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December 15, 2006 | Issue 613

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

"The U.S. occupation is the major source of violence and chaos in Iraq"
The case for immediate withdrawal
The Iraq Study Group report blames the Iraqi victims for the disaster that exists today. But as Anthony Arnove explains, the main source of violence in Iraq is the U.S. occupation.

The civil war in Iraq:
Bitter fruit of occupation
Imperial powers have always turned to the "divide-and-conquer" strategy to maintain their rule over occupied populations. The U.S. has drawn on this vile tradition in Iraq.

Bush's new defense secretary:
Veteran of U.S. war crimes past
Robert Gates got the kid gloves' treatment before the Senate, but no one should think this veteran liar and right-wing warrior has become a compassionate peacenik.

WHAT WE THINK

From mass immigrant rights marches to the vote against war
A year of gathering discontent
There is no predicting the shape of the struggles ahead. But with the U.S. ruling class increasingly divided, there's a growing sense that genuine change is needed.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

35 million people without enough to eat
Hungry for the holidays
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual survey on hunger in the U.S. this November, something was missing. The word "hunger."

Smithfield Foods' rotten record
In March, Smithfield Foods was named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine. For sure, Fortune didn't ask Smithfield workers for their opinion.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
What's behind the dollar's decline?
If the U.S. were an underdeveloped country, its fiscal indiscipline would have been the excuse for the international debt police to force it to accept a "structural adjustment plan."

The struggle for national liberation
The record of the revolutionary socialist tradition is clear--we support the struggles of oppressed nations for self-determination.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Thousands murdered under Pinochet's reign of terror
Death of a dictator
Thousands came out on the streets across Chile to celebrate the death of the former dictator Augusto Pinochet, and people around the world rejoiced at the news.

Big turnouts for Hezbollah rallies
Protests shake U.S. allies in Lebanon
Huge demonstrations in Lebanon's capital are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his pro-U.S. government.

The growing global gap between rich and poor
The richest 1 percent of the world's population owns 40 percent of all wealth, and the bottom half of the population owns less than 1 percent of total wealth.

NATIONAL NEWS

U.S. leads world in locking people up
One out of every 32 U.S. adults was either in jail, on probation or on parole at the end of last year, according to the Justice Department--the highest rate of any industrialized nation.

Feds want to restrict prisoners' access to their lawyers
Left to rot inside Guantánamo
Detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, may see their few remaining rights restricted even further if the Bush administration gets its way.

Strong support for raising the minimum wage
Working for the minimum
This January, the minimum wage will rise in six states as a result of successful ballot initiatives that passed overwhelmingly in November.

Youngest victims of anti-immigrant law
Children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants will no longer be entitled to health insurance through Medicaid, according to the Bush administration.

A bigot takes over family planning
Rabidly anti-abortion. Proponent of "abstinence-only" sex education. Opponent of contraception. These are the credentials of Bush's choice to oversee family planning for the poor.

ON THE PICKET LINE

10,000 LA teachers rally to demand good contract
An estimated 10,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles mobilized on December 6 to demand a 9 percent raise, smaller class sizes and more local control of our schools.

Labor in brief
Macy's | Committee on Temporary Shelter

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Anger still growing at racist police murder of Sean Bell
Protesting NYC's killer cops
Two weeks after the police murder of Sean Bell on the morning of his wedding day, New York City is still boiling and protests are growing.

News and reports
No to "no match," yes to immigrants | Bring the troops home now | Gay marriage is a right | Free Mumia

VIEWS AND VOICES

Police tower moves in along with the gentrifiers
Watching over Harlem
A Sky Watch surveillance tower has been placed at the intersection of 129th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem by the New York Police Department.

When ExxonMobil teaches science
The National Science Teachers Association is sponsored by none other than ExxonMobil, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute.

Views in brief
A job selling lies to teens | Too hard on SW's review | Reds released on DVD

REVIEWS

Socialist Worker's holiday gift list
SW columnists and contributors give their book, movie and music choices for holiday gifts.

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