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April 29, 2005 | Issue 541

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

The call from campuses...
Get the military out of our schools
On campuses across the country, students are standing up against war and military recruiters--even as they come under increasing fire for speaking out.

Republicans on the rampage
What will it take to stop them?
George Bush and the Republicans think they can get away with anything. But in the war going on in Washington, only one side is fighting.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Mike Alewitz on Kent State and its aftermath
"The spark that set it off"
A leader of the antiwar struggle at Kent State University talks about the shootings of four students by the Ohio National Guard.

Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War
The fall of Saigon
On April 30, 1975, the U.S.-backed government in Saigon collapsed, ending three decades of war in Vietnam and serving the U.S. its greatest military defeat ever.

Richard Daley's Chicago:
A city for sale
Time magazine enthused about Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, naming him one of the country's five best mayors. The reality in Daley's one-party city is far different.

WHAT WE THINK

A crucial question for activists
The case for immediate withdrawal
It's not more "sensible" to call for "eventual withdrawal," while hoping that U.S. forces will "bring democracy" in Iraq--something that the U.S. military machine has never done.

NATIONAL NEWS

Racism in the Sunshine State
Florida police handcuff 5-year-old
In George Bush's America, kids aren't just left being left behind in our schools. Sometimes, they're dragged out in handcuffs.

DeLay blames scandal on "liberal media"
Is The Hammer finished?
Tom DeLay is up to his neck in scandal today for paying his wife and daughter from his political action committee and accepting lavish vacations from paid lobbyists.

Seven men held at gunpoint
The victims of the border vigilantes
The frightening consequences of the anti-immigrant vigilantes' invasion of Arizona became clear when a 24-year-old man was arrested for abducting seven Latino men.

OBITUARY: RODOLFO "CORKY" CONZALES
A Chicano voice against oppression
On April 12, the civil rights movement lost one of its fiercest prizefighters, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Long trail of betrayals by New Labour's Tony Blair
What's at stake in the British elections?
Britain will vote in a general election May 5, but there is little chance that the result will reflect the opposition of millions of people to policies of war and economic austerity.

Protests drive out Ecuador's president
The crisis caused by the neoliberal agenda in Ecuador spurred three weeks of struggle, culminating in a mass mobilization that brought down the country's president.

Behind the crisis facing Berlusconi
Italian journalist Sergio Finardi explains why Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi formed a new government this month.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The right wing's attack on abortion rights and the...
Liberals' deafening silence
Those "fundamentalist extremists" are at it again, trying to force women back to the Dark Ages. Christian fundamentalists, that is.

MEANING OF MARXISM
What is the real Marxist tradition?
Karl Marx defined socialism as the "self-emancipation of the working class." What he meant was that socialism could not be achieved by an enlightened few acting on behalf of the exploited.

Inside the system
Slime-mold George; Conservative smackdown; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Walkouts at Columbia and Yale over fight for union rights
Grad strikes hit campus
Hundreds of workers rallied at Columbia University and New York University on April 21 in solidarity with striking graduate employees at Columbia and Yale.

Labor in brief
Wisconsin state workers; Los Angeles Unified School District

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

California students protest cuts in education
College students marched and rallied across California April 20 to protest cuts in higher education.

News and reports
Fight racism at NYU; UMass-Amherst; Equal marriage now; Fighting sexism at Bowling Green

VIEWS AND VOICES

Pablo Paredes faces desertion charge
A hero for resisting
Fernando Suarez del Solar, whose son was killed in the invasion of Iraq, pays tribute to military resister Pablo Paredes

Views in brief
Tom DeLay's corporate pals; Alternative to the occupation; Antigay bigots target schools; Our world is not for sale

REVIEWS

The innocents on death row
In the opening pages of The Death of Innocents, Sister Helen Prejean tells readers, "Brace yourself. These stories are going to break your heart." And it's the truth.

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