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November 30, 2007 | Issue 654

FRONT PAGE

What's really happening in Venezuela?
An eyewitness report from Venezuela on political developments and conflicts as a national vote approaches on Hugo Chávez's constitutional reforms.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

A soldier punished for seeking help
Brad Gaskins used to think himself lucky to have a chance to serve his country. Today, his life is in tatters, his dreams haunted by what he saw in Iraq.

NATIONAL NEWS

In the era of globalization:
Has the class struggle been "offshored"?
In a "globalized" world, isn't the very idea of class struggle outmoded? On the contrary, class and class struggle remain central in the U.S. today.

The stakes in the writers' strike
A Writers Guild member explains the backdrop to the battle between television and film writers and the entertainment industry.

Killed by NYC police for holding a hairbrush
Kheil Coppin was Black, just 18 years old and "armed" with only a hairbrush--and on November 13, he died in a hail of 20 bullets fired by police.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Confronting Sarkozy's offensive in France
French rail and bus workers ended a crippling strike after 10 days, but President Nicholas Sarkozy is vowing to continue his free-market crusade.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Does Obama speak for a "new generation"?
Barack Obama hopes to appeal to young voters as the candidate of a "new generation." But there is less to this rhetoric than appears on the surface.

EDITORIAL
Dictating terms of surrender
The Annapolis conference may yet claim the distinction of having the largest-ever gap between rhetoric and reality of any of the so-called "peace summits."

EDITORIAL
Giving equal rights to frozen embryos?
Those seeking to restrict a woman's right to choose abortion are trying a new tactic: give the legal rights belonging to people to fertilized eggs.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Not a single wheel would turn
The working class today is larger on a world scale than it has ever been; yet the concentration of the world's wealth in a few hands has developed to an unimaginable degree.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Nurses' battle against understaffing
Nearly 800 registered nurses have been on strike at nine Appalachian Regional Healthcare facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Labor in brief
Portland, Ore., schools

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

UMass students put pressure on administration
Over 600 students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst rallied at the start of a two-day "general student strike."

News and reports
Seattle students' antiwar walkout | Support war resisters | Healthcare-Now! conference

VIEWS AND VOICES

Stifling dissent around the Bush family estate
Recently, voters in Kennebunkport, Maine, approved a Mass Gathering Ordinance that the Maine Civil Liberties Union says is unconstitutional.

Views in brief
Cracking down on Tacoma protests | Congress ignores genocide | The racism of immigration laws | When the right likes free speech

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Tyrell motto: "More human than human"
A new release of Blade Runner marks the 25th anniversary of the classic film directed by Ridley Scott, which set a standard for science fiction films.

The real voices of teenagers
For the first time since its original run in the mid-1990s, the much-loved TV show My So-Called Life is available in a well-made DVD set.

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