In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, January

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7.2 Let Them Eat LeadGossip columns were atwitter in November with details of an event the New York Post dubbed "Mitzvahpalooza." To mark her passage into Jewish adulthood, Elizabeth Brooks of New York was subjected to the grisliest cultural travesty...
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Chávez's Opposition Opts Out
CARACAS-ON DECEMBER 4, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez called the opposition's eleventh-hour decision to withdraw from the country's congressional elections an attempted "coup" and pledged that his government would respond with a "counter-coup." He...
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Christmas in New Orleans
PICTURE SANTA'S SLED with a rolling kitchenette attached and you have some idea about the size of a FEMA trailer. I came across a yard of them when I got lost on the highway near Baton Rouge, where most of my family evacuated out of New Orleans.The trailers...
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Cleaning Up Elections in Connecticut
TAKE ONE GOVERNOR in hot water. Raise heat until the governor goes to prison. Combine with a unified and persistent coalition of reform advocates, and mix in widespread outrage at corruption. Add a dash of bipartisanship. What have you got?In Connecticut,...
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Country's Jingoistic Jingles
MUSIC Country's Jingoistic Jingles Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music, by Chris Willman, New Press, 302 pages, $25.95Country music is the nations most popular genre-with nearly twice as many stations devoted to it than any other-and...
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Cult of Character
How the 'secular' Character Training Institute is working to build evangelist Bill Gothard's vision of a First-Century Kingdom of God-one city, one state, one school board, one police force and one mind at a time.OKLAHOMA CITY-From the outside the bland,...
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Evo Morales Has Plans for Bolivia
Evo Morales is a polarizing figure in Latin American politics: a proudly left-leaning indigenous activist who defends the traditional rights of peasants to grow coca and describes the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas as "colonization." While opponents...
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Ghosts in the Voting Machines
Concerned about reports of election fraud and vote suppression in the 2004 election, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress,...
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Hello, You've Got Smallpox
"Armed with a fake e-mail address, a would-be bioterrorist could probably order the building blocks of a deadly biological weapon online and receive them by post within weeks," reports the Nov. 12 New Scientist magazine. A skilled geneticist with access...
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Iran's Anti-Gay Pogrom
American gay rights groups are ignoring systematic persecution in the Islamic RepublicTHE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of Iran-under the new government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-is engaged in a major anti-homosexual pogrom targeting gays and gay sex. This...
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Letters
We're blushingI just finished reading every article in the "Who Is Sherrod Brown?" issue (December 19). A very solid issue! Now I am looking up a couple of Web sites that I saw in the magazine. Your magazine has had a string of excellent covers lately....
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My Fellow Americans
LEAKS FROM D.C. insiders aren't just for the mainstream media. Using our close ties to the PR firm the Lincoln Group, In These Times has gained exclusive access to the advance draft of George Bush's 2006 State of the Union address. Here is it:Mr. Speaker,...
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Postcards from the Front
In Jarhead, his memoir of the first Gulf War, Anthony Swofford writes, "[T]he men who go to war and live are spared for the single purpose of spreading the bad news when they return, the bad news about the way war is fought and why, and by whom for whom."The...
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Snap, Crackle ... Patents
Can you patent the business method of selling cereal? One company gave it a shotBACK IN 2000, DAVID ROTH had one of those "eureka" moments that are the stuff of American entreprenurial legend. After spotting a box of Cocoa Puffs hidden behind the desk...
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Spin Cycle
Whither the News?Have we reached the end of journalism as we know it?In early December, as news broke that the Bush administration was placing pro-war stories in the Iraqi press, the Tribune Company announced a round of deep staff cuts at several major...
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Swift-Boating Bernie
THE SWIFT BOAT Veterans and POWs for Truth, the 527 organization with close ties to the 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign, helped to sink the presidential ambitions of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Now they are back on the attack. In a letter to his fellow marauders,...
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Tale of Two Wars
THE WHITE HOUSE has hit on an ingenious way to win the war in Iraq. It is all laid out in a White House policy paper, "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq."The strategy was conceived and written not by the nations top military strategists but rather...
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The Northern Slave Trade
MIXED MEDIA The Northern Slave Trade Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery, by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank, Ballantine Books, 273 pages, $25.95Slavery in New York Ira Berlin and Leslie M. Harris, editors,...
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The Republican Crack-Up
Bush's bad year has created a political vacuum. Who will fill it?SHORTLY AFTER HIS REELECTION, GEORGE Bush bragged that he had bags full of political capital for his second term. But Bush both miscounted the political coins in his pocket and blew his...
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The Three Alitos
WHEN IT COMES to Supreme Court nominees, conservatives face a quandary. They want a justice who is a conservative ideologue, but publicly call for a judge who would be a non-ideological, strict-constructionist umpire, whose only agenda is a deep desire...
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To Leave or Not to Leave
Parsing the plans for "victory" in Iraq.IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE invasion of Iraq, President Bush told the world, "We will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more." But as is always the case in politics, the devil is in the details.When...
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TV of the Future
HUMORAlthough reality has been nipping at the heels of satire for many years, reality has increasingly been overtaking satire. I thought of a TV show called "Feng Shui Vigilantes," only to find out there are already similar series, such as "While You...
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What's the 411 on 9/11?
IN EARLY DECEMBER, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project-a private group formed by 9/11 Commission members after their official term expired in 2004-chided the government for ignoring the lessons learned from the Commission's probe of the terrorist attack.But...
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Will the Dems Step Up in the New Year?
AS THE WINTER holiday season blows in and 2005 begins to wane, both major political parties face big questions that will impact American politics far into the future.The question for Republicans is simple: Are they going to continue fueling their culture...
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