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June 17, 2005 | Issue 548

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

How revolt from below toppled a president
Victory in Bolivia!
Protesters in Bolivia forced President Carlos Mesa to resign June 6 and stopped two other U.S.-backed free-market conservatives from assuming power.

Nearly one in four blue-collar jobs set to go
GM job massacre
The corporation whose name was once synonymous with U.S. economic prosperity has announced another in a series of mass layoffs.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Behind the IFTU controversy:
Does Iraq's main union support the U.S. occupation?
A tour of the U.S. by Iraqi labor leaders has highlighted a controversy about that country's best-known labor federation--the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions.

Denied adequate medical care in U.S. jails and prisons
The prison torture scandal at home
Writer and former prisoner Adrian Lomax writes about torture in U.S. prisons--in Iraq and at home.

WHAT WE THINK

Why did the U.S. media ignore Downing Street revelations?
A smoking memo
The Downing Street memo shows that the Bush administration was determined to have its war on Iraq and prepared to "fix" the "intelligence and facts" to get it.

Strings attached to G8 debt relief
The announcement of an agreement to grant debt relief to impoverished African nations has been hailed as a "historic breakthrough." But the fine print tells a different story.

NATIONAL NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Bush's plan to shred more civil liberties
The Bush administration is out to expand federal law enforcement powers with the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Bush administration downplays global warming threat
Protecting corporate polluters
Even science isn't safe if it gets in the way of the Bush administration's pro-corporate agenda.

Nightmare for two teenagers
Victim of a Texas anti-abortion law
Gerardo Flores is going to jail for life--for helping his girlfriend terminate her pregnancy.

Racist campaign over NYC school
Some residents of the gentrified New York neighborhood where a predominantly Latino school could relocate have mobilized a racist campaign.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The lies they tell about immigrants
In another sign of pandering to the right wing, two leaders of the Minutemen, the anti-immigrant vigilantes, received a hero's welcome when they visited Washington in April.

OBITUARY: SAMIH FARSOUN
A Palestinian scholar and activist
Samih Farsoun, an author and activist who died suddenly on June 9, was an important part of keeping alive the struggle to win justice for Palestine.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Two-day strike forces employers to give in to key demands
A win for LA hotel workers
Chanting "¡Sí, se pudo!" (Yes we did!), hotel workers in Los Angeles celebrated a strike victory, two days after walking out at the Hyatt West Hollywood.

San Diego janitors strike for better wages and health care
Five days after going on strike, about 300 San Diego janitors marched for health care in super-wealthy La Jolla, Calif.

Labor in brief
New York City teachers; Berkeley, Calif., teachers; Port truckers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
College Not Combat; Defend immigrant rights; Abolish the death penalty; Defend abortion rights

VIEWS AND VOICES

The tricks Pentagon recruiters use to snare kids
"The military lies to you"
In response to reports of military recruiters breaking rules to get more recruits, I am not surprised, because I experienced it firsthand.

Views in brief
Shut out of Central Park; Drive to ban birth control; Corporate cash

REVIEWS

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land:
The occupation's hidden toll
Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally's documentary delivers a scathing criticism of the U.S. media's role in misleading public opinion regarding Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Getting down to Woody Guthrie
You probably never imagined yourself getting down to Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land." Now, thanks to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, it's possible.

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