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May 21, 2004 | Issue 500

FRONT PAGE

Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld...
Guilty of war crimes
Torture in Iraq wasn't the work of a few "bad apples." It was standard operating procedure--approved and organized by officials at the highest levels of the Bush administration.

We won gay marriage in Massachusetts
Take this fight everywhere!
Thousands of people gathered at city halls across Massachusetts as the state took its place in the history books as the first to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.


Message from Socialist Worker
You are reading the 500th issue of Socialist Worker. We hope you--our readers and supporters--will help us celebrate this important milestone.

Howard Zinn on:
Voice of the U.S. socialist movement
Howard Zinn is a veteran activist and the author of A People's History of the United States. He talked to Socialist Worker about the socialist press at the turn of the 20th century.

How we use Socialist Worker
Connecting to what we can do
Socialist Worker readers and sellers talk about how they use the paper to connect with others on the job.

WHAT WE THINK

White House whips up racism to shift attention from Iraq torture
The real barbarians
Whipping up racism and hatred of Iraqis is the White House's last refuge as the Iraq torture scandal grows and George W. Bush's approval ratings drop.

Kerry's loyal "opposition" to Bush
Does the Bush administration have to implode completely before John Kerry moves ahead in the polls?

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

How much "lesser" of an "evil"
Would we be better off with Kerry?
There are few reasons for activists to get excited about John Kerry's campaign for president--except for the fact that he's not Bush.

NATIONAL NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Senate passes $170 billion in new business tax breaks
Will their corporate handouts ever stop?
Corporate America got more than a little help from its friends in Washington--yet again.

Immigrant detainees beaten in N.J. prisons
Reports from the jails of New Jersey are showing once again that torture doesn't happen only in Abu Ghraib or Guantánamo Bay.

Report shows rise in attacks on gays
When politicians promote homophobia, physical attacks against gays and lesbians increase. This is the conclusion of reports by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

Mumia book barred in Indiana
Mumia Abu-Jamal's new book has been banned by the Indiana prison system.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

INDIA
Hindu chauvinists swept out of power
Crushing loss for India's right wing
The right-wing coalition that ruled India for the past six years suffered a humiliating defeat in last week's elections for the country's parliament.

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Israeli reign of terror in Gaza
During the last week, Israeli troops rampaged through the Rafah refugee camp, killing 32 Palestinians and demolishing at least 88 homes.

GEORGIA
Washington's ally tightens his grip
The U.S.-backed president of the former USSR republic of Georgia strengthened his power by reestablishing control over the previously autonomous province of Ajaria.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The racism that props up empire
Because a colonial occupation like that in Iraq involves the assertion of the right of one people to rule over another, racism against the occupied people is inevitable.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Union fails to mobilize for contract in Seattle
Why won't UFCW fight?
With a 72-hour notice for a strike or a lockout, contract negotiations covering grocery workers in the Pacific Northwest continued as union leaders went through the motions of strike preparation.

On the picket line
International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Save Fircrest School

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

1,500 students sweep through campus
SFSU walks out against budget cuts
About 1,500 students at San Francisco State University walked out to protest harsh budget cuts hitting the California State University system.

News and reports
University of California-Berkeley; Stop police brutality

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Confronting a war criminal as he spouts his lies
Fire Donald Rumsfeld!
Donald Rumsfeld may be the most powerful orchestrator of mass violence on the planet, but that doesn't mean you can't tell him to shut up.

Military families say "Bring them home now!"
About 100 demonstrators straddled a busy intersection frequented by Marines and their families going to the beach in Oceanside, Calif., the home of Camp Pendleton.

Other letters
Don't let Davis honor racism; Struggle is the key to change; Laid off because of their sick priorities

REVIEWS

Life of Brian: An antidote to The Passion
What would Brian do?
In a country where spoofing religion seems completely off limits, Monty Python's classic Life of Brian is positively radical--and a perfect answer to The Passion of the Christ.

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