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April 15, 2005 | Issue 539

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Iraqis send a message to Washington:
Get out now!
Chants of "No to America. No, no to occupation" filled Baghdad's Firdos Square as some 300,000 Iraqis protested on the second anniversary of the U.S. takeover of Iraq.

Pentagon crackdown on GI resisters
Military resister Kevin Benderman was barred from traveling to speak at antiwar meetings, the latest escalation in the Army's harassment of him.

Military resister Carl Webb speaks out:
"I am not going to be silenced"
Socialist Worker talked to Carl Webb about his decision to refuse to deploy to Iraq--and the struggle of the military resisters.

The Iraqi Communist Party and the U.S. occupation
Confrontation or collaboration?
The U.S. government has been a notorious enemy of Communist Parties around the world. But the Iraqi Communist Party was part of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

The end of oil?
Underlying the recent surge in gas prices is a more serious long-term issue: rising demand for oil internationally, as production reaches its peak.

WHAT WE THINK

Venezuela's Hugo Chávez moves up Washington's hit list
Defying the superpower
The U.S. is trying to tighten its grip on Latin America--and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is the biggest obstacle to Washington's agenda.

The Democratic Party's vanishing act
Any opposition party worth the name should be having a field day with the scandal-plagued Republicans. But not the Democratic Party.

NATIONAL NEWS

The truth about New York City's West Side stadium rip-off
Bonanza for the "Billionaires Club"
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's stadium rip-off scheme is moving full speed ahead, and no one is talking about what this swindle will cost New Yorkers.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
"Post-feminism" or plain old sexism
"Post-feminism" is the phrase du jour among mainstream political pundits who criticize anyone who continues to complain that women lack equality.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
"Being your own boss" is no solution
One of the great dreams promoted in the U.S. is being "your own boss"--starting up a small business where there isn't anyone bossing you around for lousy pay and benefits.

ON THE PICKET LINE

UC workers ready for one-day walkout
Service workers at the University of California are ready to strike at the system's nine campus and five medical centers on April 14.

USWA holds line at Cognis
The multinational chemical giant Cognis Corp. is out to break the striking union at their plant in Cincinnati.

Labor in brief
General Cable Corporation

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Resistance builds to the Governator's attack
"California is not for sale!" That was the message that some 2,000 protesters had for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at his $1,000-a-plate fundraiser in San Francisco.

Students demand Washington University pay a living wage
"We're here to stay"
Students at Washington University in St. Louis are telling administrators: Campus workers deserve a living wage--and we'll sit in until they get one.

MILITARY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS
"Hey recruiters, go away!"
San Francisco State University is targeting two students and several student organizations for participating in a March 9 counter-recruitment protest at a campus job fair.

News and reports
Defend affirmative action; New York City health care cuts; No to war and occupation; Abolish the death penalty

VIEWS AND VOICES

Impact of last year's election still felt
Behind the antiwar movement's crisis
A national antiwar teach-in at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. demonstrated some important things about the antiwar movement right now.

Putting the blame on teachers and kids
You know that a school system has its priorities backwards when a high school principal is arrested for defending a student.

Views in brief
The right to choose to die; Brazil rallies against war; Keep up the good work; Opposed to free speech?; What's behind the seal hunt?

REVIEWS

Washington's alliance of convenience
The lies that they tell about Islam
Mahmood Mamdani's new book argues that attempts to find the root of political questions in religious thought relies on a misunderstanding of both religion and politics.

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