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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 Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire
ARNO J. MAYER
When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Sp...
The Strangelove Effect
JOHN PILGER
I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. “King” Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it...
White-Washing White Terrorism
AJAMU BARAKA
Overland Park, a city of fewer than 200,000 in the heartland of the U.S. just south of Kansas City, is an unlikely setting for a terrorist attack. But on April 13, Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller, brought terror to Overland Park. With the intention to “kil...
An Inadequate Defense Budget?
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate.  They propose to release the Pentagon from the statutory spending caps set by the Budget Control Act of 20...
G-20 and US Tell Japan to End QE
MIKE WHITNEY
It looks like QE is going to end with a whimper instead of a bang. The bigwigs in the G-20 have put the kibosh on Japan’s money printing extravaganza. While most analysts expect the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to announce more “easing” in the days ahead t...
Ground Troops to Ukraine, Really Mr. Ambassador?
Col. DOUGLAS MACGREGOR
In a 15 April OPED published in the Washington Post, former Ambassador and Bush Deputy National Security Advisor, James Jeffrey, now a fellow at the Washington Institute argues for the commitment of American ground forces to “quell the crisis” in Ukraine.  In ...
In the Oil Fields of Ecuador
RICHARD WARD
I travel from Quito to Lago Agrio, just south of the Colombian border, to see for myself the destruction the oil industry has wrought in this part of Ecuador.  On the way the bus rolls through a soggy, green landscape, at one point on a road that snakes alongside the Rio...
Whatever Happened to Minding Our Own Business?
RENEE PARSONS
It had been some time since I tuned into a Senate hearing on CSpan – this one was the Senate Foreig...
Boston and Baghdad
RALPH NADER
Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in recognition of the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took three innocent lives and injured over 264 people, some of them severely. City leaders praised the heroism of the first respon...
The Bangkok Protests
ANDRE VLTCHEK
They really should have a dedicated flight connecting some of the cities consumed by the ‘protests’ orchestrated in Washington, London and Paris. A flight schedule that would connect Bangkok – Beijing – Moscow – Kiev – Caracas and Havana, maybe with...
Money and Income Inequality
ROB URIE
Part of the challenge of addressing political economy is the different realms that economic and philosophical discourse exist in. Western (capitalist) economics can be informed by history but it can’t accommodate it. This can be seen in response to French economist Thom...
Are Western Policies Evil or Desperate?
ANTHONY F. SHAKER
The United States, France and England—today’s bald-faced fiction of an “international community”—believe they can use their twin battle horses, “human rights” and “democracy,” indefinitely in their effort to destabilize international relation...
America’s “Exceptional” Reality
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Mainstream media are intensively focused on last year’s Boston Marathon victims in their run-up stories to this year’s April 21st Marathon.  It is enough to divert people’s attention from what our government does to countless more human beings in our name—which w...
Prostrating for Peace at the Palace
EAMONN McCANN
 “Oh Irish men forget the past And think of the day that’s coming fast When we will all be civilisedNeat and clean and well-advised Won’t Mother England be surprised Whack fol the diddle all the di do day.”...
What Makes America Exceptional?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
World events permitting, I am going to take a few days off. Many of you write to me asking for financial advice or for explanations of the pros and cons of different investments. I don’t give financial advice and cannot answer such a large number of individual ...
“Part of the Way With LBJ”
ANDREW LEVINE
“All the Way With LBJ” was a slogan in Lyndon Baines Johnson’s campaign for the presidency in 1964.  ”Part Of The Way With LBJ” was a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) slogan. After Johnson won the election, he intensified the war in Vietnam. ...
An Urban Life
KATHY DEACON
In the open doorway of a high-ceilinged room, she stands a few feet from an unsmiling thirtyish man—Is he in the advertising department as well?  Penciled on the back of the photograph is the date 1966. When Mona Lourie first arrived at the Village Voice,...
Havoc in the Kingdom
NICOLA NASSER
Survival is the key word to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to pre-empt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing intern...
US Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
JOHN LaFORGE
The corporate media is focused on the question of how or if Iran could ever break out of its promise under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to eschew nuclear weapons and use reactors only for civilian purposes. So many headlines refer to sanctions imposed against Iran ...
Deans of Medical Schools on Drug Company Boards?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Walid Gellad, MD, MPH is both assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of health policy at the University of Pittsburgh and a physician in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is coauthor of a recent research letter in...
Crime and Punishment in Italy
TOM GILL
What’s the punishment for a 300 million euro tax fraud? If you are in Italy and your name is Silvio Berlusconi it is about a week hanging out with people your age. A court in Milan ruled earlier this week that as his sentence the 77-year-old billionaire medi...
The Oslo Criminals
URI AVNERY
The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye. Gideon Levy reminded us that the Rightist rabble-rousers, in their furious onslaught on the agreement, called the initi...
The Accidental Prima Donna
FARZANA VERSEY
She spoke for three minutes. It was enough to make the rightwing Hindutva groups desperate and unleash abuses. Sonia Gandhi’s biggest political weapon has been silence. Every word she utters gains that much more weight by comparison. Behind the mystery and enigma is a c...
Fossils of the Sixth Day
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land. – Christina Georgina Rossetti,  Remember (1862) The news is out!  All it will take for South Carolina to join 47 other states in having an off...
Inequality and the Inevitable Collapse
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing. The numbers may be distorted by conflicting statistics but what is indisputable ...