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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 2004
Can I Have 9.8 Seconds of Your Time?
AMELIA PELTZ
Ramallah, Palestine It has be...
Chavez’s New Brand of Populism
GEMMA ARANETA
Manila, Philippines. To denigrate h...
It’s Not About the Election, It’s About Democracy
RON JACOBS
It’s time to be completely frank here. If George Bush and his cabal have their way, it won’t matter who gets elected on November 2nd this year. Just like they did in 2000, these men and women will steal the election if they must to stay in power. In o...
How to Win the Jewish Vote
AKIVA ELDAR
When Yitzhak Rabin coined the phrase "political settlements" (the opposite of "security settlements"), he was referring to settlements outside the settlement blocs that more or less abut the Green Line. President George Bush does not distingui...
Cheney Opens the Closet Door
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
Vice President Dick Cheney parted ways with President Bush’s homophobic doctrine on Tuesday August 24. Speaking in front of a conservative crowd in Davenport Iowa, Cheney said, "[My wife] and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family...
Defining and Redefining Torture
NOAH LEVITT
Recently, a U.S. government lawyer argued before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit–including the eminent jurists Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook — about what the definition of "torture" should be. The ...
Coronado Crosses the Jordan
JAMES BROOKS
The occupier: ‘We will keep your land indefinitely under our control. Until you stop fighting us, we will take more and more of your land and resources. We will dig ourselves in deeper and deeper, until you stop fighting us. We will direct your government, ...
An Echoing Press and Political Fundamentalism
DAVID DOMKE
Excerpted from ...
Reading the International Private Media
JONAH GINDIN
With Chávez’ barely contested victory in the long awaited referendum on his mandate as Venezuelan President, there has been a manifest change in the attitude of the mainstream media towards Venezuela’s Bolívarian revolution. VenezuelaR...
Iraqi Olympians Trash the Occupation Troops
GARY LEUPP
"The image of the Iraqi soccer team in this Olympics, it’s fantastic, isn’t it? It wouldn’t have been free if the United States hadn’t acted." President George W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, August 6...
John Kerry: the Warchurian Candidate
JEREMY SCAHILL
On the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, John Kerry took to the podium, raised his hand in a military salute and declared, "I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty." There couldn’t have been a mor...
From Vietnam to Fallujah
FRAN SCHOR
The recent controversy surrounding the "Swift Boat Veterans" ad challenging John Kerry’s Vietnam record and his later statements as a leader of Vietnam Veterans against the War (VVAW) have fallen into predictable partisan perspectives. Republicans ...
The Meaning of Hugo Chávez
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
To the sputtering fury of a Bush administration who has repeatedly conspired with Venezuela’s elite to drive Hugo Chavez from power, the Black Indian President of this oil-rich nation has scored a decisive 59% victory over a recall effort. Chavez now sits mo...
Driving on the Bones of God
JOE BAGEANT
It is 7am, already hot as hell and another code red day. I am cresting Mount Weather on Route 7 Virginia and into the face of a blood red sun behind a pink sticky haze that makes commuting so ghostlike here during the dog days of August. The code red is an atmosph...
Bush May Be the Lesser Evil
JOHN PILGER
Most of the US’s recent wars were...
Porkbarrel and the War on Terror
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
We’re in the middle of simultaneo...
A Shameful and Unsavory Editorial
RALPH NADER
Dear Editor Your editorial’s (Aug. 14) juxtaposition of my words, taken from my statement which was rooted in an advocacy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, with a passage from a domestic group, rooted in prejudice, was shameful and unsavory, at the ve...
Brave New World of Iraqi Sovereignty
WILLIAM BLUM
This is what the Brave New World of Iraqi Sovereignty looks like: * US military bases remain, with more being built. * Some 160,000 troops of the United States and its allies remain, the Americans for at least five years. * US mil...
The Unraveling of Afghanistan
MIKE WHITNEY
Donald Rumsfeld’s trip to Afghani...
The Gendered Degeneration of American Politics
STAN GOFF
Christopher Lasch, in The Culture of Na...
Build, Demolish, Rebuild
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA Analysts We’re again in Jerusalem and the West Bank to help rebuild a Palestinian home demolished recently by Israel. As we did last year, we’ve joined a two-week work camp sponsored by an Israeli opposition group, the Israeli Committee ...
Ali’s Story
HELEN WILLIAMS
Baghdad. I am furious. Ali, one ...
Iraq Soccer Team Give Bush the Boot
DAVE ZIRIN
Sometimes we are reminded that the Olympics can serve as an international platform not only for nationalism and truck commercials, but also resistance. In an incredible piece by Grant Wahl on Sports Illustrated.com, the Iraqi Olympic Soccer team has issued...
Failing the Mission? Form a Commission
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
QUESTION FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: "How can the United States and its friends help moderate Muslims combat the extremist ideas?" REPORT RECOMMENDATION: "The U.S. government must define what the message is, what it stands f...
The ADL Wants You to Think So
JOSH FRANK
On Thursday August 20th, the Washington Post reported that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has branded Ralph Nader a "bigot", which is a furtive way of saying they think the independent candidate for president is a vile anti-Semite. Nader has come under...