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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
Political Satire 101
ALAN MAASS
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Rebellion in the Rank
Col. DAN SMITH
“When America puts our troops in combat, I believe they deserve the best training, the best equipment, the full support of our government.” So declaimed President George Bush at a campaign rally earlier this month in Manchester, New Hampshire, 10 mont...
"The Gas is Ours"
FORREST HYLTON
“Mesa is like Kerensky.” Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada ...
Crammed with Distressful Politics
JULES RABIN
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The Bi-Partisan Politics of Oil
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
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Both Parties Ignore Working Parents
KRISTIN VAN TASSEL
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Bush’s Latest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates
DAVE LINDORFF
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Why I Liked Thomas Friedman’s Latest Column Before I Didn’t
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
I read two articles on Sunday that made quite an impact. The first was a Thomas Friedman column. Reading Friedman is always an interesting, usually an angering, experience. This one didn’t anger me right off the bat, but his thesis disturbed me. Fried...
Rumble in the Jungle at 30
MICKEY Z.
I won $4.00 betting on Muhammad Ali when he fought the pre-grill George Foreman for all the marbles in the wee hours of a 1974 Zaire morning. This was a time when most white kids would regularly root for Ali to lose…so I took advantage of such nonsense an...
Three Weddings and Lots of Funerals
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
George Bush, the Commander-in-Chief, tells lies. Dick Cheney, the man who runs the Commander-in-Chief, tells lies. Donald Rumsfeld, the man responsible for US defense except when things go wrong, tells lies. So why should the US military do an...
After the Fall
FIDEL CASTRO
Translated by Joe Bryak On finis...
The Boom in Conspiracy Theories
AMIR TAHERI
Last May a number of "investigative journalists", hacks who make up stories on the basis of rumors leaked by un-named "reliable sources", had a field day with the claims about a secret Saudi plan to help President George W. Bush’s re-elec...
An Open Letter to Pat Buchanan
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Dear Pat Buchanan, I have often admired your writings, in particular your strong articles before and after the Iraq invasion. You spoke out when others did not. You wrote powerfully against globalization, the hollowing out of America, of the trade defici...
The Boss Endorses Kerry
ALEXANDER BILLET
In some respects, it was surreal. On the other hand, it’s only to be expected this election season. Either way, it made me shudder. With the elections mere days away, John Kerry has been darting back and forth across the country like a rabbit on spee...
Gag the Public!
WALTER BRASCH
On a blatant campaign of exploiting 9/11, and a subversive campaign to undermine the nation’s civil liberties, George W. Bush expects to win a second term. Jingoism is encouraged; dissent is not tolerated. As Texas governor, Bush established "pr...
The Religion of George W. Bush
DOUG GIEBEL
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"...
The Chicken Salad Election
BEN TRIPP
My Grandma always used to say, "It’s not over until it’s gone." She was talking about chicken salad, the kind she specialized in that put me on the road to vegetarianism. The main ingredient was a chicken (something about that size, anyway) c...
Fear Factors
WILLIAM BLUM
The CIA Should Wear a Ski Mask When They Use This Excuse Time Magazine reported that the Bush administration had a plan to use the CIA to funnel money to candidates it favored in the forthcoming Iraqi elections. The rationale given was that Iran was probab...
The Nation’s Flawed Calculus
GREG BATES
"Nader Voters Favor Kerry Over Bush by 3-to-1 Margin," screams a Nation press release announcing the results of their recent poll, October 24, 2004. Playing gotcha politics, the Nation’s John Nichols claims it proves "Nader’s Flawed Calc...
The 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement
LENNI BRENNER
I read my 1st history book at age 7, & since then I’ve only gotten worse. I never miss family reunions. Its a bum day if I don’t set foot in a museum. In Dallas for a lecture, I hopped to the Kennedy assassination museum. (I didn’t tell them ...
The Government You Deserve
JOHN CHUCKMAN
It has been said that people pretty much get the government they deserve. There is more than a little justice in the observation. Pat Buchanan has given a last-minute endorsement to George Bush’s re-election. One is tempted to class his words, qualifi...
Oregon Revokes Dr. Leveque’s License
FRED GARDNER
Phil Leveque of Molalla, Oregon, is the first doctor in any of the states that have legalized marijuana for medical use to lose his license for recommending it. Leveque received a formal notice of revocation from the Board of Medical Examiners Oct. 20. He has 30 d...
Executing Another Child in Rafah
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Iman al-Hams was a 13-year old refugee schoolgirl who was executed — after being wounded — by an Israeli platoon commander on the sad sands of Rafah. According to testimonies given by soldiers in the same company to the mass Israeli daily Yediot...
On the Road to Civil War
URI AVNERY
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it. Not another war with the Arabs. Not the nuclear threat from Iran. Not the ongoing bloody confrontation with the Palestinians. The talk ...
Letter from a Minnesota Highway
RALPH NADER
Some seventy lights of the liberal intelligentsia–some my long-time friends and political associates–recently signed a petition calling upon voters in contested states to vote for John Kerry, despite their "strong disagreement with Kerry on Iraq a...