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June 1, 2007 | Issue 634

FRONT PAGE

Global warming: Who's the blame?
Climate change may be happening at an even quicker pace than previously thought--and the consequences are already proving to be devastating.

Jeffrey St. Clair on the latest in big business p.r.
Corporate America's green masquerade
A coeditor of CounterPunch says that to pretend that green enlightenment on behalf of corporations has to do with anything other than maximizing their profits is a delusion.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

EDITORIAL
What happened to standing up against the war?
That was the question millions of people were asking after the Democrats blinked in their showdown with George Bush over funding the war on Iraq.

From foot soldier of empire to rebel for peace
Camilo Mejía, the first soldier to refuse deployment to Iraq, has joined the ranks of military veterans who have written classics that inspired antiwar movements.

Marines out to silence their own
The U.S. Marine Corps is trying a new approach to silencing criticism from veterans--discharge them again, but this time less than honorably.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Workers take on Boss Hog
In its race to increase profits, workers' safety has always taken a backseat at Smithfield.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Asking a war criminal to stop war crimes
Paul D'Amato writes an open letter posing some questions to Don Cheadle and other Hollywood figures who call for the U.S. to intervene to "save" Darfur.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

New stage in Israel's onslaught in Gaza
Israel's cabinet has approved expanded ground operations for the Israeli military in Gaza, a move that will likely lead to a sharp increase in the death toll.

ON THE PICKET LINE

How charter schools were used against LA teachers
Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles announced that teachers at Locke High School in Watts had signed a petition supporting conversion of their school into 10 small charter schools.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

UMass students say: "Dis-Card!"
Hundreds gathered at the University of Massachusetts' graduate commencement to protest an honorary degree for former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

The antiwar movement's storefront in Rochester
A converted storefront near downtown is becoming an important organizing center for the antiwar movement and other political struggles in Rochester, N.Y.

News and reports
Defend UC-Santa Cruz protesters | Don't separate immigrant families | Immigrant rights in New Haven | Support war resisters

VIEWS AND VOICES

A Democrat in charge of Ohio's death machine
Ohio's execution machine is back in business, with a new boss signing the death warrants.

Sonia Pierre's struggle for justice
Two important struggles against racism, sexism and exploitation in the Dominican Republic have set a precedent that could shake the foundations of the country's apartheid system.

Views in brief
Our right to be lazy | Standing up to the LAPD | Heading for an imperial defeat?

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Soldier in life but citizen only in death
The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez makes connections between José's growing up during the civil war in Guatemala and then later dying fighting the war in Iraq.

The bosses' takeover of New York
Kim Moody's new book is an angry, accessible and scrupulously researched account of how New York City's rich and politically connected consolidated their power.

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