Against the Current 110

— The Editors
ONLY ONE THING is absolutely clear about the outcome of the endless U.S. presidential race: George W. Bush will not be reelected in November, 2004.  Bush may very well remain in office, and might even honestly win the election.  Bush cannot possibly be reelected, however, since he was never elected in the first place.
— The Editors
ANY DOUBTS ABOUT the meaning of the struggle for the right of gay and lesbian marriage should have disappeared forever when Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco opened the marriage bureau at city hall to same-sex couples.
— Sarah Wald
PROTESTS IN NINE cities across California, Oregon and Washington took place February 23rd, coordinated by the Cascadia Rising Project, in response to the Bush Administration's removal of protections on federal lands for over 100 rare and uncommon species associated with the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
— Iraj Omidvar
MORE THAN TWO months have passed since federal officials withdrew the grand jury subpoenas against four peace activists and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The withdrawal of the subpoenas and the gag order against Drake came amidst a firestorm of protest, not only from progressive and civil liberties lawyers and peace and justice activists from around the state and the country, but also from mainstream news media and elected politicians from both parties.
— Paul Buhle
— Dan La Botz
MEXICO'S LEFT OF center Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) has been shaken by a scandal that could well reshape the nation's political life.
— Mark Brenner
IN JULY, 2003 George Bush set off on a five-day, five-country "tarmac tour" of Africa, a thinly veiled attempt to burnish his international reputation in the wake of his illegal and internationally unpopular invasion of Iraq.
— Jan Haaken
WHILE I WAS doing research in Guinea in the summer of 1999, a village woman informed me of a legend told throughout West Africa. “It is not good to send your children to America,” she said, “for in America, they bury Africans in shallow graves.”
— Caribbean People's Statement
— Paul Le Blanc
THE FOURTH ANNUAL World Social Forum (WSF), held January 16-21 in the Indian city of Mumbai (what used to be called Bombay), drew 100,000 activists from over 130 countries. For three previous years it had been in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, to which it returns in 2005.
— David Finkel
IT WAS A decade or so ago, at what was then called the "Montreux-Detroit International Jazz Festival," that jazz percussion master Max Roach presented a music education workshop that he called "The Transparent Sound." True to form, Roach did not spend the time showing off his own prodigious technical ability. Instead, he invited young student drummers up to help them learn some basic polyrhythms. He also demonstrated how achieving "the transparent sound," making all parts of the drum kit sound...
— R.F. Kampfer
IT’S VERY THOUGHTFUL to plant a tree when you won’t live to see it full grown. It’s even more thoughtful to plant it far enough away from the house so that it doesn’t choke the gutters.
— Joel Jordan
“The final contract in Southern California is less costly to Kroger than the offer that was on the table when the strike and lockout began...” --Kroger CEO David Dillon
“[This was] the most successful strike in history.” --recently resigned UFCW President Douglas Dority
EXHAUSTED AND BROKE after four-and-a-half months on the picket line, Southern California grocery workers voted overwhelmingly on February 28-29 to accept a two-tier wage and benefits system with a cap on...
— Malik Miah
“Offshoring's giant target: the Bay Area. Silicon Valley could face export of 1 in 6 jobs--worst in nation” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Outsourcing: stop the hysteria” (Business Week)
“The future of jobs: new ones arise, wage gap widens. Outsourcing technology cut need for rote workers; brainpower is in Demand” (The Wall Street Journal)
WHY ARE OUTSOURCING and offshoring hot button issues? The Bush administration defends it; the Democratic challenger John Kerry...
— Dianne Feeley
A NEW T-SHIRT has appeared at the American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) plant where I work, and it is selling like hotcakes. The hi-lo driver shuttling parts to my job was wearing it. On the front there's a cemetery with a prominent tombstone, on which is written “R.I.P. UAW.” On the back there's a demonstration, with workers carrying signs that say: “We were sold down the river by the 2004 negotiations.” “Lower Wages, More Work, Indefinite Layoffs.”
— Paul Felton
— Ted Glick
— Christopher Phelps, Stephanie Luce and Johanna Brenner
— a statement by Solidarity
THE STRATEGY OF “the lesser evil” hasn't worked, and less than ever will it work today. The loyalty of labor, racial minorities, women, LGBT people and other progressives—expressed in massive campaign contributions and large numbers of votes—comes at a very low cost for the “New Democrats,” who know perfectly well that no matter how far to the right they move, the advocates of “the lesser evil” remain their captives.
— Anthony Arnove
Another World Is Possible: Globalization and Anti Capitalism
David McNally
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2002, $14.95 paper
Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy
Michael D. Yates
New York: Monthly Review Press, 2003, $16.95 paper.
THE PERIOD SINCE George Bush Sr. declared a "new world order" has been marked by growing global inequality and war. The failures of neoliberalism mean that more than fifty countries have seen declining per capita income in recent...
— Christopher Phelps
WHEN PAUL MARLOR Sweezy, the most widely recognized Marxist economist in the world, died at age 93 in February, a long life of exemplary commitment came to an end.  The sole surviving founding editor of Monthly Review, Sweezy built an internationally known institution that sustained the radical left through the bleakest hours of the Cold War and its aftermath.