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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 May 2001
Big Daddy and the Plantation
Kevin Alexander Gray
I grew up in a National Enquirer house. My mother reads it weekly and my brother works in the plant that prints them. There is something cosmic about Reverend Jesse Jackson, for whom I used to work, being in the same rag that regularly reports on space aliens. Now, every ...
Sontag in Jerusalem
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Our reproofs of the prominent American writer Susan Sontag, posted here just over two months ago, prompted the writer to make what was her unwonted attack on Israel’s conduct towards Palestinians. We criticized Sontag for accepting the Jerusalem Prize, whose ...
Bob Kerrey: the Life and Times of a Throat-Slitter
Richard Gibson
Former Senator Robert Kerrey has admitted that as leader of a Navy Seal unit he participated in the murder of civilians in Vietnam. The Seal unit was part of an assassination squad, operating under the guidance of Operation Phoenix which, in the course of the war, kil...
Fragging Bob:
Douglas Valentine
By now everybody knows that former Senator Bob Kerrey led a seven-member team of Navy Seals into Thanh Phong village in February 1969, and murdered in cold blood more than a dozen women and children. What hardly anyone knows, and what no one in the press is...
Hate-Crime Follies
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The legal aftermath to an attack on Christopher Columbus in the city of Santa Cruz instructs us in the folly of the current liberal obsession with installing hate crime laws in every statute book. On March 9 James Cosner, 31-year-old self-described “revolutio...
Liberals Rush to Defend Democrat War Criminal
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Liberals have massed to defend Kerrey, usually by saying that he was just a grunt following orders. In the Los Angeles Times Bob Scheer announced that Kerrey is “a good man” and that the fellow who should be in the dock is Robert McNamara, who wasn’t eve...
It’s How We Fought the War
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here’s one of the many unsettling things about Bob Kerrey, and it doesn’t even address the issue of what exactly he did in the Vietnamese village of Thanh Phong. Supposedly riddled with indecision whether to accept the Medal of Honor for a military action subs...
A Letter from the Trenches of Vieques
Maria
Saludos desde Puerto Rico, The Navy has been bombing Vieques since Friday the 27th. We have more than 40 people in the middle of the firing range. The Navy knows it and has just briefly stopped the bombing on a few occasions. Each night our people on the range send...
A May Day Meditation
Peter Linebaugh
Comrades and Friends, May Day Greetings! Here is ‘the day.’ The day we long to become a “journee’,” those days of the French Revolution when a throne would topple, the powerful would tumble, slavery be abolished, or the commons res...
The Madness of the F-22 Fighter
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Tiffany’s on wings. That’s how one senate aide refers to the Pentagon and its contractor’s latest dream weapon: the F-22. “It’s showy, unimaginably expensive, fragile and utterly useless”, the aide tells us. “But there’s ...