In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, January

A Dark Night in Iceland
Environmentalists decry the privatization of their country's clean energy resourcesON SEPTEMBER 28, THE lights went out in Reykjavik-for a publicity stunt to kick off the start of the annual international film festival. Although it was cloudy that night,...
America's Slave Labor
Inmates are being forced to work in toxic 'e-waste' sweatshopsU.S. PRISONERS WORKING FOR a computer-recycling operation run by Federal Prison Industries (FPI) are being exposed to a toxic cocktail of hazardous chemicals through their prison jobs while...
Appall-O-Meter
3.3 Scenes From A MarriageIf for no other reason, we should thank Sacha Baron Cohen and his movie, Borat, for splitting up the humanoid life forms known as Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson.According to the New York Post, friends invited the couple to a private...
Art Basel Miami Beach: A Whitewash
MIAMI BEACH-SINCE 2001, Samuel Keller, the aging arts wunderkind, has inspired the art world's most seminal and explosive art exposition, Art Basel Miami Beach. What's more, the Swiss-born arts impresario seems to have cloned himself and is replicating...
Chávez Consolidates Power
With the opposition routed, Venezuela's "revolutionary process" seems set to accelerateCARACAS-THE BIG NEWS ITEM coining out of Venezuela on December 3 was not President Hugo Chávez' reelection, but his wide margin of victory. With 62 percent of the...
Children of the Brand
As I sat in the café of a Borders bookstore in Chicago huddled over my laptop and struggling to write about children and commercialism, I was interrupted by an annoying clamor of loud talk, screams and laughter. I looked over and to my horror discovered...
Diary of a Guantánamo Attorney
I FELL INTO THE world of Guantánamo in October 2005. The Chicago Council of Lawyers had organized a luncheon discussion on the legal issues surrounding the infamous detention facility at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba. I received an e-mail thanking...
Does Andy Stern Talk His Walk?
High-profile victories by SEIU often run counter to its president's rhetoric about the 'power of persuasion'JANITORS IN HOUSTON'S OFFICE buildings, mainly recent Latino immigrants, had special reasons for thanks this past Thanksgiving. They had just...
Extreme Humanitarians
FILMExtreme HumanitariansHANDLING GOOD SAMARITANS on film can be a daunting task. It's difficult not to have reverence for people who throw themselves into harm's way for the sake of helping others, but filmmakers still need to humanize them so that...
I Hate to Say 'We Told You So,' but
NOW THAT THE Bush administration has sustained massive, serial repudiations of its tragic folly in Iraq-from the Iraq Study Group, from the electorate and from the daily disasters in Iraq itself-we should note one institution that has not been given...
Iraqi Health Care: Hostage to War
ZAINAB MAY BE one of the 655,000 Iraqis who would be alive today if the Bush administration hadn't launched its criminally conceived and executed war. Violence caused most of the excess deaths. But 54,000 people died from non-violent causes, such as...
Kiko Martinez: Watch Listed for Life
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Francisco "Kiko" Martinez, a Colorado civil rights attorney and long-time Chicano activist, was flying home from visiting family in Washington state. At the Salt Lake City airport, federal officials barred him from making...
Letters
Centrists = RoadkillI don't mind it terribly when Fox Network personalities advise Democrats to move to the "energetic center." After all, their goal is to keep left-of-center views as far from public awareness as possible. But I don't expect such advice...
Love the Warrior, Hate the War
Why progressives have more in common with the military than they thinkWHEN ARMY COL. IKE Wilson returned home in March 2004 from a 12 month deployment in Iraq, one thought remained with him: "Why such a deliberate plan to fight the war, but none to win...
MoveOn Members' Call for Change
IN THE LEAD up to the midterm elections, MoveOn.org paid little attention to the Virginia Senate race, figuring that Republican incumbent George Allen would cruise to re-election over Jim Webb. But when Allen dropped a racial epithet on a young Webb...
'Non-Lethal' Weaponry: The Next Generation
PLASMA CLOUDS, MICROWAVE BEAMS, electrified bullets-military contractors have been developing futuristic new combat technologies under the public radar. Already, the TASER stun gun has emerged from the pages of speculative fiction, and into the hands...
Outlawing Legal Bribery
ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL exit poll, 42 percent of voters in November's election said that corruption was the most important factor in deciding who they voted for. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pledged that, within 100 hours of taking up...
Portrait of the Activists as Young Women
IT'S BEEN MORE than a year since the ads for 107.9 FM (La Ley) cropped up in Chicago-buses and billboards plastered with 25 women in Daisy-Dukes, leaning over, their rears pointed to the camera. "25 Pegaditas (25 Hits)," the ad proclaimed.Ostensibly,...
Seeds of Hope: Gardening in Barren Times
BOOKSSeeds of Hope: Gardening in Barren TimesTHE IMAGE OF the Hortus conclusus-literally "enclosed garden"has had a place in Western art and literature at least as far back as the book of Genesis. The Garden of Eden was humanity's first home, an earthly...
Spin Cycle
What to Watch (or not) in 2007It's been a year of navelgazing for journalists. As William Powers recently noted in National Journal, "These days, almost everything in the media seems to be about the media"-and 2007 is shaping up to be another year of...
Spoils of War
Oil, the U.S.-Middle East Free Trade Area and the Bush AgendaREMEMBER OIL? THAT THING we didn't go to war in Iraq for? Now with his war under attack, even President George W. Bush has gone public, telling reporters last August, "[a] failed Iraq ... would...
Street Battles in Oaxaca
OAXACA CITY, MEXICO-AT 8 a.m. on November 2, police came to remove the last barricade. After clearing away the rubble and city buses used to block the major Cinco Señores intersection, several hundred riot police and special forces from the Federal Preventive...
The Caracas Consensus
HUGO CHÁVEZ'S LANDSLIDE reelection on December 3 reinforced Latin America's status as the primary outpost of opposition to the neoliberal economic policies pushed by the West-the so-called Washington consensus (See "What Chávez's Re-election Means,"...
The End of the School of the Americas?
THE ANNUAL PROTESTS against the School of the Americas-the U.S. Army's training institute for Latin American military leaders-are unlike any in the United States. Choreographed by Catholic activists, they eschew the militant rhetoric, providing a moving...
The Spychopath Who Loved Me
FILMThe Spychopath Who Loved MeIF THERE'S A pop cultural icon in dire need of being revisited-and revised-at this historical moment, it is Bond, James Bond. Now that our leaders' own fantasies of besting evil supervillains and making the world bend to...
Voting Problems? in Florida? No Way!
FOLLOWING THE 2000 election a popular bumper sticker in Florida read, "If you think we can't vote, wait 'til you see us drive." But nobody's laughing now.Unless the Democratic-controlled House votes to hold a new election, Republican Vern Buchanan will...