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November 5, 2004 | Issue 519

FRONT PAGE

SOCIALIST WORKER EDITORIAL
Why John Kerry lost
George Bush led the country into an unpopular war, handed out tax breaks to the wealthy and used the occupation of Iraq to reward corporate cronies. But he won re-election anyway--thanks, above all, to John Kerry.

ANALYSIS OF ELECTION 2004

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Right-wing republic?
Who is to blame for Bush's victory? Unfortunately, the first conclusions coming from the Anybody But Bush left appear to have shifted blame to the U.S. population itself.

Poll shows Iraqi view of U.S. vote is...
"Two guys who don't care about Iraqis"
Many progressives argued that we had to vote for John Kerry this year if only because it's what ordinary Iraqis wanted. Turns out Iraqis are quite capable of seeing through the pro-occupation policies of both Republicans and Democrats.

Stories of fraud and "spoiled" ballots
The world's greatest democracy?
George Bush has a lot of nerve claiming that he's bringing "democracy" to Iraq. On Election Day, there were reports from all over the U.S. of faulty voting equipment, lack of ballots and long lines.

Nader's Corporate Crimebusters arrested at an Edwards rally
Crashing their two parties
A volunteer with the Nader campaign's Corporate Crimebuster van tour tells how she was manhandled out of a Democratic rally--and then she was arrested for disorderly conduct.

SW SPECIAL FEATURE

Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove on:
Voices of a People's History
The authors of a wonderful new book that helps reveal the other side of history talk to Socialist Worker.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

100,000 dead in Washington's slaughter in Iraq
Killed for oil and empire
One hundred thousand people are dead. That's the stunning estimate of the civilian death toll in Washington's "liberation" of Iraq.

What next in the Israel-Palestine conflict?
After the Arafat crisis
Just as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won a critical vote on his plan for a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, his scheme was overshadowed by Yasser Arafat's illness.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Surrendering is not a strategy
No matter who's in or out of the White House, the left is going to have a lot of holes to repair after Election 2004.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Mayor Daley attacks faculty union at Chicago City Colleges
"We won't be intimidated"
Teachers and students are standing together to stop the administration's attack on members of the Cook County College Teachers Union.

Behind the crisis in SEIU Local 250
Two SEIU members in the Bay Area look at efforts by members of the union to break away form independent unions.

Labor in brief
Fremont, Calif., teachers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Stop the witch-hunt at Columbia University; Save Senn High School; Texas march to stop executions; Students for Justice in Palestine

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Overworked and underpaid City College teachers
They deserve respect
At Wilbur Wright College, one class was so overcrowded that there were students standing in the doorway.

Other letters
Hollow words for women in Election 2004; Nader didn't offer enough to Greens; Vermont plan is no good for our kids; Solidarity begins in the workplace

REVIEWS

Play exposes the horror at Guantánamo Bay
Civil rights in peril
More than 560 people have been locked away in a U.S. military base in Guantánamo, Cuba. Their stories are told in a new documentary play.

They can't say no to The Yes Men
A new documentary follows two anti-globalization activists as they travel around the globe posing as representatives of the World Trade Organization.

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