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June 2, 2006 | Issue 591

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

The border crossed us...and other facts about immigration
Countering the right's myths and double standards
SW points out the hypocrisies and double standards of the U.S. ruling establishment's attitude toward immigrants through history.

War crime at Haditha
The U.S. occupation unmasked
Lance Cpl. Roel Ryan Briones is haunted by the horror of what his fellow Marines did in Haditha, Iraq, one day late last year. "I can still smell the blood," he says.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater USA's "security" force in New Orleans
"A mercenary army"
Journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about the role of the Blackwater USA security firm in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Why we need an alternative to the Democrats
Todd Chretien, the California Green Party's U.S. Senate candidate against Dianne Feinstein, explains why the Democrats betray the hopes many progressives place in them.

The corporations that prey on the undocumented
Some of the biggest names in Corporate America have gone to great lengths to fill low-wage jobs with undocumented workers, turning to smuggling and forgery if necessary.

WHAT WE THINK

The Senate immigration bill:
Repackaging the attack on immigrants
All kinds of repressive and racist measures are jammed into the "compromise" bill on immigration recently passed by the U.S. Senate.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Legacy of poverty and conflict from U.S.-backed occupation
Behind the violence in East Timor
East Timor stood on the verge of a new descent into hell following an escalation of violence in the capital of Dili.

Crackdown sparks international protests
Egypt's drive to crush dissent
Hundreds of people protested outside Egyptian embassies in six different countries to demand that the Egyptian government cease its campaign of violent repression

NATIONAL NEWS

Top spy's record of gutting civil liberties
With the Senate voting to confirm him by a lopsided 78-to-15 margin, four-star Gen. Michael Hayden took his place as head spymaster.

Bush's "voluntary enforcement" fraud
The Bush administration's "voluntary enforcement" programs have failed to get U.S. industry to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES?
The Republican patronage machine
With each new day, more bad political news seems to befall the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Management has local president arrested in Dayton
Delphi puts squeeze on UAW
Rising tensions erupted on the shop floor at Delphi Automotive's Dayton, Ohio, brake plant as the bankrupt auto parts maker sought to void its union contracts in bankruptcy court.

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Protesting Seattle's school closings
Some 2,500 parents rallied in Seattle to oppose school closures throughout the week ending May 28.

News and reports
Stand up for immigrant rights; Protest Laura Bush

VIEWS AND VOICES

Immigrants show the labor movement how to fight
A lesson for the unions
The May Day march for immigrant rights has excited some of my coworkers at United Parcel Service in Chicago.

Standing up to the Bushes at GWU
My friend and I protested against George and Barbara Bush at the 2006 commencement ceremony at George Washington University.

Views in brief
Corporate fix hurts schools; Hurdles for GM transfers; The fight for immigrant rights

REVIEWS

A few bad apples?
Kristian Williams' Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America provides an authoritative answer to the question of the role of police in society.

A history of Mexico's African descendants
An exhibit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago explores the African presence in Mexico.

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