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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 January 2002
The Titanic Sails at Dawn
Dave Marsh
“To attack the business at a time when we are facing serious challenges that undermine the entire base of the industry is like arguing about the size of your room and the price of your ticket when you’re on the Titanic and you’re about to hit the...
10 Things We Know About Bush
David Vest
Ten things we don’t need polls to tell us about George W. Bush, who has suddenly been transformed in the public eye from Bumbling Dubya, illegitimate usurper, to Old 43, Our President. 1. “I don’t care. I like the guy.” Show...
State of the Union and the New Cold War
Rahul Mahajan
Any who doubted the characterization of the war on terrorism as a new Cold War had only to listen to the State of the Union address, Bush’s most depressing speech since he launched his unlimited war with his address to a joint session of Congress on Septembe...
The Colder War
John Pilger
Last week, the US government announced that it was building the biggest-ever war machine. Military spending will rise to $379 billion, of which $50 billion will pay for its “war on terrorism”. There will be special funding for new, refined weapo...
Eliding the Truth
Jay Moore
I spent a recent weekend in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth, to remind you, is the place where American folklore, if not necessarily American history, got its first start. It is the location where a small group of English exiles arrived in 1620 seeking freedom f...
Follow the Geneva Convention
Michael Ratner
Secretary of State Colin Powell has added his voice to the chorus: It is in the best interests of the United States, he says, to initially treat combatants captured in Afghanistan as prisoners of war. This is the view of other realists in the Pentagon and administration, ...
Free Noelle Bush!
Jack McCarthy
Poor Noelle Bush. Too bad she didn’t get caught naked and humping in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Mall like her brother Jebby Jr last October. Or making an unwanted entrance through the bedroom window of a love interest like her older, spurned b...
Tears of a Clown
Jeffrey St. Clair
It turns out that Linda Lay’s weepy interview with Lisa Meyers of NBC News this week was as phony as an Enron stock prospectus. The tears shed by Lay’s latest trophy wife were scripted by public relations mavens from the powerhouse firm Hill and Knowlt...
Blowback and Daniel Pearl
Dr. Susan Block
Apparently, sometime over the weekend, while I was playing Guant?namo S&M games with Kim and the Bonobo Gang and photographing our fun for the world, some Pakistani dudes calling themselves “The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Soverei...
Killer Dog, Weird Couple
Alexander Cockburn
West of the Rockies people may pretend an interest in Enron, the treatment of the Al Qaeda prisoners in Guantanamo, even the volcano in the Congo but where their attention is truly fixed is an LA courtroom where the dog-maul trial is in its opening throes. Since ...
Guantanamo S/M Porn PR Disaster
Dr. Susan Block
I was beginning to accept The War for what the Great Pretzel Swallower had proclaimed it to be (in so many malapropisms): a Fight for my Freedom to Party. A fight for my freedom to fly, shop, drink champagne, wear miniskirts and, of course, have lots of sex. If an...
Why This War Is Wrong
Gary Leupp
Last semester, following the September 11 attacks, faculty at Tufts and many other universities spoke out against war preparations. As U.S. attacks upon Afghanistan began on October 7, we spoke out against the bombing. The Tufts Daily editorially disparaged our st...
Afghan Opium Trade Back in Business
Patrick Cockburn In Kabul
Despite promises to crack down on the drugs trade, the new Afghan government has evicted the main drug control agency from its headquarters in Kabul and taken its vehicles. “They literally threw us into the street,” said Mir Najibullah Shams, the Secret...
The Tyranny of the Bottom Line
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Ralph Estes’ voice is not being heard in Congress. That probably says more about Congress than it says about Ralph Estes. At last count, 11 Congressional committees were up and running, investigating the collapse of Enron and the role of the au...
Shootout at the Marin Hot Tub Club
Larry Chin YellowTimes.org
In a rare television appearance a couple of days ago, former (or some say still current) president George Herbert Walker Bush lashed out personally at John Walker Lindh, the American who took up arms with the Taliban. Shaking with rage, the elder Bush spit venomously abou...
The Birds of Kandahar
Alexander Cockburn
Further evidence of the bright era now dawning in Afghanistan: life is returning to normalcy in Kandahar after the grim supervision of the Taleban clerics. On accounts by Tim Reed in the London Times and more recently John Lee Anderson in the New Yorker, joyful so...
Liberal? Media?
John Chuckman
One the silliest expressions used in America is “liberal media.” The word “liberal” itself has been so abused and twisted in the last few decades, you’d think the Ministry of Truth had decreed its meaning must be changed. “Liber...
Bush’s Civil Rights Nominee Called Affirmative Action “Racist”
George E. Curry
BlackPressUSA.com President George W. Bush’s controversial choice to join the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights once ...
MLK Jr.’s Dream Perverted
Tom Turnipseed
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words expressing his dream of love, peace, and justice that could transform a suffering world filled with hate, violence, and injustice became awesomely authentic for me as I did research for a talk I made at our King Day at the...
Enron Makes Case for Campaign-Finance Reform
Senator Russell Feingold
As the Enron story unfolds, we are reminded why the U.S. Supreme Court, in its famous 1976 Buckley vs. Valeo decision, said that the appearance of corruption, not just corruption itself, justifies congressional action to place limits on our campaign-finance system...
Enron’s Drip, Drip, Drip
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The collapse of Enron is a story far too rich to be reduced to a single story line. But one crucial narrative is how a series of seemingly small and technical decisions purchased in Washington, D.C. eventually combined to enable Enron’s implosion R...
Report: Cal Energy “Crisis” Was A $71 Billion Hoax, And It’s Not Over
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“It Wasn’t a Shortage, It Was a Shakedown” Report: Cal Energy “Crisis” Was A $71 Billion Hoax, And It’s Not Over Santa Monica, CA. –The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) issued the first comprehensive review of...
Pierre Bourdieu and ATTAC
Norman Madarasz
Distinguished French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu, succumbed to illness on Wednesday January 23. He was 71. Bourdieu held the chair of sociology at the Coll?ge de France, the highest instance of independent French research, where he had been teaching since 1982. ...
Know Your Rights
National Lawyers Guild What Rights Do I Have?
Whether or not you’re a citizen, you have these constitutional rights: The Right to Remain Silent. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives every person the right to remain silent in the face of questions posed by any police officer or government agent. Th...
Kurds are Freedom Fighters in Iraq, Terrorists in Turkey. The Political Status of Iranian Kurds Is Unclear…
Tariq Ali
The last round of Indo-Pak fighting over Kashmir in the Himalayan snowlands around Kargil coincided with the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia. On that occasion, Indian jets crossed the border and bombed positions inside Pakistan. If Nato could, why not India? N...