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April 1, 2004 | Issue 537

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Independent journalist Dahr Jamail:
"Life in Falluja is a horror story"
Socialist Worker talked to one of the few journalists in Iraq not "embedded" with U.S. forces about the destruction unleashed by Washington during two years of occupation.

WHAT WE THINK
Why you can't be antiwar and pro-occupation
Opinion polls show that opposition to George Bush's war for oil and empire is wider than ever. Yet within the antiwar movement, some voices say they support continued occupation.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Iraqis' right to resist occupation
Outright hostility to the Iraqi resistance now reaches far inside the antiwar movement, undermining the notion that Iraqis have the right to determine their own future.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
A kinder, gentler U.S. imperialism?
The talk about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction was an extremely flimsy excuse for the real motives of the U.S. invasion.

Army whitewash is…
Pentagon's green light for murder
There's no other way to describe the Pentagon's announcement that it won't prosecute any of the 17 U.S. soldiers who contributed to the deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ruling by Canadian officials:
U.S. resister rejected for asylum
The Canadian government has denied political asylum to a U.S. Army paratrooper who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

What's at stake in…
The battle over evolution
As with corporate-sponsored tobacco "researchers," creationists have a hidden motive for promoting discredited ideas--they are helpful in pushing a conservative social agenda.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

KYRGYZSTAN
Mass demonstrations go beyond what the U.S. wanted
What's behind the revolt?
Both the divided opposition and the U.S. officials who support it appeared as stunned as President Askar Akayev by the uprising that drove Akayev to flee the country.

BOLIVIA
Calm before the next storm?
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa offered--and then withdrew--his resignation twice during March under pressure from social forces he said make his country "ungovernable."

PHILIPPINES
Human rights lawyer targeted
An international defense campaign is building in response to an attempt by right-wing vigilantes to assassinate a leading Filipino human rights lawyer.

NATIONAL NEWS

Texas oil refinery tragedy
Killed by corporate neglect
Flames shot through the air, and the blast shook houses five miles away. This is how witnesses described an explosion at a British Petroleum oil refinery in Texas City, Texas.

Anti-abortion fanatics flock to exploit Schiavo case
Right-wing vultures
Terri Schiavo's parents have been supported by people who hope to gain from this case--religious right hypocrites and anti-abortion fanatics.

Years of poverty and racism
Real cause of the Red Lake tragedy
The media focused on the strange blend of neo-Nazi politics that 16-year-old Jeff Weise seemingly embraced. But the real sources of desperation in Red Lake weren't mentioned.

OBITUARY: RAY QUAN
He strengthened everything we did
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the recent death of Bay Area labor activist Ray Quan.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Health care increases at Chrysler put pressure on UAW
Big Three on the warpath
The Big Three automakers are trying to push health care costs onto the backs of workers--but union leaders so far have put up no resistance.

R.I. workers strike to defend benefits
Almost 200 workers went on strike March 21 at the General Cable Corporation in Lincoln, R.I., against the company's demand that they accept a health care co-pay.

Labor in brief
Madison Market

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

No to war and occupation
About 200 people gathered March 26 at the Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York City for a forum on "Challenging Bush's Empire: Our Right to Resist."

News and reports
Defend abortion rights; Defend academic freedom and dissent

VIEWS AND VOICES

Racism is alive and well on Maryland's death row
They call this justice?
I've learned not to confuse principle--or even morality--with the bizarre machinations of the courts. But the latest ruling in Vernon Evan's case is a slap in the face.

Views in brief
No candidate for us in LA; Stop Tookie's execution; World Bank is the real problem; Don't trust election result

REVIEWS

Bolivian workers fight privatization
The Water War
A new collection of essays by Oscar Olivera and other Bolivian activists detail the exciting weeks of struggle against water privatization, as well as analyze the aftermath of their victory.

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