In These Times

Magazine focusing on movements for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 9, September

After the Deluge
Big Easy organizers confront racial tensionsIN NEW ORLEANS, THE history of work in this country over the last 15 years was compressed into six months," says Saket Soni, an organizer for the New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition, one of several groups...
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Appall-O-Meter
1.6 If This Oldsmobile's A Rockin'...You might say that Norm Coleman Sr. is the beau ideal of the Greatest Generation. Landed at Normandy during the Big One, fought the Battle of the Bulge, came home and built a business empire. He's the kind of American...
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Bigger Than Hip Hop
A look at the state of black political leadershipIT'S BIGGER! ROARED T.J. Crawford. "It's bigger!" the crowd shouted back, in traditional call-and-response fashion. "It's bigger than hip hop!"Crawford, chairman of the National Hip Hop Political Convention...
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Bird-Dogging Hillary Clinton
IN NOVEMBER 2005 HILLARY Rodham Clinton sent out a fundraising letter to her constituents. "Part of my job is being a good listener," she wrote, going on to describe all the good listening she does as the junior senator from New York. She concluded,...
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Debunking the '60S with Ayers and Dohrn
They are storied and iconic, America's Numero Uno radical couple. In the '60s, Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers were activists and leaders in Students for a Democratic Society and the Weathermen. Dohrn, now 64, and Ayers, 61, played starring roles as...
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Do You Have a Minute for ... ?
How the canvassing industry is burning out progressive youthTHERE'S A WORD THAT gets tossed around in canvassing offices to describe people like Christian Miller: "scrappy." That's not because of his skinny frame and sparse, wiry chin-scrabble. Rather,...
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Examining Iran's Ties to Hezbollah
Just how much influence does the Islamic Republic wield over Hezbollah?THE CONFLICT IN LEBANON between Israel and Hezbollah had hardly begun when the Bush administration and its neoconservative supporters began blaming Iran for the conflagration. On...
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Follow the Prison Money Trail
WHILE NEW MEXICO'S landscape may make the state the Land of Enchantment, its rapidly growing rates of incarceration have been utterly disenchanting. What's worse, New Mexico is at the top of the nation's list for privatizing prisons; nearly one-half...
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I.F. Stone: Iconic Muckracker
BOOKSI.F. Stone: Iconic MuckrackerIN 1953, A talented but obscure journalist named I.F. Stone decided to start a newsletter allowing him to report and comment about politics, war and peace. At age 45, Stone had no reason to believe that the four-page...
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It Came from the Beltway
TO ILLUSTRATE HOW human consciousness cannot be understood solely through observable behavior, cognitive scientists came up with a thought experiment known as the "zombie problem." They defined a zombie as a mindless drone, a mere automaton, but one...
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Let's Be Realists, Let's Demand the Impossible!
Why pragmatic politics are doomed to fail in the Middle EastONE OF THE MOST repulsive moments of the present Middle East conflict occurred after one of Hezbollah's rockets killed two Israeli-Arab children: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah pointedly...
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Letters
Lasch RevisitedSilja J. A. Talvi, "Narcissists 'R' Us" (August), doesn't seem to know who Christopher Lasch was or what he was about. He was a historian and not, as Talvi says, a sociologist. More important, Talvi almost totally misunderstands what Lasch...
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Plagiarists: Catch Your Own Clue
CULTUREPLAGIARISM is ON the rise-in journalism, by bestselling authors, on college campuses and online. But the one thing those of us victimized by it can't do is speak up. If we do, we are accused of "sour grapes."Occasionally, reporters who make things...
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SDS, New and Improved
OVER THE FIRST weekend of August, more squirrels were scampering through the Quads at the University of Chicago than students or professors. But from Aug. 4 to 7, students adorned with political pins and T-shirts transformed the drab front hall of Cobb...
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Sick to Death of Bush
TRUST ME, GEORGE Bush says, perched on the remains of Geneva Conventions, the Constitution and habeas corpus.From this moral high ground, the United States is assuring the world that a new facility for researching a horror shop of weaponized infectious...
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Spin Cycle
Sound Byte ScienceIn July, Bush's veto of a bill on stem-cell funding stirred up a flurry of high-profile science news stories. For the most part, however, science gets the shaft: on average, science stories make up only two percent of network news coverage....
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Teacher Rebellion in Oaxaca
OAXACA DE JUAREZ, Mexico-Thousands of protestors have forced the Oaxaca state government into a bizarre sort of roaming exile, floating between luxury hotels on the outskirts of the capital. Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz worked from the guarded Hacienda...
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The Death of Doha
The WTO model has collapsed. What's next?ELITE EDITORIALISTS AND FREE-TRADE devotees gnashed their teeth in distress when the latest round of World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations collapsed in late July. But amidst the hand-wringing, many advocates...
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The Good War on Terror
How the Greatest Generation helped pave the road to BaghdadON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, George W. Bush wrote the following impression in his diary: "The Pearl Harbor of the list century took place today." He wasn't alone in this assessment. In the days after...
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The Prairie Populist: Byron Dorgan
North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan is a popular Democrat from a very "red" rural state. He's remained a voter favorite not because he's tried to split the difference with Republicans or suck up to the Washington power structure, but because of the populist...
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The Reparations Bandwagon
THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT to gain reparations for the descendents of enslaved Africans was a fast-rolling bandwagon until slowed by events of 9/11. Well, it's accelerating again.In truth, it's been picking up momentum since Hurricane Katrina blew the cover...
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White Blight
BOOKSWhite BlightIN 1957, AS the civil rights movement gained steam, the conservative National Review opined: "the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary for it to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas...
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Why Hemingway Is Chick-Lit
"When women stop reading, the novel will be dead," declared Ian McEwan in the Guardian last year. The British novelist reached this rather dire conclusion after venturing into a nearby park in an attempt to give away free novels. The result?Only one...
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