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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
Death-Wish Hillary Primes Manchurian Candidate
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Ever since she realized back in early March that Obama was going to take the nomination Hillary Clinton’s long-term strategy has been to do her best to ensure McCain will win this November so she can become the Democratic nominee in 2012. But she h...
Apathy Doesn’t Live in the Bronx
ALLISON KILKENNY
Last Wednesday more than 160 students in six different classes at Intermediate School 318 in the South Bronx refused to take another standardized test. The students boycotted the test not out of laziness or fears of failing, but because they are sick of being dragged...
A Nation of Sheep
RICHARD RHAMES
“The Labour proposal is modeled on a compulsory system in America where parents are threatened with jail if children are not immunized.” “No MMR jab, no school under new plans,” Telegraph, UK, 5/10/08 Ag...
U.S. Fourth Fleet in Venezuelan Waters
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
With U.S. saber rattling towards Venezuela now at its height, the Pentagon has decided to reactivate the Navy’s fourth fleet in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  It’s a bold move, and has already stirred controversy with...
Celebrating Ethnic Cleansing
KATHLEEN M. BARRY
Dear Nancy Pelosi, Check your history books.   Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel is celebration of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Palestine, the celebration of the expulsion of 750,000 Arabs who generatio...
The Buying of "Democracy" Agents in Cuba
NELSON P. VALDÉS
"The populace may hiss me, but when I go home and think of my money, I applaud myself. "  Horace (c. 25 BC) "Unequal exchange, as practiced by the conquerors with the natives p...
Yellowstone: the Vision Thing
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s new environmental history of the American West, ...
Dam Legacies, Damned Futures
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
This world is clearly in a state of crisis. Unchecked violence and war has forced tens of millions from their homes and into crowded refugee camps. Earthquakes, cyclones and other natural disasters are crippling government ability to meet basic humanitar...
The Search for a Token Right-winger
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
There is more than one way for a university to receive national recognition. One is to employ a faculty member who receives a Nobel Prize for his discovery.  The other is to be governed by a Chancellor who proposes a folly. The University of Colorado, has done b...
The Environment and the 2008 Elections
ADRIANA KOJEVE
Joshua Frank is an environmental writer and author, who has recently co-edited a new book with Jeffrey St. Clair titled ...
Mexico’s Narco Opera Reaches for High Note
JOHN ROSS
Mexico’s on-going Narco Opera is straining to reach new dramatic heights.  Springtime 2008 has been for killing.  Since Good Friday (March 21st) when 22 citizens were slaughtered in gun battles from Quintana Roo to Chihuahua, the daily bo...
Bush’s War on Children in Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
Surely nothing that President Bush has done in his two wretched terms of office—not the invasion and destruction of Iraq, not the overturning of the five-centuries-old tradition of habeas corpus, not his authorization and encouragement of torture, ...
Justice Department’s Revelations on Torture
ROBERT FANTINA
It has long been an accepted fact of life that the U.S. not only condones but also practices the torture of political prisoners. While President George Bush, Cabinet members and members of Congress decry the human rights violations of other nations, they...
Orangeburg, 1968
FRED GARDNER
Forty years ago on the campus of South Carolina State College, which is in the city of Orangeburg, three students were killed and 27 wounded when police fired into a group expressing outrage over the exclusion of Black people from the only bowling alley in town. It w...
Remembering the Wendy’s Massacre
DANIEL GROSS
This Sunday marks the eighth anniversary of what has come to be known as the Wendy’s Massacre.  On that fateful day, workers at one of the hamburger chain’s locations in Queens were busy closing down the store – wiping down counters, emptying t...
Can the Whole World be Fed?
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
The depth of the global food crisis is best expressed by what poor people are eating to survive. In Burundi, it is farine noir, a mixture of black flour and moldy cassava. In Somalia, a thin gruel made from mashed thorn-tree branches called jerrin. In Haiti, i...
Pakistan’s Futile Constitutional Amendment
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will soon propose to the Parliament the 18th amendment to the 1973 Constitution.  The proposed amendment would reportedly abolish Article 58 (2)(b) of the Constitution, which empowers the President, in his sol...
The World After Bush
MARK ENGLER
Picture January 20, 2009, the day George W. Bush has to vacate the Oval Office. It’s easy enough to imagine a party marking this fine occasion, with antiwar protestors, civil libertarians, community leaders, environmentalists, health-care ad...
The Kurds and American Neo-Imperialism
KAMRAN MATIN
Today the Kurdish people, particularly in Iraq and Iran, find themselves in a critical conjuncture. The American imperial project in the Middle East seems, at least in the short term, to be compatible with the Kurdish national struggle whose strengthenin...
War Abroad, Poverty at Home
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US Senate has voted $165 billion to fund Bush’s wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq through next spring. As the US is broke and deep in debt, every one of the $165 billion dollars will have to be borrowed. American consumers...
An Uphill Battle
CINDY SHEEHAN
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve. Oliver Wendell Holmes When one reflects on ones life, there are several ways to do it. We can look back in a linea...
The Radical Extremists of the Building Industry
ALAN FARAGO
"No better time to buy a new home, no better place" reads the faux headline in The Miami Herald paid advertisement section for real estate; describing a platted subdivision in Homestead, Florida. It is a line for suckers. And another li...
A "Holey" Instrument of Peace in Iraq
ROBERT WEITZEL
On October 23, 2006 a U.S. soldier or marine peered through the telescopic sight of his M24 sniper rifle and trained it on the face of Nora, a five-year-old Iraqi girl. Her pretty face was close enough to...
Cars and Cows
GEORGE WUERTHNER
The family of a friend of mine used to say they were “living large” whenever they were enjoying something that was a bit decadent like having two desserts after dinner or buying something frivolous that they really didn’t need like anot...
Ballots and Bullets
CONN HALLINAN
May has been a month of upheaval, from the streets of Beirut, where the Bush Administration appears to have miscalculated disastrously, to Santa Cruz Province in Eastern Bolivia, where a continent’s new political realignment is trying to checkmate ...