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December 17, 2004 | Issue 524

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Sailor who refused to go to Iraq:
"I don't support this war"
A growing number of soldiers are voicing their frustration at the military--not only for shipping them off to an unjust war, but for gambling with their lives.

Christmas on the picket line at CNH
They want to break our unions
The lockout at farm equipment maker CNH Global is another struggle that tests whether labor can defend the dwindling number of good-paying manufacturing jobs.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Struggling to get by in...
Minimum-wage America
It couldn't be more obvious--no human being should be forced to live on $5.15 an hour.

"The heart of a heartless world, the soul of soulless conditions"
Explaining the hold of religion
The most important point for Marxists is that human beings created religion--so religious beliefs must have social causes.

WHAT WE THINK

White House wheels out its right-wing wish list
What will it take to stop Bush?
The Bush gang has big plans for 2005. So our side better be ready to take a stand in the New Year.

Their suffering is not an accident
More than a billion children suffer extreme deprivation because of poverty, HIV/AIDS or war. These catastrophes are the result of a system that places profits above human needs.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

A string of protests, riots and strikes
Struggles explode throughout China
The explosions of struggle reflect long-simmering anger at the arrogance of China's rulers.

An emergency appeal from Argentina
Defend the Zanon workers
The Zanon ceramic tile factory, a democratic, worker-run factory in Patagonia, is facing a serious threat of eviction.

NATIONAL NEWS

Lawmakers agree to limited reforms, but there's still...
A fight ahead over N.Y. drug laws
New York lawmakers agreed on legislation that will change the state's draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws, but the final version falls short of what activists demanded.

A new legal outrage
Witch-hunt of Islamic charities
A federal magistrate has ordered three Islamic charities and a man accused of raising money for the militant Palestinian group Hamas to pay $156 million in damages.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Liberal groups that shill for Democrats
The traditional liberal interest groups that back the Democratic Party have become little more than Washington-based shells with no real grassroots base.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Union defends work conditions and gets pay raises
NEIU strike wins gains
After 20 days on the picket line, the faculty and staff at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago won a clear-cut victory and accepted a new four-year contract.

SF nurses gear up to fight understaffing
Hospital workers and nurses at Sutter Health in Oakland, Calif., returned to work December 6 following a one-day strike and a subsequent lockout.

Labor in brief
Madison Market Co-op; Chicago City Colleges

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Housing is a human right; Defend academic freedom at NYU

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Show the right wing that we're not backing down
Let's crash Bush's party
Bush has demonstrated just how right we were to protest his selection in 2000--and why we need to be in Washington, D.C., again this coming January 20.

Postal workers take action
Employees at the Times Square Post Office in midtown Manhattan became fed up with the condescending attitude and intimidation tactics of the acting station manager.

Other letters
Standing up to campus racism; Rebuilding our movement; Lagos attacks right to dissent; Bush's CIA shake-up

REVIEWS

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and...
Holiday picks from Socialist Worker
Socialist Worker writers give their picks for books, movies and music to give as gifts--or to keep for yourself--over the holidays.

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