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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 2004
Election Day
WILLIAM S. LIND
An old guy in the barbershop summed up this election best. Choosing between Bush and Kerry, he said, "is like being asked which of the Menendez brothers you like better." As Paul Craig Roberts wrote, it is "the worst election ever." If...
Sanctions as a War of Attrition
HOPE BASTIAN
I’m living in a war zone, but what I see when I look out the window of my apartment in Havana, Cuba does not resemble the pictures in the papers of the war in Iraq. No missiles have been fired here, there are no camouflaged soldiers in the streets with guns,...
Why MLB Owners Support the Prez
DAVE ZIRIN
They didn’t think he was good enough to be their baseball commissioner and follow in the immortal footsteps of people like Bowie Kuhn and Ford Frick, but the Major Leagues’ cabal of billionaire owners is ponying up the dough to keep George W. Bush in t...
An Interview Dr. David Himmelstein
NANCY WELCH
Dr. David Himmelstein teaches at Harvar...
Standing at the Graves of Iraq
GREG MOSES
So much for the painted word, that quai...
Bush, Ba’ath and Beyond
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
In Karl Rove’s ideal world, Iraq today would be a model country, a nation at peace, with scenes of happy children boarding schoolbuses, women working in computer facilities, families enjoying themselves in fairgrounds, and a smooth-running administration man...
Put a Cork in It
JON SWIFT
When a President’s behavior gets weird, the urge to psychoanalyze him in books and articles can become irresistible. (Does this happen in other countries? I wonder.) Decades ago, Fawn Brodie and David Abrahamsen tried it with Richard Nixon, with results desc...
Notes from the Big Empty
BRUCE ANDERSON
[This essay is excerpted from ...
What Makes Ralph Nader Tick?
GREG BATES
All strategy issues aside, should anyone really vote for Ralph Nader, the man? Hardly a day goes by when the guy isn’t accused of lying, accepting support from Republicans, or worse. And those accusations come not only from his opponents but from people on t...
Uzbekistan and Bush Hypocrisies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It isn’t often you can have a real belly-laugh about testimony to the US House International Relations Committee. Most of these depositions are pompous and boring and almost nobody reads the material, anyway. But the testimony to the Subcommittee on the Midd...
The New York Times: Paper of Record and Ripoff
SUZAN MAZUR
LACERA REPORT OF MEDIA CONTACT Prepared By: Marsha Richter Date Of Contact: 10-08-04 Reporter’s Name: Patrick Cliff Reporter’s Phone Number: 703-837-8998 Reporter’s Employer: New York Times W...
Are The States Ready for Stuff Happens?
ALEXANDER BILLET
For the past few weeks London has been host to a controversy of theatrical proportions. No, I’m not talking about Prince Harry’s dubious credentials in the world of academia. Far from the pusillanimous prince’s paparazzi pursued boarding school, ...
How Monica Lewinsky Saved Social Security
ROBIN BLACKBURN
[This essay is excerpted from CounterPu...
Landscape of Fear
KEN AVIDOR
I always keep my sketchbook/journal and...
The Tower of Gabble
P. SAINATH
I have reflected in recent times on all the useful words that Development has taught me. It seems to me this is something Civil Society needs to ponder, right from the Grassroots to Emerging Leaders. At some point, a Knowledge-Based Society needs to learn somethin...
…and the Million Worker March
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
History and its symbols having been central in conceptualizing the demonstration for jobs, peace and human needs that took place at the Lincoln Memorial on a crisp afternoon this past October 17, it is worth casting the mind back a bit before proceeding with our s...
They Worked for Franco
VICENTE NAVARRO
One of the most notorious events of the...
Osama’s Offer
RICHARD OXMAN
"The task at hand is to recapture…energy, imagination…adding to it a broadbased and unequivocal acceptance of the proposition that the dissolution of state power here can be no more ‘nonviolent’ here than it would hav...
The Joke was on Me
RON JACOBS
Reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume 1 is like listening to every Dylan song worth ...
How Both Parties Exploit the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
[Editors' Note: This is th...
Osama’s Endorsement
JOHN CHUCKMAN
It has been a bad few weeks for Bush with discoveries startling enough to kill, or at least stun, a normal candidate. But there is nothing normal about Bush. He just keeps plunging ahead, grunting and gasping, like one of the undead. We learned that Bush we...
No Justice in County Clare
HARRY BROWNE
Peace activist Mary Kelly has been convicted of criminal damage to a US Navy 737 at Ireland’s Shannon Airport — after the jury wasn’t allowed to hear evidence that she carried out her act "with lawful excuse". Sentencing has been deferr...
Kerrycrats and the War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
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Kerrycrats and the War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
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Ecstasy in Red Sox Nation
RON JACOBS
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