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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 October 2002
Bush’s Wars
WILLIAM BLUM
Good evening, it’s very nice to be here, especially since the bombs have not yet begun to fall; I mean in Iraq, not Boulder; Boulder comes after Iraq and Iran if you folks don’t shape up and stop inviting people like me to speak. The first time...
Putin’s Gas
PATRICK COCKBURN
MOSCOW. The dreadful truth about the end of the Moscow theatre siege was becoming clear yesterday. The secret gas, pumped into the building to knock out the Chechen rebels and allow crack Russian troops to storm the building just before dawn on Saturday, killed s...
Anti-War Movement Arrrives
WILLIAM HUGHES
Washington, D.C. Under a warm sun, on Oct. 26, 2002, they marched down celebrated Constitution Ave., in our nation’s capital, by the tens of thousands, young and old, voicing their grievances, demands, and hopes, too, and carrying their colorful banners and...
Picking Olives and Removing Roadblocks in Palestine
IDA AUDEH
It is olive picking season in Palestine, and so far about 120 activists from almost a dozen countries?the US, England, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy?have responded to an appeal by the International Solidarity Movem...
Horowitz, Powell and Belafonte
KURT NIMMO
David Horowitz, I had a chuckle this evening reading your tirade directed against Harry Belafonte. I find it absurd you place so much emphasis on what Belafonte has to say. But then, of course, you are in the business of pounding the bushes in search of ene...
Remapping the Middle East
NASEER ARURI
DEMONS AND THREATS THROUGHOUT HISTORY As the Bush Administration beats the war trumpets against Iraq, a remarkable similarity can be discerned between the Middle East today and eighty years ago. The important question is whether the United States is likel...
"They Beat the Hell Out of Me"
STEVEN HIGGS
progressives in Bloomington, Indiana have been disabused of the notion that there are depths to which local right-wing vigilantes will not sink. Two Fridays ago, Monroe County Councilman Scott Wells was set up, roughed up and arrested on politically motivated, bog...
The Wolf Who Cried Wolf
M. Junaid Alam
? “All colonization must continue in defiance of the will of the native population. Therefore, it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall through which the local population can never break thr...
Is America Becoming Fascist?
ANIS SHIVANI
Since mainstream left-liberal media do not seriously ask this question, the analysis of what has gone wrong and where we are heading has been mostly off-base. Investigation of the kinds of under-handed, criminal tactics fascist regimes undertake to legitimize thei...
Crocodile tears, while they dance on his grave
Ben Tripp
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Landscape + Architecture, the Great Fusion
GAVIN KEENEY
The historical, diachronic interplay of landscape + architecture in modern architectural production is/was at times a visionary pas de deux, while at other times an anti-visionary danse macabre (danse mecanique). In the latter case, landscape (milieu, ambiance, gr...
Bali Mon Amour
ILIJA TROJANOW
In the aftermath of the bomb attack on a disco in Kuta Beach, Bali a number of journalists wrote about the loss of innocence in that exotic isle. They must have been overcome by another spasm of the historical myopia that afflicts the scribes of today. Maybe they ...
Is Thomas White Fit to Lead the Army?
JASON LEOPOLD
Secretary of the Army Thomas White is preparing to lead thousands of the nation’s soldiers into war with Iraq and still, not one journalist has spilled any ink on White’s knowledge of the suspect accounting practices at Enron Energy Services, the divis...
A Place of Tears
MICHAEL WOLFF
On the first morning of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge, after our meeting with Dr. Hashimi, our delegation met in front of the Al-Rasheed hotel in downtown Baghdad. We gathered our gear together and prepared to go to the place that for many, including myself, was on...
The Grassroots of Hope
JOSH FRANK
Democracy has historically linked us to the essential tools needed for survival within diverse cultures and societies. An active citizenry in the United States is meant to protect us from government control and corporate excess. But those that speak up have been l...
Concerned Citizen, Episode 5, Night School
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
SCRIPT AND SUMMATIVE COMMENTS [0:30, COLOR] [Opens with standard montage of cars effortlessly zooming over concrete cloverleaves, of clean people conversing animatedly in bistros with virgin white tablecloths and deferential brown waitpeople. T...
Let Them Eat (Crumb) Cake
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Where do I begin? So much to express, so few to listen. Feel like the sane man, too long in the mental institution, who begins to “howl” at the moon… Paul Krugman, Economics Prof. at Princeton and NY Times columnist (they won’t print...
Frankencrops
HOPE SHAND AND SILVIA RIBEIRO
Thirteen months ago, the agbiotech industry wakened to a nightmare. Illegal and unwelcome, the presence of genetically-modified (GM) maize was reported smack in the crop’s center of genetic origin in Mexico. There’s never a good time for a political/ec...
A Good Man is Hard to Misfit
ADAM ENGEL
Used to call me the Misfit cause I couldn’t do nothin’ right–least not in this world. Now they call me "Mr. President," jest like Paw said they would. My brother Jeb, he said, "Daddy got you a job is all. It jest happens to be a re...
The Civilizing Mission
M. SHAHID ALAM
"The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilization." K. Marx and F. Engels...
Australians Vote Green
VANESSA JONES
Seven days after the Bali bombings Australian voters history gave a jump in Australia. Michael Organ, became the first The green candidate to win a seat in the Australian House of Representatives. Indeed, it was the first victory for a minority party in the House ...
The Bush Military Budget
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
There are clear indications that the Bush administration is pushing for the invasion of Iraq. Not only does the administration seem determined to invade Iraq, but it is bent to do so in a hurry. The plan to attack Iraq would serve as the first instance of Presiden...
George Bush Sr on Wellstone
WAYNE MADSEN
Before we all get sucked into George W. Bush’s eulogies of the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone let us not forget what his father, Bush 41, called the Senator at a White House reception for newly-elected members of Congress in 1991. Wellstone, wh...
Harry Hay Paved the Way for Modern Gay Activism
STUART TIMMONS
Henry “Harry” Hay, known as the founder of the modern American gay movement, has died at age 90. The pioneering gay activist devoted his life to progressive politics and in 1950, he founded a state-registered foundation and secret network of support gr...
Tom Lantos’ Big Lie
BEN TERRALL
California Congressman Tom Lantos has never been accused of understatement. But he may have set a new personal record for bombast when, as quoted in the September 30, 2002 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, he told Minister of Knesset Colette Avital,...