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Marc Cooper

Marc Cooper’s career in journalism began in 1966, when he founded and edited an underground newspaper in high school in Los Angeles. After being...

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Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream

In her important new book, Miriam Pawel chronicles how a movement to unionize farmworkers failed to realize its charismatic founder’s vision as his relatives turned a union into a family business.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Marc Cooper on Hugo Chavez

A former translator for Chile’s Salvador Allende reviews three books evaluating the remarkable rise of Venezuela’s irrepressible Hugo Chavez.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Marc Cooper: Bush’s Immigration Speech Is Bad Policy, Bad Politics

One of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy writes that Bush’s May 15 speech “had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.”
Instead of sending National Guard troops to the border, “Bush could have saved the taxpayers a load and sent a few battalions of Boy Scouts to do this job.”

Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


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The Great Immigration Debate: Getting Beyond Denial

Marc Cooper peels away the myths shrouding the U.S. immigration debate.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Bachelet: Si y No

The election of Socialist pediatrician Michelle Bachelet as president is good news for the people of Chile. Especially given the alternatives.

Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


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Booking Pinochet

The bloody Chilean dictator is a whisker away from trial. Marc Cooper weighs in on the significance of the recent booking of the 90-year-old General Augusto Pinochet.

Posted on Dec 30, 2005 READ MORE


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The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


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Marc Cooper
Marc Cooper

Marc Cooper’s career in journalism began in 1966, when he founded and edited an underground newspaper in high school in Los Angeles. After being expelled from the California State University system for his antiwar activities in 1971 by order of Governor Ronald Reagan, he signed on to work in the press office of Chilean President Salvador Allende. The 1973 military coup found Cooper working as Allende’s translator for publication, and he left Chile as a UN-protected refugee eight days after the bloody takeover.

Since then Cooper has traveled the world covering politics and culture for myriad press outlets. He reported on the Yom Kippur War, Lebanon, South Africa, Central and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and domestic American politics for dozens of publications ranging from Playboy and Rolling Stone to the Sunday magazines of the Los Angeles Times and The Times of London.

Cooper was news and public affairs director of KPFK-FM (Los Angeles) from 1980-83 and has been a correspondent for NBC, CBC and Monitor Radio. For television, he has been a reporter and a producer of news documentaries for CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor and PBS Frontline.

Cooper’s journalism awards include prizes from The Society of Professional Journalists and PEN America, and several from the California Associated Press TV and Radio Association.

An anthology of Cooper’s work, Roll Over Che Guevara: Travels of a Radical Reporter, was published by Verso in 1994. He was also a contributor to the collection Literary Las Vegas, published in 1995 by Holt.

Returning to the system from which he was expelled, Cooper has also taught in the journalism departments at the Northridge and Los Angeles campuses of California State University.

He is currently host and executive producer of The Nation’s syndicated weekly radio show, RadioNation.

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