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June 21, 2002 | Issue 411


Corporate crime wave
Arthur Andersen, one of the country's oldest accounting firms, is expected to go belly-up following its conviction for obstructing justice in helping energy giant Enron cover up its crooked books. But Andersen and Enron are only the first episodes of Corporate America's latest crime wave.


Stoking fear to steal our rights
Ashcroft's dirty bomb hoax
John Ashcroft's witch-hunt jumped to a new level earlier this month. He and the Bush gang want to use the faked discovery of a "dirty bomb" terrorist plot to grab more power.

COINTELPRO: A dirty history of repression
It's clear that George W. Bush and his henchman John Ashcroft are trying to return to the days of the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program, or COINTELPRO. Here, SW looks at the dirty history of COINTELPRO--and how the federal government's goons were ultimately pushed back.

The National Lawyers Guild has published a guide to your civil rights and liberties after the USA-PATRIOT Act and other legislation. Read or download the pamphlet from the Guild's Web site.

Legal victory vindicates two activists
Justice long overdue
Two environmental activists won their lawsuit against Oakland, Calif., police and FBI agents who framed them as terrorists.

Oppose this modern-day witch-hunt
Arab student and activist Ahmed Bensouda is vowing to fight a political attack on him by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Rabih Haddad
More than 70 activists turned out in the rain June 14 to protest the six-month anniversary of the racist detention of Rabih Haddad.

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Bush White House declares a first-strike military strategy
Washington's war on the world
"CIA GETS LICENSE TO KILL." If Socialist Worker put this headline on our front page, it would be dismissed as hysterical by pro-war politicians and their media mouthpieces. But that was the banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times June 17.

Behind the right's success in Europe
Conservative parties won a big majority of seats in the French legislative elections June 16. Their victory--along with the election success of Nazi Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential election in April--has raised the question of whether Europe is veering to the right.

A socialist world is possible
George W. Bush and his buddies think that if they scare enough people and threaten the rest, they'll get their way. But last weekend, more than 750 people gathered in Chicago to put forward the vision of a better world--a socialist world.

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Ongoing reign of terror against Palestinians
Israel sets stage for new assault
The Israeli government seemed on the edge of a full-scale military assault as Socialist Worker went to press, following a Palestinian suicide attack on June 18.

Naseer Aruri on U.S. support for Israel's war:
"Bush's embrace of Sharon"
Author and activist Naseer Aruri talks to Socialist Worker about the U.S. government's role in backing Israel's war against Palestinians.

Karzai installed in power by a council of rival warlords
Victory for a U.S. stooge
"Democracy" has come to Afghanistan. At least according to the U.S. government and its stooge, Hamid Karzai, the newly elected president of Afghanistan.

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Activist defies government prosecution threat
Standing up against Iraq sanctions
Bert Sacks could be the next stop on George W. Bush's "you're either with us or against us" witch-hunt. This week, federal prosecutors threatened Sacks with up to 12 years in jail for the "crime" of transporting medical supplies to Iraq.

Laid off while the fat cats rake in profits
Job massacre at IBM
"Body blow." "Massacre." These are the words that come to mind for workers at the computer giant IBM's microelectronics plant in the Vermont town of Essex Junction.

New film has evidence of...
U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan
Thousands of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan may have been killed and tortured as U.S. Special Forces troops stood by and watched--or in some cases participated--according to Massacre at Mazar, a documentary by Scottish filmmaker Jamie Doran.

EPA guts regulation for power plants
The "Toxic Texan" is at it again. After the Environmental Protection Agency released a report admitting that global warming was a reality, the Bush gang had to reassure the energy bosses that they wouldn't have to worry about tougher pollution laws.

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The scandal and cover-up that brought down a president
Watergate after 30 years
June 17 marks the 30th anniversary of the break-in at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., by goons working for the president of the United States. Initially dismissed as a bungled burglary, the break-in spiraled into the worst scandal in U.S. history.

Marxists and the right to self-determination
We Marxists are internationalists. "Workers of the world, unite!" was the call of Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto. "You have nothing to lose but your chains." Does this mean, then, that Marxists turn their backs on national oppression?

Grizzly bears for global justice
When George W. Bush and other world leaders meet for the Group of Eight summit next month, it won't be angry global justice protesters that they need to worry about. It will be the wildlife.

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ILWU prepares for strike or lockout on West Coast
Dockworkers ready to fight
A showdown between the West Coast-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the employers' Pacific Maritime Association could lead to a strike or lockout when the contract expires July 1.

Crane operators win in the port of Charleston
Crane operators in the port of Charleston, S.C., won a stunning victory last month when a walkout by 32 of 35 of the workers shut down the docks for almost an entire weekend.

Las Vegas convention was an empty spectacle
Where is the UAW headed?
With looming plant shutdowns, a declining membership and tough contract negotiations ahead, the United Auto Workers faces its greatest challenge in years. Yet at the union's constitutional and bargaining conventions June 3-10, UAW leaders offered only Vegas glitz and scripted proceedings to block dissent.

Labor in brief
New York City teachers; Solidarity with immigrant airport screeners; Marriott; Coca-Cola and Remy Martin; Hershey chocolate workers victory

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Stepping up involvement in a former U.S. colony
U.S. out of the Philippines!
U.S. and Filipino officials last week called for deeper U.S. military involvement in the Philippines.

Hitler and Sharon have quite a bit in common
Dave Courtenay-Quirk's letter objecting to the slogan "Sharon and Hitler are the same," (SW, June 7) misses the point by a wide mark.

Conspiracy theories don't help
I agree with the basic intent of the article "Why won't they tell the truth?" (SW, May 24). However, I felt that parts of the analysis were problematic.

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Facts for opposing the war on workers
"If the U.S. government were a parent, it would be guilty of child abuse." That's the conclusion reached by Holly Sklar, Laryssa Mykyta and Susan Wefald, authors of Raise the Floor.

Stillmatic raises the bar on hip-hop
No other hip-hop artist takes the reality of poverty and ghetto life and explains its effects on social and political life like Nas.

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