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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 August 2001
Texas Germans, Cactus Smuggling And Other Adventures In the Lower Deserts
Alexander Cockburn
I had been planning to head straight across Texas to El Paso with a detour south to Big Bend state park which sits on the north bank of the Rio Grande, also passing through Marfa which used to, maybe still does, feature Rock Hudson’s house in Giant, then coming nort...
From the Bloodbaths In East Timor to a Suicide in Arlington
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Sandra Jenkins woke up about 6 am on a muggy June morning outside Washington, DC in 1999 to find a note from on her husband on the night-table beside the bed. “Spread my ashes at our house in Fadden.” She called a friend and told her, “I think Merv has d...
The Stink In Florida:
Jack McCarthy
Even the most die-hard media critic “centrist” must concede one thing: the vaunted Republican Party “attack machine,” is no myth. Through intimidation and just plain aggression–as opposed to the passive aggressive liberal democrats...
Condit Ka-Chung
David Vest
Congressman Gary Condit’s woeful interview with Connie Chung reminds us that it is now more than a century since Oscar Wilde detected a “decay in the art of lying.” But Wilde, who might have saved himself with a lie he would not tell, was born in Ire...
Will The Democrats Doom ANWR?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
As CounterPunch has been predicting, sensible Republicans know well that any onslaught on ANWR will cost them long-term public support. As CounterPunch has also predicted, the Labor/enviro alliance melts speedily to slush in the face of prospective jobs for organized labo...
Babbitt: I Was Wronged!
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Not so long ago we drew a harshly unflattering portrait of an unalluring invertebrate known as Bruce Babbitt. We described how, contrary to all his pledges when he was Secretary of the Interior in Clinton time, this same Babbitt is now toiling for a scumbag DC law firm ca...
From New Orleans to Midland, Texas
Alexander Cockburn
I love scrubby old state highways, warm with commercial life. Highway 90 runs from Florida through Alabama and Louisiana, then on across Texas. I got onto it at Mobile and trundled westward into New Orleans, in time to go along and pay my respects to John Sinclair, fo...