In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, April

An Israeli Refusenik's Good Fight
In September 2003, in the midst of Israel's campaign of targeted assassinations against Palestinian terrorists, a 31-year-old Black Hawk helicopter pilot named Yonatan Shapira terrorized Israel's military high command without committing a single act...
A Pain, and Proud of It
Frances Kissling retires after 25 years at CFFCON FEB. 6, WHEN William Donohue, leader of the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, attacked John Edwards' campaign for hiring two feminist bloggers who had been sharply critical...
Appall-O-Meter
2.2 Is That A Sword In Your Hand, Or ...Police in a suburb of Milwaukee last month were at pains to sort out facts in the case of a vigilante swordsman. What is not disputed is that James Van Iveren, 39, of Oconomowoc, Wis., kicked down the door of his...
Biofuels: Promise or Peril?
The answer depends on how governments regulate the industryWHEN MATT HAWKINSON STARTED growing corn in the rich farmland of western Illinois nearly a decade ago, he sold the grain for $2 a bushel, 50 cents less than the cost him to produce it. Recently,...
Boomsday: Bankrupt Satire
Libertarians are a strange lot. Their targets often seem reasonable; their solutions myopic and partial. So it goes with Christopher Buckley's Boomsday, a sub-Swiftian sendup of the looming threat of an overwhelming federal deficit, set in the carnivorous...
Cheney and Libby: Lying about Lying
HERE IS THE real news from the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial: Evidence released during the case indicates that not only did Libby lie to the grand jury (the crime for which he was convicted) but that the Office of the Vice President (OVP)-specifically...
Democracy Haters
HOW MUCH OPPOSITION TO the Iraq War must be expressed in America before Congress takes note and does something?This simple question tears away the veneer of antiwar platitudes and pro-democracy rhetoric that spews from the nations capital. It has been...
Digital Revives the Indie Pop Star
MUSICIN THIS NEW age of satellite radio and personalized playlists, only 35 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds are turning to the once mighty FM radio to find new artists. Meanwhile, online music sales nearly doubled last year to about $2 billion, or 10 percent...
Gardasil, Iraqi Superbugs & Radiation
IN THESE TIMES started running "Health & Science" in January 2006. Below are three updates.Gag me with a campaignMerck's force-it-down-consumers'-throats-campaign for Gardasil proved a powerful emetic. The new vaccine protects against two of the...
Global Warming: Dim Bulbs, Bright Lights
PEOPLE WHO WANT to save the Earth from the ravages of global warming face a perennial problem: How do they translate their concerns into actions that will create real change?One barrier standing in the way of meaningful action is fuzzy-headed thinking...
Inside the Death Chamber
The following transcript was adapted from "Witness to an Execution," a radio documentary produced by Stacy Abramson and David Isay, which is included in the new book Writing for Their Lives: Death Row USA (University of Illinois Press), edited by Marie...
Letters
God damn!Zack Exley's "Preaching Revolution," (March) was so lacking in hard reporting and analysis it could have been written by Jim Wallis' press secretary. Only one uncritical mention of the opposition of these supposed "revolutionaries" to abortion...
Not Neutrality
Why are the Communications Workers of America opting out of the Save the Internet coalition?LAST YEAR, THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS industry did their best to build a tiered Internet that would have privileged the Web sites that paid companies like AT&T...
Reading Harry Potter in Guantánamo
THE PRISONERS AT Guantánamo Bay-or Azkaban, as one of my clients, a Harry Potter fan, calls it-have had no access to a hearing in a court of law. Instead, Guantánamo's inmates are subjected to two kangaroo procedures: Combatant Status Review Tribunals...
Resisting the War on Science
SOUND SCIENCE COUNTS itself as one of the many victims of the Bush administrations assault on reason, and sound science is fighting back-finally, with support from Congress. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce,...
Rethinking Lineups
IN THE MID-'90s, inspired by a spate of DNA exonerations, academics began to study whether eyewitness identifications using traditional police lineups were less reliable than previously believed and found that a different lineup protocol appeared to...
Robben Island Singers
LET'S GO, LET'S GO and fight; we don't know where we're going, but fight we must," sing Grant Shezi, Muntu Nxumalo and Thembinkosi Sithole, harmonizing around a microphone in a high school auditorium on Chicago's West Side. "Let us take over, take over,...
Slavery and the State of Denial
ON FEB. 24, Virginia's state assembly voted unanimously to express "profound regret" for the states role in slavery. Legislators assembled in the former capital of the Confederacy to express regret for sanctioning "the most horrendous of all depredations...
The Lessons of Sacco and Vanzetti
MOVIESThe Lessons of Sacco and VanzettiTHIS YEAR MARKS the 8oth anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Convicted of a double murder after a notoriously corrupt trial, the anarchists went to their deaths maintaining their...
The Multinational Beanfield War
Soy cultivation spells doom for Paraguayan campesinosRURAL EASTERN PARAGUAY USED to be full of jungle, small farms, schools and wildlife. Now it is a green sea of soybeans. The families, trees and birds are gone. The schools are empty. The air is filled...
The Royal Road to Irrelevance
The 'French Hillary' is squandering the Socialists' presidential hopesVOTING IN FRANCE'S TWO-STAGE presidential elections begins on April 22-and the question is, has the Socialist Party, leader of the parliamentary opposition, learned anything from its...
The United States of Amnesia
IN AMERICA, HISTORIANS are rarely heard from and seldom honored. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was an exception to this rule. When he died on Feb. 28 at the age of 89, his historiography was praised and his person exulted in mass media and academic circles....
This April ... Red + Blue Go Green
Everyone's got a metaphor, and ours was the potluck dinner. If we were going to build a climate change movement, and we didn't have any money or any organization, how could we do it? We decided to throw a party. Invite our friends. Have them invite their...
Uncle Sam Wants Sustainability
IN JANUARY, CONSCIOUS CHOICE, a Chicago urban lifestyle magazine released "The Chicago Green Report Card." Examining Mayor Richard J. Daley's commitment to a cleaner Chicago, it evaluated the city's environmental progress and issued grades in 11 key...
Why Does CNN Suck?
AS THE NEWS media struggle to find equilibrium in an era of increased competition and decreased trust, we have some lessons that defy current conventional wisdom. The most important is that newspapers-yes, old, print-based, non-digital, non-instantaneous,...