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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 October 2013
How We Lost in Iraq
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
In a recent article entitled, “How We Won in Iraq,” David Petraeus laments the impending failure of the US’s long-term strategy in the region. Of course, for Petraeus, this failure does not come as a result of the Counterinsurgency (COIN) formulas that he innovated ...
Halloween R US
NELSON P. VALDÉS and SAUL LANDAU
All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life… - Karl Marx, the Manifesto of the communist Party “ThereR...
Drones: the Moral Challenge of Our Time
KATE ALLEN
Technological advances can make an almost imperceptible slip from the sci-fi to the blasé, often with surprisingly little fanfare. In our retina-scanning, embryo-cloning, 3D-screening modern day, it’s hard to recall a world where Bluetooth seemed like witchcraft....
Aung San Suu Kyi: Complicity With Tyranny?
GUY HORTON
One morning in January this year I stood near the front line between the Kachin Independence and Burma armies. The former was defending some of the last remnants of its territory. The latter was inflicting a massive attack consisting of tens of thousands of troops, suppor...
Israel on the Lookout
RAMZY BAROUD
Throughout the years, Lebanon’s demographics have experienced periodic influx. But particularly in the last two years, the demographic shift has been so overwhelming due to the flood of Syrian refugees in desperate need for shelter. The situation is highly charged, if n...
Rebranding NSA Spying
PETER LEE
Back in August, I e-mailed a Guy Who Knows Stuff: In order to fudge the legal limitations on collection of strictly intra-US phone calls by US persons, could the US gov ask ATT (which, I expect, has a pretty close working relationship with Bell Canada) ...
David Cameron’s War Against Workers
DAVID CRONIN
David Cameron probably rues the day he declared that lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. Uttered in 2010 when he was still leader of the opposition, Cameron’s words have proven to be prescient. Last year ...
Israel’s Mistreatment of Palestinian Children
DR. CESAR CHELALA
A UNICEF report issued last March, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” was sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children and youths. According to that report, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and ha...
Drying Up Ideological Wellsprings of Arab / Israeli Conflict
NICOLA NASSER
Gradually, awareness that de-Zionization of the US and European foreign policy as well as the internal policies of the State of Israel has become a prerequisite for peace in the Middle East is steadily taking roots in Israeli and world public opinion and consciousness....
Five Lessons From the Battles Against GMOs
RONNIE CUMMINS
Twenty years after the controversial introduction of unlabeled and untested genetically engineered foods and crops, opposition to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and Monsanto has created one of the largest netroots-grassroots movements in the U.S. There are a...
Pornographic Halloween
HELEN REDMOND
Porn and raunch culture is so ubiquitous in American society that it has become normalized. From pole dancing and stripper workout classes to thong underwear to wearing t-shirts that sport the Playboy Bunny, what’s not to like? Recently, a man sitting next to me on a pa...
Conservatives Make Their Proposals for Healthcare Coverage
CHARLES R. LARSON
Ted Cruze:  one packet of twelve aspirin, three Band-Aids, and four yards of clothesline. Michelle Bachmann:  King James Bible and mandatory Sunday school attendance. Paul Ryan:  $30.00 in food stamps per month for a family of ...
Remembering Michael Mandel
STEPHEN LENDMAN
On October 27, Michael Mandel died peacefully at home. He passed from cardiac amyloidosis. It’s a rare heart disease. It causes arrhythmias, heart blockage disturbances and death. He di...
The War in Iraq: an Assessment
W.T. WHITNEY
Argentinean political commentator Juan Gelman thinks the Iraq war has “entered ...
Nicaragua Calling
FRANK HILAIRE
The Tica bus departed Tapachula, Mexico, at 7 am—right on time. Along with the other 11 passengers, I’d cleared the unguarded security checkpoint to find my seat aboard the 48 passenger bus.  Without fanfare then, the driver teased the behemoth from its be...
The War to End Nothing
BINOY KAMPMARK
Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian, that extensive rag that said it all said it again when it came to Australia’s imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan.  “Our Afghan war ends not with victory, nor defeat.”  This was the surprise occasion of Prime Minister Ton...
Parallel Disintegrations
PATRICK COCKBURN
The civil war in Syria is reigniting the ...
The Politics of Pain
JONATHAN CARP
One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is an inherently subjective experience. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations, and everyone has their own idiosyncratic problem areas — one can’t bear dental...
Kiss My Rich, Happy Black Ass!
CECIL BROWN
Dear Mr. Book Editor: Thanks for your note that you were going to give my book, Pryor Lives! “ a look.” As you know, it was last February during Black History Month that I wrote you. Each year it is the same. We, African Americans, have ...
Doughboys and Dumb Things Humans Have Done
DAVID SWANSON
This November 11th at 11 a.m. will mark 95 years since World War I ended.  Next July 28th will mark 100 years since it started.  The world war, the great war, the war for no good reason, the war of poison gas, the war to end all wars, the war of mass stupidity, the ...
The Kafkaesque World of Data Mining
GILBERT MERCIER
In the surreal world we live in, reality has become stranger than fiction. The information super highway could have produced a completely transparent world, yet the elusive corporate and governmental nexus of Big Brothers has surrounded itself with layers of opacity, secr...
Obama’s Betrayal of Honduras
MARK WEISBROT
Do the people of Honduras have the right to elect their own president and congress?  That depends on whom you talk to.  In 2009, the country’s left-of-center President Mel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup that was heavily supported (andaccording to Zela...
Lou Reed
KIM NICOLINI
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The Hillary Threat
JAMES MADDEN
Berkeley, California In my previous three articles to this site, I have challenged CounterPunchers to consider abandoning the United States, to become vegetarians, and to doubt the effectiveness of traditional protest methods. Now I am writing to convince yo...
How Human Rights Watch Covers for Companies in Colombia
DANIEL KOVALIK
On the CounterPunch masthead are these words proudly written, “Tells the Facts, Names the Names.” It’s because CounterPunch lives up to these words that I happily write for it and proudly donate to it. Human Right...