Against the Current 100

— The Editors
THIS ISSUE OF Against the Current marks a milestone for us: one hundred issues since the magazine was re-launched in 1986 with a merger of three previous publications.  For the world, of course, this month marks the one-year anniversary of the shattering events of September 11, 2001.
— Dianne Feeley
MY BROTHER SAYS it's a more difficult situation on the waterfront than in 1971, the last time the International Longshoremen and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) went out on strike.  My brother is a clerk on the Oakland docks, just like my stepfather before him.
— Sam Friedman
AT THE OPENING ceremonies for the International AIDS Conference in Spain in July, I was in a room with 15,000 other people, many of whom are medical doctors, virologists, psychologists or social workers.
— Malik Miah
ONCE AGAIN AN amateur's videotape is spoiling the “lawful” deeds of cops in Los Angeles County. In 1991 it was the beating of Rodney King. Today it is a teenager. Unbeknownst to the cops videotapes expose the men in blue doing their job: beating up innocent civilians of color.
Fortunately for the public, the tapes were shown on national and international television.
— Catherine Sameh
FOUR WOMEN ARE dead: Andrea Floyd, Teresa Nieves, Jennifer Wright and Marilyn Griffin. During a period of seven weeks this summer, each of these women was killed by her husband, each husband a military man stationed at Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina. One woman was strangled, another stabbed to death, and two shot. Two of the men also killed themselves. Little is known still about the sequence of events that led to these four women's deaths.
— Kim D. Hunter
South African Freedom Songs
Inspiration for Liberation
Making Music Productions 001
www.music.org.za/freedomsongs
“Without (this) music ours would have been a much more protracted and bloodier struggle.” --Desmond Tutu, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, South Africa
— Ur Schlonsky
ISRAEL SHAHAK, THE late human rights activist and anti-Zionist militant, once remarked that for at least the last 200 years, Jews have demanded equal rights in every country in which they've lived—with the remarkable exception of Israel, the Jewish state.  [See note 1]
— Edward Said
This essay by the noted Palestinian author and activist, Professor Edward Said, first appeared in the June 14-21 issue of Al Ahram Weekly (Egypt), where his work appears regularly.  It is distributed for an international audience by the American Committee on Jerusalem, which works to build a "shared Jerusalem" among its people, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish.  You can contact ACJ at 4201 Connecticut Avenue, STE 302, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: 202-237-0215; FAX: 202-244-3196; or...
— Michael Ames Connor interviews Rahul Mahajan
RAHUL MAHAJAN IS a founding member of the Nowar Collective and the Green Party candidate for Governor of Texas. He is the author of The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, April 2002 http://www.monthlyreview.org/newcrusade.htm) and is writing a book on Iraq and U.S. policy. His email is rahul@tao.ca. He was interviewed for Against the Current by Michael Ames Connor, a teacher unionist and member of Solidarity in Portland, Oregon.
Against the Current: The U.S. ruling...
— Christopher Phelps
IN 1986, AGAINST the Current was something new under the Reaganite sun, a fresh, radical, freethinking magazine of movement strategy and socialist revival.
— Peter Drucker
A SPECTER IS haunting Europe -- and despite the disquietingly high vote for the far right in some recent elections, it is not really the specter of fascism. It looks more like the specter of Americanization.
Of course, the reshaping of European politics along lines similar to the United States, with blatantly reactionary parties on the right and middle-of-the-road neoliberal parties on the “left,” is being fiercely resisted. More than one possible variant, particularly with outright...
— Robert Brenner
U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY Paul O'Neill has attributed the mushrooming financial scandals to the immorality of a "small number"of miscreants.  The Wall Street Journal has already listed twenty-seven major companies as under a cloud—including such household names and/or stars of the stock market bubble as Adelphia, AOL Time Warner, Bristol Meyers, Dynegy, Enron, Global Crossing, Kmart, Lucent Technologies, Merck, Qwest, Reliant Services, Rite Aid, Tyco International, Universal, Vivendi,...
— Dianne Feeley
BETWEEN MARCH AND September, 2002 the Amsterdam Historical Museum held an exhibit documenting four centuries of prostitution in Amsterdam. “Love for Sale” brings together an amazing set of documents, photographs and paintings about prostitution.
— R.F. Kampfer
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.
— Teofilo Reyes
This talk was presented at an April 2002 national labor retreat organized by Solidarity.  The panel was titled, "Globalization in the Americas."
— Elena Herrada
FOR THE PAST several years, members of the Mexican community in Detroit have been interviewing our elders about the period of the Repatriation (1929-1939).  Around fifteen of us have been gathering to compile oral interviews with our family members and friends and neighbors, to finally tell us a story which few would talk about for the past fifty or so years.
— review by Brian Smith
Arab Detroit:
From Margin to Mainstream
edited by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock
(Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000) 629 pages
$24.95 (paperback).
JUNE, 2002: A luncheon of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has been delayed for a half hour. The delay is not just inconvenient but also awkward, as the luncheon is being held to honor a senator and a congressman who have been supportive of the Arab American community's concerns.
— David Finkel
Arab Americans in Metro Detroit
A Pictorial History
by Anan Ameri and Yvonne Lockwood
(Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2001) 128 pages
$19.99 (paperback).
THE PICTURES AT a superficial glance may look like standard-issue family memorabilia -- until you learn the astonishing stories behind some of them.
— Mary Helen Washington
Exiles From a Future Time:
The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left
by Alan Wald
(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002)
412 pages (37 photographs), $19.95 paper.
ANYONE WHO HAS ever talked to Alan Wald about his work on the Literary Left knows that his knowledge of the subject is -- I use this word without the slightest bit of hyperbole -- encyclopedic. Over the past thirty years, Wald has traveled coast to coast interviewing hundreds of writers and produced,...
— Alan Filreis
Modernism, Inc:
Body, Memory, Capital
Jani Scandura and Michael Thurston
(New York: New York University Press, 2001)
304 pages, $19 (paper).
MODERNISM HAS BEEN defined in a myriad ways -- aptly, given its great social and aesthetic range and multinational origins. One useful definition holds that modernism, as a movement, cohered out of unorganized expressions of rebellious responses to psycho-social ills in the first years of the twentieth century.
— David Finkel
The Death of the West
How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions
Imperil Our Country and Civilization
by Patrick J. Buchanan
(New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2002)
308 pages. $25.95 (hardcover).
AMERICA'S HOME-GROWN wannabee Jean-Marie Le Pen, Patrick Buchanan is always an entertaining read, if not entirely coherent. This breezy semi-fascist manifesto, his latest contribution to the public discourse, offers many cases in point, as well as introducing a surprise guest villain...
— Chuck Kaufman
TRIM BISSELL, FOUNDER and National Co-Coordinator of the Campaign for Labor Rights, succumbed after a twenty-month battle with a brain tumor and left the ranks of those who struggle for justice and peace.
Trim died on June 15, 2002 in the home he shared with his wife, Ruth Evan. He was surrounded by his art, vividly colored paintings and sculpture that were his third passion in life following Ruth and the Campaign for Labor Rights.
— Ellen S. Jaffe
WHEN I PUBLISHED Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal, in 2001, I dedicated it to my parents and my son, and to “The Children, now Adults, in the writing group `The Voice of the Children,' led by poet June Jordan and teacher Terri Bush: working with this group helped me see how writing can change the world.”
As I write this tribute to June Jordan, who died on June 14, 2002, I am more convinced than ever of the truth of those words -- and filled with grief that June Jordan,...