In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 11, November

America's Real Death Panels
NEXT SPRING, TEXAS will decide whether or not to become the first state to admit it executed an innocent man.Cameron Willlngham was put to death in February 2004, 12 years after being convicted of killing his three infant children in a fire at their...
A Party with No Punch
Three parables for progressives and the Grand Old (Democratic) PartyA PARABLE IS DEFINED AS "a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson." In a world of fine shading, it is difficult to find...
Built to Trash
Is 'heirloom design' the cure for consumption?AS THE MIDDLE-CLASS DAUGHTER of a refugee mother and a Depression-era father, I grew up straddling two worlds. My parents could afford much more than they were willing to buy. Most things that broke could...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,I'm new to America and am having trouble understanding "privatization." I was a private in my former country's army and can tell you it was no fun. There must be something more to it than getting abused by corporals and sergeants.G.S....
Free Speech Radical
Mario Savio's place in American history is defined by the climax of the speech he gave as a 21-year-old student in December 1964, on the steps of the University of California administration building, at a key moment in the BerkeleyFree Speech Movement....
Get out Now
The case for an immediate withdrawal from AfghanistanFOR ALL THE TALK of polarization and partisanship in U.S. politics, what's remarkable is the extent to which President Obama has continued policies and practices of his predecessor, George Bush, in...
Grease Guzzlers
AS FRUGAL CONSUMERS demand more from their vehicles, and bailed-out car companies scramble to manufacture affordable yet ecofriendly models, some drivers are turning to an alternative to the gas-guzzling status quo: vegetable oil.Vegetable oils are biofuels,...
Harm Reduction: The Anti-Drug
A mother from suburban Hartford, Conn., had a life-saving drug on hand when she truly needed it. One evening last spring, she found her son, who had recently returned from an addiction treatment program, unconscious in his bedroom. He had relapsed and...
It's the Message, Stupid
A FEW months ago, healthcare reform seemed inevitable.Then came August. Socalled teabaggers, with their dire warnings of a "government takeover of healthcare," "death panels," and "rationing," took over town hall meetings. They put their anger on display...
Labor's New Leader
The AFL-CIO stakes its future on Richard Trumka.RICHARD TRUMKA- COAL MINER, LAWYER and new president of the AFL-CIOtook the stage after his election at the federations Pittsburgh convention in mid-September to the strains of the defiant Tom Petty refrain,...
Letters
Demonizing IsraelIn These Times has recently published at least three very one-sided articles about Israel.Frida Berrigan writes that Israel used illegal weapons in Gaza ("Aiding and Abetting War Crimes," Sept. 2009). If true, Israel is in the wrong....
No Such Thing as a Free Putsch
Lies, violence and the fight for freedom in HondurasTHE THE MILITARY JUNTA in Honduras has failed to achieve international recognition, and is unable to win the hearts of la gente at home, but they do seem to have one great talent: arresting and torturing...
Restless Vagina Syndrome
IT'S NOT YOUR fault, ladies (and certainly not your partner's), that you don't orgasm every time you have intercourse, or that you lack the libido of a 17-year-old boy. You have a disease: female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and the pharmaceutical industry...
Should Neve Gordon Be Punished?
IN AN AUGUST 20 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Neve Gordon, an Israeli professor of politics at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Beersheba (and a contributor to In These Times), announced his support for the Boycott-DivestmentSanctions movement (BDS)....
Ten Years after Seattle
The global justice movement evolvesWHEN ACTIVISTS FROM around the world took to the streets of Pittsburgh in late September to protest the gathering of the Group of Twenty nations (G-20), they were not only putting the new administration in Washington...
The Barney Frank Story
BOOKSThe Barney Frank StoryWhen Barney Frank discussed his sexual orientation with the Boston Globe in May 1987, he entered history as the first member of Congress - among dozens of same-sexers in the House and Senate- to voluntarily disclose that he...
The Dark Side of the Bright Side
In her new book Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (Metropolitan/Holt, October 2009), Barbara Ehrenreich traces the origins of contemporary optimism from nineteenth-century healers to twentieth-century...
The Pillage People
BOOKSThe Pillage PeopleIt's as if last year's meltdowncausing a $16 trillion bailout of the financial industry, the doubling of Americas unemployment rate and the loss of 2 million manufacturing jobs in 2008 - had never taken place. Two of the five biggest...
The Right Battles a Mighty Acorn
THE RIGHT IS trying to undermine one of the left's most effective groups, Acorn, using film clips of the organization's employees giving financial advice to a young man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute.The attack is a testament to the groups...
Women Reach a Breaking Point
HOW TIRED ARE you of seeing a tiny minority of wingnut Americans-"birthers," "teabaggers," Obama-haters-get so much coverage in the news? Those who went to Washington, D.C. on Sept. n, waving their confederate flags and posters of Obama as Hitler got...