by Barbara Ehrenreich and Frances Fox Piven Without a Safety Net
Six years ago, politicians celebrated welfare reform as a way to get poor families off the dole and into the job market. But they left out one detail: What happens when the jobs disappear?
by Evelyn Nieves To Work and Die in Juarez
Scores of female factory workers have been murdered in the maquiladora border town of Ciudad Juarez. Now a coalition of Mexican women is trying to make sure the killings will no longer be ignored.
by Julia Cass The Moses Factor
Civil rights veteran Bob Moses has returned to Mississippi with a new formula for empowerment: math literacy.
Photo Essay by Gary Fabiano, Text by Amy Wilentz Dead-End Crossing
Even before the violence of recent months, border crossings along the West Bank had become flash points in the brutal conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
by Ken Silverstein Unjust Rewards
The government awards billions of dollars in federal contracts every year to corporations that repeatedly violate the law. A Mother Jones investigation uncovers Uncle Sam’s dirtiest business partners.
Readers sound off on Attorney General John Ashcroft, Molly Ivins’s favorite Texas politicians and collegians with credit cards.
— Building a Better Bomb: Meet the Penetrator, one of the new “mini-nukes” the Bush administration wants to develop for conventional wars.
— Seeds of Secrecy: The Mexican government has tried to silence scientists who discovered genetically modified corn where it doesn’t belong.
— Antiabortion Ambush: Is putting photos of abortion-clinic patients on the Web and invasion of privacy? Or protected free speech?
— Hellraiser: Class Activist
Patriotic poopers; booze, sweet booze; and the DEA cracks down on hemp chips.
by Roger Atwood Dispatch
Looters nearly destroyed a peerless pre-Columbian treasure. But the way locals see it, the real thieves are the archeologists.
by Sue Halpern The Commons
A co-op city born of New Deal social engineering is still living up to its ideals some seven decades later.
China’s next Great Wall.
Government of, by, and for the rich; Margaret Cho gets (Dan) Savaged; rockin’ out to auto ads; on location in Medellin; plus book and music reviews.
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Cartoon by David Fullarton.