Against the Current, No. 101, November/December 2002
The Imperial Trifecta
— The Editors
Black Workers for Justice, Twenty Years of Struggle
— Saladin Muhammad
From South Africa to Palestine
— an interview with Claudia Morcom
The Rebel Girl: Punitive "Marriage Promotion"
— Catherine Sameh
Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin
— Scott Kurashige
Poem in memory of Vincent Chin: somewhere in the over lit night
— Kim D. Hunter
Nablus: Curfew and Defiance
— eyewitness report from the International Solidarity Movement
Jimmy Carter's Tangled Camp David Web
— David Finkel
Random Shots: Idle Idylls of Old Idols
— R.F. Kampfer
- No Blood for Oil!
Imperialism, Sovereignty and "Just Wars"
— Malik Miah
London: No to the Bush-Blair War
— Phil Hearse
Cincinnati: Protest in the Heartland
— Dan La Botz
- The War on Labor's Rights
The Battle of the Docks
— Malik Miah and Dianne Feeley
A California Unionist's View: Uneasy Solidarity
— Michael Rubin
Screen Actors Join Longshore Picketers
— Peaches Johnson
Homeland Security--No Rights, No Security
— David H. Richardson
- Inside the Global Turmoil
Cote d'Ivoire's House Divided
— Mark Brenner
A Way Out for Kashmir?
— interview with Hamid Bashani
Argentina's Unique Union Federation
— Guillermo Almeyra
Colombia: Neoliberalism and Violence
— Forrest Hylton
Bryan Palmer's Cultures of Darkness
— Leo Panitch
Max Elbaum's Revolution in the Air
— Patrick M. Quinn
On Capitalist Origins
— Christopher McAuley
A Response to Christopher McAuley's on Capitalist Origins
— Ellen Meiksins Wood
- In Memoriam
Helen Rodriguez-Trias (1929-2001)
— Karen Stamm
ONE HAS TO wonder how far the immortal Janis Joplin would have gotten on “American Idol.” Ever notice that the winners of the weekly votes cried more than the losers?
A TV commentator noted that this might be the last chance for the top contenders to win the U.S. Open men’s tennis championship because of their near-retirement age, 30 and 31 (coincidentally, the number of Kampfer’s years in the auto plant prior to his own retirement).
The mayor of Moscow is calling for the statue of the arch-chekist Felix Dzerzhinski to be returned to its pedestal. It’s pleasant to speculate about how “Iron Felix” would deal with the current Russian leadership.
Levelling on Iraq
DUBYA HASN’T BEEN able to catch Osama Bin Laden, so he’s going after Saddam Hussein. Much like the guy who gets chewed out by his boss, and goes home to kick the cat.
Some of Iraq’s strongest defenders are the nations to whom Saddam owes money. They still have hopes of getting paid back.
Dubya apparently governs by the old Texas motto: “Blessed be he whose cause is just. Thrice blessed be he who pulls the trigger fust.”
Not content with levelling Iraq to liberate it, Dubya says he has to destroy the national forests in order to save them. Like those Vietnamese villages.
STEVE EARLE WARNS us that the cap-and-ball Colt (“shoots quick as lightning but slow to reload”), will “get you into trouble, but won’t get you out.” Steve’s new CD “Jerusalem” is worth buying just to annoy the patriots.
True history: When British manufacturers began to get competition from German imports, they pushed a law through parliament requiring all imported goods to be marked with the country of origin. Unfortunately, they found that their customers regarded “Made in Germany” as a badge of high quality. Accordingly, they had the identification changed to “Foreign Made.”
We used to criticize the UAW leadership by comparing them to Walter Reuther. Actually, they weren’t that much worse than he was.
Bones of Wisdom
“MEAT IS BETTER than bones, but bones are better than nothing.”–Isaac Babel
Florida elections, the neverending story.
Crop circles — wading pools of the gods?
In response to 9/11, the heimatpolezei (that’s security police, for you Germanically challenged readers) have outlawed taking pictures of bridges and tunnels. Of course, one can always buy the postcards — or download the blueprints.
India and Pakistan have one point of agreement about Kashmir. It will not get its independence.
ATC 101, November-December 2002