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June 13, 2003 | Issue 457

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Liar!
Nearly two months after the end of the U.S. war on Iraq--a war that was sold to the world as a pre-emptive strike against a rogue state with a deadly arsenal--the U.S. has yet to find a trace of that arsenal.

Ashcroft and his witch-hunters
Tearing up our civil liberties
A new report by the U.S. Justice Department's own inspector details a pattern of abuses in the investigation into the September 11 attacks.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Bush's case for war exposed
George Bush's "airtight" case for war on Iraq has sprung a leak. Anthony Arnove, editor of the book Iraq Under Siege, unravels the lies the Bush gang told to sell their war.

U.S. tax system:
Rigged in favor of the rich
Controversy is swirling over the exclusion of 6.5 million low-income families from the Bush tax plan's increased child credit. But this is only the tip of the iceberg.

World's bloodiest war ignored by the West
What's behind the killing in Central Africa?
More than 3.3 million people have died in the war in the Congo in the last six years. Yet until recently, the U.S. media ignored this slaughter--even though Western powers did much to foment the war.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush's Middle East road map will help Israel tighten its grip
No "peace" without justice
The U.S. media hailed Bush the conqueror as a "peacemaker" last week for his Middle East summit meeting. But Bush's so-called "road map" for peace doesn't address the concerns of Palestinians for justice--and as a result, it won't produce a lasting peace.

Anti-abortionists on the offensive
The anti-abortion bigots are getting ready to celebrate. George Bush is expected to sign into law legislation that bans a late-term procedure misnamed "partial-birth" abortion by anti-abortionists.

NATIONAL NEWS

Homegrown terrorist caught after evading FBI hunt
Why was he on the loose for so long?
Ashcroft's witch-hunters have no problem rounding up Arabs and Muslims by the hundreds. But when it came to a white supremacist suspected of bombing abortion clinics, the Feds came up empty-handed for more than five years.

Joblessness hits new high
Economic slump still taking a toll
While politicians and pundits claim recovery is on the way, the new jobs report from the Labor Department doesn't contain much evidence to back up this optimism.

Polluters get a slap on wrist
A quarter of the largest factories and water treatment facilities are violating pollution standards at any point in time, yet according to the EPA's own internal investigation, only a fraction will ever face penalties.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Millions in the streets
Strikes over pension cuts rock France
A wave of mass strikes continues in France against government plans to slash pensions, as walkouts last week shut down libraries, train service, tax offices, hospitals, schools and bus depots.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Stoking fear to attack immigrants
"The war on terror," said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, "quickly turned into a war on immigrants." And that war is escalating.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Can U.S. workers change society?
The U.S. working class has a long and rich tradition of struggle that we aren't taught about in history class.

Inside the System
No foreigners need apply; Laid off by mobile phone; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Hamilton Sundstrand workers stand up to lockout
"This is about respect"
After rejecting a contract proposal by a 91 percent vote, about 780 members of United Auto Workers Local 592 in Rockford, Illinois are standing strong in the face of a vicious lockout.

Bay Area union activists target Quebecor and Cintas
Executives from Cintas and Quebecor World nearly choked on their shrimp cocktails when labor activists stormed their fancy luncheon at the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week.

Labor in brief
Waukesha Engines; General Electric

REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

SAY NO TO U.S. WAR AND OCCUPATION
Activists set out plans for the future
More than 325 organizations gathered in Chicago for the first national conference of the antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice to hammer out an action plan to oppose the occupations of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan.

Other reports
Repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws; Fight police repression; NYC housing protest; Protest Kissinger

SW READERS SPEAK OUT

The Bush gang's bigots take aim at gay rights
No pride in Ashcroft's Justice
Last week, Justice Department officials told a group that represents gay and lesbian employees at the Justice Department that it can't hold its seventh annual Gay Pride event.

Other letters
Defend affirmative action on campus; The struggle continues in Brazil

REVIEWS

Rise and fall of the Weather Underground
Which way the wind blew
The Weather Underground is a fascinating documentary that retraces the rise and fall of a revolutionary group founded in the U.S. in the late 1960s.

Insurgent images to further the struggle
Insurgent Images:The Agitprop Murals of Mike Alewitz chronicles the work of a vital muralist and labor activist.

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