In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 12, December

Air Polluters Sail the High Seas
A THREAT TO THE world's atmosphere is sailing the high seas, but activists say government regulators are letting the culprit off the hook.The global shipping industry coughs up millions of tons of air pollution each year, yet its emissions are for the...
Appall-O-Meter
2.5 It's all Better With SlaveryThe search goes on for ways to make U.S. history relevant for American schoolchildren. We can safely exclude the approach used at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, N.J.According to reports in the New Jersey Star-Ledger...
China's Valley of Tears
Is authoritarian capitalism the future?THE EXPLOSION OF CAPITALISM in China has many Westerners asking when political democracy-as the "natural" accompaniment of capitalism-will emerge. But a closer look quickly dispels any such hope.Modern-day China...
Come on People! Bill Cosby Is Right
Come On People! Bill Cosby Is RightAS A CONTROVERSY, Bill Cosby's Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors is hardly controversial. The new book, co-authored with Harvard psychiatrist Alvin F. Poussaint, is an old-fashioned, conservative cultural...
Dark Side of Russia's Rainbow
Rainbow banners. Colorful costumes. Thumping music. Waving politicians. These are some modern-day trappings of a typical gay pride parade in any major U.S. city. But it's a far cry from the scene of this year's pride march in Moscow, where participants...
El Salvador's Patriot Act
On July 2, Salvadoran police arrested 14 rural activists who were protesting water privatization in Suchitoto, a colonial town in the middle of the country. The government plans to try them on Feb. 8 under the country's new anti-terrorism laws, which...
Funding Iraq's Citizen Soldiers
Is the Pentagon's neighborhood watch strategy protecting Iraqis or stoking the civil war?THE U.S.-LED COALITION FORCES in Iraq have gone populist, empowering a "movement" of local sheikhs, former insurgents and ordinary Iraqis-encouraging them to take...
Harold Washington Remembered
WHEN HAROLD WASHINGTON, Chicago's first black mayor, died on Nov. 25,1987, many of us understood that his death marked the passing of a great man. But while we lamented the negative impact of his loss, few of us had any inkling of the vast political...
Hounding the Bush Dogs
Meet the candidates who are taking on conservative DemocratsMARK PERA is not one to back down from a challenge. The son of a steelworker, Pera toiled in Northwest Indiana's mills to put himself through college and law school. As a Cook County assistant...
iPower to the People
The perils and promise of point-and-click politicsGRINNING LIKE A ROCK Star, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards strides out to a lighted platform in the center of a townhall gathering at the University of New Hampshire. With his glossy 'do...
Kids LOL @ Navy Recruiters
TEENAGERS, BE WARNED: Military recruiters have armed themselves with "Wat up, dude?" and "nmu" in their effort to lure you to Iraq. (For those who lack daily interaction with teens, "nmu" means "Not much. You?")As headlines reveal that the military is...
Letters
Trouble in paradiseKen Brociner writes in his article, "The Left's Identity Crisis," that "[Jerome Armstrong and I] vociferously denounce the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) for being too timid and centrist. Yet at the same time, they suggest that...
No Red Meat for the Base
In The Contenders (Seven Stories Press, 2008), six writers take an unvarnished look at the leading Democratic presidential candidates. Below, Eli Sanders and Dan Savage examine the unlikely electoral prospects of Citizen Kucinich in the Carniverous States...
Prairie Style Romance
BOOKSPrairie Style RomanceIF NANCY HORAN had presented the ending of her novel, Loving Frank (Ballantine), in a workshop, or if perhaps she'd stricken the historical names and pawned this as pure invention, it would have likely been considered an excellent...
Public Libraries for Profit
IN LATE OCTOBER, Jackson County, Ore., re-opened the doors to 15 of its public libraries after a lack of funds had forced them shut on April 6-the largest library closure in U.S. history. However, as patrons returned to the bookshelves in the southern...
R.I.P. LiP
MEDIATHESE DAYS, IT ain't easy being indy.The last 12 months have seen the demise of Clamor, Punk Planet, Satya and LiP. Not only have we lost a set of publications committed to the cultivation of progressive thought, intriguing activism and culture-jamming,...
Saving a Public Park
Benton Harbor citizens fight to stop Whirlpool's luxury golf courseBY MOST MEASURES, THE citizens of Benton Harbor, Mich., are not materially wealthy. The city's residents are predominantiy black-92 percent-and fhe median family income is $19,250, barely...
Supreme Court Inc
The Roberts Court unravels a generation of progressWHILE IN LAW SCHOOL in Washington, D.C., in the late '60s, I heard Justice William O. Douglas explain at a public forum that his support for the Warren Court's "criminal law revolution" was undergirded...
Tax and Spend? Hell, Yeah!
Tax and Spend? Hell, Yeah!I HAVE A PROPOSAL for the next Democratic debate-hell, the next Democratic and Republican debates: Get rid of the TV personalities and have Paul Krugman moderate the thing.That way, "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert won't be...
The Democrats' Path to Victory
The public demand for progressive politics is growing strongerVOTERS ARE LIKELY TO choose the next president primarily on economic issues, especially if the financial crises deepen. But they will also decide the election based on concerns about the war...
The New Road to Serfdom
The New Road to SerfdomIn the early '80s, as Margaret Thatcher attempted to hack away at England's substantial public sector, she found a frustrating degree of public resistance. The closer she got to the bone, the more the patient wriggled and withdrew....
Third Time's the Charm?
MOST COURTS in the civilized world will not admit evidence obtained under torture. That's why our government had to set up a new system to avoid these "technicalities." Under the Military Commissions Act (MCA), which Congress passed in September 2006,...
Treaty of Detroit Repealed
In 1950, GENERAL Motors and the United Auto Workers (UAW) signed the "Treaty of Detroit." The landmark contract helped create mass prosperity and growing equality in America over the next two decades by setting a standard for other unions that even many...
U.S. Lobbyists Assault E.U. Regs
IRAQ IS NOT the only place that is handing the United States its ass.The European Union surpassed America in 2005 to become the worlds largest, richest economy. America's former dominance had made it the global arbiter of health and safety standards,...
WINGNUT Awareness Week
Neocons beat the war drum on college campusesYOU KNOW THAT FEELING people get when they drive past a car accident? It's clear that the wreckage is terrifying, but they can't bring themselves to look away. That's how I felt wandering into DePaul University's...