Against the Current, No. 100, September/October 2002
Whole New Worlds of Turmoil
— The Editors
Longshore Battle: Bush, Butt Out!
— Dianne Feeley
Anger at the International AIDS Conference
— Sam Friedman
Race and Class: Cops and Videotapes
— Malik Miah
The Rebel Girl: "Normal" Domestic Violence?
— Catherine Sameh
Radical Rhythms: Music to Rock Your World
— Kim D. Hunter
Zionism, Non-Jews and the Israeli State
— Ur Schlonsky
Palestinian Elections Now
— Edward Said
After 9/11: Empire Uncaged
— Michael Ames Connor interviews Rahul Mahajan
Against the Current Celebrates 100 Issues
— Christopher Phelps
Europe's Specter of Americanization
— Peter Drucker
An Economy of Two, Three Many Enrons
— Robert Brenner
"Love for Sale," A Sex Trade Exhibition
— Dianne Feeley
Random Shots: Life Imitates Art
— R.F. Kampfer
- Immigrant Trials and Triumphs
From Immigrants to Labor Troublemakers
— Teófilo Reyes
The Hidden Story of "Los Repatriados"
— Elena Herrada
Arab Detroit: from Margin to Mainstream
— review by Brian Smith
Arab Americans in Metro Detroit
— David Finkel
Lives of the Exiles
— Mary Helen Washington
A Book of Lamentations
— David Finkel
How Many Modernisms?
— Alan Filreis
- In Memoriam
Trim Bissell, A Committed Life
— Chuck Kaufman
June Jordan and the Language of Your Life
— Ellen S. Jaffe
IN THE MOVIE version of “The Sum of all Fears,” the terrorist nuke is hidden in a cigarette vending machine. In real life, if placed in an underground parking garage, it would have been ripped off in about twenty minutes.
“The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” is not about what you think.
In “Lolita,” Humbert reflects: “I should probably have joined the priesthood.” We can guess how much good that would have done.
Things to Chew On
DAVID’S SUNFLOWER SEEDS (that’s a brand name, if you’re wondering) tell us: “Eat-Spit-Be Happy.” Sounds like a good policy for life in general.
Would Colleen Rowley have had the courage to confront the FBI bureaucracy without the inspiration of the example set by Clarice Starling?
How come Falwell isn’t blaming the Texas floods on the sins of the Bush dynasty?
Remember those necklaces we used to make out of beer-can tabs back in college? They now sell replicas in gold and silver. Not only more expensive, but you don’t get to drink the beer.
The state of the economy can be determined by the sales figures for macaroni-and-cheese dinners. When times get tough, we reach for the Kraft.
Summing It Up
THE OLD ADDING machines may have been bulky and slow, but at least they didn’t disappear, like pocket calculators.
Detroit will never be a first class city as long as it saves money by having its July 4 fireworks display in June.
Between them, Sharon and Bush have guaranteed Arafat’s re-election.
There’s a lot of things one could say about Dubya’s colonoscopy, but that would be like fishing with hand grenades.
The Thanks We Get
KAMPFER HAS SPENT years establishing an ecologically balanced pond in the back yard. Once the tadpoles matured, they promptly moved to the pool next door, which is stagnant and full of dead leaves. There is no gratitude in nature.
ATC 100, September-October 2002