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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 2012
The Climate Deal Sham
ADAM PARSONS
The latest round of climate negotiations in Doha once again demonstrated the sheer lack of cooperation, goodwill and willingness – or ability – of the world’s governments to share responsibility for tackling climate change. Since the epochal failure to r...
Surviving the Prairies of Illinois
ALEX E. CHÁVEZ
A palpable enthusiasm has emerged over the 2012 Presidential election and how its outcome signals a major demographic shift in the United States. The excitement pairs with heightened anticipation that “Latina/o issues”—principally comprehensive immigration r...
Banks Don’t Go to Prison
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the reports were almost juxtaposed-the reports of the punishment given Stephanie George and that given HSBC and UBS.   Stephanie, of course, was not the first. ...
From Connecticut to Pakistan
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The horrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut of 20 first-grade children and six teachers and other staff– and a mother and her son—has deeply moved the hearts of people across America.  Many have come together, especially in interfaith services, to express their...
From Pinkville to Newtown
ROBERT O. PILLSBURY
When I came back from Vietnam in early 1970, after spending a year in the jungle as an infantryman, the culture shock, the transition from carrying an automatic weapon for twelve months that became in essence an extension of yourself, in a foreign country that regarded us...
Considering Gun Control in the Broader Context
DAN WOODEN
The horrific slaughter of innocent children in Connecticut has led many of us to moments of deep introspection.  Many of us are re-considering our views on gun control.  Does it make sense to have weapons accessible to so many of us?  Others are asking questions about ...
The Other NRA
JP SOTTILE
Children are dying. They are caught in the crossfire between profits and an unassailable national identity, and their numbers only seem to increase with each passing news cycle. This carnage continues because a well-entrenched interest group refuses to relen...
Are Drug-Pushing Shrinks Manufacturing a Generation of Spree-Shooters?
JOE GIAMBRONE
Well, you probably don’t want to look at more than 60 different documented school shooters and stabbers who we...
Atheism and the Class Problem, Revisited
DAVID HOELSCHER
I want to briefly follow up on a recently published article of mine about atheism and economic justice. Doing so makes good sense, I think, because the piece is long, research-based, and addresses an unduly neglected topic. I’ll get to the article presently, but first l...
The Killing of Eric Mark
DAVID ROVICS
One evening in the spring of 1993 I took a bus across San Francisco, leaving the troubled, largely impoverished neighborhood of the Western Addition, populated mostly by the descendents of African slaves, in which I lived (representing, I suppose, the artistic hippie begi...
Will the Destruction of Nahr al Bared be Replicated in Yamouk?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Camp, Damascus Some Palestinian here in Damascus,  from the Palestinian writers union with whom this observer has been meeting,  including independent researcher  Hamad Said Al-Mawed are saying so. Admittedly there are some similarities b...
Why Not Talk About Work?
MURRAY DOBBIN
  Back in 1971, when I had my first job out of university as a CBC radio public affairs producer, one of the “items” we featured on the early morning show was called Shop Talk. It was a nationally syndicated three minute exploration of labour issue...
Zero Dark Thirty: Torture, Take Two
PETER LEE
I saw Zero Dark Thirty last night. Most of it, anyway.  In a bizarre incident, the theater fire alarm went off just as the Seal Team Six helicopter was about to touch down in Abbottabad.  The Arclight made the interesting decision to keep the movie running (or ...
All the Little Children of the World
MISSY BEATTIE
By the time you read this, I could be dead. By the time I submit this, you could be dead. Because I could decide to go to a mall.  Or you could. And you—you might be targeted at, well, Target.  Or in a Walmart parking lot. Your child and/...
Santa as Big Brother
DAVID ROSEN
If you go shopping this Christmas season, you really need to watch out because you will likely be tracked, profiled and, if you’re really not careful, digitally ripped off. In most stores, nearly all products, whether a toy or a piece of jewelry, comes with a hid...
Radiated at the Airport
JOHN LaFORGE
Holiday flyers take note: The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been quietly removing its admittedly cancer-causing full-body X-ray scanners known as “backscatter” machines from seven large US airports. About 280 are still in use at about 40 air...
Why Does the American Academy of Pediatrics Put Corporate Profits Ahead of Children’s Health?
GARY NULL AND RICHARD GALE
The United Nations recently announced that its Fifth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee session, scheduled for January 2013, would propose a binding treaty to ban ethylmercury (commonly known as thimerosal) from all medications and vaccines worldwide. That is welcom...
Taking a Stand
PATRICK O'KEEFE
Miranda Gibson is a 31 year old teacher, who has spent the past year engaged in a remarkably courageous act. Miranda has been living on a platform which sits 60 meters above the floor of an ancient Tasmanian forest. The tree that she has called home since December 14, 201...
Refugees in Their Own Land
RAOUF J. HALABY
In Early November a colleague requested that I compose a few thoughts for our church’s Advent 2012 booklet. I selected the Luke 2: 1-7 text for reasons personal, professional, and textual. What follows (with additional poi...
Fantasies of World Destruction
BINOY KAMPMARK
“What’s to be scared of, if it’s unavoidable?” Vladimir Putin, Dec 20, 2012 It did not end, and while there is much evidence to suggest our day...
Finding Guanyin in a Plastic Christmas Apocalypse
ADAM CHIMIENTI
‘Tis the season for rolling out the plastic Christmas trees, snowflakes, Santa faces, and life-size biblical figurines. Everywhere from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires to Taipei to Kinshasa and even in Antarctica, people spend hours and excess energy worrying about the best...
You Can Read It in the Funny Papers
RON JACOBS
When I lived in Berkeley, California during the 1970s and 1980s, I probably spent more money at Comics & Comix on Berkeley’s Telegraph Ave. than at any other store except for those that sold beer and food.  At the time, underground comix were still published fr...
The Columbia Records Story
CHARLES R. LARSON
Sean Wilentz’s dazzling history of Columbia Records’ 125 years of music-producing is a nostalgic trip through much of our common history, for what American during all those years cannot be familiar with the artists the company released even if an actual awareness of t...
Christmas’s Greatest Anti-Carol
DAVID YEARSLEY
An armchair psychologist might say it could only be a December baby born in the Great Depression who could have devised a song so devastatingly critical of the contradictions between consumerist Christmas and Christian charity as Bob Dorough’s Blue Xmas (To Whom It ...
Anderson, Dinh & Chaos
POETS' BASEMENT
Black Friday: December 14, 2012 by KEMMER ANDERSON   Darkness shrouds the dead. Gun-sight eyes shoot around the world: A magazine of bullets reads through our minds.   An assassin...