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February 25, 2004 | Issue 532

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

They refused to fight Bush's war for oil
Camilo Mejia is free after going to jail for the "crime" of resisting the U.S. war for oil and empire in Iraq.

Pablo Paredes explains why he's resisting
"I want to be a voice for truth"

Modern-day witch-hunt
The voices they want to silence
Since the September 11 attacks, the right wing has organized a concerted campaign to silence the voices of left-wing academics and activists.

Antiwar coalition holds national assembly meeting in St. Louis
Debating UFPJ's direction
Disorientation from last year's election--when leading members and forces in the UFPJ campaigned for John Kerry, a pro-war candidate--has continued in the months after.

BUSH'S WAR ON THE WORLD

Bush selects Negroponte as Washington's new super-spy
Dirty wars and diplomacy
The Bush administration signaled a new era of covert operations and dirty wars with John Negroponte's appointment to the newly created job of Director of National Intelligence.

White House steps up the "war on terror" after Lebanon bombing
Will Syria be the next U.S. target?
Washington is working alongside Israel to squeeze Syria--the dominant power in Lebanon--plus curtail Iran's influence as well.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
How the "great powers" used Lebanon as a pawn
Washington is demanding that Syria withdraw from Lebanon, but a look at history shows that the U.S. tacitly supported the Syrian occupation for nearly three decades.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Does Abraham Lincoln deserve all the credit?
Who freed the slaves?
Many myths surround the American Civil War, including one that tells us that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with a stroke of his pen.

NATIONAL NEWS

Abortion rights under attack:
Why are the Democrats giving up?
A woman's right to abortion is one of the few issues where the Democrats can still claim that they look different from the Republicans. But for how much longer?

Their wish is Washington's command
The Bush administration skated to another easy victory this month when Congress approved the misnamed "Class Action Fairness Act."

How the owners destroyed hockey
There's nothing left but the autopsy, and it doesn't take CSI's William Peterson to decipher who killed the National Hockey League.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Death threats against activists
Why Walden Bello needs your support
The Communist Party of the Philippines has issued death threats against Walden Bello, a leading voice of the global justice movement, and other Filipino activists.

Defend Swiss unionists
Five officials and activists of a major union in Switzerland have been threatened with up to three years in prison for nothing more than exercising their right to protest.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Left-wing AFSCME official in NYC removed undemocratically
The struggle for DC 1707
An outspoken official in New York City's public-sector union AFSCME has been removed from office undemocratically amid a dispute over a concessions contract.

Labor in brief
University of California-Santa Cruz; Six Flags New England

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION
Reports from the antiwar movement
Sacramento, Calif.; Los Angeles; New York City; Madison, Wis.

News and reports
Defend Lynne Stewart; Equal marriage is a right

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Gambling all our futures on the stock market
Bush's plan for social insecurity
Is the market really our best hope for the future? President Bush's plan for Social Security suggests so.

How much can we take?
I am a laid-off employee from Navistar. This is the third job I have worked that has been outsourced.

Views in brief
Looting from us for the war; U.S. companies are complicit

REVIEWS

Oscars favorite Million Dollar Baby
Hollywood plays it safe
Million Dollar Baby isn't really deserving of political praise from the left, or of the political wrath it's incurred on the right.

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