In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 9, September

Aiding and Abetting War Crimes
The Israeli military tested new weapons in Gaza with U.S. supportYOU FEEL LIKE A child playing around with a magnifying glass, burning up ants." That is how one Israeli soldier described Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Force's (IDF) invasion...
COIN Toss
Counterinsurgency failed before, but the United States is trying againGENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS, COMMANDER of U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, is known to Americans primarily as the architect of "the surge," the increase in U.S. troops in...
Dems, You Have the Power!
LAST NOVEMBER, at one of the most perilous moments in U.S. history, Americans gave Barack Obama and the Democrats a mandate to change the direction of the country. They wanted to turn a page from eight years of failure on almost every front. Majorities...
Dixie Media versus Unions
BOOKSDixie Media Versus UnionsTHE SLAVOCRACY-ROOTED SOUTH- ERN model of low wages and harshly anti-union labor relations has successfully undermined and de- feated many social-welfare protections throughout the nation. Indeed, the South increasingly...
Fast Food, Slow Justice
ANTONIO DE LA Cruz had been working at KFC for 10 years when he received a letter from the company informing him that unless he could provide an accurate name and Social Security number within the next three months, he would be fired. Dated March 6,...
Growing Pains
Growing painsIn No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process Parrar, Straus and Giroux, September), Colin Beavan chronicles the year he...
Healthcare's 13 Tyrants
For those still clinging to quaint notions of the American ideal, these have been a faith-shaking 10 years. Just as evolutionary science once got in the way of Creationists' catechism, so has politics now undermined patriots' naive belief that the United...
Israel's Gadfly
Gideon Levy, Haaretz's man on the West Bank since 1982, is a throwback to the days when leftwing journalists put their lives on the line to report on epoch-defining struggles like the Spanish Civil War. He has had his car shot up by Israeli soldiers...
Letters
Times, they are a-changin'David Moberg wonders why the working class hasn't taken a more united and militant stand in defense of its rights and livelihoods ("Not Your Parents' Labor Movement," August 2009). At the very top of the pro-Obama, pro- Democrat...
Litterers or Life-Savers?
Government prosecutes activists who leave water for immigrantsWALT STATON FACES UP to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine for littering.Though he doesn't expect to actually get jail time, the 27-year-old Tucson web designer still thinks the charges are...
Live Free, Die Free
On June 15, 2009, Phyllis Hixson, was found dead in her home. The 69-year-old resident of Athens, Ohio, appeared to have taken her own life by inhaling a gas, most likely helium. Receiving a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Athens...
News Media 'Acting Stupidly'
T|he most exasperating, if utterly predictable, lesson from the Henry Louis Gates Jr. contretemps was not about race. It was about the persistent vapidity and superficiality of the news media, even at a time of serious national crisis. And it was another...
Slam of the Free, Poem of the Brave
Activism through spoken word at the Brave New Voices Poetry SlamHUNDREDS of TEENAGED POETS, flanked by coaches and advisors, have packed into the ornate Grand Ballroom at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on July 14. Comprising 50 teams, with...
Taming Wall Street Cowboys
EVEN AS THE Wall Street crash continues to reverberate with widespread outsourcing, plant closings and soaring unemployment, the financial industry is unashamedly preparing a massive lobbying effort to retain as much of the deregulated pre-meltdown structure...
The Big Green Apple
What's the most ecologically sustainable town in America? Most people pondering this question might imagine a village in Vermont with rolling hills and roadside farm stands. Environmentalists might cite Portland, Ore., with itshydropower, vast urban...
The Honduran Connection
The right mobilizes to support President Manuel Zelaya's ousterNO NATION HAS RECOGNIZED the regime that took power in Honduras on June 28, when the military summarily deported President Manuel Zelaya to Costa Rica in his pajamas. Nonetheless, the political...
The 'Post-Racial' President
Barack Obama navigates a world where color still mattersWITH THE NATION S FIRST black president in the White House, some pundits have started employing the narrative of a "post-racial" America to frame events. In this view, Barack Obama's election has...
When Renewable Is Not Sustainable
Ethanol and solar power deplete land and water resourcesRENEWABLE ENERGY IS SOLD to the public as an environmentally benign alternative to energy produced by fossil fuels. With respect to ethanol and solar power, however, the debate has ignored how land...
Who's Got the Power?
Progressives find themselves outmaneuvered on healthcare reformAFTER DECADES OF PLAYING political defense and suffering defeats to an increasingly arrogant and reckless right wing, it's not surprising that American liberals and progressives suffer from...
Why Kansas Matters
FILMWhy Kansas MattersTHE NEW DOCUMENTARY What's the Matter With Kansas? is a funny, smart and important look at the intersection of religion and politics in America today. Loosely based on the 2004 book by Thomas Frank, it tells the stories of several...