Greg Palast


Investigative reporter Greg Palast discusses the domestic political motives behind the war posturing of Venezuela and Colombia, Obama’s embrace and expansion of Plan Colombia, the demonization of Hugo Chavez and Ecuador’s escape from vassalage to the U.S. and big oil.

MP3 here. (28:09)

Greg Palast is the author of Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election. He has reported for Harper’s Magazine, BBC ‘s Newsnight, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! and Britain’s Observer. Palast won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, Bush Family Fortunes.

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  1. No country is called Columbia. It doesn´t exist. New York Times recommended the coffee-region in Colombia to tourists. I spent a month in the coffee-region and in Bogotá this summer and I´ll recommend the coffee-region too. The problem, however, is that you probably don´t want to leave ever again. VIVA COLOMBIA.

  2. I got to thinking, after looking at the yearbook pic of Hasan, the alleged Ft. Hood shooter, who might just be vet who snapped and is guilty…or on the other hand… the pics don't look alike, but that just in passing. Here the more pertinent questions and issue.
    How does a 16 year old Palestinian from near Jerusalem immigrate by himself to the United States, with enough money to bring his wife one month later, and then open up two businesses? And why pick Roanoke? Does he have family back in Jerusalem, and why did he come by himself, with just his wife? According to the Roanoke local paper, Nidal Hasan was born in Arlington to Palestinian immigrants from near Jerusalem who moved to Roanoke and later settled in Vinton, Ramada Road. By what measure were they "Palestinian", since at that time Yaser Arafat of the PLO did not even declare Palestinian statehood until 1988 (in exile)? His father, Malik Awadallah Hasan, and his mother, Hanan Ismail "Nora" Hasan, ran the infamous Capitol Restaurant on theRoanoke City Market from 1987 to 1995, which the Roanoke Times states "was a dive beer hall and diner with a bad reputation and a lot of down-and-out regulars..the Hasans closed the Capitol to open the short-lived, Mediterranean-themed Mount Olive on Jefferson Street." They also owned the Community Grocery Store on Elm Avenue in Roanoke. He had two brothers, his brothers, Eyad and Anas, and Hasan's father died in 1998. Neighbors on Ramada Road said he died of a heart attack in the house. Hasan's mother died three years later. Neighbors said she had kidney disease. City (web) Schools confirms Hasan attended William Fleming High School for one year and graduated in 1988. why only one year? If his parents had enough money and were rooted enough in the community to have several businesses, wouldn't he be listed in all of the years? Or maybe he went to a different school locally or elsewhere, which we haven't heard anything about yet???

  3. yet???The Roanoke Times articles state the following: Virginia Tech confirms that he was not a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, nor was he a member of any ROTC program at Virginia Tech. But The Associated Press reported he commissioned in the Army as a captain and was promoted to major in May. The Washington Post reported he enlisted in the Army after high school."His parents didn't want him to go into the military," said Nader Hasan, a cousin in Northern Virginia. "He said, 'No, I was born and raised here, I'm going to do my duty to the country.' ""He would tell us the military was his life," Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, told the Post. He "did not make many friends."He was unmarried and had no children.The strange thing is that out of all the neighbors that lived around him, the one we hear the most from is a lady that goes by the name of Patricia Villa (39), who moved in only a month ago… see .Of course, it's also strange that Seung-Hui Cho, the mass-shooter of 2008, was also from Virginia Tech, small world, eh? I found an article about how Virginia Tech received an Award to create an engineering-oriented center for the intelligence community. The article states that "While engineering oriented, the program strives for cross-disciplinary involvement, and students from all majors who have an interest in pursuing national security careers can reap benefits." (see ). See also Intelligence and Information Warfare, there, they have many opportunities, such as this:Information warfare money seems to get doled out to companies in the area ( see CACI Awarded $75 Million Task Order to Continue Support for U.S. Army Rapid Development Fielding Initiatives , ). The article talks about money for I2WD (Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate), CERDEC (Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center), all under TESS(Technical Engineering Support Services) contracts. stuff happening at Virginia Tech, with information warfare and who-knows-what going on…Google the phrase "Virginia Tech Information Warfare"…

  4. "Take out Los Angeles" ! Do you know what that means? Eliminating LA could shift the state of California, and its 55 electoral votes, to the Republican column in presidential elections. Maybe that's the GOP's strategy for permanently taking back power in America.

  5. Why are we in Afghanistan?

    Well, the best explanation is that there is no single answer. We know it's not about the Taliban or dropping democracy on Pashtuns – but that doesn't mean that there is a single good reason that should replace this proferred patently stupid explanation.

    I see it as a gigantic clusterfuck of Bush wanting to feel "many" in a schoolyard kind of way, generals and officers wanting to have their medals, itching to use their toys and eager to display their unused skills, industrialists wanting to push their wares, congressmen wanting to make cheap points on the homefront or wanting to pull in money for their districts, crooked politicians seeing a way to extend their power or deflect attention from various local trouble, others wanting to show ass to Russia like it's the cold war, oil companies wanting to build pipelines, three-letter agency drones wanting to build their bureaucratic empires or angling for a Medal of Freedom, Obama being unable to extract himself from his current war/war dilemma which is 100% based in local politics (cf. the "50-year war" article in The Nation), vociferous ribbon-wearing "patriots" who know about reality through 10-second newsflashes on Fox News, and generally a poisonous mindset of what America can and should do abroad based in 50 years of cold war indoc.

    All this is circling the drain.

  6. The Taliban were guests of honor with the oil people in Texas. Until the summer of 2001 the Taliban got most of its money from the US government. But then they made the terrible mistake that they gave an oil contract to an Argentinian firm. But the main reason for the invasion and occupation is the coming pipeline from Turkmenistan to take oil and gas from five central Asian countries to Karachi to be shipped to United Bluff.

  7. What a nice interview for a big discussion but the comments seem that they don't know anything down south of the border (Latin America) That's why I have started a series of Latin American. The problem is that a few people are interesting about it perhaps people who's been in those pleaces.

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