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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 August 2006
Mexico Piquetero
CLAUDIO ALBERTANI
Mexico City. The revolt against the July 2nd electoral fraud in favor of Felipe Calderon, the right wing candidate, is expanding. After three weeks, the occupation of Mexico City’s historic center shows no sign of fatigue, to the contrary, the movemen...
The Women of New Orleans After Katrina
ELENA EVERETT
Shana Griffin is resident of New Orleans and organizer with INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence and Critical Resistance New Orleans. Shana grew up in the Iberville Housing Development and is completing a Masters Degree in Sociology at the University of New Orl...
Iran’s Nuclear "Threat"
JUAN COLE
Here is what the professionals are saying about the Republican-dominated Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy report on Iran that slams US intelligence professionals for poor intelligence on Iran: The report demonstrates that these Republicans have poor intelligenc...
Elliot Abrams in Jerusalem
TOM BARRY
In the wake of the most recent Israel-Hezbollah conflict, Israel is abuzz with criticism of the government and the Israeli Defense Forces for having led the nation to war without achieving any of its objectives. Many Israelis, including IDF officers, are also char...
The Price of Ignoring the Elephant
SALAH OBEID
"Peace in the Middle East" may make for a snappy bumper sticker. But a more relevant message to send to fellow motorist–and to the presidential motorcade in particular–is "Free Palestine." Because getting that message right would no...
A Religious Movtive for Iraq War Deceptions?
CHRIS MOORE
Shockwaves from what more and more critics are saying was a Bush administration program to entangle the United States ever deeper into Middle East politics by deceiving the country into the Iraq war continue to reverberate through American society. Testimon...
Good Morning, Elijahu!
URI AVNERY
A STORY has it that Oscar Wilde once attended the premiere of a colleague’s play and every few minutes raised his hat. When asked about this odd behavior, he replied: "I am a courteous person. I raise my hat when I meet an old acquaintance." ...
Restarting the 34 Day War
MIKE WHITNEY
"I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war." Cicero Israel is in a state of post-war trauma. Its 34 day pounding of Lebanon has achieved none of the stated goals and has left the public furious at t...
Millionaires Make a Killing as Killings Continue
SETH SANDRONSKY
Robert Placencia, 17, and Shanneel Singh, 18, are two recent murder victims in a low-income neighborhood in south Sacramento. Both youth lived and died within a night and two blocks of each other. Statistically, Placencia and Singh were the 43rd and 44th ki...
Consider the Uighurs
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
He compensates for lack of brain with compassion. Consider Mr. Bush’s treatment of the Uighurs. Among the detainees at Guantánamo were five Uighurs captured in Afghanistan after 9/11. The men were natives of Xinjiang province of China. They had...
Busting Loose of the War Engine
LAURA SANTINA
We have been living under a black, cold cloud for nearly three and a half years. We wake up and go to sleep afraid. Our conversations are wary and fearful. We feel the hatred from people from other countries. We know the War on Iraq is generating more hate ...
"The Strong Do as They Can"
NERMEEN AL-MUFTI
Noam Chomsky, in an interview with Al-Ahram’s NERMEEN AL-MUFTI, takes stock of the month-long US-Israeli onslaught on Lebanon and reflects on the fallout. Why is Israel given the right to self- defense while Arab countries are denied it? Thucy...
American Responsibility and Palestine
MAGAN WILES
Something about Palestine is an ego trip for a white girl. You have delusions of grandeur, that you will arrive on the scene and the Palestinians will have parades and cry "Peace! Oh, yes, peace at last." You fee you can keep people safe because you are ...
Penis Pump or Bomb?
CounterPunch News Service
Mardin Amin, an Iraqi arrested at O’Hare airport now faces serious felony charges of disorderly conduct. He could get three years in prison. A female security guard claims Amin uttered the word "bomb" when she was examining a small black squeezable...
The Mythical End to the Politics of Fear
NORMAN SOLOMON
Nearly five years into the "war on terror," it’s still at the core of American media and politics. Yeah, I’ve seen the recent polls showing a drop in public support for President Bush’s "war on terror" claims. And IR...
The Brookings Institute Assumes the White Man’s Burden
RON JACOBS
The liberal warmongers are at it again. In Sunday’s (August 20, 2006) Washington Post, Ken Pollack and Daniel Byman of the Brookings Institution and Georgetown’s Center for Peace and Security Studies offer an analysis and prescription for an Iraq that ...
Castro’s Health and US Meddling
MAVIS ANDERSON
Fidel Castro’s recent announcement that he would temporarily transfer power to his brother Raul and others in the Cuban Government has led to much speculation about the course of events in both Cuba and Miami. With hard-line Cuban Americans dancing in the st...
APA Confab Whitewashes Torture by Shrinks
Dr. TRUDY BOND
Even as the unindicted war criminal Donald Rumsfeld persists in the totally-discredited fiction that the U.S. military doesn’t torture, the American Psychological Association (APA) provides cover for its uniformed professionals to continue to devise torture ...
The Real Terrorism Plot
RAMZY BAROUD
And yet another menacing terror plot was thwarted 10 August, with the arrest of 24 suspects, all British Muslims. It was an ominous conspiracy aimed at committing "mass murder" on an "unimaginable" scale, British authorities quickly concluded. ...
Palestinian Sense of Place
HEATHER GRAY
Israel’s bombing and reckless destabilization of Gaza is ongoing. Yet, given the past century and the consistent abuse by Israelis, it has become clear that Israel can attempt to diminish the Palestinian claims on Palestine or weaken their resolve, bu...
Statement on Behalf of Lt. Ehren Watada
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the "good" Germans? Well, there were some good Germans. The Lutheran theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was the foremost exemplar of someone who led a life of principled oppo...
The Occupier Defines Justice
AMIRA HASS
On Jerusalem’s Jabotinsky Street, opposite the President’s Residence, a medium-sized plaque is fixed on a locked gate, enclosing a broad building and a lovely garden: "This building was the location of the British Mandate Government’s High M...
The Weapon the US and Israel Fear Most
RACHARD ITANI
In his highly symbolic "Dune" trilogy, Frank Herbert described an armor of a strange kind: a body shield, in the form of a force field, that deflects fast moving projectiles like bullets, thus saving its wearer from certain death. What the force field do...
Mexico Approaches the Combustion Point
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. The Congress of the country is ringed by two-meter tall grilled metal barriers soldered together apparently to thwart a suicide car bomb attack. Behind this metal wall, 3000 vizored, kevlar-wearing robocops — the Federal Preventative Poli...
India’s Occupation of Ladakh
INGMAR LEE
From Pondicherry, South India, where my partner Krista and our son Desmond have been living, I’d heard that people were taking their Indian-made Royal Enfield motorbikes on tour over the "Himalayan Highway," all the way to Ladakh, also known as &qu...