In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, March

America's Own Worst Enemy
America's Own Worst EnemyIN MARCH 1999, President Clinton toured several Latin American countries, surveying areas devastated by Hurricane Mitch and meeting with governmental delegations to promote his vision of globalized trade and cooperative regional...
Appall-O-Meter
3.0 That's Mexican WorkWhat kind of Republican is Karl Rove? Is he the by-the-bootstraps, sweat-of-the-brow, honor-in-all-work kind? Or is he the genuine kind? Judging from a posting on National Review's Web site "The Corner," he's the latter. Blogger...
Bisexual Healing
BOOKSBisexual HealingCRINGING IS OFTEN a sign of unfinished political business," according to feminist author Jennifer Baumgardner.She should know. Since 2002, Baumgardner has been spearheading the confessional "I had an abortion" campaign-most recently...
Colombia's Third Way
With the FARC having devolved into little more than bandits, a new left-wing party has emerged.PEREIA, COLOMBIA-JORGE FRANCO is a 54-year-old truck driver and a political paradox. On the one hand, he enthusiastically supports Colombia's right-wing president,...
Counterinsurgency 101
A SOLDIER IN BAGHDAD, IN town for the "surge" and wondering whether things really are as bad as they seem, might want to read FM 3-24, the U.S. military's Counterinsurgency Field Manual, released last December. On Page 1-29, our soldier will find a handy...
Elders of the New Left
IT SOUNDS WORRYINGLY LIKE the setup for a punch line: What do you get when you put nine '60s radicals in a conference room at the offices of the Nation magazine? Or maybe a the title for a reality series-you have the Chicago Eight member, the anti-war...
For Israel's Sake?
THE MORE WE examine the disaster that is the Bush administration's Middle East policy, the more apparent becomes the corrosive influence of Israel, or more accurately, of those U.S. officials acting on what they construe as Israel's best interests. Yet...
Homeless and Scorned
Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny, grew up homeless in California. Gray-Garcia, a journalist and founder of the San Francisco-based POOR Magazine, tells of her childhood in Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America. Below, Gray-Garcia describes the...
HPV Vaccine: Betting on a Mercky Record
MERCK LAUNCHED its new cervical cancer vaccine with a major advertising and lobbying blitz, and pushed to make the drug mandatory for all ii- to 12-year-old girls. Cervical cancer, caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), affects...
In Defense of a Free Press
Sarah Olson, a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay area, has became a hero for Americans concerned about the erosion of press freedoms in the Bush era. On May 30, 2006, Olson interviewed Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first commissioned...
Is Wikipedia the New Town Hall?
Public broadcasting everywhere is in crisis, and in part it's because technology seems to be turning pubcasters into dinosaurs. In fact, not just them, but all broadcasters. Consider the business leaders: NBC formally declared itself an "Internet company"...
Letters
Not Intended For TortureI enjoyed your February issue and Mischa Gaus' "Interrogations Behind Barbed Wire." I especially appreciated the perspective that the military did not, over time, support these practices as they occur at places like Guantánamo.Over...
Making Black Voices Heard
A new study examines minority youth opinionON FEBRUARY 10, THE short documentary A Girl Like Me, about the pressures faced by young black females living in a white-dominated society, hit number one on YouTube.com's featured videos. One of the interviewees,...
Molly and the Mainstream
ONLY PAUL KRUGMAN of the New York Times seemed to get it. In "Missing Molly Ivins," Krugman was a lone voice in the mainstream press to capture her unique gifts, and the enormous heart she gave to us all. Some people really should live forever, and Ivins...
Obama's Base: Broader Than Black
BLACK LEADERS, BE wary. If you eschew the Obama phenomenon, you may have to pay a price. On Feb. 10, Sen. Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy in Springfield, Ill., the Land of Lincoln. The Obama train has left the station and it ain't comin'...
Preaching Revolution
A new evangelical movement offers lessons for the left.RECENTLY, I BLOGGED A series of essays titled "The Revolution Misses You," in which I called for progressives to revive the forgotten dream of practical yet radical change. Friends and colleagues...
Reclaiming What Makes Us Human
Through the ages, the killjoys of governing elites have been threatened by public expressions of collective joy.THE ENEMIES OF FESTIVITY have argued for centuries that festivities and ecstatic rituals are incompatible with civilization. In our own time,...
Return of the Cold War
PRAGUE-AS IF THE Bush administration didn't already have its hands full with the "war on terror" spiraling out of control in Iraq and Afghanistan, its Jan. 20 announcement that it plans to expand the proposed U.S. missile defense system into the former...
Snapshot
The order could have devastating consequences for environmental protections, says Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center,."The Bush administration is now trying to do through administrative barriers...
The Health Care Monster Returns
Even Republicans acknowledge its ravages, but what's the best way to slay the beast?LIKE THE CREATURE FROM the Black Lagoon, the health insurance monster has returned, creeping back onto the public stage. After President Clinton's jury-rigged pen to...
The Occupation Project Begins
(ProQuest-CSA LLC: ... denotes text missing in the original.)ON THE MORNING of Feb. 5, eight activists entered the downtown Chicago federal building that houses the offices of Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Richard Durbin. Four headed directly to...
Which Side Are We On?
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, PRESIDENT Bush told a group of Wall Street executives that "income inequality is real; it's been rising for more than 25 years. ... And the question is whether we respond to the income inequality we see with policies that help lift...