March 5, 2004 | Issue 489
FRONT AND BACK PAGES
U.S. topples Aristide
Bush's coup in Haiti
The U.S. has ousted Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, adding another victim to the long list of democratically elected foreign leaders overthrown by the U.S.
Author Robert Fatton on the background to the crisis
"A war waged on the Aristide regime"
Bush and the bigots want to ban gay marriage
We want equal rights now!
George W. Bush showed his utter contempt for gays and lesbians when he said he would push for an amendment to the Constitution that bans gay marriage.
SW SPECIAL FEATURES
Military families build for March 20 protest
"We won't buy into their lies"
A growing number of soldiers, military families and veterans are determined to take a stand against the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
How big business buys politicians
Both Republicans and Democrats rake in huge sums from wealthy "special interests"--in exchange for allowing these interests to shape laws to their advantage and gain "access" at every level of government.
Is Nader a left alternative?
The Nader campaign could serve as a focal point for a minority of people fed up with the Democrats' move to the right--if Nader represents a left-wing break with the status quo.
WHAT WE THINK
Aristide becomes the latest victim of the world super-cop
Regime change by another name
They lied to go to war in Iraq--and now they're lying to cover up their coup in Haiti. But it's clear that Jean-Bertrand Artistide was removed in a Washington-sponsored "regime change."
Greenspan's Social Security scam
Alan Greenspan is ready to throw future senior citizens to the wolves with his recommendations to slash social security benefits.
Anti-choice fanatic becomes federal judge
Abortion rights on Bush's hit list
It's no secret that abortion rights have been at the top of Bush's hit list since he took over the White House. But in recent months, the attacks have come at an even more furious pace.
Death sentence overturned
Delma Banks deserves justice
Delma Banks, a Texas death row prisoner who came within 10 minutes of being executed last year, had his death sentence overturned last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Army excuses rape scandal
Over the last 18 months, women serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait reported 112 cases of sexual misconduct, including being sexually assaulted or raped by fellow troops.
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The hypocrites in the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church did not become one of the wealthiest and most powerful institutions in the world by following its own creed of human fellowship.
THE MEANING OF MARXISM
When will union leaders fight back?
A pattern seems to be repeated throughout the history of U.S. unions. Rank-and-file militancy creates unions, but some time after they form, the leaders of the unions lose the will to fight.
ON THE PICKET LINE
UFCW officials' failed strategy led workers into a dead end
Grocery strike ends in defeat
After four months and 18 days on strike and locked out, California grocery workers voted to approve a new three-year contract--not because they are satisfied with it, but because they are in desperate financial straits.
NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE
Gay marriage actions heat up across U.S.
Around the country, supporters of gay and lesbian rights are protesting George W. Bush's backing of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
News and reports
Save Kevin Cooper; Immigrants are welcome here; Stand up to racism
OUR READERS SPEAK OUT
A letter to Bush from the mother of a dead soldier:
"Our sorrow, your gain"
Rosemarie Dietz Slavenas shares a letter with Socialist Worker readers that she wrote to George W. Bush, the man who she says was responsible for the death of her son Brian.
Is Nader really a break from the Democrats?
Clearly, the Democrats do not deserve our votes. The question is, does Ralph Nader?
Letters to the editor
Cracking down on dissent; Targeting Native rights in California; The Super Bowl ad CBS wouldn't run; France's racist ban on the hijab; A plan to reduce democracy
Anti-Semitism at the heart of Passion
The worst story ever told
Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ has received mostly favorable reviews, especially from Christian fundamentalists who say the film is their greatest recruiting tool in 2,000 years.
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