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December 13, 2002 | Issue 433

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Countdown to attack on Iraq
Stop Bush's war
One excuse, no matter how small or how fabricated. That's all that the Bush administration needs to launch their one-sided slaughter in Iraq.

Bankruptcy at United Airlines
Bosses want workers to pay
The bankruptcy of United Airlines highlights the destructive cost of free-market policies that lead to economic crises and destroy the lives of millions of working people.

SPECIAL FEATURES

A decade of U.S. war on Iraq
Gulf War slaughter
The Bush gang is out to launch a slaughter in Iraq. But as Anthony Arnove--editor of the book Iraq Under Siege--explains, this will be only the latest stage in more than a decade of U.S. warfare--military and economic--against the people of Iraq.

A roundtable discussion
Crisis and resistance: Where are we headed?
With war looming in Iraq and the world economy still slumping, what does the future hold? Socialist Worker talked to a panel of socialists about the international political situation--and the growing resistance to both Washington's wars and the madness of the free market.

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WHAT WE THINK

Hawks gear up to "strike now" against Iraq
Organize now to stop this slaughter
Four aircraft carriers, 60,000 soldiers, 200 warplanes, 24 Apache helicopter gunships, innumerable heavy tanks and bombs. By the middle of December, the U.S. will have all of this in or near the Middle East in anticipation of a full-scale military assault on Iraq.

Killed by the crisis in health care
Bush canned Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and economic adviser (and former Enron adviser) Lawrence Lindsey last week. But they won't have to worry about facing the terrors that ordinary people who lose their jobs do.

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NATIONAL NEWS

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg takes out the budget ax for…
Cuts and more cuts
Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg's budget for New York City, which was approved by the majority Democrat city council earlier this month, adds up to $780 million in cuts to city services.

Hamoui family members win their freedom
Stop racist detentions
Public pressure played the decisive role in ending the nine-month ordeal of Syrian immigrant Hanan Ismail and her daughter Nadin Hamoui.

Homeland Security provision
Making it safe for drug profits
Tucked away in the Homeland Security Act that George Bush recently signed into law is a provision that protects the "security" of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

VENEZUELA
Right wing mobilizes bosses' strike
Can Chávez hold on to power?
Opponents of Venezuela's populist President Hugo Chávez staged their fourth strike of the year in an effort to overthrow him as Socialist Worker went to press.

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Sharon intensifies military attacks
While attention is focused on the U.S. war drive against Iraq, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is steadily increasing the violence against Palestinians to unbearable levels.

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FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Bob Woodward's new book on Bush's "war against terror"
White House whitewash
Journalist Bob Woodward's Bush at War is supposed to be the insider account of what really happened in the White House after September 11. But the book is packed with myths and shameless flattery.

Was he calling for armed rebellion or preaching obedience?
Who was the real Jesus?
Bush says that Jesus' teachings are the "foundation for how I live my life." But he seems to have forgotten about "Blessed are the peacemakers" as he plans a war that will kill thousands of Iraqis.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The bigots' attack on affirmative action
If you believe that you have been a victim of racial discrimination, don't bother appealing to the Center for Equal Opportunity--unless you happen to be white.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The first glimpse of a society run by workers
The Paris Commune
"The first step in the revolution by the working class," Marx and Engels wrote in The Communist Manifesto, "is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class." The Paris Commune of 1871 showed how.

Inside the system
The Loveboat goes to Grenada; Do they have to ask?; Jesus loves clean air; Heard it through the grapevine

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ON THE PICKET LINE

Workers may strike
NYC transit heads for showdown
Thousands of New York's subway and transit workers voted unanimously at mass meetings in early December to authorize a strike when their contract expires December 15.

CWA workers at Verizon debate striking to stop layoffs
"Not one member"
Rank-and-file job action at Verizon has delayed the planned layoff of some 3,400 members of the Communications Workers of America, the result of a work-to-rule campaign carried out by workers across the city.

ILWU rank and filers speak out against proposed contract
Why we're voting no
Socialist Worker talks to two members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union about the proposed contract on the West Coast docks, the employers' lockout and Bush's use of Taft-Hartley.

Labor in brief
Boeing; AFSCME Local 768

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REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

Say no to Bush's war on Iraq
Activists grill campus hawk
Antiwar activists at the New School University in New York City are turning up the heat on pro-war university president and former senator Bob Kerrey.

Reports in brief
Another world is possible; Stop the Nazis

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

We shouldn't defend their right to spew hate
Stand up to the bigots
When liberals rush to protect the free speech and First Amendment rights of homophobic bigots like hate preacher Fred Phelps, the Ku Klux Klan or anti-choice zealots, I have to disagree.

Dictator on a comeback in Guatemala
Beginning in 1954 with a coup backed by the U.S. and carried out by the CIA, Guatemala became the scene of horrible human rights violations and brutal dictatorships.

Other letters
Racist relic of the Senate turns 100; We shouldn't wave the flag; A small black eye for George W. Bush

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REVIEWS

Chomsky film shreds the September 11th lies
Terror made in the USA
Comprised of footage from recent speeches and interviews, the documentary Power and Terror is Noam Chomsky doing what he does best: exposing the hypocrisy of the world's richest and most powerful countries.

An anthem for the struggle against racism
"Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees." These painful words as sung by Billie Holiday are from "Strange Fruit," one of the most visceral and lasting U.S. protest songs.

Season's readings
Socialist Worker's columnists give their recommendations for holiday book ideas.

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