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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 2007
Labor at the Crossroads
RON JACOBS
I began reading Kim Moody’s new book US Labor in Trouble and Transition just as news ...
U.S. Eyes on Oaxaca
JOHN ROSS
This October 27th marks the first anniversary of the assassination of New York-based Indymedia photojournalist Brad Will by Oaxaca Mexico police under the thumb of a corrupt and tyrannical governor. Will was gunned down just outside Oaxaca City while filming a pit...
So Much for Islamo-Fascism Awareness
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In America awareness never sleeps and has been on particularly active duty this October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (proclamation of President George Bush); as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (proclamation of President George Bush); as Energy Aw...
The FBI’s Right to Threaten Torture
JAMES BOVARD
A federal appeals court has concluded that an FBI agent must go to trial on charges he coerced a false confession out of a prime suspect in the 9/11 attacks. But the FBI still insists that its agent did nothing wrong. And the feds swayed the court to suppress that...
In Search of Logic About Iran
ALI MOAYEDIAN
In Bushies’ march to war with Iran. Many are concerned and see the dangers of war as imminent. Others are openly advocating for U.S. aggression against Iran and they scream for bombardment of another nation, just because we can! Forces of Good and Evi...
The Arsonists in the West Wing
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I am imagining Southern California. I am imagining Southern California because I have been watching and reading about the devastation via television news and newspaper articles. I have seen the flames, the smoke, and the tears. Eighteen hundred homes have been des...
Beyond the Role of Law
RALPH NADER
Every law student promptly learns the national ideal that our country is governed by the rule of law, not the rule of men. Today, the rule of law is under attack. Such activities have become a big business and, not surprisingly, they have involved big busin...
The Fraud of the War on Terror
JACOB G. HORNBERGER
Immediately after he denounced Fidel Castro for being a dictator, President Bush unilaterally decreed new sanctions against Iran, moving the United States closer to war against Iran. Would someone please tell me how it is that Bush exercises such omnipotent power,...
Iraq, Iran and the U.S. "Vision"
ROBERT FANTINA
The U.S.’s current cheerleader for American imperial arrogance, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has now stated that Iran presents a major obstacle blocking the U.S.’s vision for the Middle East. In her fairy-tale world, this vision is of a region ...
The Wahhabis are Coming, the Wahhabis are Coming!
M. REZA PIRBHAI
From January 1857 to September 2007, the New York Times published eighty-six items that mention ‘Wahhabism’–a ‘puritanical’ (salafi) Islamic creed named after its 18th century Arabian founder, Abd al-Wahhab. Six appeared before the at...
Cuba, Claims and Confiscations
ROBERT SANDELS
In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Creighton University a $750,000 contract to study how to collect on claims against the Cuban government for property confiscations, most of which were carried out in 1959 and 1960....
What If We Had a President Who Didn’t Give a Damn About Terrorism?
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
One thing all Americans can agree on, that’s for sure: terrorism is bad news. Yep–left, right and center–we all want protection from bad people who possess even badder weapons. (Sorry if that comes as a shock to the certifiables of the Rid...
A Castro Behind Every Bush
ALAN FARAGO
People won’t get as many colds, is how White House spokesperson Dana Perino put it yesterday when asked about global warming and criticism that the Senate testimony of one of the nation’s top scientists, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, had been &quo...
Home of the Brave?
DAVE LINDORFF
Several years ago, I warned that as the Bush/Cheney administration sought to reduce politically problematic casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would resort to increased use of air attacks to combat the growing insurgency in Iraq and the resurgent Taliban i...
Murdoch’s Cuckoo’s Nest
MIKE WHITNEY
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page is the ideological headwaters for far-right fanaticism in the US. It is less of a forum for open debate than it is a breeding ground for noxious ideas that undermine democratic institutions. Every day, there’s a...
Does "Loving" Lebanon Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?
FRANKLIN LAMB
As US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman packs his bags and prepares to depart Lebanon for his next assignment, he probably should be forgiven for feeling a bit abused these past few months. His pique surfaced on October 22 nd when he rudely insulted his host,...
Going Down on the Rocks in Dinosaur
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
A raven wakes me at dawn with the scratchy-throated call of a two-pack a day smoker. I dredge myself out of the sleeping bag, which is saturated with dew. The air is sharp, autumnal. I lumber to the river, strip and dive in. I haven’t bathed in four days. I&#...
Getting Justice in the HLF Case
AHMAD AL-AKHRAS
After years of investigations and wiretaps, after three months of court arguments and a record 19 straight days of jury deliberations, the jury could not return a single guilty verdict on the nearly 200 charges in a case against the Texas-based Holy Land Foundatio...
Portrait of Rudy
SAUL LANDAU
"Rudy Giuliani has defended Newt Gingrich, saying it’s okay Newt had an affair and that no one is perfect. That’s when you know the Republicans are in trouble — when a guy with three marriages and an affair is defending the...
Conscripting Feminism into the War on Terror
YIFAT SUSSKIND
American feminists found themselves in strange company this week. In days of campus activity labeled "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" (IFAW), conservative writer David Horowitz and his fellow travelers issued a call for an end to the oppression of women i...
Revenging Bloodshed
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Do Bush and his people ever wonder why more and more recruits are joining the movements to fight against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? The overall policy of Shock and Awe has a great deal to do with it. Washington’s deeply-held belief that bullying is t...
Homes of the Crash Test Dummies
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Trick or treat, Trick or treat, Give me something good to eat. If you don’t I don’t care, I’ll pull down your underwear! The above can be taken as a succinct analysis of the current economic si...
The Lesson of the Chrysler Rebels
CHRIS KUTALIK
Negotiations between the Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) were anything but predictable this year. Nationwide strikes at both General Motors and Chrysler, union givebacks on an unprecedented scale, and the stirrings of a strong "vote no ...
Iraq’s Environmental Crisis
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And JOSHUA FRANK
The ecological effects of war, like its horrific toll on human life, are exponential. When the Bush Administration and their Congressional allies sent our troops in to Iraq to topple Saddam’s regime, they not only ordered these men and women to commit crimes...
The Politics of Paranoia
Col. DAN SMITH
Congresswoman Jane Harman has introduced legislation–H.R. 1955: "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism"–that is expected to be referred to the House Rules Committee for assignment of floor time for debate by the House. This is a bill...