By Greg Palast
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Award-winning guerrilla journalist Greg Palast has long gone the place so much were too scared to unearth the gruesome fact in regards to the haves and have-mores who rule our international … the United States.
Here he experiences from at the back of enemy strains to bare simply how undesirable it’s received in a perilous regime: how elections are received and unfastened speech comes at a value. How voters are governed through worry. and the way our courageous new globalized global skill the negative get hammered, whereas firms silently purchase up the planet. It’s now not lovely – yet it’s all actual …
‘Palast is among the few reporters writing who has either the anger and the wit to provide himself up as a persuasive – and extra importantly, readable – voice of the left’ Observer
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‘Very humorous … For a person who thinks that nobody from the USA is familiar with what’s happening, Palast is the precise riposte’ Guardian
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3 Whether the USA supported or winked at the Taliban is not the point. America’s policy was bent to this purpose: stopping the Iranians from supplanting the Saudi’s control over OPEC. Seizing OPEC was the real, if unannounced, dream of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Shia mullah-crats in Iran when they attacked Iraq in September 1980. They hoped for a Shia uprising to overthrow Saddam that would join their state with Iran. That failed and Iran then looked to the Shia minority to its north, in Afghanistan.
The results can be viewed by most of the planet on my broadcasts for BBC Television’s Newsnight. In the USA, these investigative reports have appeared on Channel Nothing, thereby maintaining America’s news virginity inviolate. I like to read in the loo, so this book, like my last, can be read in short spurts, in any order. To that end, I’ve eliminated the consistency and continuity that I despise in other books. Nevertheless, be aware of the chronological arc. We move from September 11, 2001 (The Fear), to fear’s foreign outing in the oil fields of Iraq (The Flow), to the widening global economic conflict (The Network), to the concomitant need to manipulate the elections of 2004 and 2008 (The Con), concluding with the drowning of New Orleans, the Gettysburg of The Class War.
Cheney has created a government that is little more than a Wal-Mart of Fear: midnight snatchings of citizens for uncharged crimes, wars to hunt for imaginary weapons aimed at Los Angeles, DNA data banks of kids and grandmas, even the Chicken Little sky-is-falling Social Security spook-show. ” Double Cheese with Fear Fear sells better than sex. But who’s buying? The mothers of this country who are wrestling with threats! Oh, my! What threats? If you thought it’s just Osama, you’re taking big chances, because more danger is just outside your door, ringing the bell.