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Author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse, Palast is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde.
Palast turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering. Palast's reports appear on BBC's Newsnight and in Britain's Guardian, Rolling Stone and Harper's.
Palast is best known as the investigative reported who uncovered how Katherine Harris purged thousands of African-Americans from Florida's voter rolls in the 2000 Presidential Election.
Palast directed the US government's largest racketeering case in history--winning a $4.3 billion jury award. He also conducted the investigation of the Exxon Valdez on behalf of the Alaskan Natives.
Palast is recipient of the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Prize for his BBC television documentary, Bush Family Fortunes.
Greg Palast's newest book, Vultures' Picnic will be released by Penguin Books in November of 2011. Find out more info at VulturesPicnic.org
25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit (8 comments)
Because BP's willful negligence, prevarications and fraud in the Exxon Valdez spill cost the company nothing, its disdain for the law, for the environment and for the safety of its workers was repeated in the Gulf of Mexico with deadly consequences, resulting, two decades later, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Just this month, the Obama administration authorized BP to return to drilling in the Gulf.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Why are Christie and the Kochs in my driveway? (4 comments)
Why are Christie and the Kochs in my driveway?
Far more insidious, more corrosive and dangerous than the Governor of New Jersey playing traffic warden is the story of Gov. Chris Christie's secret meetings with a gaggle of billionaires ---- and the legality of the spending by the front organization set up following these hidden hugger-muggers.
Monday, December 16, 2013
The Mandela Barbie
I can't take it anymore. All week, I've watched Nelson Mandela reduced to a Barbie doll. From Fox News to the Bush family, the politicians and media mavens who body-blocked the anti-Apartheid Movement and were happy to keep Mandela behind bars, now get to dress his image up in any silly outfit they choose.
It's more nauseating than hypocrisy and ignorance.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Rand Paul's Zombie-nomics versus Janet Yellen (16 comments)
Will Senator Rand Paul, misunderstanding the voices of the un-dead, block the appointment of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board?
No joke. Tea Party fave Paul told the Wall Street Journal he would have preferred Milton Friedman, the free-market fanatic, to the liberal-ish Yellen. But, as a stunned Journal reporter informed the Senator, Milton Friedman is, alas, some years dead.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Steven Cohen Can't Make his Mommy's Monkey Jump (2 comments)
This week, Cohen's hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay $1.2 billion in fines and forfeitures. Cohen himself is not accused of knowing the information he used was obtained by criminal means. But, he still faces SEC charges of letting his minions operate like a high-finance NSA, sucking up and trading on illegally obtained information.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Naughty Nuns, Bad Bankers and Ballot Bandits (1 comments)
On May 6, 2008, twelve fraudulent voters, dressed as nuns, attempted to cast ballots in the Presidential Primary in Indiana.
It turns out the nuns that Posner's ruling turned away were, in fact "nuns. All the sisters had photo drivers licenses, but they had expired.
It was a cute story that ran nationwide. What wasn't so cute, was that 72,000 Black voters were black voters were blocked at the polls.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Golden Dawn Murder, Larry Summers & New Fascism (7 comments)
On September 18, hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, a.k.a. Killah P, was stabbed outside a bar in Keratsini, Greece.
Larry Summers has an air-tight alibi. But I don't believe it.
Larry didn't hold the knife: The confessed killer is some twisted member of Golden Dawn, a political party made up of skin-head freaks, anti-immigrant fear-mongers, anti-Muslim/ anti-Semitic/ anti-Albanian sociopaths and ultra-patriot fruitcakes.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked (16 comments)
On Sunday afternoon, facing a revolt by his own party's senators, Obama dumped Larry as likely replacement for Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Until news came that Summers' torch had been snuffed, I was going to write another column about Larry, the Typhoid Mary of Economics.
The Frog Who Crushed The Planet (2 comments)
This week, US prosecutors finally began the trial of the only person on the entire planet whom they have charged with the financial crimes that sank worldwide stock markets by trillions in 2008 and left millions homeless and jobless, from Detroit to Manchester.
Amazingly, say prosecutors, it all came down to a single Frenchman, Fabrice "Fabulous Fab" Tourre, only 29 years old at the time.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
New York Genitals Fight for Office (1 comments)
New York Genitals Fight for Office. Go ahead and shoot me. It's hopeless. My War on Stupid is facing defeat on every front.
I open up the New York Times and there's a page one story about Anthony Weiner, who is now ahead in the race for Mayor of New York.
