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February 2, 2007 | Issue 617

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

The antiwar movement returns to the streets
Making our voices heard
We're back--and we're determined to stop the war on Iraq. That was the message that hundreds of thousands of protesters took into the streets around the country on January 27.

Lt. Ehren Watada's antiwar stand
On trial for speaking the truth
Journalist Sarah Olson talks to Socialist Worker about Ehren Watada's act of resistance--and the military's failed attempt to make her testify against him.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Warning signs of their next war?
The real explanation for Bush's stepped-up campaign against Iran lies in the fact that Iran is one of the last remaining holdout to U.S.-Israeli domination of the region.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush administration keeps eye on the prize of a new Iraqi oil law
Spilling more blood for oil
The U.S. is on the verge of achieving an important victory in Iraq--at least in the pursuit of one of its main goals when the U.S. went to war: liberating Iraq's oil.

Home front of their "war on terror"
The hunger strike of a Palestinian activist has cast a much-needed spotlight on the federal government's witch-hunt against Arabs and Muslims.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Liberals pin their hopes on a "good Democrat"
Is Obama different?
Barack Obama may position himself two steps to the left of his main opposition, but never beyond the corporate-dictated confines of official politics.

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 1
How the stage was set for revolution
The Russia of the Tsars was one of history's most terrible dictatorships. Yet it was the setting for a revolution in which millions of people made history.

NATIONAL NEWS

Students beaten for being Palestinian
Several Palestinian students were abused and beaten in an attack at a Greensboro, N.C., college that highlights the wave of racism against Arabs and Muslims.

ICE raids leave immigrants living in fear
"We're terrified"
For seven days in late January, the ICE carried out coordinated sweeps in several cities as part of its ongoing "Operation Return to Sender."

A victim of anti-abortion laws
Amber Abreu faces prison for seeking an abortion
Prosecutors are calling Amber Abreu a murderer. But the 18-year-old is a victim of restrictions on access to abortion.

Another innocent man freed from prison in New York state
"The wheels of justice are flat"
Roy Brown spent 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, but on January 23, he finally walked free after DNA evidence proved he was innocent.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Sectarian clashes follow general strike
U.S. drives conflict in Lebanon
The U.S. and its allies are driving the conflict in Lebanon--with their economic, political and military support for an unrepresentative government.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Hundreds of unionists demonstrate against budget proposal
Protesting health care cuts
About 700 people demonstrated in Chicago January 29 outside one in a series of mandatory public hearings on proposed 17 percent cuts to public health services.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Immigrant workers are labor's future
In 2006, unions lost 326,000 members, leaving just 12 percent of workers in unions. Still, there are signs of hope--mainly in struggles where immigrant workers were key.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Stop deportations | Fight police brutality in Philadelphia

VIEWS AND VOICES

Guest-worker programs don't protect our rights
Modern-day caste system
Talk in Washington of an imminent immigration reform is becoming louder. But the foggy environment in which it arises makes it a danger for undocumented immigrants.

Feinstein stands up for polluters
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is doing everything she can to undermine even modest efforts to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

Views in brief
Protesting polluters in Argentina | A populist who dines with CEOs | Playing politics with lives

REVIEWS

Children of Men's terrifying future
The film Children of Men extracts a haunting projection of the collapse of civilization from the ugliest realities of our present society.

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