Atrocity, Delusion and the Apocalypse: What the Gaza Disaster Reveals

David Finkel

Posted December 9, 2023

To confront the almost incomprehensible scope of the disaster engulfing Gaza and all of Palestine, along with the no longer hypothetical specter of a semi-fascist dictatorship arising in Israel, it’s necessary to grasp two basic dynamics.

First and most immediate is the asymmetric but symbiotic barbarisms of the Israeli state and the Hamas nemesis that it did a great deal to empower, outlined in my article Catastrophe in Palestine and Israel: Apartheid on the Road to Genocide in Against…

Israel’s West Bank Inferno & the Responsibility of Socialists

Alan Wald

Posted December 6, 2023

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama:
Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy

By Nathan Thrall
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2023. 255 pages. $29.99 hardback.

For those readers unfamiliar with the universe of suffering that structures Palestinian life on the West Bank, prepare yourself for a journey into a human-made political hell as you plunge into the pages of Nathan Thrall’s A Day in the Life of Abed Salama. The term “West Bank” refers to a land-locked area…….

Feminist tide engulfs Italy on 25 November

Marta Autore

Posted December 5, 2023

On 25 November, a massive wave of more than half a million people filled the streets of Rome, with many spontaneous gatherings in squares throughout the country – first and foremost in Messina, Sicily, to shout out all their anger and determination against patriarchal violence, against those who perpetrate it and those who reproduce it.

While it is true that for years the demonstrations called by Non Una Di Meno for the international day against male violence against women and gender violence…

Three Palestinian Students Shot in Vermont

Malik Miah

Posted December 1, 2023

THREE YOUNG PALESTINIAN men have been shot near a university campus in Vermont, after a six-year-old Palestinian-American boy was stabbed to death in Illinois in October, raising alarms against rising Islamophobia in the country.

Critics say the mainstream media coverage and the political discourse have caused anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment to increase amid Israel’s war on Gaza, which has killed nearly 15,000 Palestinians (the massacre resumed December 1)….

Opening the Door Wider to Jim Crow Laws?

Malik Miah

Posted November 28, 2023

A FEDERAL APPEALS court on November 20 issued a decision that could severely curtail enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). It could affect voters of color nationwide and will probably be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The decision opens the door wider to a return to Jim Crow laws that once ruled the South. Those laws made…

Protestors’ Demands for a Ceasefire, End to Support for Israel, Shake American Institutions

Dan La Botz

Posted November 22, 2023

After Hamas’s heinous attack on Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people, many civilians, including children, Israel began a siege of Gaza, cutting off food, water, and fuel, unleashing an unrelenting bombardment, and carrying out an invasion of Gaza that has killed over 10,000 people, almost half of them children, no doubt hundreds more by the time you read this. The sight of an entire city virtually completely destroyed, hospitals ruined, and men and women walking through the rubble carrying…

Actors’ Strike Vs. Hollywood & TV Shows Achieves Victory

Malik Miah

Posted November 20, 2023

AFTER A 118-DAY strike, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists–SAG-AFSTRA–reached a tentative agreement with the major studios. On November 8 union negotiators agreed unanimously to a three-year tentative agreement….

State Elections in Germany bring further losses to the Left and upticks for the Far Right

Folko Mueller

Posted November 17, 2023

On October 8, elections were held in two important states of Germany: Bavaria and Hesse. Bavaria is the second largest German state in terms of population and also one of the wealthiest, with its economy also ranking second among German states in terms of GDP. Hesse ranks fifth in terms of population (out of 16 states) and contains the city of Frankfurt—the primary financial center for both Germany and continental Europe.

The outright winners should come as no big surprise. The Christian Social…

Capitalist Globalisation, Transnational Class Exploitation & the Global Police State

Federico Fuentes interviews William I. Robinson

Posted November 15, 2023

Federico Fuentes: Over the past century, we have seen the term imperialism used to define different situations and at other times be replaced by concepts such as globalisation and hegemony. You yourself have written that “the classical image of imperialism as a relation of external domination is outdated.” Why is this the case? Does this mean the concept of imperialism as a whole is outdated too?

William Robinson: Colonialism and imperialism are historic processes…….

Apostle of Genocide Rules Israel from the Grave

Cliff Conner

Posted November 7, 2023

MEIR KAHANE, a fanatic ultrarightwing American-Israeli zealot, was assassinated more than thirty years ago, and yet his spirit is in full control of Israel’s genocidal onslaught against the Palestinian Arabs of Gaza. When he was alive, his racist and antidemocratic political movement, the Kach party, was banned in Israel and officially designated a terrorist organization, both in Israel and the United States.

Today his disciples and admirers are entrenched in the government of Israel and direct…

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Against the Current

The Nov/Dec 2023 AGAINST THE CURRENT (#227) features:
  • Auto: The Future on the Line—The Editors
  • Catastrophe in Palestine & Israel—David Finkel
  • Medicare & Veterans’ Health Care—Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
  • New Labor—Dianne Feeley, Barry Eidlin interviews Alex O’Keefe & Howard A. Rodman
  • The Struggle for Self-Determination—Howie Hawkins, Promise Li & statements from Commons, Solidarity and the Fourth International

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Pamphlets from Solidarity

THE “SOCIALISM-FROM- BELOW” tradition views the working class as the central agent of overthrowing a system based on the market and the exploitation, alienation and unequal society it perpetuates.
Steve Downs’ writings, first in Hell on Wheels (2008) and in Socialist Strategies in Unions, a working paper (2022), outline how a variety of socialists active in the NYC transit system over two decades worked to build a rank-and-file caucus with a class struggle perspective.
Unable to resolve how to be accountable once members won office, their project ultimately failed. The pamphlet and working paper offer rich lessons for today’s socialists. You can read and download the working paper, Socialist Strategies in Unions, here.
Socialism, What It Is, Why We Need It outline capitalism‘s exploitation of both workers and the environment and sketches an alternative. You can order copies of Hell on Wheels, the working paper Socialist Strategies in Unions, and Socialism, What It is, Why We Need It here.


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