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June 24, 2005 | Issue 549

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace:
"They died for a lie"
Socialist Worker talks to Cindy Sheehan, cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace, about the challenges of working to end the occupation.

"My sister shipped out to Baghdad"
A cog in the Bush war machine
Rich countries put conditions on debt relief
The G8's debt scam
The world's most powerful countries have long used debt to dominate the world's poorest countries. Now they're using debt "relief" to accomplish the same thing.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Crisis in California:
What's the solution?
The Green Party's Peter Camejo looks at the crisis facing Arnold Schwarzenegger's California--and rising protests over his attacks on pensions, health care, education and more.

Bush's war on immigrants
"I see now you have no liberty"
The federal government is using immigration violations and other lesser charges as an end-run around having to prove any connection to terrorism.

WHAT WE THINK

Even fellow Republicans are criticizing Bush's occupation
Iraq's downward spiral
The Bush administration's latest attempts to "reassure" Americans that Iraq is on the road to democracy and stability have only served to highlight the crisis of the U.S. occupation.

A non-debate about labor's future
You know the debate on labor's future is scrambled when a strikebreaking union bureaucrat starts invoking the struggles of the militant Congress of Industrial Organizations of the 1930s.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

IRAN
Reformists shut out of run-off vote
What's at stake in Iran's election?
Amid renewed saber-rattling by the Bush administration, Iranians will go to the polls June 24 for a crucial presidential run-off vote.

PAKISTAN
Telecom workers fight privatization
Workers at Pakistan's telecommunications company are fighting a privatization plan--despite a wave of arrests by the U.S.-allied government.

NATIONAL NEWS

Rip-offs and giveaways in the White House energy bill
Helping hand for power bosses
Last week, Democrats and Republicans were setting the stage for a raging debate to come on a broad energy bill.

Third cop murder since 2002
Shot in the back by Austin police
Anger has boiled over in Austin, Texas, after police shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old earlier this month.

Federal foot-dragging over mad cow threat
A second cow in the U.S. has tested positive for mad cow disease--but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is dragging its feet in doing anything about it.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Polls show discontent with Bush and Congress
Democrats shift into reverse
Despite the recent flurry of activity on Capitol Hill calling for an Iraq exit strategy, Democratic Party powerbrokers show no sign of embracing an oppositional role.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
What will socialism look like?
The truth is that societies of equality have already existed in one form or another, in all parts of the world, in what is known as "primitive communism."

Inside the system
Parachute of black gold; Radio Not-So-Free Ohio; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

Three-day strike sends message to University of California
Clericals strike UC system
Thousands of Coalition of University Employees members began a three-day strike at all 10 campuses of the University of California (UC) June 14 to demand higher wages.

Labor in brief
New York University; Specialty Filaments

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Iraqi trade unionists tour the U.S.
A tour of Iraqi trade unionists highlighted the terrible conditions for workers in Iraq--but also raised new questions about the pro-occupation stance of Iraq's main union federation.

News and reports
Stop police brutality; Protest the war machine; Support GI resistance; Immigrants are welcome here

VIEWS AND VOICES

They want to scapegoat students for opposing war
Defend activists at SFSU
Instead of defending its own anti-discrimination policy and the right of students to protest, San Francisco State University decided to launch an attack against political activists.

A law that leaves kids behind
The fight around No Child Left Behind shouldn't be about winning "adequate funding."

Views in brief
U.S. media ignores truth; Visteon deal is positive; Are Americans conservative?; Family Guy isn't funny

REVIEWS

Cinderella Man movie doesn't cut it
Seabiscuit in boxing gloves
Like the insipid Seabiscuit, Ron Howard's entire big budget biopic Cinderella Man comes off as yet another Hollywood effort to sweeten the story of the 1930s.

Building a rank-and-file union movement
Two new books are useful contributions to the debate over rebuilding the labor movement.

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