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April 22, 2005 | Issue 540

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Why are two 16-year-old Muslim girls in a federal jail?
The U.S. government stooped to a new low in its witch-hunt of Muslims when federal agents detained two 16-year-old Muslim high school students from New York City.

Repealing the estate tax • Tighter bankruptcy laws
Washington's one-two punch
One day after the House of Representatives voted to repeal the estate tax, it delivered a swift kick to the poor--approving legislation to tighten bankruptcy laws.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

A debate in the antiwar movement
Should the U.S. get out of Iraq now?
Alex Ryabov, Anthony Arnove and Erik Gustafson debate what attitude antiwar activists should take to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Working harder for less while business lines its pockets
The one-sided class war
Three years into an economic recovery, workers are losing ground--so much so that the mainstream media are finally having to take notice.

Backing Democrats has pulled the antiwar movement to the right
Why "inside-outside" is getting nowhere
The truth is that rather than moving Democrats to the left, the inside-outside strategy has moved the antiwar movement to the right.

WHAT WE THINK

Attempts to limit debate only weaken antiwar organizing
What kind of movement do we need?
Leaders of the antiwar movement who want to exclude left-wing views don't actually want a more reasonable movement, but one with different politics--on their terms.

NATIONAL NEWS

Activism put pressure on legislators to defeat Pataki's bill
Death penalty-free in N.Y.
Opponents of the death penalty won an important victory in New York state when a State Assembly committee voted against legislation to reinstate capital punishment.

OBITUARY: DAVE YETTAW
A man who personified the UAW's best traditions
He was a lifelong militant
The labor movement suffered an irreplaceable loss April 14 when Dave Yettaw passed away at the untimely age of 58.

OBITUARY: MARLA RUZICKA
She struggled for a better world
U.S. activist Marla Ruzicka went to Afghanistan and Iraq to do what she thought was right--demanding compensation from the U.S. government for the victims of its wars.

Oregon high court nullifies gay marriages
In a blow against equal marriage rights, the Oregon Supreme Court voided more than 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay and lesbian couples last spring.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Ecuador in revolt
IMF turns the screws on poor countries
The rich countries are promising debt relief for poor nations sometime in the future--even as they keep demanding more austerity in countries like Ecuador.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
What the U.S. means by "democracy"
To George Bush, there is only one kind of acceptable "democracy" in the Middle East--the pro-U.S./pro-Israel kind.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Blue-collar workers coordinate action at nine Calif. campuses
UC hit by one-day strike
Thousands of blue-collar service workers walked out April 14 for a one-day unfair labor practices strike on all nine University of California campuses.

Labor in brief
Wisconsin state workers; Illinois home child-care workers; Puget Consumers Coop Natural Markets

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

GET THE MILITARY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS
A victory for four activists over CCNY
Three students and one staff member at City College of New York who were arrested for protesting military recruiters had their suspensions from campus lifted.

Activists challenge Horowitz's lies
Right-wing ideologue David Horowitz had protesters arrested at the University of Texas Law School--where he was speaking on the high value he places on free expression.

News and reports
Global Left Forum; Columbia University; Ban Coca-Cola on campus; Marriage is a right

VIEWS AND VOICES

We should turn the heat up on recruiters
Like being against the war and for the occupation, being against the occupation and for the rights of recruiters is a contradiction.

Views to brief
Activists keep a killer out; Pulled right by the Democrats; The real legacy of the Pope

REVIEWS

NBC's take on British sitcom The Office
Meet the new boss
Anyone who's ever done time as a cubicle rat in the kind of soul-sucking workplace chronicled in NBC's The Office knows that bosses pretty much suck.

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