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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 August 2010
Utah’s New Immigration Law
STEWART J. LAWRENCE
Utah’s deepening internal debate over how best to handle its large  illegal alien population is raising interesting new questions about  the proper dividing line between federal and state authority over  immigration matters.  It’s also thre...
Mahmoud Abbas: Double Agent
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
This coming week we will witness the latest challenge for the man who is arguably the most extraordinary double agent in the Middle East. What is unusual about Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen, as he was known when his fellow Palestinians had yet to take his measure, is that m...
The Backward Slide Into Recession
MIKE WHITNEY
The economy is sliding backwards into recession. Ongoing deleveraging has slowed personal consumption and trimmed 2nd quarter GDP to a revised 1.6 per cent. As Obama’s fiscal stimulus dries up and the private sector slashes spending,  demand will continue to co...
Israel’s Vision Problem
PAUL LARUDEE
Israel and I are close in age, so it is not surprising that we suffer some of the same ailments. I have both myopia and hyperopia (nearsightedness and farsightedness), due to stretching of the eye globe and increasing rigidity of the lens, making it difficult to focus on ...
The Food Safety Shell Game
MARK KASTEL And WILL FANTLE
What isn’t being discussed in Congress, during the ongoing debate on the broken federal food safety system, is the root cause of the most serious pathogenic outbreaks in our food—the elephant (poop) in the room. The relatively new phenomena of nationwi...
Coping With the Flood
AYESHA IJAZ KHAN
Four weeks on, the floods that descended on Pakistan’s north-west, have engulfed the entire length of the country.  All along the increasingly ferocious Indus, large chunks of land in southern Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan are submerged in water, destroying cro...
Glenn Beck’s Redemption Song
ROBERT JENSEN
About halfway through Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the DC mall, I realized that I was starting to like Glenn Beck. Let me explain. It’s not that I really liked Beck, but more that I experienced his likeability. Whethe...
Give Me That Old Time Racism
JAMES ABOUREZK
I can still remember in the 1950s when, in Rapid City, South Dakota, a black African diplomat tried to get served in a Rapid City restaurant.  He was asked to leave.  After the newspaper reported the story, the owner of the restaurant said if he had known the gu...
What Is the US Legacy in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
A few days after the US announced that it had withdrawn its last combat brigade from Iraq, the local branch of al-Qa’ida staged a show of strength, killing or wounding 300 people in attacks across the country. Its suicide bombers drove vehicles...
Taliban Morale
GARETH PORTER
In an effort to introduce a story of "progress" into media coverage, Gen. David Petraeus’s command claimed last week that the Taliban is suffering from reduced morale in Marjah and elsewhere, despite evidence that the population of Marjah still believes th...
Floods and Debt
DAMIEN MILLET, SOPHIE PERCHELLET, and ERIC TOUSSAINT
Because of torrential rains lasting several days Pakistan is facing one of the worst predicaments in human and material terms for the last 80 years. The damage inflicted is stunning. About 22 million people are affected by the floods. Many infrastructures have been unable...
Driving Lessons on the Big Island
BEN PLEASANTS
Can a song played at rush hour over the Islands of Hawaii cause car crashes? Can a song make you suddenly sob and shake and weep and completely lose control of your automobile while you are driving from Honoka’a to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii? Can a song be ban...
Drug War on the Poor
LAURA CARLSEN
A wounded man, blood-covered and frantic, approached a military checkpoint in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, 100 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, with a horrifying story. Reportedly shot in the neck himself, the Ecuadorian would-be migrant to the United States led members of...
How Factory Farms Make You Sick
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Factory farms makes you sick. Let us count the ways. Just last week, more than half a billion eggs recalled. Why? Salmonella poisoning. More than 1,300 people sic...
Watermill at Gdansk
ISHMAEL REED
The August 20th press release came from Jorn Weisbrodt, Executive Director of Robert Wilson Works: “Over a year ago Robert Wilson was asked to participate as artistic director for the event celebrating ...
Race to the Bottom
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
While the harrowing economic hardship that started in late 2007 and early 2008 rages on, and countless people in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world are losing their jobs, their homes and their sources of livelihood, policy-makers in the advanced capita...
Knowing and Doing
RALPH NADER
Katsuko Nomura—a builder of consumer, labor, cooperative and women’s rights groups for over 55 years in Japan—passed away this month at the age of 99. She was one of the most remarkable civic leaders anywhere in the world. With her range of activities, s...
Pierce the Housing Bubble
DEAN BAKER
Virtually the entire economics profession insisted on ignoring the housing bubble as it expanded to ever more dangerous levels. Remarkably, even after the bursting of this bubble wrecked the economy and has given us the worst downturn in 70 years, most economists are stil...
Rebranding Iraq
RAMZY BAROUD
The soldiers of the US 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division hollered as they made their way into Kuwait. "We won," they claimed. "It’s over." But what exactly did they win? And is the war really over? It seems we are...
The GOP’s Midterm Strategy:
MIKE WHITNEY
On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the estimated impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a.–Obama’s $787 billion fiscal stimulus) The report provides conclusive evidence that the stimulus did ex...
Birthright Citizenship, “Anchor Babies” and the 14th Amendment
JULIA NISSEN
Recently, the somewhat repugnant term “anchor babies” has entered the immigration debate, as certain conservatives call for a reassessment of the 14th Amendment, claiming it wrongly protects the children of undocumented immigrants. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC...
Elias Khoury’s White Masks
CHARLES R. LARSON
The six chapter titles in this powerful novel are tantalizing indications of everything that will follow: “The Boxer-Martyr,” “Perforated Bodies,” “White Walls,” “The Dog,” “The Interrogation,” and “Provisi...
Visions for Latin America’s Future
BENJAMIN DANGL
Miners in Potosí, Bolivia, set off sticks of dynamite as cold winter winds zipped through the city, passing street barricades, protests, hunger strikers and an occupied electrical plant. These actions took place place from late July to mid-August against the neglec...
The Petulant Prince of Blackwater
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation. You do not find it among gross people.   Samuel Johnson, “ Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides” It’s hard to understand why Eric Prince is mad.  The settlement sounded like such a good ...
Postcard from … Futenma
JON MITCHELL
Okinawans are nowhere to be seen at this summer’s U.S. military appreciation day at the Futenma air base. This is shaping up to be the toughest year for Futenma Air Station since one of its helicopters crashed into a nearby university six years...