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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, February

8 Reasons to Close GUANTÁNAMO NOW
THE FIRST DETAINEES ARRIVED in Guantánamo four months to the day after the 9/11 attacks. From the opening of Camp X-Ray-the first site of imprisonment, notorious for its tin-roofed open-air cages-to the recently completed permanent prison known as Camp...
A Politically Correct Lexicon
Your 'how-to' guide to avoid offending anyoneIN THE LATE "70s, "politically correct," "PC" for short, entered the public lexicon. Folks on the left used the term to dismiss views that were seen as too rigid and, also, to poke fun at themselves for the...
Appall-O-Meter
5.3 McMansion Of One's OwnWhen archaeologists and historians centuries hence try to understand the glory that was America, the acme of world-dominating civilizations, they will have to explain not only the McMansion, but the Mini-Me McMansion. The latter,...
A Wingnut in Sheep's Clothing
A Wingnut in Sheep's ClothingBy Phyllis EckhausIT'S DELUDED TO imagine that human beings are rational creatures. Fear-mongering works, which is why every election season campaign strategists immerse us in negative ads. You can't reason with people in...
Barack's Black Dilemma
THE DAY AFTER the national celebration of King Day, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (D-Ill.) announced he was forming a committee to explore a run for the presidency. Obamas rapid ascent and the popular draft that has swept him into the presidential race would...
Cultivating the Media Garden
THE TIDES, THEY were a-rising in Memphis last month at the Free Press National Conference for Media Reform. A record-busting 3,000 people attended-a sizeable boost from the 2,500 at the 2005 confab in St. Louis. Media organizers packed the ballroom of...
Dear Reader
With this issue, you hold a piece of In These Times history in your hand.Thirty years ago, In These Times was established as a national, non-profit magazine that was independent of all political parties, but committed to informing and building a national...
Declassified, but Still Unavailable
AT THE STROKE of midnight on December 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret government documents-including 270 million pages of FBI files-were instantly declassified, promising to shed light on everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis to government...
Dreaming Up New Politics
Thinking different in an age of fantasyIN THE AUTUMN OF 2004, shortly before the U.S. presidential election and in the middle of a typically bloody month in Iraq, the New York Times Magazine ran a feature article on the casualty of truth in the Bush...
Education Reform: Pass or Fail?
As No Child Left Behind comes due for reauthorization, questions remain about whether it really helps children learnTHE CERVENY MIDDLE SCHOOL in Northwest Detroit looks like any other aging public school in a depressed urban area. The ominous brick structure...
Eyes off the Prize
As Iraq dominates U.S. attention, China, India and Iran are emerging as the next world powersABOUT 30 YEARS AGO, U.S. diplomats famously dismissed the civil war raging in the jungles of Cambodia as a "sideshow" to the Cold War. Callous as that was, the...
Faith Healing with Homeopathy
FOR THE HALF billion people worldwide who use homeopathic remedies, the potions can be as healing as a hug, as benignly nutty as knocking wood for luck or as dangerous as believing a dashboard Jesus will protect you from an onrushing train. What homeopathy...
Families Behind Bars
U.S. immigration policy is putting kids in jail.NAMED AFTER THE CO-FOUNDER of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the T. Don Hutto Correctional Center in Taylor, Texas, opened as a medium-security prison in 1997. Today, the federal government...
Fights over Chinese Labor Reform
LAST MARCH, IN his annual speech to the National People's Congress, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced wide-ranging economic reforms of "epoch-making significance," including a new labor law that would crack down on inhumane working conditions.But...
Getting Vets Their Benefits Back
RICK SCAVETTA LIVES with his wife and young daughter in a small town near New Haven, Conn. He joined the Army at 18, in part to earn money for college, and served in the regular Army and then the Reserve for a total of 15 years, reaching the rank of...
Inside America's Gulag
A Guantánamo lawyer reports from a parallel legal universeACCORDING TO THE U.S. government, Guantánamo Bay is leased to Uncle Sam by the Cuban government. However, Cuba does not recognize U.S. claims to the Bay and has not accepted lease payments for...
Interrogations Behind Barbed Wire
Who's to blame for America's new torture techniques?HIS PSYCHIATRISTS CALL IT "Groundhog Day."José Padilla-the once-renowned "dirty bomber" who is now little more than a dim light in the government's galaxy of desperadoes-has spent almost five years...
In You More Than Yourself
In December, Time magazine's annual "Person of the Year" honor went not to Ahmadinejad, Chávez, Kim Jong-Il or any of the other usual suspects, but to "you": each and every one of us using or creating content on the World Wide Web.Time's cover showed...
Kucinich Comes Back for '08
To his supporters, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) represents the sane voice of the Democratic Party-a man who reads books, gives intelligent speeches and acts on principle. To his detractors, Kucinich is a small man on an ego trip, too radical to be elected.Kucinich...
Letters
On the NoseAntonia Juhasz' "Spoils of War" (January) was the most stunning, head-on account of what was really going on during the Iraq invasion/demolition-so-U.S.-contractors/corporations-could-get-all-the-money-and-Iraq-would-be-bound-by-WB/IMF/WTO-loans-forever-and-ever...
Looking Back, Moving Forward
WITH THIS ISSUE IN These Times celebrates its 30th anniversary. On page 18, we honor those readers whose financial support has kept the magazine afloat. In These Times has also relied on labors of love. In the past 30 years, many folks have passed through...
Mr. Smith Doesn't Go to Washington
Mr. Smith Doesn't Go To WashingtonBy Erin PolgreenONE OF 15 films shortlisted for a 2006 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymore? is currently playing in limited engagements across the country. But starting...
Solidarity without Borders
Confronted with multinationals and business-friendly trade agreements, unions have begun to act globallyWITH JOHN LENNON'S "IMAGINE" playing in the background, more than 1,000 leaders of service and technology unions from around the world gathered in...
Thirty More Years
BACK IN 1976, WHEN James Weinstein decided to move to Chicago to start In These Times, his inspiration was Appeal to Reason, a socialist weekly published out of Girard, Kansas, between 1895 and 1922. At its peak in 1912, the paper had 761,000 subscribers-including...
Who's Afraid of Peter Boyle?
LIVESPETER BOYLE DIED in December. His wacky turn as Frankenstein's tap-dancing monster in a Mel Brooks movie led the obituaries, along with his role as the curmudgeonly father on a hideously popular sitcom. When I heard the news, however, I pulled out...
Why Are EPA Libraries Closing?
IN FEBRUARY 2006, when President Bush unveiled his budget proposal for FY 2007, the EPA Library Network learned that its annual disbursement would be slashed 80 percent from 2006 funding levels-from $2.5 million to just $500,000. A month later, administrators...