Lost Iraqi Billions Found?

By: Monday October 13, 2014 10:00 am

New information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)


The Plutocrats Still Lead With Control

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Two months ago, a report by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page uncovered a major issue in the American political system. Specifically, it uncovered how much power the elites in society hold in the U.S. compared to the average citizen.

It is very interesting and provides useful insight into the structure of the U.S. system and how it creates political inequality.

Late Night: Smells Like Women and Gold!

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 8:00 pm

A New Jersey Catholic school has banned swearing for female students — but not for the boys.

Sickened South African Mine Workers Seek Justice in Courts

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 6:45 am

South Africa’s mining industry has been plastered across international headlines in recent days following the massacre of 34 protesting platinum mine workers in Marikana. This week, thousands of striking workers marched to protest the assault on labor rights and economic security by both the police and corporations.

But while the media’s gaze has fixed on roiling unrest at Lonmin, the more insidious crisis of safety conditions in the mines remains mostly buried below the surface.

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday February 6, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews on current topics that may be of interest.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Tarnoff, Money Makers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 1:59 pm

Massachusetts issued the New World’s first paper currency in 1690. With poor soldiers returning from a failed campaign against the French in Quebec, the colony found itself short on silver and copper coins to pay the men for their service. To solve the problem, the government printed bills of credit—promises of payment once the colony had collected more taxes. These slips of inked paper, deeds to a future fortune, quickly spread, offering a convenient medium of exchange for all thirteen colonies, whose reserves of precious metals were scanty and often concentrated only in the hands of the rich.

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