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I’m discussing my new book, Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, all week at TPM Cafe. Others taking part in the conversation are Stephen Walt, professor of International Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, Sam Loewenberg, a freelance journalist specializing in the intersection of business and public policy, Ted Goldman, senior editor at Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s newspaper, Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation, and Jonathan Taplin, a seasoned blogger and professor at USC Annenberg, School for Communication. You can check it out here.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”