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  Alexander Cockburn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alexander Claud Cockburn (pronounced kōbɜːn, "co-burn"), born June 6, 1941, is a progressive Irish journalist who has lived and worked in the United States since 1973.
Cockburn is also a regular contributor to the Anderson Valley Advertiser and the news and opinion blog LewRockwell.com.
Alan Dershowitz recently stated that Cockburn was one of three leaders (along with Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky) who are engaged in an attempt to discredit and malign him [4], [5].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alexander_Cockburn   (630 words)

  
 Patrick Cockburn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cockburn was born in Scotland and grew up in County Cork, Ireland.
Cockburn has two brothers, Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn who are also journalists.
Cockburn's most recent book is The Broken Boy, a memior of his childhood in 1950s Ireland when he caught and survived polio.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Patrick_Cockburn   (214 words)

  
 Cockburn, Alexander James Edmund - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Cockburn, Alexander James Edmund   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He was presiding judge in the Tichborne case, in which a false claim was made against the Tichborne family, and was an arbitrator in the Alabama dispute of 1871.
Cockburn was educated at Cambridge, became a barrister in 1829, was recorder of Southampton 1840–46, Queen's Counsel in 1841, member of Parliament for Southampton 1847–56, and solicitor general in 1850.
In 1851 he was made attorney general; he was recorder of Bristol 1854–56 and became the chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1856, of the Court of Queen's Bench in 1859, and Lord Chief Justice of England in 1859.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Cockburn,+Alexander+James+Edmund   (208 words)

  
 Alexander Cockburn on the Clinton crisis: Prostration before reaction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Cockburn writes: "What the stuffy left forgets is that sex scandals can be an important component of the seditious ridiculing of Established Power, one of the prime tasks of any leftist." He suggests that radicals who are hesitant "to join in the fun on the Lewinsky scandal...
But Cockburn's cavalier attitude seems to be that the overturn of the Clinton administration, no matter who or what replaces it, must be a positive good as a thing in itself.
Cockburn's attitude of "Après Clinton le déluge--and a good thing too!" might remind someone familiar with the history of the workers movement in the twentieth century of another strident, but demoralized slogan advanced some 65 years ago.
www.wsws.org /news/1998/sep1998/cbrn-s02.shtml   (1270 words)

  
 Think-Israel
In the past Cockburn openly gave credence to reports that Jews spread anthrax in the U.S. and that Israel was part of a conspiracy to topple the World Trade Center.
Cockburn's web magazine seems to be the most obsessed with celebrating and glorifying Churchill of leftist magazines usually regarded as semi-civilized.
Cockburn argues that the whole outcry over Churchill is some grand right-wing conspiracy to suppress free speech, rather than over the treasonous content of Churchill's pro-terror agitation.
www.think-israel.org /plaut.cockburn.html   (1482 words)

  
 William Keach: Alexander Cockburn + Christopher Hitchens (1998)
Alexander Cockburn and Christopher Hitchens are among a handful of writers based in the US whose regular columns, articles and books offer sustained leftist criticism of Clinton’s America.
Cockburn and Hitchens are best known now to US readers through their columns in The Nation, a fortnightly magazine with a largish subscription (“One American in 2,559 subscribes to The Nation”; reads their current internal ad) and a political spectrum that runs from mainstream Democratic Party liberal to social democratic.
In their distinctive ways, Cockburn and Hitchens delight in their roles as rogue journalists, as displaced mavericks from Britain who are allowed to entertain as well as inform and provoke their readers by taking a caustic look at a ruling class more than confident enough (at the moment) to tolerate such ‘freedom of the press’.
www.marxists.de /culture/media/cockhitch.htm   (4770 words)

  
 The political devolution of Alexander Cockburn
They take note that Cockburn was having big trouble with the IRS and surmised that the militia's hatred for all federal agencies, including the IRS, must have seduced him.
Their goal was to return the US to its constitutional roots, a dubious prospect for all those disenfranchised peoples that the founding fathers had little use for, including the slaves and the indigenous peoples.
A few months ago Cockburn reported on his dining experiences in New Orleans and for the life of me I couldn't tell whether it was Cockburn or the Mugger who I was reading.
www.columbia.edu /~lnp3/mydocs/american_left/cockburn.htm   (1422 words)

