In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, March

A Broken Writ, a Kangaroo Court
ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, PRESIDENT Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the indefinite detention without trial of alleged al-Qaeda terrorists- including American citizens, if the president so chooses....
A Hipstamatic Moment
THERE WAS A CERTAIN QUIET inevitability about the news that one of the most venerable brands of industrial-era American innovation, the Eastman Kodak Company, was filing for bankruptcy. George Eastman's photographic empire had, for much of the past century,...
Argentina's Pulp Fiction
BUENOS AIRES- IN JUNE 2002, hundreds of Argentines swept through this city in protest, calling for the government's help in the wake of an economic crisis that had devastated the nation. In a fit of violence, police officers fatally shot two young men....
Dear ITT Ideologist
Dear ITT Ideologist,I'm the CEO of Persuasion Inc., a leading maker of torture instruments. Until now, we have directed our main sales effort at a dictatorial demographic. However, favorable recent changes in U.S law have made the market for our line...
FIFA-1, Brazil-?
WHAT IS THE name of a soccerloving Swiss nonprofit that demands tax exemptions and concessions on workers' rights wherever it goes?The answer, as Brazil is discovering as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup, is the Fédération Internationale de Football...
In Search of the Anti-Walker
ON JANUARY 17, people power prevailed- or so Wisconsinites thought.Since that day, Wisconsin's state elections agency was tasked with reviewing each of the ? million submitted recall petition signatures. And while its inevitable that Gov. Scott Walker...
Letters
End the partisan partySusan J. Douglas ("It's the Stupid Republicans, Stupid," February 2012) reveals a great deal about supporters of President Obama. She does not defend his failed policies. Instead, we are treated to baseless assertions (with no supporting...
Lifting the Veil on Iranian Censors
Lifting the Veil on Iranian CensorsASGHAR FARHADI'S A SEPARATION SEEMS to be the highbrow imported hit of the moment, vacuuming up awards and accolades with an efficiency rare for Iranian films lately and all but unheard-of for foreign domestic dramas...
Make History, Not Bombs
BID DECISIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES - SOME of them ong-term.In 1953, Great Britain and the United States decided to thwart the will of the Iranian people by overthrowing the elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh - all in the service of...
Managing Dissent in Chicago
As the G8/NATO summits approach, activists protest restrictive new rules-and prepare for the spotlightCHICAGO-ALTHOUGH THE WORLD'S MOST powerful man calls Chicago home, the city's boosters still have a chip on their shoulder. In 2009, their bid for the...
Newt's Vintage Female Problem
AS NEWT GINGRIGH HAS GNASHED and snarled his way through the Republican primary's gladiatorial spectacle, much has been made of the massive hypocritical gaps between his rhetoric and his behavior. We've learned that Mr. "Family Values," the Christian...
Oligarchy in the U.S.A
THE WEALTH DEFENSE INDUSTRY PROTECTS THE RICHEST OF THE RICHIN 2005, CITIGROUP OFFERED ITS high net-worth clients in the United States a concise statement of the threats they and their money faced.The report told them they were the leaders of a "plutonomy,"...
Paula Deen: This Little Piggy Went to Market
HOST OF A GROSS $10 MILLION food empire, Paula Deen gives fat people a bad name. The queen of Southern cuisine recently announced (on TY of course), that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Three years ago.Last August - when she knew about,...
Revolution Springs Eternal
Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist historian, public intellectual and author of, among many other books, The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848, was born nearly 95 years ago in Alexandria, Egypt. He grew up in Vienna and Berlin, but after the death of his parents...
The Iron Lady's Mad Shadow
The Iron Lady's Mad ShadowMERYL STREEP IMPERSONATES MARGARET THATCHER wonderfully in The Iron Lady. (For so doing she received her i/th Oscar nomination.) A good deal of the film has Thatcher in her dressing-gown, mildly demented and remembering or misremembering...
There Will Be Paranoia
Lengthy screeds featuring the dangers and hypocrisy of the New Right are common fare in progressive publications. Although I tend to agree with the screeds, I find them tiresome and sometimes counterproductive. By bestowing so much attention on the haters...
The Second Coming of El Papa to Cuba
ON MARCH 26, POPE BENEDICT XVI will arrive in Cuba for a two-day whirlwind of religious ceremonies and meetings with the Castro brothers and other political leaders. Fourteen years will have elapsed since JoU Paul II became the first pope to visit the...
The War That Begat Another
The War That Begat AnotherWHO GETS TO write a war's history determines how it is viewed for generations. But in the case of World War I, one of the best accounts of the milieu that triggered the conflict was a novel- or three, to be exact: JoU Dos Passos*...
United Citizens vs. Citizens United
Two years after the infamous ruling, support builds for a constitutional amendmentREADER: I HAVE A CONFESSION to make. I am not a lawyer. Nor am I a constitutional law scholar, a person who has studied in great detail the differences in disclosure requirements...
Which Side Are You On?
Disenchanted with the Democratic Party, unions threaten secession in 2012AS LABOR UNIONS PLAN THEIR political work for this election year, they face two uncomfortable truths:First, from the state to the national levels, Republicans- relying on both a...