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September 29, 2006 | Issue 603

SW SPECIAL FEATURE

Life and death on the border
Socialist Worker takes a journey along the U.S.-Mexico border and speak with activists and migrant workers about the life-and-death realities they face.

Day 1: San Diego
Bienvenidos to the border | Papers paranoia | Home Depot despots

Day 2: East to Tucson
The border contradiction | State within a state

Day 3: Nogales and Tucson
Border crossings and border crosses | Last stop on the green line | A desert testimonial

Day 4: Tucson
Death in the desert

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

White House and senators agree on "compromise" for...
Making torture legal
Instead of a "compromise" to protect detainees' rights, the Bush White House and a group of Republican senators have come up with legislation that leaves the U.S. detention system intact.

Calls for UN intervention to "Save Darfur" ignore...
What the U.S. has in store for Sudan
The central demand of the "Global Day for Darfur" was not an appeal for stepped-up aid to the victims, but a call for 20,000 NATO/UN troops to occupy the region.

Why has UFPJ been so timid in calling protests?
The antiwar struggle and the Democrats
By every conceivable measure, the antiwar movement in the United States should be a vibrant, mass movement. So why is it so passive?

WHAT WE THINK

A bipartisan slander campaign against Hugo Chávez for...
Speaking truth to U.S. power
For the growing opposition to U.S. imperialism around the globe--including within the U.S.--Hugo Chávez's address to the UN General Assembly spoke for them.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Lula's reelection plans shaken by...
Challenge from the left in Brazil
A challenge from the left has shaken up Brazil's presidential election, which the incumbent, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, was expected to easily win.

Thai generals want to reshape political system
"Tanks and flowers" coup turns repressive
Following Thailand's "tanks and flowers" coup, a military junta imposed media censorship and banned political gatherings of more than five people.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Post-election challenge in Mexico
A gathering of 1 million in Mexico City's Zócalo acclaimed Andres Manuel López Obrador as its president.

NATIONAL NEWS

Anti-immigrant racism turned respectable
In towns and states across the country, local politicians invigorated by the national backlash against immigrants are pushing through their own punitive legislation.

Eleven detained for the "crime" of waiting for work
ICE sets shameful trap for day laborers
Eleven day laborers were arrested and detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in a disgraceful sting operation in Danbury, Conn.

Charge dropped in Salah trial
New setback for U.S. witch-hunt
In a defeat for the Bush administration, federal prosecutors announced that they were dropping the most serious charge against Palestinian activist Muhammad Salah.

Resister punished for speaking out
Army First Lt. Ehren Watada faces another charge of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice--for the "crime" of speaking at an antiwar event.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Labor in brief
Chicago hotel workers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Activists planning for a September 30 day of protest
Action for immigrant rights
Activists are focusing on turning back the recent anti-immigrant tide by pushing for legalization for all and calling for an end to the recent wave of raids and deportations.

Police protect the Nazis in Ohio
About 70 people turned out in Columbus, Ohio, September 23 to protest 50 Nazis of the National Socialist Movement.

News and reports
Confront the Minutemen | Cook County sanctuary campaign | Solidarity with Oaxaca teachers | No to war and occupation | Dick Cheney, go home | Freedom for the Cuban Five

VIEWS AND VOICES

A closer look at the loopholes in the McGovern bill
A not-so-antiwar proposal
The bill on withdrawal from Iraq sponsored by Rep. James McGovern would not get in the way of the U.S. meddling in governing Iraq.

Debate on Afghanistan
Don't assume the Taliban is anti-imperialist | The goal of ending foreign domination | The Taliban's history of collaboration

REVIEWS

Celebrating John Coltrane's 80th birthday
A jazz revolutionary
Nearly 40 years after his death, John Coltrane remains one of the most important figures in jazz history.

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