In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, February

A D.C. Requiem
THE IMPULSE TO MEMORIALIZE says as much about the survivors as the departed- and so the confessional frenzy of establishment journalists to mark the passing of Christopher Hitchens, who died of cancer in December, bears some discomfiting scrutiny. Within...
Alec's Arizona Escort Service
At around 10:30 on the evening of December 1, I was sitting in the Waltz & Weiser Saloon, a high-end sports bar tucked into a cove below the sub-lobby of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.I had been swapping newspaper stories...
A Puritan's Dilemma
Before his suicide in September 2008, David Foster Wallace published three short story collections, two novels, two essay collections, a book about rap music and another about infinity. His final, unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published early...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear !TT Ideologist,Way back when I was a hobbledehoy, there was a cub reporter named Billy Batson who, simply by invoking the magic word "Shazam," could turn himself into Captain Marvel, a superhero with amazing powers. Are there any such magic words...
Egypt's Revolution Is Not Over
CAIRO- If you demonstrate in Tahrir Square in the heart of this giant metropolis, you continue to risk your life. You might only be tear-gassed, or clubbed, or shot with rubber bullets that usually do not kill. But scattered among the police and military...
Fighting for Gender Equality in Iraq
As President Obama hailed the "extraordinary achievement" of U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq in December, continuing protests against government repression and abysmal basic services undermined the narrative of a successful democratic transition. Yanar...
Illinois' Injustice System
Budgets cuts are hard on ex-cons trying to make goodCHICAGO- From where he stands today, Kerry Owens is optimistic. He was released from an Illinois prison in November, after serving a year for retail theft. Owens, 41, has been in and out of the criminal...
In Palestine, to Exist Is to Resist
WEST BANK, PALESTINEOn November 15, Mazin Qumsiyeh and other Palestinian activists boarded public bus number 148, an Israelis-only bus that normally takes Jews from the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel to Jerusalem. The bus took the group to the...
It's More Than a War of Words
YOU MAY RECALL, DURING the Bush reign, pollster and focusgroup maven Frank Luntz invented "climate change" the linguistically neutered - and for the oil industry the politically preferable - term for "global warming."Luntz is a smoke vendor. In Marxist...
It's the Stupid Republicans, Stupid
I HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP with Rolling Stone, which isn't surprising given that I never was, and certainly am not now, part of the magazine's desired demographic. On the one hand, nearly every woman who appears on the cover must be dressed like...
Letters
Uncle Sam's Turin ShroudExamining body language to identify malicious intent is the Turin Shroud of security methods ("Uncle Sams 'MaIintenC January 2012). It manages to keep itself relevant despite persistent debunking. Using esoteric methods like this...
People vs. Putin Power
The Russian Spring begins in winterMOSCOW- The Russian frost broke last month, literally and figuratively, as a surprise December thaw brought the warmest temperatures in more than a century to Moscow and as two equally unexpected massive pro-democracy...
Required Viewing: 2011's Top Political Films
Required Viewing: 2011's Top Political FilmsBOXING THE PAST YEAR'S BEST political films is an irritating activity. What is the "best," anyway? That said, here are the films you shouldn't miss.* The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975The year's most ferocious...
The Anti-Lady Laws of 2012
An ALEC affiliate crafts model legislation to deny women their reproductive rightsWHEREAS, any given person might, through no fault of her own, find herself in possession of a uterus, andWHEREAS, this uterus, being located within ones body, fits the...
The Austerians Attack!
How we the people can fight back against plans to cut the social safety netWhen the economic and financial crisis erupted in 2008, progressives hoped that it would trigger a popular revulsion against the right-wing economic policies that caused the crisis....
The Silence of the Technocrats
Democrats let the resurgent Right claim the mantle of populism - and winIN 2008, THE COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL system suffered an epic breakdown, largely the result - as nearly every credible observer agrees- of the decades -long effort to roll back bank supervision...
Thunderstruck in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURASPeople living in Honduras are more likely to be killed by violence than residents of any other country on earth. This small, Central American coffee and textile exporter is plagued by a murder rate of 82 per 100,000 - more than double...
Vietnam Redux: Shades of Agent Orange
HEY, IRAQ, DON'T SAY WE NEVER gave you anything. In addition to hundreds of thousands dead and untold injured, the United States is leaving behind enough toxic waste sites to kill your rats."Open-air burn pits have operated widely at military sites in...
What Does It Mean to Work Together?
Richard Sennett and co-author Jonathan Cobb redefined cultural capital in 1972 with The Hidden Injuries of Class. In Sennett's new book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation (Yale), he provides an antidote to the tribalism that...
When Less Is More Political Engagement
NO MORE BOOM AND BUST," said Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, New Labour's first year in government. Fifteen years later, we are reminded daily that we are very much in a bust, and that things will get worse. We must all (or perhaps...
Who Wants to Vote Them off the Island?
Americans do, but you wouldn't know it from the current crop of GOP hopefulsIN THEIR TEMPESTUOUS PRIMARY, Republican presidential aspirants have campaigned as if they were competing in an extreme reality TV show called "How Far Right Can You Go?" While...
Will Arizona Hold ALEC Accountable?
With the 2012 legislative season and another episode of the Great American Campaign Circus dawning over the nation, Arizona may find itself the proving grounds for possible reform in the age of "pay-toplay" politics.In January, Arizona Rep. Steve Farley...