Mother Jones

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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, March/April

A Cure for the Common Farm?
Outfront Genetically engineered "pharmacrops" could be a curse for the Corn Belt-or the family farm's last hope. From early spring to harvesttime last year, Iowa farmer Bill Horan watched over a small plot of corn that grew behind an electric fence,...
As the World Burns
The Slant When it comes to global warming, the president is a man with a plan-- about planning to plan. By IanFrazier President Bush has called for a decade of research before anything beyond voluntary measures is used to stem tailpipe and smokestack...
A Tale of Two Chinas
In modern China, development is sacred-- and history is becoming a thing of the past. Photo Essay by JAMES WHITLOW DELANO Text by ORVILLE SCHELL AFTER A century of political chaos, foreign occupation, and Maoist revolution, China has been reborn. No...
Backtalk
Got Fat? I appreciated your article "Unhappy Meals" (January/February). As a teacher of 30 years and a vegetarian, I am appalled at the lunches our schools serve our children. As educators, I would think that we would be promoting a low-fat, plant-based...
Dr. No Free Lunch
FIVE CLUMPS OF PENS, rubber-banded together, spill from an overstuffed envelope to the floor of Dr. Bob Goodman's office. Each ball point bears the name of a different blockbuster drug-Lipitor, Paxil, Zocor. They have been sent in by a doctor who'd learned...
Editor's Note
Thoughout the relentless, almost surreal, buildup to a U.S. attack on Iraq, the Bush administration never did manage to make it clear just what we were about to fight for. First, we heard about Saddam's possible ties to 9/11 and Al Qaeda, until it became...
Interview: Ruth Ozeki, When Novel Meets Expose
Ruth Ozeki's acclaimed debut novel, My Year of Meats, has probably converted more than a few readers to vegetarianism. Channeling an engaging mix of Upton Sinclair and Haruki Murakami, Ozeki tells the story of Jane Takagi-Little, a Japanese American...
Living in an Age of Fire
After six of their own were accused of a conspiracy of silence," the Yemenis of Lackawanna decided that speaking up is just as dangerous. OLD-TIMERS RECALL that when they were children and the town of Lackawanna, just outside Buffalo, New York, was home...
Outback Nightmares & Refugee Dreams
When a few thousand men, women, and children sought asylum in Australia, the Welcoming Country responded with prison camps, tear gas, and forced relocation to distant island jails. HE DINGO FENCE marches to the north, a wire barrier twice the length...
Secondhand Diplomacy
Outfront SMOKING THE TOBACCO TREATY PHARMING THE CORN BELT CHENEY'S UNDERSECRETARY EXXON'S OIL-SPILL AILMENTS PHYSICIANS WITHOUT FREEBIES After closed-door meetings with cigarette makers, the Bush administration is seeking to derail a global tobacco...
"Self" Indulgence
books BetterThan Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream By Carl Elliott. WW Norton. 320pages. $26.95. It's been 10 years since Peter Kramer listened to Prozac and relayed to the rest of us its overwhelming question: What are we to make of medical...
The Bad Guy
Gangbanger, fifth columnist, radical Muslim, poor fatherless Puerto Rican-is it mere coincidence that in Jose Padilla the government has the perfect fall guy? THIS GUY PADILLA!S A BAD GUY, and he is where he needs to be-- detained," President Bush said...
The Cheney Loyalty Test
Why did Alan Larson, a Clinton undersecretary, keep his job under Bush? When a new president takes office, highranking officials appointed by the previous administration are usually replaced as quickly as possible. That was certainly the case with the...
The Patient Predator
Tuberculosis is back, and thanks to globalization and slipshod treatment, it's deadlier than ever. tHE CREATURE ARRIVED IN THE ARCTIC as it had spread itself around the world. It lay dormant in the lungs of someone apparently healthy enough to undertake...
The Short, Unhappy Life of Campaign Finance Reform
Power Plays | Politics Everyone seems ready to bury the McCain-Feingold law-- including those responsible for enforcing it. By Paul Taylor Everyone seems ready to bury the McCain-Feingold law-- including those responsible for enforcing it. SENATORS JOHN...
The Thirty-Year Itch
FOR THREE DECADES, WASHINGTON'S HAWKS HAVE PUSHED FOR THE UNITED STATES TO SEIZE CONTROL OF THE PERSIAN GULF. THEIR TIME IS NOW. By Robert Dreyfuss If you were to spin the globe and look for real estate critical to building an American empire, your first...
The Valdez Crud
Are crude oil and chemicals to blame for the health problems of workers who cleaned up Exxon's mess? In May 1989, the Potter brothers-Mike, Roger, and Paul-joined 11,000 men and women in the massive effort to clean up 10 million gallons of crude oil...
Up against Wal-Mart
At the world's largest and most profitable retailer, low wages, unpaid overtime, and union busting are a way of life. Now Wal-Mart workers are fighting back. JENNIFER MCLAUGHLIN IS 22, has a baby, drives a truck, wears wide-leg jeans and spiky plastic...
Want Irrigation with That?
Exhibit The deleterious effects that supersize portions pose to human health have been well documented. Now to the list of obesity, heart disease, and bad skin we can add a new evil: wasted water. A typical American eats four orders of fries a week,...
Watching the Detectives
If the Information Awareness Office didn't exist, paranoid conspiracy theorists would have had to invent it. The office, a division of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is not only building the Orwellian-sounding Total Information...