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April 2, 2004 | Issue 493

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Bush White House scrambles to contain damage
Secrets and lies
They exploited the tragedy of September 11, they lied to get their war on Iraq, and they tried to intimidate all opposition into silence. But now the Bush White House is rattled.

U.S. gives the green light for more atrocities
Israel threatens new attack
Ever since Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin March 22, angry demonstrations have roiled the Middle East.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

The terror of Israel's war on Palestinians
Socialist Worker looks at the political issues raised by Israel's assassination of the leader of Hamas in late March.

Tortured at Guantanamo Bay
Washington's concentration camp
Locked up in a concentration camp. That's the only way to describe what Jamal al-Harith says he endured over the past two years that he spent locked away at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo.

Will the new government shake up Bush's occupation of Iraq?
Spain after the Madrid bombings
SW talks to Gustavo Buster, a member of the Spanish socialist group Espacio Alternativo, about Spanish politics after the train bombings in Madrid.

WHAT WE THINK

No apologies and no concessions to Democratic politicians
Time to stand up for abortion rights
This time, the anti-choice bigots are selling their attack on abortion rights as a law to "protect" pregnant women and their "babies."

NATIONAL NEWS AND ANALYSIS

He wouldn't go to Iraq:
"No soldier should die for oil"
Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejía was officially charged with desertion after becoming the first soldier to go public with his refusal to return to Iraq and seek "conscientious objector" status.

Using jobs as the excuse to give more money to the rich
Kerry catches tax cut mania
How would you prefer that the wealthy get their new tax cuts--as individuals or through the businesses that they control? That's the choice between the economic programs of George W. Bush and John Kerry.

"Compromise" gay marriage ban in Mass.
Separate and unequal
The Massachusetts legislature voted again in favor of a "compromise" amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage.

Racist slurs and death threats
Black firefighters protest bigotry
Shocking racist incidents in Chicago's fire department have exposed a culture of bigotry that runs all the way to the top.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Do the Iraqis want the U.S. to stay?
Those seeking Iraqis' views on the occupation need look no further than the signs carried by thousands of Sunni and Shia protesters calling for an end to U.S. occupation.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The greater terror of U.S. power
The concept of a "war on terror" is a logical absurdity. For what is war if not terror--which is defined in many dictionaries as the systematic use of violence?

ON THE PICKET LINE

Minneapolis transit agency out to break the ATU
Bus strikers hang tough
A union-bashing governor and a right-wing hatchet man are determined to break the strike by 2,500 bus drivers and mechanics at Metro Transit in Minneapolis.

New grocery battle looms for UFCW
D.C.-area workers at Safeway and Giant Food are set to vote on a new contract--with a five-month strike and lockout in Southern California and West Virginia fresh on everyone's mind.

On the picket line
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Washington state workers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Confront the antigay bigots; Fight racism; Justice for the Hamoui family; Stop police brutality; No to hate crimes; Anybody But Bush?

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Antiwar protesters gather in a military town
Return to Fayetteville
Lou Plummer, an organizer of the antiwar protest in Fayetteville, N.C.--home of the U.S. military's Fort Bragg--gives this report on the demonstration..

Letters to the editor
Iraqis tell the world: "We want a free Iraq"; Deryk Alphonso's family needs him; Sexist slogans aren't "empowering"

REVIEWS

Looking at the politics of horror movies
The new Dawn that doesn't measure up
The best horror movie directors know what really terrifies us--even more than the unknown things that go "bump" in the night, it's the man-made terrors that exist in the full light of day--like racism, poverty and John Ashcroft.

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