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March 18, 2004 | Issue 535

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

"The U.S. presence is the problem, not the solution"
Bring them home now!
Like so many others, Colleen McLaughlin lived with a "feeling of helplessness" every day while her son was deployed in Iraq, fighting in a war she opposes.

CCNY students arrested for the "crime" of protesting
Challenging military recruiters
Three City College of New York students and one staff member were arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest against military recruiters at a campus career fair March 9.

Students oppose recruiters across the U.S.
The struggle spreads

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Torture and terror American-style
Two years ago, the U.S. invaded Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein had "gassed his own people," and that torture was widespread. Now the U.S. can say the same about its own occupation.

Chris Harrison of Iraq Veterans Against the War:
"Their wars are for conquest"
Socialist Worker talks to a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War about his experiences in the military.

Learning from the past, fighting for the future

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Why we argue U.S. out now
Immediate or delayed withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq--this is one of the key questions confronting the antiwar movement today.

Moved On from opposing the war
So much for the MoveOn.org "revolution." Those in charge of "online activism" are abandoning calls for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

WASHINGTON'S WAR ON THE WORLD

Washington doesn't care about "democracy"
What the U.S. really wants in Lebanon
The enormous demonstration against U.S. calls for Syrian troops to leave Lebanon exposed the ethnic, religious and class divisions that cut through the country over the past century.

As Bush escalates the pressure...
What's next in Syria?
Syria's current maneuvering to survive pressure from the U.S. highlight how Washington has alternately cast the country's regime as enemy or ally.

John Bolton nominated
The "hawk" Bush wants at the UN
"The UN building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." Meet John Bolton, George Bush's pick to be ambassador to...the UN.

THE WAR AT HOME

Another stage in the administration's war on civil liberties
The new McCarthyism
For his second term in office, George W. Bush is making it clear that our civil liberties are on the hit list.

NATIONAL NEWS

Washington's bipartisan gift to the bankers
Making bankruptcy a life sentence
The profit-hungry banks and credit card companies wrote the legislation themselves. And now, their friends in Washington have delivered.

Gay-marriage ban overturned in Calif.
A Catholic Republican judge in California handed supporters of equal marriage rights a victory by overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Coalition of Immokalee Workers wins a pay raise
Victory over Taco Bell
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers ended its boycott of Taco Bell March 8 after the fast-food company agreed to pay the penny-per-pound surcharge demanded by tomato pickers.

Wisconsin state workers push to authorize strike
After working for 20 months on a contract extension, representatives of AFSCME Council 24 in Madison, Wis. got together March 4 to plan a strike-authorization vote.

Labor in brief
Berkeley, Calif., teachers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Stop the witch-hunt; Defending the right to dissent; Free Bernard Baran; Fight for immigrants' rights; California's education crisis; End the occupation of Iraq

VIEWS AND VOICES

Army recruiter vows to kill "towelhead terrorists"
Racism behind their war
I don't like getting involved in arguments. But one recent one between my brother, myself and an Army recruiter (who was once a friend in high school) really drove me over the edge.

Police in Texas celebrate club fire
I was horrified to learn that on February 18, Austin, Texas, police officers let a Black-owned nightclub burn to the ground.

Views in brief
Summers' racist record; Million-dollar bigotry?; City retirees fight back; U.S. hypocrisy over the hijab; When profits mean job cuts

REVIEWS

Soldiers' books cut through the lies
Inside the U.S. military machine
Two new books provide real insight into the building blocks out of which any military is made.

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