Stories by Tamara Straus

Tamara Straus has served as senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and a news features editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. subscribe to Tamara Straus's feed

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Fifth Annual Webby Awards, honoring the best Internet Web sites, underscored a hallmark of Internet culture: geek power rules, sophistication is irrelevant.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Americans are increasingly watched by law enforcement and private industry. But we also are increasingly in search of public fame. How will privacy evolve in the era of the unwanted and wanted gaze?

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans are still angry about the 2000 election. You wouldn't know it from the press, but on the Web that anger is red-hot.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

This week the UN General Assembly held its first ever special session on AIDS. But can the world's most lumbering bureaucracy stop the new global plague?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Cult novelist Chuck Palahniuk is not what he seems. The author of the apocalyptic hit Fight Club and Choke, his recent novel on sexaholism, is neither angry nor nihilistic. He's a dreamer who likes to talk about romance.

Posted on: May 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A documentary film to be aired by PBS examines why store wars are not just about retail, but about small-town economic life.

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In her new book, Barbara Ehrenreich goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker and finds the dark side of American prosperity.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's new reality TV show on ABC, "The Runner," bombs to bits the last barrier between commerce and culture.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In the wake of the Cold War, a familiar object of strife has reemerged -- resources -- only this time the world has fewer of them.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If money and drugs are not forthcoming soon, AIDS will cause a plague in Africa not seen since the Black Death of the 14th century. Where is morality in the new global economy?

Posted on: Apr 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

From army spinmeisters working at CNN to sweatshop-like conditions in Silicon Valley, this year's Top Ten Censored Stories highlight some huge stories that the mainstream media missed.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The chemical dioxin is a proven deadly carcinogen. A new report reveals how the chemical industry is keeping this information buried.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Though far from perfect legislation, the McCain-Feingold bill is the best bet America has for cleaning up politics. Tamara Straus shows why.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Jubilee 2000 debt relief movement has mobilized millions of people, transformed international policy and shaped public opinion -- in Europe. A look at why Jubilee 2000 never took off here in America.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Slowly but surely, Ecstasy is becoming the drug of choice for the millennial era. Is it just the ultimate party high, or a postmodern cure that eases spiritual emptiness, rancorous individualism, alienation and lack of community?

Posted on: Jan 28, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Just when the drug war had started swinging into reform mode, the most conservative administration in years stepped into the White House. Will George W. Bush ignore the mainstream backlash against the drug war?

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Vincent Schiraldi of the Justice Policy Institute speaks about a surprising federal study that shows youth crime at its lowest rate in decades.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2000, Source: AlterNet

An alarming new study shows that General Motors, Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil have greater economic power than a majority of the world's countries.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Buying fair trade coffee -- coffee grown and sold with concern for both the coffee farmer and the land -- may not be the bravest form of activism. But the impact of consuming ethically on poverty and the environment is impossible to ignore.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to a coalition of nonprofits and ethical consumers, giant coffee retailers like Starbucks have agreed to sell coffee grown by decently paid, environmentally aware Third World farmers.