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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 2013
An Open Letter to the Evergreen State College and Beyond!
PETER BOHMER
I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union.  These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. They are requesting a small i...
The Murder of Mark Carson
CHRIS EDELSON
Last Friday night, a man was shot and killed in Greenwich Village, Manhattan because he was gay.  According to police, Mark Carson was murdered by a man who shouted anti-gay slurs a...
The Afghanistan War Comes Home to Philadelphia
DAVE LINDORFF
Maple Glen War Zone Although I have been a journalist now for 40 years, I have, by design, never sought an assignment as a war correspondent. The idea of dodging enemy bullets, avoiding mines, and of course “friendly” fire, has never appealed to me. An...
From Crisis to Crisis in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
As Iraq edges closer to all-out sectarian civil war, with 400 people killed so far this month, Najmaldin Karim, governor of one of the country’s most violent provinces, is pessimistic about the ability of the government in Baghdad to prevent greater turmoil. “...
Will EU Sanctions Once Again Target the Civilian Population of Syria?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Under withering pressure from Washington and the UK, the European Union, is meeting this week to decide whether to increase the pressure on the Syrian public by repealing the March 2011 arms embargo that was intended to prohibit arms shipments to S...
Profiting From Congo’s Plunder
DAVID CRONIN
Having lived in Belgium for 18 years, I figured it was time to start learning about the country’s colonial past. Or should I say present? My research is at an early stage but it has lead to an unavoidable conclusion: the Belgian elite still behaves as if it c...
Peals of Spring Thunder
BINOY KAMPMARK
They have been considered one of India’s most pressing threats, and the recent attack by the Naxalites that ambushed a convoy of the Congress Party went that much further.  The ambush took place over the weekend in Sukma on the Maharashtra, Andra Pradesh and Chhattisga...
Pakistanis: We Want the U.S. Out
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
The A1 story in Sunday’s New York Times, written by...
Triangular Cooperation and the New Great Game
SASHA ROSS
Millions Against Monsanto The global March Against Monsanto took place in more than 50 countries last Saturday, with more than 430 simultaneous protests chanting down the walls of the 1%. The numbers are staggering: an estimated two million protest...
Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite
NORMAN POLLACK
A tissue of lies? No, the whole Kleenex box-one tissue interleaved with all the others.  Obama is fortunate to be presiding over a country steeped in false consciousness on essentials (war, sacrifice of the social safety net for the glories of militarism, and what psycho...
Why Palestine is Different
SAM BAHOUR
Secretary of State John Kerry is making an all-out effort to restart peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Many well-intentioned, highly intelligent people from around the world have engaged in some way, shape, or form in the Palestinian-Israeli issue and many ...
Obama DOJ Charges Aluminum Bucket In Leak Investigation
RILEY WAGGAMAN
In an unusual but bold move, the Justice Department has targeted a random aluminum bucket suspected of leaking “several drops of water,” according to a boastful White House press release. The Obama administration has prosecuted six suspected leakers usi...
Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Race
MICHAEL BRENNER
The 2013-2016 presidential election season is now underway after the traditional post-inauguration break. The contest is expected to be fiercely contested by an unprecedented number of aspirants. So many in fact that the run for the roses ma...
Willie Nelson, Wisdom and Defiance
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Whenever I become discouraged (which is on alternate Tuesdays, between three and four) I lift my spirits by remembering: the writers are on our side! I mean those poets, novelists, playwrights and songwriters who speak to the world in a way that is impervious ...
He Who is Without a State
WAEL ESKANDER
t is important to note a fact, forgotten even among many human rights defenders: Every human rights violation is the responsibility of the state. The state is accountable for every crime, even if the abuse happens between civilians. Some may be tempted to contest this rul...
The Reality of the War Zone
DIANE REJMAN
I am watching a special on the Holocaust. I have seen many before. This time, however, it’s striking me differently. I’m realizing how many German soldiers involved in it apparently didn’t consider the reality of what they were doing. They couldn’t...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
The Resurrection of Ben Bernanke
ROB URIE
An effort is underway by establishment economists to legit...
A Dispatch From The Toughest Slums on Earth
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Nairobi They tell you ‘peace’, but you know you are living in a warzone. You know it from the start; you’ve sensed it ever since you were a very little boy or a girl. You wake up ev...
How CounterTerrorism Equals Terrorism
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Obama’s speech yesterday was totally predictable. He played the usual word games, defining the situation in self-serving terms like Counter-Terrorism. You know that song by heart: Counter-Terrorism in general, and drone warfare and facilities like Guan...
What is to be Gained by Calling It “Terror”?
BRAD EVANS
Politicians know better than most that words function politically. More than offering some definitive truth to a situation, the use of language conditions what is further possible. The decision therefore to label the horrifying spectacle of violence witnessed on the stree...
A Second Cold War, This Time in Space
OLIVIER ZAJEC
Perhaps there should be a statue to the anticommunist US senator Joseph McCarthy in Beijing, since he’s the inadvertent father of China’s nuclear programme. Just after the second world war, a young engineer from Hangzhou, Qian Xuesen, was working for the Pentagon at C...
The State of Whom?
URI AVNERY
Can a law be both ridiculous and dangerous? It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the Jewish People”. Ridiculous 1 – because what and who is the ...
The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era
AMAJU BARAKA
We are supposed to take seriously the outrage coming from members of the corporate press in response to the revelation that the Obama administration’s ever expanding use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press. B...
The Strange Trial of Ríos Montt
LUZ MENDEZ
The sentence of 80 years in prison against former de facto president Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during Guatemala’s armed conflict, emitted on May 10, 2013, was annulled by the Constitutional Court ten days later. The co...