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Monday, July 28, 2008

Peter Dale Scott and Connie Bruck, "Billions: The Politics of Influence in the United States, China and Israel," Japan Focus, July 25, 2008. [excerpts

In Australia in 1975 Murdoch’s newspaper supported the Governor-General's strange dismissal of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, by exercise of a royal prerogative last used by King William IV of England in 1834. Then in England Murdoch used The Times to help elect Margaret Thatcher, who in turn passed legislation enabling Murdoch to crush the powerful trades unions of Fleet Street. In America, Murdoch’s Fox News, New York Post, and Weekly Standard underwrote the meteoric rise of the neocons in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), whose Chairman was William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard. [2]...

In the 1970s wealthy Americans mounted, with the aid of neocons and a great deal of right-wing foundation money, what Irving Kristol (William’s father) called an “intellectual counterrevolution;” and successfully challenged the prevalent liberalism of the corporate welfare state. [3] Beginning with the breaking of union power in the PATCO air controllers’ strike of 1981, the Reagan era saw the income disparity between the world’s richest and poorest, after years of moderate reduction, begin radically to increase, both within nations and globally.


Adelson opposed both Olmert and the peace conference, which was held in Annapolis in late November. The Zionist Organization of America, to which Adelson is a major contributor, ran a full-page ad in the Times, headlined, “SECRETARY RICE: DON’T PROMOTE A STATE FOR PALESTINIANS WHILE THEIR 10 COMMANDMENTS PROMOTE TERRORISM AND ISRAEL’S DESTRUCTION.” The “10 Commandments” referred to the constitution of Fatah, Abbas’s party.


Some conservatives have heralded Adelson as their answer to George Soros, the financier who has donated large sums to the liberal advocacy group, and there were press reports that Adelson might spend two hundred million dollars on the 2008 elections.

Read Connie Bruck's article and Peter Dale Scott's Introduction here =>

Connie Bruck's article originally appeared in the New Yorker.
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