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September 8, 2006 | Issue 600

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
How U.S. workers got left behind
Those in upper income levels have certainly engaged in a "consumer spending spree" in recent years. But those in the lower echelons have been struggling to survive.

Labor Day rallies for immigrant rights
Taking a stand for all workers' rights
Thousands of immigrant rights supporters returned to the streets in mobilizations around the country on Labor Day weekend.

THE WALMARTIZATION OF AMERICA

In the belly of the beast of Bentonville
A former employee tells what it's like to work for Wal-Mart--and how workers pay for the retail giant's "everyday low prices."

Wal-Mart's drive to keep wages and benefits low
Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the United States--and is setting the standard for Corporate America's attacks on workers.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

The hysteria about "Islamic fascism"
Another pack of lies to justify war
The chieftains of the never-ending "war on terror" are peddling a newly updated enemy: "Islamic fascism."

The defeat of PATCO:
Signal of the employers' offensive
In just five small letters, one event encapsulates the employers' offensive of the 1980s--PATCO.

WHAT WE THINK

End of the housing bubble exposes weakness of the economy
Is the U.S. headed for a new recession?
Will falling house prices and skyrocketing energy costs drive the U.S. into a recession in the months ahead? This question finally emerged in the corporate media last month.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

U.S. escalates pressure on Iran
Is the next war drive underway?
The Bush administration is again ratcheting up threats against Iran for refusing to halt its nuclear program.

Social struggles spread
Showdown looming over Mexico fraud
As the country's top electoral authority was poised uphold fraudulent results from the presidential election, the populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador called for a mass National Democratic Convention.

NATIONAL NEWS

Texas' top court deliberates on appeal for a new trial
Rodney Reed's long struggle for justice
In the coming weeks, Rodney Reed will learn whether justice long delayed will again be justice denied.

Arab American activist harassed at a New York airport
His crime was wearing a T-shirt
"We Will Not Be Silent." These were the words so offensive that airport personnel forced Raed Jarrar to cover up his T-shirt.

Why won't the FBI release Peltier files?
Leonard Peltier has spent 30 years of his life behind bars for a crime he didn't commit--in one of the most infamous cases of political persecution in modern U.S. history.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Israel--aiding the world's butchers
In the bourgeois media, as in war, truth is always the first casualty, often buried alive at the bottom of stories rather than killed outright.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Bankruptcy judge stops flight attendants' walkout
Strike barred at Northwest
A federal bankruptcy judge has barred flight attendants from striking at Northwest Airlines, handing management a new weapon in its attack on its unions.

Organizing drive at Smithfield Foods
"Workers need to learn their rights"
SW talks to an organizer with the Eastern North Carolina Workers Center about the struggle for justice at Smithfield Foods.

Labor in brief
Gary, Ind., teachers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Victory for Josh Wolf
An independent journalist was released on bail from federal prison after serving a month for contempt after refusing to hand over his unpublished video footage of a 2005 protest.

News and reports
Support immigrant day laborers; No human being is illegal

VIEWS AND VOICES

Democrats' second-leading hawk is right next door
Why Lamont isn't antiwar
Joe Lieberman's defeat in the Democratic primary in Connecticut put a smile on the face of anyone who hates the war in Iraq. But antiwar activists shouldn't celebrate Ned Lamont's victory.

The struggle of Iraqi oil workers
Some 350 Iraqi oil workers ended a one-day strike August 23 at the state-owned General Company for Oil Lines and Pipes with a government to meet their demands.

Views in brief
Nader's stand against the war; Imperialism is the main enemy; A principled movement

REVIEWS

When truthiness is stranger than fiction
The Colbert factor
In the "one-two" punch of Comedy Central's nightly "fake news" programs, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart sets 'em up, while Stephen Colbert delivers the knockout blow.

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