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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 June 2004
Why Steve Kurtz’s Colleagues Refused to Testify to the Grand Jury
BRUCE JACKSON
A death and a taste of blood Steve Kurtz’s wife Hope died of a heart attack May 11. Steve, an associate professor of art at University at Buffalo, called 911. The police who came saw some of the materials for an art exhibit on genetic modification and...
Iran Looks to Its West and Says: I Don’t Think So
RON JACOBS
In one more instance of duplicity and hypocrisy as regards the US plans for Iraq, Undersecretary of State John Bolton stated June 8, 2004 that Iraq could one day build nuclear power plants. Although that day is, in Bolton’s words "a ways down the road,&...
An Open Letter to the People of Iraq
MICKEY Z.
Dear Future Democrats: Many of you must wonder what lies ahead once the benevolent forces of freedom have succeeding in creating an American-style democracy in Iraq. Allow me, if you will, to offer you a glimpse into the future. American democracy al...
Clinton Exhales
JOHN L. HESS
Bill Clinton came on "60 Minutes" with that look of a spoiled kid who has been caught being naughty and has been punished for it — oh, so harshly. Dan Rather asked him what else he was sorry about, if anything, and he named two –his failure t...
Coogee, Peter Garrett and Valium Earrings
VANESSA JONES
We enter winter–there’s frost on the ground. Deciduous leaves are scattered all around. It gets minus zero at night and winter hasn’t already begun. There’s still a drought. Water catchments are at record lows. The grass hasn’t needed...
Saddam May Face Death Penalty
PATRICK COCKBURN And STEPHEN KHAN
Iraq could execute former leader Saddam Hussein if he is found guilty, the director of the country’s war crimes tribunal system said yesterday. ...
Putin’s Helpful Remarks
GARY LEUPP
Friday, June 18, 2004. About 1:00 p.m. ...
Irreversible Mental Damage
URI AVNERY
Two weeks ago, the international community made a shocking declaration. ...
Chaos Upon Chaos
LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES
The recent disastrous floods that killed more than 2,000 people, left some 1,800 missing and 10,000 more homeless have been a tragedy of enormous proportion and unless some drastic measures are taken, this disaster could be seen as a preview of the things to strike Haiti...
Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib
WALTER A. DAVIS
I. The Misfit’s Dilemma ...
In the Wilderness
KATHY KELLY
Pekin Federal Prison. Peoria, IL ...
A Profound Disruption of the Senses
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“For drugs or procedures to rise to the level of ‘disrupting profoundly the senses or personality’ they must produce an extreme effect. And by requiring that they be calculated to produce such an effect, the statute [US Law] requires for liability [that...
Morality and Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Morality and mortality are almost identical words in English. The words in the Latin roots are similar too—mores (customs) and mors (death). And they are linked concepts in biblical myth. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is death in the Genes...
The Day After Tomorrow: Don’t Go There
BRUCE ANDERSON
The movie "The Day After Tomorrow" is the single most moronic film I’ve seen since "Bill and Coo," an epic I was dragged to as a child, circa 1950. Bill and Coo were talking parakeets, The Day After Tomorrow is talking cretins. ...
A Quick Look at How Democrats Helped Bush Rape Mother Nature
JOSH FRANK
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For Sake of Balance: Deport Me
PRUDENCE CROWTHER
Dear Mr. Attorney General: ...
When Ethnic Cleansing Becomes Respectable
Col. DAN SMITH
(US Army, Ret.) ...
Bush and the Timken Plant, a Year Later
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
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US is Paranoid and Isolated
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. ...
The Christian Question in American Politics
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
In his 1844 work On the Jewish Question, Karl Marx, himself of Jewish background, reasoned that Judaism is a religion, religion is superstition, and consequently any progressive thinker will aim towards the complete dissolution of the Jewish identity in the strugg...
From Division I Basketball Player to Disabled Army Vet
DAVE ZIRIN
"Coach, you know how you were always on me about working on my right hand dribble. Well, I’m going to start." With this line delivered amid laughter and tears, former Notre Dame southpaw basketball standout Danielle "D-Smooth" Gr...
The Enduring Triumph of Bush
CHRIS FLOYD
Surely it is now time for all The Bush-bashers and...
Iraq, al-Qaeda and al-Zarqawi
GARY LEUPP
Vice President Dick Cheney gave a speech on June 14th to The James Madison Institute, a conservative Florida-based “think tank.” (That term that usually describes a handful of ideologues positing as “thinkers,” and acquiring, through corpo...
What Iraqi Unionists are Trying to Teach America and Why We Can’t Hear Them
GREG MOSES
A comprehensive, nation-by-nation survey of worker’s rights got a 170-word write up last week in the &quo...
Rounding Up Everyone Who Knows More Than They Do
RON JACOBS
One of the lessons I learned in Contemporary Power Relations 101 is that when the rulers resort to brute force to impose their will, it means that they are losing their grip. No longer will their bribes, money, and lies suffice in their ongoing project to pacify t...