Against the Current 95

— The Editors
THE WORLD-SHATTERING TERRORIST crime of September 11; three weeks of military buildup; then came, inevitably, the United States bombing of Afghanistan, the beginning of an open-ended campaign with unknown and incalculable consequences.
— Malik Miah
DEMOCRACY SUFFERED A blow in Indonesia on July 23, when President Abdurrahman Wahid was removed from office by an alliance of discredited New Order forces and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which betrayed the interests of the people who voted for it as a party for democratic change . . . .
— Cecilia Zárate-Laun
ON JULY 16, 2001 Carlos Arturo Marulanda-Ramirez, former Colombian Ambassador to the European Union, was detained by INTERPOL in Madrid, under international orders from the Colombian Prosecutor General.  He accused Marulanda of crimes against humanity, among them organizing paramilitary groups to torture, assassinate and displace peasants.
— Dianne Feeley
SINCE THE COLOMBIAN labor federation, CUT, was founded in 1986 nearly 4,000 trade unionists have been assassinated. Transposed to the United States that would represent 21,000 trade unionists executed! And the number is growing: 1,522 have been killed since 1995, with 129 assassinated in 2000 and 91 so far this year. For every five trade unionists killed in the world, three are Colombians . . . .
— Clayton Szczech and Shira Zucker
LIKE WATTS, KENT State, Waco, and Seattle, “Genoa” now means something much more than a mere geographical location in popular consciousness. This birthplace of Christopher Columbus hosted the 2001 summit of the Group 8 (G8), the largest European protest in over twenty years, and the first death of an anti-capitalist protester of the global North in decades. Less well known is that Genoa also saw the advent of bitter movement in-fighting, routinized mass protest, unaccountable...
— R.F. Kampfer
WHEN ONE THINKS of communities around the world that have been under siege for decades, one wonders how the U.S. will cope in the absence of a quick fix. Return to normal? This is normal for a lot of people. It's safety that is an aberration and an illusion.
— Michael Ratner
I LIVE A few blocks from the World Trade Center.  I saw the explosion in the North Tower and looked on in shock as the second plane flew 200 yards over my head and crashed into the South Tower.
— Rodney Ward
MEMO TO OUR Employees: Thank you for your loyalty, please don't let the door hit you on the way out.—The Airlines
Flight Attendants.  Many people think of our safety demo's ("there are two doors in the front of the plane"), or joke about "Coffee, Tea or Me," or scoff that we are simply overpaid Waitresses in the Sky—as if waiting tables was an easy job! What most do not understand is that while much of our job involves service, only a fraction of our training does.
— Malik Miah
WHAT IMPACT IS Bush's war against terrorism having on American workers?  A look at what's happened to airline workers since the tragic events of September 11 provides a glimpse of what is in store for workers as the economy stumbles into recession.
SEPTEMBER 11 HAS brought indescribable suffering to New York City's working people.  We have lost friends, family members and coworkers of all colors, nationalities and religions—a thousand of them union members.  An estimated one hundred thousand New Yorkers will lose their jobs.
— Catherine Sameh
NOT SINCE THE Iranian revolution and the hostage crisis that followed (1978-79) has "the Islamic world" so captured the attention of the U.S. media and its consumers.  September 11 and the aftermath have revealed a new chapter not only in the fifty-plus-year history of U.S. geopolitical hegemony in the Middle East, but also the Orientalist discourse that dominates the media's analysis of that involvement.
— interview with Anan Ameri
ANAN AMERI IS Cultural Arts Director at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn, Michigan, which serves the Detroit-area Arab community, the largest anywhere outside the Middle East. A native of Palestine, her reflection on Jerusalem, "Can I At Least Have My Scarf?" appeared in the November-December 2000 issue of Against the Current (ATC 89).  She is a longtime leading activist in the Palestinian-American community and served as the first president of...
— Farooq Tariq
THE SEPTEMBER 11 incident has had a polarizing effect on politics in Pakistan, to an extent never seen before.
— David Finkel
SEPTEMBER 11 WAS the day the United States' global empire came face to face with the monster that U.S. policy so greatly helped to create.  October 7 marked the beginning of the empire's strike back. After two weeks of bombing, the immediate question was not whether, but when, a U.S.-organized military occupation of Afghanistan would begin.
— Kim D. Hunter
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— Peter Drucker
Ellen Meiksins Wood's essay "Eurocentric anti-Eurocentrism" (ATC 92) and Christopher McAuley's response (ATC 94) touched on a number of issues relating to the origins of capitalism,  Our symposium continues with this contribution by Peter Drucker, a long-time advisory editor of Against the Current who has worked for several years in Amsterdam for the International Institute for Research and Education.  He is the editor of the newly published Third World lesbian/gay anthoogy Different...
— Charlie Post
Social Decay and Transformation:
A View from the Left
Samuel Farber
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2000; xxii + 177 pp. $55 (hardcover only).
SAMUEL FARBER'S SOCIAL Decay and Transformation addresses a paradox of U.S. politics. On the one hand, the untrammeled operation of the capitalist market over the past two decades has produced various forms of social decay, what Farber describes as “a regress from the democratic, egalitarian and humanist elements of modernism.” (xv) . . . .
— Angela Hubler
Johanna Brenner's new Women and the Politics of Class, containing essays written over a sixteen year period, comes at critical period in American feminism.  As Brenner writes, feminism has reached a "political impasse."  Despite enormous political, economic, and social changes over the past one hundred years, resulting in what she calls "the best of times" for some women, for others it is the worst of times: deteriorating conditions in women's lives; enduring male domination in the...
— Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Socialist Register 2001:
Working Classes, Global Realities
Leo Panitch & Colin Keys, Editors
(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2001) 392pp., $24 paperback.
FOR ALL INTENTS and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early `90s. When I say “discovered” I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard of it for years, I actually read it . . . .
— Norman Diamond
STAN WEIR was a dear friend and inspiration to many of the new generation of socialists that arose in the mid-1960x, particularly in the Independent Socialist (later International Socialist) current.  His pamphlet on "The New Rank and File Revolt" was a particularly valuable contribution in that period.  Stan's unwavering commitment to socialist values was a prototype for the character of the fictional "Joe" in Harvey Swados' novel Standing Fast.