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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 May 2010
Carville, Colombia and BP
NIKOLAS KOZLOFF
Some people are just nostalgic and seemingly can’t get enough of the go-go Clinton years.  Ever since 1992, the year his paymaster vanquished George H.W. Bush, high level marketer James Carville has backed political candidates in Latin America identifying ...
What’s Pelosi Afraid Of?
RALPH NADER
When the Republican Gingrich devolution took over Congress in 1995, it stripped the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of all its funding and left it a shell with no experts to advise committees and members of Congress. Whereup...
Immigrants R Us
TOM TURNIPSEED
The South Carolina Legislature is considering an anti-immigrant bill much like Arizona’s draconian law. It requires police to check a person’s residency status when stopped or detained for any reason and makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit ...
Slaughter at Sea
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Even America’s major media can’t duck a crime this grave – attacking and slaughtering up to 20 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists and injuring dozens more. New York Times writer Isabel Kershner headlined "At Least 10 Killed ...
Nukes in Canyon Country?
JOHN WEISHEIT
The nuclear power plant at Green River, Utah is a proposal of Blue Castle Holdings (BCH), which is an unregistered subsidary of Transition Power Development, a new start Utah limited liability company with no assets other than venture capital. The CEO is Aaron Tilton...
The Glorification of War
DAVE LINDORFF
And I am even sicker of politicians who wrap themselves in the bloody flag and try to rub off some of the stench of death from the bodies of those who have died, mostly in vain for worthless causes, in hopes that taking on some of the odor will cause them to be perce...
Rahm and Israel
URI AVNERY
Rahm Emmanuel is, so it seems, the American most hated by the leaders of Israel. He is considered the most dangerous opponent of the Netanyahu government in the White House. Behind closed doors, they shower him – if one is to believe the media – with anti...
The WASP Penchant for Zionism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
First things first: Yves Engler’s Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid  (Vancouver, British Columbia.  Red Publishing 2010.  167 pages.) is the only book that need be written on Canada’s policies towards Israel.   It is clea...
Israel’s Attack on Us All
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It is quite astounding that Israel has been able to create over the past 12 hours a news blackout, just as it did with its attack on Gaza 18 months ago, into which our main media organisations have willingly allowed Israeli spokespeop...
As Dangerous as It Gets
BOUTHAINA SHAABAN
If The New York Times is capable of printing on its pages such a sinister, undiplomatic and uncivilized piece of writing, where do you go to get your news and reach your assessment of today’s world? I am referring to Thomas Friedman’s article "As Ugl...
Top Killing
LINH DINH
In 1951, the entire village of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France went mad. Wracked by physical and psychological convulsions, people stripped themselves or leapt from windows, became violent, thought snakes were knotted inside their bellies or flowers sprouting from their ...
Worse or Worser in the Gulf?
GREG MOSES
Shock and awe, misdirection, the whole truth turned upside down?  Could it be that the obscenity-driven confrontation between Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was a more exact replica of oil war sho...
Vietnam MIAs: Ghosts Return to Haunt McCain and the US Press
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The ghosts that haunt Senator John McCain are about 600 in number and right now they are mustering for an onslaught. McCain, one of America’s foremost Republicans and President Barack Obama’s opponent in 2008, is currently locked in a desperate bid for po...
Credit Storm in Europe
MIKE WHITNEY
Credit market turmoil in the Eurozone has ignited frenzied trading on global markets. On Tuesday, shares tumbled nearly 300 points on the Dow Jones before launching an unconvincing 257-point late-day comeback. Wednesday the mayhem continued; all the major indexes seesaw...
Is the Peace Movement Finally Awakening?
SHELDON RICHMAN
What America needs most today is a peace movement, a broad-based coalition that opposes not only the American empire’s operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (as well as less overt activities elsewhere), but also their attendant accretion...
Oh, What an Unlovely War
CLANCY SIGAL
I love war movies. Scenes of fighting men shooting the crap out of other fighting men nails me to the seat, goggle-eyed and excited as a kid. No matter how grisly the soldiers’ wounds, how suffocating the jungle heat and nasty the maggots crawli...
Arizona’s Rancid History
SHARON SMITH
On April 29, the Arizona legislature passed a law banning ethnic studies at all public and charter schools across the state. Although the law is specifically aimed at Mexican-American studies, the ban will also shut down African-American and Native American programs. Th...
The Reverend and the Rentboy
SAUL LANDAU
I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read. Rekers,  co-cr...
Lebanon Marks Liberation Day
RANNIE AMIRI
“On this day, ten years ago, the residents of the Qonaytra and Ghandouriyeh were gathering for the funeral of a woman from occupied Qonaytra. On this day, the first decisive step was taken on the path of liberating the south. Those people took the i...
Shoes: the Outside Story, From Beckham to Clinton to Bach
DAVID YEARSLEY
Yesterday’s White House send-off of the U. S. World Cup soccer team by President Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton was notable for the attention  the sports-loving statesmen paid the players’ shoes—not their soccer shoes, but t...
DeBush, Debar, and Debunk
LAURA FLANDERS
Republican criticism of President Obama’s response to the Gulf of Mexico spill is escalating. The President needs to get down there, say his critics — even his friends. He says he’s heading back to the coast for his second visit, thi...
Hopelessness in the Workplace
DAVID MACARAY
Founded in 1916, the Conference Board, Inc. (originally known as the National Industrial Conference Board) is a non-profit organization supported by leading business executives from all over the world. With offices in New York, Hong Kong and Brus...
The Big Snatch
JOHN ROSS
Felipe Calderon’s state visit to Washington last week (May 19th-20th) and his appearance before a joint session of the U.S. Congress puts the Official Barack Obama Seal of Approval on a bogusly elected chief of state the legitimacy of whose presidency continues...
Deportation as Punishment
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
Negril, Jamaica. Undocumented migrants are not criminals. Detention is not prison. Deportation is not punishment. These are truths in the legal system of the United States. However, undocumented migrants are treated like crimin...
Compulsory Armageddon
JOHN V. WALSH
The April 20 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is a gift from British Petroleum that keeps on giving – 11 human lives lost, 2,940,000 gallons of oil daily a 2,500 square mile oil slick, underwater plumes ten miles across, softball size tar balls washing up on ...