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January 21, 2004 | Issue 527

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Sent to kill for oil and empire...Shot by police in California...
Another casualty of Bush's war
Andy Raya's death won't appear on the list of soldiers killed in Iraq, but he was a casualty of that war.

Torture in Iraq:
The blame goes to the top
The torture of prisoners was sanctioned at the highest levels of the U.S. government--and carried out not just in Iraq, but at U.S. facilities around the world.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Washington faces an overstretched military
Feeling a draft?
With the Pentagon scrambling to keep enough soldiers in the field, the Bush administration could be left with no choice but to try to reinstitute the draft.

Resistance on the home front
Some U.S. soldiers and their families are finding ways to resist the U.S. military machine.
A question for activists
Supporting Iraq's right to resist occupation
Iraqis support the resistance against the U.S. occupation of their country for one simple reason: they want the Americans to get out--now.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

The truth about the conservative movement
What's behind the rise of the right?
Liberals and conservatives seem to agree that Election 2004 represented a lurch to the right. But who is leading this new right-wing charge?

Pro sports owners' extortion scam:
Stadium swindle
Pro sports stadiums and arenas paid for on the public dime now dot the country--monuments to corporate welfare and brazen extortion.

The MLK they don't talk about
Martin Luther King's radical antiwar views don't fit with the image that has been sanitized for school textbooks and hijacked by Corporate America--so it's ignored.

WHAT WE THINK

Discontent with Bush and the right wing needs to be organized
Building opposition from the bottom up
Large numbers of people ought to be preparing to take action against George Bush on January 20. Yet the demonstrations are expected to be smaller and "tamer."

NATIONAL NEWS

Taxing the rich could pay for California's budget shortfall
Schwarzenegger's brutal budget attack
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled a budget that proposes billions in cuts for key social programs.

New step in Colombia's war
Rebel leader to stand trial in U.S.
Only a few years ago, Simón Trinidad was the rebels' principal spokesperson during peace talks with the government. Now, he has been extradited to the U.S. as a common criminal.

Arson clinic at Washington abortion clinic
Federal officials concluded that the fire at a women's health clinic in Olympia, Wash., was intentionally set, but didn't constitute an act of domestic terrorism.

OBITUARY: JAMES FORMAN
A revolutionary forged through struggle
The opposition that civil rights activists like James Forman faced at the hands of racists and the state pushed them to to adopt more radical politics.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Getting from anger to action
Many of what appear to be outbursts of spontaneous struggle have had the ground prepared for them by years of patient organizing.

WHAT DO SOCIALISTS SAY?
Are we facing the threat of fascism?
Faced with the prospect of four more years of George Bush, some on the left claimed that fascism was on horizon if Bush was re-elected. Were they right?

Inside the System
Is Mississippi anti-America?; Makeup--or be fired; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Opposition mounts challenge in LA teachers union
High stakes in UTLA vote
The difference between the two choices for members of United Teachers Los Angeles in the February union election are like night and day.

D.C. hotel workers make contract gains
After working almost four months without a contract, hotel workers in Washington, D.C., won a decisive victory when management agreed to most of the union's demands.

Labor in brief
New York City private bus line drivers; City Colleges of Chicago; Rochester social workers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Iraq Veterans Against the War; Chicago counter-inaugural protest

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

A U.S. soldier writes to George Bush:
"The soldiers who died deserved better"
When the history of the movement that finally stopped the war in Iraq is written, this letter will have a very special place.

Other letters
Not-so-friendly skies for us; Medical needs of poor ignored; What should the left do?; Is it possible to support Islam and gay rights?; Caterpillar's complicity

REVIEWS

The genocide that the West ignored
Hotel Rwanda tells the true story of a manager at a fancy hotel who plays a heroic role during the Rwandan genocide.

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