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April 6, 2007 | Issue 626

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Sami Al-Arian's nightmare
The federal government lost its case against Sami Al-Arian, but they're keeping him in prison anyway. His wife speaks to Socialist Worker about his ordeal.

Who's to blame for Britain-Iran standoff?
The Bush administration thrust itself into the ongoing showdown between Iran and Britain, pledging support for the British government as tensions--and the threat of war--increase.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

The revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx
Generations of people have looked to Marxism and its vision of a better world committed to justice, democracy and equality.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
"Cost containment" at Circuit City
In January, Circuit City employee Bobby Young received a certificate of excellence for 20 years of loyal service. On March 28, he received his pink slip.

How concessions lost UAW jobs
Seventy years after the breakthrough strike that established the UAW as a powerhouse, the union faces new demands for concessions that could sweep away decades of gains.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The line between legal and illegal
Just as the state, though it enforces the interests of the dominant exploiting class, appears to stand above society, law appears in the same way, as a fair arbiter between all of society.

Inside the system
What's really wrong with McJobs? | At risk for feminism | Heard it through the grapevine

EDITORIALS

Is the U.S. turning left?
A survey by the Pew Research Center shows George Bush's cratering approval ratings are matched by a growing rejection of many of the central points on the conservative agenda.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

France's election tilts right
In a country where strikes and mass social justice protests are not uncommon, the most right wing of the mainstream candidates has been leading all year in opinion polls.

NATIONAL NEWS

Gonzales caught in web of lies
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced new calls for his resignation after his former top aide testified that Gonzales was intimately involved in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Athletes speak out for a victim of injustice
A group of athletes and writers calling themselves Jocks 4 Justice is rallying behind the case of Gary Tyler, a victim of the racist Louisiana justice system.

Scandal shakes Texas youth prisons
Shaquanda Cotton, who was given a seven-year sentence in a Texas youth prison for shoving a school aide, walked free--as a scandal shook the Texas Youth Commission.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Immokalee workers target fast-food giant
SW talks to an activist about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers's campaign targeting fast-food behemoth McDonald's to improve their wages and conditions in the farms of Florida.

Election results reflect UFT crisis
The vote for the opposition in United Federation of Teachers elections, amid a record-low voter turnout, reflects increasing anger and disillusionment with the current leadership.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
A "flexible" attack on unions
Employers' demands for "labor flexibility" have been at the center of big union struggles around the world, from the protests of France's anti-labor laws to Bolivia's mass strikes.

Labor in brief
Oregon letter carriers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Columbia backs down on punishing protesters
Student activists who stood up to the anti-immigrant Minutemen at Columbia University have won a victory.

News and reports
Northeastern Illinois University | No war on Iran | New York City police violence

VIEWS AND VOICES

How military families support loved ones
Members of the Massachusetts chapter of Military Families Speak Out respond to a pro-war op-ed article by columnist Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe.

Views in brief
Denying health care to all | Playing politics with women's lives | Till and the legacy of racism | Taking on the pro-war chorus

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MORE THAN A GAME
Picking our pockets with the Olympics
Dave Zirin explains that the people of Chicago certainly do not deserve the Olympics. They deserve far better.

In search of strikes, beer and music
Matching up well with the last two albums he made, Ry Cooder's My Name Is Buddy tells the hidden story of labor struggles throughout the U.S.

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