The article is 17 column inches long. I measured. The entire profile of the candidate -- every bumpy, veined inch of it -- is about Mr Weiner's penis.
The Drone Ranger: Obama's Dirty Wars (1 comments)
Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed. George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president's responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger," according to one report. A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called "Terror Tuesday."
Monday, May 20, 2013
My Big Fat Greek Minister (2 comments)
Fat Bastard -- or Theodoros Pangalos, leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Party (PASOK), Greece's equivalent to UK's Labour Party -- thinks the little Greek kiddies should stop belly-aching. Pangalos, as you can see from the photo below, is not bent over with hunger pains. In fact, he looks more likely to be bent over with labour pains, but in truth he probably just can't bend over at all.
Friday, May 10, 2013
"Now that the SOB is dead..." Novel Idea: Asking an Afghan about Afghanistan (1 comments)
The Silk Road nation of Kazakhstan is an excellent place to encounter the dervishes of the Great Game for control of the camel-and-pipeline routes of the Central Asian steppes. Here we can witness the diplomatic-military idiocies of new empires pathetically attempting to ignore the dried skeletons of the imperial forces that went before them.
Friday, May 3, 2013
FBI Spiked Chechen Jihadi Investigation (5 comments)
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, I grabbed those FBI files -- and a plane for Kazakhstan, bullying cameraman Rocco D into joining me. [Rocco, no fool, won't let me print his full name.]
Here in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, televisions everywhere run endless loops of the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon, the screams, the blood, the victims... and the questions.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Billionaire Bankster Breaks into Obama's Cabinet (2 comments)
Today, Obama has named Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce. As the President says, It's a milestone: the first female fraudster to hold that post. No longer will criminal bankers have to lobby the administration - because now they'll have one of their own in the Cabinet.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bradley Manning & The Deepwater Horizon (11 comments)
Manning could have saved the lives of the eleven killed on the Deepwater Horizon:
Only after I dove into deep water in Baku did I discover, trolling through the so-called "WikiLeaks" documents, secret State Department cables released by Manning. The information was stunning: the US State Department knew about the (previous) BP blow-out in the Caspian and joined in the cover-up.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
How Bush Won The War In Iraq -- Really! (4 comments)
Oil men, whether James Baker or George Bush or Dick Cheney, are not in the business of producing oil. They are in the business of producing profits. And they've succeeded. Iraq, capable of producing six to 12 million barrels of oil a day, still exports well under its old OPEC quota of three million barrels. As George Bush could proudly say to James Baker: Mission Accomplished!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Vaya Con Dios, Hugo (1 comments)
In one last move, Chavez played a brilliant endgame, naming Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, as good and decent a man as they come, as heir to the fight for those in the "ranchos." The One Percent of Venezuela, planning on Chavez's death to return them the power and riches they couldn't win in an election, are livid with the choice of Maduro. Class war on a chessboard. Even in death, I wouldn't bet against Hugo Chavez.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Too Fat To Vote (4 comments)
The Voting Rights Act was the law that Martin Luther King Jr had a dream about a half-century ago: that all citizens will be able to exercise their right to vote. But, like all pleasant dreams, morning means waking up to the ugly reality sleeping next to you.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
"I want my fair share--and that's ALL OF IT": The Kochs & the XL Pipeline (4 comments)
Why did Koch, worth about $3 billion at the time (now $20 billion) need to pilfer a few bucks from some Indian in a trailer home? Koch answered:
"I want my fair share -- and that's all of it."
Now "all of it" includes a pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would run the world's filthiest oil, crude made from tar sands, down from Canada to his family's refinery on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Hugo Chavez Told Me He Won't Sell Oil To The Kochs (9 comments)
All the Kochs have to do is get the US government to agree to pop a pipe through Cushing to Houston: the Keystone XL. But that would require that the US government go stark raving mad, commit environmental suicide and reverse all policy to slow global warming -- all to bring in foreign oil while the US itself is suffering from a major oil and gas glut.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Aaron Swartz Died For Piers Morgan's Sins (3 comments)
In 2000, Aaron Swartz, aged 14, had just released his astonishing invention, RSS, liberating news and information. Around the same time, one of Piers Morgan's stringers hacked into the phone of Sir Paul McCartney's wife and stole some highly personal, and highly valuable, information. But Piers is serving time on prime time while Swartz was prosecuted and driven to commit suicide.
