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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 2014
Earth Day Greenwash
STEVE HORN
The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the cen...
A White Doctor in Africa
CESAR CHELALA
The perennial debate in the U.S. over health care costs vs. quality of care, and the increasing commercialism of many of my medical colleagues remind me of a meeting I had during one of my missions in Africa. I was visiting Río Muni, the continental half of Equato...
Why Higher Education Should Rid Itself of College Athletics
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The late March ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that NCAA players are legally allowed to form student athletic unions sent shockwaves through the college sports community.  The ruling was celebrated by many liberals and progressives who want to see college at...
Ukraine: From Crisis to Catastrophe
PATRICK COCKURN
‘In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne,” said Paul Claudel, the French poet, dramatist and ambassador to the United States in the early 1930s. He was downplaying hopes of avertin...
John Kerry’s Self-Deception
BINOY KAMPMARK
Ukraine has become a cauldron of dissimulation and provocation. Pro-Russian and pro-coup agitators are engaging in an open brawl, nudged by respective supporters and factions from East to West. The recent annexation of Crimea has put the authorities in Kiev on guard – w...
Putin, Petrodollars and Canada’s Useful Idiot
MURRAY DOBBIN
Stephen Harper’s embarrassing behaviour regarding the crisis in Ukraine — demonizing Vladimir Putin and upping the rhetoric — must be welcomed in the U.S. which created the crisis in the first place and apparently believes it still has something to gain ...
The Campaign to End Ben & Jerry’s Business with Israeli Settlements
MARK HAGE
In March 13, 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched a campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’...
NJ Gov Christie Castigated for Roadblocks on Cannabis
LINN WASHINGTON JR.
The spirited protest outside the front door of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, where nearly 150 demonstrators bashed NJ Governor Chris Christie for scandalous obstruction of the state’s medical marijuana law, featured the presence and participation of the youn...
Stop Capitulating, Start Converging
SCOTT McLARTY
In early April, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim issued a dire warning about the consequences of global climate change and increasing economic inequality. The combination of the two, ...
Speaking for the Dispossessed
CONN HALLINAN
“One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us.” – James Bald...
Zealots on the Range
JOHN F. BOROWSKI
An email from an ex-student (this past Thursday) alerted me that a certain “computer person” named “Alex Hart” had posted my home address on the “Bundy Ranch”Facebook page. Previously, I had posted articles about the current Bundy situation, suggesting that in...
Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State
STEVE HORN
A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska’s statehouse over the future of its natural g...
Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Climate Change Version
ROBERT HUNZIKER
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere and absorbed by the ocean may be invisible to the naked eye, but it is extraordinarily visible in its effect, as will be chronicled herein, and it shows up in the weirdest places. Burning oil, gas, and coal spews ton...
Obama’s Drug Clemency Plan
ANTHONY PAPA
On Monday, a White House official told the press t...
Obama Endorses a Forgery
DIANA JOHNSTONE
On Friday, April 18, President Obama voiced his righteous indignation over anti-Semitic fliers pasted on synagogue walls in the pro-Russian eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.  The fliers, calling on all Jews to register or face expulsion, had appeared the day before and ...
Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can’t Say
JASON HIRTHLER
One reason the United States and the West aren’t particularly interested in defending their neoliberal policies is because by the time their effects are felt in a particular location, the world and its five-minute attention span has already moved on. Once the glamour of...
Christianity, Guilty as Charged!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Motto: verse from Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your masters.” It is Easter and I am mourning for all those hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, who were forced to ‘die for Jesus’… They vanished so the Christian dogma of some crucified man fr...
Robocop NATO Dreams of War
PEPE ESCOBAR
The US State Department, via spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, said that reports of CIA Director John Brennan telling regime changers in Kiev to “conduct tactical operations” – or an ”anti-terrorist” offensive – in eastern Ukraine are &#...
Iraq’s New Wave of Suicide Bombers
PATRICK COCKBURN
A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink of civil war. Many of the bombers are likely to have entered Syria across the 500-mile border with Turkey ...
The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
As the standard of living of working people continues its four-decades-long steady decline, the number of people who classify themselves as “middle class” has correspondingly dropped, including by almost 10 percent in the past six years alone. Under the circumstances ...
Titillations of Nuclear War
NORMAN POLLACK
For America, the prospect of the structural-ideological constancy of war preparation and occasional conflagration is a delight, conviction, compulsion. For how else demonstrate hegemony? How else, by arrogating to itself guardianship—and chief beneficiary—of the world...
Conversation with a Police Chief
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a time when, growing up in a suburban area around Mansfield, a university town in northeastern Connecticut, I could go days without seeing a police car. These days, though, when I go back there to visit my old hometown, I see them everywhere. Where once there wa...
Behind the Egyptian Junta’s Iron Curtain
MEDEA BENJAMIN and KATE CHANDLEY
After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault, we have become acutely aware...
The Signing of the Palestinian Spring
VACY VLAZNA
At the low point of the farcical ‘peace’ process stalemate, President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Tuesday 1st April 2014, letters of accession to 15 multilateral treaties and conventions, (a right gained following Palestine’s upgrade to Observer State status by the UN ...
Tony Abbott, the NDH and Australia’s Fascist Affair
BINOY KAMPMARK
There he goes again. While the Australian prime minister fantasises of a network of free trade alliances that do far more for bigger powers than they do for Australia, Tony Abbott has been lax with the historical record. This latest play with history may be idiosyncratic,...