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June 22, 2007 | Issue 636

FRONT PAGE FEATURE

Who's killing health care in America?
As Michael Moore's Sicko hits theaters, the simmering health care crisis in the U.S. appears headed for a boil.

U.S. health care's dismal showing
The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, and yet the quality and accessibility of health care is among the worst in the industrialized world.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

What's behind the violence in Gaza?
Hamas took firm control over Israeli-occupied Gaza, but Israel and its U.S. sponsors are determined to isolate the Islamist party that won the last Palestinian elections.

Iraqi workers strike against U.S. oil grab
A strike by Iraqi oil workers ended after the government made concessions to workers--but not before it issued arrest warrants for union leaders and sent troops to threaten strikers.

EDITORIAL
The unpopularity contest
You know you're doing something very wrong when your approval rating is lower than George Bush's. Congress' approval has dropped below the president's.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

A setback for Bush's indefinite detention policy
The Bush administration has been issued a legal setback in its attempts to indefinitely detain prisoners of the "war on terror," both in the U.S. and at Guantánamo Bay.

A backroom deal on trade?
The crisis facing the U.S. empire in the Middle East is also playing out in American efforts to maintain economic dominance in Asia and Latin America.

VOICES FROM SOCIALISM

Socialism for the 21st century
Around 1,000 activists from across the U.S. and beyond turned out in Chicago for Socialism 2007, organized around the slogan "Socialism for the 21st Century."

Confronting empire
Presentations from a Socialism 2007 plenary session by: John Pilger | Martín Sanchez | Dahlia Wasfi | Camilo Mejía | Jeremy Scahill | Rob Will | Joel Geier

Voices in brief
Margarita Klein: Grassroots Strategies for Defending Immigrant Rights | Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Black Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution | Gonzalo Gómez: Hugo Chávez and the Debate About 21st Century Socialism | Todd Chretien: Lenin's Theory of the Vanguard Party | Garett Reppenhagen: Iraq: The Soldiers' Rebellion | Jenna Woloshyn: The Origin of Gay Oppression | Elizabeth Schulte: May Day: Haymarket and the Fight for the Eight-Hour Day

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Decision to deny tenure spurs anger at DePaul
Officials at DePaul University caved to pressure from pro-Israel ideologues and denied tenure for two professors, but students are taking action in opposition to the rulings.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Political prisoner in U.S.-allied Pakistan
In their latest wave of political repression, authorities in Pakistan have targeted Farooq Tariq, a prominent activist in the struggle for democracy against the military government.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Harvard guards win first union contract
More than 250 security guards approved their first-ever negotiated contract with Harvard University and Allied Barton, a private security firm contracted by Harvard.

Labor in brief
UFCW forum on falling living standards

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Soldiers against the Iraq war
Antiwar activists and veterans are organizing to build the fight against the war and support war resisters who are speaking out.

News and reports
U.S. Social Forum | Protesting George Bush

VIEWS AND VOICES

The senseless death of Edith Rodriguez
The brutal police and dilapidated health care system of Los Angeles County are both to blame for another preventable death at LA's King-Harbor hospital.

Labeling activists as "terrorists"
A federal judge in Eugene, Ore., ruled that the label of "terrorism" could be applied to some or all of the crimes committed by a group of 10 radical environmentalists.

Views in brief
Bloody repression in Kenya | Military targets Latino youth

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Turning out the light on The Sopranos
The Sopranos was a departure from earlier mob classics in that themes of decay were at its core. The rottenness and sense of alienation at the core of suburban life was exposed.

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