In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 9, September

Amorality in the U.K
WE'RE HIGH ON MURDOCH MEDIA revelations here in London. But while the UK. press has, by and large, wallowed in the belief that the public is appalled by the privacy invasions of vulnerable people and celebrities (see p. 28 for all the scandalous details),...
Behind Boehner's Lies
REPUBLICANS RELIED HEAVILY Ul this summer's debt limit debate on a not-so-secret weapondisinformation, often less politely called lies. Take, as an example, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)s five-minute response to President Obama's primetime speech...
Brazil's Dam Shame
AFTER MORE THAN 30 VCaTS OÍ international and national opposition to building a massive Amazonian dam, Brazil's environmental licensing agency gave final approval on June ? to what could become the world's third-largest hydroelectric site. But the fight...
By Hook & by Crook
The biggest blue gill I ever caught was by accident, while I was being chastised by a security guard at Hamburger University, McDonald's leafy managerial training center that's part of the corporation's8o-acre headquarters in suburban Chicago.When a...
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,I was enjoying my golden years with my favorite blond in Santa Monica when my four-leaf clover faded. Now I'm sitting in a cell in Boston facing, at best, a slow croak in the clink or at worst a needle to nowhere. John Law's claiming...
Exclusion Zones
Policing public space-with deadly results-in Portland, Ore.ON JUNE 8, THE JUSTICE Department announced a civil rights investigation to see if police officers in Portland, Ore., were engaged in a "pattern or practice" of using excessive force against...
Giving Gay Rights a Sporting Chance
CULTUREBEFORE NEW YORK'S momentous legalization of marriage equality this summer, former New York Giants player David Tyree made a video with the National Organization for Marriage. "It's a strong word," said the wide receiver, but gay marriage is the...
Global Land Grab
Fear of unrest and hunger for profit are sparking massive acquisitions of farmlandA 21ST-CENTURY LAND RUSH is ON. Driven by fear and lured by promises of high profits, foreign investors are scooping up vast tracts of farmland in some of the world's hungriest...
Godard's Oblique Socialism
Godard's Oblique SocialismTo GRAB HOLD OF THE angry snake that is Jean-Luc Godards new film, Film Socialisme, let's consider one more time the sum of the French director's revolutionary half-century intercourse with cinema.Godard himself couldn't care...
Hey! Policemen! Leave Them Kids Alone!
In Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban High School (University of Minnesota, September), Kathleen No/an examines the effects of policing and punitive disciplinary policies on students and the educational culture at a Bronx high school she...
Letters
A nuclear chain reactionThe premise of this article could not be further from the truth ("After Fukushima, New Fears in U.S.," August 2011). In fact, the NRC Task Force 90 day report on Fukushima, released in July, clearly states that the design certification...
Murdoch's Minor Setback
Christmas came in July for Rupert Murdoch's many longtime foes. In the great London beachhead of the Australian mogul's empire, executives abruptly resigned, and just as swiftly were marched off to police detention. News International, the Murdoch family's...
Naffissatou Diallo's Ugly Choice
FOR A LONG TIME, WE DID NOT know her. The woman who in May accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her in the New York City hotel where she worked as a maid has been many things to many people. For feminists, she was a rallying cause: "We are all maids,"...
New Drug Tests Target the Poor
THE GROWING NUMBER of poor Americans now face a new indignity, thanks to a legislative trend sweeping through state capitals: mandatory drug tests for needy citizens. This year alone, at least 30 state legislatures (including Louisiana, Massachusetts...
Obama's Illegal Assaults
How once-controversial 'war on terror' tactics became the new normalBARACK OBAMA HAS CONTINUED VIRTUALLY all of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's once-controversial terrorism and civil liberties policies, a fact now recognized across the political spectrum....
Suppressing the Vote
New ID laws combat an imaginary crime waveVOTER FRAUD IS VIRTUALLY nonexistent in America, but this imaginary crime still serves to justify a wave of onerous new voter registration laws - often requiring a state-issued photo ID - that Republican legislators...
The Debt Debacle
As /N THESE TIMES went to press, Congress and the administration had still not resolved the debt-ceiling crisis- a manufactured pseudoevent with real consequences. But at least one thing is clear about whatever deal negotiators reach: Economic inanity...
Wall Street Pulls Obama's Strings
WHATEVER GRm BARGAIN EMERGES from the federal debt ceiling and budget negotiations, it's clear the losers will be poor and middle-class Americans. Less clear is who exactly to blame. Some say President Obama is a bad negotiator - too eager to please,...
Working on a Dream
Born the same year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, Van Jones is a champion of the poor, the environment and - since launching a new national campaign in June - the American Dream. Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy,...