From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism
When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters
Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Ferguson and the fire next time
Robert Stephens II speaks to Black organisers about their responses to the Ferguson uprising and where Black politics can go next

New media versus the state – Jeremy Scahill interview
Campaigning US journalist Jeremy Scahill talks to Andrew Dolan about drones, US empire and the prospects for critical media in the digital age

To challenge global capitalism we must first understand it: an interview with Leo Panitch
Leo Panitch speaks to Peter Newell and Sam Knafo about his book The Making of Global Capitalism – and what it means for strategy and action aimed at ‘un-making’ capitalism

Detroit: the city they can’t destroy
Detroit’s bankruptcy made global headlines last summer. Tawana Petty considers the state’s undemocratic takeover – and the people’s work to rejuvenate their city from the ground up

Winning at Walmart
The OUR Walmart campaign has been shaking up labour organising in the US. As they prepared for their current strike, Alex Wood spent a month with the people behind a new kind of fightback

US: Fighting foreclosures, making the banks pay
Stephen Lerner and Saqib Bhatti report on the scale of the housing crisis facing ordinary Americans post-crash, and the growth of housing justice and bank accountability activism across the US

Why the Walmart campaign matters
New York based journalist, Ari Paul, examines the unionist uprising against Walmart since the factory fire in Bangladesh, and why this bottom-up campaign could really make a difference

A Black Thursday for Walmart
After the Walmart strikes which saw hundreds of workers protesting outside US stores, Kaspar Loftin looks at the company’s oppressive and unfair treatment of employees over the years

Hoping for change: Obama and the limits of elections
Gary Younge discusses the disappointment of Barack Obama’s presidency – and credits recent progressive policies to the success of the Occupy movement

That Cuba feeling
Fifty years ago this month the world came close to nuclear Armageddon. Paul Anderson looks back at the Cuban missile crisis and anti-nuclear campaigning since

Obama: The unreported truth
In the run up to the final presidential debate, Oliver Eagleton exposes the ugly truth behind the Obama administration's foreign policy

Occupy Oakland: Whose streets? Our streets!
Josh Healey reports on the strength and challenges of Occupy Oakland - and how it has pushed the US movement in radical directions

Punishing Palestine: How the US plays politics with aid
Libby Powell on how the US has retaliated after Palestine’s UN statehood bid

Wisconsin: Labour’s last stand
Rahul Mahajan looks at the fightback in Wisconsin

New radicals
Lorna Stephenson looks at the US ‘Tea Party’ movement

Based out
Foreign bases have been a mainstay of global US military domination for decades. But in Latin America they have been closing fast and a new deal to use seven Colombian military bases is, paradoxically, a sign of US weakness in the region, writes Grace Livingstone

After the handshake
How far do Barak Obama's policies point to a real change in US/Latin American relations asks Grace Livingstone

The New Orleans intifada
More than Mardi Gras is happening here, a grass-roots movement is rising in the New Orleans Arab community, Jordan Flaherty reports

Guarding the gulag
Christopher Brandon Arendt was a guard at Guantanamo detention camp from January to October 2004. He now is a full time volunteer for the advocacy group Iraq Veterans Against the War, campaigning against the 'war on terror'. He spoke to Kate Ferguson

Torture at Angola prison
President Obama promises to close Guantanamo, but Lousiana court proceedings in the Angola Five case expose brutality closer to home, reports Jordan Flaherty

The war on sex
If you think evangelicals are anti-sex, you'd be wrong, today's evangelicals push a hyper-sexualised message, says Don Monkerud

The US and Israel
Behind Israel stands the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Without material support from the US, the onslaught on Gaza would not be possible, writes Mike Marqusee

After the neocons
The slaughter in Palestine has led to a significant breach in the walls of the Israel lobby in the US. For the first time, Jews who saw what the occupation was doing to the country are speaking out and setting up organisations that break with the traditional leadership, says Philip Weiss

The first 100 days: a legislative agenda
Bill Fletcher Jr imagines a 'people's agenda' to kick-start the change we need

What Obama means to the world
People's obsession with Barack Obama says more about them than him, says Gary Younge

After the meltdown
On the eve of the US election, five critical writers and economists met to discuss the financial crisis - and what should be done. With Barack Obama heading for the White House, is this time for the left to think big? William Greider, Frances Fox Piven, Doug Henwood, Arun Gupta and Naomi Klein put their heads together

Change we can achieve
President-elect Obama (savour the phrase) offers historic possibilities and challenges for progressives. Bill Fletcher Jr reflects on his victory and the kind of critical support that will be needed if we are to build on it

No hope
Dear Auntie,All my left-wing friends seem to be overjoyed about Obama winning the US election, holding real hope that he will bring change, that he'll stop the wars, and that he'll somehow make America all cuddly and nice. But haven't we been here before? I'm getting flashbacks to the expectations people had of politicians like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and how quickly they betrayed us. Is it terrible that I think Obama will be just more of the same?Hopeless, London