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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
The Education of Paul Ryan
CARLA BLANK
When Paul Ryan recently insinuated that the poor “in our inner cities,” are lazy, and revealed the source of his code for criticizing a “culture” of “men not working,” by citing Charles Murray’s infamous Bell Curve, where Murray argued that blacks are...
The FBI and Its Lethal Informants
PETER LEE
Lot of talk about bad guys being FBI assets recently.  Thanks to his lawyers, the Interwebs are ...
Obama, Monopoly Capitalism, and Global Hegemony
NORMAN POLLACK
We’ve seen enough to know that the US is on track to push structural-ideological tyranny to a new level, not so much the reproduction of 20th century fascism (although that historical experience has created an indelible mark on the mindset of present-day geop...
The Ayatollahs’ Overlooked Anti-WMD Fatwas
SHELDON RICHMAN
When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. After the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, a group of Iranian...
The Sixties Turn Fifty
JOE PAFF
We’re well into the Golden Anniversary of the sixties and I’ve scheduled in the Free Speech Movement’s Reunion in September in Berkeley.  I expect to be in Paris with other “soixantehuitards” in 2018 if my body and wits still pulse....
Israeli Apologists’ Frenzy in Australia
RICK KUHN
If you criticized South African apartheid then you were an anti-white racist. That’s the logic of equating any criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. ...
Ukraine and Canada’s Chickenhawks
JIM MILES
It is aggravating to see our little banty Rooster chicken-hawk Stephen Harper strut his stuff while he spouts the false corporatist philosophy about freedom and democracy in the Ukraine. What it is really about – as I have already mentioned several times R...
The Dubious Authority of the Supreme Court
ROB HAGER
Gov. Patrick Deval said in a radio interview on April 15, 2014 that “I respect the authority of the Supreme Court to make...
The Sound of the Sixth Shoe Falling
PHILLIP DOE
Rarely do you hear squeals of glee when people are told the oil boys are coming to town.  Usually you get the other reaction, which helps explain why 5 front-range cities, Ft Collins, Lafayette, Longmont, Broomfield, and Boulder, have banned oil and gas drilling and the ...
We Live in the Age of Superlatives
DAVID MACARAY
There was a time, two or three decades ago, when people could sit down and watch a TV show—watch it, enjoy it, appreciate it, perhaps even contemplate parts of it the next day—without resorting to superlatives like “It’s the best show on TV!!” or “It’s the g...
A Legacy Under Siege
JESSE JACKSON
Fifty years later, former President Lyndon Johnson got the tribute he more than earned. Four presidents praised his contributions: The Great Society, the War on Poverty, Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act opened doors that had been locked. “I lived out the promise ...
Why are Muslims Turning Away From Science?
SUFYAN BIN UZAYR
“Seek knowledge, even if you have to go all the way to China!” The above is one of the most well known and oft-quoted statements of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Even though its origins are questionable and not entirely verifiable, it...
Baroness Nicholson and Iraq
ROBERT COLE
Each year, a small charity manages to ensure 700,000 people in Iraq are seen by a qualified doctor. Its medical staff deliver almost 100,000 vaccinations, and it helps educate 35,000 children and adults every month. It has developed unique programmes to help combat...
Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?
MIKE WHITNEY
“Russia … is now recognized as the center of the global ‘mutiny’ against global dictatorship of the US and EU. Its generally peaceful .. approach is in direct contrast to brutal and destabilizing methods used by the US and EU…. The world ...
Glenn Miller Claims He Was an FBI Informant
JAMES RIDGEWAY
Glenn Miller, the former North Carolina Ku Klux Klan leader, arrested in the Kansas City Jewish Community Center shootings that killed three people on Sunday, has been identified previously as an FBI informant. The FBI is known to have infiltrated the Klan time and tim...
The Attack on Russia is Mounting
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule....
Criminalization of Social Movements and the Political Opposition in Colombia
LILANY OBANDO
Translator’ note: Liliany Obando is a sociologist, documentary film maker, and single mother of two children.  She was serving as human rights director for Fensuagro,Colombia’s largest agricultural workers’ union, when, on August 8, 2008, ...
The Economics of Egypt’s Coup
ERIC WALBERG
As Egypt inches towards the first anniversary of the July 3 coup, the economy continues to flounder. The military-backed reverting to Mubarak-era policies has been buttressed only by lavish handouts from the Gulf Security Council (GCC) states and vague promises of future ...
The Contradictions of the American Electorate
ERIC ZUESS
Pollingreport.com has the results of hundreds of recent polls on just about every political subject imaginable; and the results ...
Still Fighting for Home in New Orleans
DANIEL WOLFF
Stalking the storyline of my book on New Orleans’ recovery, “The Fight for Home,” was what you might call the fight against home. Even as the people I profiled — Carolyn Parker, Pastor Mel Jones, and many others — struggled to get back into their neighbo...
Brazil’s 1964 Coup
MICHAEL UHL
#1 It all began with Cuba in 1959.  That was a line in the sand for Tio Sam.  Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress in ‘61, and caudillos throughout South and Central America...
Shining Big Tobacco’s Shoes
DAVID CRONIN
Two very powerful Americans – let’s call them VPAs – have been welcomed to Brussels by the EU’s grovelling grandees over the past month. The first of these visitors was Barack Obama. Displaying his usual charm, the president received a lot o...
Climate Change as Crime Against Humanity
ELLIOT SPERBER
Have you ever found yourself thinking about the fact that climate change is both caused by and benefits a certain class of people, and generally does not benefit – and actually harms – another, far larger, class of people? Have you? And have you ever thought t...
Imagine Peoria Under a Blue Tent
JOHN CARROLL, MD
The small tent camp is located five minutes walking distance from where I stay in Port-au-Prince. It has been here for four years now since the earthquake in 2010 crumbled the city and killed 140,000 people in 47 seconds. The estimated population of all the tent ca...
Remembering Tony Benn
SANJEEV BRAICH
I One month ago, the venerable Tony Benn succumbed at last to age. The press was naturally quick to react, and soon abounded in obituaries. But amid all the usual, tired adjectives—’divisive’, ‘rebellious’, ‘controversial̵...