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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 2011
The "Sextual" Instinct
M. G. PIETY
Teen sex has been in the news lately. God knows why?teenagers have been having sex from time immemorial. I think it’s the sexting thing that has people so freaked out. A recent ...
Time for a Culture War in Canada
MURRAY DOBBIN
Back in April, 2010, EKOS pollster Frank Graves got into a lot of trouble in the neo-con blogosphere for advising the Liberal Party to "invoke a culture war" on the Harper Conservatives. "I told them that they should invoke a culture war...
Righteous Killing
DIANE CHRISTIAN
“It was international jihadism that we feared. But what we have now is more painful in terms of a re-evaluation of ourselves.”  ?Anders Romarheim, fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, commenting...
The Real Problem With US Health Care
MARK WEISBROT
A recent report by McKinsey and Company was seized upon by opponents of health care reform to create a new myth: that President Obama’s health insurance reform (the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — PPACA) will cause huge nu...
Is There Life After Obamamania?
ANDREW LEVINE
The Obama presidency has been outstanding at one thing: ridding liberals of illusions about itself.  It has also been good at undoing illusions about America’s duopoly party system and other undemocratic facets of our electoral politics.&nbs...
When Congress Goes Mad
SAM SMITH
The GOP’s attack against an extraordinary range of once broadly accepted government principles and activities may represent the greatest rebellion against our political system since the Civil War. If this seems exaggerated,...
Ronnie and Reggie, Robert and Rupert
SUSIL GUPTA
On 6 March 1966 Ronnie Kray, one half of Britain’s most infamous gangster duo, walked into the Blind Beggar pub in the East End of London and blew the brains out of rival gangster George Cornell. He walked out just as calmly as he had walked in, ...
94 Seconds in the Tour de France
DAVID PRICE
This year’s Tour de France demanded more patience, constant struggle and strategy from the Tour’s top riders than any Tour in the last decade. The long lead up to the Pyrenees and Alps, early crashes, and the closely matched mountain attac...
Moses’s Candidate
WALTER BRASCH
The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for defying the Constitution and a federal court order is one of 14 major candidates running for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Alabama’s Court of ...
Explaining Obama
STEVE BREYMAN
There has been considerable head scratching and hand wringing in the left-of-center commentariat of late over the seemingly inexplicable political behavior of the President. Even savvy observers like Jim Hightower appear at a loss to explain why Obama ...
What Could Truly End the Space Program
KARL GROSSMAN
What is NASA’s future now that Atlantis has landed and the shuttle program is over?   If NASA persists in using nuclear power in space, the agency’s future is threatened. Between November 25 and December 15 N...
Is This Really the Best We Can Do?
DAVID MACARAY
What do Dick Gephardt, Tom Harkin, and Mike Huckabee have in common?  They all won the Iowa caucus.  What do Steve Forbes, Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, Paul Simon and Gary Hart have in common?  They all finished second.  In 1972, Ge...
The Occupation of Haiti Must End
MARK WEISBROT
U.S. diplomatic cables now released from Wikileaks make it clearer than ever before that foreign troops occupying Haiti for more than seven years have no legitimate reason to be there; that this a U.S. occupation, as much as in Iraq or Afghanistan; tha...
Ground Your Warplanes, Save the Horn of Africa
RAMZY BAROUD
"When you are hungry, cold is a killer, and the people here are starving and helpless." Not many of us can relate to such a statement, but millions of ‘starving and helpless’ people throughout the Horn of Africa know fully the pai...
An Economy Destroyed
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Recently, the bond rating agencies that gave junk derivatives triple-A ratings threatened to downgrade US Treasury bonds if the White House and Congress did not reach a deficit reduction deal and debt ceiling increase.  The downgrade threat is not...
Kashmir’s American Counsel?
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. The fact that there is an element of surprise over Ghulam Nabi Fai’s arrest after the FBI exposed his connections to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) reveals that this was probably a sudden brainwav...
Student Questions From Tripoli
FRANKLIN LAMB
Al Nasser University, Tripoli              "When I grow up, I want to be just like you guys,” this increasingly flaccid middle-aged American visitor joked to his teenage to&n...
Pot’s New Cold War
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. The rabid new "tough nerd" government of Michigan and its crusading General of Attorneys William Schuette ? leader of the unsuccessful opposition to the medical marijuana law ? is using his post to undermine the law any way ...
Flesh and Its Discontents
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Lucian Freud died on July 21 at the age of 88. There is a red chair in an indistinct room. It stands alone. Hundreds of naked bodies have sat here or sprawled across it. Now its arms are frayed. The upholstery is stained black by ...
To Hell With the Democrats!
DAVE LINDORFF
Glenn Greenwald has just written that President Obama, by playing a leading role in pushing for cuts in Social Security benefits as part of the whole kabuki-theater drama over the debt ceiling, and the alleged crisis of America’s national debt, h...
Nim and Noam
CHARLES M. YOUNG
"Project Nim" is a twisted mirror image of "Grizzly Man." The former is about a guy who thinks he can make a wild animal human by raising it in civilization. The latter is about about a guy who thinks he can make himself a wild anim...
The War on Childhood
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I’ve written about the sisterhood that lovingly cared for Mother during the nine days she refused food after being told she had a mass in her colon and needed a blood transfusion. Two-and-a-half years earlier, we’d done the same for my fat...
Audacious Women
CAROL MURRY And GRETA BERLIN
On July 1, 2011, the US Boat to Gaza, the Audacity of Hope, was intercepted by the Greek Coast Guard as we attempted to sail to Gaza and escape the Greek "red tape" blockade of Freedom Flotilla 2. Although our Captain had argued valiantly for...
Tim DeChristopher’s Battle for Justice
KEVIN ZEESE
We are all Tim DeChristopher. That is made clear by the government in its official sentencing recommendations to Federal Judge Dee Benson. The prosecutors write: "many are watching to see the eventual sentence" and therefore DeChristopher...
What’s the Difference?
JAMES ROTHENBERG
Every four years we elect a president and the dramatic run-up to this spectacle has already begun. We can expect to be treated to near-daily tidbits of information from here on in. This is owing to the fact that, for the Democratic and Republican Parti...