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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 December 2009
The Fear Stimulus
GREG MOSES
As one hand of history played high keys of hope and change during the inaugural days of 2009, the other hand was reaching for more ominous sound.  Across the keyboard of our national concerto, some chimed celebration, others hoarded bullets. Reporter Harr...
Tiger Max, Evel Denny, Buffalo Brian and Mini-Max Jon
PAUL RICHARDS
Montana politics are fun again! It seems like eons since we were amused by bald-faced buffoonery by the likes of former U.S. Rep. Marlenee and former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns. Sure, we’ve had 35 years of consistently reliable incoherence from U.S. Sen. Ma...
The Lesser Evil
NICK EGNATZ
As the New Year approaches and with it the one year anniversary of Obama’s administration I have a request for my friends on the left.  Name one good thing that Obama has done.  I see our corporate Democratic Senators and Representatives on TV explain...
"The System Worked"
TOM STEPHENS
“The system worked.” –Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, regarding the attempted Christmas 2009 bombing on an airplane landing in Detroit The system worked. After an oppressively narrow and empty...
Touch Yemen, Get Burned
PATRICK COCKBURN
We are the Awaleq       Born of bitterness       We are the nails that go into the rock       We are the sparks of hell       He who defies us will...
Interventions R Us
RON JACOBS
As if the US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan were not enough to satiate the Empire’s bloodlust, the calls are increasing for an all-out war on the nation of Yemen. The reason given for this intervention is that the man who apparently wanted to blow up an ...
Eliminate the Senate
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Pointing out the obvious can sometimes be useful if you have a big enough megaphone. Washington Post staff reporter Ezra Klein was handed that opportunity this past Sunday when that paper’s prestigious Outlook section printed his commentary on “dysfunctio...
Lining Up for the Wall Street Gravy Train
MIKE WHITNEY
British economist John Maynard Keynes, believed in capitalism, but he was also sharply critical of its structural flaws. He summed it up succinctly like this: Our analysis shows… that long-run development is not inherent in the capitalist ec...
The Man Who Would Reclaim Sports
DAVE ZIRIN
It was 1976, and the Summer Olympics in Montreal had improbably become ground zero in the struggle against apartheid. Several dozen African nations threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee dared allow South Africa to be a part of the games. Montre...
Egypt’s Steel Wall
RAMZY BAROUD
Those pesky taxi drivers of Gaza are always circulating rumours. One story that made the rounds during the first Palestinian uprising in 1987 claimed that an Arab army crossed the Sinai desert to save Palestinians from the daily killings and protracted state of siege...
The Affluent Terrorist
CHARLES R. LARSON
In photographs, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab–the Nigerian who planned to blow up a Northwest airliner on Christmas–looks younger than his twenty-three years. Seventeen, eighteen, maybe—the face of innocence but also of bewilderment, a little like the e...
Toys for Tots … with Green Cards
JAYNE LYN STAHL
Some children in Nashville this Christmas awoke to a barren Christmas tree because their parents weren’t able to provide Santa with social security numbers. What does it say about a country when two of its largest holiday gift givers, the Salvation Army...
Israel Rules
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
On Christmas eve, the New York Times delivered forth a call for war.  “There’s only one way to stop Iran,” declared Alan J. Kuperman, and that is “military air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.”  Kuperman...
Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?
RAY McGOVERN
In the past I have alluded to Panetta and the Seven Dwarfs. The reference is to CIA Director Leon Panetta and seven of his moral-dwarf predecessors — the ones who sent President Barack Obama a letter on Sept. 18 asking him to “reverse Attorney General Hol...
A Lawless Presidency
STEPHEN GREEN
It is ironic that a president who owed his election to office to a U.S. Supreme Court decision – and a narrow one at that – spent so much of his eight years in office battling that same court, and the institutions which are the arbiters of international h...
What Did Angelina Jolie Pay for Her Baby?
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
Asmara, Eritrea Did anyone ask movie star Angelina Jolie how much she paid for the Ethiopian baby she adopted? Or should I say how much she “donated”, most of which ended up in the hands of the national crime syndicate known as the Government of E...
Hate and Death on the Border
BRENDA NORRELL
Hate crimes against African-Americans and the number of hate groups increased in the United States during this decade, according to US statistics. But what of the hate crimes on the US/Mexico border, where white Border Patrol agents kill people of color in cold blood...
The Grand Placebo
BINOY KAMPMARK
The authorities in Britain and the United States are scrambling.  They hope to find answers as to how the 23-year-old engineering student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab managed to elude and almost detonate himself on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to De...
Baluchistan and the Af/Pak War
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
US news reports about the widening war in the “Af-Pak” region have made increasing reference to the presence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Baluchistan, a Texas-sized swath of territory located in southern Pakistan.  Yet Americans remain surprisingly...
Don’t Apologize for Democrats
JEFF COHEN
For the new year, let’s resolve: Don’t defend Democrats when they don’t deserve defending. And that certainly includes President Obama. Let’s further resolve: Put principles above party and never lose our voice on human rights and soci...
Krugman’s Health Care Sell-Out
DAVE LINDORFF
Paul Krugman, one of the few liberal columnists writing for the New York Times, claims that at some point in the hoary past when he “began writing a lot about health care,” he was in favor of a Canadian-style single-payer health care system. He adds that ...
Who is the Ideal Labor Leader?
DAVID MACARAY
Whenever labor wonks get together to hoist a glass and mull over the problems plaguing America’s unions, the discussion inevitably turns to the question of what sort of person it would take to lead organized labor out of the wilderness and into the Promised Lan...
Compromised Domestic Policy, Militarized Foreign Policy
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
With the passing of a disastrous decade and President Obama about to complete his first year in office, it is perhaps appropriate to look at the recent past and what may lie ahead. For the Obama presidency, it has been more of a downhill journey than a steep climb th...
Yemen Next
PATRICK COCKBURN
Yemen is the Afghanistan of the Arab world. It is the poorest Arab country, its government is weak, its people are armed, it already faces a serious rebellion, it is strongly tribal and its mountain ranges are a natural refuge for groups like al-Qa’ida. ...
Who is the Ideal Labor Leader?
DAVID MACARAY
Whenever labor wonks get together to hoist a glass and mull over the problems plaguing America’s unions, the discussion inevitably turns to the question of what sort of person it would take to lead organized labor out of the wilderness and into the Promised Lan...