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October 19, 2007 | Issue 649

FRONT PAGE

The forgotten refugees of the U.S. war on Iraq
The world's fastest growing refugee crisis is in Iraq, but it is denied by the U.S. government and routinely ignored in the mainstream media.

NATIONAL NEWS

Al Gore's less-than-peaceful past
Many of Al Gore's new fans would find it hard to reconcile his image today with the Al Gore of the not-so-distant past--a loyal friend to Corporate America and a pro-war hawk.

A campus crusade against Muslims
Coming soon to a college or university near you: A crusade of racist hate against Arabs and Muslims, featuring some of the right wing's most vile figures.

Raids drive immigrants from jobs at Smithfield
Faced with stepped-up raids and arrests, immigrant workers at the massive hog-processing plant operated by Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, N.C., are fleeing.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

British postal workers take on privatization
More than 100,000 postal workers took part in two 48-hour strikes that crippled Britain's Royal Mail service--and the confrontation is continuing.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Too late and too little
Democratic leaders have become openly hostile to antiwar activists. But the nation's largest antiwar coalition appears undeterred from pursuing its amicable relationships.

EDITORIAL
Building on the antiwar majority
How can the antiwar movement reach out to wider layers of people who oppose the war, but are not yet active, and give them confidence to get involved?

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

The truth about the "good war"
The usual portrayal of the Second World War minimizes the atrocities carried out by the Allied powers--and even justifies them as unavoidable lapses in a necessary war.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Two-day strike by California nurses
More than 5,000 members of the California Nurses Association went on a two-day strike against 15 Northern California hospitals.

Labor in brief
Chrysler | Prudential Overall Supply | UMass graduate employees

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Symbol of racism stirs angry response
A noose hung on the door of an African American professor's office at Columbia University's Teachers College is the latest in a series of similar racist incidents.

News and reports
Day of action against no match | Immigrant rights in northern Virginia

VIEWS AND VOICES

SEIU local's strike fund given away
In August, the executive board of SEIU Local 925 voted to give away half of its strike fund to the union's presidential election fund, the misnamed "American Dream Fund."

Real differences or imagined ones?
A liberal leader of the antiwar movement in Chicago objects that SW misrepresented him--and we respond.

Views in brief
Death machine moving forward | Neither new nor unique

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Steve's hammer
Steve Earle's latest release, Washington Square Serenade, is less politically focused than his other recent work, but no less powerful.

A tale of two gamers
The constant frustration and unfair competition involved in the arcade game Donkey Kong are at the heart of the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

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