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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 May 2005
Pelosi at AIPAC
JOSHUA FRANK
"The lessons we should learn from all The fighting in the days of old When providence bestowed divine The sanctuary purified Let lightning circle all you hold And don’t uproot the olive grove" -Mirah, &q...
The Me-Too Club
TAD DALEY
The "nuclear option" may have receded in the U.S. Senate for the time being. Unfortunately, it’s still very much on the table for the two newest aspirants to the nuclear club. Not to mention those who already have their membership cards.  ...
It’s Time to Get Serious About Impeaching Bush
NORMAN SOLOMON
If you think President Bush should be impeached, it’s time to get serious. We’re facing huge obstacles — and they have nothing to do with legal standards for impeachment. This is all about media and politics. Five months into 2005, ...
Killing Americans with Secrecy
WALTER BRASCH
The Pennsylvania Department of Health claims it has a plan to deal with a potential outbreak of H5N1, a lethal strain of the Avian influenza. But it’s a secret plan. So secret that local and county health departments don’t know what it is. Nor do physi...
Chavez Leads the Way
RICHARD GOTT
Caracas. A muddy path leads off the airport motorway into one of the small impoverished villages that perch on the hills above Caracas, a permanent reminder of the immense gulf between rich and poor that characterises oil-rich Venezuela. Only 20 minutes fro...
US Nuclear Hypocrisy
DAVID KRIEGER
Every five years the parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meet in a review conference to further the non-proliferation and disarmament goals of the treaty. This year the conference ended in a spectacular failure with no final document and no agreement o...
French Say "Non" in Thunder!
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The French went ahead and did it. Despite being lectured by government and party leaders, media pundits and foreign leaders flown in from neighboring countries, all telling them that they must vote "yes" to the Treaty establishing a Consti...
Our Man in the Territories
TOM SEGEV
Tel Aviv No one knew until now what veteran television journalist Haim Yavin thought about the news he has been announcing for more than three decades, and he is so nonpartisan that one wondered whether he had an opinion of his own at all. Now, at 72, he is...
Thank You, Mark Felt
MIKE GRAVEL Former US Senator
W. Mark Felt, the assistant director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal, has admitted to being "Deep Throat." He was the source of important information for Washington Post investigative reporters Woodward and Bernstein. Felt’s revelations and...
New York City’s Lost Memory
JACKIE CORR
"It should be presented to the city as a permanent curiosity, as a monument to one of the strangest of millionaires, a reminder of our recent past, a treatise on copper, and a tribute to the state of Montana." THE NEW REPUBLIC, 1...
Searching for a Saladin
AMIR BUTLER
Sir Ridley Scott’s treatment of the Crusades in Kingdom of Heaven focuses attention on a chapter of history that is barely remembered in our societies, yet provides the prism through which Muslims view their relations with the West. The central storyl...
Insomnia and Sarcasm
BEN TRIPP
It is important that you should know I cannot sleep on in airplanes. This is partially because I also cannot sleep under any circumstances, but may have its roots in the neurotic belief that it is only the power of my mind keeping the aircraft suspended 45,000 fee...
Bush Opts for Civil War in Iraq
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What are we to make of the news reports that Baghdad is to be encircled and divided into smaller and smaller sections by 40,000 Iraqi and 10,000 US troops backed by US air power and armor in order to conduct house to house searches throughout the city to destroy c...
Advice from a Lawyer About Medical Marijuana
FRED GARDNER
Tuesday, May 31, is the next day on which the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Ashcroft v. Raich could come down. The current mood of uncertainty in the medical cannabis industry can be inferred from the following, which was written by an attorney who knows wh...
There’s Their Way or the Galloway
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So now we have the worst of all worlds: the prospect of some rotten new federal judges and the survival of the filibuster, which the Republicans have consented not to abolish and the Democrats pledged almost never to use. As Senator Russ Feingold said, &quo...
Chavez Gets Proactive
LEE SUSTAR
THE NATIONALIZATION of a bankrupt and closed-down paper company, Venepal, under workers’ self-management late last year signaled a new turn in Venezuelan politics. Soon afterward, Chávez used the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil to ta...
Why Are Nukes OK for You, But Not for Us?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Imagine you are leader of a nation with a population of 69 million, and one fifth the size of the US. You have massive oil and gas deposits but your country is otherwise appallingly poor, being over 70 per cent desert that cannot be irrigated because there are few...
The Consolations of George Lakoff
RICHARD LICHTMAN
George Lakoff has been enlisted by the Democratic Party to advise and consult. He been endorsed by Howard Dean, Arianna Huffington and Robert B. Reich. He has become the intellectual taste of the season among the Greens and left-Democrats. He’s frequently so...
Muslim Lives are Descreted, Not Just Their Holy Book
RAMZY BAROUD
The reported desecration of the Quran by US guards at the infamous Guantanamo prison, as originally reported by Newsweek on May 9, 2005, was not–as it should’ve been–an opportunity for a thorough examination of US army practices, and thus human r...
Isikoff Comes Clean
JOSHUA FRANK
Decades ago we were told how consent is manufactured in these great – United States of America. Yet our government since then has become even more up-front about its motives for employing propaganda. Recently, George W. Bush was in Rochester, N.Y., p...
What About the People?
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
Bucharest. I was interviewed a f...
Hyperventilating with Paul Virilio
JUSTIN TAYLOR
Art and Fear By Paul Virilio Trans. Julie Rose, Intro by John Armitage...
The Reversal of the AUT Boycott
TOUFIC HADDAD
I am not in a position to comment upon the details of what took place in England with regards to the outcome of the 26 May special vote within the Association of University Teachers, and its result of rolling back a previous resolution calling for a selective boyc...
Aboard the Modern Day Pequod
MICHAEL KIMAID
Call us all Ishmael. At least those of us who have been unwittingly conscripted on what we thought was a voyage with purpose only to learn out of the sight of land that we were on a monomaniacal expedition of bloodlust revenge. Those who our Captain Ahab s...
The Democrats Have Become Merely a Vestigial Opposition Party
DAVE LINDORFF
This focus by Democrats in Congress on judicial appointments and on the appointment of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador is just a pathetic sideshow. In the end all that sound and fury signifies nothing. The Democratic leadership struts around boasting that it...