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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 April 2010
Black Hole, Black Death
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This is an excerpt from JEFFREY ST. CLAIR’s environmental history, Bor...
War is Failure
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
Sheesh, if I receive another email invitation for something like brunching, for a donation, of course, with a Democrat, I’m going to want to kamikaze the address of the gala. I do not feel a need to sup with, commune with, or brush the shoulders ...
The POT Conference
FRED GARDNER
Patients Out of Time is a pro-cannabis reform group led by Al Byrne, a retired Naval officer, and MaryLynn Mathre, a Vietnam era nurse.  Al survived two catastrophic events in which others died and over the years he’s had to deal with post-traumatic stress...
Shut Up, Tea Partiers, We’re On the Same Side … Sort Of
PAUL BUCCHEIT
It was diabolical. It happened back in the original Tea Party days, when the wealthy colonial landowners, with brilliant orators such as Patrick Henry smoothing the way, united all Americans in a frenzied bond against the British. Sure, Great Britain c...
Re-Regulating the Market
BINOY KAMPMARK
President Barack Obama has become the chief sales officer for market regulation, a theme he has been labouring over for some time.  Cooper Union, its location pitched within a few miles of Wall Street, doesn’t seem to be tiring of luminaries...
Computerized Front-Running
ELLEN BROWN
Market commentators are fond of talking about “free market capitalism,” but according to Wall Street commentator Max Keiser, it is no more.  It has morphed into what his TV co-host Stacy Herbert calls “rigged market capitalism&rd...
China and Cars
BIANCA MUGYENYI And YVES ENGLER
Did you know GM sells more cars in China than the U.S.? In March, GM sold 230,048 vehicles in China and 188,011 in the U.S. The U.S. auto giant is on pace to sell more than 2 million vehicles in China this year and 3 million by 2015. “Overall aut...
The Consequences of Chernobyl
KARL GROSSMAN
Monday is the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident. It comes as the nuclear industry and pro-nuclear government officials in the U.S. and other nations try to “revive” nuclear power. It also follows the just-released pub...
Grin and Bear It
FARZANA VERSEY
I don’t think teddy bears are mentioned anywhere in the Quran. Therefore, is the animated satirical series ‘South Park’ well within its rights to portray Prophet Mohamed dressed in a bear suit? What was the pressing need for such a depiction? The la...
The Washington-Wall Street Kabuki Dance
SHELDON RICHMAN
When I watch the public furor over the ruling party’s attempt to “toughen” regulations on the financial industry, I get the same feeling I often have in a theater: Good show but it’s not real. There’s something eeri...
Razing Arizona
ALVARO HUERTA
Immigrant bashing, like baseball, has become a favorite American pastime. The draconian, anti immigrant bill (SB 1070) in Arizona only adds credence to this reality. This pernicious bill not only targets undocumented immigrants in this desert st...
Where are the Pitchforks?
MARK BRENNER
The explosion that ripped through a West Virginia coal field April 5, killing 29 miners, was a haunting reminder of just how little has changed since a dozen men suffered the same fate four years ago in the Sago mine. On the heels of that tragedy we pa...
Atlantis Under
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Like many parts of the world, Florida’s Atlantis is underpopulated.  Urban and semi-urban underpopulation is a serious problem for the drifter because people are interesting (grand, noteworthy, odd, laughable, sexy, irritating) and t...
Why Obama’s Middle East Peace Plan Will Fail
JEFFERSON CHASE
To understand the present conflict, one has to realize that until 1895 Jews and Muslims had lived together in peace in Palestine for more than1200 years. After the Romans expelled them in 70 A.D., Jews were not allowed to live in Jerusalem for 600 year...
When the Music Could Only Do So Much
RON JACOBS
The last days of April 1970 seemed relatively uneventful.  The first Earth Day occurred on April 22nd that year.  For the most part it bore little resemblance to the green corporation festival many of today’s Earth Days seem to be. ...
Dick Gephardt Disgraces Himself … Again
DAVID MACARAY
In 1988, the labor union I belonged to, the AWPPW (Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers), hoped Missouri congressman Dick Gephardt would win the Democratic nomination for president.  Of all the candidates in the field (Al Gore, Paul Simon...
Sorry, Ms. Hahn, Your Notes are All Too Good
DAVID YEARLSEY
Subjected to relentlessly repeating sounds, the human mind reflexively imposes a pattern on them.  The clock’s tick-tick becomes the infinitely more interesting tick-tock, though even that improvement on absolute uniformity hardly makes for a full evening&...
Guantanamo and Habeas Corpus
ANDY WORTHINGTON
On February 24, as I reported in an article entitled, “The ...
Is the SEC Up to the Job?
LAURA FLANDERS
Tne of the best kept secrets in Washington is the working of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Does it get the job done? Not even close. Typically, Wall Street is awash in insider trading, accounting games, and let’s n...
On the Streets, On the Skids
CHARLES R. LARSON
It would be easy to dismiss Mekkawi Said’s Cairo Swan Song by stating that the novel nee...
Playing Soccer With Evo Morales
BRENDA NORRELL
Cochabamba, Bolivia. When the crowds cheered and the band played on, the flags were waving. Fireworks sounded and surely around the world there must be have been a sense that it was a good day to be Indigenous. ...
Kitten Stompers at the Supreme Court
RANDY SHIELDS
Last Tuesday the Supreme Court patted America on the back about its specialness, its  sacred right of free speech, by striking down a law which prohibited the selling of “crush” videos where kittens and other small animals are stomped ...
The Death of a Catalan Fascist
CARLES MUNTANER
Most Catalans love to think of themselves as left of center, yet the Catalan bourgeoisie was a willing accomplice of Franco’s fascism, as any class analyst would have it. One of the most infamous fascist Catalans was the re...
Lehman’s Liar’s Loans and Other Cons
MIKE WHITNEY
Prof. William Black submitted a 24-page report on the Lehman bankruptcy to the House Committee on Financial Services on Tuesday. It is the best analysis of the underlying causes of the financial crisis to date. Black, who is a former government regulator and white-co...
Can Spain Win at Last?
HARRY BROWNE
If soccer geniuses Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and their Argentine team still have a lot to prove as, respectively, international manager and footballers at this summer’s World Cup, their Spanish equivalents may have reason to feel much more rel...