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December 8, 2006 | Issue 612

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

The politicians debate phony ''withdrawal'' plans
They don't want to end their war on Iraq
Even if the Iraq Study Group's not-so-new proposals for a "new course" in Iraq are followed to the "t," the U.S. government will only cause more death and suffering.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
A withdrawal based on lies?
Blaming the victims for Iraq's nightmare
Democrats and Republicans have joined together to take aim at the ungrateful Iraqi population for failing to appreciate U.S. efforts to impose "democracy" through occupation.

Nir Rosen on Iraq's descent into civil war
"This is a U.S. crime"
An independent journalist who has spent more than two years in Iraq since the U.S. invasion talks about the crisis that the U.S. has caused.

STOP POLICE VIOLENCE

Growing anger against the NYPD
"We need these legalized killers off the street"
Sean Bell's murder by the NYPD just hours before his wedding last month is one of the most outrageous police killings since Amadou Diallo.

Parents Against Police Brutality founder on...
Rebuilding the struggle
Margarita Rosario, whose son Anthony was killed by New York police in 1995, talks about the anti-police brutality struggle in the wake of Sean Bell's murder.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

The struggle to save Kevin Cooper
Kevin Cooper won a reprieve just hours before his scheduled execution in February 2004. Now the long campaign to save his life and prove his innocence faces a new challenge.

One year after Stan Tookie Williams' execution
December 13 will mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Stanley Tookie Williams by the state of California.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
They offer charity instead of justice
The press emphasizes Warren Buffett's generosity, but doesn't ask how it's possible for one man to have such wealth that he still has $6 billion when he gives four-fifths of it away.

NATIONAL NEWS

Imams taken off plane in handcuffs
Banned from a flight for praying
Anti-Muslim racism was on full display last month when six Muslim religious leaders were thrown off a US Airways flight in Minneapolis.

The anti-United Nations ambassador to the United Nations
Another Bush hawk bites the dust
Another Bush administration head has rolled. John Bolton, the hard-line right winger who George Bush sent to be U.S. ambassador to the UN, has said he is stepping down.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

A window into Russia under Putin
What's behind Russian spy's poisoning?
The poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may has provided a window into the dynamics of Russian politics under President Vladimir Putin.

Deepening crisis for new president
Dirty war escalates in Oaxaca
Mexico's new president aims to rule with a strong hand--and the social movement in Oaxaca is already facing conditions akin to the government's 1970s "dirty war" on the left.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Management pushes union-busting demands despite strong profits
Strikers at Goodyear dig in
A strike by 250 Goodyear workers in Sun Prairie, Wis., part of a walkout of 12,000 union members nationwide, is now entering its third month.

Labor in brief
Teamster election

NEWS AND REPORTS

Harlem parents fight to save elementary school
More than 150 parents, teachers, activists and politicians poured into the cafeteria of a Harlem elementary school to confront New York City education officials.

News and reports
U.S. Labor Against War | Bring the troops home now | Fight LA police violence | Solidarity with Palestine | Oaxaca solidarity

VIEWS AND VOICES

Democrat Deval Patrick wins Mass. governorship
Can we expect a change?
The victory of Democrat Deval Patrick in the race for governor of Massachusetts made for a celebratory mood all across Boston on November 8.

Views in brief
What's next in Oaxaca? | Standing up to the right | Wrong on recruitment? | The Democrats in charge? | "A voice for so many"

REVIEWS

Resisting Israel's occupation
The "iron cage" in the title of Rashid Khalidi's new book on the Palestinian struggle is an apt metaphor for the subjugation of Palestinians under settler-colonial rule.

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