In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, April

An American in Tehran
The 'Green Revolution' won't come as soon as the we think it willI AWOKE AS THE PLANE'S wheels touched the ground. Two women in the row ahead of me secured their scarves over their heads, and I popped some gum into my mouth to cover up any lingering...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,What is it with Americans? I'm shy nearly a bil. My casinos are tapped out. I've still got excavations instead of elevations at my high-rise projects. In the last two years, 1 laid off enough construction people to rebuild Rome. (Hey,...
Finding the Forgotten Man
Tea Party populism and the return of Social DarwinismONE THING IS CERTAIN about this fall's election: The field upon which American politics will play out is a populist one.Populism has long been part of the American political tradition, dating at least...
Four Steps to a Better World
Joanna Macy has dedicated her life to peace, sustainability and coexistence with our environment. Though she lives in Berkeley, Calif., her work has taken her to Asia, Europe and Australia, allowing thousands of people to experience with her the possibility...
Free Press Haven
Icelandic members of parliament have plans to transform their crisisridden North-Atlantic nation into a sanctuary for publishers, production companies and information technology firms from around the world."It would free the press from fear," says Thor...
Globalization Marches On
Growing popular outrage has not challenged corporate powerSHIFTS IN GLOBAL POWER, ongoing or potential, are a lively topic among policy makers and observers. One question is whether (or when) China will displace the United States as the dominant global...
Global Warming out in the Cold
There's no denying it: the past winter was a bleak, brutal season for climate scientists and globalwarming activists. The most obvious change, climate-wise, was in the realm of public opinion, which cooled considerably to the idea that human activity...
How to Fairly Fund an Election
In 2005 Connecticut became the third state, after Arizona and Maine, to establish public funding for election to state offices. Last year, elements of its sweeping reform legislation were declared unconstitutional, and the state now awaits a ruling by...
Mr. Trust Buster
Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz's quest to fix the U.S. economyIF YOU'RE MASOCHISTIC - OR HAVE a lot of Adderall - economist John Maynard Keynes' 75-year-old opus, Vie General 'Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, is full of gems that shine light...
Notes from the Frontier of New Orleans
DESPITE BEING BARELY OVER a mile from City Hall, the Sixth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans seems like it's as far from the levers of power as a place could be. The edges of the cracked and potholed streets in my part of this neighborhood sprawl haphazardly...
Offshoring Human Drug Trials
That's a great question!" said the presenter, setting off the same sincerity alarm a salesman triggers by constantly repeating your first name.The response came during a webinar on why "Latin America is a rich resource for pharmaceutical companies and...
'Rebound City' Hustle
The economic heart of one U.S. factory town after another has been ripped out by plant closings and relocations to Mexico and China. The result? A net loss of 5.6 million jobs, or one-third of all U.S. manufacturing jobs, since 2000. Yet voices ofconventional...
Shortchanging Our Better Angels
In Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education (The New Press, February), University of Massachusetts economist Nancy Folbre crunches some numbers and the results aren't pretty.Public higher education produces more than just diplomas - certificates...
Stop Feeding the Vultures
I get the idea that Eric Hermann doesn't want to talk to me. When I came to his office suite, his hedge fund's name plaque had been unbolted from the building's wall, the suite number removed and all the employees locked in.I'm not surprised. Hermann...
The Case for 'Active Neutrality'
America must not give the Iranian regime what it wants: confrontationPOLITICAL EXPERTS ARE flooding Western governments - primarily the United States - with advice on how to deal with Iran's nuclear threat and the current political uprising. Some, including...
'The Enemy of My Enemy'
The troubling history of Tea Party leader Dick ArmeyAS THE TEA PARTY movement has gained tum during the last months, it seems few Partiers have caught on the troubling past of the man at the ter of their movement: Freedom chairman, former House Majority...
The Hush on Abortion
What the silence surrounding black abortion rates says about race relations in AmericaSEVERAL YEARS AGO, DURING their "annual argument about abortion," documentary filmmaker Faith Pennick's pro-life friend asserted that as African Americans, they shouldn't...
The Spanish Soccer War
SPORTSLAST YEAR, THE soccer team FC Barcelona achieved one of the greatest seasons in the history of sports by winning both the Spanish League title, the European Champions League and four other trophies, becoming the first team ever to win the sextuple.But...
Timeout for Labor in Florida
Union leaders huddle to assess alliances, propose jobs programORLANDO, FLA. - As THE executive Council of the AFL-CIO met here in early March, the fortunes of the labor movement- unlike the rollercoasters of nearby Disney World- seemed headed in only...
Why They Want to Do Us Harm
On January 8, President Barack Obama held a press conference at which he said: "It is clear that al Qaeda increasingly seeks to recruit individuals without known terrorist affiliations. ..to do their bidding. ... And that's why we must communicate clearly...