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November 16, 2007 | Issue 653

FRONT PAGE

Upside down priorities
Socialist Worker takes a graphic look at the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S., and the twisted spending priorities of the U.S. government.

NATIONAL NEWS

Living well so others starve?
There is a commonplace assumption that Americans' relatively high standard of living is responsible for poverty in the rest of the world.

Government gives up on persecution of LA Eight
A 20-year-long struggle has finally ended in victory for Palestinian activists targeted by the U.S. government in one of the country's longest-running deportation cases.

LAPD plan for racial profiling of Muslims
A plan by the Los Angeles Police Deaprtment to "map" the Muslim community--in reality, racial profiling by another name--is stirring anger and sparking plans for protests.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Resistance growing to crackdown in Pakistan
Pakistan's military regime has responded to a week of growing resistance to martial law with a combination of repression and concessions.

Lula: From rebel to bankers' friend
A Brazilian socialist talks about the nature of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government and the effort to build a socialist alternative in Brazil.

Wide support for strike in Dominican Republic
The class struggle in the Dominican Republic is intensifying after a series of recent strikes and protests that were followed by the start of a ruling class attack.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Chewed up and spit out by the war machine
At last weekend's official Veterans Day celebrations, some vets were obviously more welcome than others.

EDITORIAL
The politics of compromise
The pressure is always on activists to do the "reasonable" thing. But when they tone down their demands, it doesn't get activists more influence. It gets them less.

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

RUSSIA 1917 | Part 11
The legacy of 1917
Even as a memory of a struggle from a distant time under very different conditions, the Russian Revolution remains a threat to defenders of the status quo.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Unions rally behind the writers
The crowd at a November 9 rally in Los Angeles was fired up as strikers came together for the first time in one place since their strike against production companies began.

Which side won in new grocery contracts?
The UFCW says new contracts with the Big Three grocery chains will help workers forced to bear the brunt of rising health care costs. But a close look tells a different story.

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

Facing expulsion for speaking out
A recent antiwar protest by students at a Chicago-area high school has galvanized antiwar activists across the country in support of the students' right to free speech.

News and reports
Antiwar action at the Port of Olympia | Fighting racism | FCC hearing in Seattle | Protesting recruiters in New York City | A victory for Ehren Watada

VIEWS AND VOICES

Our libraries and schools are worth fighting for
As a library student and union member, I have been following with great interest the library workers' strike in Vancouver, British Columbia, which ended recently after 88 days.

Taxation without representation
The 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia pay the nation's second highest per capita federal income taxes, but they have no vote in Congress.

Views in brief
The movement needs an honest assessment | Who should pay for health care?

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Norman Mailer and the "good war"
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer's first novel, is one of the great antiwar classics in literature and a book that speaks to all activists committed to ending wars for empire.

Reaching for justice in the cane fields
The Price of Sugar, a documentary that calculates cost in terms of human misery, will leave you with a bitter taste that's hard to shake.

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