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May 27, 2005 | Issue 544

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

The facts they can't retract
Washington's torture chambers
The U.S. military calls it "repetitive administration of legitimate force." But the real term is murder.

Seattle students and parents tell the recruiters...
"You're not welcome here"
Socialist Worker talks to parents and students at a Seattle high school, who are standing up to the military recruiters.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

The struggle that stopped the Vietnam War
The making of the movement
The antiwar movement was itself part of a wave of radicalization in the early 1960s, and it grappled with a series of political questions.

Stan "Tookie" Williams' case:
Injustice exposed
The story of California death row prisoner Stan "Tookie" Williams' life is one of self-transformation. But the state of California is set on extinguishing that life.

Journalist and activist Barbara Becnel:
"A modern lynching tool"
WHAT WE THINK

Escalating violence highlights chaos of Bush's occupation
Has the U.S. failed in Iraq?
A series of assassinations and killings in Iraq has once again highlighted Washington's inability to control Iraq.

Democrats agree not to filibuster Bush's main nominees
When compromise means surrender
Bush and the Republicans are going for broke. And they aren't facing a challenge from the official "opposition" in U.S. politics--the Democratic Party.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

General strike rocks president
Bolivia on the brink
A wave of protests erupted in Bolivia when the country's largest social organizations united in a weeklong series of demonstrations, occupations and blockades.

NATIONAL NEWS

Victory for Villaraigosa in...
"Tough on crime" election in LA
The landslide victory of Antonio Villaraigosa in last week's Los Angeles mayoral election has been seen as a cause for hope by progressives. But there is no reason to celebrate.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The road to Abu Ghraib
Washington's Afghan prisons, along with Guantánamo, provided the hands-on training for the interrogation techniques made famous at Abu Ghraib.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Where's the debate about labor's crisis?
Corporate America's display of raw power demands a different approach from the timid strategies pursued by labor leaders.

Inside the System
Corporation for Political Bias; The collar of money; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Workers walk out over demands for concessions
Strike hits Boston utility
Some 1,900 workers from Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 walked out on strike against NStar, an eastern Massachusetts utility corporation.

Labor in brief
Southern Connecticut State University; University of Massachusetts-Amherst

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Shut down the military recruiters; National Council of Arab Americans; Philippines solidarity; Stop CAFTA

VIEWS AND VOICES

An inspiration to those on death row
"Just one more day"
Former Illinois death row prisoner Stanley Howard pays tribute to a fellow prisoner who died due to medical neglect and incompetence.

Democrats leave us out in the cold
Democrats are not stupid. They know the truth. They don't want to be accountable to the truth.

Views in brief
The racism in the ranks; Democrats' gay rights sell out; SW was too hard on Fonda; The worst war criminals; Did Bush win in 2004?

REVIEWS

Star Wars rebellion against Bush?
Evil Empire USA
What makes this episode of Star Wars different from those before it are the open jabs at the Bush administration in the film.

A profile of the fall of Nazism
A national debate about the nature of the Nazi regime has re-emerged in Germany, and two new German films highlight what's at stake in this debate.

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