From Stars & Stripes, a special report on The Evolving Enemy: Multiple enemies complicate Iraq insurgency, once thought the work of a few, involves a diverse array; and from Time, an article on being careful of your friends in Iraq. A 1956 article, "Communist Interrogation", shows that methods embraced after 2001 were once considered torture that would produce false information. Stuart Taylor Jr. on how not to make terrorism policy. Willing and able potential military recruits are being turned away, causalities of the battle over immigration. Why won't we let them fill the ranks?
The Fight for the Minimum Wage: Voters in several states soundly approved minimum wage increases last fall. But now state legislatures, with a push from industries that employ low-wage workers, are hard at work to gut the new laws. Five years ago, Sylvia Ann Hewlett terrified women with her book Baby Hunger, a warning against leaving motherhood till too late. Now she's back with another shocking message: employers are writing off women once they've had children. And we're all losing out. A review of Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation by Ellen Bravo. A review of Neither Angels Nor Demons: Women, Crime and Victimization. An interview with Kevin Davis, author of Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office.
Tim Wise on reflections on the psychopathology of racist thinking. Why are greens so white? The eco-movement faces an uphill battle in engaging newcomers, low-income citizens. Driven to Extremes: For their commutes of up to four hours a day, some enjoy cheaper housing and better pay. But at what price?
The Case Against Mandates: Individual mandates are all the rage among progressive health policy experts. Too bad they're a terrible idea. How a legal case could cripple one of modern medicine's greatest achievements. The Profit Calculator: The wild risks, unexpected niches, and day-in-day-out grind behind making a dollar in New York for everyone... from a drug dealer to Goldman Sachs; how do you improve on water? Pricey new magic potions on tap; and take this quiz to find out if you're a member of the burgeoning green-foodie community, aka. a "groodie".
From Vanity Fair, If You Knew Sushi: A single tuna auctioned for more than $170,000, sake flavored with snake venom, a Moonie consortium—the sushi business is wilder than gourmet wasabi. From the back alleys of Tokyo to New York's most expensive Japanese restaurant, Nick Tosches uncovers the real, raw world behind an epicure's delight. An interview with Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. David Greenberg |inprint/issue=200703&id=273|reviews| Michael A. Lerner’s Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City.
A review of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald Dworkin and The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think is Right is Wrong by Jennifer Michael Hecht; and a look at why freedom's just another word for less money, less waste. Does a stressful childhood equate to a liberal adulthood? A controversial study challenges a persistent and potent stereotype. Fifty Ways to Leave Whatever: A couple creates a business out of existential angst. A review of The Real Toy Story: Inside the Ruthless Battle for Britain's Youngest Consumers by Eric Clark and Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantalise Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R Barber (and more).
The established pornography business is in decline — and the Internet is being held responsible. Sex, With Consequences: Why is it that in books, movies and on stage, jumping into bed is now fraught with danger? The escort who brought down the Rev. Ted Haggard talks about why he wrote a book about it and why the gay community is still divided on his having done it.