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.
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When it comes to American Empire, Obama's change is parsed as running the planet with greater efficiency.
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Will Bush make America the ultimate POW by launching an attack on Iran?
The psychological wounds of war will be with us for years to come.
When in trouble, reach for nuclear subs.
He's not a real fighter. He's too pretty and doesn't want to get his looks messed up.
Was there a medium-sized right-wing conspiracy to nail Eliot Spitzer?
Obama can take the rhetorical high road, but he should have some mean stokers in the engine room.