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September 23, 2005 | Issue 558

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Iraq war resister Camilo Mejía:
"The problem in Iraq is the U.S."
The first U.S. soldier who served in Iraq and went public with his refusal to re-deploy talks about the movement to end the U.S. occupation.

Bring Them Home Now bus tour
Chasing Bush from Texas to Washington
Three buses are entering the last leg of their journeys that took military family members antiwar activists from Cindy Sheehan's Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, to Washington, D.C.

George Galloway's antiwar speaking tour
Standing up to the war makers
British antiwar leader George Galloway's return to the U.S. provided several of the highlights of antiwar activity leading to the national demonstrations on September 24.

"I will not tolerate the lie that I benefited financially"
George Galloway responds to Greg Palast

Galloway tour Web journal
"We're so proud to have him here"

SPECIAL HURRICANE KATRINA COVERAGE

Mike Davis on Katrina's aftermath:
The struggle over the future of New Orleans
Author Mike Davis explains how the wealthy elite of New Orleans will try to control the rebuilding of the city on their terms.

Grassroots relief in Louisiana
"I want to show my solidarity"
The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina--and the federal government's disregard for the victims left to suffer the worst--has sparked a grassroots relief movement.

Katrina exposes the warped priorities of the system
Is there an alternative?
Hurricane Katrina has exposed racism, repression and class inequality in U.S. society--and shown the urgent need for a socialist alternative.

WHAT WE THINK

Leaving a trail of disasters from Iraq to New Orleans:
Is Bush on the ropes?
From Iraq to New Orleans, the Bush administration has left a trail of disasters in its wake. Has the political tide finally turned against it?

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-immigrant bigots driven away by protests
Defeat for the border vigilantes
Hundreds of people surrounded both sides of the border fence that separates Calexico, Calif., from Mexicali, Mexico, to stand up against the anti-immigrant vigilantes.

Why did Democrats do nothing to stop John Roberts?
Chief Evader of the Supreme Court
John Roberts is all but certain to become the next chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court without a fight.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Defeat for conservatives
A dead heat in Germany's vote
The normally stable world of German electoral politics has been turned on its head by the results of Germany's federal elections.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The real source of the violence in Iraq
The September 15 bombings in Baghdad that left more than 200 dead again raised the threat that Iraq is descending into a religion-inspired civil war.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Bush to the poor: Let them eat guns
In the late 1800s, a series of famines ravaged India, killing tens of millions. They were triggered by droughts and bad harvests, but the real cause was man-made.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Two Boeing strikers on what's at stake:
"A fight against Corporate America"
Two workers on strike at Boeing explain why this is a battle that will have a far-reaching impact on the U.S. labor movement's efforts to reverse its decline.

More union-busting through bankruptcy courts
Airline unions hammered
Bankruptcy filings by airlines Delta and Northwest signaled yet another wave of attacks on unions that have surrendered tens of thousands of jobs and billions in concessions since 2001.

Labor in brief
AFL-CIO hurricane relief efforts; UNITE HERE

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

"A great chance for antiwar activists to get organized"
More than 250 people packed into the University of Vermont's largest lecture hall for a discussion that kicked off the Vermont Says No to War conference.

News and reports
Immigrants are welcome here; Hurricane Katrina relief

VIEWS AND VOICES

"One man can choose to not get back in line"
Kevin Benderman's ride
Monica Benderman writes about the disorienting journey her husband has faced in trying to become a conscientious objector as his unit was being scheduled to redeploy to Iraq.

Views in brief
A city under occupation; A move to deny abortion; Lay off the cheap shots; An unnatural disaster; Inherited arrogance

REVIEWS

Constant Gardener exposes the drug profiteers
Trying to bury their greedy secrets
The Constant Gardener, a new movie based on the book by John le Carré, reminds us that AIDS continues its devastation.

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