Silja J.A. Talvi
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De-escalating the Drug War
Obama's pick to head ONDCP is better than your average drug czar. MORE
Act Locally · March 13, 2009
Ending the War on Drugs
Will the Obama administration put justice back in the criminal justice system? MORE
Features · March 2, 2009
Our Town vs. Exxon
Marine biologist Riki Ott explains how Cordova, Alaska, rebounded 20 years after the oil spill. MORE
Features · February 20, 2009
All Work, No Play
Vacation time shouldn't be the privilege of a few, but the right of all MORE
Features · October 22, 2008
Reporting From The Ground Up
The power of street reporting MORE
Views · June 28, 2008
Seattle Battles the Homeless
Underneath the I-5 highway in south Seattle, Isaac Palmer had found a spot to sleep. Hidden away from MORE
Act Locally · March 27, 2008
Women Behind Bars
War on drugs leads to explosion of female incarcerations MORE
Features · February 8, 2008
Tupperware and Tasers
The SUV-driving, stun-gun-wielding housewife is coming to a suburb near you. In Arizona, Tupperware-style Taser parties have become MORE
Features · January 25, 2008
Suffering Secondary Trauma
Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind explores the complexity of Chang's psychology as it formed around the demands of her profession and her personal struggles stemming from her writing about The Rape of Nanking MORE
Culture · November 2, 2007
One man stands between Flozelle Woodmore and the "free" world--California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger MORE
Views · August 2, 2007
The Drug War’s Collateral Damage
Those victimized by a crackdown on marijuana since the early '90s can be denied everything from food stamps to voting rights to the right to adopt a child MORE
Act Locally · July 30, 2007
Non-Lethal Weaponry: The Next Generation
Plasma clouds, microwave beams, electrified bullets--military contractors have been developing futuristic new combat technologies under the public radar. MORE
Features · January 12, 2007
The dub poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson MORE
Features · December 22, 2006
The untold story of Taser-related deaths MORE
Features · November 13, 2006
End Medical Experimentation on Prisoners Now
Prisoners have no rights regarding the quality of their medical care or their participation in experiments. MORE
Views · September 26, 2006
Follow the Prison Money Trail
Private prison companies invest millions in elections. MORE
Act Locally · September 4, 2006
Narcissists Rђ Us?
Three decades later, Christopher Lasch's analysis still neatly explains why self-love will tear us apart MORE
Features · August 14, 2006
Kal (Black) Like Me
A Belgrade-based music group hopes to bring Romani issues to the forefront. MORE
Culture · June 16, 2006
The American prison system grew by more than 1,000 new adult prisoners per week in one year, confirming our position as the world's unsurpassed leader in mass incarceration. Statistics obscure the everyday pain for millions upon millions of Americans who feel like nearly everybody has given up on them. MORE
Views · June 5, 2006
Pow! Shazaam! Its ғMinoriteam!
Behind the scenes of a controversial new Cartoon Network show MORE
Culture · June 2, 2006
No Room in Prison? Ship Em Off
Prisoners have become unwitting pawns in a lowest-bidder-gets-the-convict shuffle game MORE
Features · May 10, 2006
Reporting on Americas Most Unwanted
Immersion journalists Sasha Abramsky and Steve Bogira bring the lives of the impoverished, adjudicated and disenfranchised to life. MORE
Features · April 27, 2006
Reaching for real solutions to real problems: health and homelessness in Mass. and L.A.
It's not difficult to give into an overall sense of hopelessness these days. I'll be the first to admit that I sink into those depths on a fairly regular basis. Even then, I'm... MORE
The ITT List · April 5, 2006
The Lifeline: L.A. Times dares to show us what the war looks like ...
... from inside the operating room. Or anywhere else, for that matter. It's a rare thing, these days, for us to see any real images of our wars abroad, especially those involving mangled, bloodied... MORE
The ITT List · April 3, 2006
Vexatious Vicissitudes of Victory: V for Vendetta
I had to wonder, after finally seeing V for Vendetta, how the Wachowski brothers are feeling right now. I'm not worried about their pocketbooks--the Matrix-famed, Hollywood-subversive brothers are probably doing just fine--but I... MORE
The ITT List · April 2, 2006
ICE takes on bongs, rolling papers, and other “head shop” items
After the massive reorg of federal gov't agencies, INS became ICE, and was subsumed under the Dept. of Homeland Security. Everybody with me? ICE's purpose, ostensibly, was to speed up and streamline the... MORE
The ITT List · March 31, 2006
It's far too easy to pin recent violence in the L.A. County Jail on ethnic tensions MORE
Features · March 27, 2006
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary talks about her provocative new book MORE
Culture · March 10, 2006
Condi speaks out on sisterhood
It appears even Ms. Rice was feelin' a bit of the annual International Women's Day, 3/8. In a press statement, she said that, "We must not forget that the advance of women’s rights... MORE
The ITT List · March 9, 2006
Scared of getting mugged? Take a cruise.
