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October 20, 2006 | Issue 606

FRONT PAGE

655,000 Iraqis killed since the invasion
The horrific toll of the U.S. war
A study published by the British medical journal The Lancet makes a compelling case that the number of Iraqis killed since the U.S. invasion is far higher than anyone suspected.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Tariq Ali and Anthony Arnove on...
The challenge to the empire
Two left-wing authors answer SW's questions about the development of a challenge to the U.S. empire--most directly with Hugo Chávez, but evident in every corner of the globe.

What's next after the North's nuclear test
Washington's long siege of North Korea
The most surprising thing about North Korea's October 9 nuclear test may be that much of the surprise has already worn off.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Fifth anniversary of the U.S. attack on Afghanistan
The other war based on lies
The October 7 anniversary of the war on Afghanistan passed unnoticed on U.S. soil, sparing the Bush administration the embarrassment of accounting for its disaster.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Endorsed by Senate Democrats
New stage in the crackdown on immigration
Five months after the massive May Day demonstrations, immigrants have come under fire--not only from conservative Republicans, but their supposed Democratic friends.

The Green alternative to Hillary Clinton
Howie Hawkins' antiwar challenge
The veteran activist and Green Party leader from New York talks about his campaign for the U.S. Senate as an alternative to pro-war Democrat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Staughton Lynd tells the hidden story of...
The Lucasville Prison revolt
In 1993, inmates at Ohio's Lucasville Prison rose up in one of the longest prison rebellions in U.S. history.

WHAT WE THINK

Activists under fire for protesting Minutemen racists at Columbia
No time to be silent
The protest against the Minutemen at Columbia University and the subsequent media uproar highlight both the threat of the far right and the challenges facing efforts to confront them.

The lawyer who prosecutors wanted to lock up for life
Standing up to the Feds' witch-hunt
Conviction-hungry federal prosecutors have failed in their attempt to get radical defense attorney Lynne Stewart thrown behind bars for the rest of her life.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Israel's escalating attacks aimed at...
Starving Gaza into submission
"Is it possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it?" Israeli leftist Uri Avnery wrote in recent column.

NATIONAL NEWS

New policies on capping wages and limiting health care
Wal-Mart tightens the squeeze on workers
In spite of a recent "community-friendly" public relations campaign, Wal-Mart is putting an even tighter squeeze on employees, and its main competitors are following suit.

Court-martialed for refusing to fight a brutal war in Iraq
Army's message to resisters
On October 12, Sgt. Ricky Clousing was court-martialed and sentenced to 11 months confinement for going absent without leave.

OBITUARY: CAROLINE LUND
A strong voice for rebuilding labor
Longtime socialist and union militant Caroline Lund died October 14 after a long illness.

COLUMNS

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
"Not a dogma, but a guide to action"
"The reports of my death," wrote Mark Twain, "are greatly exaggerated." The same could be said of Marxism as a body of ideas.

Inside the system
A celebration don't make it so | The field trip that got her fired | Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

What's at stake in the Teamster election
Reformer Tom Leedham was mounting a strong challenge to incumbent James P. Hoffa as 1.4 million Teamsters received mail ballots in the union's presidential elections.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Administrators ignoring Minutemen's violence
Columbia protesters face school charges
In the wake of a protest against Minutemen cofounder Jim Gilchrist, student activists at Columbia University are facing disciplinary charges that could result in expulsion.

University students occupy campus to protest new president
"Revolution" at Gallaudet
In two waves of arrests, police swept up 134 protesters October 13 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the nation's premier school for the deaf.

News and reports
Stop the attack on immigrants | Protest George Bush

VIEWS AND VOICES

Green Party courts an anti-immigrant extremist
Lou Dobbs isn't our ally
I was truly surprised and deeply troubled to receive an e-mail from the Green Party of the United States on October 11 urging Greens to "ask Lou Dobbs to cover the Green Party."

Seeing the evidence of racist hate
Within 24 hours of my column on anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment on campus being published, I had received over 50 comments to my column online.

Views in brief
The hell of three strikes | The Minutemen and the far right | Religion and violence

REVIEWS

What the evangelicals did over summer vacation
God's army
In the documentary Jesus Camp, the most adorable bunch of pre-teens gather at the Kids on Fire Bible camp in North Dakota to be soldiers of God.

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