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October 26, 2007 | Issue 650

FRONT PAGE

The new lie to justify endless war
Just as they lied to get support for the war in the first place, the leaders of the U.S. ruling establishment are claiming that Iraq will collapse into chaos if the U.S. withdraws.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Dahr Jamail's book Beyond the Green Zone:
Bearing witness to Iraq's catastrophe
SW prints excerpts from a new book by unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail, describing what he saw on his trips to Iraq to report on the reality of the U.S. occupation.

Tariq Ali on Afghanistan today:
Six years of a war of terror
Veteran activist and author Tariq Ali talks to SW about the disastrous U.S. war on Afghanistan launched after September 11--and what the future holds.

Looking reality in the face
Pointing out the low level of antiwar struggle doesn't mean we're happy about it. On the contrary, the fact has to be addressed in a level-headed way in order to find solutions.

NATIONAL NEWS

The story behind Bush's SCHIP veto
Republicans are gearing up for a future fight over "universal health care" legislation, and Congress' vote to sustain Bush's SCHIP veto was the first live-fire exercise.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bombing rocks U.S. plans for Pakistan
Pakistan's future grew more uncertain yet when former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's return to the country was met with a suicide bomb attack.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Old excuses from the new majority
Congressional Democrats are still claiming they "don't have the votes" to challenge the Bush White House--even though they're the majority party in Congress.

EDITORIAL
Who do the Democrats really listen to?
Hillary Clinton may be Corporate America's favored Democratic presidential contender, but she isn't unique. The Democrats' true colors have always been not blue or red, but green.

EDITORIAL
U.S. scrambles to contain Kurdish-Turkey conflict
A Turkish invasion of northern Iraq would not only mean open conflict between two important U.S. allies, but it would cause chaos in the one part of Iraq considered stable.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
To each according to their needs
Imagine a society in which all people take from society what they need, put in what they can, and where no one is satisfied until everyone has adequate food, shelter, clothing and so on.

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 10
The final act of the revolution
In the end, the process by which workers and soldiers took power in Petrograd was simple. "It was not necessary to employ force," Trotsky later wrote, "for there was no resistance."

ON THE PICKET LINE

Teamsters strike Waste Management In LA County
Some 500 garbage collectors in Los Angeles County went on strike against Waste Management in a dispute over wages and respect at the workplace.

Revolt over UAW's Chrysler deal
Ratification of a proposed concessionary union contract at Chrysler was in doubt despite arm-twisting by leaders of the United Auto Workers.

New York teachers' union concedes on merit pay
The United Federation of Teachers have agreed to a form of merit pay in New York City that will undermine union principles and weaken the fight against similar proposals in Congress.

Labor in brief
Wisconsin state workers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Antiwar students map out strategies
Members of the Madison community joined some 100 students from 25 schools for a plenary session of the fifth national conference of the Campus Antiwar Network.

News and reports
Protesting the IMF and World Bank | New York City health care protest | Rochester protest of Colin Powell | Stop the raids | Solidarity with the Jena 6

VIEWS AND VOICES

Deflecting attention from police torture
Police torture victim and pardoned death row prisoner Stanley Howard writes on the latest maneuver by Chicago officials to dodge responsibility in the Jon Burge torture scandal.

OBITUARY
A keen sense of injustice
We in Austin, Texas, are mourning the loss of our dear comrade, Quent Reese, who tragically took his own life after a long struggle with depression.

Views in brief
San Francisco's homeless crisis | Mobilizing for October 27

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

LEFT EYE ON FILM
Roots 30 years later
It is hard to convey today the excitement and debate that the eight-part television mini-series Roots generated across the country when it premiered.

Cutting out the greedy record labels
Fans have access to new music by Radiohead, one of the world's biggest and most popular bands, for as much or as little money as they desire, including nothing.

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