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.
Staying married, demonizing McCain, romancing Wall Street
Change may be the mantra, but continuity is the undertow.
Lusting after pools of Social Security and Medicare money, the Wall Street giant aims to dictate national policy through the barrel of a financial gun.
All great seasons in politics begin with excitement. Right now there's none.
The agency's secret destruction of tapes is a parable of the futility of oversight.
Looking askance at a practice widely supposed to be a pretty good idea.
On airports Heathrow and De Gaulle, bicycles and trains.
These days, even London and Paris seem a bit like North Korea.
For a Man of Peace, Gore has plenty of blood on his hands.
In the gray dawn of the twenty-first century, only a handful of lawmakers dare to stand up and be counted on matters of war and peace.