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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 2008
Burning Reason
HOWARD LISNOFF
The ride down the western border of Massachusetts is serene in fall.  The hills have turned from the vibrant red, yellow, and orange colors of the season to a more muted orange and brown.  Scenic vistas, that were blocked by leaves only a few weeks ago, ope...
I’m Sick of Their Voices
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I want it to be over. I’m sick of their voices, the smears, the noise from the crowds, McCain’s air quotes that accompany his snarling sarcasm, Palin’s alien sentence structure, the planted, propaganda plumber, Biden’s buffoonery, and Obama&rs...
Turning the Tide of Ethnic Cleansing in America’s Cities
GLEN FORD
The demise or ill health of U.S. investment banks has deprived finance capital of its  headquarters sector, the evil geniuses who hatch long range schemes for ethnic cleansing of the nation’s cities. Now, more than ever, progressives must become city plann...
World Tires of Rule by Dollar
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What explains the paradox of the dollar’s sharp rise in value against other currencies (except the Japanese yen) despite disproportionate US exposure to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? The answer does not lie in improved fundamenta...
McCain’s Women Problems
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR John McCain’s charges of sexism against Barack Obama must ring mighty hollow to those who know him best, and we dare say his second wife Cindy would have an acerbic comment or two of her own if freed from all constraints. The so...
Memo to Progressives for Obama
JOSHUA FRANK
Unless John McCain has a bombshell of a scandal to drop on Barack Obama at the 11th hour, this election is beginning to look like it’s in the bag for the Democrats. The Republicans will finally be kicked out of the White House and peace and calm will slowly ret...
The Year of Unreliable Witnesses
JAMES McENTEER
Joe The Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, has become a kind of bellwether for the 2008 presidential campaign, though it is clear that he has his own (semi-hidden) agenda, his own (semi-hidden) secrets and his own (semi-hidden) reserves of ignorance. This “avera...
"Kill Him!"
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Two Neo-Nazi skinhead believers in “white power” who planned to assassinate candidate Barack Obama in a shooting spree that would also target African American school children have been arrested in Tennessee. The two men, 20 and 18, are charged with illega...
The Big Change
FELICE PACE
If you’ve tuned in to the presidential campaign you know that Barak Obama and John McCain are both pushing the idea of “change”. It is, after all, what their pollsters and focus group gurus tell them the voters want. When we examine the poli...
The Executions at Kafr Qassem
JONATHAN COOK
In a conflict that has produced more than its share of suffering and tragedy, the name of Kafr Qassem lives on in infamy more than half a century after Israeli police gunned down 47 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, in the village. This wee...
Wall Street Bonus Madness
STANLEY HELLER
You created an economy that is so unstable that the bankruptcy of a few big firms would mean worldwide catastrophe. Your policies lost the world $10 trillion on stock markets in the last month alone. You’ve started a worldwide recession/depressi...
Smearing Rashid Khalidi
VIJAY PRASHAD
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth, Blowing down the backroads, headin’ south – Bob Dylan, "Idiot Wind." (1974). Sarah Palin has done it again. On the advice of the McCain-Palin team...
Boycott the Elections!
REZA FIYOUZAT
How long shall we allow the system to kick us in the head, take our money, insult us after taking our money, and still expect us to participate in its frauds? With every passing year, the differences between the two ruling political parties in the U.S. diminish furth...
The US Empire will Survive Bush
ARNO J. MAYER
The United States may emerge from the Iraq fiasco almost unscathed. Though momentarily disconcerted, the American empire will continue on its way, under bipartisan direction and mega-corporate pressure, and with evangelical blessings.It is a defining characteristic o...
Support Obama, Vote McKinney?
AMEE CHEW
The Green Party Presidential ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente brings something special and unprecedented to U.S. politics. Not only are they the first all women-of-color ticket for President and Vice President with ballot access in most states.[1] These w...
Obama and the Camp Followers
STEVE CONN
As Obama’s presidential campaign marches inevitably toward Washington DC, Camp Followers emerge from the left, right and center and jog to catch up. They freshen up their resumes with belated help for their candidate and would-be employer. They throw ethics to ...
What America is Owed
STEPHEN MARTIN
There are some who are in darkness And the others are in light And you see the ones in brightness Those in darkness drop from sight Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht.  ‘Die Moritat von Mackie Messer’ (The ballad of Mack t...
Israel Bars Visit to a Father’s Grave
JONATHAN COOK
Salwa Salam Qupty clutches a fading sepia photograph of a young Palestinian man wearing a traditional white headscarf. It is the sole memento that survives of her father, killed by a Jewish militia during the 1948 war that established Israel. “He was kil...
A Glimpse Inside the Head of Joe the Plumber
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
For those who were fortunate enough to watch, McCain campaign advisers Samuel J. Wurzelbacher and Joe the Plumber recently appeared in special Fox News broadcast featuring a roundtable discussion with Neil Cavuto and Laura Ingraham. Wurzelbacher, a noted Toled...
A Freedom Rider in Gaza City
RAMZI KYSIA
Gaza City. This morning I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India. This morning I marched in Selma, I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall. This morning I became a Freedom...
Alternatives to Incarceration
MARGARET DOOLEY-SAMMULI
With the state’s budget deficit worsening and prison overcrowding reaching crisis levels, California voters are looking for effective solutions. Proposition 5 builds on California’s proven treatment alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders....
Strauss-Kahn Strikes Again!
PATRICK BOND
NEWS ITEM: Nicolas Sarkozy dismay as Dominique Strauss-Kahn in sex scandal A “one-night stand” and an angry husband have endangered the career of the French head of the International Monetary Fund and dismayed President Sarkozy as he seeks to put a...
How the Food and Financial Crises are Interconnected
ERIC TOUSSAINT
In 2007-2008, the biggest international economic and financial crisis since 1929 broke out. Were it not for the massive and concerted intervention of public authorities in coming to the rescue of thieving bankers, the present crisis would already have reached more am...
The Trail of Broken Promises
MATT GONZALEZ
Watching the Democrats in the final weeks of the presidential election has been a lesson in revisionist history. While they lament the terrible crimes perpetrated against the American people by George Bush and vow to keep fighting for our rights, they conveniently gl...
The New Neo-Con Reality
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
"We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re  studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new  realities, which you can study too, an...