Year: 2007

President Correa- Chavez Boy Toy
or New Revolutionary Hero?

Greg Palast 

Thursday, December 27

Palast on Democracy Now!

Greg Palast gets the exclusive interview with President Correa of Ecuador only on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. From the makers of The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, Greg Palast and cameraman Richard Rowley.

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Have a Happy New Year from everyone in the Palast Office!

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Greg Palast 

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I am writing this to you on my flight back to Ecuador on my continuing investigation of Condi’s old oil company, Chevron/Texaco and its chemical war on the Cofan Indians. BBC, bless’m, paid my ticket down. No one has paid to get me back with the film. I kid you not. Please make a donation so I can bring back the story you won’t see on CNN.

I take no fee from the fund, but it does pay the cost of our cameraman, film, phone and hopefully, the return flight. I went down on faith and a good story lead. But I’d like to return on an airplane. Can you help? Donate $1000 and you’ll be listed as a producer of the next film of investigative reports – and get a big box of signed Palast swag. Help us and Zach can get the camera out of hock (that’s another story).

All kidding aside, we have a heavy schedule of investigations for 2008 – from the oiled jungles of Ecuador to the oily voting machinations of Arizona. Please, please, give a year-end contribution to our foundation.

If you were hoping Santa would bring you a waterboard signed by Alberto Gonzales, you won’t find that on our site. What you will get for Xmas for your donation are, “Just the facts, ma’am.” And that’s quite a lot.

When you get the gift of Impeachment, you’ll get the original disclosure of The Downing Street Memo (discovered by my UK press colleagues) and other nothing-but-the-truth documents.

Our entire investigative crew wishes you holiday joy; and we give thanks to our supporters who kept us alive this year in those months it got scary. And thanks to Zach for giving up his holiday vacation to film the latest horror show in New Orleans.

And my last message for the year: Peace on Earth. Good will to all men and women.

You got a problem with that, Mr. O’Reilly?

– Greg Palast
Quito

Karl in Kontempt

Greg Palast 

A Rove-arian cancer on the Presidency

by Greg Palast

December 14th, 2007- If you read US papers, you’d barely note that Karl Rove was just charged with contempt of Congress by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and you sure as hell as wouldn’t know why. The Washington Post mentions that it was Rove’s failure to supply documents to the Committee regarding the firing of US Prosecutors. What you won’t get is what Rove is hiding in those documents.

Well, I’ll tell you. Better yet, I’ll let one of the fired prosecutors tell you. For BBC TV I spoke with David Iglesias, former US Attorney for New Mexico. Iglesias told me that Rove engineered his firing, part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise voters.

The job of the Justice Department is to protect voters. Rove’s scheme was, instead, to harass them – especially those colored brown and blue – i.e. Hispanic Democrats.

Watch the interview with David Iglesias and law professor Robert F. Kennedy Jr in excerpts from The Election Files. Watch the trailer for the film here.

Also listen to the SoonerThought Show Podcast with Greg Palast for more on the charges.

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A Determined Voice Lost in the Wilderness

Greg Palast 

by Joe Garofoli
Greg Palast may be the only journalist with a New York office who works, as he says, “in journalistic exile.” There, with a team
chronbanner.gif of a half-dozen researchers largely supported by $50 donations from readers, Palast ferrets out documents and smoking-gun-toting insiders from Washington to Ecuador and uses them to gird his bitingly sardonic investigative essays that most American mainstream outlets won’t touch.
Why? Palast figures it’s because he mercilessly attacks the status quo. He was one of the first …more

Donate to Palast and he’ll sign
and send out gifts for you!

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Just put down that credit card and no one gets hurt.The Palast Collection

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Unhappy times shouldn’t stop a happy holiday. My best wishes to you and your family.

(I’m on my way to South America with cameraman Rick Rowley – and hope someone reading this will pay for our tickets to get home! I’m not kidding.)

Reporting from the equator,
Greg Palast

Fear of Chavez is Fear of Democracy

Greg Palast 

Bush: If it’s our oil, why do Venezuelans get to vote on it?chavezwtext.jpg
GOP panicked that counting votes in Venezuela will spread to Florida
by Greg Palast
Monday December 3, 2007

The Family Bush can fix Florida. They can fix Ohio. But it’s just driving them crazy that they can’t fix the vote in Venezuela.

[Note: Watch the reports taken from the Palast BBC investigations in Venezuela in the newly released DVD, “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.“]

The Bush Administration and its press puppies – the same ones who couldn’t get enough of the purple thumbs of voters of Iraq – are absolutely livid that this weekend the electorate of Venezuela had the opportunity to vote.

Typical was the mouth-breathing editorial by the San Francisco Chronicle, that the referendum could make Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s President, “a constitutional dictator for life.” And no less a freedom fighter than Donald Rumsfeld, from the height of the Washington Post, said that by voting, Venezuela was “receding into dictatorship.” Oh, my!

Given that Chavez’ referendum was defeated at the ballot box, we now know that, as a dictator, Chavez is a flop. Of course, without meaning to gainsay Secretary Rumsfeld, maybe Chavez is not a dictator.

Let’s get clear exactly what this vote was about. Firstly, it was a referendum to change the nation’s constitution to end term limits for President.

fdr1.jpgOh, horror! Imagine if we eliminated term limits in the US! We could end up stuck with a president – like Franklin Roosevelt. Worse, if Bill Clinton could have run again, we’d have missed out on the statesmanship of Junior Bush. While US media called Chavez a “tyrant” for suggesting an end to term limits, they somehow forgot to smear the tyrant tag on Mr. Clinton for suggesting the same for the America.

We were not told this weekend’s referendum was a vote on term limits, rather, we were told by virtually every US news outlet that the referendum was to make Chavez, “President for Life.” The “President for Life” canard was mis-reported by no less than The New York Times. …more

Brown’s Fixer Explains How It’s Done:
Jon Mendelsohn and the Secret Tape

Greg Palast 

Boasted £11 million donated by Tesco cut tax bill by £20 million
by Greg Palast
It was a stunning admission. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s crony explained to the U.S. businessman, in evil detail, exactly how the fix is done in Britain.

Unfortunately, for Jon Mendelsohn and his partners, the “businessman” was, in fact, an undercover reporter for The Observer of London. …more