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February 11, 2004 | Issue 530


Washington wants the Iraq election to legitimize occupation
Manufacturing "democracy"
The media endlessly recycled the same pictures of celebrating Iraqis standing in line to vote, but never looked at the reality of occupation behind the stage-managed images.

Brother of military resister Pablo Paredes speaks out:
"Human life is worth more than this war"
A defense campaign is being organized to help Pablo Paredes, who refused orders to ship out to the Persian Gulf. Socialist Worker talks to his brother, Victor.

Roots of a tragedy in Texas
"The war changed who my son is"
Rev. Johnny Williams Sr. and his wife Patricia say their son--who is being bars facing murder charges--came back from Iraq a "different person."

Marine general: "It's fun to shoot people"
"It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people." Those were the words of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James Mattis.


Social Security "reform":
A smokescreen for benefit cuts
George W. Bush's Social Security privatization plan rests on three big lies that can be easily exposed as nonsense--and a smokescreen for dismantling the entire system.

Allies destroyed Dresden, but never bombed Auschwitz
American war crime in the "good war"
Just beneath the surface of the "good war" are the same obscene policies present in all Great Power conflicts. Two anniversaries demonstrate this clearly.

"Give them a little truth, a little hope"
Ossie Davis' life was characterized by struggle--both his own struggle against racism as an actor, and the movements for social justice and equality that he threw himself into.


Support Walden Bello
Global justice activists Walden Bello and other leaders of the movement in the Philippines are under the threat of death from the Communist Party of the Philippines.


Bush's new budget:
Billions for war, cuts for the poor
George W. Bush's budget proposal will impose deep cuts in domestic spending, while showering money on the military and homeland security.

Same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
The fight for gay marriage breaks out in New York
A New York judge ruled that the state's Domestic Relations Law--which prohibits gay and lesbian couples from marrying--is unconstitutional.

Rumsfeld's drive for bunker-buster nukes
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is pushing to revive a federal program to develop so-called "bunker-buster" nuclear weapons.

Bill O'Reilly targets critics of U.S. war
On the Fox News hit list
Conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly is on the attack--against college professors he deems to be "un-American."

Appeal for "Tookie" Williams rejected
Sent closer to the death chamber
A federal appeals court has pushed Stan "Tookie" Williams closer to California's execution chamber, refusing last week to hear his appeal for a new trial.


Offering a lifeline to the Democrats
The positions of the Progressive Democrats of America sound good on paper, but it aims to influence a party that is increasingly hostile to the majority of what it stands for.


Teamsters Local 556 face decertification vote in Pasco, Wash.
Tyson takes aim at union
Workers in Pasco, Wash., are fighting a life-and-death battle for their union against Tyson Food, the largest--and meanest--meat and poultry processor in the world.

Labor in brief
Indiana and Missouri state workers; University of California-Santa Cruz


Demonstrate against the New Republic
The New Republic magazine has decided to publish an article that fantasizes about torturing and murdering antiwar activists.

News and reports
Housing is a right; No to war and occupation; Defend abortion rights


A call for solidarity with Egyptian socialists
Jailed for speaking out
On January 28, Egyptian police detained three pro-democracy activists at the Cairo International Book Fair.

Other letters
A journalist brave enough to tell the truth; Inspiring protest of the inauguration; Ordered to not smoke at home; Examining the secrecy of child abuse


Why are TV forensics shows so popular?
They say the evidence never lies
The most popular crime shows on TV don't take place in a police station or courtroom. They take place in a lab--with scientists, not cops, as their heroes.

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