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MARX: A HERO FOR OUR TIME? — Suddenly, everyone from the Wall Street Journal to Rolling Stone seems to be talking about Karl Marx. Louis Proyect delves into this mysterious resurgence, giving a vivid assessment of Marx’s relevance in the era of globalized capitalism. THE MEANING OF MANDELA: Longtime civil rights organizer Kevin Alexander Gray gives in intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela and the global struggle of racial justice. FALLOUT OVER FUKUSHIMA: Peter Lee investigates the scandalous exposure of sailors on board the USS Reagan to radioactive fallout from Fukushima. SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT: Kim Nicolini charts the rise of Matthew McConaughey. PLUS: Mike Whitney on the coming crash of the housing market. JoAnn Wypijewski on slavery, torture and revolt. Chris Floyd on the stupidity of US policy in Ukraine. Kristin Kolb on musicians and health care. And Jeffrey St. Clair on life and death on the mean streets of an America in decline
Archives from June 1999
No Need for the Crystal Ball: Neoliberalism In Bloody Rout
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
So far as the world economy is concerned, the sky — as our dear friendAndrew Kopkind used to say, is dark with chickens coming to roost. As CounterPunchgoes to press, capital is massing its resources in a determined effort tohold Brazil together and get Fernando Enr...
Ag Lobby in Big New Push
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
With the help of two Democratic senators, the agricultural lobby is poisedto resurrect a version of the infamous Bracero program, and allow Americancompanies to import cheap immigrant labor. The legislation in question wasattached to the Commerce, Justice, State and Judic...
Tom Delay in the South Pacific
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
House Whip Tom DeLay has returned from Congress’s winter recess burstingwith vim and vigor, promising to press the Republican agenda with all availableenergy. DeLay’s high spirits no doubt result from his use of the recessto fly with his family to the Commo...
Drug Money
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Michael Petrelis, a San Francisco-based gay activist, has outed a numberof closeted gay conservatives and political figures during the past fewyears (most spectacularly in the case of former Rep. Steve Gunderson, whomPetrelis doused with a drink at a gay bar in Virgini...
Nuclear Saviors:
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Striding into Kyoto claiming to be a mighty warrior in the battle againstglobal warming was a familiar beast, the nuclear power industry. Some ofthe industry’s biggest lobbyists, men such as James Curtis (a former deputysecretary of energy during the Reagan years), ...
Behind the Green Grocery
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“Natural” food is big business these days, which is a goodthing. Most cities these days have a farmers’ market, and the ag industryis coming to realize that organic food is no longer a matter of sellingmisshapen carrots and potatoes at a premium t...
The ADL Snoops
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The organization’s main “fact-finder” was doubling as a spyfor the white South African government while his buddy, a San Franciscocop who had tutored El Salvadoran death squads on the finer aspects of torture,was providing its officials with personal ...
Ten Groups Who Make a Difference
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here at CounterPunch we get the querries from you scores of times a month,tell us where the good groups are. You want who’s worth supporting. Andso now, in our final issue of the year, just in time for you to make tax-deductiblecontributions that could truly work wo...
Exxon’s Deadly Legacy
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
March 24 brought us the tenth anniversary of the most notorious foul-upin the history of the oil business: the Exxon Valdez spill which took placein Prince William Sound, 25 miles south of Valdez, Alaska around midnightwhen the vast 948 foot long tanker ran into Bligh ...
Booking Photo of Bill Gates
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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WHY WORKING PEOPLE MUST OPPOSE U.S./NATO WAR IN THE BALKANS
Trim Bissell
National coordinator of Campaign for Labor Rights In addition to mobilizing around corporate campaigns, legislation and codes of conduct, the work of the anti-sweatshop movement also includes opposing the economic, military and repressive structures which make the...
Hitler On Pat Buchanan
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Though now 110 years old, and in poor physical shape, Adolf Hitler felt strong enough for a brief chat on the phone from his nursing home in Asuncion about the row over Pat Buchanan’s new book. Do you agree that America’s entry into the First World War ...
Hitch the Snitch
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“‘Okay,’ I said, giving him a chance to rationalize his snitching,which all informants have to do when they start out.”J. Wambaugh, Blue NightMany people go through life rehearsing a role they feel that the fateshave in...
British International Law Expert Drafts Articles of Indictment for War Crimes by NATO Leaders
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CAMBRIDGE, May 3 – A British internationallaw expert from the faculty of social and political sciences atthe Cambridge University, has drafted articles of indictment againstsome of the NATO leaders for waging war on Serbia. Glen Rangwala,whose coordinates are enclos...
Those Incubator Babies, Once More?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
As the US stepped up its bombing raids against Yugoslavia, Harold Koh,assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, calledthe leaders of several US human rights groups to a hastily arranged meetingat his offices in Foggy Bottom. Koh started the sessi...
All Calm in Kuwait
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
When bombing of Iraq seemed only hours away, all was calm in the US embassyin Kuwait. Though Iraq’s fearsome weapons of mass destruction were the topicof every news bulletin, US ambassador to Kuwait, Jim Larocco, was nonchalant.We know this because we have before...
The Delta Force Was There
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Amid NATO military supremo Wesley Clark’s onslaught on the civilians of Serbia the question arose: did Clark hone his civilian-killing skills at Waco, where the FBI oversaw the largest single spasm of slaughter of civilians by law enforcement in US history, when...