NOTE:
You've come to an old part of SW Online. We're still moving this and other older stories into our new format. In the meanwhile, click here to go to the current home page.








June 11, 2004 | Issue 503

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

How dare Bush talk about "democracy"?
Get out of Iraq now!
It's more than a little arrogant for the U.S. government--after flouting international law, carrying out an illegal war and occupation, and torturing Iraqi prisoners--to lecture the Middle East about "democracy."

Strikers at auto parts giant defy company thugs
Standing up for the union
Attacks by police and security guards on their picket lines haven't stopped striking workers at Visteon Corp. in Bedford, Indiana from standing their ground to save their jobs.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Bigot, liar, mass murderer
Good riddance
The corporate media have filled the airwaves with days on end of nauseating tributes to Ronald Reagan. Socialist Worker tells the truth about this disgusting bigot.

Socialist Worker talks to two antiwar veterans
"This is imperial arrogance"
Every day brings new evidence of the complete disarray of George Bush's occupation of Iraq. Dave Cline and Lou Plummer talked to SW about developments in Iraq.

WHAT WE THINK

Why Kerry and the Democrats promote U.S. military power
The B Team gets ready
Many people hope that a Democrat--coming from a party with a supposed tradition of standing for peace--will be better than a Republican. But this is to misunderstand something crucial about U.S. politics.

NATIONAL NEWS

Louisiana prosecutors won't let go of an innocent man
Why is Ryan Matthews still in jail?
Former death row prisoner Ryan Matthews remains behind bars after prosecutors demanded new DNA tests on a piece of evidence that exonerated him.

Federal judge rules against administration
Abortion ban overturned
Abortion rigths supporters won a victory when a federal appeals court struck down the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act."

Enron's corporate criminals
From their own mouths, we have the evidence--that the crooks at Enron were human pond scum.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

SUDAN
Washington cares more about oil profits
Looming disaster in western Sudan
A humanitarian disaster of catastrophic proportions is continuing to unfold in the western Sudan province of Darfur. But Washington has its eye on oil profits.

PAKISTAN
Behind the crisis facing Musharraf
The killing of Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, a prominent Sunni Muslim leader in Pakistan, sparked off massive rioting in the streets of the capital of Karachi.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Corporate America's one-sided class war
The president who reclassified ketchup as a vegetable may have finally stopped breathing, but the Reagan Revolution is well into its second incarnation--and is far outstripping the excesses of the first.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Are things getting better or worse?
The most common view of human progress is that there is no such thing. "History," says a character in James Joyce's Ulysses, "is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Why the UFCW won't fight
Why is the UFCW leadership hesitant to lead a fight? A look at the union's history will give some insight.

ON THE PICKET LINE

District suddenly discovers how to fund health care
LA teachers push back
Rank-and-file teachers rejected the demand that they "accept reality" and absorb the cost of rising health care--and forced the Los Angeles Unified School District to offer a new contract proposal.

On the picket line
Los Angeles truck drivers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Trying to silence all dissent
Feds crack down for G8 meeting
The posh resort town of Sea Island in southern Georgia proved to be a fitting place for the Group of Eight summit meeting. After it was turned into an armed fortress, that is.

News and reports
No to the occupation of Iraq and Palestine; We demand the right to marry; Defend civil liberties

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Maryland wants to restart its execution machine
Fighting for Steven Oken
Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich is devoting his energies in the next two weeks to killing Steven Oken. But abolitionists are saying that what Bobby wants, Bobby may not necessarily get.

Obituary: David Dellinger
Many times as a young activist, you are confronted with the cynical crust of an older movement saying, "I used to think exactly like you." Dave Dellinger was always the remedy to that kind of poisonous disparagement.

Letters to the editor
We told Romney: "Separate is never equal"; Nader has to build a left-wing fight; Socialist Worker is my voice

REVIEWS

It's not nice to fool with mother nature
The Day After Tomorrow has generated controversy because it moves beyond providing an entertaining spectacle and pokes a finger at political issues.

Can California live a Day Without a Mexican?
A Day Without a Mexican explores the hypothetical consequences of the disappearance of all Latinos in California, leaving a desperate population without a third of its people.

Home page | Current storylist | Back to the top