In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 7, July

Anthropologists at War
New military program that embeds anthropologists with soldiers has academics up in armsNOT IN OUR NAME. That could be the battle cry of American anthropologists resisting the recent use of their discipline in Iraq and Afghanistan.The US. Army is sending...
Appall-O-Meter
1.6 The Thrill of VictoryAfter a big night at the disco, two Swiss chums decided to have a lark and see who could spit the farthest from their hotel balcony, reports Reuters.One of them got the bright idea to take a running start from inside the room....
A Textbook Case
AP students learn ABCs of right-wing talking pointsIT IS A FOOLISH politician who today opposes environmentalism. And that creates a problem, because not all environmental issues are equally deserving of support. Take the case of global warming."This...
Bush's Selective Mourning
THE FOURTH OF July is the time for patriotic hoohah by national poobahs. So, Commander-inChief George W. Bush will no doubt invoke, as he did on Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery, the "sacrifice" of that "awesome bunch of people.""It only remains for...
Canaries in the Uranium Mine
Navajos gear up for renewed legal battle to protect their life and landTEDDY NEZ, A NAVAJO rancher and Vietnam War veteran, lives practically in the shadow of a 40-foot-high pile of radioactive waste abutting his small home outside of Gallup, N.M. Nez...
Damned If Feminine, Damned If Feminist
WHAT ROLE HAS Sexism played in the race for the Democratic nomination? Hillary Clinton answered that seething question herself in late May, telling the Washington Post that the press turned a blind eye to the "incredible vitriol that has been engendered...
Death Squads in Oaxaca
The Mexican government ignores the assassination of two community radio activistsSAN JUAN COPALA, MEXICO-DRIVING through the back roads of western Oaxaca state in southwestern Mexico, one could often hear 94.9 FM, Radio Copala, "The Voice that Breaks...
Dismantling the Myth of McCain
How the Republican senator's maverick image is a shamAS THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE shifts into summer gear, Democrats have a McCain problem. And John McCain has a Bush problem-or at least Democrats hope he will.Judging from opinion polls about the president...
Expand the Vote
The Obama campaign's voter registration drive could radically alter the electoral map this fallNINETEEN NINETY-TWO WAS A Crucial election year in Illinois. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was hoping to carry a swing state that President George H.W. Bush had...
Freedom of the PRESS MOGULS
THE NEWSEUM, THE LATEST addition to Washington's sprawling, preening, self-singing monument-memorial complex, may boast a constitutional amendment engraved on its $450 million façade, and an outsized collection of press arcana, but it beckons to the...
Hard Times for Student Borrowers
KELLY LYNCH, A former Columbia College Chicago film and video major, is paying educational loan lender Sallie Mae $600 a month, about é percent of his total student loan debt of $60,000. Though Lynch, 21, never received his degree from Columbia and barely...
ICE Cold to Kids
AT 10 A.M. on May 12, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended on a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, about 200 miles northwest of Des Moines. ICE agents arrested 389 workers who it determined were undocumented-304 of whom were...
Israel's Openly Secret Nukes
FOES OF NUCLEAR proliferation got two disturbing bits of news last month.One was the May 26 report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which said Iran has not been candid about its uranium enrichment program and that it has serious concerns...
Letters
Ambivalent peaceniksSenior Editor David Sirota seems infected by the same "insider" viewpoint that he decries in Democratic politicos ("Why Democrats Can't Stop the War," June). The truth is that their waffling reflects the ambivalence of their constituents.Sirota...
On AIDS, Wright Is Wrong
THE GOVERNMENT LIED about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said in an April 2003 sermon.By giving credence to this conspiracy theory, Wright undermines the good work he has done to fight...
Our Imperfect Unions
BOOKSOur Imperfect UnionsPICK ALMOST ANY metric-fraction of workers in unions, lag of pay behind productivity increases, growing hours of work, rising economic insecurity-and it's obvious that American workers and their unions are in trouble. Now, two...
P.O.V.: A Home for Homeless Films
TELEVISIONP.O.V. is ONE of those occasional reminders that public broadcasting matters. Every year, like its complementary series Independent Lens, P.O.V. brings before national audiences the artists, perspectives and films that otherwise would find...
Re-Thinking Soup for the Soul
RE-THINKING SOUP, A project of Chicago's Jane Addams Hull House Museum, serves up bowls of soup to bring together food activists, policy-makers and the hungry.Beginning in May, every Tuesday organizers have served free lunch-healthy soup and organic...
The Ambiguous Legacy of '68
Forty years ago, what was revolutionized-the world or capitalism?IN 1968 PARIS, ONE of the best-known graffiti messages on the city's walls was "Structures do not walk on the streets! " In other words, the massive student and workers demonstrations of...
The Divided States of America
The Divided States of AmericaAfter the first-ever televised presidential debate between Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy in 1960, a survey in Philadelphia famously found that TV viewers deemed Kennedy the winner, while radio listeners...
The Free Trade Heretic
Ha-Joon Chang is an award-winning Cambridge economist whose new book, Bad Samaritans, explodes what its subtitle calls "the myth of free trade." At a time when Democrats are bashing NAFTA and Republicans are championing a NAFTA-style free trade deal...
The Great Election Robbery of 2008?
The Great Election Robbery of 2008?COME Nov. 4, the elephant in the polling booth is the possibility that the 2008 presidential election will be stolen-again.Loser Take All is a new collection of essays edited by Mark Crispin Miller. Subtitled "Election...
The Price of One Iraqi Life
U.S. military tries to pacify grieving Iraqis with condolence paymentsLSA ANACONDA, IRAQ-THE WOMAN named Sabah is wearing a black dress and scarf as she sits across the desk from Sgt. Jonathan Fondow inside a small trailer."Please tell her we're extremely...
The Right's New Attack on Voters
LAST APRIL, AS a national debate raged over whether Indiana's voter ID law protects election integrity or disenfranchises low-income voters, a more sinister-and potentially damaging-voter-vetting proposal sat quietly in nine state legislatures, attracting...