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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 November 2004
Five Years After WTO Protests
CHUCK MUNSON
Kansas City. The media spin cycl...
The Bush Administration: a Closed Family System
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Never has there been an administration like the one in power today–so disciplined in secrecy, so precisely in lockstep in keeping information from the people at large and, in defiance of the Constitution, from their representatives in Congress....
There Are No Safe Havens in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Disintegrating security...
A Dangerous Turn in the US Plans for North Korea
GREGORY ELICH
The recent appointment of Victor Cha as Asia Director in the National Security Council portends a more aggressive approach towards North Korea during President Bush’s second term. Long an advisor to the Administration, as Asia Director, Cha will hold respons...
Successful at Incompetence
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is the Bush administration competent? There is enough information at hand on which to base an objective opinion. On the eve of President Bush’s second term, the US economy has fewer jobs than when Bush was inaugurated four years ago. During Bu...
Meeting Kurtz
TONI NELSON HERRERA
Back in May of this year, like many of you, I read about the case of an artist in New York whose wife had suddenly died and he was subsequently suspected of being a bio-terrorist. I first caught the story on the AP wire, so as you can imagine it wasn’t immed...
Citizenship Sold
ADAM WILLIAMS
In his book from early 2000, The Lexus and The Olive Tree, globalization bull-dog Thomas Friedman, amongst his other grand ideas like McDonald’s being the key to world peace, speculates that one day governments will run on a for-profit basis. Rather than pri...
Target: Hoshyar Zebari
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Assassins tried to kill Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, yesterday morning by leaving a car packed with explosives on a road where he was about to travel. His guards discovered the bomb shortly before his convoy went past. Th...
Ukraine and Inter-Imperialist Rivalry
GARY LEUPP
"Russia plus Ukraine is the Russian empire, which can never be a democracy." David Frum, neocon ideologue, advocating preemptive expansion of the U.S. empire Many are declaring the Ukraine crisis the nadir of post-...
Blowback in Ukraine
DAVE LINDORFF
An interesting and disturbing aspect of the post-election uprising in Ukraine is that it is not entirely a spontaneous event. Although the election outcome was clearly manipulated by the government of outgoing president Leonid Kuchma, a corrupt and dictator...
The US Media and Fallujah
MIKE WHITNEY
Two weeks before the invasion of Falluja a car bomb was set off in front of the Al Arabiyya news facility in downtown Baghdad; 7 people were killed. The evening news dismissed the incident as a warning by insurgents to the Arab news channel to change the "pro...
Globalization and Economic Inequality
MATT VIDAL
The integration of economic activities across national borders that goes under the name of globalization is effected primarily by economic actors in the private sphere (mainly multinational corporations) and government actors. The former are concerned only with pr...
How Australia Reported Arafat’s Death and Legacy
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
Israel has a population of about five million Jews and nearly 1.3 million Arabs. There are around four million Palestinians registered as refugees by the United Nations. The death of Yasser Arafat will not, despite the rhetoric suggesting otherwise, inevitably lea...
Sex Change and Salvation
ALAN FARAGO
Endocrine disrupters are man-made chemicals that affect our hormonal systems by mimicking or blocking hormones that regulate essential functions of the thyroid, pancreas, ovaries and testes glands. They are pervasive in the environment, in the water we drin...
"Give Me Some Credit!"
URI AVNERY
"Give me some credit!" the new Israeli Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, cried out at the Labor Party convention in February 1965, addressing David Ben-Gurion. From the moment he resigned, Ben-Gurion started to undermine his successor. Eshkol, who...
"The Pianist" of Palestine
OMAR BARGHOUTI
When I watched Oscar-winning film The Pianist I had three distinct, uneasy reactions. I was not particularly impressed by the film, from a purely artistic angle; I was horrified by the film’s depiction of the dehumanization of Polish Jews and the impunity of...
Bhopal 20 Years Later
JUSTIN HUGGLER
The Independent The failure of the Indian government and an American corporation to tackle the after-effects of one of the worst industrial accidents in history has left a legacy of continuing pollution and inadequate medical care for survivors, according to a...
One More Neocon Target: South Korea
GARY LEUPP
The neocons have added yet another country to their hit list, another one targeted for regime change: the Republic of Korea. Yes, that’s South Korea, long-time U.S. ally, host to around 34,000 U.S. troops. William Kristol, editor of the neocon Weekly Standar...
Rumsfeld, His Critics and the Draft
GARY LEUPP
The big conflict during the first Bush term was of course that between Colin Powell on the one hand and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the neocons on the other. That conflict will soon be resolved with Powell’s departure. Despite setbacks, the neocons h...
Those Constitutional Bans on Football
STEPHEN HENDRICKS
My response to the eleven states, including my home of Montana, that passed constitutional bans on football was about what you’d expect: It’s about damned time. Mind you, I am not a bigot where football is concerned. Some of my best friends play...
The Christmas Christ
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The face of Christ at Christmas is a baby face­sweet, vulnerable, silent. The face of Christ at Christmas is about beginning human time, a needy present. It’s not the bloody Christ of suffering and death thirty-three years ahead of that baby and almost t...
Ashcroft v. Raich: Medical Marijuana and the Supremes
FRED GARDNER
"I can see the day comin’ when even your home garden’s gonna be against the law." -Bob Dylan On Monday morning, Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case now known as Ashcrof...
What We Can Control
KATHY KELLY
In the past year, several groups have asked me to facilitate retreats for people who want to further explore nonviolence. At the retreats, I ask volunteers to role-play situations likely to generate discussion about challenges people face when involved in peace ac...
Danilo Anderson and Condoleeza Rice
TONI SOLO
On Tuesday November 16th, George Bush put forward Condoleeza Rice as his proposed Secretary of State to take over the diplomacy of US warmongering from the outgoing fraud, Colin Powell. Two days later on November 18th leading Venezuelan judicial prosecutor Danilo ...
Empire’s Lawless Opportunities
JUSTIN TAYLOR
"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much." -Joseph Conrad, Heart of Dar...