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May 30, 2003 | Issue 455

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Bush the conquerer
Stop his war on the world
Bush the conqueror is getting ready to lord it over his new colonial subjects. His upcoming world tour is expected to end with a flag-waving photo op in front of U.S. troops to celebrate victory in the war on Iraq.

Another handout to the bosses…
Washington's tax cut looters
A bit of a boost for the economy, a few more bucks for workers--and a bonanza for the super-rich. That's the real impact of George W. Bush's tax cut.

SPECIAL FEATURES

What's behind the fears of deflation?
Is the U.S. economy headed for a crash?
Socialist Worker looks at the latest developments in the U.S. economy and explains why the recent talk about deflation represents a new stage in the ongoing crisis.

The British occupation of Iraq in the early 20th century
Imperial law and disorder
In the early part of the 20th century, Britain waged a brutal war and occupation of Iraq that bears many similarities to the U.S.-British intervention today--including the resistance from below that it sparked.

WHAT WE THINK

United Nations gives its blessing to the occupation of Iraq
A colony by any other name
If it wasn't obvious already, the U.S. is now the official occupier of Iraq--thanks to a 14-0 vote by the United Nations Security Council in favor of a resolution that gives the U.S. and its sidekick Britain the authority to run Iraq.

A "peace" that's designed to fail
Around the world, front-page headlines blared the news last weekend of a historic breakthrough for Middle East peace. Don't believe it.

NATIONAL NEWS

Shredding civil liberties and scapegoating immigrants
Ashcroft's Injustice Department
There's nothing "just" about John Ashcroft's Justice Department. And the attorney general proved it in his report on the department's use of expanded "anti-terrorism" powers, delivered to Congress last week.

Bayer offloaded deadly drug to poor world
The price of their profit
Revelations that a division of the drug giant Bayer knowingly sold dangerous, AIDS-causing medicine to poor countries demonstrate the deadly depths pharmaceutical companies will go to make a profit.

Senate welcomes mini-nukes
The U.S. Senate last week gave the nuclear fanatics in the Bush administration what they wanted and voted to lift a 10-year ban on the production of small nuclear weapons.

Chief wrecker of environment quits
No one should buy the media line that Christie Todd Whitman's resignation as head of the Environmental Protection Agency is a protest against the environment wreckers of the Bush White House.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

INDONESIA
Military uses the U.S. "war on terror" as cover for an all-out offensive
Indonesia's war on Aceh
"We will do whatever we can to win this campaign and wipe out the rebels," snapped one of Indonesia's generals in charge of a brutal new assault on the independence movement in the region of Aceh.

BRAZIL
Lula turns on his party's left wingers
The stage is set for a June 3 showdown between Brazilian President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva and left-wing members of his own Workers Party.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
United Nations votes itself "back in the game"
The United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to endorse the U.S.-British occupation of Iraq--legitimizing the outcome of a war its majority vehemently opposed.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Modern factories beside straw huts
Capitalism has replaced "national exclusion and self-sufficiency" with the "universal interdependence of nations," as Karl Marx wrote. But capitalism as a world system did not spread smoothly and evenly.

Inside the System
When diplomats attack; Cops' insulting undercover sting; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Executives want massive concessions from union
GE workers ready to strike
Fighting for better pensions is only one part of the struggle of union workers at GE, where contract negotiations between management and the IUE-CWA have begun.

"Corporate greed has got to stop at Tyson"
After 14 weeks into a strike, workers at the Tyson plant in Jefferson, Wis., are learning firsthand about the war at home.

On the picket line
Oakland teachers

REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

Stop New York City's killer cops
Twice in the past week, the racist New York Police Department killed two innocent, unarmed civilians.

News and reports
Portland, Ore., police killing; Defend civil liberties; New York City antiwar protest; Beats for Peace

SW READERS SPEAK OUT

Border Patrol agents gun down unarmed teenager
No human being is illegal
Juan Patricio Peraza Guijada, a 19-year-old undocumented migrant worker who saved money from his paychecks to buy presents for his siblings back in Mexico, was shot dead by Border Patrol agents in the streets of El Paso, Texas.

Other letters
SW should be more critical of Cuba's crackdown; Operation Homeland Resistance

REVIEW

Coming of age near the Hellmouth
Her fate in her own hands
Between the segments of last week's farewell episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the UPN network flooded viewers with promotions for a new "reality TV" show. But Buffy was more true to life than reality TV will ever be.

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