In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 10, October

A Campaign of One's Own
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, an outspoken feminist and humanist the mother of two children and two stepchildren, and the wife of Ohio's junior senator Sherrod Brown. It's this last title that she...
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AFRICOM: Round One in a New Cold War?
THE FORGOTTEN CONTINENT of Africa could become the new battleground in the next American conflict. On Feb. 6, President Bush formally established the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), a unified command structure located on the continent. By 2012, the United...
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An Unholy Alliance
Across the Deep South, religion, culture and politics collide to make 'abortion' a dirty wordEVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY morning, two or three volunteers wearing bright green shirts that read "Pro-Choice, Y'all" assemble in front of Reproductive Health...
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Appall-O-Meter
3.4 The Common TouchSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be no great shakes at statesmanship, but do not mess with her shopping.When last we checked on Condi, she was dropping wads at Ferragamo In New York during the darkest hour of the Hurricane...
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Burned by Flame Retardants
THE OLD JOKE was: Americans eat so many preservatives, our corpses will never rot. Now, it turns out they won't burn either. Americans' bodies have the world's highest concentration of the flame retardant polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)-io to 40...
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Can Brazil's Quilombos Survive?
FILMCan Brazil's Quilombos Survive?UNLIKE THE UNITED States, where slavery is too often relegated to the shadows of history, in Brazil the memory is still alive-especially in the quilombos, the encampment communities that escaped or freed African slaves...
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Chain Stores, Picket Fences and Tanks
BOOKSChain Stores, Picket Fences and TanksMUCH INK HAS been spilled over the ills of American suburbanization-homogeneity,car-dependency, systematic segregation and abolishment of public space. More and more people are questioning the value of communities...
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Earth to Bush
GROUND CONTROL TO Mr. Bush: What planet are you living on? Today, tens of millions of Americans are experiencing a declining standard of living and yet you continue to insist that our economy is "strong" and "robust." Rather than acknowledge the economic...
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Ehud Barak's Second Coming
Nearly 10 years to the day since Ehud Barak was first elected chair of Israel's Labor party, he emerged victorious again on June 12-in a narrow primary win over his more dovish opponent, Ami Ayalon. In May 1999. Barak trounced the incumbent Likud prime...
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Floating Utopias
The degraded imagination of the libertarian seasteadersFREEDOM IS LATE.Since 2003, a colossal barge called the Freedom Ship, of debatable tax status, should have been chugging with majestic aimlessness from port to port, a leviathan rover with more than...
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Funding Indonesia's Abusive Military
snapshotCOUNTERTERRORISM" HAS BECOME Indonesia's latest slogan for avoiding military reform while simultaneously strengthening its apparatus of repression. In return for its loyalty in the war on terror, the Bush administration has side-stepped congressional...
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Holy Toyland
JULIEN, MY FOUR-YEAR-OLD SON, had two plastic action-figures locked in mortal combat."Who will win," he asked, looking up at me, "Spider-Man or Moses?" We discussed their relative strengths, and he settled on the superiority of Spider-Man. The Moses...
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Inside the 'Secret Facility'
THE "PROTECTIVE ORDER," issued by the U.S. Federal Court for the D.C. District, establishes the ground rules for the "attorney client relationship" with our Gitmo clients. These are the rules that we (habeas counsel) must follow or else face being held...
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Let's Pry Open Those Cold, Dead Hands
THE NATIONAL NEWS polls Suggest that the majority of Americans support more gun control.You wouldn't know it from the mail I get. Whenever I write about the plague of gun violence, I get a huge blowback from the gun lovers of America.The rabid response...
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Letters
How does she sleep?I have long thought Susan J. Douglas alone is worth the modest price of an issue of In These Times. Her last column, "How Does Laura Bush Sleep at Night?" (September 2007), reinforced that conclusion. I had also been wondering why...
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No Happy Endings
BOOKSNo Happy EndingsTHERE IS NO happy ending in Jia (Cleis Press), Hyejin Kim's grim novel about North Korea, no final scene of freedom, no hint about what might happen in a future without the Great Leader; there isn't even the usual scrap of hope that...
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Obama's in the Eye of the Beholder
Can the junior senator from Illinois be both a stalwart progressive and a post-ideological unifier?TAMA, IOWA-Every August for 46 years, until she retired two years ago, Duffy Lyon carved the butter cow sculpture that has occupied a place of honor at...
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On Strike without a Union
Cygnus employees prove they are a 'pea that weighs a pound'WHEN A HUMAN RESOURCE manager told immigrant workers at the Cygnus soap and detergent factory on Chicago's far south side on July 25 that they had to prove their legal status within 15 days or...
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Smearing Israel's Critics
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY CANCELED courses taught by Norman Finkelstein, the controversial political science professor known for his forthright criticism of Israel, just a week before classes resumed in June. Finkelstein, who taught at DePaul for six years,...
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The Crime against Debbie Almontaser
It's hard to believe the article in the Aug. 6 New York Post that started it all could be taken seriously:Activists with ties to the principal of the city's Arabic-themed school are hawking T-shirts that glorify Palestinian terror, the Post has learned....
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Tobacco Stains
The global footprint of a deadly cropTHE PAST DECADE HAS seen a remarkable shift in the way Americans view cigarette smoking. Since the massive tobacco litigation settlements began in 1997, the federal government has phased out support for tobacco farming,...
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Trending toward Inanity
Trending Toward InanityIf you wanted to ruin the political career of Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's chief pollster and strategist, here would be one way to do it: First, create some sort of artifact bearing his name that you could use to tank his reputation....
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Twilight of the Market's Idols
A s I WRITE this, Republicans, nearly deranged by their own homophobia, have succeeded in ousting Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) because he made some odd foot and hand movements in an airport men's room. But the person they should be going after, and not...
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Unionbusting Confidential
IF YOU THOUGHT THE UNION movement was in decline-Think Againf So read an online ad for a recent seminar in Las Vegas that promised to help me remain union-free. Actually, I had thought the union movement was in decline, but I'm an open-minded sort, so...
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Why Iraq Is Getting Worse
A new civil war between Shiites erupts within the old civil war between Sunnis and ShiitesNAJAF, IRAQ - A cloud of steam rises above the crowd in the 120-degree heat. As their leader approaches the podium, the thousands who have assembled meet him with...
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