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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 2004
US Air’s Bold New Idea
DAVE LINDORFF
US Air, the nation’s seventh largest airline, currently in a bankruptcy designed to allow it to break all its previous union contracts and eliminate its pension program, has come up with a new idea that is sure to sweep Bush USA. The new idea: Working...
Iraq vs. Tsunami
MIKE WHITNEY
The American media has descended on the Asian tsunami with all the fervor of feral animals in a meat locker. The newspapers and TV’s are plastered with bodies drifting out to sea, battered carcasses strewn along the beach and bloated babies lying in rows. Ev...
The Tsunami and the Corporate Media
PETER PHILLIPS
The terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster, along coastlines of the Indian Ocean, left tens of thousands dead and many times more people homeless and weakened. Front pages news stories swept the US corporate media "12,000 dead, 40,000, 60,000 and 100,000 made p...
War and the Tsunami
CHRISTOPHER DELISO
With a death toll rising above 120,000, and large affected areas still inaccess...
Tsunami Hits Iraq
GEORGE CAPACCIO
Massive political plates in the depths of Old Foggy Bottom unexpectedly shifted this past weekend. Megatons of pressure, built up from decades of internal strife, sent gargantuan waves hurtling towards Iraq. The country’s antiquated defenses quickly crumbled...
A View from Syria on the Palestinian Right to Return
FARRAH HASSEN
"We travel in the chariots of the Psalms, sleep in the tents of the prophets, and are born again in the language of Gypsies/Ours is a country of words: Talk. Talk/Let me see an end to this journey." ­Mahmoud Darwish, "We Trav...
Empire of the Misers
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
In an April interview with the New York Times, World Bank President James Wolfensohn suggested that in addition to blowing up people and things: "I would argue that there is also a need for a parallel and equally urgent attention to the question of developmen...
The Water Kings of California
DAN BACHER
A small group of wealthy farmers receive the vast majority of water and subsidies from the federal Central Valley Project, concludes a groundbreaking report issued on December 15 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The study was issued as Indian tribe...
What "Free Trade" Pacts Mean for Women
ALEXANDRA SPIELDOCH
It has been nearly ten years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the U.S. government’s ratification of the Beijing Platform for Action. To commemorate the occasion, analysts and organizations have begun to assess the expected gai...
The Ghosts of Vietnam
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Who said this and when? "The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of informatio...
Unbecoming Conduct
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What defines conduct unbecoming an officer? Major General Thomas Fiscus, judge advocate general of the Air Force, opposed the harsh interrogation techniques approved and later rescinded by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for use on Guantanamo prisoners. S...
Argentina Squares Off with International Financiers
ROGER BURBACH
President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is locked in a standoff with the International Monetary Fund on the third anniversary of a popular uprising. Just before Christmas, 2001 protesters surged through the streets of Buenos Aires demanding that the entire politica...
Grief, Relief and the Stingy West
PAUL KINCAID JAMIESON
The horrific aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed what many in the world have known for a long time: Western nations are eager to exploit the under privileged, but slow to lend a helping hand in times of crisis. In the past 72 hours we have al...
Unnatural Disaster?
LILA RAJIVA
In the aftermath of a cataclysm like the Asian tsunami, speculation can run wild. Reserving judgment until we really know what happened, here is a list of salient questions and answers that I,ve compiled from news reports, government and other reliable sources....
Bush and Tsunamis
WALTER BRASCH
On Sunday, Dec. 26, an earthquake-triggered tsunami with an effect of 1,000 miles from its epicenter in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra devastated 12 countries. Within hours, numerous countries and private social service agencies had begun massive relief operations....
How to React
STAN COX
Hyderabad, India. Here, a few hundred kilometers from coastal Andhra Pradesh, the papers and TV are carrying nonstop heartbreak: a military officer clinging to his two small children, keeping their heads above the surface until he finally swallows too much...
Ricky Does 60 Minutes
FRED GARDNER
Mike Wallace and his producer did their best to ridicule and incite jealousy towards Ricky Williams on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, but could not bring him down. My comments in (parentheses). MW: We’re about to tell you a very strange story ab...
Seeking Parallels
M. SHAHID ALAM
History is made by people who seize the moments that circumstances offer and bend them to their purposes. When the conditions are adverse, they nurse their purposes, their dreams of freedom, dignity and power, so that when their moment arrives, they are ready to s...
Elections Without Democracy
SAM BAHOUR And TODD MAY
During the 1970′s, the apartheid government of South Africa sought to bolster its claims to legitimacy by allowing elections in the Bantustans – the equivalent to today’s walled in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The thou...
A Wave of Questions
MICKEY Z.
How does one comprehend the magnitude, impact, and context of a disaster that may claim more than 100,000 lives? But enough about the U.S. occupation of Iraq… The recent earthquake/tsunami in Asia raises more questions than answers. Here’...
Tsunamis and Nuclear Power Plants
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
More than 80,000 people are dead. Bodies wash ashore in a dozen countries. A train, loaded with a thousand passengers and their luggage, is swept away, engine, tracks, and all. Cars, trucks, buses, and boats are pushed more than a mile inland by the rushing water....
Who’s Feeding the Bin Laden Legend?
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Professor of Law, Washburn University Robin Hood and not Osama Bin Laden is the most celebrated outlaw in the English-speaking world. Part reality and part fantasy, Robin Hood has been written into children’s stories and adult poems, portrayed on the sta...
It’s All Relative
DAVE LINDORFF
Cost of one F-22 Raptor tactical fighter jet — $225 million Cost of the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq–$228 million/day Amount spent by Kerry and Bush campaigns — $400 million U.S. aid to Yushenko camp in recent Ukrainian confli...
As Time Goes By* With Andy Goldsworthy
RICHARD OXMAN
*For Ilsa, Rick…and ...
Family Farms Are Being Fed to Corporate Sharks
JOHN HANSEN
President, Nebraska Farmers Union As a recent New York Times article on ag subsidies clearly shows, family farm agriculture is now reaping the public perception and political backlash that the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Associat...