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February 18, 2004 | Issue 531

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Thirteen years old and killed by the LAPD
"A sweet, loving kid." That's how a family friend described the latest victim of the Los Angeles Police Department--13-year-old Devin Brown.

Relative of a victim of LA sheriff's officers:
"The police are totally out of control"

Veteran civil rights attorney found guilty on "terror" charges
An attack on civil liberties
Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to defending the civil liberties of unpopular clients. Now she faces 20 years in jail as a victim of the U.S. government's "war on terror."

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

The U.S. scheme for post-election Iraq
The results of the Iraqi election are finally in, and they show that what was promoted as an exercise in national self-determination is being used to repackage the U.S. occupation.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The future of the antiwar movement
There is a student rebellion in the making, around opposition to the war and military recruiters, but its significance has so far escaped leaders of the established antiwar organizations.

WHAT WE THINK
White House celebrates outcome of Israeli-Palestinian summit
"Peace" without justice
The summit between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's Ariel Sharon was greeted with euphoria in Israel and the U.S. But Palestinians had a different reaction.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Malcolm X: Legacy of a revolutionary
Malcolm X, who was assassinated 40 years ago, was a revolutionary and internationalist who confronted questions of imperialism and racism that remain with us today.

Behind the claim that men are better than women at math...
Sexism disguised as science
There is a long tradition of offering unsubstantiated biological justifications for the status quo that ignore the role of bias and discrimination in producing social stratification.

NATIONAL NEWS

Howard Dean selected as chair of Democratic National Committee
"Outsider" on the inside
The great hope of many liberals during the last presidential election has become the Democratic Party's top bureaucrat.

Victim of a witch-hunt
Nightmare behind bars for Al-Arian
Last month, Dr. Sami Al-Arian spent his 47th birthday in solitary confinement in a Florida prison cell.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The hidden history they won't teach
I flipped through a book for kids about Helen Keller the other. Predictably, it made not a single reference to the fact that Keller was a flaming antiwar radical and socialist.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Hoffa paves the way for union decertification in Pasco, Wash.
Tyson ousts Teamsters
The union-busting meatpacking company Tyson has won a decertification vote against the Teamsters--but International union President James Hoffa paved the way for this defeat.

Private-sector unionization is lowest in 100 years
Union membership in the private sector has fallen to its lowest level in a century as job losses hammer the heavily unionized manufacturing industries.

Labor in brief
Chicago City Colleges; Bay Area grocery workers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Stop California's death penalty; End the occupation; Stop police violence

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Protest demands an apology from a pro-war rag
The New Republic[ans]
The New Republic magazine thought it would be able to get away with musing about killing and torturing antiwar activists. They were wrong.

We can't trust Democrats to protect choice
Instead of mounting any pressure--to defend abortion rights, groups like NARAL have been busy playing insider politics in the Democratic Party.

Other letters
Standing up to the racists at SFSU; Ornelas deserves a fair trial; What about injustice to Iraqis?

REVIEWS

OBITUARY: ARTHUR MILLER
He stood up to the witch-hunters
"He was a gifted man of the theater, but something else," writer Studs Terkel said of playwright Arthur Miller. "He always spoke out."

Punk rock's elder statespeople
The secret of the Mekons' long life is that the band has followed its musical interests across numerous pop-music pigeonholes, doing what they wanted, regardless of trends.

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