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October 19, 2001 | Issue 380

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

And they call this justice
Raining terror on Afghanistan
Hundreds of Afghans have been killed so far by U.S. not-so-smart weapons in a war that George W. Bush says is being waged in the name of "justice."

Don't let them take our rights
It's open season on immigrants. That was the message the Bush administration was sending October 10 when the FBI unveiled its "Most Wanted Terrorist" list.

Activists at CCNY say:
No witch-hunts!
Opponents of Bush's war at the City College of New York (CCNY) have become targets of a witch-hunt. But students and faculty are organizing to show that they won't be intimidated.

WHAT WE THINK

Washington sends the message that it will call the shots
Their war at home and abroad
George W. Bush promised a war that would bring "justice" and "end terrorism." But as Socialist Worker went to press, the dead in Afghanistan included hundreds of innocent civilians--with millions at risk of famine. And Bush was no longer even bothering to conceal the real aim of the operation.

Where have all the liberals gone?
War puts political principles to the test. And sadly, many of the country's best-known liberal figures have failed.

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ANTIWAR NEWS

Pentagon hardliners blame outbreaks on Iraq
Stoking panic about anthrax
The panic about anthrax has only added to the climate of fear and suspicion that followed the September 11 air attacks.

Thousands rally to protest Bush's war
"How many more people have to die"
Thousands of protesters have sending George W. Bush the message that they don't want to see any more bloodshed.

Giuliani plans for new budget cuts
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is back at work slashing social services.

Giving a green light to racial profiling
Racial profiling is perfectly acceptable. That was the message that the U.S. Supreme Court sent in early October when it refused to hear a case accusing police in an upstate New York town of singling out African Americans.

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ANTIWAR ANALYSIS AND BACKGROUND

U.S. military's long and bloody history
Rogue state
For the last century, the U.S. government has taken military action overseas about once a year on average. Its military forces have been deployed around the globe--from the islands of the Caribbean to the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq.

Passengers singled out for harassment for the crime of...
Flying while Arab
"Our policies are very clear: People from different diverse ethnic backgrounds should be treated absolutely the same," says United Airlines spokesperson Andy Plews. But that message must not have made it to the crew on Mohammad Oweis' flight.

Oppose this war in all its forms
Why the U.S. can't bring justice
We're used to supposedly "progressive" Democrats lining up behind George W. Bush. But it was a surprise to hear Ralph Nader sound like a supporter of war during an interview on a Bay Area morning radio show October 9.

Tirades by the media designed to whip up support for war
The lies they tell about Islam
Behind the recent attempts by well-paid academic experts and media pundits to "explain Islam and Islamist organizations to a U.S. audience is a campaign to whip up bigotry, racism, fear--and support for Washington's agenda.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES
Trying to scare the hell out of us
In 1947, President Truman received a friendly piece of advice from Republican Sen. Arthur Vandenburg, who told Truman that he "would have to scare the hell out of the country." It's worth remembering this when we try to make sense of the Bush administration's doublespeak.

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

An innocent man speaks out from death row
"This country was founded on violence"
Socialist Worker prints excerpts of a statement from Kevin Cooper, an innocent man on death row at San Quentin prison.

Stop the cycle of hate and war
I strongly wish to punish those responsible for the attacks on September 11. But I also want the U.S. and the rest of the world to do the right thing. And the right thing is to stop the cycle of hate, revenge and war.

More letters

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ON THE PICKET LINE

Federal court acquits Teamster reform leader
Ron Carey cleared
Former Teamsters President Ron Carey was acquitted of all charges in a federal perjury trial here last week, a decision that exposed the frame-up that the government used to force him from the union.

House arrest lifted for Charleston Five
The Charleston Five were freed from house arrest as Socialist Worker went to press, thanks to a defense campaign that has stretched from the U.S. to Europe to South Africa.

ISSUES IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT
Bosses cash in on U.S. war drive
At a recent regional United Auto Workers event, a top official made it clear in his closing speech that, as a military veteran, he supports the U.S. war on Afghanistan. But, he added, "Corporate America is waving the flag with one hand and stuffing their pockets with the other--at the expense of working people."

Labor in Brief

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OTHER NEWS

Stop gay bashing!
Hundreds marched through Chicago's Boys Town neighborhood in memory of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old college student who was tortured and beaten to death three years ago in Laramie, Wyo.

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REVIEWS

Crimes of the IMF and World Bank exposed
Life and debt
If you want to understand the impact of IMF and World Bank policies, you only have to ask a farmer or sweatshop worker in Jamaica. And this is what Stephanie Black does in her powerful film Life and Debt.

"Memories of racial profiling"
Socialist Worker spoke to Roger Shimomura, whose family was taken from their home and put in an internment camp in Idaho after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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