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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 2005
Thoughts on Thanksgiving
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The NBA draft has always fascinated me as an incongruous piece of social engineering in a larger environment that finds the concept repugnant. Here’s something from the web describing it: "The NBA draft is divided into two rou...
Torture Survivors Speak for Themselves
MIKE FOX
CIA director Porter J. Goss declared this week in an interview with USA Today that the CIA "does not do torture. We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none ...
Thoughts on Thanksgiving
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The NBA draft has always fascinated me as an incongruous piece of social engineering in a larger environment that finds the concept repugnant. Here’s something from the web describing it: "The NBA draft is divided into two rou...
Turkeys in the Larger Scheme of Things
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At my place here in Humboldt County, Northern California, turkeys learned their lesson a few years ago, when five fine specimens of Meleagris gallopavo–wild turkey to you–wandered onto my property, a few days ago. I assume they forgot to check the cale...
Torture Survivors Speak for Themselves
MIKE FOX
CIA director Porter J. Goss declared this week in an interview with USA Today that the CIA "does not do torture. We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none ...
Thanksgiving Torture
BOB SHIRLEY
Torture and Thanksgiving are not usually part of the same conversation, but this year the Vice President of the United States’ opposition to an anti-torture statute has put torture on the table right next to the turkey. The resemblance of one turkey to the o...
Thanksgiving Delayed
GREG MOSES
"Next year Lord we’d love to give thanks for everybody’s freedom and equality, but in the meantime please accept our appreciation for the fact that after you adjust for race and class, some of our kids seem not too pulled down by impo...
Thanksgiving Torture
BOB SHIRLEY
Torture and Thanksgiving are not usually part of the same conversation, but this year the Vice President of the United States’ opposition to an anti-torture statute has put torture on the table right next to the turkey. The resemblance of one turkey to the o...
Turkeys in the Larger Scheme of Things
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At my place here in Humboldt County, Northern California, turkeys learned their lesson a few years ago, when five fine specimens of Meleagris gallopavo–wild turkey to you–wandered onto my property. I assume they forgot to check the calendar. Under Cali...
How to Think About War and Peace
JAMES PETRAS
For the ideologues and civilian militarists in Washington DC ‘peace’ can be secured with the consolidation of a world empire, which in turn implies perpetual wars throughout the world. For the ideologues and political spokespeople of the multinational ...
Red, White and Blue Dawn
STAN COX
Striking parallels between the current US occupation of Iraq and events depicted in the movi...
Targeting Al Jazeera
LINDA S. HEARD
On Tuesday, Britain’s Daily Mirror published an explosive story riddled with implications concerning the character and intent of the US president when pursuing his so-called ‘war on terror’, and perhaps, shedding light on the bombing of Al Jazeer...
The Great Gaza Border Deal
RAMZY BAROUD
Starting Nov. 25, Palestinians from the Gaza Strip may, in theory, be able to freely cross the Rafah border into Egypt, according to an agreement brokered by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Typically, Israel wished to have the final say over the mov...
George Bush, Jose Padilla and Thomas More
MIKE WHITNEY
"The world must construe according to its wits; the court must construe according to the law." Sir Thomas More "A Man for All Seasons" by Robert Bolt Jose Padilla was arrested in June of 2002 at Chicago&#...
What Do Democrats Stand For?
RALPH NADER
With the Bush regime reeling from its own derelictions and falling in the national polls, the question most frequently put to the leading Democrats is, "What do the Democrats stand for?" This is the question that Tim Russert asked Howard Dean, Cha...
Rep. Maxine Waters, the Real Leader of the Anti-War Caucus
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY And MIKE HERSH
Since the beginning of George Bush’s unpopular war against the Iraqi people, black female leadership has led the fight in opposing what has now become Bush’s moral and political albatross. Although ...
The "Vetting" of Bernard Kerik and the Culture of Corruption
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I blew it. I recently wrote a CounterPunch piece on Hypocrisy and how it seems to have permeated every aspect of American life here in what Alexander Cockburn calls, "a very interesting time in the life of the Empire." I noted the strange "Et...
Bush’s "Compassionate Converatism", a Report Card from the Front
MARSHALL AUERBACK
"Couple a multi-state disaster of Katrina’s magnitude, (including some of the poorer and less well-governed states in the union), add on a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that had deteriorated in recent years, and a chief executive ...
The Justice Deficit
PIERRE TRISTAM
My wife and I were getting ready to watch a spaghetti western Friday evening (specifically, Sergio Leone’s "My Name Is Nobody," the Henry Fonda-Terence Hill masterpiece from 1973). A last check of the headlines suggested that something at least equ...
CIA’s "Torture Taxi" in the Spotlight
MIKE FERNER
Sitting in a Georgia motel Saturday night, Kathy Kelly talked through a bad phone connection and a worse head cold to recount the previous day’s activities where she and 13 others were arrested at an airstrip outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The tiny...
We Must Hold the Scoundrels Accountable
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The BBC reports (Nov. 17) that two former British government employees have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. The Official Secrets Act is useful for protecting the British government from accountability. Anyone who reveals wrongdoing by ...
Hugo Chavez vs. the King of Vacations
MIKE WHITNEY
Hugo Chavez seems to take great pleasure in tweaking George Bush’s nose. He’s repeatedly called Bush a "terrorist" and disparaged the US as a "terrorist state". Just last week, Chavez fired off another broadside saying, "The pl...
Getting Out of Iraq
NORMAN SOLOMON
This week began with the New York Times noting that "all of Washington is consumed with debate over the direction of the war in Iraq." The debate — long overdue — is a serious blow to the war makers in Washington, but the U.S. war effort will...
A National Day of Atonement
ROBERT JENSEN
One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting. In fact, indigenous people have...
Bill Clinton’s Hypocrisies on Iraq
MIKE MARQUSEE
When Bill Clinton told a group of students in Dubai recently that the Iraq war had been a "big mistake", champions of the current White House occupant were quick to accuse him of hypocrisy. For once, they had a strong point. To be clear, Clinton&#...