About Alexander Cockburn

Alexander Cockburn

Alexander Cockburn

Born and raised in Ireland, Alexander Cockburn has lived and worked in America since 1973. He has established a reputation as one of the foremost reporters and commentators of the left by writing newspaper and magazine columns for the past decade. 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.

The author of a bi-weekly column for The Nation called Beat the Devil, Cockburn also writes a syndicated newspaper column that is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate and has appeared regularly in such papers as The Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Examiner, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Detroit Free Press. In 1987, Cockburn authored a highly successful collection of essays, some autobiographical, entitled Corruptions of Empire, for which he was called "the most gifted polemicist now writing in English" by the Times Literary Supplement. His diary of the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Golden Age Is In Us, drew enthusiastic reviews from many sources, such as The New York Times, which wrote "A warrior freethinker, armed with courage and gifted prose to cut down the hypocrisies of tyrants."

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. More recently he has coauthored Washington Babylon with Ken Silverstein and, with Jeffrey St. Clair, the best-selling Whiteout: the Press, Drugs and the CIA. His most recent book with St. Clair was Five Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond and Al Gore, A Users Manual. This fall, CounterPunch/AK Press will publish The Politics of Anti-Semitism (Everything You Wanted to Know About Anti-Semitism But Felt Too Guilty to Ask), edited by Cockburn and St Clair.

The End of America's Armies Jul 13, 2012

Retired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, bounced out of his job for revels in Paris as witnessed by Rolling Stone, has recycled a perennial chestnut: Bring back the draft — i.e., a conscripted military, not the volunteer military of today. These day... Read More

Epitaph to a Dead Movement Jul 06, 2012

It was very hard not to be swept away by the Occupy movement, which established itself in New York's Zuccotti Park last September and soon spread to Oakland, Calif., Chicago, London and Madrid. And indeed most people didn't resist its allure. Leninis... Read More

The Affordable Care Act: Decision Effects Jun 29, 2012

It's tempting to say the Affordable Care Act decision spells the end of the Romney candidacy. The Mormon millionaire was entirely blindsided by yesterday's long-awaited verdict from the U.S. Supreme Court, as were almost all Republicans wh... Read More

The Ongoing Farce of the Green Summits Jun 22, 2012

The predictable word is in from Rio de Janeiro: failure. The conference 20 years on from the huge 1992 Earth Summit in Rio has been unable to produce even the pretense of an energetic verbal commitment of the world's community to sustainable principl... Read More