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July 20, 2007 | Issue 638

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Why Bush won't admit failure in Iraq
Author Anthony Arnove answers Socialist Worker's questions about conditions in Iraq after Bush's disastrous "surge"--and the challenges facing those who want to end the war.

FEATURES AND COLUMNS

Chicago and the Olympics:
Pushing the poor out of house and home
Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics has thrown into sharp relief the crisis of affordable housing that affects Chicago's working people.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The illusion of "universal care"
The partisan rhetoric among presidential contenders blurs a bipartisan approach to health care--of offering a cash cow to the industry, while requiring no compromise on profits.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Does Obama stand for a different foreign policy?
An article by Barack Obama that headlines the current issue of Foreign Affairs puts his ideas about foreign policy out for all to see.

Eugene V. Debs and the U.S. socialist tradition
Every child in the U.S. is taught that Abraham Lincoln of Illinois freed the slaves. But few learn that Eugene Victor Debs of Indiana devoted his life to ending wage slavery.

America's first nationwide strike
The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 spread like a wildfire from Baltimore to Pittsburgh to St. Louis and Chicago--and was only defeated with utmost brutality on the part of the government.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The relationship of reforms and revolution
Workers don't simply move from protesting and striking to wanting to overthrow capitalism. There is a process in which the experience of struggle wins them to these conclusions.

EDITORIALS

Why they're sick of Sicko
The drive to discredit, deflect and dodge Michael Moore's withering criticisms of the U.S. health care system is in high gear.

The two systems of U.S. "justice"
The sentence was "excessive" and should be commuted. That statement could be applied to thousands of death row prisoners. Instead, George Bush showed mercy to a former aide.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Behind Pakistan's bloody crackdown
The Pakistani military's brutal siege of the Red Mosque in Islamabad ended with the deaths of dozens--perhaps hundreds--of people who President Pervez Musharraf calls "terrorists."

Dominican Republic hit by general strike
A 24-hour general strike in the Dominican Republic partially halted public transportation and commerce in a protest against the neoliberal policies of President Leonel Fernández.

NATIONAL NEWS

Don't let ICE deport Víctor Toro
The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a prominent immigrant rights activist and is preparing to deport him.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Locked out by the "Wal-Mart of garbage"
A showdown pitting workers in the East Bay against the corporate giant Waste Management is becoming a crucial battle for the Bay Area labor movement.

Labor in brief
Orange County bus drivers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Veterans and staff take on the VA
Antiwar activists are preparing for a protest at a Seattle Veterans Administration hospital to demand more money for veterans' care and an immediate end to the war.

News and reports
Anti-immigrant law in Waukegan, Ill. | Chicago police torture | Rochester, N.Y., antiwar march | Health care is a right | Caravan for Humanity and Accountability

VIEWS AND VOICES

What Paris' prison stay says about U.S. "justice"
When Paris Hilton was first released from prison, one study found that most people didn't know why she was sent to jail in the first place--but felt that she should stay there anyway.

The fight facing German workers
Verdi, Germany's second-biggest trade union, was dealt a bitter blow when it caved in to Telekom management after more than five weeks of strikes.

Views in brief
The fight for justice at the G-8 | Keep Hunter College public

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MORE THAN A GAME
The bonds of racism
As Barry Bonds marches undeterred toward that 756th homer, and the title of all-time home run king, the volume on the vitriol is being raised to disturbing heights.

A voice of optimism in the struggle for justice
A new book of essays by Howard Zinn serves as a reminder of the insuppressible power of protest and its ability to arise out of dark times and bring oppressive regimes to ruin.

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