  
 COCKBURN, SIR ALEXANDE... - Online Information article about COCKBURN, SIR ALEXANDE...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Frederic Thesiger was attorney-general, and Cockburn was engaged against him in the case of R. v.
Cockburn made an exhaustive study of the medical aspects of the case, and the prisoner's comment when convicted after a twelve days' trial was, alluding to the attorney-general's advocacy, " It was the See also:
It is not necessary to enumerate the many causes celebres at which Sir Alexander Cockburn presided as a judge.
encyclopedia.jrank.org /CLI_COM/COCKBURN_SIR_ALEXANDER_JAMES_ED.html   (2309 words)

  
 Response to Alexander Cockburn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Cockburn's style demonstrates he'd rather preach to the converted than communicate with a broader public.
On May 16, Alexander Cockburn trashed both me and my essay, and also Naomi Klein and Frank Rich.
I'm also sort of horrified that Cockburn's distortion of my views will be the first thing thousands of people learn about me, and that my response will never catch up to the distortion.
www.dennisfox.net /columns/cockburn.html   (1037 words)

  
 High Country News -- Printable -- May 11, 1998: A treatise on columnist Alexander Cockburn
Cockburn's commentaries over the years have been marked by anti-corporate populism, a tendency to blame the United States for all international tensions, and an unremitting hostility, often pungently expressed, toward the state of Israel and its American supporters.
But not to Cockburn, who was irritated by a fund-raising pitch on behalf of the Yellowstone Wolf Restoration Fund, which promised to inscribe the name of each $2,500 donor on a reintroduced wolf's radio telemetry collar.
Cockburn's gimmick is reflexive antipathy to the respectable establishment.
www.hcn.org /servlets/hcn.PrintableArticle?article_id=4168   (1352 words)

  
 Boston IMC: newswire/53693
Cockburn hates Jews even more than he hates America (although he doesn't hate America enough to give up its perqs and move back to his native rainy British isles).
Cockburn published a book, "The Politics of Anti-Semitism," devoted to the thesis that people should not be accused of being anti-Semites just because they hate Jews and want to see Jews murdered.
In other words, Nimmo was indeed fired by Cockburn, as everyone already knew, for being a subliterate kook and a downright embarrassment for Counterpunch, but Nimmo is now trying to "get even" by claiming that Counterpunch is a part of the neocon conspiracy, a.k.a.
boston.indymedia.org /newswire/display/53693/index.php   (824 words)

  
 Osprey -- Spring 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Never hesitant to go for the throat, Alexander Cockburn, in his 29 years as a journalist in the United States, has escaped the imminent obscurity to which most radical voices are doomed, and now regularly graces the pages of more than 40 mainstream newspapers across the nation.
Cockburn was educated at Oxford University and worked as a journalist before moving to the United States in 1973.
Cockburn has written a biweekly column for The Nation for years called “Beat the Devil.” He was asked what happened to The Nation during the most recent presidential elections when it ceased to be an alternative publication and effectively became a propaganda wing of the Democratic Party.
www.humboldt.edu /~osprey/spr02/story_html/cockburn.html   (1239 words)

  
 JFK CONSPIRACY: THE INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY AND COWARDICE OF ALEXANDER COCKBURN AND NOAM CHOMSKY
During 1992, some progressive/liberal writers, including Alexander Cockburn of The Nation, criticized Stone, and said there was no conspiracy, and even if there was, it did not matter because Kennedy, despite his great personal charisma, dynamic speaking, etc., was underneath, the same as all the other power-hungry and money-loving capitalists.
Cockburn along with the rest of the Touchstone gang (as it existed back in 1992) around a table at a local College Station restaurant, I was extremely puzzled and just could not understand how someone as educated, well-read, and perceptive about so many national and world affairs as Mr.
Cockburn have much wider margins than ABC (now owned by Disney), NBC (owned by General Electric), CBS (owned by Westinghouse), The Washington Post (with long ties to the intelligence community), and the N.Y. Times (so biased that the previously mentioned Lies Of Our Times was created to combat the rampant disinformation).
www.rtis.com /reg/bcs/pol/touchstone/february97/worsham.htm   (823 words)

