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January 7, 2004 | Issue 525

FRONT PAGE

Tsunami horror in Asia:
Why isn't Bush doing more?
Most people reacted with horror to the heartbreaking images of the tsunami disaster that struck a dozen countries ringing the Indian Ocean. But not George W. Bush.

SW COVERAGE OF THE TSUNAMI DISASTER

Mike Davis on the political factors in "natural" disasters
"The burden falls on the poorest societies"
Left-wing author Mike Davis talked to Socialist Worker about the questions we should be asking about the Indian Ocean disaster.

Locked down by Indonesian military
Aceh's unnatural disaster
Aceh--the province of Indonesia that suffered the worst devastation from the tsunamis--has suffered for decades under the Indonesian military's iron heel.

How you can help
NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

The terrible toll of Bush's occupation
U.S. attack left Falluja "unfit for animals"
After nearly two months of a savage U.S. offensive, the people of Falluja are returning to their city--to find heaps of rubble and whole neighborhoods demolished.

Newest crop of homeless U.S. vets
There's a new group of homeless veterans starting to appear on the streets--veterans from the Afghanistan and current Iraq war.

SW FEATURES

What's next after elections in Palestine?
Israel and the U.S. have gone to great lengths to get a candidate acceptable to their interests elected in the Palestinian presidential election.

The decline of the dollar
The value of the dollar compared to other major currencies has declined sharply in recent years. What is the impact on working people?

"The great dress rehearsal"
Russia's 1905 Revolution
One hundred years ago, the Russian working class took center stage for the first time with strikes and demonstrations that shook the power of the dictatorial tsar.

WHAT WE THINK

Polls show falling support for pro-war, pro-business president
The potential to stop Bush
Despite signs of shrinking popularity for their policies, the Bush administration is preparing for an inauguration celebration as if he were the most beloved politician ever.

The crimes of a U.S.-backed dictator
If the ex-dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, is finally put on trial for his crimes, his protector, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, should be up there with him.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
How to explain the mystery of money
Money seems to possess mystical powers--pieces of paper or metal that seem to give their bearer the power to convert them into real objects. But there's nothing magical about money.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Sick-out at US Airways as unions fight concessions
Crunch time at airlines
Job actions over union-busting attacks by major airlines shook up air travel during the holidays and highlighted the urgent need for labor solidarity in the industry.

UAW retreats at Caterpillar
The massive retreat of the United Auto Workers union continues--this time in the union's proposed contract at Caterpillar.

Labor in brief
Sacramento grocery workers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
No to war and occupation

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

We live in a society where cash comes before being human
I am at my lowest low
I just can't believe that in this country, the law will allow a landlord or a judge or a lawyer to evict a pregnant woman and contribute to homelessness.

Show soldiers we support their resistance
Soldiers who are thinking about refusing orders need to know that we support soldier resistance.

Other letters
The terrorist who runs Iraq; HRC's agenda is rock solid; Taken over by a university; Crime shows aren't reality; I'll be there to protest Bush

REVIEWS

Argentina's workers' movement
"Our dreams don't fit in ballot boxes"
A documentary movie by No Logo author Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis examines of one of the attempts in Argentina to create an alternative to the neoliberal economy.

Exposing war crimes in Guantánamo
Civil rights expert Michael Ratner and journalist Ellen Ray have written a useful primer o the Bush administration's continuing attack on civil liberties.

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