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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 January 2009
Obama’s Al-Arabiya Interview
WAJAHAT ALI
In his historic interview with the ...
Cap and Trade and Selling Out
GREGORY VICKREY
Shortly after the Inauguration, President Obama and his new EPA head Carol Browner received a thank-you letter from over 325 conservation-oriented organizations, and within it were flowing words of praise for candidate Obama’s pledge of support for a doomed-to-fail cap ...
Whither the Two State Solution?
DINA JADALLAH-TASCHLER
While Gaza awaits its fate in this ceasefire period, various political actors are maneuvering to determine the nature of next phase for the Palestinians.  The latest war showed that Palestinians in Gaza refused to accept the externally imposed “solution,” which invol...
Killing Palestinians Doesn’t Count
ALISON WEIR
On January 27th media headlines trumpeted that Palestinians had broken the latest cease-fire: a bomb had killed one Israeli soldier and injured two or three. Virtually every media outlet reported this action as a major breach in the ceasefire that had begun on Janu...
Taxing a House of Cards
WALTER BRASCH
My wife is a smoker. Except for one year when she quit, she’s been a smoker since she was about 18. But she’s cut back, from as many as three packs a day to just three cigarettes. And, she now smokes outside the house. At various times, she was asked to...
Economy Without Escape Routes
ALAN FARAGO
My Republican friends are all trending toward Conspiracy Theories to explain what happened and what is happening to the US economy. The party of wealth creation and free markets presided over the greatest wealth destruction in a century, and there must be some explanation...
Tom Paine’s Birthday
PETER LINEBAUGH
President Obama quoted Tom Paine in the conclusion to his inaugural address last week, but did not name him. After Obama named the values (honesty, hard work, courage, fair play, tolerance, loyalty, and patriotism), after he urged us to our duties and responsibilit...
Is It Time to Bail Out of America?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
California State Controller John Chiang announced on January 26 that California’s bills exceed its tax revenues and credit line and that the state is going to print its own money known as IOUs.  The template is already designed. Instead of receiving their state ...
The Future of Gaza
RIZ KHAN
RIZ KHAN (Al Jazeera): Hello and welcome. Could Hamas be a key to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians? In spite of the U.S. condemning the democratically elected organization as terrorists and Israel launching a prolonged military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, t...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...
South-East Asian Groups Threaten Retaliation Over Gaza Invasion
ALLAN NAIRN
In response to Israeli terror attacks on Gaza that killed hundreds of civilians, Southeast Asia Islamist terror groups are now said to be planning retaliation against Israeli government offices, including Mossad intelligence, in Bangkok, Manila, and Singapore. This...
A Muslim’s Memo to Obama
M. JUNAID LEVESQUE-ALAM
A fair number of liberals swooning over President Barack Obama’s recent speechmaking are also impressed by his rhetorical gestures and overtures to Arabs and Muslims, first articulated during his inaugural address and reiterated on a major Arabic-language news channel....
The Silent Trade
STEFAN SIMANOWITZ
It is now six weeks since Canadian UN diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay, and their driver Soumana Mounkaila were abducted in Niger and no information has emerged as to who is behind their disappearance. Last week a further four European tourists were kidnapped on the...
The Autumn of the Patriot
CHARLES R. LARSON
(With apologies to Gabriel García Márquez) When the movers got into the White House by backing their trucks up against the loading dock and prying open the entrance for the arrival of the next first family, dawn of the new era, the men recoiled at the stagnant ai...
The Clinton Foundation Donors
ROB LARSON
When president-elect Obama nominated Hillary Clinton for State Secretary, the Clintons agreed to release the donor lists of the Clinton Foundation, the global charity created by the former President. The Clintons agreed to air their laundry in a deal with the new Obama Ad...
Is Mitchell’s Mission Already Doomed?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Jerusalem. Barack Obama’s new Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell, arrives in Israel today charged with working towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. But the expected victory of the right in the Israeli election on  February 10 may doom his ef...
Who Will Speak for the Forests?
GEORGE WUERTHNER
An associate who works for a major environmental group doesn’t want to talk to me anymore. He has concluded that I’m against logging because I won’t uncritically support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Proposal (BCSP), a plan that, among other things, calls for...
Obama’s Emerging Policies on Israel, Iraq and the Economic Crisis
NOAM CHOMSKY
Press TV: Professor Chomsky, let us start with Pakistan. The White House  is not commenting on the killings of people [in cross-border drone attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan]. Richard Holbrooke, someone whom you’ve written about in the context of Yugoslavia, ...
Foiling Another Palestinian "Peace Offensive"
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel.  The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by “r...
Fueling the Cycle of Hate
YIGAL BRONNER And NEVE GORDON
Israeli soccer matches were suspended during the assault on Gaza. When the games resumed last week, the fans had come up with a new chant: “Why have the schools in Gaza been shut down?” sang the crowd. “Because all the children were gunned down!” c...
The Inaugural Address: the Digested Read
C. G. ESTABROOK
My fellow citizens: We are in the midst of crisis. Our nation is at war [against an Axis...oops] against a Network of Violence and Hatred. America’s decline can be arrested, [just so long as we can scare hell out of the American people] because the cha...
What If Israel Were in Your Neighborhood?
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
I left Washington last week when many of friends and family members were coming here to celebrate the inauguration of our first African-American President. My eleven year-old son asked me – why turn your back on Obama? I threw back at him Martin Luther Kin...
Save the Economy by Cutting the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
As the economic news darkens in the United States, the ideas for stimulating new jobs get worse. A sure-fire way to advance deeper into recession is now being spread around: spend even more on the Department of Defense (DoD). Doing that will not generate new jobs effectiv...
A Hundred Days of (Muted) Rage
Rev. JOSÉ M. TIRADO
Activists of the world can take heart. Yesterday, Morgunbladid, the largest newspaper in Iceland announced the end of the coalition government responsible for the huge financial crisis which has rocked this North Atlantic island to its volcanic core. This event is relevan...