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March 25, 2004 | Issue 536

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Protests on the anniversary of the Iraq war
We say no to the occupation
"Bring the troops home now!" was the message March 19 as tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the U.S. on the anniversary of the Iraq invasion.

Wolfowitz goes to the World Bank
From hawk to global loan shark
Paul Wolfowitz will use his experience wielding U.S. military power around the world in his new job--imposing Washington's economic might on the world's poor.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

From fake news to Fox News to the New York Times...
Inside the media propaganda mill
Many people know and despise Fox News. Yet even traditionally "liberal" media outlets have proven pliable to the manipulators of public opinion in Washington.

Eamonn McCann on:
What's next in Northern Ireland?
Socialist Worker talks to Irish socialist Eamonn McCann about the crisis facing the IRA and Sinn Fein after a group of IRA members murdered a Catholic man in eastern Belfast.

WHAT WE THINK

Politicians use Schiavo case to push Christian Right's agenda
A shameless spectacle
The right-wingers who shamelessly jumped on this case don't care about Terri Schaivo. They're advancing their careers.

Selling lies about "democracy" in Iraq
Bush's hype about democracy has nothing to do with what's really happening in Iraq, much less any other part of the Middle East.

NATIONAL NEWS

Congress approves drilling in Alaskan wildlife refuge
A helping hand for oil bosses
The Bush administration got another gift from its wish list when the Senate gave backdoor approval to oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Steroid circus on Capitol Hill
As members of Congress vogued for the cameras, a different drama was playing out among the five baseball stars seated tricep to tricep at the hearing room's witness table.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Israeli dissident faces new jail term
The courageous Israeli dissident Mordechai Vanunu is facing another term in prison for violating the terms of his release from jail after an 18-year sentence.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Can the PDA move the Democrats' left?
The Progressive Democrats of America is only the latest in a long line of attempts to "take over and transform the Democratic Party."

ON THE PICKET LINE

Wichita workers must reapply for jobs at new company
Mass layoffs at Boeing
Another crisis looms for the International Association of Machinists after Boeing Co. laid off the entire hourly workforce at its Wichita, Kan., plant, pending its sale to Onex Corp.

Feds take over a United pension plan
Pension plans for 36,000 active and retired ground employees at United Airlines were seized by a federal government agency this month.

Labor in brief
An appeal from a union reformer; Kent State University

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

The battle at CCNY
Defending our right to protest
More than 150 students, professors and activists converged on the City College of New York in Harlem March 17 to defend our right to protest.

News and reports
No to war and occupation; Gay marriage is a right

VIEWS AND VOICES

Boston students organize to defend their teacher
Saved from deportation
Thanks to the action of his students, fellow teachers, and parents and community organizations, Obain Attouoman has been given a 2-year reprieve from deportation.

The battle for Brazil's poor
An American nun, Dorothy Stang, was recently gunned down on a remote dirt road in the Amazon region where she worked for human rights for 23 years.

Views in brief
Rank-and-file teachers fight; A permanent occupation; The tough-on-crime fraud; Rolling over for Bush

REVIEWS

The right's attack on kids' TV
Evil is lurking...in cartoons?
Warning! The radical right has identified the latest dangers to the children--a precocious cartoon bunny and an animated sea sponge.

The antiwar TV show you might have missed
Somehow below the radar of the cultural warriors of the right, a remarkable antiwar show appears weekly on network television: NBC's American Dreams.

The other U.S. occupation
In the beginning of the film Taliban Country, Australian filmmaker Carmela Baranowska is traveling as an embedded reporter with a U.S. Marine company in Afghanistan.

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