  
 Debating the Antiwar Movement
Cockburn had it dead on when he wrote in these very pages on December 31, 1990: "I wish people would stop writing to remind me that in the 1930s leftists of principle--Trotsky and Togliatti are two favorites cited by my correspondents--supported feudal Ethiopia against the invading Italians.
Cockburn was furious that WWP sectarians would sink the peace movement with their rigid politics when he added: "The Bonkerists insist that Saddam and Iraq not be criticized, thus instantly placing themselves in an immoral and tactically impossible situation, as anyone talking about the crisis on television or radio will understand.
Cockburn, on the other hand, in that same 1990 column, actively urged his readers to not attend the rally organized by, as he put it, the "Bonkerists" of the Workers World Party.
www.thenation.com /doc/20021223/exchange   (2379 words)

  
 Featured Speaker: Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn, noted columnist for The Nation will be the featured speaker on campus during Banned Books Week.
Cockburn is one of America's best-known political journalists.
Cockburn will be on campus for two days to meet with faculty and community representatives, to participate in classes and the banned book reading, and to give a public talk entiltled "The Limits Of Dissent" on the evening of Thursday, September 29th.
www.utica.edu /instadvance/marketingcomm/dissent/featured.cfm   (124 words)

  
 Real History Archives Media Collection: Alexander Cockburn and Noam Chomsky
Cockburn's statement about "no time to fix" to the first shot reveals his unfamiliarity with the evidence as contained in his interviewee's Warren Report.
Of course, Cockburn and Chomsky can't admit the resentment of the CIA for the Kennedys.
It is ironic that Cockburn and Chomsky don't recognize this phenomenon and seize on the issue of total truth, candor, and declassification of all secret documents, including those related to the media, so that intelligence related journalists can be exposed for what they are.
www.webcom.com /lpease/media/cockburn.htm   (4052 words)

  
 portland imc - 2004.11.22 - 'Self-regarding Blather' - A History of Alexander Cockburn vs Conspiracy Nuts
The wannabe radical can't bear the thought of being humiliated into printing anything by the internet geek conspiracy theorists, the same as all those 'conspiracy nuts' who wondered why the laws of physics were defied so that Kennedy could be assassinated.
But of the three, by far the most bitter and vicious polemics about the film were by Cockburn in three pieces in The Nation dated January 6/13, March 9, and May 18, 1992.
The next two issues cited were Cockburn's response to several of scores of letters The Nation received in response to the original article.
portland.indymedia.org /en/2004/11/304265.shtml   (602 words)

  
 Alexander Cockburn's Distorting Lens
Alexander Cockburn is one of several critics from the other direction who label calls for evenhanded justice insufficiently sensitive to the urgent needs of Israel's Palestinian victims.
Notwithstanding my wife's insistence that we change position, Cockburn is right to say it's not necessarily outlandish to call Israel a terrorist state, and that calling Israel terrorist does not prove anti-Semitism.
In the long run, though, pieces like Cockburn's make it harder to persuade Israel's supporters that dialogue with Israel's critics is beneficial, or even possible.
www.dennisfox.net /columns/cockburndistortions.html   (1391 words)

  
 Informed Comment
Alexander Cockburn says in his piece in The Nation: 'Cole says to The Nation Institute's Tom Engelhardt that for the United States to "up and leave" Iraq would be to become an accomplice to genocide.
Cockburn's "In other words" is just a trite way to open up a mendacious smear.
Cockburn has any realistic ideas for preventing this outcome, I'd be glad to hear them.
www.juancole.com /2005/10/cockburn-misrepresents-cole-alexander.html   (550 words)

