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January 28, 2004 | Issue 528

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Sergeant charged with desertion for...
Refusing to fight in Bush's war
Kevin Benderman said no. After what he saw during his first tour of Iraq in 2003, he told his Army superiors that he's not going back.

At demonstrations across the U.S., thousands say...
We'll stand up to the Bush attack
Protesters turned out in dozens of cities January 20 to send a message that Bush's claimed right-wing "mandate" from the November election is a figment of his imagination.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Sami Ramadani on the struggle against occupation
Behind the rising tide of resistance in Iraq
A political refugee from Saddam Hussein's regime and a strong opponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq talks to SW about the future of the Iraqi resistance to occupation.

What's at stake in the Iraqi election?
Washington's primary hope is to increase divisions within the anti-U.S. opposition--by pitting Shiites against Sunnis, and both these groups against Kurds.

How the U.S. engineered an undemocratic vote
It will be easier--and much safer--to vote in the Iraqi elections if you live in the northern suburbs of Chicago than if you live in Anbar province south and west of Baghdad.

Is Iraq's main union fighting occupation?
The assassination of Iraqi trade unionist Hadi Salih has brought into the open a debate over the character of labor organizations in U.S.-occupied Iraq.

WHAT WE THINK

They want to legitimate occupation
The elections on January 30 have nothing whatsoever to do with democracy, and no one who opposes the U.S. war on the Iraqi people should accept them as remotely legitimate.

Democrats roll over for Rice hearings
Condoleezza Rice got a grilling, both Republicans and Democrats lapped up just about every word she said.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

On the eve of the WSF in Porto Alegre
Where is the struggle headed in Argentina?
Activists across South America are debating how to respond to the new center-left governments that have taken office across much of the continent.

NATIONAL NEWS

Bribed to promote No Child Left Behind
Conservative Black commentator Armstrong Williams revealed that he was paid to promote George Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
What the U.S. has in store for Iran
Every neoconservative in Washington wants a decisive confrontation with Iran leading to "regime change."

ON THE PICKET LINE

Union leaders retreat from challenge to AFL-CIO
Why did the NUP disband?
The New Unity Partnership--a grouping of five major unions demanding reforms in the AFL-CIO--has disbanded.

Labor in brief
United

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Fight for abortion rights; Bring the troops home now; Abolish the death penalty; Bay Area Campus Antiwar Network

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Salinas chooses police over public libraries
An insult to Steinbeck's memory
Salinas, California--John Steinbeck's hometown and today, a Latino farming community--is on its way to becoming the largest U.S. city without a public library.

HRC is justifying surrender on gay marriage
Supporting politicians who oppose your agenda has proven once again to be political suicide.

Other letters
Don't buy the right's lies; How to fix Social Security; Don't fall for Astroturf groups; Airline unions' losing strategy; This country is so right wing

REVIEWS

The Woodsman movie falls short
The illness he fights every day
The Woodsman is a thought-provoking movie about a pedophile's struggle after being released from 12 years in prison.

Stories of The Exonerated
A television production of the play The Exonerated tells the heart-wrenching stories of six real-life death row prisoners who were wrongly convicted and later proven innocent.

Exposing the liar-in-chief
The Big Chill describes the protesters who came out for George W. Bush's last inauguration.

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