Alexander Cockburn, The Nation's "Beat the Devil" columnist and one of America's best-known radical journalists, was born in Scotland and grew up in Ireland. He graduated from Oxford in 1963 with a degree in English literature and language.
After two years as an editor at the Times Literary Supplement, he worked at the New Left Review and The New Statesman, and co-edited two Penguin volumes, on trade unions and on the student movement.
A permanent resident of the United States since 1973, Cockburn wrote for many years for The Village Voice about the press and politics. Since then he has contributed to many publications including The New York Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and the Wall Street Journal (where he had a regular column from 1980 to 1990), as well as alternative publications such as In These Times and the Anderson Valley Advertiser.
In the larger context, the flap over Don Imus's racial slur is only one tiny square in our dirty national quilt.
The House Democratic leadership chooses merely to appear to oppose the war, while continuing to fund it.
Will any candidate have the fortitude to link America's crimes abroad with crime at home?
A Palestinian professor caught in the US legal system needs all the support we can muster, as respect for constitutional freedoms sinks ever lower.
The New York Times's credulous reporting of flimsy "evidence" regarding Iranian weapons in Iraq is enabling Bush's anti-Iran propaganda drive.
The people don't like the war, but it will go on as long as there is money to fund it.
The Israel lobby retains its grip inside the Beltway, but it's starting to lose its hold on the broader public debate.
On Gerald Ford's greatness and the New York Times's ghastly coverage of Iraq.
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