UAW Files Charges Against Romney for Auto Bail-Out Profiteering (10 comments)
Mitt Romney has just learned that tomorrow afternoon he will charged with violating the federal Ethics in Government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bail-out. The Romneys' gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a Limited Partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
What the Hell Happened, Mr. President? (25 comments)
What the hell happened? Did Barack have a fight with Michelle? Was it nicotine withdrawal? Do really rich guys just scare you, Mr. Obama?
Dear Mr. President: As a journalist I don't take partisan sides, but I do take America's side. And as Commander-in-Chief, you simply cannot fall asleep in the saddle.
I mean Commander-in-Chief in the Class War. The war of the billionaires against the rest of us.
Friday, September 28, 2012
So These Ten Nuns Walk Into a . . . (3 comments)
The draconian ID law and other voting and registration restrictions passed in just the year before the 2012 election, according to the Brennan Center, are going to cost five million voters to lose their civil rights.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Worst Teacher in Chicago (24 comments)
An educational Katrina: squeeze the teachers until they strike, demolish their unions and drown the students.
Chicago's classroom war is class war by another name.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits (3 comments)
Every state now lets voters cast ballots in designated polling stations and at county offices in the weeks before Election Day. Do it. Don't wait until Election Day to find out you have the wrong ID, your registration's "inactive," (9.9 million of you) or you're on some creep's challenge list. By Election Day, if your name is gone or tagged, there's little you can do but hold up the line.
Friday, April 20, 2012
BP Cover-up Part 2: Bribery, George Bush and WikiLeaks (4 comments)
Evidence now implicates top BP executives as well as its partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration in the deadly cover-up ---- which included falsifying a report to the Securities Exchange Commission.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Fukushima Story You Didn't Hear on CNN (3 comments)
I've seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level. Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant,
Sunday, March 4, 2012
BP Settlement Sells Out Victims (2 comments)
Some deal. BP gets the gold mine and its victims get the shaft. And a few lawyers will get vacation homes--though they won't be so stupid as to build them on the Gulf Coast.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
My Declaration of War on Christmas (5 comments)
America's problem seems to be that it can only be cruel 364 days a year. Christmas is that time of year when the United States of Scrooge takes a vacation from heartless profiteering and the nasty joy Americans get, that "I'm-not-one-of-those-losers" frisson.
Goldfinger eats Congo (2 comments)
"Top funders of the Republican Party have demanded that two African nations pay them over half a billion dollars.... Is one of these vulture's claims based on a stolen security, criminally transferred to an American financier called 'Goldfinger'? Greg Palast, author of the new book, Vultures' Picnic, investigates for BBC Television and The Guardian."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wall Street is Just an Address
So big deal. They evicted us. That just means we are among five million Americans evicted from their homes this year.
Go ahead, kick us and evict us. That won't stop us. Because it's not about the real estate. Wall Street's just an address.
Time to remind The One Percent why we o
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Escape from Lady Baba-land
[Based on a tip from some guy floating in the Caspian Sea in Central Asia, we take off for Baku, Azerbaijan, the "Islamic Republic of BP." Stopping in London, the deathly ill MI6 double-agent Leslie the Bagman lays out the history of the coup d'etat, hooker-bait and the $30 million "sweetener" paid by Lord Browne to the oil nation's "president"----and suggests we find his old spy-mate, Natasha.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Lazy Ouzo-Swilling, Olive-Pit Spitting Greeks
Here's what we're told:
Greece's economy blew apart because a bunch of olive-spitting, ouzo-guzzling, lazy-ass Greeks refuse to put in a full day's work, retire while they're still teenagers, pocket pensions fit for a pasha; and they've gone on a social-services spending spree using borrowed money.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Chapter One Of Greg Palast's Vultures' Picnic -- Read It Now
After some tense discussion (Penguin was partly owned by Gaddafi, so you can imagine...), my publisher has given me the unusual right to give all my readers, for no charge, the entire first chapter of my new book Vultures' Picnic.
Even if you don't get the book, I really want you to read the first chapter.
Monday, October 31, 2011
GOLDMAN SUX? Giant Squid Strikes Again at Occupy Wall Street's Credit Union (2 comments)
Goldman had already demanded the return of its $5,000 payment to the Lower East Side Peoples Federal Credit Union. Now, sources say, the trillion-dollar Wall Street mega-bank sent the following message to the not-for-profit community bank: "You will never get a dime from any bank ever again."
