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April 13, 2007 | Issue 627

HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT

The U.S. health care system:
Sick and getting sicker
Health care is out of reach for the growing number of uninsured Americans--and increasingly so even for those with coverage. Is there a cure for this sick system?

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Labor and business' health care alliance?
How "universal" are the recent business-backed proposals for national health care? Not very--and that's by design.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

What's wrong with the STRIVE immigration bill
The STRIVE Act put forward by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez is designed to be an offer the right can't refuse. The immigrant rights movement needs to separate the myths about STRIVE from the reality.

Against the war or for a new strategy?
Bush's disastrous stay-the-course policy is giving confidence to Democrats to push for a change of course for U.S. imperialism. But the question is: How much of a change?

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 3
Lenin prepares the Bolsheviks
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was largely fought out over the question of which half of "dual power"--the Provisional Government or the soviets--would replace the other.

EDITORIALS

The torturers cry foul
To hear Tony Blair and George Bush describe the treatment of 15 British sailors detained by Iran, you'd think they had been...well, tortured in a U.S. military prison.

Is Gonzales' head ready to roll?
The scandal over the Bush administration's political firing of U.S. attorneys is coming closer and closer to taking down the country's top law enforcement official.

NATIONAL NEWS

LA immigrant march sends a message
The streets of downtown Los Angeles became a sea of red shirts stretching for blocks on April 7 when at least 20,000 people marched for immigrant rights.

CEOs cut jobs and line their pockets
How would you like to be paid $39 million for four months of work? That's the situation for Alan Mulally, the president and chief executive of Ford Motor Co.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Victory for Cal State faculty
In a major reversal after 23 months of stonewalling, California State University administrators settled a contract that gives the faculty union everything it demanded and more.

Labor in brief
Hayward, Calif., teachers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

DePaul prof under fire for criticizing Israel
Supporters of academic freedom are organizing behind Norman Finkelstein, a DePaul University political science professor and outspoken supporter of Palestinian liberation.

News and reports
Protesting the witch-hunt at NEIU | Legal win against Seattle crackdown | Stop Blackwater's war profiteering | Stop the Nazis

VIEWS AND VOICES

A massacre where Bush declared "success"
Just how much worse the situation in Iraq has become was evident recently when a vicious massacre took place in the city of Tal Afar.

Bloomberg's insult to the poor
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a disgusting experiment that would monetarily "reward" poor families.

Views in brief
Wal-Mart's plan for a new image | Forced to choose between work and kids | Choosing our words carefully

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

A loud voice with nothing to say
There's no getting around the fact that the 1970s movies Quentin Tarantino emulates in Grindhouse are called "exploitation" for a reason.

Where were you in the zombie war?
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a fictional account of what happens when politicians put profit and ideology before human need.

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