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.
It would be foolish to bet that an attack on Iran couldn't happen.
PEACE MOVEMENT: DEAD OR ALIVE?
Are we better off or worse since the Democrats won back Congress?
If the American people are largely against the war, what's the matter with the antiwar movement? The answer lies with what has happened over the years to the American left.
A grim history lesson of what happened in the 1920s when fears of alien infection inflamed American eugenicists.
Even more contrarian thinking about global warming.
Readers attack Alexander Cockburn for doubting the environmental crisis--and Cockburn bites back.
More contrarian thinking on climate change.
A contrarian view on climate change.
Is global warming an unprecedented disaster, or just the earth
recovering from the ice age?