In These Times

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 12, December

Adidas Expelled from Cornell
As public awareness of sweatshop labor has increased, Adidas has been doing some fancy footwork to preserve its image. In addition to working with groups like the Fair Labor Association to monitor production, the sportswear company conducts internal...
Castro's Greatly Exaggerated Demise
SOMETIME IN MID-OCTOBER, MEDIA AGENCIES ALL over the world began, once more, to anticipate Fidel Castro's death and rework their standing obits. The provocation this time was a rumor begun by a Venezuelan doctor in Florida named José Marquina, who claimed...
Dear ITT Ideologist,
I awoke yesterday from a coma that I fell into back in 1979 after having one of those funny feelings you get in your teeth when you eat ice cream too fast. My last memory was of watching a news report on the imminent danger of Iran developing a nuclear...
Demented Medicine
EVERY DAY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN nursing homes are chemically restrained by powerful, dangerous and expensive antipsychotic drugs. Prescribed to "treat" people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, antipsychotics have no therapeutic value....
Democratic to the CORE
The Chicago Teachers Union's secret to success? The rank and file are in control.DURING September's Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike, local and national media rushed to frame the fight as a clash of oversized personalities: the stubborn, foul-mouthed...
Fall of the Monarchs
AS A GIRL GROWING UP ON THE OUTSKIRTS of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Debbie Jackson looked forward every May to hopping on her bike, pedaling to nearby fields and collecting the just-laid eggs of monarch butterflies from milkweed plants. "I saw countless orange-andblack...
Foodies Get Wobbly
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE LAbor movement, a rebellious vanguard emerged at the margins of American industry, braiding together workers on society's fringes -immigrants, African Americans, women, unskilled laborers - under a broad banner of class struggle.The...
Goodbye, Mr. Quips
-Barney Frank's Capital Wit-AFTER MORE THAN three decades as the self-proclaimed only "left-handed, gay, Jewish congressman," Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will retire in January.When I was named Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Program Manager at the Department of Agriculture...
Hangovers, Electoral and Otherwise
OY, I HAVE SUCH A HANGOVER, AND NOT ONLY FROM the bottles of wine I drank as I bit my fingernails watching the election returns. It's also from - what has it been now, an 18 -month campaign? The United States must surely have the most protracted, expensive,...
Independent Media Now!
'Democracy Now!' host Amy Goodman is on a crusade. At a speaking stop in Peoria, III. on October 30, she was three-quarters of the way through a 100-city tour for her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and...
Intervention in Syria
Should we arm the rebels?THE RANKS OF LIBERAL HAWKS have swelled in the past two decades in response to atrocities in places such as Rwanda and Darfur. But humanitarian intervention-the doctrine that says the duty to protect civilians trumps state sovereignty...
Letters
If the Right wins, then what?Peter Frase and Bhaskar Sunkara's plan for the federal government to bail out states is certainly one way of solving the problem of local austerity, and it could work in favorable political conditions ("The Welfare State...
Lincoln: Better off Undead
FILMONE COMES AWAY FROM DlSNEY DreamWorks' Lincoln wondering what temptations induced playwright Tony Kushner, the author of the heartbreaking, hilarious and deeply introspective Angels in Americano write the screenplay for Steven Spielbergs $50 million...
Now What?
The Left of 2008, battered by eight years of Bush, overwhelmingly hitched its hopes and its resources to the shining star of a Barack Obama presidency.Four years later, the Left of 2012 is many different things - embittered, gratified, frustrated, heartened,...
Swiftian Logic
In 2009, I wrote a blog post for Bitch Media detailing why I did not think Taylor Swift's music was feminist. I was subsequently informed, for several years running, that I was an "idiot." In a writing career studded with opinions on rape, abortion and...
The Austerity Cliff
ANYONE FOLLOWING 2012's post-election commentary has been barraged by pie charts with one clear takeaway: The Democratic Party is demographically positioned to dominate the next few national election cycles.Asians, Latinos and African Americans voted...
The Feminine Mistake
ERIC HOBSBAWM, THE HISTOrian I interviewed for In These Times earlier this year, died in October at 95. An affectionate friend and an impressive scholar, he had one striking blind spot. He saw no point in feminism and disliked the word "gender" as feminists...
The New Right's Rabid Watchdog
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan evolved from your typical wingnut in the House to the man who might have been vice president. A boyishly handsome pol who, with a twinkle in his eye, proposes gutting Social Security and Medicare, Ryan is walking proof of the...
Weak Teavangelicals
IF BARACK OBAMA'S WIN proves one thing, it's that Republicans can no longer count on the religious Right shepherding its flocks to the polls to produce a GOP victory.It's not that evangelicals didn't try. As the 2012 election cycle gasped and wheezed...