Mark Ames
Mark Ames

Oligarchy in the USA

A handy guide to the Russian billionaires snapping up chunks of Gawker, Uber and other influential American assets.

Nondisclosure Nation: A History, From Ober to Assange

As the UN rules in favor of Julian Assange, Mark Ames examines the dark history of non-disclosure agreements used by the US government (and even Assange himself).

All the billionaire's men (Or: Shattered Glenn)

Pierre Omidyar’s flagship publication, The Intercept, has suffered through a series of humiliating failures. The newest bombshell, which dropped yesterday, is an entirely different matter.

Interview with a Weed Nazi: Mark Ames and Max Blumenthal talk to Gary Johnson

As Gary Johnson enters the presidential ring, let’s take a look back at his previous failed run.

The Gary Johnson Swindle and the Degradation of Third Party Politics

The hidden story of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is really a story about the depths of corruption and depravity that our democracy has sunk to.

The "white-slaver" awakens: It's not Disney to whom George Lucas should be apologizing

The multibillionaire should start by saying sorry to the tens of thousands of VFX animators and tech engineers caught up in the wage-fixing cartel he helped create.

The last time an American tycoon exploited terrorism

It seems to be an American tradition, these plot elements combining together: Terrorism panic and xenophobia, exploited by a celebrated business tycoon for his own gain.

Has Pando missed the heart of the Uber problem? A transportation industry expert writes...

In response to my article on “the Uber of trucking," Pando received the following response from Hubert Horan, by one of the early advisers/architects of the trucking deregulation in the 1970s and a well-known transportation industry expert.

Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own

Putin’s initial reaction is about as angry and hot-headed as I’ve seen Putin since he first came to power in 1999.

Silicon Valley vs Civilization

Silicon Valley’s love affair with their favorite world leader continues. Meanwhile, at home, Narendra Modi's party is accused of defending, even encouraging, violence, sexual assault and murder.

With "Convoy," tech billionaires build another castle at another narrow in the stream

Founders of Amazon, eBay and Uber join forces to "disrupt" the trucking industry. with the goal of doing to the trucking industry what Uber has done for taxis. Here's what that means.

The Whistleblowers of Oz

Why, after all these years of government leaks, has so little changed?

What the hell? Pierre Omidyar selects one of Edward Snowden's former Booz Allen bosses to be an Omidyar Fellow

The billionaire who bought access to the Snowden NSA leaks has just selected the whistleblower's NSA-contractor boss to his "fellowship" program.

Rand Paul: The rise and fall of Silicon Valley's Republican dream candidate

The precipitous rise and fall of Rand Paul's presidential campaign is set for its final, thrilling dive. Libertarians from coast to coast are fleeing the scene of the debacle, wondering how it all went wrong. Here are some answers.

Big Tech’s monopoly power as a threat to democracy

As tech billionaires convert their wealth and private political power into acquiring more and more public political power, let's look again at what monopoly power means in the age of hi-tech.

The Donald Trump - Roger Stone show: Birth Harder

Every time Trump steps in another pile of racist conspiracy dogshit, everyone throws up their hands and asks, “Does he really believe what he’s saying?" The answer is yes.

The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova: Part Five

Anna Loginova was killed on Sunday evening, 8:45 at night, on a residential street in southern Moscow. Even with her pistol and her limited jujitsu and selfdefense skills, she never had a chance.

The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova: Part Four

I’d tracked down Anna’s mother in her apartment in Vladimir, and after a few distraught phone calls, she agreed to an interview.

The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova: Part Three

The story that bothered me most was what happened to Maria Viricheva...

The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova: Part Two

As the myth of Anna Loginova began to unravel, what began to emerge in its place was something far more interesting and impressive.

The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova

When Russia's first model-bodyguard was murdered by carjackers, the media went nuts over her life story. The only problem: everything about that story was a lie.


No I don’t know. You said it. You said I’m funny. How am I funny? What is so funny about my candidacy? Tell me!

Awkward! The idea of "corporate personhood" relies on the same Amendment that gives birthright citizenship

Also, how the founder of Stanford also gave us the idea of corporate personhood.

Going Postal: There is no such thing as a "typical" workplace shooter

Shooters have been white, black, Latino, Asian, Native American, female, gay, straight...

Judge reanimates wage-fixing class action suit against Sony, Pixar and others

Citing "fraudulent concealment,” Judge Lucy Koh allows animators' suit to continue against major studios.

Google’s lawyers, Ron Paul’s grandson, and the most depraved campaign crime in decades

For over a year now, Google has refused to comply with federal warrants to hand over Gmail accounts of the three indicted Paul campaign managers and operators.

Introducing the War Nerd Wednesday podcast

In addition to reading The War Nerd's columns on Pando, you can support his Patreon radio show.

Former TOR head now working for intelligence contractor that protects companies against TOR

Norse describes itself as “kind of spooky,” boasts of connection with “three-letter government agencies.”

When Roger Stone met

An interesting epilogue to my story on Nixon dirty trickster and longtime Trump sidekick Roger Stone.

Behind the scenes of the Donald Trump - Roger Stone show

Somehow I’d missed the earlier news that Roger Stone—Dick Nixon dirty trickster, fascist fan of Roy Cohn, lobbyist for some of the worst dictators in the world—was running Trump’s campaign.

Why is wrong about Bernie Sanders

At the very least know a bit of your history before you pile on.

What Pierre did next

After helping the State Department fund revolution in Ukraine, Omidyar is reportedly ready to invest in Gawker.

Naked Capitalism: “We are in the business of making trouble”

Mark Ames talks to Yves Smith about covering stories too complex for most media, being a women in the male-dominated finance industry and on how Greece could have become a failed state.

The CIA and the American Psychological Association: Partners in crime

The APA is implicated as an accessory to Pentagon and CIA torture. That shouldn't surprise anyone.

Shillers for killers

Revealed: How the tobacco industry paid journalists, scientists, activists and lawyers to cover up the most deadly crime in human history.

"The poor, the young, the black and the stupid": Inside Big Tobacco's plans to kill a billion people

The most outrageous business conspiracy in history and what today's tech giants have learned from it.

A brief history of American gun nuts

Neither Obama nor the other gun restrictions advocates grasp what they’re really dealing with.

The group that inspired Dylann Roof's massacre also took credit for the Confederate flag flying in SC

"Since that time, other Southern heritage groups have become involved in defending the flag, though the CofCC continues to play a leading role in its defense."

The ACLU helped the government harass Tor's Jacob Appelbaum

This seems like a story of evil intrusive government-vs.-good civil libertarian activist. The truth is far more muddled and depressing.