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May 19, 2006 | Issue 589


Bush declares war at the border
George Bush will send thousands of National Guard soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border with a plan that will add to the nightmare of abuse and violence endured by immigrants.

Hagel-Martinez divides the movement
"Our position is no compromise"
As Bush called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a split emerged in the immigrant rights movement over the Senate's so-called "compromise."

Immigrant rights and Black politics
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor looks at why Black Democrats have been slow at best to embrace the rising movement for immigrant rights.


The problem with calls to "save Darfur"
Can U.S. military intervention ever bring justice?
With a few powerful states dominating the world, can there be any doubt that they will determine whose human rights abuses will be punished and whose will be excused?

What drives U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East?
The "Israel lobby" controversy
An article by two academics has touched off a firestorm of debate about the impact of the "pro-Israel lobby" on U.S. foreign policy.


The hidden history of workers' struggle in the U.S.
Subterranean Fire
SW columnist Sharon Smith is the author of a new book that tells the hidden history of working-class radicalism in the U.S. Here, we reprint excerpts from Subterranean Fire.

Dave Marsh on a new album by Bruce Springsteen:
We Shall Overcome
Music writer Dave Marsh talks about the celebrated music of struggle on Bruce Springsteen's new album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.


The Bush administration dismisses diplomatic opening by Iran
Setting the stage for war?
The U.S. spurned a diplomatic opening from Iran over its nuclear program as evidence emerged that Washington is orchestrating armed actions inside Iran.

Venezuela's challenge to the empire
The Bush administration views Hugo Chávez as a threat to U.S. interests, not only in Venezuela--the fourth-largest supplier of oil to the U.S.--but across Latin America.


Bush's gift to the super-rich
The tax-cut crooks strike again
George Bush's approval rating may be plummeting in opinion polls, but his latest tax break package is keeping him popular with the people who matter to him--the super-rich.

NSA exposed for demanding telephone records of U.S. citizens
Big Brother knows who you're calling
Has Big Brother been tracking your phone calls? Probably, according to a report last week in USA Today.

Rupert Murdoch to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton
Birds of a feather
Sen. Hillary Clinton made headlines last week when it was revealed that she has a new powerhouse supporter--right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Anti-abortionists target teenager in Indiana
Harassed at fake clinics
When a 17-year-old Indiana woman walked into what she thought was a Planned Parenthood clinic to schedule an abortion, she was in for a frightening surprise.


Pressure builds against Egypt's new crackdown
The Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak continued to crack down on a growing pro-democracy movement as activists in the U.S. mobilized in support of those arrested.


Activists confront Minutemen from coast to coast
Minutemen's tour of hate
The anti-immigrant Minutemen Project tried to roll through Greensboro, N.C., May 10, but they'll think twice before coming back--after being met by antiracist counterprotesters.

Marching against the death penalty in Maryland
Some 50 abolitionists rallied outside the Supermax prison in Baltimore at the kickoff of a 25-mile march against the death penalty.

News and reports
Students for immigrant rights; Remember Kent State; End the War tour; Aaron Dixon for Senate; Solidarity across borders


Cop who killed Anthony Baez teaches "self defense"
A killer cop's new career
Francis Livoti, the New York cop who killed Anthony Baez in 1994, emerged with a new career after his release from prison this year--he's opened a martial arts school.

A world without war or borders
I want to thank SW for its excellent in-depth coverage of the immigrant rights movement and the politics and history of immigration.

Views in brief
Saying no to racist hate; Anti-Bush or antiwar?; How the U.S. aided ethnic cleansing; International aid to Darfur


What's behind the Hate Barry Brigade
As Barry Bonds attempts to break baseball's all-time home run records, he has been subject to an unprecedented amount of vitriol both in the press and from fans.

Forty years of the Black Panthers
In celebration of the Black Panthers' activism, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is presenting a stunning exhibit Black Panther Rank and File.

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