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September 7, 2007 | Issue 643

FRONT PAGE

What Bush calls "progress in Iraq"
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail sorts out the fact and fiction of the Bush administration's "surge" of combat troops--and its impact on the future of Iraq.

NATIONAL NEWS

Victory in Texas
In an inspiring victory for the anti-death penalty struggle, Kenneth Foster Jr. won clemency August 30, hours before he was scheduled to be executed in Texas' death chamber.

How we dented the Lone Star State's armor
Following the lead of Kenneth himself, activists set out to make Texas, the nation and the world aware that a man was about to be executed even though he had killed no one.

Squeezed at the supermarket
Working families are getting hit with a financial crisis that, so far, has received little notice: A sharp increase in food prices that is making it harder than ever to make ends meet.

Republicans take aim at children's health program
The Bush administration is trying to carry out a pre-emptive strike against health care reform--and if it succeeds, 4 million uninsured children will be collateral damage.

National Guard descends on N.O. protest
Two years after Katrina, the National Guard was blockading streets in New Orleans--but in response to protesters demanding that needed public housing be reopened.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

After Israel's barbaric war
One year after the war's end, much of the country remains under reconstruction, and many Lebanese bitterly remember last year's destruction.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Return of the robber barons
The arrogance displayed by today's financial magnates bears an uncanny resemblance to that of laissez-faire robber barons of a century ago.

EDITORIAL
How is Bush getting away with it?
Nearly a year after they won the November elections, the Democrats not only haven't stopped the war in Iraq--they haven't done a single thing to stop Bush from escalating it.

EDITORIAL
The real crimes of Larry Craig
The week of uproar among Republicans and in the media exposed more than Larry Craig's rank hypocrisy. It also spoke volumes about what is a resignable offense in Washington.

OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 8
How Kornilov was defeated
With the government paralyzed, the defense of Petrograd from the threat of a military coup depended on a mass popular mobilization led by Russian workers.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Furor over Chicago teachers contract
A delegates' meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union erupted in anger after CTU President Marilyn Stewart rammed through a vote to approve a tentative contract.

Labor in brief
Smithfield Foods | Tijauna teachers' border protest

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Dead because of ICE neglect
Some 100 supporters of Victoria Arellano, a transgender woman who died after ICE officials denied her AIDS medicine, held a vigil and press conference in her memory.

Fighting for his right to teach
Norman Finkelstein is continuing his fight after DePaul University officials denied his application for tenure and then cancelled three courses he was scheduled to teach this fall.

Immigrants challenge racist law in Virginia
In response to a vicious anti-immigrant resolution passed by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in northern Virginia, activists took to the streets in protest.

News and reports
Newark, N.J., antiwar march | No more ICE raids | Protesting Blue Cross/Blue Shield

VIEWS AND VOICES

How the banks want to make us pay
Very quietly, financial institutions exposed to losses in the mortgage market are looking to make that money up elsewhere--namely, by jacking up interest rates on credit cards.

Gouged by Baltimore energy companies
Thousands of working people in Baltimore are unable to afford to pay their electric bill after a 50 percent increase in electricity rates went into effect on June 1.

Views in brief
The struggle facing security guards | Great work on SW's reviews | The U.S. government's monstrous experiments

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

LEFT EYE ON FILM
Bourne vs. Bond
With the Jason Bourne films starring Matt Damon threatening to supplant the James Bond series, the differences between the two big-screen spy heroes are striking.

OBITUARY
A passion for art and activism
Grace Paley will be remembered for her distinctive literary voice and for her unflagging commitment to activism.

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