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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 February 2005
Dieudonne and the Uses of "Anti-Semitism"
DIANA JOHNSTONE
When power becomes blatantly criminal, it’s time to make people shut up. That time seems to have come throughout the Empire. Freedom of speech is increasingly threatened, both in the United States and in "old Europe", although the attacks come from...
Haitian Police Open Fire on Nonviolent Demostrators
BILL QUIGLEY
Port-au-Prince, Haiti One year a...
The Attacks on Ward Churchill
EMMA PEREZ
We’ve done some preliminary research and analysis and it’s become clear exactly what’s at stake and what we’re up against. CU-Boulder has been made the national frontline of the neocon battle for dominance in academe. CU-Boulder has ...
Talking to Mary Johnson about Clint Eastwood, Hunter Thompson and the "Right to Die"
MICKEY Z.
"Does anyone need ano...
Basic Income Guarantee Versus the Corporate Media
DAVID SWANSON
A case can be made that the left in the United States is too eager to compromise, that because we have no far left, our moderate left is more easily dismissed as extreme. This contrasts with a far right that advocates — for decades if necessary — for e...
Year Four in the Five Year Plan
GARY LEUPP
February 25. According to Gen. W...
Maria Full of Cultural Colonialism at the Oscars
MARIO LAMO JIMENEZ
For those of you who haven’t seen it, this movie couldn’t be more straightforward: A young Colombian girl from a troubled low-income family decides to become a drug mule, and sneak drugs into the USA in her stomach. After recently finding herself pregn...
Why Ted Honderich is Wrong on All Counts
PAUL De ROOIJ
Professor Ted Honderich concludes his recent CounterPunch article ["On Being Persona Non Grata to Palestinians, Too", CounterPunch, Feb. 19, 2005] with: "A summary then: (1) In 1948 Zionism wa...
Boutros-Ghali: a CIA Role in the 1994 Assassination of Rwanda’s President Habyarimana?
ROBIN PHILPOT
With war still raging in the Eastern Congo for the fourth time since 1996, serious questions must be asked about the UN’s inability to respond effectively. Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali has been raising such questions ever since Washington vetoed...
The Wounds from Wounded Knee
JACK RANDOM
"The reason Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham were indicted for the murder of Anna Mae was because someone who was investigating her murder was getting too close to the truth aboutFBI complicity in her killing." From "The Place...
Reflections on the Eve of Fatherhood
JIM B.
I. What we are fighting for is not radical. This is one of the first lessons my son, due to be born any day now, has taught me. I never would have imagined it was possible to feel this much love, this intensity of care and adoration, for som...
An American Jew Laments Decline in Jewish Influence; Roe v. Wade: Nixon’s Ultimate Dirty Trick? Gonzo Exit? Shanley DA Aims Higher in Hate-filled Massachusetts
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Across the world the Jewish lobby in America is accorded extraordinary power, almost to the mythic levels of guileful effectiveness once attributed to the British Secret Service. And in truth, MI6, as the Secret Service was also known, never approached the Jewish ...
A Season of Depressing Political Reruns
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Recent political events resemble nothing so much as re-runs of movies that should never have been released the first time. Bush has gone to Europe to "ease tensions" in the NATO alliance. Of course, those very tensions were his work entirely, but ...
Nuclear Terror at Home
NOAM CHOMSKY
If you can imagine some rational observers from Mars looking at this curious species down here, I don’t think they’d put very high odds on survival–another generation or two. In fact, it’s kind of miraculous that we’ve come along this...
Zizek Seen Over the Handlebars
JUSTIN TAYLOR
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle By Slavoj Zizek 188 pgs; Verso, 2004...
AARP Gets Pot-Baited
FRED GARDNER
AARP The Magazine, a bimonthly that reaches some 25 million Americans, is under attack by prohibitionists and rightwing flacks for having commissioned an article on medical marijuana and the elderly. AARP The Magazine has been "holding" the article -not ...
Rhetoric in the Air; Reality on the Ground
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
President Bush inaugurated his second term with these words: "By our efforts, we have lit a fire . . . and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world." (Transcript of President Bush’s Inaugural Address, The New...
The Miami Mafia: "Iraq Now; Cuba Later!"
SAUL LANDAU
Landau: George Bush has made freedom, democracy and human rights his issues. Simultaneously, we read of reports of torture in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. In light of this, how do you see the US criticism of Cuba for being a human rights violator, because it locked ...
Bush and Camus on Freedom
GARY LEUPP
We know there are many obstacles, and we know the road is long. Albert Camus said that, "Freedom is a long-distance race." We’re in that race for the duration — and there is reason for optimism. Oppression is not the wave of the ...
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
BEN TRIPP
My brother ­ we’ll call him Sam, seeing as that’s his name ­ works in a daycare center for lunatics. You can’t say he isn’t public spirited. I wouldn’t set foot in that place with a police escort and a hazmat suit to use the p...
Political Solitude
RICHARD OXMAN
"One of the definitions of political is ‘involving or charged or concerned with acts against a government of a politcal system’. Like with political prisoners." – Pelican Bay prisoner When ...
Relativity, LA Times Style
ALISON WEIR
Well, I just got hung up on again. This time by an editor on the Los Angeles Times foreign desk. He didn’t give me his name. I had called and attempted, as politely as possible, to give him a correction for the story on the Times, website tonight...
It Always Rains in California
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
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Ward Churchill and White America
RAFAEL RENTERIA
"It is not enough for us to merely dumbly intone that Churchill has a right to write what he does. No. We must do more. We must insist that Churchill is right, and no one, not some rabid talk show parrot, nor a political whore like Governor Bill ...
In Praise of the Facts
YITZHAK LAOR
"Israel/Palestine: How to End the 1948 War" by Tanya Reinhart ...