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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
Moral Crisis at Heart of Obama’s “Peace”
RAMZY BAROUD
To understand how thoughtless the US latest ‘peace process’ drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk....
Paul Ryan’s Austere Future for America
MARK BLYTH and JEFFREY SOMMERS
Mark Twain once noted, that while “history does not repeat itself, it does rhyme.” Congressman Ryan’s budgetary rhyme is to suggest every year, without fail, that only by cutting government spending will the economy grow. It’s an annual argument for austerity that...
Wall Street Greed
ELLEN BROWN
United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are ...
Taking the Low Road to War
DAVE LINDORFF
The lies, propaganda and rank hypocrisy emanating from Washington, and echoed by the US corporate media regarding events in Ukraine are stunning and would be laughable, but for the fact that they appear to be aimed at conditioning the US public for increasing confrontatio...
Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force
STEVE HORN
During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama’s “...
What About Starting Stevens and O’Connor Institutes for Justice?
RALPH NADER
What do retired Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States do with their time and reputation? One of them – Justice Paul Stevens, 94, just published another book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. This new work adds ...
The Revolt Against Hollande
TOM GILL
French President Francois Hollande is facing a revolt with the socialist party ranks over his government’s plan to slash public spending. After his freshly appointed prime minister, Manuel Valls, presented details of a package of 50 billion euros ($69 billion...
What is Russia Doing?
JAMES ROTHENBERG
There is a joke that I should be bored with by now but I’m going to write it once again, for two reasons. One is that humor receives a better reception than pedantry. The second is that I can’t find a simpler way of expressing the idea. Man on the street interv...
Abe’s Assault on Japan’s Constitution
TOM CLIFFORD
Yasukuni apologists will say that this a place where the war dead can be remembered and that Shinzo Abe’s offering of a Masakaki “sacred tree” branch to the shrine on Monday was perfectly within the remit of a Japanese prime minister. You can imagine the outr...
Putin’s Dilemma
MIKE WHITNEY
“The last decade of the twentieth century has witnessed a tectonic shift in world affairs. For the first time ever, a non-Eurasian power has emerged not only as a key arbiter of Eurasian power relations but also as the world’s paramount power.̶...
Blowback From Drone Strikes Over Yemen
PATRICK COCKBURN
An intensive bombing campaign carried out jointly by US drones and Yemeni government forces has left a reported 68 people dead in a three-day-long operation against al-Qa’ida suspects in the south of the country. The “massive and unprecedented” operation – ...
The Cowboy-Indian Alliance
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Indigenous sovereignty is all about protecting the land, the water, the animals, and all the environment we share.” – Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam It’s not everyday you see cowboys helping to set up a tipi encampme...
All the World’s a Strategy
JOHN K. WHITE
It seems everyone is playing the bad guy these days. From the ever deadlocked, hold-no-prisoners U.S. Congress and its sand-box politics to the ongoing finger-pointing between the super and not-so-super powers over what constitutes New Europe. From how unequal the world h...
The Failure of the Ukraine De-Escalation Agreement
RENEE PARSONS
With no evidence of any strategic thinkers beyond the ideological  neo-con crowd that President Obama has allowed to dominate the State Department beginning with Hillary Clinton as Secretary, the US government can take total credit for the on-going turbulence in Ukraine ...
Looking Back on Easter 2014
WINSLOW MYERS
When Jonathan Schell, the most cogent moral philosopher of the nuclear age, died of cancer last month, it left a rift in the moral fabric of our small planet, a hole similar in size to those left by the three Alberts—Camus, Einstein and Bigelow. Never heard of Bert Bige...
Unstoppable Obama
NORMAN POLLACK
Imperialism ad nauseam: If the new name of the game is liberal humanitarianism, the obfuscation is intentional, here, the militarization of advanced-capitalist expansion in pursuit of traditional objectives, from financial-commercial penetration to industrial outsourcing,...
Bellocchio Versus the Barbarians
LOUIS PROYECT
From April sixteenth to May seventh, the Museum of Modern Art is presenting a retrospective of the work of Italian director M...
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...
What is a Uighur Refugee?
PETER LEE
To understand the context of this tweet from Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth: ‘Kenneth Roth ‏...
Keeping Our Side of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Bargain
CounterPunch Newswire
April 16, 2014 Dear President Obama, During the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 25, 2014, you cited a number of concrete measures to secure highly-enriched uranium and plutonium and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation...
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...