Alexander Cockburn (1941)
He was born on the 6th of June 1941, is a self-described radical Irish
journalist who has lived and worked in the United States since 1973.
Born in Scotland, Cockburn grew up in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, son of the
well-known Communist author and journalist Claud Cockburn. After studying at
Oxford, Alexander worked in London as a reporter and commentator, and after
moving to the United States wrote extensively for numerous publications,
including The New York Review of Books, Esquire, and Harper's. Until 1983
Cockburn was a writer with The Village Voice, originating its longstanding
"Press Clips" column, but he was suspended for accepting a grant from a
Palestinian organization without disclosing this.
Characteristics of his thought:
Outspoken criticism of US foreign policy
Criticism of the government of Israel based on its treatment of the Palestinians.
Calls for political reform in the United States, mostly focused on criticising
the Democratic Party for failing to provide a progressive alternative to the