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February 16, 2007 | Issue 619


Another fake case for war against Iran
Who do they think they're fooling?
Washington's new rationale for expanding the war to Iran would be laughable if it weren't so deadly.

Billions of dollars stolen or squandered
Washington's reconstruction rip-off in Iraq
Despite U.S. claims to be rebuilding Iraq, life for ordinary Iraqis remains one of deprivation--often because of waste, mismanagement and fraud.

Speaking out for immediate withdrawal
After the January 27 antiwar protest, several hundred people packed into a standing-room-only forum featuring author Anthony Arnove and the IVAW's Kelly Dougherty.

Kelly Dougherty: "Our lives weren't important compared to profits"

Anthony Arnove: "The character of our movement is changing"

First officer to resist Iraq war may go free
Mistrial declared in Watada case
In what could emerge as a significant victory for the antiwar movement, a military judge declared a mistrial in the court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada.


Why has Gary Tyler spent three decades behind bars?
Miscarriage of justice
The case of Gary Tyler--one of the great travesties of justice of our time--is back in the national spotlight after a series of articles by New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

Is the WSF movement in crisis?
The 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi highlighted some of the strengths--but also problems and limitations--of the international conferences.

When Iraq becomes the Democrats' war, too
The period since the November election has heightened the increasing loss of confidence in the Bush administration, among large sections of the ruling establishment itself.


$1.7 billion a day for the Pentagon
Bush's budget for permanent war
The guns, guns and more guns budget. That's the Bush administration's proposed federal budget for 2008.

Cruel conditions for asylum-seekers
Immigrant family wins release
A Palestinian family was finally released from an immigration prison earlier this month in a case that has exposed awful conditions at the former high-security private jail.

Report on stop-and-frisks reveals...
Racial profiling by the NYPD
A new report on the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk statistics for 2006 has added fuel to the blaze of outrage ignited by the police killing of Sean Bell.

Military clears guards of abuse charges
Guantánamo whitewash
Several guards were cleared of charges they beat prisoners at Guantánamo Bay--despite the fact that investigators never interviewed the prisoners who were allegedly assaulted.

Behind ICE's raid in New York City
Using the pretext of busting up a money-laundering operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted its boldest raid ever in New York.


The IRA's bid for respectability
The Provisional IRA's final step in its long march to respectability came when Sinn Fein delegates at a special convention voted to endorse the Police Service of Northern Ireland.


Teachers say: "I don't want to go on strike, but I will"
Rallying for teachers at SFSU
Approximately 300 people attended a rally held by the teachers' union at San Francisco State University to protest cuts and demand a fair contract for faculty.

Labor in brief
UMass graduate employees


"Antiwar" candidates don't vote in favor of funding war
Chicago students pressure Obama
A group of antiwar students turned out to challenge hometown Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

News and reports
Guilford College | New York injustice system | Free Josh Wolf


Florida rape victim arrested and denied treatment
"A victim of the system"
Police in Tampa, Fla., jailed a 21-year-old rape victim for two days in late January--only releasing her after a massive public outcry.

Marches aren't about celebrities
UFPJ's continuing refusal to work with some other national coalitions, and its focus on celebrities and politicians, was reflected in aspects of the January 27 march.

Views in brief
Undermining our democracy | No, Mr. President | Criticism of Islam


Pan's Labyrinth's antifascist message
Reaching for a dark rose
A central theme in Pan's Labyrinth, the Oscar-nominated film set in fascist Spain, is the story of a dark rose that blossoms every night at the top of a hill.

A political history of street gangs
A documentary by Cle "Bone" Sloan, a former member of the Athens Park Bloods, traces the political history of African American street gangs in Los Angeles.

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