Published bimonthly since 1986, AGAINST THE CURRENT is a Solidarity-sponsored analytical journal for the broad revolutionary left. The November/December 2013 editorial discusses Washington’s Mideast policies and declining influence throughout the region. Malik Miah discusses the war on the working poor in the light of Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech of fifty years ago, while Dianne Feeley concretizes that analysis in her discussion of Detroit’s plight. Steve Early analyses the future of the National Union of Healthcare Workers as a “minority union” after its election loss at Kaiser. Nora Wilow reports on Big Oil’s interest in the Canary Islands and Diana C.S. Becerra describes the Museum of Memory and Image’s projects in El Salvador. The issue continues the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of E.P. Thompson’s THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS with articles by Barbara Winslow and Rafael Bernabe. There are reviews of books on Mexican labor struggles, indigenous people vs. “extractivist” politics in Bolivia – and much more!