–in their perpetual Nerf-war against conservatives–have done just the opposite. While conservatives bloviate about traditionalism (Buckley), skepticism (Burke), sobriety (Taft), and order (Mill),…

Nov 1, 2011 | Comments (95)

Rin Tin Tin’s Rich Bitch Biographer

There’s a book out about Rin Tin Tin, the old dog-star of Hollywood, by that stuck-up New Yorker hack Susan Orlean. She’s best-known for writing the bestseller The Orchid Thief, which got adapted by lofty screenwriter Charlie Kaufman into a…

Oct 28, 2011 | Comments (54)

Bosniak Terror, Not Bosnian: eXiled Reader In Sarajevo Reminds Us “The Terrorist Was Serbian!”

Thanks to an eXiled reader from Sarajevo, Jesenjin, comes this twist: The Wahhabi terrorist who shot at the US Embassy in Sarajevo wasn’t a Bosnian Wahhabi, but rather a Serbian Wahhabi. That’s because within Serbian proper (excluding Kosovo) there is…

Oct 28, 2011 | Comments (9)