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November 19, 2004 | Issue 521

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

The nightmare in Falluja:
"Why was our family bombed"
The victims of the U.S. offensive in Falluja are being used to send a message to the rest of Iraq--that anyone willing to stand up to the U.S. occupation will be crushed.

Gay marriage is a civil right
We won't back down
The bigots in the Bush administration didn't waste a minute in broadcasting their plans to write anti-gay discrimination into the Constitution.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

U.S. attack turns Falluja into...
Hell on earth
After days of relentless bombardment and house-to-house combat, Falluja looks like a hell on earth to ordinary Iraqis.

A guide to the U.S. media's doublespeak
Anthony Arnove, editor of the book Iraq Under Siege, provides a guide for decoding the corporate media's doublespeak about the invasion of Falluja.

Growing discontent of U.S. troops
The media love to interview gung-ho soldiers when they're revved up for a mission, but there's another side of the story that hasn't appeared on our TV screens.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

How the Russian Revolution was won
The real history of the Russian Revolution is about ordinary people coming to life as they discovered their own potential for creating a truly democratic society.

ANALYSIS OF ELECTION 2004

Rebuilding the antiwar movement
There are multiple lessons for rebuilding the antiwar movement lurking within an understanding of John Kerry's defeat.

Scapegoated by the Democrats
Without Ralph Nader to scapegoat, it became clear that pushy gays and lesbians would be publicly reviled by Democrats--for having the audacity to seek equal marriage rights.

Yes, Kerry really lost

Why do the Democrats sell us out?

WHAT WE THINK

Destroying a city to show who's boss
The same people who wanted you to believe in weapons of mass destruction and "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq are trying to sell you a U.S. military "victory" in Falluja.

Behind the slandering of Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat's death unleashed a torrent of venom from U.S. apologists for Israel's apartheid.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Struggle over the future of the movement begins
Palestine after Arafat
With elections to pick Arafat's successor set for January 9, the clear frontrunner is a man who is languishing in an Israeli prison.

Vanunu arrested again by Israelis
Moredechai Vanunu, the whistleblower who served 18 years in prison for revealing the existence of Israel's nuclear weapons program, has been rearrested.

NATIONAL NEWS

Appeals court bars the Feds' attempt to deport them
Hamouis win justice at last
After nearly three years living under the threat of immediate deportation to Syria, a Seattle-area family has finally won justice.

Bush's attorney general pick okayed torture
The new witch-hunter
Anyone who likes having civil rights will be glad to be rid of John Ashcroft. But the nomination of Alberto Gonzales indicates that the war on civil liberties is far from over.

Defeat for the Bush gang
Tribunals at Guantánamo ruled illegal
A federal judge ruled that military commissions set up by the Bush administration to try detainees from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal.

What do we do after Prop 200?
Right-wingers in other Western states, including Colorado, Utah and Montana, are looking to the victory of Prop 200 as a model for similar initiatives.

Is Bush afraid of a Bob Dylan song?
The Secret Service showed up at Boulder High School in Colorado last week over concerns about a 40-year-old statement by Bob Dylan.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Bush and the Christian Right on the rampage
While Democrats debate how much further to distance the party from a pro-choice position, the Christian Right has gone on an anti-abortion offensive.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Don't fight and you'll never win
The message is always the same: Surrender something now to salvage what you have--or you might lose it all.

Inside the System
Hitting close to home; Rubik's Cube alert; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

SEIU's Andrew Stern launches fight in labor federation
Will the AFL-CIO split?
Is the U.S. labor movement on a fast track to a split--or will union leaders cut a deal that preserves the unity of the AFL-CIO?

NEIU faculty and staff get ready to strike
Members of the University Professionals of Illinois have set a November 19 strike deadline at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Labor in brief
San Francisco hotels; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of Rochester

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

No to war and occupation
Campus Antiwar Network; Recruiters off campus; Emergency responses; Antiwar veterans and families

Campaign to End the Death Penalty
"I stand before you as a voice for justice!" said Monique Matthews, as she stood next to her recently freed brother Ryan at the Campaign to End the Death Penalty's national convention.

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Ferry company in Vermont searching workers
Gutting civil liberties
Since September 11, the ferry company on Lake Champlain has instituted a system of random vehicle and passenger searches.

Other letters
Democrats blame voters for their failure; Wrong on stem-cell measure; Kerry cashes in on Langston Hughes; The right turned out for Bush

REVIEWS

Cutting through the moralizing about abortion
Vera Drake is not a criminal
Movies that even mention abortion are few and far between. So a film like Vera Drake is a welcome surprise.

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