In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 9, September

A People's Historian of Sports
It's easy to see sports today as nothing more than an escapist distraction, an uncomfortable marriage of commercialism and entertainment. But progressive journalist and rabid sports fan Dave Zirin has a different take. Sports, he shows us, can be, and...
Appall-O-Meter
3.3 The Night Chicago DiedOnce upon a time, the social universe of Chicago baseball fandom was fixed. Cubs fans were douchebags, and White Sox fans were dirtbags. Recent events in the remote Chicago exurb of Huntley, III., however, have shaken this cosmological...
As Tough as Tom Joad
As Tough As Tom JoadI can't quite follow the offscreen sound bites preceding the main title of Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's new documentary, Trouble the Water. But from the media voices I can transcribe, it's clear they succinctly present the film's agenda....
Bulldozed in Bethlehem
WEST BANK-THE SALIM family lives in a rural area with steep hills and long views-including views of the red roofs of nearby illegal Israeli settlements. Their home was built on what they thought was Bethlehem municipality, in the occupied West Bank That...
Change We Can Reasonably Assess
THE BUMPER STICKER "Vote Obama: Be disappointed by someone new" sums up a wave of disillusion with the Democratic nominee.Initially, Barack Obama seemed the rare politician with the guts and vision to shred failed systems and to develop solutions that...
Class Not Dismissed
ALL OF US WILL LEARN!Class Not DismissedNEW YORK ISN'T the only city that never sleeps. Across America, many educators spend restless nights wondering how to revive urban school systems. We meet some of them in City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from...
Dereliction of Duty
McCain's record on veterans' issues is shocking and awfulAT A TOWN HALL meeting in Denver in early July, a Vietnam veteran asked presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) why he had opposed increasing healthcare for veterans whenever Congress...
Feeding the Beast
In order to weaken federal agencies, the Bush administration has expanded them to the point of collapseWHEN PRESIDENT BUSH EXITS the White House in January, he will leave behind a federal government in shambles.Since his first term, Bush has pressed...
Getting Messy with Jesse Helps Obama
I FIND IT HARD to believe that the Rev. Jesse Jackson was unaware the Fox News mic was hot on July 6 when he broadcast his figurative castration of Sen. Barack Obama for "talking down to black people ... telling niggers how to behave." That particular...
Greens Not Turning Blue
FARHEEN HAKEEM KNEW she was doing something right when local Democrats came calling.In 2006, on the heels of a failed run as a Green Party candidate for mayor of Minneapolis, Hakeem ran for commissioner of Minnesota's Hennepin County board. Although...
Jumping Ship
Citing social issues, local GOP officials are abandoning their party in drovesA WAVE OF GOP STATE legislators and other officials is defecting from the Republican Party, exposing the role that an increasingly hard line on social issues may be playing...
Keep the Heat on Obama
IN 1992, WHEN Bill Clinton won the Democratic nomination, Washington progressives-the leaders of unions, think tanks and advocacy groups-fell over themselves to rally around the man from Hope. Part of this support was, no doubt, to make sure that he...
Letters
Don't forget McKinneyThanks for Kate Sheppard's excellent article ("McSexist," August), but I have one criticism: She is dead wrong when she says "a woman candidate won't be on the ballot in November." In fact, the Green Party is running women for president...
Moving Obama Left
After Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) secured his party's nomination in June, his tightly knit campaign message began to fray at the edges. Critics from across the political spectrum charge that Obama has shifted to the center or right on a host of issues,...
No JROTC Left Behind
Are military schools recruitment pools?MATTHEW HARTMAN HAD EVERY intention of enlisting in the Army directly after his graduation in two years. But it was Col. Sterling Stokes and his military staff who convinced Hartman that college, not the battlefield,...
No Refuge from Iraq in Canada
CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS FROM the U.S. military who are seeking refuge in Canada are rightly confused about the rules when it comes to being able to stay. The stories of Pfc. Robin Long and Pfc. Joshua Key won't clarify much but they do provide some clues.Long...
Our Toppling House of Cards
IT IS PAINFUL to watch a house of cards topple. Yet, even as it's being built, we know its destruction is imminent. The collapse of our nation's housing market might have been predicted by the banking sectors overzealous expansion in homeownership and...
Striking on the Shoulders of Giants
Injustice persists at copper mine that sparked Mexican RevolutionCANANEA, MEXICO-JESUS VERDUGO WAS born in this hot, dry mining town nestled in the mountains of Sonora, about 25 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. A miner like his father, he grew...
Talking about Guns, Fighting about Race
IN JUNE, THE SUPREME Court explicitly affirmed the individual's right to bear arms. The ruling-District of Columbia v. Heller-has broad implications, opening the possibility for further legal challenges to gun statutes across the country.Conventional...
The Audacity of Rhetoric
IN JANUARY, WHEN the United States remembered the tragic death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an urban history professor at the University of Buffalo named Henry Louis Taylor Jr., bitterly remarked: "All we know is that this guy had a dream. We...
The Mess Is the Message
BOOKSThe Mess is the MessageSINCE HURRICANE KATRINA ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, the president's approval rating has hovered around a paltry 30 percent.Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer in mid-July, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressed the...
Unholy Allies
BOOKSUnholy AlliesIN MARCH 2007, Al Gore triumphantly returned to the Senate to testify before the Environmental Committee about the imperative of acting to stop global warming. It was mostly a calm and cordial affair until the infamous climate-change...
Why Soldiers Rape
Culture of misogyny, illegal occupation, fuel sexual violence in militaryAN ALARMING NUMBER OF women soldiers are being sexually abused by their comrades-in-arms, both at war and at home. This fact has received a fair amount of attention lately from...
Your Flat Screen Has (Greenhouse) Gas
VEGGING OUT IN front of your flatpanel TV may pose more danger than turning your brain to mush.A chemical used in the manufacturing of flat-screen televisions could rival some of the world's most potent greenhouse gases in its harmful effects on the...