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July 14, 2006 | Issue 595


"Carpenters are running out of wood for coffins"
Israel's terror in Lebanon
Israel's massive military offensive against Lebanon has created a humanitarian crisis and threatens to plunge the entire region into war.

Top IDF general warns that "nothing is safe"
Israel expands its war of terror into Lebanon
Israel has launched a massive military offensive against Lebanon that threatens to plunge the entire region into war.

"Israel is holding a whole population hostage"
Author and antiwar activist Gilbert Achcar talks to SW about the causes and background of the Israeli assault on Lebanon.

Appeal from the left in Lebanon
We call on all our friends in the world to act in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon through demonstrations and rallies outside Israeli and U.S. embassies.

Download the SW special bulletin on the Israeli assault on Lebanon, in pdf format.



Israel's terror against Palestinians
Target: Gaza
The Israeli government is using the capture of one soldier as a blanket justification for its military rampage through Gaza.

A Palestinian doctor writes from Gaza:
"Nobody is safe"

Latest stage in Israel's war on Palestinians
Their goal is to stop a new resistance
The military forays into Gaza are designed, in the words of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, to make Palestinians "understand that the landlord has gone crazy."


Republican right-wingers hold "field hearings"
Taking their anti-immigrant hate on the road
House Republicans launched a series of "immigration hearings" in border towns, kicking off a summer campaign they hope will whip up anti-immigrant sentiment.


Generous with the fortunes they did nothing to deserve
Do they expect us to be grateful?
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have grabbed headlines lately not for the record fortunes they've amassed, but because of the record sums they plan to give away to charity.


The rebellion that revived South Africa's liberation struggle
Soweto 1976
Thirty years ago, Black students in South Africa opened a new period of resistance to the racist apartheid system when they rose up to protest oppression in the schools.

Striking the textile towns of Lawrence and Paterson
The power of workers united
Two strikes in the textile industry--in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912 and Paterson, N.J., in 1913--illustrated the potential for workers of many different nationalities to build solidarity.


Revelations about the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl show...
How U.S. occupation breeds war crimes
The military claims recent atrocities in Iraq were committed by "a few rotten apples." But war crimes are the predictable consequence of a colonial occupation.

North Korea's non-existent missile threat
North Korea's test firing of missiles in early July was met by a barrage of hypocritical denunciations and racist invective from U.S. officials and the media.


Disputed election sets the stage for struggle
Mexico "perched on a powder keg"
Speaking to half a million of his supporters in Mexico City's main square, Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for a recount of ballots cast in the July 2 presidential election.

Five years after "liberation"
U.S. escalates the violence in Afghanistan
For ordinary Afghans, the rosy picture of their country painted by the Bush administration bears little resemblance to the grim reality they face.


Woman soldier faced repeated sexual abuse in Iraq
"Mom, I just can't go back"
Police in Eugene, Ore., arrested Suzanne Nichole Swift June 11 and charged her with desertion for the "crime" of refusing to return to Iraq.

Antiwar activists in New Haven refuse to be silenced
Threatened by a Marine recruiter
Activists who protested outside a recruitment station in New Haven, Conn., were threatened by a baseball bat-wielding Marine--but police said they were "confrontational."

Spending cuts and sales tax hikes
Workers pay the price in N.J. budget deal
A six-day shutdown of the New Jersey state government ended July 6 with a "compromise" that is a sign of worse things to come.


Why Israel is on the attack in Gaza
Coverage in the U.S. media of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is presented through a camera obscura--a lens that turns images upside down.


Discontent simmers over UTLA deal with mayor
On June 21, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that he had reached a "historic agreement" to gain control of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Labor in brief
Cook County nurses; Portland Public Schools; Boston Children's Hospital


Activists confront anti-immigrant bigots across the U.S.
"Immigrants in, racists out!"
The anti-immigrant Paul Revere Ridersare traveling across the country to further their racist campaign. But everywhere they turn up, they are met by counter-protesters.

News and reports
Stop Israel's assault on Gaza; Stop the Nazis; Midwest Social Forum


Why are they destroying LA's South Central Farm?
Their twisted priorities
In the hours before dawn on June 13, the Los Angeles Police Department invaded the South Central Farm, armed with an eviction order for 350 farmers.

Sami Al-Arian in a house of horrors
I just read that Dr. Sami Al-Arian has been moved to the federal prison in Atlanta, Ga. I too was briefly sent to Atlanta, so I thought I would share a firsthand account of the place.

Views in brief
A fightback at Fletcher Allen; Ignoring the real fraud; Standing up for gay rights


The innocents who sit in Guantánamo
The Road to Guantánamo is a gripping film about the capture, imprisonment and torture of three British nationals of Pakistani descent at the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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