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November 3, 2006 | Issue 608


Republicans face meltdown on election day, but...
Will the Democrats make a difference?
If the Republicans are beaten, all the people who oppose the Bush agenda will feel their spirits lifted. But that doesn’t mean the Democrats will offer any meaningful change.

Is the pendulum swinging left?
If the Democratic Party does finally manage to eke out a congressional majority from the scandal-ridden Bush regime, Democrats should not congratulate themselves prematurely.

The making of the Democrats’ rising star
The Obama myth
Liberals may excuse Sen. Barack Obama’s national-security speak as a concession to political realities, but his career is characterized by cold ambition and ruthless opportunism.

Aaron Dixon’s campaign for Senate:
“The start of a new fight for justice”
Aaron Dixon, the former Black Panther and Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Washington, talks about why he ran and what he wanted to accomplish.

Referendum would overturn anti-choice law
South Dakota vote on abortion ban
The outcome of a ballot measure that would block a legislative ban on abortions in South Dakota was too close to call in the week before November 7 voting.


Active-duty troops call for an end to the occupation
Voices of soldiers against the war
With October ranking as the fourth-deadliest month for U.S. troops since the invasion of Iraq, active-duty troops are adding their voices to the chorus of opposition.

Return of the GI coffeehouse
Socialist Worker talks to a veteran antiwar activist who started a GI coffeehouse in Watertown, N.Y., near Fort Drum.

Riverbend on the Lancet study of deaths
“So many different ways to die in Iraq”
A young Iraqi woman who has written an Internet blog during the U.S. occupation writes about the Lancet study of war casualties in Iraq.


Undocumented workers face worst hazards on the job
Injured and cast aside
Going to work can be hazardous to your health--and for undocumented immigrants, the battle for justice when they are injured at work is even harder.

Mark Steel on the new movie about Marie-Antoinette
The celebrity view of history
The author of a newly republished book on the French Revolution criticizes the recently released film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola.

The uprising that shook Eastern Europe’s tyrants
Hungary ’56
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 represented an uprising from below against an oppressive system that ruled in the name of socialism.


Federal police sent to crush five-month occupation
Deadly crackdown on Oaxaca protest
The killing of three protesters and a journalist in Oaxaca City was followed in a matter of days by an invasion of the city by Mexico’s federal police.


Family fears killing was a hate crime
Muslim’s murder shakes Fremont
The city of Fremont, Calif., was shocked by the October 19 murder of Alia Ansari, a Muslim woman, as she was walking to pick up her children from school.

After N.J. decision on gay marriage, the right goes on...
Playing politics with equal marriage rights
In a welcome, though partial, blow against discrimination, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to the state benefits as all married couples.

Water-boarding is a “no-brainer”
Cheney speaks up for torture
Dick Cheney acknowledged on a right-wing radio show that U.S. spies and interrogators engage in a practice defined as torture even by the U.S. military.

Accused of aiding terrorism
Victim of Israeli torture on trial
Federal prosecutors are trying to smear Mohammed Salah as a Palestinian “terrorist”--while ignoring Israeli atrocities committed against Salah himself.


Workers’ struggle is the best school
Karl Marx’s concept of self-emancipation--that those who bear the chains of exploitation must themselves break them--was different from the ideas of other radical traditions.


NLRB targets workers’ rights (again)
The Kentucky River case handed down by the National Labor Relations Board is only the latest in a series of anti-union rulings by that body under the Bush administration.

Labor in brief
Los Angeles Unified School District | Westin Hotel


Protests force board to abandon Fernandes selection
Gallaudet students win
After more than three weeks of protests, the students of Gallaudet University, the nation's only liberal arts college for the deaf, forced the administration to concede to their demands.

News and reports
Abortion is a right | End the occupation


Day laborers face violence in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Countering the Minutemen
On September 17, several day laborers were attacked at the day laborers’ center in Laguna Beach, Calif., by two youths of Russian descent disguised as contractors offering work.

An alternative in Illinois elections
The big story in the Illinois election is that the Green candidate for governor, downstate civil rights attorney Rich Whitney, is garnering 14 percent support in some recent polls.

Views in brief
Not a question of free speech | Right to reach out to Dobbs | Rallying for immigrant rights


What’s not in the Iwo Jima photo
Flag of Our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a film full of contradictions about the nature of war and the scars it leaves on the soldiers it grinds up.

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