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October 12, 2007 | Issue 648

FRONT PAGE

The American way of torture
While they were publicly denouncing torture, Bush administration officials were writing secret legal justifications for its use.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Shadow army of mercenaries
The massacre of Iraqi civilians in mid-September by Blackwater USA guards has focused attention on the U.S. government's use of mercenaries in the occupation of Iraq.

Why is the antiwar movement so weak?
With antiwar sentiment grown dramatically since the start of the war on Iraq, why does the antiwar movement today seem weaker and more divided?

Using women's rights as an excuse for war
The media are awash with indignant stories about the repression of the Iranian people, but Iranians have the ability and will to fight back without "help" from the U.S. government.

NATIONAL NEWS

Death penalty derailed
Thousands of death row prisoners got a reprieve after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments on whether execution by lethal injection is constitutional.

Anger over Bush's veto of children's health care
When George Bush vetoed funding for children's health insurance, he and his fellow Republicans claimed that he was fighting for the "American way."

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

The "good war" for empire
The bipartisan consensus that the U.S. must continue to fight the "war on terror" remains entrenched in mainstream politics.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
A maverick, but not the good kind
Any progressives who are tempted to support long-shot Republican presidential contender Ron Paul should take a closer look at his libertarian agenda.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
A few profiting from the many
We live in a world in which capitalism has spread to every corner of the globe, a market-based, profit-driven system where wealth is used to get more wealth.

OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION

The legacy of a revolutionary
Who was Che?
Che Guevara's image has inspired millions of people who want to fight for a better world. But very few people, especially in the U.S., know much about his life or politics.

What's class got to do with it?
The stark reality of a highly stratified class society in the U.S. is often obscured by confusion about what social class actually means.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Labor in brief
ICE harasses striking S.F. janitors | Southern California court interpreters

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Watada court-martial put on hold
The U.S. Army suffered a setback in its ongoing effort to make an example out of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first officer to refuse to serve in the Iraq war.

Fighting for day laborers in Virginia
The Official Workers Center in Herndon, Va., closed after a scapegoating campaign by anti-immigrant forces.

News and reports
Organizing against racism in Madison | Stop Blackwater's training base | Anti-death penalty forum in Chicago | Protesting Bush's SCHIP veto

VIEWS AND VOICES

Police torture victims still waiting for justice
A victim of torture at the hands of Chicago police and incarcerated since age 16 demands justice.

Back to the case for "out now"
We need a sober assessment of where public opinion stands right now. While nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose the war in Iraq, many remain conflicted on how to end it.

Views in brief
Dirty U.S. record in Southeast Asia | Doctors standing against torture | A disease nurtured by ignorance

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

MORE THAN A GAME
Jocks 4 Justice in Jena
An impressive group of sports-world figures have spoken out in solidarity with the Jena 6 in Louisiana.

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