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Alexander Cockburn

  • English journalist
  • Born June 6, 1941
  • Died July 21, 2012

Alexander Claud Cockburn ( KOH-bərn; 6 June 1941 – 21 July 2012) was an Irish-American political journalist and writer. Cockburn was brought up by British parents in Ireland but had lived and worked in the United States since 1972. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he edited the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn also wrote the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation as well as one for The Week in London, syndicated by Creators Syndicate.


By 1967, J. Edgar Hoover had concluded that the Black Panther Party had replaced the Communist Party as the gravest threat to national security.




A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.




The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin.




Be careful about Burma. Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand, or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka.




England in the late 1940s was famously grim. As I remember it, London back then was a very dirty place, from coal dust and smoke, from the grit stirred up every day by the jackhammers still clearing out rubble from the Blitz.




They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.




In its attempt to crush the Black Panthers, the FBI engineered frequent arrests on the flimsiest of pretexts.




The travel writer seeks the world we have lost - the lost valleys of the imagination.




Pose a political threat to Business As Usual, and sooner or later, mostly sooner, someone will try to kill you.




The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.




Wear the badge of environmental radicalism, and you're a citizen automatically under suspicion.



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