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May 12, 2006 | Issue 588

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Exposing their lies about immigrants
The right wing carries out its scapegoating of immigrants by spreading distortions and outright lies. Here are the facts you need to know to counter their myths.

Morales nationalizes oil and natural gas
Bolivia takes on the multinationals
Bolivia's President Evo Morales surprised urban and rural workers on May Day by decreeing the re-nationalization of the country's natural gas and oil reserves.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Mike Davis on a Planet of Slums
The rising tide of urban poverty
Author Mike Davis talks about the economic, social, political and environmental consequences of the rising tide of urban poverty.

World's biggest nuclear power demands disarmament by Iran
The nuclear hypocrites
The U.S. is striving to get a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Iran stop its nuclear program. But Iran hasn't violated any international treaty obligations.

WHAT WE THINK

Congress' two versions of immigration "reform" legislation:
Between bad and worse
The viciously anti-immigrant Sensenbrenner bill has sparked huge demonstrations for immigrant rights. But there is another danger--a "compromise" proposal shaping up in the Senate.

Behind the "peace" deal for Darfur
A U.S.-backed peace deal over the Darfur region of Sudan is really aimed at opening the way for Washington's imperial power plays, under the guise of a "humanitarian" intervention.

NATIONAL NEWS

Evidence of terrible injustice in Texas
Executed and proven innocent?
Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas in 2004, for a crime that he always said--and that the Innocence Project now says it can prove--he did not commit.

Left to rot in jail by federal judge
Al-Arian's nightmare continues
Florida judge James Moody is doing everything in his power to prolong the suffering of former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian.

Jury rejects death sentence for Moussaoui
Feds' show trial fails
Despite the federal government's best efforts to send him to the execution chamber, a jury last week sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison.

CIA chief Porter Goss quits
Rise and fall of a right-wing hack
"Just one of those mysteries." That's what Porter Goss called his own sudden resignation on May 5 as director of the CIA.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Growing challenge to a bosses' Europe
Almost 30,000 people gathered in Athens May 4-7 to discuss the way forward for social movements and the left at the fourth European Social Forum.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The grim consequences of "abstinence only"
New evidence shows that abstinence programs have contributed to soaring rates of unplanned pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births, and--yes--abortions.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Imperialism in liberals' clothing
When a wolf attacks one farm, breaks into the coop and eats the chickens, no sane person demands that the wolf move to another farm where it can cause more mischief.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Unions mobilize over Puerto Rico crisis
Unions in Puerto Rico are threatening to take industrial action over a fiscal crisis that led to a shutdown of the government and mass layoffs since May 1.

Labor in brief
Labor Notes; Chittenden East teachers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Activists shout down "debate" at a church in Chicago
Taking on the Minutemen
More than 150 anti-racist activists protested in Chicago May 4 against the anti-immigrant vigilante group the Minuteman Project, shutting down their meeting.

News and reports
We are millions strong; Chicago Social Forum

VIEWS AND VOICES

Nominating a fox to guard the henhouse at the EPA
Where's the "protection"?
George Bush's nominee to head the office of air quality at the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked a revolt within the agency and serious criticism by the federal courts.

Justice for police torture victims!
The prosecution of torturers on the Chicago police force under disgraced former Commander Jon Burge should be a top priority for the city, but it isn't.

Views in brief
Welcoming immigrants; Can military intervention save Darfur?; In defense of Figaro

REVIEWS

Paul Greenglass' United 93 offers more...
Excuses for Bush's "war on terror"
There's no question that United 93 is a well-made action film, with plenty of suspenseful if not terrifying scenes. The question remains, however, why make a film like United 93?

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