In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, April

A Childhood Exorcised
A Childhood ExorcisedIn lesser hands, a memoir as heartbreaking as Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? would collapse under the weight of its own intensity. At the center of much of the story is Mrs. Winterson, the author's domineering...
Adam Curtis: Conspiracist of Long-Lost Facts
Adam Curtis: Conspiracist of Long-Lost FactsSome of the most radical and searching historical interrogations on film in the last few decades are being performed at the BBC, and chances are you've never seen them. The hair-raisingly provocative presence...
A Teachable Moment in Tucson
blueprintsA group of students and educators are not sitting silently through Arizona's new lesson in cultural and historical whitewashing.In January, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) board voted to suspend its Mexican American Studies (MAS)...
Battlefield Rust Belt
Obama gears up for his re-election campaign in the industrial MidwestDETROIT- President Barack Obama won the industrial Midwest in 2008 with a message of hope and change, but he faces a much different political and economic re-election landscape. And...
Black Classics Reborn
BLACK CLASSICS REBORNFor more than a decade, Eureka Productions has been converting i9th- and 20th-century literature- Poe, Wilde, Stevenson, Akott- into high-quality graphic novels. The Graphic Classics series reminds us of the comic genre's literary...
Courage and Convictions
I suppose most of us live with some kind of anxiety that in a fire, a shipwreck, an earthquake or a battle, we'd save our skins, run for our lives and ignore the plight of everyone else. We jeer, surely uneasily, at J. Bruce Ismay, the owner of the Titanic,...
Dear ITT Ideologist
The goal of the People's Republic of China is to enhance fruitful relations with the United States. To further this objective, as well as to secure China's interests in North America, my ministry plans to emulate your country by building a new embassy...
How Green Is the Green Economy?
Beyond the 'green jobs' buzzA "green recovery" is being championed as a solution to both ecological and economic crisis, but the sanguine rhetoric has not always been matched by progress toward a more sustainable U.S. economy. Growth in "green jobs"...
Letters
A history of violenceI must take issue with James North's characterization of the Musiim Brotherhood (MB) in "Egypt's Revolution Is Not Over" (February). North identifies the MB as having been founded in and then complains that "Islamophobes ... have...
Mutually Assured Madness
In terms of nuclear nonproliferation, the West's clash with Iran over its nuclear program appears to make sense. But once one peels back the layers of rhetoric surrounding the West's demands, our real priority seems to be regime change. Those opposed...
No Bark, Less Bite-That Dog Don't Hunt
During this primary season, reporters and commentators, wandering along the profoundly contrived and artificial campaign trail, have succumbed to a kind of Stockholm Syndrome. They have taken to scrying the mystical abilities of this or that individual...
Occupy Sherwood Forest
In Robin Hood: People's Outlaw and Forest Hero (PM Press), Paul Buhle, the founder and editor of the New Left journal Radical America, provides a historiography- accompanied by three new comics of the first superhero to wear tights. Drawing on the work...
Out of Order Comes Chaos
Chicago's black gangs aren't the criminal enterprises they once were, but the police won't change their storyCHICAGO- In January, the Chicago Crime Commission released its 2012 Gang Book to much fanfare. Its findings - that most residents of the city...
Ron Paul's Common Sense
IT IS WORTH LISTENING TO THE GOP PRIMARY DEbates to hear Ron Paul give an honest assessment of our foreign policy. At the February 22 debate in Mesa, Ariz,, Paul made an eloquent case against our endless wars.First, he made the moral case: "I believe...
The Ascendance of Elizabeth Warren
Understanding the woman behind the hypeIf you're reading this, you probably already know how you feel about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts, in the hopes of knocking out Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Very...
The Banality of Corporate Evil
Were it not a matter of life and death, it would be amusing to watch the Supreme Court contort itself- and the Constitution - in slavish fealty to Corporate America.In June, the Court's Republican majority is expected to rule that, under international...
The Fight for the Right to Occupy
Soon after the Occupy movement launched in Manhattan last September, the neon green hats of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) members became ubiquitous. As Occupy encampments proliferated across the country, volunteer lawyers in more than 70 locations came...
The Never-Ending Crusade
Seconds after lambasting the "intolerance of the Left" and comparing Barack Obania to a Soviet atheist, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lionized his supporters at a campaign rally in Texas as the real dissenters of American politics:"[D]issent comes...
Trumpeting the Superpower Status Quo
IF YOU BLINKED AT il A.M. ON JANUARY 5, YOU MAY have missed the unveiling of a new, post-Iraq, post- Afghanistan strategic posture for the United States. Speaking from the Pentagon and surrounded by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint...
Why America Needs the Left
The fight for true equality since 1776From the beginning of the American republic, most of the country^ thinkers and politicians have argued that our nation neither had nor needed a Left.Historians of the so-called liberal consensus school argue that...
Will Catholic Bishops Be GOP Pawns?
The Church and evangelicals are finding common groundThe GOP's base consists of five key constituencies bound together by a sense of being under siege - culturally, economically, religiously or demographically.The first is the "silent generation" of...