In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 8, August

All Guns, No Butter
Now retired, Thomas P. Christie has served the U.S. government as an influential military analyst and manager. After holding senior positions at the Pentagon on and off from 1973/ Christie worked as director of Operational Test and Evaluation from 2001-2005,...
Appall-O-Meter
2.1 Kiddies Run Afoul of Fairway WoodAn unfortunate scheduling error had dozens of pre-teens of the Gold Crown Junior Golf Association in Broomfield, CoIo., finishing a tournament as a charity event for breast cancer research was beginning.Problem was,...
Chicago's Olympic Dreams Undeserved
CHICAGO MAYOR RICHARD M. Daley has set his sights on winning the gold for his city.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently chose the Windy City as one of four international finalists in the race to host the coveted 2016 summer games.But a...
Don't Tase Me, GOP!
THE ST. PAUL Police Department is arming itself with Tasers.Local activists and media say that the department ordered 230 stun guns in late February-adding to the 140 already in its possession-in preparation for protests at the upcoming Republican National...
EPA on Trial
FOR MORE THAN six years, Hugh Kaufman has been battling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his employer for 36 years, with a whistleblower lawsuit. He has been aided by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a D.C.-based group...
Five Years on Hotel Picket Line
DIRECTLY WEST OF Chicago's iconic Buckingham Fountain sits the Congress hotel. Itself an icon during its heyday of the early 2oth century, the Congress is now a shabbier shade of its former self. But on June 12, the city's left-labor bloc livened the...
Food Fights
Food FightsGLOBALLY, 1 BILLION overwieght people coexist with 800 million starving people.That's one of many perverse facts in Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System (Melville House, April 2008, U.S. release), author Raj Patel's...
Give a Shit for the Revolution
In Tool box for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Yourself Guide (South End Press, June 2008), Scoff Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew describe how to create locally based, ecologically sustainable cities. One idea they have is to create a mobile composting...
Gun-Toters in La-La Land
THE CONSERVATIVE ANSWER to America's crime plague is to put more guns on the streets. If that's not counterintuitive, I don't know what is.The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rejection of Washington, D.C's gun ban is an antediluvian retreat into la-la land....
Holding Barack Accountable
IN RECENT WEEKS, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has treated his supporters to a series of unsettling revelations about his views.Obama now supports extending the death penalty to a new category of crimes; he sided with a decision striking down Washington,...
In Defense of the '60S
The pursuit of happiness is a dream for all generationsTHE PROTESTS OF 1968-SYMBOLICALLY, the occupation of the Columbia University buildings, the student uprisings in Paris and the street protests in Berlin-are now in danger of being denigrated as the...
Is the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column?
Corporate media colludes with democracy's demiseI heard this story a long time ago, growing up in Choctaw County in Oklahoma before my family moved to Texas. A tribal elder was telling his grandson about the battle the old man was waging within himself....
Ivory Tower Inc
Ivory Tower Inc.FOR THOSE OF us who have flirted with a life in academia, Marc Bousquets How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low- Wage Nation (NYU Press, January 2008) may help explain why so many of us dumped the love affair before it...
Letters
Stat geeks neededIn her column ("The Great Election Robbery of 2008?" July), Laura S. Washington is daunted by the "messy agglomeration of blurry statistics, indecipherable bar graphs and arcane acronyms" in David L. Griscom's essay "How to Stuff the...
Let Them Eat Free Markets
How deregulation fuels the global food crisisIN APRIL, CROWDS OF angry Haitians-reduced to eating mud cakes to staunch hunger-erupted in deadly protests against high food prices, forcing the prime minister to resign. The price of rice, a staple of the...
Life after Foster Care
Even with extended benefits, foster children face daunting challengesSHANTAYE WONZER CAN'T REALLY remember being anything but a foster kid. In the past 18 years, she's moved more than 15 times, been abandoned by her adoptive parents and lived in two...
McCain's Aches and Pains
LIKE JOKES ABOUT President Bush being stupid, cheap shots at Sen. John McCain's age are largely unfunny. More importantly, they deflect crucial concerns about the men.Bush's alleged stupidity camouflaged his administration's brilliance in implementing...
McCAIN'S WAR ON WOMEN
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN'S (R-ARIZ.) campaign and the media would have us believe that herds of disaffected women voters will be stampeding to the Republicans this year because a woman candidate won't be on the presidential ballot in November.McCain's campaign...
Muqtada, the Future of Iraq
"Firebrand." It was the ubiquitous moniker used to describe Iraq's fiercely anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada alSadr when, in March 2004, his leering portrait became commonplace among American media reports of Iraq.American Viceroy L. Paul Bremer III...
Poison Pill Slipped into Indian Health Bill
Pro-life amendment used to derail legislationWHEN IT COMES TO their health, American Indian women face extraordinary barriersfrom high disease risks to increased incidents of sexual violence. They now face another obstacle, rooted in the political battleground...
Promoting Incompetence in Iraq
SINCE THE U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Gens. George Casey, David Petraeus and Ricardo Sanchez have not heeded the requests of their subordinate officers for more resources and more troops.Instead, these top commanders have consistently misrepresented...
The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius
THE NATIONAL LABOR Committee (NLC), a New York-based human rights group, has been investigating working conditions at Toyota Motor Corp., and the labor used to produce its best-selling Prius hybrid cars.In its 65-page report released in June, NLC includes...
The Rat Trap
Death row exonerations expose failings of the 'snitch system'LEVON JONES IS SUPPOSED to be dead.If the state of North Carolina had its way, Jones, 49, would have been strapped to a gurney years ago, hooked to an IV and pumped full of a lethal, three-drug...
War Crimes Hunter on the Trail of Atrocity in Vietnam
As I WATCH BEADS of water trickle through cracks in the hull of the 20-year-old, rough-hewn sampan chugging down the Huong Diem River, I begin to think about how I came to be a war crimes hunter. Here, deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, accompanied by my...