Issue 686

  • The case for a socialist alternative

    In a world of war and crisis, the need for fundamental change has never seemed more urgent. But what choices do we have to make a new future?

  • Who caused the great crash of 2008?

    There's no shortage of people to blame for the worsening economic disaster. But the scale of the crisis raises questions about the capitalist system itself.

  • Challenging the myths of the "good war"

    To antiwar U.S. soldiers and ordinary Afghans, the consequences of a sharp increase in foreign troops in Afghanistan are predictable and dire.

  • Out, proud and fighting

    The film Milk, chronicling the life of murdered gay political leader Harvey Milk, comes at an important time for the movement for LGBT rights.

  • Is this where change will come from?

    The Obama administration is filling up fast with recycled Clintonites and Republican holdovers, but don't expect a rerun of Bill Clinton's presidency.

  • After the Mumbai attacks

    The Indian government is escalating tensions with its nuclear-armed rival Pakistan by blaming it for supporting the Mumbai attackers.

  • America's hidden hungry

    Government statistics show a spike in the number of people going hungry in the U.S., but experts say that far worse is still to come.

  • The Clinton era, part two?

    As Barack Obama fills his White House with veterans of Bill Clinton's administration, the question is: Will this be a rerun of the Clinton years?

  • The unapologetic case for gay marriage

    Some leftists stand aside from or even oppose the explosion of protest in support of gay marriage. They're wrong.

  • Charges dropped in IVAW debate protest

    In a victory for antiwar activists, the Nassau County prosecutors' office agreed to dismiss all charges against the Hempstead 15.

  • Putting a human mask on imperialism

    Apologists for U.S. intervention talk about "saving" another country by invading it, but this ignores America's brutal history.

  • Holiday picks from

    Looking for left gift ideas? Our columnists recommend some of their favorite books, movies and music.

  • Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism

    Lenin showed how colonial expansion and imperialist rivalry were rooted in profound changes in the nature of capitalism.

  • The Army's school for terrorism

    More than 20,000 people traveled to Georgia to commemorate those who have died at the hands of forces trained by the U.S. Army's School of the Americas.

  • Cincinnati students confront Islamophobia

    Opponents of anti-Muslim racism at the University of Cincinnati challenged a speech by Islamophobe Nonie Darwish.

  • Cambridge vigil for LGBT rights

    Activists held a vigil before the screening of the new movie Milk in support of the newly resurgent movement for gay rights.

  • Seattle protest against recruiters

    Antiwar activists at Seattle Central Community College organized the first counter-recruitment protest at the school in over three years.

  • Vigil for Marcelo Lucero

    Activists gathered in Manhattan to continue calling attention to the racist murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant.

  • Rallying for single-payer in NYC

    Nearly 150 people turned out in Times Square to voice their demand for national single-payer health care.

  • Protesting anti-Muslim hate crimes

    Students at UMass-Amherst came together to speak out against Islamophobia and an attack on an Ohio mosque.