In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, January

Acid-Mining Michigan
The wild and picturesque Salmon Trout River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is home to the last breeding coaster brook trout on the south shore of Lake Superior. This native fish is awaiting classification to endangered species status by the Department...
Appall-O-Meter
3.3 A Different Kind Of Credit CrunchA riot broke out the Saturday after Thanksgiving at a Wauwatosa, Wis., Kmart store, but it was no mere case of Christmas shopping frenzy. Rather, word had spread that, thanks to a computer error, everyone who applied...
Bad Cop, Badder Cop in Brazil
Bad Cop, Badder Cop in BrazilDoes every Brazilian love a fascist? That's the question raised by the new film Tropa de Elite, which is on its way to becoming one of the country's most popular movies of all time. The protagonist in Tropa de Elite, or "elite...
Beware the Credit-Industrial Complex
My daughter is a freshman in college and is learning a lot, including how to manage her money. Recently, she got a powerful initiation into the predatory practices of banks-a lesson more and more of us are learning each month. She made a miscalculation...
Bike-Sharing Is Caring
WHILE WORKING THE graveyard shift in a University of Virginia computer lab 13 years ago, Paul DeMaio had dreams of the open road. On a whim, the avid cyclist and environmentalist entered "public bikes" into a search engine and discovered images of Bycyklen,...
Catch-22 in the 21st Century
When I visited my client Abdul Hamid al-Ghizzawi at Guantanamo on Sept. 25 and 26, he brought with him two letters that he had been working on since summer. The letters, written in Arabic, were six pages and one page in length. The sixpage letter described...
Come on Cosby, Stop Hatin'
DEEPENING CLASS CONFLICT Within the black community has produced some interesting symptoms.Every Saturday, black protesters march around the Washington, D.C. home of Black Entertainment Television President and CEO Debra Lee, demanding that the network...
Corporate Potluck
Dietitians and their company sponsors make strange buffet fellowsFOR THREE DAYS EARLY this fall, the Pennsylvania Convention Center was home to corporate entities such as PepsiCo, Hershey's, Taco Bell, Crisco and McDonald's. They weren't there to count...
Dropping out of Electoral College
A STANFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTER scientist named John Koza has formulated a compelling and pragmatic alternative to the Electoral College. It's called National Popular Vote (NPV), and has been hailed as "ingenious" by two New York Times editorials. In...
Empire's Architecture
Should it ever be finished, the U.S. embassy in Iraq will stand as a colossal monument to the Bush administration's failuresPANIC SHOT THROUGH THE State Department and White House earlier this summer when the American architecture firm Berger Devine...
Hanging Hate
Backlash against the Jena Six case sparks an epidemic of public noosesTHE NOOSE, THAT SYMBOL of American racism associated with the Jim Crow South, is making a comeback. Following the notorious Jena, La., incident, a rash of noose-related hate crimes...
INSIDE THE Beast: Lifelines, Lifetimes and Timelines: Hoisting Ourselves Up the Fossil Chain
What follows is a transcript, obtained by In These Times, of a keynote luncheon attended by 300 oilmen. The luncheon was part of GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil and gas conference, held in Calgary, Alberta, in June. It speaks for itself.S. K. Wolff, a...
King of the Crop
FILMKing of the CropTwo buddies from Yale trek to northern Iowa, buy an acre of farmland, start growing corn and make a documentary about the experience. Sound like a trite tale of East Coasters playing Midwest farmers? It could be, if not for the filmmakers'...
Letters
Virtually PoliticalThanks for a nice overview and critique of the Internet politics fad in Jessica Clark's "iPower to the People" (December 2007). One aspect of it all that makes this old new-leftist skeptical is that it seems solely concentrated on...
Lights! Camera! Collective Action!
The Writers Guild of America strikes to secure a piece of the pie in the Digital AgeStarting on Nov. 5, 2007, America's television and movie writers left their solitary desks for the collective sidewalks of Los Angeles and New York, carrying placards...
McGovern Still on the Antiwar Path
The old antiwar horse is still kicking.In 1972, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern (once a World War II bomber pilot) won the Democratic presidential nomination on an antiwar platform. In 2007, he's still got game.In March 2007, McGovern called on Vice...
No New Year Resolutions?
SEC proposes curbing shareholder powerTHE U.S. SECURITIES & Exchange Commission (sec) has proposed changes that could prevent many shareholders from raising issues of social and environmental corporate responsibility.Over the past few decades, shareholder...
Resister in Exile
When I met Haifa Zangana in Naperville, Ill., 40 miles southwest of Chicago, the former political prisoner under Saddam Hussein's Baath regime was working on a column but was having computer problems. The interview appeared to be a needed distraction....
RoboCop in Iraq
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, Or IEDs, have killed 1,678 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan since July 2003, according to Georgiabased Iraq Coalition Casualty Count. The death toll could have been much higher without the help of 5,000 IED-detecting...
Rocking Lolita in Tehran
MUSICAt A 2001 rock concert in Tehran, Iran, members of the alternative rock band O-hum wore jeans and T-shirts. Some of them had mop tops. The lead singer jumped around with his bright red guitar as young girls screamed and boys climbed onto the stage...
The Boy Who Cried WMD
THERE GOES THE Axis of Evil.On Dec. 3, news broke that 16 U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Iran had halted its nuclear arms efforts in 2003. You would think the report-known as the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)-would give Bush pause...
The Fog of War Crimes
Who's to blame when 'just following orders' means murder?A MARINE SQUAD WAS ON a dusty road in Iraq, far from home. Suddenly, a deadly roadside bomb explodes the early morning calm and kills a lance corporal and wounds two other Marines. The mission:...
The Revolution Will Not Be Designed
DESIGNIN October 2005, amid ample media buzz, Stanford University christened its Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Known as the "d.school" (rhymes with B-school), the institute proclaims itself the home of an interdisciplinary vanguard that is set...
Warning: Drug Ads Can Make You Sick
JANE'S FAMILY IS suffering from plagues of biblical-lite proportions. Her teenage son is unruly and easily distracted. Her daughter has menstrual cramps, is 12 pounds overweight and shy. Her husband sleeps fitfully and has occasional heartburn and irregularity-not...