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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 July 2010
Floating Chernobyls
KARL GROSSMAN
They would be floating Chernobyls. Russia has embarked on a scheme to building floating nuclear power plants to be moored  off its coasts—especially off northern and eastern Russia—and sold to nations around the ...
McCain on Iraq
MARJORIE COHN
On July 15, I attended a reception in Washington DC to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam. Geoff Millard and I spoke to Sen. John McCain. When Geoff introduced himself as chairman of ...
The Lights are Out in Washington
DEAN BAKER
I was late with my column this morning. It was the first time that I missed a deadline since I started college. This made me angry, not just because I hated to see a 34-year-streak end, but more importantly because of the reason I was late. ...
Dear Democrats, 2012
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Logically, it is pointless to vote for you, as I explained in 2008. But, public delusions and political pork barrel being perennially popular, you will no doubt retain your hold on the hopes of tens of millions nation...
Afghanistan: the Inside Story
STEVE BREYMAN
The big news Monday morning (July 26) was about Wikileak’s latest feat: the release of nearly 92,000 secret incident and intelligence reports from US military files from Afghanistan for 2004-2009. The New York Times, the British Guardian, and th...
Rampant Racism in the Criminal Justice System
BILL QUIGLEY
The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based  institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much  more aggressive way than white people.  Saying t...
The Incarceration of Carlos Alberto Torres
MARJORIE COHN
Today, Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will walk out of prison after 30 years behind bars. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy – conspiring to use force against the lawful authority of the United States over Puerto Ric...
Why Stewart Brand is Wrong About Nukes
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Stewart Brand has become a poster boy for a "nuclear renaissance" that has just suffered a quiet but stunning defeat. Despite $645 million spent in lobbying over the past decade, the reactor industry has thus far this year failed to gouge ou...
The Future is Female … and Republican
CLANCY SIGAL
I live and work in Hollywood, the capital of celebrity flameouts – Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr, etc. My local Beverly Hills and Malibu courthouse and police stations are stakeouts for paparazzi, snapping well-known actors look...
The Year America Dissolved
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It was 2017.  Clans were governing America.   The first clans organized around local police forces. The conservatives’ war on crime during the late 20th century and the Bush/Obama war on terror during the first de...
The Skeleton in John Yoo’s Closet
JAYNE LYN STAHL
If former White House lawyer and deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, John Yoo, were ever to decide to join the ranks of newfangled conservatives running for office he would be hard-pressed to hide the skeleton in his clos...
Olympia Food Co-op Boycotts Israeli Goods
STEVE NIVA
On July 15, the Olympia Food Co-op Board of Directors  decided to boycott Israeli goods at their two locations in Olympia, Washington. The July 15 meeting was  packed with Co-op members when the Board reached this consensus....
BP’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy
DAVE LINDORFF
Prof. Bob Bea, of UC Berkeley, a civil engineer with years of expertise in marine oil drilling, says he is concerned that during the current crisis of BP’s blown-out well deep under the Gulf of Mexico, government scientists may not be getting al...
What Capitalism Means to the Tea Party
GREG MOSES
Call me evangelist for anti-racist conversion and apologist for conversations that would get us there.  “Well, let’s face it,” says John McWhorter of the Manhattan Institute speaking Sunday on CNN’s ...
Israeli Police Impunity
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A decision by Israel’s Supreme Court to double a 15-month jail term for a policeman who shot dead an unarmed Palestinian driver suspected of stealing a car has provoked denunciations from police commanders and go...
Fly Away, Mockingbird!
JOHN H. SUMMERS
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was a success before it was published in July 1960. The Book of the Month Club and The Literary Guild guaranteed the novel commercial success by selecting it. Thence it was condensed by Reader’s Digest, a...
Progressive Bribery
DOUG GIEBEL
A guest on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman urged that voters write to their representatives telling them to not accept contributions from tainted corporate donors. On a recent Diane Rehm Show, Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd in...
Playing in the Church of the Rev. Gary Davis
CHARLES M. YOUNG
So here we are in the eighth term of the Reagan administration, in the middle of a heat wave, in the middle of the hottest year on record, in the middle of a likely mass extinction event.the middle of a likely mass extinction event. ...
G-Spot Redeemed
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
People hate to admit that they’re wrong, especially after they’ve just published a well-funded, highly publicized “scientific” study, like the “G-Spot: Fiction or Friction.” This was the catchy title of the King&rsq...
Who Has Shirley Sherrod’s Back?
LAURA FLANDERS
At the end of a long painful week, Shirley Sherrod’s been offered a new job with the USDA’s Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach. She’s still considering, though, and who can blame her? In an interview o...
Labor and Money Clash in 15 Cities
CARL FINAMORE
Contracts expire in 2010 for 45,000 hotel workers in ten cities and, on July 22, several thousand supporters demonstrated across the U.S. and Canada. This time Hyatt Hotels were targeted because “Hyatt wants to take more away and lock workers int...
Killer Governor Falls
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City As the preliminary election results began to flow this past July 4th, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO), Oaxaca’s outgoing governor whose police state tactics have been dissed on every strata of Mexican society from the na...
Who’s Funding the Settlements?
NICOLA NASSER
Since 1860, when the American Jewish tycoon Judah Touro donated $60,000 — a fortune for that time — towards the construction of the first Jewish settlement outside the old walls of Jerusalem, public and private American funds have aided th...
Not Bad Policy, But Class Policy
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Instead of calling the recent G-20’s brutal austerity declaration (issued at the conclusion of its annual summit in Toronto last month) an orchestrated declaration of class war on the people, many progressive/Keynesian economists and other liber...
The Mother of All Gushers
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
The mother gusher, BP’s Deepwater Horizon well, has been polluting our planet since the initial explosion on April 20, 2010. Early on, BP CEO Tony Hayward minimized his company’s responsibility. Blaming Transocean, owner of the rig...