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021201 Greg Palast The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

After Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez allegedly resigned in April, 2002 the New York Times declared "Democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator." The US media, following the Bush Administration's lead, praised the shift in power and sidestepped the fact that Venezuela's democratically elected President was ousted by a military coup. Was this simply an exception to the rule of US support for democratic governments around the world? Or is the US Government's disregard of democracy so systemic that its own electoral process suffers? Florida's 2000 presidential election was fraught with technical errors and voter fraud. In any other country, the UN would have sent in election monitors. The hard evidence of this American-style coup was all over the foreign press, but carefully ignored by the mainstream media in the United States.

Greg Palast won Britain's highest journalism honours for his 1998 undercover investigation of influence peddling by Enron and other US corporations within Tony Blair's cabinet. He then turned to the Bush Administration and exposed their refusal to investigate Saudi financing of terror. Palast's extraordinary reports have been front-page news in Europe, yet absent from America's mainstream media. He reports for BBC Television's Newsnight, The Observer of London and salon.com. His latest book is The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.


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