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February 9, 2007 | Issue 618

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Hundreds killed by U.S. bombs in Najaf
Bush's surge will mean more horrors
Journalist Patrick Cockburn challenges the official story over the massacre of 260 people near Najaf in southern Iraq.

WHAT WE THINK
Will Congress stand up to Bush?
The Democrats may be talking tougher. But when it comes to doing something concrete to stop the U.S. war on Iraq--or even George Bush's surge--they're falling short.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Why protest matters
The large turnout on January 27 represents the potential to revive the antiwar movement, after an extended period of dormancy.

Ehren Watada's stand against a criminal war
With nearly 1,000 supporters gathered at the gates of Fort Lewis, Lt. Ehren Watada went on trial before a military judge.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

New warnings of global warming disaster:
Will the U.S. still not act?
A UN-sponsored panel of scientists has concluded that global warming is "unequivocal" and that human activity is the main force driving climate change.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Are "anti-authoritarians" the real left?
Being against all authority has a certain radical ring to it, but if strictly adhered to is a recipe for confusion.

WHAT WE THINK

How the other 1 percent lives
The richest 1 percent of U.S. households hold 30 percent of assets and 7 percent of debt, while the bottom 50 percent have 6 percent of assets and a staggering 24 percent of debt.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

U.S. and Israel support Abbas' Fatah
Behind the violence in Palestine
Clashes between rival Palestinian factions have sharply escalated in number and intensity during recent months, sparking concerns that a civil war is on the horizon.

NATIONAL NEWS

Jury acquits target of Feds' witch-hunt
The frame-up that fell apart
A Chicago jury refused to convict Palestinian activist Muhammad Salah on racketeering charges in one of the highest-profile cases of the Bush administration's "war on terror."

Is the tide turning on the death penalty?
Following a series of court rulings and decisions by governors, the death penalty is on hold or not used in more than half of U.S. states.

South Dakota right-wingers draft new ban on abortion
Targeting women's rights again
South Dakota's anti-abortion right is getting ready to try to take away a woman's right to choose--for the second time.

Victims of a 30-year-old police vendetta
Eight former Black Panthers were arrested in connection with a killing of a police officer--even though the same charges were dropped 30 years ago because defendants had been tortured.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Unions mobilize against Cook County budget cuts
Fight against cuts heats up
Hundreds of health care and county workers, as well as community members, continued to protest in Chicago against the Cook County Board's proposed 17 percent budget cuts.

Company wants givebacks despite huge profits
Workers hit the picket line at Harley-Davidson
Workers at Harley-Davidson's plant near York, Pa., defied the company's divide-and-conquer tactics with a strike that began February 2.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Support war resisters | Defend immigrant rights

VIEWS AND VOICES

Arrested for the "crime" of trying not to be choked
We need protection from the "protectors"
The hypocrisy of the charges against my friend was exposed in court when the bruises on his neck were captured in mug shots and his own personal photos.

Why our schools are in a shambles
The children of Providence, R.I., are caught between the disastrous, bipartisan No Child Left Behind legislation and a decaying infrastructure.

Views in brief
Bush's new plan for Iraq | What splits at the top?

REVIEWS

The vicious legacy of colonialism
Blood Diamond is a good movie with a badly flawed attempt at social consciousness, its "message" muddled with ancient stereotypes and simplistic solutions.

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