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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 June 2008
Who’s Actually Winning in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The American occupation of Iraq follows the same course as that of British  rule after the First World War. At first there was imperial over-confidence  following military victory and a conviction that what Iraqis did was of no  importance. Then there ...
Blackout at the EPA
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
If there were only one agency (and there’s probably not) that has consistently enjoyed the benefits lavished on it by an ignorant president who continuously diminishes its standing in the world of science, it would be the Environmental Protection Agency.  ...
What Boumediene Means
JOANNE MARINER
The Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene v. Bush was a nail in Guantanamo’s coffin. For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court sent a strong message that it disagrees with the Bush Administration’s detainee policies. The Court’s 70-pag...
UC Workers Avert Walkout
SETH SANDRONSKY
Have you been to a University of California campus, hospital or student health center? If so, a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, helped you. Some 1,300 service workers and 2,600 patient-care techs labor at Sacram...
Scalia Cites False Information in Habeas Dissent
MARJORIE COHN
To bolster his argument that the Guantánamo detainees should be denied the right to prove their innocence in federal courts, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush: "At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guant&aa...
Six Years Late, Court Throws Out Gitmo Case
ANDY WORTHINGTON
In the history of legal challenges to the Bush administration’s assertion that it can hold “War on Terror” prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial, Parhat v. Gates has just joined a trio of Supreme Court verdicts — Rasul v. Bush (2004),...
A Picture of Things to Come?
SUREN PILLAY
It’s hard to disown a photograph. As much as I try to do so, looking at the image that stares out to us this Monday morning. It is of weakness displaying itself in the false guise of strength. An image of African disunity, as South Africans attack foreign Afric...
High Flyers and Soaring Inequality
ROBERT WEISSMAN
Private and corporate jet sales are taking off, reflecting an increase in the extreme concentration of wealth in the United States and around the world. Worldwide sales of private jets have more than doubled since 2003, to $19.4 billion in 2007. The number of ...
Fear of Flailing
BETTY SHAMIEH
During the Democratic Presidential nomination process, it was clear that the majority of black feminists aligned themselves with Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton.  Is this partly because of a perceived or real persistence of racism within the mainstream ...
They’ve Got the World by the Belly
P. SAINATH
When you’re down to distributing fertilizer from a police station, you have a problem. It’s what they did in Hingoli, here in the Indian state of  in Maharashtra. That was a week ago, but the police are still, in a sense, involved in its distribution...
Spoiling Sarko’s Euro-Show
PHILIPPE MARLIERE
The problems keep piling up for Nicolas Sarkozy: his neoliberal counter-reforms make him more unpopular than ever at home, a lacklustre French team was comprehensively beaten at Euro 2008 and the Irish people have just rejected the Lisbon Treaty – a text which ...
Social Science in Harness
DAVID PRICE
“In Paracelsus’s time the energy of universities resided in the conflict between humanism and theology; the energy of the modern university lives in the love-affair between government and science, and sometimes the two are so close it makes yo...
Charlie Black’s Play Book
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Here comes Charlie Black, John McCain’s campaign adviser, who recently remarked to Fortune magazine that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be a "big advantage" for the Republican presidential candidate.  The comments drew a strong rebuk...
Starving AMTRAK
RALPH NADER
With the rapid expansion of federal spending responding to the perceived national security requirements after 9/11, passenger railroad supporters looked forward to a tripleheader. First passenger railroad service would have to be upgraded and expanded to facil...
Obama Scolds Black Fathers, Gets Bounce in Polls
ISHMAEL REED
It’s obvious by now that Barack Obama is treating black Americans like one treats a demented uncle, brought out  from his room to be ridiculed and scolded before company from time to time, the old Clinton Sistah Souljah strategy borrowed from Clinton&rsquo...
Obama’s Rightward Lurch
GREGORY KAFOURY
Barack Obama arrived on the political scene with a smile as beautiful as salvation itself, like a visitor from an idealized future, one where the races have combined to a golden hue, sent here to show us the way.  Of course people fell in love with him.  Ye...
Towards a World Parliament
BILL CHRISTISON
It is not useful to discuss what’s right and what’s wrong with the United Nations these days, without at the same time discussing what’s right and wrong with the entire range of U.S. foreign policies and major U.S. domestic policies as well.  W...
The Torture Trainers and the American Psychological Association
STEPHEN SOLDZ
The CIA’s Torture Teachers, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen [see ...
Gas Price Gouging
MIKE WHITNEY
“I’ve seen this bad movie before. It’s the Enron movie, which hit the West Coast power-markets like a bomb because the federal government was asleep at the switch. Now it’s happening again with oil prices." –Rep....
Italy’s Forgotten Prisoners in Guantánamo
ANDY WORTHINGTON
Reprieve, the London-based legal action charity that represents 35 of the 273 prisoners still in Guantánamo, has just released a report, The Forgotten Italian Residents in Guantánamo Bay, in an attempt to find a solution to the plight of six of its clie...
How Should the Middle East Invest Its Oil Profits?
MICHAEL HUDSON
Every week Mid-Eastern countries acquire more dollars in payment for their oil and other exports, and also for rising U.S. investment in their stock markets and other property. This confronts them with a problem: What can they do with these dollars? Traditiona...
Killing Farmers with Killer Seed
JOHN ROSS
As the global food crisis escalates, Big Biotech (Monsanto, Novartis, Syngenta, Dupont-Pioneer, Dow et al) are capitalizing on the desperation of the hungry at runaway prices and rapidly diminishing reserves as a wedge to foist genetically modified (GMO) seeds on a r...
A MAD Foreign Policy
ROBERT WEITZEL
“My number one priority in foreign policy is to protect Israel.” –Former House Speaker Richard Armey Rocky was a boyhood friend. He was as big and as strong as his name. In his wild d...
Environmental Enron
PETER MONTAGUE
When burned, coal produces three times its own weight in carbon dioxide (CO2) ...
Gaza’s Dying Children
RAMZY BAROUD
A six-year-old Palestinian girl from Gaza was killed by Israeli fire on 12 June. "Medics say the girl was decapitated by a [tank] shell," Associated Press (AP) reported the next day. The Israeli military said the soldiers opened fire in retaliation against ...