People actually get paid for conducting the silliest imaginable research studies. They really do. Here's one of my new faves, which I came across today in the form of a press release: "CRUISE... MORE
The ITT List · March 7, 2006
Spin? What spin? $1.62 billion spent by U.S. gov’t on media/pr contracts.
Have I mentioned how much I love the GAO lately? No? Well, I love the Government Accountability Office because they get real work done with my tax dollars, and because I get excited... MORE
The ITT List · February 22, 2006
Guns don’t kill people, but Cheney (almost) does ...
If you haven't heard by now, VP Cheney nearly killed his friend and fellow quail hunter, 78-year-old attorney Harry Whittington, on Saturday. No word on how many quail were injured or killed in... MORE
The ITT List · February 12, 2006
Freedom of Information Act? What’s that again?
In light of the fact that the US Dept. of Homeland (In)security (DHS) continues to refuse to comply with a Katrina-related FOIA request, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed... MORE
The ITT List · January 30, 2006
Prison spending in CA to top $8 billion in 2006
The Governator's innovative new plan for California's gigantic prison population is apparently to ensure that it just keeps expanding--and, for the first time, flowing in a significant way into the pockets of private... MORE
The ITT List · January 23, 2006
Those damn liberal homosexual Hollywood-types ...
Those gay cowboys; what were they thinking? Today, the Concerned Women for America expressed their displeasure at the fact that the movie about "male homosexual sheepherders" was spreading "acceptance of homosexuality." CWA also... MORE
The ITT List · January 18, 2006
Keep those soldiers awake! (Can I have some?)
I guess all the hallucinations that accompany harder amphetamines were starting to mess with army heads too much. Fortunately, the Army has just approved “Stay Alert” caffeine gum as a way of battling... MORE
The ITT List · January 18, 2006
Diplomatic relations where they matter: Tequila!
Much to my relief, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman announced today that the U.S. had reached an important agreement with Mexico on tequila trade. No worries about your margaritas, Americans! Bulk... MORE
The ITT List · January 18, 2006
Majority of Americans support Bush impeachment for wiretapping.
A new Zogby poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org finds that 52% of Americans do want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he authorized the wiretapping of American citizens without a judge's approval. Which... MORE
The ITT List · January 17, 2006
Cult of Character
How the 'secular' Character Training Institute is working to build evangelist Bill Gothard's vision of a First-Century Kingdom of God--one city, one state, one school board, one police force and one mind at a time. MORE
Features · January 9, 2006
Podcasts we don’t need!
Thanks to Drug Czar John Walters, the Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), for the fact that drug war propaganda can now be podcast directly into your head. Apparently, ONDCP's podcasts will... MORE
The ITT List · January 4, 2006
Steven Tyler would sing to you, too ...
... if you had this much money to blow on a birthday party. A teenager's birthday party, no less. As we wrote in Alls or Nothings back in October, David H. Brooks is the... MORE
The ITT List · December 30, 2005
Entertainment meets revolution
I'm surrounded, right here in downtown Seattle, by the sight of frantic holiday shoppers grabbing up Old Navy sweaters, Nike shoes, and Sharper Image massagers. It's a holiday-shopping frenzy that makes my stomach... MORE
The ITT List · December 20, 2005
The typical American female TV criminal is nasty, cutthroat, cunning, duplicitous and sexy to boot. Oxygen, a women-oriented MORE
Culture · December 7, 2005
Effort mounts to stop the 12/13 execution of the co-founder of the Crips.
The path that took Stanley "Tookie" Williams from gang life to Nobel Peace Prize nomination has been a remarkable and most unusual one. Co-founder of the blue-clothing-drenched Crips in S. Central Los Angeles,... MORE
The ITT List · November 29, 2005
Land o’ hate crimes ...
Since 1992, the FBI has been mandated to report the number of hate crimes in the U.S. The agency has reported, on average, at 8,000-12,000 hate crimes per year. Recently, a different and... MORE
The ITT List · November 27, 2005
No FOIA allowed! Look out for BARDA, a new, top secret gov’t agency.
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA) is about to become the the first-ever government agency not obligated to provide any disclosure whatsoever to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Senate Bill 1873,... MORE
The ITT List · November 17, 2005
Cops and Harm Reduction Hotties, Oh My!
You wouldn't have expected it during any other week, but for a few days in mid-November, pot smoke MORE
Views · November 14, 2005
Mo Money for Monogamy
Pro-life organizations are receiving millions of federal dollars in the name of "abstinence education." MORE
Features · November 11, 2005
Is this what 12-steppers call the ‘denial’ phase?
In Panama City, President Bush told the Panamanian press that the U.S. is pursuing terrorists "under the law." He emphatically denied that U.S. forces--including the operators of overseas secret CIA prisons--engage... MORE
The ITT List · November 8, 2005
Abu Ghraib to freed detainees: It’s been real! K.I.T.!
Earlier this week, the U.S. Central Command's "Detainee Operations" in Iraq announced that, "in the spirit of Eid al-Fitr, a day of rejoicing that marks the end of the holy month of... MORE
The ITT List · November 3, 2005
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