In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 7, July

Among Cousins
Four days behind the wall in Palestine BY LOUIS NAYMANNAFTALI FINDS ME IN THE lobby bar of the Jerusalem Grand Court, a utilitarian tourist hotel on formerly Arab-controlled land just east of BarLev Avenue, which until June, 1967, marked the green line...
BP Bets the Planet-We Lose
AS THE OIL SPREADS, choking life and livelihood, the hearings and investigations into BP's gulf khemorrhage are focused on human failures, technical flaws and short-term fixes. These silos of inquiry, while essential, sidestep the deeper problem: Deep...
Certifying 'Blood Chocolate'
Activists question the candy industry's commitment to end cocoa industry child laborCONSCIENTIOUS CONSUMERS SEARCH for ethically sourced and manufactured products has expanded beyond diamonds, coffee and clothing to sweeter terrain: chocolate. After...
Corporate Con Game
How the private prison industry helped shape Arizona's anti-immigrant lawBESIDE MY BROTHERS AND MY sisters, I'll proudly take a stand. When liberty's in jeopardy, I'll always do what's right. Tm out here on the frontline, sleep in peace tonight. American...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,Ever since I was a tyke I've felt entitled to anything I could grab. For instance, I used to swipe my little sister's dessert and enjoy watching her cry while I ate it. As a result, my friendships are few. My therapist suggest I join...
Got Raw Milk?
IN MASSACHUSETTS, A controversy over raw milk regulations has cast doubt on our seemingly basic right to unprocessed food. Government, public health and dairy industry officials want to restrict the sale and distribution of raw (unpasteurized) milk,...
How Does Your Water Glow?
Radioactive waste threatens the integrity of the Ogallala AquiferIN OUR NATION'S QUEST TO reshape its energy policy, nuclear power has re-emerged as an alternative to fossil fuels. In February, President Barack Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees...
Meet the Old War, Same as the New War
The war on undocumented immigrants initiated by Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) is not the first time legislation sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has filled the nets and bank accounts of the private prison industry.In...
'O Earth, Pale Mother!'
TO MANY OF US, the fear of flying is concrete: We are haunted by how many parts of such an immensely complicated machine as a modern plane have to function smoothly in order for the plane to remain in the air - one small lever breaks somewhere, and we...
On the Road to a Jobless 'Recovery'
Democrats and unions fail to make job creation a national priorityON A COOL SPRING DAY, a small group of organizers and unemployed workers from Jobs With Justice gathered-fittingly-in the Debs Room of the elegant, if fading, garment workers' union hall...
Out of the Shadows, into the Spotlight
Originally from Mexico, 26-year-old Tania Unzueta has been living, working and studying in the United States for 16 years as an undocumented immigrant. As a highly visible member of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL), which organizes acts of civil...
Social Security's Porcupine Politics
FOR DECADES, SOCIAL Security has been considered a "third rail" of American politics: touch it and you'll get burned in the next election. George W. Bush only pushed for partial privatization of the insurance system after he began his second term, and...
'So Is She Gay?'
MEDIATWO HOURS AFTER President Barack Obama's May 10 announcement that Solicitor General Elena Kagan was his nominee to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, journalist Andrew Sullivan asked a question on his popular blog the Daily Dish:...
The Great Trans-Frontier
FILMThe Great Trans-FrontierIT IS NOT often that a documentary film discusses the complexity and nuance of a small town in Colorado and genital reassignment surgery (GRS) for male to female transsexuals.Trinidad, directed and produced by Jay Hodges and...
The Ogallala under Threat
The 111 million-acre Ogallala Aquifer is threatened by both contamination - from fertilizer and pesticide run-off, animal waste and possibly enormous amounts of radioactive waste buried underground - and overuse.About 90 percent of the water drawn from...
This Summer's Crop of Media Myths
As we slog through what promises to be an awful summer - if BP, Israel and Wall Street lobbyists have anything to say about it- here are some news frames we could probably live without.1. Obama Is unfeeling. So now, on top of everything else, President...
Ties That Bind
Over the past several years private-prison companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the Geo Group, through their work as members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and through their ties to the Arizona Legislature and the...
Truth in Honduras
ONE YEAR AFTER Latin America's first coup of the century, two opposing truth commissions - one official, one not - have set to work to determine why and how Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from power. At stake is the legitimacy of the Honduran...
Virtually Conservative
THE NUMBERS ARE DAUNTING. The Entertainment Software Association reports that in 2009, 68 percent of American households played video games. According to Grabstats, 41 percent of all video gaming involves mission/action/narrative and enacted violence,...
Working on a (Temp) Dream
We are living at the dawn of the freelance world, as more and more people find themselves working as consultants, contract workers or freelancers. This change in the way we work is as profound as the shift that occured during theindustrial revolution.More...