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March 11, 2004 | Issue 534

FRONT PAGE

Making the rich richer by robbing the rest of us
Bush's class war budget
Washington is beginning to debate a White House budget proposal that cuts more from domestic government spending than any since the Reagan years.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Was she targeted?
Italian reporter shot by the U.S.
An Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq for more than a month was released last week--only to be shot by U.S. forces.

Anti-occupation activist Ewa Jasiewicz:
Workers' struggles in U.S.-occupied Iraq
SW talks to a human rights activist who lived in U.S.-occupied Iraq for almost a year, working closely with a crucial union for workers in the oil industry.

NEWS OF THE ANTIWAR STRUGGLE

Vermont's "town meeting revolt"
Voting NO on war and occupation
In a historic vote on March 1, 49 cities and towns across Vermont voted in favor of resolutions opposing the war and occupation of Iraq.

Big turnout for educators' antiwar meeting
About 750 teachers and students turned out for the Educators to Stop the War Conference at Hunter High School in New York City.

WASHINGTON'S WAR ON THE WORLD

Bush pressures Syria while tightening his grip on Iraq
Hypocrisy on the march
George Bush claims that he "stands with the Lebanese people" against Syria's occupation--when, a few hundred miles to the east, U.S. troops occupy Iraq.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Using Lebanon to justify the Iraq war
No one should mourn Syria's retreat from Lebanon. But no opponent of Bush's war in Iraq should think that a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon justifies the invasion of Iraq.

Who needs neocons when there's American Prospect?
The hawks in liberals' clothing
The editors of the liberal magazine American Prospect's have endorsed the Bush Doctrine.

NATIONAL NEWS

Supreme Court bans execution of juvenile offenders
Another blow against the execution system
Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty explains the significance of the Supreme Court's latest ruling on the death penalty.

N.Y. students challenge Pataki's tuition hikes
New York Gov. George Pataki is once again trying to balance the state budget on the backs of low-income, working-class students in the city and state university systems.

An attempt at intimidation
Antiwar activists harassed by FBI
An antiwar activist and socialist in New York City was visited by the FBI in what could be a new stage in the federal government's effort to silence dissent.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bolivian rebellion topples a president
Faced with a growing social rebellion based on an alliance between urban and rural social movements, Bolivian President Carlos Mesa submitted his resignation.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Los Angeles teachers chase out old-guard union leaders
Reformers win UTLA vote
Members of United Teachers Los Angeles made history by throwing out most of their current union leadership in favor of the militant United Action slate.

Labor in brief
San Francisco hotel workers; AFSCME DC 1707

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Marriage is a right; No to war and occupation; Stop the execution of Vernon Evans; Defend free speech at Columbia; Protest Larry Summers; Defend abortion rights

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Schwarzenegger stops patient-to-nurse ratio law
Helping hand for hospital bosses
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "emergency" regulation to stop the state's new patient-to-nurse ratio law read as if it were copied from the hospital lobby's Web site.

A dead man in shackles
The Provencio family was told that 28-year-old Daniel Provencio had to finish out his jail sentence, despite the fact that he was declared brain dead on January 20.

Views in brief
Iraqi workers' union rights; Chávez's deal with Uribe; Support the right to resist

REVIEWS

The first installment of Bob Dylan's "autobiography"
Breaking the boundaries
Don't expect a chronological narrative or a reliable narrator. But with Dylan, there is usually a method in the madness, and the trip is well worth the ride.

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