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September 26, 2003 | Issue 469

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Partners in crime at home and abroad
Is there anything they don't lie about?
The liars in the White House have told so many whoppers that they can't keep their stories straight.

Pentagon preys on undocumented immigrants as...
Cannon fodder in Bush's war
Juan Escalante was good enough to fight for the U.S. government in Iraq. But he's not good enough to be a U.S. citizen--as far as the Bush administration is concerned.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Bush...Cheney...Rumsfeld...Blair...Powell
Axis of liars
With this special pullout poster, Socialist Worker counters Bush's axis of liars with the truth about their dirty war on Iraq.

Ten years after Oslo
Israel's terror against the Palestinians
Ten years after the Oslo "peace" process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began, Israel is issuing death threats against Yasser Arafat, and the level of violence has sharply increased. What happened?

Labor targets uniform company giant
The dirty truth about Cintas
Workers are airing the dirty laundry that's piled up at Cintas--the largest uniform company in North America.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman goes after Bush
The last liberal?
Has the New York Times unleashed a leftist on its editorial page? That's the claim of the Paul Krugman-haters at conservative publications like the National Review.

WHAT WE THINK

Democratic leadership thrilled by Wesley Clark's candidacy
They call this man a "peace candidate"?
The uproar over retired Gen. Wesley Clark's announcement that he would run for president showed the sad state of the Democratic Party--but also of those on the left searching for a reason to be excited about voting Democratic in 2004.

Obscene poverty in a world of plenty
Economic experts are rejoicing that a global recovery is picking up steam. But for billions of people around the world suffering in poverty, there's little reason for celebration.

NATIONAL NEWS

New York City hospital workers fear building's collapse
Is Bellevue falling down?
Workers at Bellevue Hospital in New York City--the oldest public hospital in the U.S.--are worried that one wing of the building is falling down. How could the public health care system deteriorate this far?

Anti-abortionists may win new federal ban
Congress chips away at abortion rights
Legislation that would ban a late-term abortion procedure came closer to becoming law last week after the Senate unanimously voted in favor of it.

Bush's ally in Italy admires Mussolini
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi set off a furious controversy last week when he defended Benito Mussolini, the country's fascist dictator during the Second World War.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Labor's new era of "cooperation"
Mutual backslapping characterized the recent negotiations between automakers and their unions, seeming to herald a new era of labor-management cooperation. But their agreement actually signals a sharp escalation in a very one-sided class war.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Labor must back rights for all immigrants
Unions need to expose the hypocrisy of the anti-immigrant politicians--and prove in practice that workers' collective action on the job can win.

ON THE PICKET LINE

UAW leaders agree to contract that slashes jobs
Big givebacks in auto deal
They're the biggest concessions for the United Auto Workers in 20 years--and if approved, they'll haunt the UAW and the entire labor movement for many years to come.

Yale strike wins gains for workers
The 23-day strike at Yale came to a close September 19 with a mixed victory for the unions, including major gains in pensions.

On the picket line
Washington, D.C., teachers

NEWS FROM THE STRUGGLE

Freedom ride for immigrant workers:
Get on the bus!
Thousands of people turned out in West Coast cities to send off buses traveling across the country for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.

NO TO THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ!
Teamsters local calls for troops out
Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago passed a resolution last week condemning the Bush administration's occupation of Iraq--and calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces.

News of our struggle
Stop the cuts to veterans' benefits; Protest Paul Wolfowitz; Protest Ehud Barak and Tommy Franks

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Killed by LA cops for playing a stereo too loudly
We demand justice!
The police killed two people from my school in one week, and we are looking for ways to support the families' efforts for justice.

"Racial privacy" initiative is racism in disguise
Supporters of California's Proposition 54 claim it will help make California a colorblind society. This is like saying that we can eliminate poverty if we stop collecting data on income and wealth.

Letters to the editor
Exposing the lies Blair used for war; What we buy isn't the real problem; Green light for cops to commit perjury

REVIEWS

Johnny Cash stood up for the little guy
Why he wore black
Johnny Cash left behind a wealth of songs that dealt with the everyday struggles of ordinary people--and a legacy of refusing to compromise on what he stood for.

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