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February 10, 2006 | Issue 575

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

White House criminal negligence during Katrina
Bush knew...and did nothing
The White House knew within hours that the New Orleans levee system had been breached by Hurricane Katrina--but did nothing to stop the disaster from becoming a catastrophe.

Left-wing professors targeted
The Horowitz witch-hunt list
Right-winger David Horowitz has taken a scenario straight out of the 1950s anti-Communist witch-hunts--allegations of a plot on college campuses to undermine the U.S. government.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Politicians and the press bash Islam over anti-cartoon protests
The racist crusade against Muslims
The controversy over racist cartoons in a Danish newspaper has highlighted the scale of the Western assault on Islam as a justification for anti-immigrant scapegoating and imperialist war.

New from Haymarket Books by Ahmed Shawki
Black liberation and socialism
SW prints excerpts from a new book that uncovers the history of the struggle for Black liberation in the U.S.--and reveals how socialists have been an integral part of the struggle.

What's behind Bush's obsession?
The right-wing crusade against stem cell research
During his State of the Union address, George W. Bush took the opportunity to plug an old favorite: opposition to stem cell research.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush budget calls for deep cuts...except for the Pentagon
Let them eat guns
George Bush unveiled his 2007 budget last week with talk about a "brighter economic future for all Americans." But workers and the poor can expect cuts that go to the bone.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Haiti's election upheaval
Big protests against the coup regime
United Nations peacekeeping troops opened fire on huge protests in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince this week as anger escalated over allegations of a rigged presidential vote.

Free Iraqi women prisoners, free Jill Carroll
While the U.S. government tries to use images of kidnapped reporter Jill Carroll to bolster its occupation of Iraq, another conclusion is being drawn by antiwar activists.

NATIONAL NEWS

Guantánamo hunger strikers
Tortured for the "war on terror"
The Bush administration claims that prisoners of the U.S. "war on terror" are treated humanely. But sickening new revelations from Guantánamo Bay reveal the truth.

Targeting political activists
FBI raids homes in Puerto Rico
Just four months after the FBI assassinated Puerto Rican independence activist Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, agents were back persecuting other independence activists.

California judge calls for clemency
California death row prisoner Michael Morales is scheduled to be executed on February 21--but opposition has emerged from unusual places.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Who is the savage and who the hero?
The publication of cartoons in Denmark caricaturing the prophet Muhammad belongs on a long list of caricatures of various peoples to justify colonialism.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Judge hands executives $21 million in bonuses
Pressure grows at Delphi
A bankruptcy court judge approved tens of millions of dollars in bonuses for executives at Delphi Automotive days before management was set to ask the judge to impose wage cuts on workers.

UVM plans to lay off teachers spark outrage
Students and staff are coming together at the University of Vermont to protest the layoffs of six long-time lecturers in the Department of Education plus plans to terminate 22 more.

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Defend academic freedom; Columbia University; Protest Bush's war on Iraq

VIEWS AND VOICES

An AIM activist's view of anti-Muslim cartoons
"A tool to incite hatred"
Reading news reports about the anti-Muslim cartoons in Europe reminded me of the abusive reporting by the mainstream media that helped kill more than 60 American Indians.

Why did the Madres disband?
It was with great pain that many of us heard the Madres de Plaza de Mayo end their last "March of Resistance" in Buenos Aires with the justification that they are no longer necessary.

Views in brief
"I never lied to Congress"; "Free-speech" hypocrisy; No rights for U.S. soldiers

REVIEWS

Interviews with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan
The face of war and occupation
In her new book, author Anne Nivat travels unescorted through Iraq and Afghanistan to find out what daily life is like for the people directly affected by U.S. occupations.

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