  
 Creators.com - Creators Syndicate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Cockburn's areas of interest include the American political scene, economics, the environment, labor issues and international policy.
Cockburn is coeditor with Jeffrey St. Clair of the twice-monthly muckraking newsletter CounterPunch, whose Web site, www.counterpunch.org, now has a world audience in the millions.
Another reader of Cockburn's columns, the late Rep. Henry Gonzalez of Texas, referred to Cockburn as "one of the most perceptive and one of the most brilliant minds we have in America." Cockburn also co-authored the acclaimed The Fate of the Forest: Developers, Destroyers and Defenders of the Amazon.
www.creators.com /opinion_Shell.cfm?pg=biography.html&columnsname=aco   (357 words)

  
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Cockburn has been denounced for both his anti-U.S. and anti-Israel views by Franklin Foer of The New Republic, by Eric Alterman (on his MSNBC weblog), and by a variety of other journals, organizations and columnists, including the Seattle Times, the Declaration Foundation,, LeftWatch, and Christian Action for Israel.
Of all the leftist magazines and websites usually regarded as semi-civilized, Cockburn`s web magazine seems to be the most obsessed with glorifying Churchill, who has written, among other filth, that the Jews are worse than latter-day Nazis because "those who deny the Holocaust, after all, focus their distortion upon one target.
Cockburn maintains that the whole outcry over Churchill is some grand right-wing conspiracy to suppress free speech.
www.jewishpress.com /page.do/4054/**Enter_Title**.html   (1077 words)

  
 Alexander Cockburn at AK Press : SF Bay Area Indymedia
For every single example of Cockburn supporting the decentralized affinity-group model of resistance (and only in relation to the attacks against them, I might add, not because of his sudden conversion to anti-authoritarian ideas), there are hundreds of stupid things he says and prints (with or without St.Clair) in Counterpunch and other venues.
One interesting piece of trivia: Cockburn was fired from the Village Voice around 1983 because he accepted a stipend (of around $10,000) from an Arab-American group to do some research in Lebanon on Israel's invasion in 1982.
Cockburn knows what's best for all those who are his readers (at the very least).
www.indybay.org /news/2003/10/1654584_comment.php   (1299 words)

  
 Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn (pronounced Coburn) is an expatriate Irishman living in Northern California as a radical leftist journalist.
The man is utterly dissatisfied with the corporate-friendly policies of the Democratic party (as well as its former standard bearers Bill Clinton and Al Gore), and often extols the virtues of Ralph Nader and the Green party.
Cockburn is also the nemesis of fellow Nation columnist Eric Alterman, who evidently regards Cockburn as a shameless liar.
www.nndb.com /people/455/000051302   (91 words)

  
 Shofar FTP Archives: people/a/alexander.edward/press/nation.0293
It began with Cockburn's attack on Alexander in the August 17 issue.
Cockburn does manage to locate correctly a book review I did in 1990 in the Congress Monthly, but says (repeatedly) that that journal is published by the World Jewish Congress, which it is not.
But since some Gypsy tribes were protected, since individual Gypsies living among the rest of the population were not hunted down, and since many Gypsies served in the Nazi army, most scholars have distinguished between genocide of the Gypsies and the Holocaust, the campaign to murder every single Jew.
www.vex.net /~nizkor/ftp.cgi/people/ftp.py?people/a/alexander.edward/press/nation.0293   (653 words)

  
 SMEARING ALEX COCKBURN
He largely ignores most of the content of the column in question: Cockburn's remarks on the Richard Nixon-Billy Graham tapes, recently released, wherein the two were confiding a mutual belief in a "Jewish stranglehold" over the media.
Cockburn is not even signing on to any of the particular stories he cites, he is merely averring that they merit further inquiry.
What Foer is after is that Cockburn should be shunned, ostracized from polite society, and relegated to a kind of ideological and literary Coventry.
www.antiwar.com /justin/j041702.html   (2592 words)

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