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March 23, 2007 | Issue 624

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL

The ugly truth about guest-worker programs
A detailed study by the Southern Poverty Law Center has highlighted the stakes in the upcoming congressional debate over the vast expansion of guest-worker programs.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Marching against four years of war
From the Pentagon outside Washington to the streets of Los Angeles, tens of thousands gathered to be part of international protests on the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

The story of Willie Dougherty:
Death by VA neglect
A 58-year-old Vietnam veteran died last October after what his family describes four weeks of mistreatment and neglect by the Veterans' Administration medical system.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Straight from the mouth of Hillary Clinton...
The Democrats' plan to save the Bush agenda
Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign strategy appears increasingly centered on proving she has the cojones to ruthlessly pursue U.S. imperial interests the world over.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

The mortgage mess
In recent weeks, the so-called sub-prime mortgage market has crashed--a crisis that could mark the beginning of a far more dangerous stage of this financial cycle.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Saving Marx from anarchist distortion
The working class can overthrow the political power of the ruling class, but it has not thereby created the immediate conditions for a free and classless society.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Mugabe regime cracks down in Zimbabwe
Just as Zimbabwe's fractured opposition showed signs of a resurgence, the regime of Robert Mugabe has unleashed a brutal crackdown.

NATIONAL NEWS

The purge of the prosecutors
The scandal over the Bush administration's purge of federal prosecutors it considered disloyal may soon claim Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as its next victim.

WHAT WE THINK
Up to their necks in scandal
The outcry over the firing of federal prosecutors is another sign that the Bush administration is no longer considered competent to run the country--by America's ruling elite.

Prison officials threaten to force-feed witch-hunt victim
Sami Al-Arian's hunger strike
Prison officials are threatening to begin force-feeding Dr. Sami Al-Arian as he approached the 60th day of a hunger strike.

WHAT WE THINK
Salem witch trials for a new century
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed. To seemingly every plot the U.S. government ever hinted he might have been involved in.

Mentally ill man shot dead in New Orleans
A mentally ill man was shot and killed by Louisiana National Guard military police in his home in New Orleans' Katrina-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Katrina victims on strike at Miss. shipyard
More than 7,000 workers are on strike at a defense contractor's shipyard on the Gulf Coast in a battle with reverberations that go back to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Grand jury indicts three cops who murdered Sean Bell
"Police are out of control"
A grand jury investigating the fatal police shooting of Sean Bell in New York City has indicted three of the five officers involved.

Iraq vets speak out near Fort Drum
Four members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) spoke in Watertown, N.Y.--the home to Fort Drum, one of the largest military bases in the U.S.

ICE raids spark protests
In the wake of a number of raids and deportations targeting undocumented immigrants, activists are organizing to send a message that we support immigrant rights.

News and reports
Stop the New York health care cuts | No to war and occupation

VIEWS AND VOICES

Politicians throw away lives of those on death row
Real people, real death
A Baltimore activist tells of her experience lobbying legislators over a bill to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

Obama's chilling threats against Iran
While I knew Obama supported war with Iran, his threats reached a chilling new high in his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Views in brief
Organization and authority | Left holding their bag

REVIEWS

Breaking the chains of occupation
Ken Loach's new film about the STRUGGLE of the Irish people for independence from the British Empire is a stirring tale about resistance and political tragedy.

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