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July 23, 2004 | Issue 507


More U.S. soldiers for Iraq...Handouts for Wall Street...Opposing gay marriage
Two candidates, one agenda
For millions of people, Election 2004 isn't about voting for John Kerry, but voting against George Bush. Yet the truth is that if you vote against Bush in November, you will still get the Bush agenda.

They told lies to get their war...and they're still telling lies today
End the occupation now!
The antiwar movement said it all along. But now even Congress has had to admit that the facts didn't really matter in the run-up to Washington's war on Iraq.


Democrats take care of business
The Democrats claim to be the "party of working people." But a look behind the scenes at the Democrats' convention in Boston at the end of July will tell a different story.

What you should know about...
The John-John team
In John Edwards, the Democrats found the most obvious possible middle-of-the-road choice for their uninspiring campaign to defeat George W. Bush.

Should the left support Nader?
Who should the left support in Election 2004? Here, syndicated columnist Norman Solomon takes issue with a recent Socialist Worker editorial, and SW responds.


Hunger strike against Israel's wall
"The world must not tolerate apartheid"
The International Court of Justice ruling against Israel's apartheid wall came amid an unprecendented hunger strike by well-known Palestinians. SW reports from the West Bank.

What should activists say about the fight against occupation?
The politics of resistance
The evidence confirms that what is shaping up in Iraq is a popular national resistance against occupation. Only U.S withdrawal will bring the possibility of real democracy in Iraq.

Consequences of New York's Rockefeller drug laws
Rotting away in prison
Anthony Papa, a victim of the Rockefeller drug laws, author and activist, describes the injustices of New York's mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders--and the movement to change them.


Behind the torrent of abuse
Who's afraid of Ralph Nader?
Nader has been subjected to an incredible torrent of abuse and derision for defying the "Anybody But Bush" sentiment among liberals and running for president as an independent candidate.

The other party of U.S. empire
When one of the U.S.'s two main parties gets in trouble overseas, the other is always there to bail it out--and the Iraq war and occupation is emerging as a classic example.


How did Bush's service records happen to disappear?
Mystery of the missing records
The Bush administration can't seem to find anything. First, Iraq's non-existent "weapons of mass destruction." Now, Dubya's military service records.

Senate defeats ban on gay marriage, but...
Democrats duck a fight
The Bush administration and the Christian Right suffered a defeat in their crusade to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage--but Democrats ignored the opportunity to fight for equal rights for all.

On hunger strike in a Florida prison
In a courageous effort to draw attention to terrible conditions in Florida prisons, death row inmate Ronald Clark staged a 9-day hunger strike.


Established parties lose out in election
General on top in Indonesia's presidential vote
A former general of the Suharto dictatorship is the leading candidate in Indonesia's first direct election for president, set for September.

Sudan's trail of tears
As government-backed assaults in western Sudan escalated, two rebel groups opposing the attacks broke off negotiations before even meeting with the regime.


Behind the UNITE HERE union merger
Can a merger of two major unions become a model for the revival of the U.S. labor movement? That's the claim of leaders of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees and the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.


UFCW local in San Francisco fights concessions
One-day strike hits Macy's
Hundreds of Macy's workers went on a one-day strike at the company's Union Square and Stonestown Mall stores.

Organizing for Million Worker March steps up
"We're mobilizing as workers"
The Million Worker March, set for October in Washington, D.C., gained new momentum when the National Education Association voted to endorse.

Labor in brief
Seattle grocery workers; Legal Aid Society; Los Angeles teachers; Freightliner


NYPD can't pen in protests
Judge rules for protesters' rights
The Manhattan Federal Court ruled that New York City police may not use many of the crowd-control tactics they employed during the massive February 2003 antiwar protests.

News and reports
Stop gay bashing; Stop attacks on immigrants; Gay marriage now; National Governors Association


Obituary: Paul Foot
Keeping the fire of hope burning
Paul Foot, one of Britain's finest investigative journalists and a revolutionary socialist whose speeches and books inspired tens of thousands, died of a heart attack on July 19.

Mixed-up priorities at the University of Vermont
We're ready to fight back
Members of the faculty union at the University of Vermont are learning that a contract, no matter how good, is only words on a page unless we step up to enforce it.

N.Y. officials out to silence Lawrence Hayes
New York State corrections authorities are continuing their years-long campaign to silence an anti-death penalty fighter.

Other letters
Spain trades occupations; Don't ignore Nader's flaws; Nader targets "lesser evil"; Moore's movie isn't "our side"


Inside the control room at Al Jazeera news
What the U.S. media ignore
Jehane Noujaim's documentary about the satellite news network Al Jazeera offers an inside glimpse into the war on Iraq from a perspective rarely seen in the U.S. media.

Writers and activists speak for our side
The need for ideas about what the world could look like and how to get there is greater than ever. Enter alternative broadcaster David Barsamian's new book, Louder Than Bombs.

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