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September 17, 2004 | Issue 512

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Horror in Iraq
Get out now!
One thousand U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. Tens of thousands of dead Iraqis. And that was before the deadly assaults unleashed last week.

From shooting schoolchildren to threatening Arafat...
Israel's war to crush the Palestinians
No matter how brutal Israel's war on the Palestinians becomes, it's never brutal enough to make Washington blink.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Autopsy of the American Dream
The 2004-2005 edition of the Economic Policy Institute's State of Working America is out, and it depicts a deep social crisis resulting from Corporate America's 30-year war on workers.

The real story of the...
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against John Kerry represents the latest effort by right-wing groups to erase from history the role that U.S. soldiers played in ending the war in Vietnam.

WHAT WE THINK

Equally devoted to the agenda of expanding U.S. power
A vote for Kerry is a vote for war
If John Kerry loses the presidential election, future historians may point to one moment when his fate was sealed.

Natural and not-so-natural disasters
As usual, the media reported breathlessly about Ivan and the other hurricanes as "forces of nature" that show how much about the world is beyond human control. But there's more to the story.

NATIONAL NEWS

Tariq Ramadan denied a visa to teach
Why was this man barred from the U.S.?
"Can you prove your allegations?" Prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan was left asking this question when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revoked his visa in August.

State party won't ratify "safe states" ticket
Vermont Greens support Nader
The Vermont Green Party voted not to ratify the national party's presidential nominee David Cobb--and instead endorse Ralph Nader's independent campaign.

Republicans and Fox News at work
The Republicans and their bosom buddies at Fox News stooped to a new low in their efforts to fix the November election.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Washington stood by while a genocide took place
What's behind the horror in Sudan?
Last week, the Bush administration was forced to admit that a genocide is taking place in western Sudan--carried out by a regime that the U.S. had hoped to bring into its camp.

COLUMNS

WHAT DO SOCIALISTS SAY?
Why vote for Nader if he won't win?
For many people who agree with Ralph Nader on the issues, there's still a nagging doubt about whether a vote for his independent presidential campaign is wasted.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Behind the Israel spy revelations
Do the bombshell revelations that a high-level Pentagon analyst passed classified information to Israel prove the belief that Israel is setting the agenda for the U.S. in the Middle East?

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
How can we rebuild the UFCW?
Two more concessionary contracts for grocery workers have followed in the wake of defeats for the UFCW in the four-and-a-half month strike by Southern California grocery workers and the 11-month strike by Tyson workers in Jefferson, Wis.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Chicago City College teachers fight union-busting contract
"We're ready to walk out"
Union members are outraged at the administration's contract offer, which includes a zero pay increase for four years and a huge increase in health care costs.

Labor in brief
San Francisco hotel workers; Million Worker March; University of Washington

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
News from the Nader campaign; End the occupation of Iraq

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Arrested during the RNC protests
Locked up for the "crime" of protesting
Rachel Clarke-Alvarez was arrested during the protests against the Republican National Convention in New York, and spent 46 hours in detention. She wrote this article describing what happened.

A call to help an antiwar veteran
Frank Cabadiana, a staff sergeant with 23 years of service in the Army and a combatant in the war on Iraq, is totally desperate, because his wife is about to be deported to Honduras.

Other letters
Ripping us off, but funding war; SW should quit attacking Cobb; Anything but an alternative; How will we get out of Iraq?

REVIEWS

How much difference between Kerry and Bush?
Slim pickings in Election 2004
While millions of people will stay home on Election Day, millions more will vote for the Democratic Party again, even though they get little--or worse--in return.

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