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October 6, 2006 | Issue 604

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Gaza's suffering ignored
The hidden occupation
Gaza is sinking deeper into misery and crisis--but its suffering is all but hidden from the outside world.

Bipartisan vote for racist border wall
Playing politics with immigrants' lives
Immigrant-bashers cheered September 29 as the U.S. Senate voted 80-19 to approve construction of 700-mile high-tech wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

SW SPECIAL FEATURE

Life and death on the border
Part two of Socialist Worker's journey along the U.S.-Mexico border to speak with activists and migrant workers about the life-and-death realities they face.

Day 5: Tucson and Sasabe
Reclaiming a stolen past | South to Sasabe | The staging ground | History's gateway

Day 6: Douglas
Hunting the hunters

Day 7: El Paso and Ciudad Juarez
The people vs. Samaniego | The heard and unheard cries of Juarez

Day 8: Tijuana and San Diego
Tijuana's toxins | At the edge of America

ELECTION 2006

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The Democrats' pathetic display
The Democrats are finally regaining the moral high ground--without sacrificing their orientation to the Republican voting base. After all, what sane person doesn't oppose pedophilia?

Party of peace or party of war?
The Democrats' "war on terror"
Rather than posing an alternative to a U.S. foreign policy of war and imperialist expansion, the Democratic Party is simply another vehicle for achieving the same goals.

WHAT WE THINK

Using the ''war on terror'' to turn back the clock on civil liberties
Washington votes for torture
The U.S. State Department Web site features a list of human right abuses that the Chinese government is accused of. Last month, Congress voted to legalize many of these abuses for the U.S.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The country Bush has in his sights
Behind the U.S. myths about Iran
When George Bush rails about the supposed threat of Islamofascism, Iran is at the top of his list. But Iran is far more open politically than the U.S.'s main Arab ally, Egypt.

Mounting evidence of global warming's impact
Ignoring the threat
A serious threat to the lives of billions around the globe is mounting, while politicians turn a blind eye.

NATIONAL NEWS

While workers struggle to get by...
Swelling fortunes for the super-rich
Forbes magazine has published its annual list of the 400 richest Americans, and millionaires need not apply.

Why do they want to deport Alex Mathew?
Edwardo "Alex" Mathew is a U.S. permanent resident who has been unjustly detained and threatened with deportation. But his family and friends in Providence, R.I., are fighting back.

Federal government's prosecutors heap insult on injury
Nightmare continues for Al-Arian
The federal government is determined to make Dr. Sami Al-Arian suffer.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Is there a "good" U.S. intervention?
The tradition of anti-imperialism in the antiwar movement--principled opposition to U.S. intervention--is perhaps the weakest it has been in decades.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Labor in brief
Woodfin Hotel

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Thousands across the U.S. turn out for a national day of action
Standing up for immigrant rights
From hotel workers in California to supporters of the undocumented facing deportation in Connecticut, immigrant rights activists mobilized across the country September 30.

Save public health clinics in Seattle
More than 300 people demonstrated in Seattle September 30 to save public health in King County.

News and reports
Stop the Minutemen | Free Palestine

VIEWS AND VOICES

Watching state-sponsored torture at San Quentin
Witness to an execution
Barbara Becnel, advocate, coauthor and editor for Stan Tookie Williams, describes what she witnessed when Stan was put to death in San Quentin's death chamber.

A Green alternative in Maryland
For the first time in Maryland's history, the Green Party is mounting a serious challenge for the governor's race.

Views in brief
A step forward for our fight? | HIV testing not enough | Helena's anti-choice stance

REVIEWS

The pop star the FBI declared a "threat"
John Lennon's revolution
The story of John Lennon after the Beatles is one of the more interesting ones in the history of popular music--how one of the world's most famous celebrities became a revolutionary.

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