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September 28, 2007 | Issue 646

FRONT PAGE

On the march against racism
Tens of thousands of people descended on the tiny town of Jena, La., as part of a massive outpouring of protest against a case of Jim Crow-style injustice.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Blackwater's hired killers exposed
The massacre of Iraqi civilians by mercenaries from the Blackwater security company is focusing attention on heavily armed "private contractors" who remain above the law in Iraq.

Behind the media frenzy over Ahmadinejad
The media and political leaders stoked anti-Muslim stereotypes and whipped up enthusiasm for the U.S. wars with their campaign against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

OBITUARY: DAVE CLINE
Guiding a new generation of antiwar vets
Dave Cline, a Vietnam War veteran known to activists as a leading voice in the struggle against the U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, passed away September 14.

NATIONAL NEWS

What went wrong with the Clinton plan?
Health care non-reform the last time
The health care reform proposal put forward by the Clinton administration wasn't killed by big business. It was allowed to waste away--and the Clintons sat by and let it happen.

Signs of the next recession
The Federal Reserve Bank's decision to cut interest rates in mid-September proves that the threat of a recession accelerated by the bursting of the housing bubble is very real.

Police using Tasers as tool of torture
The Tasering of a 21-year-old student at the University of Florida while pinned down by four police officers has thrust the issue of police use of stun guns into the public eye.

Battle in Illinois over new abortion clinic
Aurora, Ill. has become ground zero in the fight over women's access to abortion as Planned Parenthood faces right-wing opposition to the opening of a new facility.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

Talking peace while strangling Gaza
Israel has declared war on the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza Strip--and the U.S. government has given its blessing.

Don't they have anything better to do?
Instead of taking action on the occupation of Iraq, senators spent their time last week criticizing not David Petraeus or George Bush...but the liberal peace group MoveOn.org.

OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 9
The party and the revolution
Hundreds of studies by Russia "experts" portray Lenin and Bolsheviks as ruthless and authoritarian. But the truth is the party won the allegiance of Russia's most militant workers.

ON THE PICKET LINE

The stakes for the UAW at GM
Backroom discussions suddenly gave way to the first national auto strike in 37 years when 78,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked out at General Motors.

Workers fight no-match firings at Ballco
Workers in the Chicago area are once again fighting management attempts to fire immigrant workers for irregularities in their Social Security numbers.

Labor in brief
University of Minnesota

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Antiwar students' week of action
As part of a week of action called by the Campus Antiwar Network, activists on campuses across the country organized antiwar events--from speak-outs to teach-ins.

News and reports
Southern California sanctuary struggle | Syracuse, N.Y. antiwar protest | Washington, D.C. police brutality | Solidarity with the Jena 6

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Women in revolt
A new edition of Edith Thomas' The Women Incendiaries tells the incredible story of the role played by women during the Paris Commune.

Wal-Mart--The hilarious new musical
The new off-Broadway musical Wal-Martopia is a welcome breath of fresh air from the Disney-dominated world of Broadway musicals.

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