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March 19, 2004 | Issue 491

FRONT PAGE

Iraq...Palestine...Afghanistan...Haiti
No to occupation!
Everything that the antiwar movement said more than a year ago was right: that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a fabrication; that the invasion would cause more chaos and death; that the real reasons for the war were oil and empire.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush's right-wing allies in Spain defeated after Madrid bombing
Kicked out for exploiting a tragedy
The man who famously declared "you're either with us or against us" has discovered that most people in Spain are against him--even as they grieve for those who lost their lives in the senseless carnage of March 11.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION!

Mother of a U.S. soldier in Iraq:
"Wrong to go to war, and wrong to stay"
People like Susan Schuman--the family members of soldiers now in Iraq--have become a central pillar of the movement against war and occupation.

Should we support a UN occupation?
Is George Bush doing the right thing for the wrong reasons? That's what some opponents of the war on Iraq believe now that Bush has "invited" the UN to play a role in the occupation.

Tied together by the U.S. drive to control the Middle East
Palestine and Iraq: The tale of two occupations
Toufic Haddad, the coeditor of the left-wing magazine Between the Lines, looks at what connects the occupations of Palestine and Iraq.

THE STRUGGLE FOR GAY MARRIAGE

No compromise on gay rights
Separate is never equal
We have to mobilize on our campuses and in our communities and workplaces to turn out to defend gay marriage.

Gays and lesbians won't settle for the back of the bus
Who's standing in the way of gay marriage?
Supporters of gay marriage are finding that, in many cases, their main opposition comes from Democrats--including those with liberal reputations.

NATIONAL NEWS

Fanatics on the attack
Threat to ban abortion in South Dakota
South Dakota could soon be the first state in the U.S. to do away with a woman's right to abortion.

Half of Black men in New York City are without work
The jobless recovery
The Bush administration's claim to have engineered an economic recovery that benefits working people is starting to look like a bigger lie than Iraq's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.

Credit card boss gives cash to both parties
Buying off politicians
Washington is for sale to the highest bidder. That's the only conclusion you can draw from the story of Charles Cawley.

Minority graduation rates fall
Black and Latino students are dropping out of high school before graduating at shockingly high rates. And the situation is growing worse because of the Bush's education policies.

Those subversive Girl Scout cookies
Even Thin Mints aren't safe from the anti-choice bigots.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The terrible toll of racism in the U.S.
Half of all Black men in New York City can't find a job, while Black teenage unemployment stands at 37 percent nationwide.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Why U.S. troops should leave Haiti
We would laugh off the idea of Haitian troops coming to Florida to supervise an election, but no one bats an eyelid when U.S. Marines patrol the streets of Port-au-Prince.

ON THE PICKET LINE

New York City teachers have a choice in UFT election
Vote for a fighting union
Elections in the New York City teachers union provide a means for members to express their anger at current President Randi Weingarten's failed strategy of business unionism.

On the picket line
American Axle & Manufacturing

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

NEIU students walk out for gay rights
More than 200 students walked out of class and held a rally to demand equal rights for gays and lesbians at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

News and reports
Fight racism at Columbia University; Stop the war; Defend abortion rights; Immigrant rights; Free Ansar Mahmood

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

KEVIN COOPER WRITES FROM DEATH ROW
Their man-made disease
They wanted to pump their red, white and blue poison into my Black body that night. There is a cure for this man-made disease, and it's called "abolition."

We won't win our rights by asking nicely
The gay marriage movement's strategy of supporting the Democrats, a party that opposes the aim of our movement, is the biggest political obstacle we face.

Letters to the editor
The courts are not our allies; Greenspan's war on Social Security; Socialists fight for the environment; We can't afford Wal-Mart anymore

REVIEWS

Thirty million workers struggling in...
Low-wage U.S.A.
Two new books--David Shipler's The Working Poor and Beth Shulman's The Betrayal of Work--set out to expose the savage inequality of low-wage work in the U.S.

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