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Conyers Confronts Bush On Vulture Bonds

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from Democracy Now!

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about how your meeting went with the President yesterday?

REP. JOHN CONYERS: Well, we talked essentially about Iraq, Katrina and the domestic breakdown that’s going on right now. But it was my job, I felt, to raise the whole question of this bond speculation that goes on at the expense of poor debtor countries, in which their debt is bought up and then they’re sued for the full amount. It’s bought up at pennies on the dollar, Read more

American Blackout

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American BlackoutFeaturing Cynthia McKinney, Greg Palast, Bernie Sanders, Bob Fitrakis and many others…
By Zach Roberts

I’m going to start this with a sales pitch: you need to buy this film. No, really. Not because Greg Palast receives second billing but because you must see this film. American Blackout is the kind of documentary that only comes along every few years. It’s the sort of film that changes things — changes how you think. If there was any justice in this world this film would receive the same buzz and box office that anything that Michael Moore releases gets. Greg Palast told me the film “blew him away” — this from a man who is almost always underwhelmed by documentaries, especially ones about his field of expertise. Read more

Akir – Politricks

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Akir is often seen beside his labelmate Immortal Technique, and though his vocal style isn’t quite as intense, his content is. They appear side by side on the b-side duet “Treason,” but Akir shows himself to be an artist-to-watch on his own merits on his self-produced debut single.

The Farangs – War With Many Fronts

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The offspring of a jazz vibraphonist father and the youngest of three siblings, all of whom went on to become professional actors or musicians, Janne Haavisto commenced his career as a drummer in the early 1980s and as a producer in the early 1990s. Throughout the years the arduous man has performed in groundbreaking groups, backed up high-profile songwriters and produced a variety of artists from the lofty fields of folklore to the trashy confines of underground pop. Haavisto has been awarded with the Emma Prize (the Finnish equivalent of the Grammy Award) for Best Production of the Year in 1992.Watch the video for ‘War With Many Fronts’

Sell The Lexus, Burn the Olive Tree

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Sell The Lexus, Burn the Olive Tree English band Sell the Lexus, Burn the Olive Tree play their own unique brand of politically-inspired progressive punk metal chaos.Sell the Lexus, Burn the Olive Tree was the title of a chapter in Greg Palast’s book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The affinity with Greg doesn’t end there – the band has a commitment to their activist beliefs; in particular exposing the truth about big bad George and his lap dog Blair.

After a recent string of hard hitting shows in London, the band is now ready to take on the rest of the world!

For more information on the bands debut E.P. and other Lexus related activities visit sellthelexus.com

News Flash from the Asylum

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Allen GinsbergToday is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.”

You know:

“I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

Just before his death, and into my third or fourth midlife crisis, I decided to become a writer. Couldn’t decide between poetry and investigative journalism. Ginsberg read my poetry. He suggested journalism. And then he said, “You know, Greg, I’m an investigative reporter, too.”

Yes, he was. In 1956, Ginsberg sat at a kitchen table in San Francisco and wrote that his friends were going crazy. They could still hear the voice of Joe McCarthy ranting and, out the window, count the Pentagon contractors polishing new war heads. In an America gone mad, insanity was the best defense.

“The soul,” he reported, “should never die ungodly in an armed madhouse.”

And that’s still the news.

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Greg Palast talks journalism a la Ginsberg with Laura Flanders tonight at 9:45 EDT on Radio Nation — check your Air America and Community Station listings. Armed Madhouse dispatches form the Front Lines of the class war will be released this Tuesday, 6-6-06 – for more information see www.GregPalast.com.