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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 May 2008
What’s Really Driving the High Price of Oil?
RALPH NADER
What factors are causing the zooming price of crude oil, gasoline and heating products? What is going to be done about it? Don’t rely on the White House—with Bush and Cheney marinated in oil—or the Congress—which has hearin...
The Libertarian Dark Horse is Still Kicking
WAJAHAT ALI
"Who the heck is Ron Paul?” asked many Americans over the course of the past year. The 70 year old, Texas Congressman’s name and face adorned web pages, blogs, email spams, posters and pamphlets throughout the nation. Out of nowhere, the...
Who is the Enemy in Afghanistan?
ERIC WALBERG
While the current occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq look to be part of an ambitious plan of US domination of the Muslim world, both are proving to be a much greater problem than their shadowy planners supposed. And whatever conspiracy jigsaw puzzle Afg...
Storm in an A-Cup
RICHARD NEVILLE
Paedophilia is a motherhood issue, and the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudds’ personal opinion was that he found the work  "revolting" and without "artistic merit". He told the Nine Network that "k...
The Guantánamo 16
ANDY WORTHINGTON
As a 16th prisoner at Guantánamo, Noor Uthman Muhammed, is put forward for trial by Military Commission (the much-criticized system of trials for “terror suspects” invented in the wake of the 9/11 attacks), here’s a brief guide t...
American Psychological Association Supports Psychologist Engagement in Bush Regime Interrogations
STEPHEN SOLDZ
Since 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) has steadfastly asserted that psychologists participating in detainee interrogations protects detainees by helping to keep these interrogations "safe, legal, ethical, and effective." Last...
Farrakhan is not the Problem
TIM WISE
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirteen years ago, when I first started out on the lecture circuit, speaking about the issue of racism, it seemed as though everywhere I went, someone wanted to know my opinion of Louis Farrakh...
Chuck Schumer Speaks to the Graduates
ALAN SINGER
The good news is that after ten years in office and thousands of commencement addresses, United States Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer, ostensibly a Democrat from New York, has changed his standard speech. Students were becoming afraid to go ...
Puerto Rico’s Turn
RICARDO ALARCÓN De QUESADA
is Cuba’s Vice President and President of its National Assembly.   ...
Is Obama Turning Right?
GREG KAFOURY
This week, Senator Barak Obama traveled to Florida and spoke to Jewish and Cuban-American audiences. In those speeches, he embraced the right-wing policy positions of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) and the hard-line program of the...
In Her Mind She’s Killed Before
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Hillary Clinton continues to spend a million a day, staying in the nomination race on the calculation that that Barack Obama might assassinated, a possibility she is methodically fostering by race-baiting him as a black man trying to hustle his way into ...
Gone with the W
SUSIE DAY
Hillary Rodham Clinton was not a liberal, but the news media seldom realized it when surrounded by campaign placards and press kits, as a throng of reporters in the Oval Office were on this bright, cold day in January 2009. "Fiddle dee dee, ...
Western Delusions
JEAN BRICMONT
One can understand why some people might have sincerely thought that the Iraq war would be  a "cakewalk". First, consider WW2 ; the US mercilessly bombed Germany and Japan, including their civilian populations, then occupied those cou...
Truth Matters
MONICA BENDERMAN
I received an email message not long ago – it contained these statements: “It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the...
Pain Pays
RAYMOND LAWRENCE
New York Presbyterian Hospital is among the top handful of the most prestigious hospitals in the U.S. It is striving to become number one. It has already become number one in a way that is hardly commendable. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer...
Does the VA Care?
FRED GARDNER
U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti will rule any day now on a suit brought by Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth. The vets want the judge to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to upgrade its mental-health services. Some 500 vets are committin...
Escaping Forwards
URI AVNERY
The Germans call it "die Flucht nach vorne" – escaping forwards. When the situation is desperate, attack! Instead of retreating, advance! When there is no way out, storm ahead! This method was successful in 1948. At the end o...
War Immemorial Day
BILL QUIGLEY
Memorial Day is not actually a day to pray for U.S. troops who died in action but rather a day set aside by Congress to pray for peace.   The 1950 Joint Resolution of Congress which created Memorial Day says:  “Requesting the Preside...
In Praise of Utah Phillips
DAVID ROVICS
I was watching my baby daughter sleep in her carseat outside of the Sacramento airport about ten hours ago when I noticed a missed call from Brendan Phillips.  He’s in a band called Fast Rattler with several friends of mine, two of whom live in my new home...
A Different Memorial Day
Col. DAN SMITH
“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.” William Tecumseh Sherman, Michigan  Military Academy, June 19, 1879 Monday May 26 is the fifth Memori...
Why Memorial Day is a Double-Whammy for Me
CINDY SHEEHAN
Memorial Day is a double-whammy for me. You see, my son Casey was born on Memorial Day 29 years ago. When he was growing up, we would gather dozens of our friends and relatives to celebrate his birthday. Now a few of us gather at his grave in Vaca...
Hillary’s Assassination Politics
MARJORIE COHN
For weeks, pundits have speculated about why Hillary Clinton insists on remaining in the primary race when Barack Obama has all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. On Friday, Clinton answered that question. It appears she’s waiting...
Mugging the Election System
HARVEY WASSERMAN
This weekend’s fast-moving,  long-overdue HBO docu-drama on the theft of the 2000 election stopped four years short.  It did a riveting job of portraying how Team Bush, headed by James Baker, strong-armed its way into the presidency.  But it̵...
The War on Kitsch
DAVID YEARSLEY
Among the music left in my grandmother’s piano bench is a “war edition” from 1917  of a sentimental love-song entitled “K-K-K-Katy” composed by Army Song Leader Geoffrey O’Hara. On the back page of the single-fold half-folio&m...
My Mother
DANIEL CASSIDY
My mother Doris Frances Cassidy was a “hot sketch,” full of laughter and quick on the uptake. Smart, sharp, resourceful, and the most loving mother anyone could ask for.   She talked to everyone: doormen, neighbors, waiters, salesgirls, hac...