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Sachs Fiend: Goldman Attacks Occupy Wall Street's Non-Profit Bank (1 comments)
Mega-bank Goldman Sachs (assets $933 billion), has declared war on one of the smallest banks in New York (assets $30 million), the customer-owned community bank that happens to also be the banker for Friends of Liberty Plaza, Inc, also known as Occupy Wall Street. And you thought Goldman didn't care.
The 1% Who Get The Gold Mine (We Get The Shaft) (3 comments)
[Wall Street, New York] No one here in Zuccotti Park is protesting "Wall Street." Wall Street is just an address, just a street sign on a post.
The 99% Movement is about Them: the 1%. The 1% who own Wall Street and all our streets and have posted a foreclosure notice on the entire planet.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
It's Not Default of Obama: Jail GOP Deadbeats for Debt Crisis (3 comments)
Let's talk about how we ended up in this pickle, bucking up against the "debt ceiling." From 2001 to 2008, a Repub President took an annual surplus of $86 billion left for him by Clinton and ran up the budget deficit to over half a trillion in a year ($642 billion in 2008).Altogether, W. blew up the national debt by over $3 TRILLION--then left the bills to Obama.Default lies with the Republican spendthrifts, Mr. President.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa (4 comments)
Director-General Dominique Strauss-Kahn's cruelty, arrogance and impunity toward African and other nations as generalissimo of the IMF is right in line with the story told by the poor, African hotel housekeeper in New York City.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
BP's Secret Deepwater Blowout
You've heard and seen much about the Gulf disaster that killed 11 BP workers.If you have not heard about the earlier blowout,it's because BP has kept the full story under wraps.
Nor did BP inform Congress or US safety regulators,& BP,along with its oil industry partners, have preferred to keep it that way.
The earlier blowout occurred in Sept '08 on BP's Central Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea -a spark away from exploding.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Palast Arrested- Busted by BP in Azerbaijan (8 comments)
Welcome to the Islamic Republic of BP, otherwise known as Azerbaijan. And good-bye. I'm out of there. Out with the evidence we need about BP and how it lead to the Gulf of Mexico blow-out and an extension of the occupation of Iraq. It's a hell of a story, and my holiday gift to myself is that I'm here and ready to tell it.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Bradley Manning, The Real WikiLeaks Champ (10 comments)
NO ONE gives a fruit fly's rectum about this heroic man now rotting in Obama's prison cell, facing a 52-year sentence. That includes Mr. Assange, who did nothing to protect Bradley and is doing nothing now.
Slick Operator: The BP I've known too well (1 comments)
Oil spills can be cleared easily if response is prompt and containment is complete. But this means maintaining an expensive, trained crew with equipment available around the clock. It was BP, not Exxon, that failed to do this in the 1989 Valdez disaster. And it is BP again this time that has cut costs by mothballing its safety team.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
AZ Immigration Law is Really About Vote Suppression (14 comments)
It was not anti-immigration hysteria that drove the AZ legislature to crack down on immigrants; it was a way to intimidate Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Gov Brewer purged the roles of 100,000 Hispanic voters when she was SoS. The vast majority of perfectly legal voters who lack the ID called for in the current law are citizens of color.
The Kvetcher in the Rye (4 comments)
In the sixth grade, the Boys' Vice-Principal threatened to suspend me from school unless I stopped carrying around The Catcher in the RyeI think because it had the word "fuck" in it. Since the Boys' Vice-Principal hadn't read the book - and I don't think he'd ever read any book - he couldn't tell me why.
But Mrs. Gordon was cool. She let me keep the book at my desk and read it at recess as long as I kept a brown wrapper
Manchurian Candidates: Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections
So it's not just un-Americans we need to fear but the Polluter-Americans, Pharma-mericans, Bank-Americans and Hedge-Americans that could manipulate campaigns while hidden behind corporate veils. And if so, our future elections, while nominally a contest between Republicans and Democrats, may in fact come down to a three-way battle between China, Saudi Arabia and Goldman Sachs.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust (14 comments)
Gates wouldn't send in food and water because, he said, there was no "structure ... to provide security." For Gates, appointed by Bush and allowed to hang around by Obama, it's security first. That was his lesson from Hurricane Katrina. Blackwater before drinking water.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Supreme Court to OK Al Qaeda donation for Sarah Palin?
The six GOP appointees to the court are expected to use the case to junk federal laws that now bar corporations from stuffing campaign coffers. The court's expected decision is far, far more dangerous to U.S. democracy. Think: Manchurian candidates.