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December 10, 2004 | Issue 523

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Bush's hit squad
It's the new Bush gang. And what a sickening bunch of hawks, grifters and yes men they are.

Reservists fighting stop-loss orders
Hell no, we don't want to go!
Frustration with the military brass is driving U.S. soldiers to begin to look for different ways to resist.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Is a revolution possible in the U.S.?
When socialists talk about masses of people rising up to transform society, we're told that we are being unrealistic. But the history of the U.S. is filled with upheavals and revolts.

Red Cross report exposes the truth
Tortured at Guantánamo
What many long suspected has been confirmed: The U.S. has been torturing detainees at its concentration camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Bhopal: The making of a disaster
The Bhopal industrial disaster of 20 years ago wasn't some nightmarish aberration from the free-market "new India," but its inevitable accompaniment.

WHAT WE THINK

Iraq occupation in crisis:
Why the U.S. won't defeat the resistance
There's no mystery to why the resistance is growing. The U.S. destruction of Falluja certainly recruited more resistance fighters and supporters than it killed.

Bush meddles in Ukraine's crisis
The election crisis in Ukraine highlighted once again how much the mainstream media reads straight from the White House script.

NATIONAL NEWS

New rules push down Pell Grants amounts
Students cut off by Bush
Hundreds of thousands of working class and poor students will find it harder than ever to pay for college next year.

Keep recruiters off our campuses
The military can't force its way into our colleges and universities, thanks to a new court ruling that overturned the Solomon Amendment.

Last-minute reprieve granted
Death machine in Texas under fire
In a surprise move, Texas Gov. Rick Perry granted a reprieve to Texas death row prisoner Frances Newton, two hours before she was scheduled to die.

Behind baseball's steroids uproar
Following revelations about two of its biggest stars, Major League Baseball is in the grip of steroid hysteria.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The horrible toll on U.S. troops
The Pentagon has coldly calculated that a flood of Iraq veterans who survive the war will be fighting its ghastly memories for the rest of their lives--and many will lose the battle.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
What do Marxists say about morals?
To the profoundly immoral character of capitalism and the hypocrisy of its rulers, we must counterpose the morality of solidarity and equality.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Flight attendants threatening industry-wide strike
Showdown in airlines?
Airline flight attendant unions are standing by their threat of an industry-wide strike if carriers use bankruptcy courts to void union contracts.

Hospital workers locked in fight with Sutter Health
Workers staged a one-day strike at nine Northern California hospitals operated by Sutter Health--and the Sacramento-based company retaliated by locking out workers for five days.

Labor in brief
Northeastern Illinois University; Virginia day laborers; Perry Center for Children

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Philadelphia activists occupy military recruiters' office
"Money for housing, not for Bush's war!"
With signs reading "Billions for the War, Still Nothing for the Poor," dozens of homeless families descended on Philadelphia's main military recruiters' office.

News and reports
We say no to war and occupation; Stop racism in Madison, Wis.

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

The Iraqis who defy Bush's brutal occupation
The roots of resistance
The U.S. occupiers are now trying to take back the Adhamiya district in Baghdad, which I visited. They will fail, and they will breed more resistance.

Why California's Prop 66 was defeated?
Proposition 66, which would have amended California's draconian "three strikes" law, was betrayed by the politicians of both parties.

Other letters
Xmas message from Kmart; Behind the gung-ho image; FBI targets N.C. students; Voting Nader hurt the left

REVIEWS

Kinsey movie a welcome breath of fresh air
Let's talk about sex
Alfred Kinsey was a "churchy" entomologist who became a pioneer in the study of human sexuality when faced with his students' profound ignorance about sex.

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