In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 7, July

A GLBT Center of Their Own
IT'S "NOT YOUR average GLBT Center" declared the April 24 edition of The Advocate, the national GLBT newsmagazine.Indeed. The Center on Halsted, billed as the nation's most comprehensive GLBT community center, was unveiled last month in a flurry of local...
Appall-O-Meter
2.3 Deport the ChalupaAs the GOP hopefuls convened in New Hampshire for their third debate, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo set a high bar for subtlety. According to The Swamp, a blog operated by the Chicago Tribune, Tancredo dropped in at the same diner...
D.C. Fights for a Vote
THE LINE TO enter the May 23 Senate Judiciary Committee session stretched well down the hallway. Packed inside were activists wearing stickers and t-shirts emblazoned with the image that has become their movement's trademark: a D.C. license plate bearing...
Democrats Shy Away from Emergency Contraception
ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, advocates were optimistic that legislation requiring emergency contraception to be stocked on all military bases would pass in the House. "We had the votes on Wednesday night. Things were looking good," says Monica Castellanos,...
Entrapping Inflated Threats
ABDUL KADIR, ONE of the four men charged in an alleged terrorist plot to blow up a pipeline that fed fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is a former member of the Guyanese Parliament and former mayor of Linden, Guyana. The fuel line...
Food Poisoning for Thought
IF A COUNTRY executes people who murder close-up with guns or knives, it should also put to death officials and executives who kill at a polite distance by knowingly approving and selling lethal products.For all its faults as the world's high-executioner...
Forget the Foundations
Forget the FoundationsWHILE WORKING IN a hospital in the '705 near the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Lorelei Decora, noticed that many women were having miscarriages-so many that hospital workers had to put extra beds in the hallways. Meanwhile,...
Genetic Disorder
Parents with limited incomes are being denied access to genetic tests and the counseling that experts say should accompany themTHE MAPPING OF THE human genome, first completed in 2000, vastly accelerated research into the genetic causes of human disease....
He Shoots, She Scores
When Mike became Christine, she gave Los Angeles sports fans a courtside view of gender politicsFOR ALL OF ITS trappings of money, fame, and corruption, professional sports has a lot to do with character. Avid sports fans seem to respect those who face...
In the Crosshairs
WHEN IRAQI ARTIST WAFAA Bilal decided to sequester himself in a Chicago art gallery for 42 days with a paintball gun that people could aim and fire at him over the Internet, he thought he might get a few shots per day. He never guessed that by day 20,...
Iran and America's Tug of War
Iran and America's Tug of WarAs THE BUSH administration boosts its military presence in the Middle East and issues frequent, pointed barbs at Tehran, which in turn quickens the pace of its nuclear enrichment program, two new books examine the object...
Kissing Up to K Street
Democrats are selling out the economic populism that got them elected in the first placeIN 1903, JOURNALIST WlLLIAM Riordan published a series of interviews with George Washington Plunkitt, who was probably the most famous leader of New York's Tammany...
Letters
Tamil child soldiersI am a Sri Lankan Tamil living in Sydney, Australia. I read Terry Alien's "America's Child Soldier Problem" (June 2007), and wanted to thank you for your different perspective on child soldiers and U.S. military aid to governments...
Militarizing Mexico's Drug War
NOCUPÉTARO, MEXICO-"IN THE HELICOPTER is where they began to beat us," recalls Sara, a 17-year-old who was released on May 16 after a week in military detention. (Her name has been changed to protect her identity.)"They threw me really hard into the...
Stories of Survival
Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons didn't miss a beat when a white, female student told her at a 2003 Boston College screening of her documentary NO!, "Until I saw your film, I didn't know that black women could be raped." Simmons, a Philadelphia resident,...
The Enduring Lies of Ronald Reagan
RONALD REAGAN WAS a saint, a commanding leader, the gold standard of principled conservatism against whom all current and future Republicans should be measured. This is the new mantra coming out of the Republican race for the presidency as the current...
The Not-So Superfund
ABOUT 40 MILES north of Chicago, in Waukegan, 111., a parcel of land sits between the Waukegan Harbor and the shore of Lake Michigan. Known as the Outboard Marine Corp. Superfund site, it's where multiple companies-including General Motors, North Shore...
The Olympic Hustle
Chicagoans are already beginning to fear what hosting the 2016 Summer Games might do to their cityYOU COULD see HIS lip curl, the beginning of a sneer. Mayor Richard M. Daley, head of Chicago's government for 18 years, was not pleased. His parade was...
The Plight of New Orleans Workers
MORE THAN HALF of New Orleans workers have been victims of labor abuse, according to a new report from Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), a nonprofit that mobilizes U.S. religious communities on workers' rights. Despite these frequent violations of labor...
Thicker Than Oil
AT THE END of May, the third bloodiest month of his so-month Iraq War, President George W. Bush, red-white-and-blue wreath in hand, staged a Memorial Day photo op at Arlington National Cemetery with its freshly dug graves."Now this hallowed ground receives...
Torture by Another Name
ON MAY 15, America was treated to a televised celebration of war, torture and indefinite detention-the South Carolina Republican primary debate. Blending politics with Hollywood, moderator Brit Hume spun a hypothetical question involving the proverbial...
Two Degrees from Devastation
George Monbiot has a challenge for those concerned about global warming: Stop flying. Of all the harmful things you can do to the earth, it's hard to top traveling on a plane. Flying from, say, New York to London emits more than one ton of carbon dioxide...
What Vacation Days?
Despite being one of the richest nations, America denies its workers mandated paid vacations and sick daysLAST YEAR MARY Lou Eckart took her first vacation in five years, a trip from her home in Decatur, Ill., to see her grandchildren in Florida. But...
When College Ends, So Does Activism
Why selling out is a depressingly rational choice for many graduatesJAIME NELSON COULD MAKE anyone feel lazy. Over the past four years, Nelson, an undergraduate activist at the University of Michigan, has led writing workshops with Michigan's incarcerated,...