Against the Current, No. 62, May/June 1996
Ten Years of Against the Current
— The Editors
How Labor Loses When it "Wins"
— Peter Downs
Yale Workers Fight the Power
— Gordon Lafer
Brazil's Workers Party Redefining Itself
— Michael Shellenberger
Modern "Gunboat" Diplomacy in the Caribbean
— an interview with Cecilia Green
"Burn the Haystack!"
— News From Within
The Clinton-Helms-Burton Travesty
— The ATC Editors
The IMF Restructures Sri Lanka
— D.A. Jawardana
Chandrika's "Great Victory"
— Vickramabahu Karunarathne
Getting It Right About Now
— Claudette Begin and Caryn Brooks
Fight the Right
— Claudette Begin
Ruth Hubbard's Feminist Critique of Science
— Rene L. Arakawa
Reclaiming Utopia: The Legacy of Ernst Bloch
— Tim Dayton
Policing Morality: Underground Rap in Puerto Rico
— Raquel Z. Rivera
Answering Camille Paglia
— Nora Ruth Roberts
On Being Ten
— Greetings from Our Friends
Letters to the Editors
— Peter Drucker; Linda Gordon
- The Great Flint Sitdown: An ATC 10th Anniversary Feature
Introduction: The Flint Sitdown for Beginners
— Charlie Post
The Rebel Girl: The Real Threat to Life
— Catherine Sameh
Random Shots: Politics, Religion and Mad Cows
— R.F. Kampfer
Flint and the Rewriting of History
— Sol Dollinger
Politics and Memory in the Flint Sitdown Strikes
— Nelson Lichtenstein
— Lillian S. Robinson
Ken Saro-Wiwa's Antiwar Masterpiece
— Dianne Feeley
Statement to the Court
— Ken Saro-Wiwa
- In Memoriam
Marxist Art Historian: Meyer Schapiro, 1904-1996
— Alan Wallach
THE PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE government “liberation” war [against the Tamil Tigers] is claimed to be a great success. Unfortunately, Tamils generally refused to be liberated. They ran away from the Sinhala “liberation” army as if it was the devil’s army advancing on them. Many Tamils have abandoned the Jaffna peninsula altogether and have come to the Vavuniya district. Some half million people have been made into refugees.
The leaders of the People’s Alliance claim that the Tigers forced these people to flee. There is some truth in this. But, in general, people started leaving when the realized that the Tigers were incapable of resisting the attack of a well-equipped traditional army. The moment Tigers started retreating, the exodus started. Obviously the Tigers did not want only the lame and the loyal to be left behind: hence the order for everyone to leave. Thus we had the ridiculous spectacle of a Sinhala army “liberating” the virtually empty city of Jeffna from the escaping Tamil people.
The Tamils had to retreat, and the Tamil people were evicted from their famed city. Chandrika agreed that this called for celebrations. The people, burdened by rising prices, did not respond enthusiastically to this call of the racists. But state-sponsored celebrations went ahead, at great expense.
Whatever Prime Inister Chandrika claims, the reality is that she has occupied the hub of culture and identity of the Lankan Tamil people sans Tamil people! The purported victory over the Tigers is an illusion.
Certainly this is a defeat for the Tigers. They used to have illusions about their ability to resist the attack of a conventional army. They underestimated the Sinhala army’s potential. We have now seen how, with enough resources, it can become a ferocious military machine.
The governmental military victory has multiplied many problems. The war continues, as a protracted guerilla activity. Half a million Tamils have become refugees. Almost all Tamils are alienated [from the PA government]. chauvinist militaristic forces have gained strength.
ATC 62, May-June 1996