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March 4, 2004 | Issue 533

GET THE MILITARY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS

The lies recruiters tell
The difficulty facing U.S. military recruiters is this: Everyone knows that new enlistees are likely to be shipped to Iraq. And everyone knows that U.S. soldiers are dying in Iraq.

A former Marine recruiter explains...
How they sell the military
Chris Dugan served in the Marines from 1995 to 1999, including a short period when he was a recruiter. Now, he considers himself a counter-recruiter.

Why no one should sign up for...
"The most dangerous job in the world"
Two members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War talk to SW about all the reasons not to join the military.

How activists built the struggle
Seattle showdown
After the day of protests against George Bush's inauguration, a photo of chanting students in Seattle confronting a nervous-looking recruiter made the rounds on the Internet.

Battle in an LA school
SW talks to Los Angeles high school students who stood up to the military recruiters.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Tortured to death in Abu Ghraib prison
Manadel al-Jamadi died an excruciating death at the hands of U.S. torturers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

John Negroponte: Washington's dirty warrior
The U.S. government's dirty war on Central America in the 1980s has become a model for the administration's policy in Iraq and the Middle East.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Bush uses rhetoric about "liberation" to sell war
Their hypocrisy about Islam
Ever wondered why the Bush administration seems so committed to promoting the "liberation" of Muslim women while systematically opposing it inside U.S. borders?

WHAT WE THINK

Democrats climb on Bush's foreign policy bandwagon
Washington's imperialist consensus
You knew just how right wing the U.S. foreign policy debate had become when both Republicans and Democrats started slamming George W. Bush for being weak-kneed.

The real U.S. objective in Lebanon
A suicide bombing in Israel and the resignation of the Lebanese government's cabinet became the pretext for the U.S. and Israel to advance their agenda the Middle East.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Since the U.S. coup that toppled Aristide one year ago...
Haiti's year of terror
George Bush promised that the U.S. would bring democracy to Haiti. One year later, more than 3,000 people are dead, and the right wing is on the rampage.

Leading human rights activist among the victims
Murdered by the Colombian military
Colombia's military has carried out another massacre against civilians--and among the victims is a human rights activist well known to opponents of war in the U.S.

The truth about human trafficking
Modern-day slavery
According to a conservative estimate, as many as 27 million men, women and children currently live in slavery around the world.

NATIONAL NEWS

The truth about school "reform"
Leaving poor kids behind
In Chicago, students, parents and teachers are seeing for themselves what George W. Bush means by "No Child Left Behind." Your school is closed.

N.Y. officials fire left-wing professor
Witch-hunt at Columbia
New York's state government has escalated the attack on left-wing professors at Columbia University.

Panelists had industry ties
FDA doing drug giants' bidding
Makers of the highly profitable pain pills Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx breathed a sigh of relief when a government panel ruled that their drugs could stay on the market.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Can we change the Democrats?
One of the greatest obstacles to building a working-class movement for fundamental change in the United States has been the two-party political system.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Adult education program axed amid teachers' contract fight
Battle in Oakland schools
The Oakland Unified School District is facing a crisis unlike any we've seen in public education in years.

Seattle blames union for school closings
After getting narrow approval for a contract that gutted health care for part-time workers, the Seattle School District is stooping to a new low--by proposing to close 20 schools.

Labor in brief
University of Vermont; Defend Richard Berg

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
No to war and occupation; Remember Malcolm X

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Truck driver who was betrayed by Halliburton
Rich man's war for oil
Like the majority of soldiers, Allan Petty took the job as a truck driver in Iraq working for Halliburton out of economic desperation.

The PDA reins in the left
The Progressive Democrats of America's loyalty to the Democrats will always trump its progressivism.

Views in brief
The pressure on recruits; On trial in Argentina; The other U.S. occupation

REVIEWS

OBITUARY: HUNTER S. THOMPSON
A journalist who broke all the rules
Hunter Thompson deserves to be remembered for chronicling an era of change that exploded the complacency of the 1950s and shaped so much of what is familiar to us today.

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