Author Archives: (MITCHEL COHEN)

HAPPY 206th BIRTHDAY, KARL MARX (CINCO DE MAYO)

KARL MARX LAUNCHES HIS CRITIQUE of capitalism NOT by positing an ideal world and wishing for it; nor by establishing a Communistic plot — he’s buried in one!; but by unraveling the way the system unfolds inevitably, globally, propelled by its own internal contradictions. What does all that mean, every phrase coiled in its wintry […]

Message of Solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine, and Stony Brook University students and professors against genocide.

Brooklyn Public Library, Passover, 4/23/2024  Photo by Jennifer Jager     I was asked by some current students today at SUNY Stony Brook for a message of solidarity for those taking action today in support of Palestine. Here is the statement I just sent, with help from other former students at Stony Brook and Red […]

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2024 IN CONEY ISLAND

  Happy New Year! Here’s a 7.5 minute piece I put together for WBAI/Pacifica radio, re: New Years Day 2024 in Coney Island at the Polar Plunge. Enjoy. https://archive.org/details/new-years-day-i-coney-island-2024

Why I am a Green and Not a Democrat

I just came across this piece I wrote in 2009, published by Juan Cole on his website. So I thought I’d publish it here, in today’s context. https://www.juancole.com/2009/02/cohen-why-i-am-green-not-democrat.html All it takes is dragging myself to one local Democratic Party meeting, even one hosted by a progressive and Green-friendly State Assembly member like Bill Colton (47 […]

THE BONES OF SEPTEMBER

by Mitchel Cohen, from The Permanent Carnival   Two vast and trunkless legs of steel Like silent Pharaohs over Wall Street stood Scraping the vast canvas of immortality

ENVIRONMENTALISTS OWE AN ENORMOUS DEBT TO JULIAN ASSANGE

by Mitchel Cohen Environmentalists throughout the world owe an enormous debt of gratitude to political prisoner Julian Assange, the founder and publisher of Wikileaks — and most of them don’t know it. It wasn’t only secret recordings pertaining to war and crimes-against-humanity that Wikileaks published, based on the heroic work of Chelsea Manning who downloaded […]

FIFTY YEARS AGO – July, 1973

                        Mitchel Cohen, being taken in 1973 to RIVERHEAD and to YAPHANK PRISON, U.S.A., to begin a 4-month sentence for antiwar protests at SUNY Stony Brook, upon arrest 4 years earlier. The walls are a mosaic of green weasel-snot. Something is crawling along my […]

GUEST POST BY Alexis Baden-Mayer: David R. Franz: EcoHealth Alliance’s Anthrax-Era Biological Weapons Scientist

David R. Franz: EcoHealth Alliance’s Anthrax-Era Biological Weapons Scientist BY ALEXIS BADEN-MAYER Organic Consumers Association EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the ninth article in our ‘Gain-of-Function Hall of Shame’ series profiling key players in gain-of-function research. “I think a lot of good has come from it. From a biological or a medical standpoint, we’ve now five people […]

THE RADICAL JEWISH TRADITION

by AL KUTZIK, edited by Mitchel Cohen About the Author Dr. Alfred J. Kutzik (1923-1994) was until January 1992 chair of the national Jewish Commission of the Communist Party USA and associate editor of Jewish Affairs. Before that he had been director of the NY State CP’s Reference Center for Marxist Studies and People’s School […]

CROSSING CROPSEY – MARCH 10, 2023

BYE-BYE JOE PEPITONE, & THANK YOU

There have been three professional baseball players I’m aware of from my Gravesend/Bensonhurst (Brooklyn) neighborhood: The one-of-a-kind Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax (who’d refused to play on the Jewish holidays, and made us all proud although we didn’t really know why!), John Franco, and Joe Pepitone, who was the NY Yankees’ first baseman in the mid-1960s. […]

ZELENSKY: COKE ADDICT?

Watch this first: https://twitter.com/i/status/1624078475773583360                             New words by Mitchel Cohen to tune of Kodachrome by Paul Simon   When I look back at all the coke I snort in Ukraine It’s a wonder I can breathe at all And though the lack […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

January 15th marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929). The airwaves are filled with timid and at best nostalgic tributes to the great man. Except for WBAI and other non-commercial stations, only Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech — and even there but a tiny snippet of it — […]

REMEMBERING FRIENDS AND MEANINGFUL LIVES

Mitchel Cohen (19) in 1968 at SUNY Stony Brook Hi folks, I’m having a rough time of it today as I remember the close friends and acquaintances who died this year and last. I was just wondering if anyone else is feeling that way too …. I’m still in shock over many of folks, snatched […]

THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM VS. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: TOWARDS A GREEN APPROACH TO FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.

  by Mitchel Cohen The following was written a decade-and-a-half before the outbreak of the SARS COV2 Covid-19 pandemic. THE FIGHT FOR FREE, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE is even more critical today than it was a decade ago when Hillary and Bill Clinton sacrificed it to the greed of the insurance companies and HMOs. Yes, health […]

Just Found picture of my Dad (Abe Cohen), whose 98 birthday would be today! Here he is in 1951.

  Dad (Abe Cohen) was 27 here in 1951, a few years back from serving in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific. That’s Mitchel Cohen at 2 years old. Picture in Sheepshead Bay. Dad was 55 when he died in 1980. His 98 birthday would be on December 5th. Happy Birthday, Dad!!!! from […]

SUPERSTORM SANDY – 10 YEARS AGO

The following was written by Mitchel Cohen in 2012 and printed in his book, What Is Direct Action? Lessons from (and to) Occupy Wall Street (intro by Prof. Richard Wolff) Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn, looking northwest towards the Verrazano Bridge and Staten Island. October 29, 2012. Todd Maisel, New York Daily News November, 2012   Ten Years […]

GUEST POST: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE: Worthless House Progressives Retract Mild Peace Advocacy Under Pressure From Warmongers

FROM JACK SHALOM It’s meaningless nonsense. None of them are threatening to use any leverage to do anything and they all continue to vote for funding. None of them reached out to Republicans who are against the war to form a coalition to actually use their power. As is usually the case with these “progressives” […]

CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: ANOTHER RIDE IS POSSIBLE

All photos by Mitchel Cohen, October 7, 2022. Lyrics by Phil Ochs Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind Visions of shadows that shine ‘Til one day I returned And found they were the victims of the vines Of changes                         […]

KATIE HALPER FIRED BY “THE HILL” FOR CHALLENGING ISRAEL’S APARTHEID AGAINST PALESTINIANS

Right on to Katie Halper and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for challenging the Democrats in Congress over their financing of Israeli apartheid. Germane to Katie’s post below is a poem/song I wrote in 1988: https://www.mitchelcohen.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Here-it-Stops-1988.mp3   from Mondoweiss Katie Halper loses job at ‘The Hill’ after calling on progressives to dismantle Israeli apartheid The firing of […]