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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 October 2006
Why Bunny Greenhouse Sits in a Corner
SHERWOOD ROSS
Bunnatine Greenhouse sits in a cubicle in a far corner of an office in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers(USACE) headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., where, she says, "I am treated like a non-person." Months crawl by yet her immediate supervisor just...
Democrats By Default?
JEFF TAYLOR
If control of Congress changes hands in January, it will be because the Republicans lost, not because the Democrats won. The national Democratic Party is not trying to win elections this year. It is sitting back, playing it safe, and watching the Republican Party ...
Why Bush is Seeking Confrontation With North Korea
GREGORY ELICH
North Korea’s nuclear test and UN sanctions have brought relations between the U.S. and North Korea to their lowest point since President Bush took office. Yet it was only little more than a year ago that for one brief moment hopes were kindled for a diploma...
Bush’s Mea Culpa Speech, First Draft
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
Former Secretary of State James Baker, co-chairing a bipartisan commission on Iraq, offered Bush a prudent version of imperialism. He didn’t quite call for immediate U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, but he questioned Bush’s refusal to talk with Iran an...
The Global War on Fashion
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"It is circumstance and proper timing that give an action its character and make it either good or bad." Agesilaus, quoted in Plutarch’s Lives Timing is important. So, it seems, are clothes Back in Apr...
Fear and Loathing in the North
TOM BARRY
President Bush signed a bill this week authorizing the construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration experts and counterterrorism experts say that this new plan to barricade the southern border will have little impact on immigration fl...
The Horrors of Extraordinary Rendition
MAHER ARAR
Canadian citizen MAHER ARAR, who is barred from entering the United States, delivered his acceptance speech for the ...
Rogue President
MICHAEL CARMICHAEL
The president seems confused. After making a curious remark observing that the war in Iraq was placing a strain on the psyche of America, President Bush has become the primary focus of concerns about a strained psyche. Last week, the president uttered more...
Playlist
DAVID VEST
Last Man Standing, by Jerry Lee Lewis (Artist First) After bouncing aro...
The Legacy of Gillo Pontecorvo
JOE ALLEN
Gillo Pontecorvo, one of the great revolutionary film directors of all time, recently passed away at the age of 86. He is best known for two classic films about the struggle against colonialism, The Battle of Algiers (1966) and Queimada/Burn! (1969). ...
Pushing India Toward a Dollar Democracy
ASEEM SHRIVASTAVA
In an article concerned with the rapid urbanization of India and China, a writer for London’s Financial Times (August 5/6, 2006) points out that Bangalore "has become a byword for a catastrophic failure of urban planning." Interestingly, he ...
The Distortions of Sebastian Mallaby on Social Security
SETH SANDRONSKY
As U.S. midterm elections near, the topic of political honesty draws some pundits like moths to light. Take Sebastian Mallaby in the Washington Post of October 23. "Every honest politician knows that entitlement spending on retirees is going to bust th...
In Search of a Real Inter-Religious Dialogue
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
In a September 12, 2006 lecture on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI used a monologue to propose a "genuine dialogue of cultures and religions so urgently needed today." ( "Faith, Reason and the Universit...
Why Nancy Pelosi is Wrong
DAVE LINDORFF
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in an interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS News, said impeachment would be "off the table" if Democrats take over the House of Representatives in November, calling it a "waste of time." She couldn...
The General Who Called Out the Devil
RON JACOBS
The reaction of most mainstream US politicians to Hugo Chavez’s recent rhetorical flourish during his speech at the United Nations where he called George Bush the devil certainly showed the world how much of a threat the Washington powermongers consider his ...
Islamic Fascisms?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
President George W. Bush and the neoconservative handlers of his administration have added a new bogeyman to their long and evolving list of enemies: "Islamic fascism," also called "Islamofascism." This wanton flinging of the word "fascism...
A Cruel and Unusual Reality
LILY HUGHES
"I DIDN’T do it." Those were the words that Michael Dewayne Johnson scrawled in his own blood as he died from a self-inflicted slashed neck–hours before he was scheduled to be put to death in the Texas death chamber. Johnson’s ho...
The Charnel House of Baghdad
MIKE WHITNEY
There are three things wrong with the current policy in Iraq. Occupation, occupation and occupation. Foreign occupation is the reason why over 90% of Iraqis want the Americans to leave their country. It is the reason why nearly 50% of Iraqis believe ...
Like a Soldier
STEPHEN FLEISCHMAN
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier. Kipling ...
How to Save Vermont
TIM MATSON
Vermont’s got problems. Skyrocketing property taxes, surging energy costs, overpriced health care, job flight because businesses can’t afford to pay decent salaries. Even the fall foilage has lost its sparkle. We’ve got one overstressed old nuke ...
The Crimes of Greed vs. the Crimes of Government
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
During my professional lifetime, liberals and the left-wing have focused on failures and misdeeds of the private sector, while libertarians and conservatives have focused on the failures and misdeeds of the public sector or government. It turns out that both sides...
From "Mission Accomplished" to "Mission Impossible" in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
"It sounds like a face-saving way of announcing a withdrawal," commented an Iraqi political leader yesterday on hearing that the US military commander in Iraq and the chief American envoy in Baghdad had said that Iraqi police and army should be able to t...
The Police Raid on My House
CARLOS ZORRILLA
When I received the very early phone call around 6:15 on the morning of the 17th of October informing me that there were "very many policemen" headed my way, I did not hesitate. I closed down my computer, said goodbye to my son, and left my home. I didn&...
The Blood of October
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
This morning, I awakened to the news that five more US troops were just killed in Iraq, bringing the total this month to 96. October has been deathly cruel to Americans and to Iraqis. Yesterday, during George Bush’s news conference, the president did ...
Madonna’s African Safari
JENNIFER MATSUI
Dear Madonna, You are no doubt dismayed by the public outrage that has greeted your decision to adopt a baby boy from Malawi–a country that most people in the West probably only know from the ad campaigns of charitable organizations showing sickly bab...