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March 3, 2006 | Issue 578

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Patrick Cockburn on the threat of civil war in Iraq
The U.S. pushes Iraq to the brink
The Iraq correspondent for Britain's Independent newspaper speaks with SW about the deteriorating situation in Iraq following the bombing.

Right wants Supreme Court challenge to Roe
South Dakota's all-out abortion ban
South Dakota legislators are taking aim at women's right to choose abortion--and they'll be satisfied with nothing less than total destruction.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

New revelations of abuse at the U.S. government's prison camp
Victims of Guantánamo
Not only are most of the 500 prisoners detained at Guantánamo Bay not hardened al-Qaeda fighters, but many aren't even accused of an act of aggression against the U.S.

Lawyer and political activist Stephen Bingham on...
The assassination of George Jackson
Stephen Bingham, a lawyer who worked with George Jackson, talks to SW about the murdered prison activist's legacy--and his own fight for justice.

WHAT WE THINK

Democrats and Republicans join forces against port deal
Stoking racism for political gain
A bipartisan wave of anti-Muslim racism is rolling through national politics, threatening further victimization of Arabs and immigrants, and more shredding of our rights.

NATIONAL NEWS

Forced to call off all executions
Death penalty exposed in California
When doctors backed out of participating in a California execution, the state's system of capital punishment collapsed like a piece of rotten fruit.

Veterans plan demonstrations along West and Gulf Coasts
On the march against occupation
Veterans and military family members are planning two marches this month to mark the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

A U.S. ally in the "war on terror" cracks down on dissent
Martial law imposed in the Philippines
Accusing her opponents of plotting a military coup, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency and cracked down on the left.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The real issue is anti-Arab racism
Those who worry that the world's Muslim population poses a threat to free speech need not fear. The First Amendment remains intact when it comes to the "right" to inflict racial slurs.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The real crimes of Stalin's Russia
Joseph Stalin's regime had had nothing to do with socialism. His rule was consolidated on the ruins of everything the Bolshevik Party and Russian workers fought for in 1917.

ON THE PICKET LINE

NYC transit workers reject contract arbitration
Transit struggle continues
New York City transit workers rejected a proposal to arbitrate contract negotiations, the latest phase in a battle that included an illegal three-day strike in December.

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Protests at UNC against anti-Muslim cartoons
Protesters occupied the offices of the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following the paper's publication of racist anti-Muslim cartoons.

News and reports
Stand up for immigrant rights; Solidarity with Venezuela; Don't bring "don't ask, don't tell" to our campus; U.S. out of the Philippines

VIEWS AND VOICES

Progressives need to protest anti-Muslim cartoons
Taking sides against racism
Unlike Britain and elsewhere, where the antiwar movement called demonstrations about the cartoons, U.S. antiwar organizations like United for Peace and Justice have done little.

Views in brief
Sinking under bureaucracy; More schools, not stadiums; New attack on Native rights; "Bring the troops home"

REVIEWS

Film takes on the "military-industrial complex"
Why the U.S. goes to war
It's a testament to the level of anger that exists about the Iraq war that an antiwar film like Eugene Jarecki's Why We Fight has been so successful.

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