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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
Investing with Madoff
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Click here to read Part One. Click here to read Part Two. The SEC’s failure to investigate and put an end to Madoff’s crime, its announcing in 1992 that there ...
The Peaceful Transfer of Violent Power
SHELDON RICHMAN
At the risk of raining on the parade, I suggest that the inaugural festivities were not what they appeared. Barack Obama says the pomp and circumstance were not about him but were a celebration of democracy. “For the forty-third time, we will execute the peacef...
Killer in Chief
ALLAN NAIRN
Barack Obama said during this campaign — speaking of a notional US president — that he should be able to do more than one thing at a time, which is sound advice for any person. As Americans today justly celebrate their sweet win over the country...
Obama and the Muslims
WAJAHAT ALI
is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. He is a playwright, essayist, humorist and Attorney at Law, whose work, “Th...
Investing with Madoff
LAWRENCE R. VELVEL
Click here to read Part One of Investing with Madoff. Over the years since 1995, Madoff, as often said in the media these days, made steady annual returns — on which one paid ordinary income taxes, not capital gains tax...
Abolition
DAVID Kεr THOMSON
Canadians are always so surprised when someone doesn’t like them. “Kandahar blast kills decorated soldier,” says the Star headline truculently. Like, because his handbag matches his Uggs, he should have been okay. Well, we live in interesti...
In My Own Bones
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. On the third day of the Israeli genocide in Gaza my lower back began to knot up and throb. The pain grew sharper as the bombings continued. By the end of the first week, I was so hunched over that each step was a via cruces. I did not have to ho...
Starting Over in Gaza
AUDREY STEWART
Toffah, Gaza. Yesterday morning I visited Toffah, a small farming area about one mile from the Israeli border.  Because it sits atop a hill, it so was prime land for Israeli surveillance during the invasion.  Mohammed, a university student, agreed t...
Ready. Aim. Organize.
MICHAEL COLBY
Oh America, you celebrate better than most. But why must you always celebrate with your blinders on? Why must you celebrate the end to the “race wars” with a nasty kick at the queers? Why must you speak of toil while keeping the toilers at bay? I&r...
Buying the President
BINOY KAMPMARK
Utopias have a habit of tumbling down in the long run, falling foul of brutal realities and nasty predicaments.  In the short-run, they resonate with a pop-like glow, mesmerizing crowds narcotized on slogans and promises.  Regarding the inauguration of the ...
Understanding Gaza
GABRIEL KOLKO
How will history describe the Israeli war against the Palestinians in Gaza? Another Holocaust, this time perpetrated by the descendants of the victims? An election ploy by ambitious Israeli politicians to win votes in the February 10 elections? A test range for new A...
Obama’s Work Ethic
HARRY BROWNE
It wasn’t a very good speech. Even his brother-in-law yawned. The oration’s first problem was accidental: how he must have regretted opening with a reference to all the men who have said the Oath of Office, given that (ouch) his own oath had just ...
SAG Watches It All Slip Away
DAVID MACARAY
While American labor unions are having their usual rough time of it (not to mention the additional burden of having weathered eight brutal years of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Labor), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is facing not only potential defeat in the form of ge...
The Strongest Weapon of All
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. Dr. Atallah Tarazi, a General Surgeon at Gaza City’s Shifaa Hospital, invited us to meet him in his home, in Gaza City, just a few blocks away from the Shifaa Hospital.   Early this morning, he and his family returned to the...
Israel’s Doctrine of Destruction
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. In the last days before Israel imposed a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza to avoid embarrassing the incoming Obama administration, it upped its assault, driving troops deeper into Gaza City, intensifying its artillery bombardment and creating thousands m...
Hosing Obama Israeli Style
CHUCK SPINNEY
The last time the US restrained Israel in its never-ending wars of aggression was when President Eisenhower pulled the plug on the Anglo-French-Israeli effort to grab the Suez Canal in 1956. Since then, we have not even chastised Israel when its actions hurt ...
A Citizen’s Oath of Office
ROBERT JENSEN
Eight long years ago at a counter-inaugural event in Austin, TX, I administered a “Citizen’s Oath of Office” to the people who had come together on the steps of the state Capitol to challenge the legitimacy of the incoming Bush administration and it...
Why I am in Gaza
AUDREY STEWART
Lots of people have asked me why I chose to leave my children and travel to Gaza in the middle of a war.  If you knew three year old Omar it might be easier to understand.   Omar is the youngest child in the family of Abu Yusif, one of our host...
The EU, Gaza and the Lisbon Treaty
RAYMOND DEANE
The increasingly forceful tone of statements critical of Israel issuing from certain European Union governments during the current Gaza crisis, plus the news that Israel has decided to send ministers on a tour of six insufficiently docile European countries as a kind...
Inauguration Ad Nauseum
CHRISTOPHER KETCHAM
The American presidency in its outward show and innermost tendency has since World War II increasingly shown all the markings of monarchy. The president is hovered over and catered to by hundreds of aids and sycophants, his every whim answered at notice. He enjoys a ...
State Terrorism Against Gaza
RALPH NADER
In the long sixty-year tortured history of the Palestinian expulsion from their lands, Congress has maintained that it is always the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority, and now Hamas who are to blame for all hostilities and their consequences with the Israeli go...
A Ten-Point Solar Agenda
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Amidst the ecstasy of the Obama Inauguration, there lurks great danger. Merely with his swearing in, our nation has broken an epic racial barrier. We are losing our worst president and getting one who was actually elected. But the promise of change is...
This Land Really is Made for You and Me
DAVE LINDORFF
Maybe symbolism is just symbolism, but the optimist in me says that Barack Obama’s invitation to former Communist and life-long political activist Pete Seeger (along with Bruce Springstein and 89-year-old Pete’s full-throated grandson Tao) to sing Woody G...
Time for a New Divestment Campaign
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
Barack Obama’s inauguration coming as we celebrate of Martin Luther King Day predictably draws linkages between the two. Many use Obama’s election to claim a realization of the “dream.” Others mumble something about a post-racial America. I su...
What Obama Left Out of His Economic Recovery Plan
MIKE WHITNEY
Barack Obama and Co. are planning to launch their own version of economic "shock and awe" in the opening weeks of the new administration. Aside from the $825 billion stimulus package, which will be used to create 3 million new jobs and make up for flagging ...