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December 14, 2007 | Issue 656

FRONT PAGE

Operation endless occupation
Michael Schwartz explains the consequences of the Bush surge--and what the U.S. really has in store for Iraq.

NO TO WAR AND OCCUPATION

Spy report exposes Bush lies on Iran
The Bush administration has been caught in another war lie--this time, before it was able to launch an attack.

Naomi Klein on capitalism and the free market
A system built on crisis and violence
A discussion with the author of The Shock Doctrine, an indictment of the free market in the era of neoliberalism and the "war on terror."

NATIONAL NEWS

Why does one in six U.S. kids go hungry?
One in six children in the U.S. is at risk of living in hunger--and as the need increases, so do shortages at food pantries around the country.

Chicago's deadliest gang
A series of news reports show that Chicago's boys in black and blue are as deadly--and as unaccountable--as ever.

CIA torture cover-up?
The scandal over U.S. torture of detainees in the "war on terror" took a twist with news of the CIA destroying videotapes showing interrogations.

HIV/AIDS epidemic as bad in D.C. as Africa
HIV infection rates for Washington, D.C., residents rank between those for the Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

EDITORIALS AND COLUMNS

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Theologically correct
Why do politicians feel compelled to profess their religious faith as if they were running to be spiritual counselors as well as political leaders?

EDITORIAL
Promising as little as possible
The long countdown to the Democratic presidential primaries is almost over, and all the debates and speeches have added up to...not much.

EDITORIAL
A "rescue" that leaves the victims behind
George W. Bush's message to sub-prime mortgage holders about to lose their homes? Drop dead.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
The power to bring the system to a halt
Every strike reminds the capitalists that it is the workers and not they who are the real masters.

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

The story of the GI coffeehouses
The GI coffeehouse provided a way for the antiwar movement to reach out to soldiers in a setting outside the authoritarian grip of the military.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Writers dig in for a long battle
Losing the battle of public opinion and faced with an unexpected display of solidarity, the TV and film companies walked out of negotiations.

Nurses set for second walkout at Sutter
Registered nurses are set to strike against the biggest health care hospital network in Northern California, Sutter Health.

UAW puts unionists on trial at Freightliner
While unionists have focused on UAW surrenders at the Big Three, nothing is more telling about business unionism than the betrayal at Freightliner.

Labor in brief
University of Rochester construction workers | Fremont, Calif., teachers

NEWS FROM OUR STRUGGLE

An appeal for justice for Gary Tyler
Amnesty International is encouraging people to call on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to pardon Gary Tyler before she leaves office in January.

News and reports
University of Texas tuition protest | Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal | Supporting veterans' rights | Protesting Ashcroft at Cornell | Sanctuary for Liliana

VIEWS AND VOICES

Harassed by the FBI for standing up to racism
I was visited by two FBI agents who claim they were investigating a "complaint" that I might have said "things" suggesting I advocate violence.

Giving up the case for licenses
The right wing's lies about Elliot Spitzer's plan to give New York driver's licenses to immigrants wasn't the only reason the plan was abandoned.

Views in brief
Man-made disaster in Tabasco | Holiday health care hikes

BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

...but the fire is so delightful
Socialist Worker columnists offer their book, music and movie selections for the cold, winter months.

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