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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 2003
In Baghdad, They are Naming Their Babies "Saddam"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The centre of the book trade in Baghdad is al-Mutanabi Street, which runs between the Tigris and Rashid Street, now shabby and decayed but once the city’s commercial heart. The bookshops are small, and open all the time; on Friday there’...
The Sweatshops of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
LEE BALLINGER
Rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs claims he gave up sex to train for the November 2 New York City Marathon, which he entered "for the kids." The workers at the sweatshop in Choloma, Honduras who make Combs’s Sean Jean clothing line give up ...
Democrats Trick the Greens, Treat Big Timber
MICHAEL DONNELLY
After years of playing the hapless Charlie Brown as Lucy Democrats pulled away the protection football time after time, it’s perhaps only fitting that the best the hapless environmental movement can muster following its major defeat on Bush’s Healthy F...
The GOP’s Racist Trifecta
WAYNE MADSEN
The Republican Party, which has adopted the "4 R’s" of neo-conservative undemocratic political action — refusal (to vote), recount, redistricting, and recall — is attempting to stage yet three more gubernatorial coups in November’...
How Arabs View the Masons
LINDA S. HEARD
It was an Egyptian who first aroused my interest in freemasonry. Adel was a well-educated Copt, whose once wealthy family had fallen on hard times. Unable to find employment in his hometown of Alexandria, Adel set off for Lebanon hoping for better luck. The young ...
The Matrix (Interstate Snoop, Not the Movie)
ELAINE CASSEL
Remember Admiral John Poindexter’s proposed Total Information Awareness (TIA) Program, the one which was going to mine all available electronic data on you and me, make it into a nifty profile, and put it out there for the government to use to track "te...
The Meaning of "Mission Accomplished"
DAVE LINDORFF
Remember when George Bush the candidate said he would restore integrity to the White House? The reference, of course, was to the Clinton White House, which had gained a certain notoriety because of Bill Clinton’s famous finger-wagging episode, when he...
Paul Krugman, Part of the Problem
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Enter the world of Paul Krugman, a world either dark (the eras of Bush One and Bush Two), or bathed in light (when Bill was king). "What do you think of the French revolution?" someone is supposed to have asked Chou En Lai. "Too soon to tell", ...
Howard Dean, a Hawk in a Dove’s Cloak
SEAN DONAHUE
"Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary, I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries." ­ Bob Marley Howard Dean wants the peace movement to believe that he is its best hope for b...
Popular Insurrection and National Revolution in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
Slave driver the table has turned Catch a fire you’re gonna get burned. Bob Marley, Slave Driver On the Day of National Dignity-which commemorates the greatest achievement of socialist martyr Marcelo ...
A Moral Level of Consumption?
ROBERT JENSEN
[A version of this talk was delivered at Elon University, Elon, NC, on October 27, 2003.] Whatever arguments one might want to have about the pace of global warming and toxic waste accumulation, about the rate at which humans are degrading the earth’s...
Marching with the Military Families
ERIC RUDER
Veterans and family members of soldiers now in Iraq mobilized in large numbers for the October 25 demonstration in Washington, D.C. to show their opposition to Bush’s war and occupation. Their contingent swelled to 1,000 people as they took up their position...
Denigrating Critics of Israel
PHILIP ADAMS
As today’s column will provoke accusations of anti-Semitism, let me begin with a few words in my defence. A classic philo-Semite, I’ve long been described as a Jew lover by the anti-Semites in organisations such as Frederick Tobin’s Adelaide Inst...
Every Day, One KIA
GARY LEUPP
As of mid-day, EST, October 25, 2003, 343 U.S. troops had officially died in Iraq since the war of aggression, based on lies, began March 20. 138 were killed during the conventional war (the term I use for want of a better one to distinguish it from the guerrilla ...
Iraq Guerrillas Adopt a New Strategy
ROBERT FISK
Understanding the brain. That’s what you have to do in a guerrilla war. Find out how it works, what it’s trying to do. An attack on US headquarters in Baghdad and six suicide bombings, all at the start of Ramadan. Thirty-four dead and 200 wounded. Wher...
Prosecutors as Therapists, Phantoms as Terrorists
ELAINE CASSEL
Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia have been acting as surrogate therapists to scores of families of the September 11 terrorist attacks. As soon as Zacarias Moussaoui was indicted in Alexandria, prosecutors ramped up a staff of assistant U.S. attorneys...
Argentina’s War on the Piqueteros
MARIE TRIGONA
Argentina’s unemployed workers movement is faced with another repressive attack from President Nestor Kirchner and national government. In the past weeks, national daily newspapers have published that the government is taking a firm position against social p...
Dark Forces
THE INTELLIGENCE SQUAD
It seems that, incredibly, the U.S. armed forces feel that they do not have enough young blacks in their ranks. And so we see that the army has launched a street marketing campaign, including driving a big yellow tricked-out Hummer around at events where yo...
Thieves Like Us
CHRIS FLOYD
When they asked the outlaw Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he put it to them straight: "That’s where the money is." It is of course physically–not to mention politically–impossible for the weasel-wording cadres of the Bush Reg...
Eyewitness in Iraq
ROBERT FISK
Eye witness: ‘They’re getting better,’ Chuck said approvingly. ‘That one hit the runway’ Running the gauntlet of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades after check-in at Baghdad airport Baghdad, Iraq (The Independ...
Wishing Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"I wish Wolfowitz had been killed. I wish all the Americans here would be killed," said Ali Hussein a grocer in downtown Baghdad. "The Americans are not human beings. They are monsters. They lied to the Iraqi people." ...
Halliburton in Iran
JASON LEOPOLD
Halliburton Corp., the oil field services company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, told the New York City Comptroller’s office Monday that it won’t scale back its business dealings in Iran, despite concerns from the City’s Comptroller W...
Incident in Gaza
URI AVNERY
"Whom do you believe?" asked General Ya’akov Amidror on TV with subdued anger, "the army spokesman or Hamas?" General (reserves) Amidror is the highest religious officer in our army. In the past he has raised several public storms ...
The Politics of an Inferno
RICH GIBSON
Everyone knew this fire was coming. TV reporters commented on the possibility all over the state a week before it happened. Yet preparations were minimal. For example, San Diego has long had extensive planning for terrorist attacks and has gone through city-wide d...
9/11 in Context
CHRIS WHITE
[Editors Note: The following is an excerpt of a speech White delivered on September 11, 2003 at Bethel College, a Mennonite institution of higher learning in rural Kansas. --AC/JSC] Two years ago today, everyone in this room felt a sense of dread and fear p...