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March 21, 2003 | Issue 445

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Stop this war!
The most powerful military machine that the world has ever known plans to lay waste to one of the poorest and most desperate places on earth.

New threat to abortion rights
Right wing on the rampage
Bush and the Republican Neanderthals in the Senate are declaring war--this time on women's right to abortion.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Media becomes a "branch of the war effort"
Pro-war propaganda machine
Anthony Arnove, editor of the book Iraq Under Siege, looks at the tide of pro-war propaganda flooding out of the corporate media--and explains why you'll see little dissent there from the U.S. government's horrific war on Iraq.

The U.S. arsenal of mass destruction
Bush claims that his war on Iraq is about getting rid of "weapons of mass destruction." But the U.S. government has a huge arsenal packed with the most destructive and lethal weapons in history.

The U.S. heads to war without United Nations support
Is the UN finished?
After months of attempting to bribe and bully the UN Security Council into passing a resolution authorizing war against Iraq, the Bush administration abandoned hope of gaining UN support, and was preparing to launch a military attack within days.

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WHAT WE THINK

Washington's imperialist war aims are out in the open
A U.S. war on the world
The bombs and missiles will rain down on Baghdad, and the people slaughtered will be Iraqis. But Washington is waging war on the entire world.

Challenging their war propaganda
The Bush gang will pull out all the stops to whip up patriotic support. Already, most of the U.S. political establishment had appealed to "all Americans" to "set aside our differences" now that U.S. soldiers are "in harm's way."

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NATIONAL NEWS

New ruling exposes...
Ashcroft's war on our civil rights
Attorney General John Ashcroft's arrogance knows no bounds. And for once, even a judge agrees.

Supreme Court grants stay with 10 minutes to spare
Saved from Texas' killing machine
Just as Delma Banks Jr. was about to be strapped to a gurney to receive the injection of toxic chemicals that would kill him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of his execution.

Solidarity activist crushed by a bulldozer
Victim of Israel's terror
An Israeli soldier demolishing a Palestinian house last weekend murdered Rachel Corrie, an American college student who went to Gaza to defend Palestinian rights.

Deadly toll of budget cuts
Douglas Schmidt was put into a coma by budget cuts. Earlier this month, Schmidt, 36 years old, suffered a massive seizure and slipped into a coma--eight days after he ran out of his anti-seizure medication.

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COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Their "support our troops" hypocrisy
"Support our troops" is the slogan of warmongers, designed to sow confusion by equating opposition to the war with betraying U.S. troops.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
"Dividing the loot of others' labor"
"Capitalists are like hostile brothers," Marx wrote. Throughout history, they have alternately fought each other--using armies made up of the same workers who produce their profits--and closed ranks to suppress working-class revolt from below.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
A "palace coup" at the AFL-CIO?
Devoting more money and resources to organizing--urgent though that is--won't by itself reverse labor's decline. After all, unions aren't likely to succeed in organizing the unorganized in one industry while capitulating to concessions in the next.

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ON THE PICKET LINE

Workers across Wisconsin mobilize for UFCW rally
Solidarity at Tyson Foods
Waving rubber chickens to the music of supportive honks from passing cars, striking Tyson Foods workers and their supporters rallied at the plant gate in an outpouring of solidarity from unions across Wisconsin.

Labor in brief
Broadway musicians; Yale University; Wisconsin state workers; New York City firefighters; BTU Against War

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REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

SAY NO TO BUSH'S WAR ON IRAQ
Prepared for action on Day X
As George W. Bush dragged the U.S. into a war, antiwar groups were preparing for emergency activities--protests, student walkouts and other actions--on the day of or day after bombing begins.

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

Making workers pay for Connecticut budget crisis
Barefaced class war
Like most states in the country, Connecticut faces a huge budget deficit this year--$650 million. Governor John Rowland recently signed a bill that would compensate by raising taxes and slashing budgets.

Obituary: Julius Jacobson
Longtime socialist organizer and writer Julius Jacobson died March 8 just short of his 82nd birthday.

Letters to the editor
They're slashing budgets to fund their war; Not all SUV drivers are rich fat cats; No "almost-strike" at United Airlines

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REVIEW

Target Iraq exposes Washington's lies
Saying anything to sell their war
Everything Bush and his media flunkies say to justify a war on Iraq is a lie, half-truth or rank hypocrisy. The new book Target Iraq illustrates how the media is set up to hide the truth.

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