In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 4, April

Acting Your Race
The day after the 2006 Oscars, Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan penned a scathing critique of the academy's choice of best film, Crash, which he described as "a feel-good film about racism." The film, he wrote, "could make you believe that you...
A Legal Limbo
ABDUL HAMID ABDUL Salam Al-Ghizzawi is frantic.He is in very poor health, which deteriorates day after day (details to be discussed with u in person). He has a family that is in desperate need of him."The fragment, taken from a page handwritten by another...
Appall-O-Meter
7.5 Pure for Jesus, OK for AbortionAs South Dakota lawmakers considered its tough new abortion bill, which aims to outlaw the procedure except in cases where the mother's life is threatened, many wondered about the fate of rape and incest victims. Some...
A Primary Concern
Free Trade could be key for Democrats in '08UNDERNEATH THE GLUT OF stories about the now-failed proposal by a Dubai-owned company to buy major American ports was something that every 2008 Democratic presidential candidate would be well-advised to note....
A Sit-Down with Studs
I'M NOT A BIG believer in the cult of personality. Neither was Jim Weinstein, the founding editor and publisher of this magazine. He was my friend and mentor. But I know Jim will forgive me if, in my inaugural column for In These Times, I tell you a...
Barbarians at the Helm
Barbarians at the HelmFIRST THEY IGNORE you," opens Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's new book Crashing the Gates, "then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."If the choice of this epigram from Ghandi seems immodest, its...
Broke Cowboy
For folks like Samuel K. Beaumont, Sr., this year's Defense of Marriage Acts, set to appear in November on ballots in Alabama, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Idaho, Virginia and Wisconsin, do more than legislate the definition of marriage.They...
Cancer in a Can
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO the Food and Drug Administration said, "Trust us." Its scientists had found benzene, a known carcinogen, in some sodas and fruit drinks. The same levels in drinking water would have triggered mandatory action and public notification...
Contraception in the Crosshairs
IN MARCH, WAL-MART announced that it would carry Emergency Contraception (EC)-commercially sold as Plan B-for the first time in the seven years that the drug has been on the market. Reproductive rights activists around the nation lauded the decision...
CW Network: Back in Black?
DIVERSITY IS AN integral part" of the newly formed CW television network, says spokesman Paul McGuire. On May 18, the channel will announce its fall television lineup, and black viewers are looking to see what it includes for them.Earlier this winter,...
Fear of the Polish Plumber
NEOLIBERALISM'S DISCONTENTS ARE fighting back in Europe.The "Polish plumber"-a symbol of cheap labor-became a catch-phrase in France's "No" camp during its referendum on the E.U. constitution. His specter, wrench in hand, is rising again.Since the start...
GOP Trashed in Special Elections
A DRUMBEAT OF CORRUPTION, deficits and war dead has begun to haunt Republican candidates as they hit the campaign trail. The macabre cadence is playing more widely than just federal races: Since November, it has become the background music in a series...
Head of Stage
Berlusconi uses members of Congress as props in his bid for re-electionWHEN ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER Silvio Berlusconi came to Washington, D.C., on Feb. 28, he received a warm welcome. President Bush gushed, "He is such a positive, optimistic person."...
Hotel Workers' Rising Tide
A "Movement for Equality" tops UNITE HERE's agendaCALL HIM EDUARDO. A legal immigrant from Mexico in his early twenties, Eduardo lives in a basement bungalow apartment in a modest blue-collar suburb of Chicago. He works full time in one big, city-center...
Letters
Nix the Neo-romanticismLakshmi Chaudhry's "Men Growing Up To Be Boys," (March 2006) about constructions of masculinity in the context of consumer capitalism, points out interesting connections between the generalized narcissism of postmodern society...
Lou Dobbs, Now More Than Ever
ONE OF THE Bush administration's overriding goals has been to discredit every institution that threatens the imperial presidency: Congress, the courts, the military, the electoral process, federal agencies and, last but hardly least, the press. Through...
Political Upheaval
Latin America challenges the Washington ConsensusTHE PRESIDENTIAL PALACES OF Latin America are famous for their imposing Spanish colonial grandeur. Not long ago these marble edifices on grand plazas were inhabited mostly by military strongmen. That these...
Pulp Non-Fiction
A paper mill at the border of Argentina and Uruguay causes massive protestsSTELLA MARIS SQUEEGEES RAIN off International Route 136, a two-lane highway on the border of Argentina and Uruguay, currently blocked by tents, tractors, grain trailers and logs."I...
Race Riot?
It's far too easy to pin recent violence in the L.A. County Jail on ethnic tensionLOS ANGELES-WHEN THE NATION'S largest jail system erupted in violence on Feb. 4, officials thought they would quickly bring the situation under control. L.A. County Jail...
Spin Cycle
Calling One WingnutMike Stark's battle with Bill O'Reilly started last October when he called O'Reilly's daily radio show to tell listeners to visit the "true no spin zone": watchdog group Media Matters for America (www.mediamatters.com).O'Reilly, who...
Strangers to the Truth
COMING SOON TO a media market near you:The GOP (Grand Old Prevaricators), who brought you the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004, have been test-marketing another TV ad campaign.The fabrication this time: the war in Iraq. The target: any Democratic...
The Battle for Fred Hampton Way
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, Chicago Ald. Madeline Haithcock proposed to name one city block in honor of Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader who died on the block in an infamous 1969 police raid. She was acting on a request from Fred Hampton Jr., who was born...
The Liberal Communists of Porto Davos
IN THE LAST decade, Davos and Porto Alegre have emerged as the twin cities of globalization. In Davos, the exclusive Swiss ski resort, the global elite of managers, statesmen and media personalities meets under heavy police protection, trying to convince...
The Ultimate Fighting Anarchist
HE IS, WITHOUT A doubt, the toughest subscriber to In These Times. Standing 5' 9" tall, weighing 240 pounds and sporting a shaved head, Jeff "The Snowman" Monson looks like a cartoon ready to pop, a compressed giant of crazy shoulders, massive biceps...
They've Come for Us All
FIRST THEY CAME for the Communists," runs the opening of the famous poem about the Nazis' incremental persecution of minorities. So perhaps we should admire the efficiency of Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wise.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.) in sponsoring "immigration...