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September 22, 2006 | Issue 602

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

From the "war on terror" to immigrant rights:
Will the Democrats ever fight for what's right?
The Democrats have a perfect opportunity to make gains in the November elections, but how likely is a Democratic victory--and will it have anything to do with stopping the Bush agenda?

"This reminds me of Nazi Germany"
Feds' raids spread fear among immigrants
Federal agents are carrying out raids and roundups in immigrant communities across the U.S., spreading fear and sending some migrant workers fleeing.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

The organization Bush condemns as "terrorists"
Who is Hezbollah?
Israel calls it a "terrorist" and "extremist" organization, but the truth is that the political party Hezbollah is viewed in Lebanon as a leader of the national resistance.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Myths and slanders to justify the "war on terror"
Bush's lies about Lenin
A few days before September 11 this year, George Bush compared Osama bin Laden to Adolph Hitler and to the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Election-year war on immigrants
With the November election hanging in the balance, politicians from both parties are jostling for votes on this year's key "wedge" issue--"securing our borders."

Border wall bill passes the House
The House of Representatives approved legislation in mid-September to build 700 miles of double-layer border wall.

SW SPECIAL FEATURE

The other party of imperialism
The Democrats accept the Republicans' basic framework--including using the September 11 attacks as an excuse to project U.S. imperialist power.

The long retreat on abortion rights
Democrats are putting more distance between themselves and their party's traditional pro-choice stance with proposed legislation setting a public goal of reducing abortions.

WHERE WE STAND

U.S. pours troops back into Baghdad in a new show of force
How the U.S. is tearing Iraq apart
With horror stories of sectarian violence in Iraq mounting, the Bush administration is claiming the rising death toll is the latest reason to "stay the course" and prevent civil war.

The pope's racist rant about Islam
Pope Benedict XVI angered Muslims around the world when he used a recent address at the University of Regensburg to publicly attack Islam.

NATIONAL NEWS

The White House plan to make torture legal
"So what? Why is that not within the law?" was George Bush's annoyed response after being asked about his authorization of secret CIA prisons around the globe.

Feds refuse to turn over Posada Carriles to Venezuela
Will the U.S. free a right-wing terrorist?
The U.S. government may be about to release a known terrorist--Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro Cuban exile known for his participation in various right-wing plots.

Lawyer faces federal prison
Part of a drive to silence dissent
On October 16, radical lawyer Lynne Stewart will find out whether a federal judge will take the advice of the government and sentence her to 30 years in prison.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Union strategy limits effectiveness of work stoppage
N.J. nurses' strike wins gains
A nearly month-long nurses' strike at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., ended after strikers extracted some concessions from management.

Chicago mayor vetoes "big box" living wage
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley exercised veto power for the first time in his 17 years as mayor last week to veto living-wage legislation covering big-box retail chains.

Labor in brief
Los Angeles teachers; Waste Management Inc.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Stop the raids; March for immigrant rights; Prosecute police torture in Chicago

VIEWS AND VOICES

This is how the racists are exploiting September 11
Mock lynching at a mosque
The formation of a strong united front against the growing racist right must become a top priority for all activists and movements of the left.

Views in brief
Why the levees broke; Taking on the beast of Bentonville; What Churchill really said; Freeing the innocent from prison

REVIEWS

They call Katha Pollitt "too strident"
Giving no ground on women's rights
Katha Pollitt's new book caught some heat in the New York Times when the Nation columnist's "strident feminism" was characterized as "out of place--even tacky."

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