In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, February

A Massacre in 3/4 Time
A Massacre in 3/4 TimeARGUABLY THE MOST unique film to come out of any global corner in 2008, filmmaker Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir can be defined, just on its surface, as a head-shaking fugue between social documentary and digitally animated epic.But...
Appall-O-Meter
2.0 Working That AngleEver wonder how U.S. military operatives make any headway with the locals in the hinterlands of Afghanistan? Wonder no more. "You're trying to bridge a gap between people living in the i8th century and people coming in from the...
Attack of the Killer Robots
The Pentagon's dream of a techno army is doomed to failOne of the most captivating storylines in science fiction involves a nightmarish vision of the future in which autonomous killer robots turn on their creators and threaten the extinction of the human...
Blackwater to Battle Pirates
BLACKWATER WORLDWIDE AND Other private security firms are taking to the high seas to battle pirates.In 2008, pirates attacked more than 100 ships off the coast of Somalia, and, as of early January, roughly 15 ships and 250 crewmembers were being held...
Che the Man, Not the T-Shirt
Che the Man, Not the T-shirtAll biographical films garner charges of omissions; director Steven Soderbergh's Che actively courts them. The worst way to approach this two-part, four-and-a-half-hour anti-biopic is to see it as a film expressly about Ernesto...
Cross-Cultural in Connecticut
NEW HAVEN, CONN.-IN early October, Lorenza Rodriguez Mendoza arrived in New Haven, Conn., to visit her daughter, whom she hadn't seen in 10 years.She and nine other women made the trip from Tlaxcala, Mexico, with a three-month travel visa to visit family...
Detroit: City of Hope
Building a sustainable economy out of the ashes of industryDETROIT IS A CITY of Hope rather than a city of Despair. The thousands of vacant lots and abandoned houses not only provide the space to begin anew but also the incentive to create innovative...
Forget Marriage-Civil Unions for All
I BELIEVE FERVENTLY IN the sanctity of marriage, and if you do, too, head immediately to your closest church, mosque, synagogue or flying spaghetti monster chapel, and sign up to procreate, cohabitate and copulate with a sex partner blessed by that holy...
Gaza in the Crosshairs
Israel cites all the wrong reasons for its invasion of GazaBEER-SHEVA, Israel-On Saturday, Dec. 27, the war began. The first bombardment took 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Sixty Israeli F-16 fighter jets bombed 50 sites in Gaza, killing more than 200 Palestinians,...
Gaza under Siege
GAZA HAS BEEN redefined. Gaza is now synonymous with carnage, rising death tolls, destroyed schools, and city streets slick with blood. As In These Times went to press, the death toll of Palestinians had passed 750-219 of them children. Twelve Israelis...
G.I. Skinhead
DOMESTIC SKINHEAD GROUPS are recruiting U.S. military members. They're looking for "ghost skins" personnel without records of white supremacist activity or overtly racist tattoos.According to a recently declassified July report from the FBI's Domestic...
Green Jobs for Whom?
Obama must ensure that the green economy provides a living wage and opportunity for allUNTIL RECENTLY, MOST people had never heard of "green-collar jobs." Yet the phrase is suddenly on policymakers' tongues.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has spoken...
Hilda Solis: Great Choice for Labor
REP. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), President Obama's pick for labor secretary, could help restore i dignity and respect to American workers.Before her appointment, Solis was not well known outside of California. But, with time, she could honor the spirit of...
In Mexico, Resistance Is Utile
In Mexico, Resistance is UtileFOR ANYONE WHO has felt confused, confounded, disappointed, disturbed and yet still enchanted by Mexico, John Gibler's Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt (City Lights, January) offers some relief.Gibler,...
Justice for Jon Burge's Victims?
U.S. ATTORNEY PATRICK J. Fitzgerald dominates the news these days for his arrest and probe of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But the aggressive prosecutor is also pursuing a case that finally may bring justice to an infamous story of nearly two decades...
Letters
The Pay Is Nice. The Respect Is BetterIt is an inspiration to workers across the country that both Christian and Muslim members of the United Food and Commercial Workers at the Tyson plant in Shelbyville, Term., stood together for their right to practice...
Not All Happy Families Are Nuclear
Not All Happy Families are NuclearIN ANNA KARENINA, Tolstoy wrote "all happy families are alike." He was wrong.In One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities...
Our Town vs. Exxon
Riki Ott is unlike anyone you have met. A marine biologist with a subspecialty in water pollutants, Ott received her doctorate from the University of Washington and headed to Alaska, but not to take a university position. Instead, Ott fell in love with...
Ready to Rumble
Workers and Corporate America battle over the Employee Free Choice ActAs President Obama and a more solidly Democratic Congress get down to work, their first priority will be dealing with three decades of fiscal mismanagement. The destruction of government...
The Dragon We Must Slay
OBAMA as Lincoln. Obama as FDR. The instantly classic image of Obama, sticking his jaw defiantly into the pouring rain in Chester, Pa., during a campaign rally, as if he had just come down from Mount Olympus. He was not even sworn into office, and yet...
The Failed Prophet
As Wall Street collapses, so does Milton Friedman's legacyTHE LATE MILTON FRIEDMAN was a provocative teacher at my alma mater, the University of Chicago. He got his students involved with their studies. He was a gifted writer and communicator. And he...
This Land Is Their Land
The Landless Workers Movement claims a big victory in southern BrazilSÃO GABRIEL, BRAZIL-THE THREE-DAY, 30-mile march stopped before the main gate. Hundreds of exhausted farmers from Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (MST) fanned out along the fence....
Unequal Education
No Child Left Behind demands equal test scores from neighborhoods with unequal incomes and resourcesTHE STUDENTS AT MIAMI Edison Senior High School in Florida "fail" every day. Edison is a textbook example of the struggling urban school: dismal test...
Victory for Smithfield Workers
ON DEC. 11, 52 percent of workers voted to unionize at Tar Heel, N.C.-based Smithfield hog plant, the world's largest hog slaughterhouse. The slim margin is a poor indicator of an enormous victory, following a 16year drive in a state with only 3.3 percent...
Won't Get Fooled Again
WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN(Well . . . maybe just one more time)IN DECEMBER, THE FINANCIAL world received its biggest shock yet, when Bernard Madoff, former Nasdaq chair and founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, ad mitted to employees (and,...