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October 26, 2001 | Issue 381


Stop the bombing! Stop the war!
More than 1,000 people have died so far in the U.S. bombardment of Afghanistan. And with every day that the bombs drop, hundreds of thousands of Afghans come one day closer to death--a slow, horrific death from malnutrition.

Israeli military on the rampage
"A total bloodbath." Those were the words that Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres used to threaten Palestinians after gunmen assassinated Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi October 17.


Howard Zinn on the history of the struggle against war
"We have to rely on our organizing"
Howard Zinn, author of numerous books, including A People's History of the United States, and a tireless activist for peace and justice, explains the U.S. government's long history of war--and why its latest onslaught against Afghanistan must be opposed.


Standing up to the new McCarthyism
Some 830 people have been arrested in the criminal investigation of the September 11 air attacks. While the hundreds of arrests and detentions have failed to turn up any real connections to the attacks, they have succeeded at their unstated aim--whipping up a climate of fear and suspicion.

Pushing patriotism for profits
George W. Bush has a message for workers suffering from the recession and the economic impact of the September 11 attacks: Suffer some more.

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Saying no to war around the world
George W. Bush claims that people around the world support his "war against terrorism." But estimates of the number of people who've attended antiwar demonstrations across the globe since September 11 add up to close to 1 million.

They can't stifle dissent
Professors and other academics against the war are taking a stand against the campaign of intimidation carried out by pro-war media and college administrators.

School for Assassins opponent held at border
Detained for speaking out
Socialist Worker talked to Hendrik Voss, a member of School of the Americas (SOA) Watch who was detained by federal authorities after he was stopped from entering Canada to organize against the Army's School for Assassins in Fort Benning, Ga.

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Media's relentless coverage stokes climate of fear and suspicion
What's behind the anthrax panic?
With the Pentagon tightening its control on the flow of information, it's hard to learn anything from the mainstream media about the U.S. war on Afghanistan. But you can find out everything you want to know about the latest anthrax scare.

Iraq: Phase Two of Washington's war?
"Heads up, Hussein: You're Next," screamed a headline in the New York Post, joining the growing chorus clamoring for a U.S. military strike against Iraq.

Organized to promote the interests of the biggest powers
Can the UN be a force for peace?
The news that the United Nations and its Secretary General Kofi Annan won the Nobel Peace Prize must have been a surprise for the parents of Nassar Feyath. In 1997, Nassar--who hadn't yet reached her second birthday--died of malnutrition, one of more than 500,000 Iraqi children who have died as a result of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the UN.

Is the U.S. waging a "just" war?
George W. Bush is calling "Operation Enduring Freedom"--the U.S. war on Afghanistan--a "just" war. But the ruling classes of all countries always declare that their side is conducting a just war. To listen to them, wars are never fought for profits, to demonstrate who is boss or for other such crudities.

Kill innocent victims and blame Cuba
Pentagon terror plot
In the early 1960s, the Pentagon's highest officials plotted to commit terrorist attacks inside the U.S. as part of a scheme to whip up public support for a war against Cuba.

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The U.S. government shows how cruel it is
United they stand
"United we stand, divided we fall." That's the slogan that the hypocrites are using for this war. They use this slogan only when they feel they can make money or war off of it.

More letters

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International day of action set for November 14
Charleston Five face trial
It's time to mobilize for the Charleston Five with an International Day of Action set for November 14.

UAW reformers plan strategy
The United Auto Workers (UAW) policy of cooperation with management will be challenged by activists in the upcoming elections for convention delegates.

Labor in Brief

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IMF-World Bank set new meeting
The IMF and World Bank are getting back to business as usual. The terrible twins of the international financial system announced that they plan to hold a scaled-down version of their annual meetings November 17-18 in the Canadian city of Ottawa.

Reports from the struggle

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Does labor need more Hoffas?
Former Teamsters President Ron Carey's acquittal will give confidence to members everywhere who are fighting for democracy and rank-and-file power. But in his new book Out of the Jungle, Thaddeus Russell poses a completely different strategy.

A voice for the undocumented
The growing movement to demand amnesty for undocumented immigrants has found a strong and inspiring voice in Lila Downs.

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