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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 July 2006
Big Oil’s Biggest Score
RALPH NADER
Four years ago, gasoline was $1.36 a gallon on average. This past January, gasoline prices were 72 cents lower than they are today at over $3.00 per gallon. Production and refining costs since those time periods have not increased by much. Who’s raking it in...
Israel’s Foes as Beasts and Insects
PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA
New Delhi Israel’s ambassador in New Delhi, David Danieli, sees Hezbollah as something akin to a scorpion (Times of India, 28 July). His is not much of a new invention. Other Israelis in responsible positions have made similar statements before. A fe...
From Suez 1956 to Lebanon 2006
JOHN V. WHITBECK
By an odd coincidence of the calendar, Israel’s current assault on Lebanon is occurring precisely 50 years after the "Suez Crisis". The calendar may not constitute the only coincidence. In 1956, Israel struck south against Egypt in secret ...
Collateral Damage from the War on Drugs
ANTHONY PAPA
Ashley O’Donoghue is a low-level, nonviolent offender currently serving a 7-to-21-year sentence for the sale of 2 1/2 ounces of cocaine. In September 2003, the Oneida County district attorney claimed that the 20-year-old was a major drug kingpin and needed t...
Lebanon’s Children
RAMZI KYSIA
Beirut. On Saturday, July 29th I spoke with several children from South Lebanon at a refugee center in the Chouf region. These are their stories, in their own words … Hadeel Moussa, age 12, from Dar al-Hamis: "Israel made us refugees and d...
What I’m Listening to This Week
TOM D'ANTONI
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band 40th Reunion. DVD 2006 This concert took place in the UK in January of 2006. I don’t feel like I should have to explain who they are and I will not, but I know I should because the band had a relatively short...
Friends, True and False
ISRAEL SHAMIR
This essay ends with a warning to Jews–"Fear The Wrath of God." This warning applies also in my opinion to the American people. After two weeks, the war settled down comfortably in the Middle East, like an old aunt on a regular visit to her ...
Last Rites for Evel Knievel
JACKIE CORR
Butte, Montana. What better place for a genuine daredevil, a legitimate death defying type with a lifestyle to match, to wrap it up? For I can’t think of one good reason that Evel Knievel did not die in 1969, at the age of 30,...
The Lies of Alan Dershowitz
RACHARD ITANI
In a characteristic op-ed, titled "Arithmetic of Pain", that would surprise neither his supporters nor his critics, published by the Wall Street Journal on 19 July 2006, Alan Dershowitz sinks to new lows of depravity and inhumanity in his long-standing h...
Cowboys Still in the Saddle
GARY LEUPP
Just as Time was announcing the "End of Cowboy Diplomacy" if not the twilight of the neocons, Israel’s invasion of Gaza and Lebanon makes the neocons’ dreams closer to realization. They want to attack Iran and Syria. The Israeli government al...
Apocalypse No!
JUAN SANTOS
From the beginning, this culture-civilization-has been a culture of occupation. - Derrick Jensen It’s scripted: a tragedy whose end is embedded in its beginnings, an unfolding logic whose conclusion is the inevitable r...
The White Man’s Burden?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
If we look at the world through the eyes of a nouveau-imperialist, few things are more certain than that humanitarian intervention is the special and last prerogative of the white race (known in polite circles as The West). When the Americans, Canadians, British, ...
The Biggest Stick in the Middle East
EVE PORETSKY
Jerusalem. Today I saw on Israeli TV that this morning 30 rockets fell on Israel, including some on Haifa. No one was hurt. However, the fact that Hizballah (and Hamas) can fire rockets in broad daylight on Israel is very significant. Israel has spy ...
The Second Andrea Yates Verdict
ELAINE CASSEL
On Wednesday, July 26, after eleven hours of deliberation, a jury found Andrea Yates–who in 2001 drowned her five children — not guilty by reason of insanity. This was Yates’s second trial. In March 2002, a Texas jury deliberated only thre...
Where were the Warnings About St. Louis’s Ultra Storm?
DON FITZ
As clips of hurricane-strength winds uprooting trees across St. Louis in late July made national news, many commentators spoke of the awesome power of nature. But this storm was not an act of god. It was an act of Exxon-Mobile and its friends. And they are not god...
The War in Lebanon
RAMZY BAROUD
At first glance, history seems to repeat itself in Lebanon, where a lengthy cold war is intermittently interrupted by an extreme show of violence as traditional players quickly sprint into action, stacking their support behind one party or the other. News h...
The Invasion of Lebanon
URI AVNERY
Q. Who is winning this war? On the 15th day of the war, Hizbullah is functioning and fighting. That by itself will go down in the annals of the Arab peoples as a shining victory. When a featherweight boxer faces a heavyweight and is still standing in...
When Condi Came to Ramallah
RENEE BOWYER
West Bank, Palestine. Ramallah turned its back on the Secretary of State when she arrived for her exclusive meeting with the President of Palestine. A meeting that totally excluded the government of this struggling people. When we first dared the e...
Much Ado About Landis
DAVID PRICE
Most mornings I get up around five o’clock and I try and write for an hour. The last few Julys I’ve become absurdly addicted to watching and listening to live feeds of the Tour de France in the early hours of the west coast morning while I write. As a ...
Bull’s-Eye!
MIKE WHITNEY
"People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only do...
Baghdad’s Death Squads, Official and Otherwise
PATRICK COCKBURN
Amman, Jordan. A barrage of rockets and mortar rounds exploded in the mainly Shia Karada neighbourhood in east Baghdad, killing 31 people and wounding 153. The attack yesterday came soon after President George Bush agreed to rush more US troops to Baghdad t...
Smoke Signals from the Battle of Bint Jbeil
ROBERT FISK
Qlaya, Southern Lebanon Is it possible – is it conceivable – that Israel is losing its war in Lebanon? From this hill village in the south of the country, I am watching the clouds of brown and black smoke rising from its latest disaster ...
The Lies Israel Tells Itself (And We Tell On Its Behalf)
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. When journalists use the word "apparently", or another favorite "reportedly", they are usually distancing themselves from an event or an interpretation in the supposed interests of "balance". But I think we should rea...
Power (Outage) to the People
MICKEY Z.
I slept on my fire escape one night last week but it wasn’t due to martial strife or a daredevil spirit. Rather, the sight of yours truly three flights up sporting boxer shorts and a death grip on the bars came courtesy of Con Edison (with a nod to Mayor Blo...
Operation "Save Israel’s High Command"
CHARLES GLASS
London. In 1982, an unusual sight appeared on the Mediterranean horizon. Like the death ship in Star Wars, a World War II battleship threatened the Lebanese shore. US naval spokesmen claimed the USS New Jersey was the most fearsome artillery platform on the...