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August 24, 2007 | Issue 641

FRONT PAGE

Kenneth Foster didn't killed anyone...
So why does Texas want to kill him?
A Texas death row prisoner is fighting for his life as the clock ticks down to an August 30 execution date. His crime? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Inventing reasons for targeting Iran
With rumors flying of a potential military attack on Iran, officials announced that the U.S. government was naming a unit of the Iranian armed forces a "terrorist organization."

Suicides of U.S. soldiers hit new high
The suicide rate among Army soldiers is the highest since 1980, the first year that the Army started counting.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

What does Chávez have in store for Venezuela?
A series of constitutional changes proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez seeks to squeeze the wealthy oligarchy--while strengthening the authority of the presidency.

NATIONAL NEWS

Feds take revenge against Elvira
The heavy-handed arrest and immediate deportation of immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano sparked anger and activism across the U.S.

The torture of Jose Padilla
The White House claims that Jose Padilla received a fair trial and just verdict. But from beginning to end, there was nothing fair or just about the railroading of Padilla.

Gonzales' new powers to speed up executions
Alberto Gonzales is ready to claim new powers in putting prisoners to death in U.S. jails--in the name of the "war on terror."

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

Paying for the mortgage mess
The real victims of the U.S. economy's spreading mortgage crisis aren't panicked investors or Wall Street banks, but working people.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
The rise and fall of Bush's hatchet man
Karl Rove--the latest rat to desert George Bush's sinking ship--was never the genius that his supporters said he was, nor the evil sorcerer that his Democratic detractors feared.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The role of credit in booms and slumps
The role that credit plays as facilitator of capitalist expansion creates a larger financial overhang when the crisis finally hits. It therefore makes both the boom and the crisis more extreme.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Labor in brief
Long Island, N.Y., home health aides

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Antiwar veterans look ahead
More than 400 veterans and antiwar activists took part in this year's joint convention of Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

News and reports
Save Kenneth Foster | New York City antiwar march | Protest Michael Savage | Seattle protest against the Minutemen | Support war resisters

VIEWS AND VOICES

Defending a reclaimed workplace in Argentina
Thousands of social movement activists will rally at the Hotel Bauen in the heart of Buenos Aires to protest a court-ordered expulsion of workers from their workplace.

America's infrastructure crisis
It may have been clear to some, but with the recent collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, the sorry state of America's infrastructure is being blown open for all to see.

Views in brief
The death of Edimar de Araujo |Another chapter to the Potter story | A smear against the CPUSA?

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Those who dare to resist empire
Left-wing journalist John Pilger's new book Freedom Next Time focuses on five countries where people are still struggling for justice.

OBITUARY
Max Roach: Telling our people's story
Ask who the absolute greats of jazz are, and the name Max Roach will be among them. Few did more for jazz as an art form than he did.

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