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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 2002
The Gangbang Asthete
Dr. Susan Block
In The Sexual Life of Catherine M., celebrated French intellectual Catherine Millet ...
Springsteen’s The Rising
Dave Marsh
I’ve avoided talking in detail about The Rising but not because there’s nothing...
Porkland
David Vest
“The Battle of Portland,” as it was named by William Rivers Pitt, took place just a few short downhill blocks from the offices of the Oregonian, which was if anything even more unprepared than Portland’s finest, who failed to provide a “saf...
The Highway Lobby
Ralph Nader
Ever since the first public transit — a ferryboat near Boston in 1630 — got underway, a Broad variety of carriers have emerged — buses, trolleybuses, vanpools, jitneys, heavy and light rail, cable cars, monorails, tramways and automated guideway ...
Stendhal, Ovid and Alison
Gavin Keeney
“Somewhere, even now, a lamb was being led up to the altar steps, a lamb chosen for its perfection and purity: even its delicate hooves, its knobby, skinny legs, were perfect. The eyes of those who had chosen it were loving — they valued i...
CNN Reporting (poem)
M. Shahid Alam
The latest reports from Baghdad are ominous. Children by the busloads are arriving every day at camps just outside the city. They are coming from all over the country, Uruk, Nineveh, Basra and Babylon, sick and dying children, hollow eyed, s...
Ariel Sharon’s Subjugation Strategy
Neve Gordon
JERUSALEM. Israel recently agreed to withdraw its forces from Bethlehem and populated Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinian Authority takes on the responsibility of policing residents there. Israeli soldiers and tanks moved to the outski...
Opie, Anthony and Enron
Jay Diamond
The maelstrom surrounding the termination of two radio broadcasters for encouraging a sex stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral affords us a rare and salient opportunity to think about some of our political assumptions and to examine some of the political cant th...
Clueless at the State Department
Kurt Nimmo
Since the day Dubya was installed in the White House by court appointment, not a week has passed, it seems, that his administration has not said or done something at odds with reality as understood by most of the world. From Kyoto to Columbia, Saudi Arabia to Nort...
Opie, Anthony and Enron
Jay Diamond
The maelstrom surrounding the termination of two radio broadcasters for encouraging a sex stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral affords us a rare and salient opportunity to think about some of our political assumptions and to examine some of the political cant th...
McAfrika Burgers and the Third World
Carol Norris
McDonald’s recently launched a new burger-in-a-pita product in Norway: The “McAfrika.” And with this they have inadvertently created a brilliantly succinct metaphor for the increasingly blatant corporate takeover of the Earth – coun...
McAfrika Burgers and the Third World
Carol Norris
McDonald’s recently launched a new burger-in-a-pita product in Norway: The “McAfrika.” And with this they have inadvertently created a brilliantly succinct metaphor for the increasingly blatant corporate takeover of the Earth – coun...
War on Iraq Debate
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
The question dominating the news: When will we go to war against Iraq? The answer: We are already at war with Iraq. The debate over the Bush administration’s call for war is usually described as hawks v. doves — those for the war pitted a...
What’s Behind the War Moves Against Iraq?
Matt Siegfried
The United States government is preparing a new war on Iraq. A section of the Bush administration, reflecting a section of the US ruling class, has long been pursuing an assault on Iraq to overthrow the regime of Sadaam Hussein. It will come as no surprise to anyo...
Power to the Laity
William Hughes
Lyman Frank Baum spun a delightful tale over a century ago. It’s called “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It dealt with a little girl named Dorothy, and her odyssey, via a tornado, from a Kansas farm house into the strange, magical land of Oz. Some s...
Progressive Irrelevance?
Anis Shivani
As long as progressives continue to grant the basic premises of the “war on terrorism–that it is a “war” and that we’re fighting “terror” – it will wage a losing struggle. If voices who question the basic reality of ...
A Real Healthy Forests Initiative
Michael Donnelly
With all the Big Timber-generated hysteria about “environmentalists causing forest fires” as rationale for another Public forest grab, a real analysis of the situation is in order. In none of industry’s calls for more logging, do we have any expl...
Bush’s Bizarro World
Wayne Madsen
Superman comic book fans will fondly recall the topsy-turvy Bizarro world, a planet shaped like a cube where everything happened backwards and nothing made any sense. Welcome now to the Bush world, where the revered Dalai Lama of Tibet may now be branded by the Un...
Kissinger, Hitchens, Springsteen, Haggard and Presley
Alexander Cockburn
Clearly irked by the thought that he and Henry Kissinger may be on the same wave length when it comes to attacking Saddam Hussein, Christopher Hitchens is now declaring in the London Observer that H.K. is against any such war: “A week or so ago I wondered wh...
Progressive Irrelevance?
Anis Shivani
As long as progressives continue to grant the basic premises of the “war on terrorism–that it is a “war” and that we’re fighting “terror” – it will wage a losing struggle. If voices who question the basic reality of ...
A Real Healthy Forests Initiative
Michael Donnelly
With all the Big Timber-generated hysteria about “environmentalists causing forest fires” as rationale for another Public forest grab, a real analysis of the situation is in order. In none of industry’s calls for more logging, do we have any expl...
Power to the Laity
William Hughes
Lyman Frank Baum spun a delightful tale over a century ago. It’s called "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It dealt with a little girl named Dorothy, and her odyssey, via a tornado, from a Kansas farm house into the strange, magical land of Oz. Some saw...
Kissinger, Hitchens, Springsteen, Haggard and Presley
Alexander Cockburn
Clearly irked by the thought that he and Henry Kissinger may be on the same wave length when it comes to attacking Saddam Hussein, Christopher Hitchens is now declaring in the London Observer that H.K. is against any such war: "A week or so ago I wondered whe...
What’s Behind the War Moves Against Iraq?
Matt Siegfried
The United States government is preparing a new war on Iraq. A section of the Bush administration, reflecting a section of the US ruling class, has long been pursuing an assault on Iraq to overthrow the regime of Sadaam Hussein. It will come as no surprise to anyo...
Islam and Politics
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
In the wake of 9/11, an event that changed world history and whose one-year anniversary is around the corner, it behooves us to take stock of the role religion and politics have played in shaping public opinion around the globe regarding the causes and the meaning...