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September 6, 2002 | Issue 420


Planning new war on Iraq
Witch-hunting Arabs at home
Tell Bush: We say no!
As the anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, members of the Bush administration will participate in somber memorials to the victims. But beneath their words will be a calculated, cynical effort by the Bush gang to build more pressure for the next phase of their "war on terror"--a war on Iraq.

The sick face of racism in the U.S.
More Black men in jail than college
The U.S. would rather fill a jail than a school. By the end of last year, one out of every 32 adults in the U.S.--or 6.6 million people--was behind bars, on probation or on parole.


One year after September 11
Victims of the U.S. "war on terrorism"
Within hours of the September 11 attacks, the U.S. political establishment was beating the drums for war. But after a year, who has suffered? Socialist Worker looks at the consequences of the U.S. "war on terror"--abroad and at home.

Negotiations to continue after union halts vote on contract
Where is the fight at Boeing headed?
Boeing Co., one of the world's most powerful corporations, is out to destroy the power of the union by imposing a contract that would allow even more outsourcing to nonunion contractors. Socialist Worker spoke to two longtime IAM activists at Boeing about their struggle.

World Bank economist Joseph Stiglitz takes on the IMF
Crimes of the free market
Joseph Stiglitz, former World Bank chief economist, has written a controversial book attacking the IMF and its free-market policies.

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Debate over when and how to attack Iraq hides the question...
What right do they have?
A slew of pundits and politicians has raised objections to the Bush gang's plan for a new war on Iraq. But no one in the Washington establishment is willing to answer the fundamental question: What gives the U.S. government the right to declare that it's time for a "regime change" in Iraq?

Less than nothing for the poor
Washington's our-way-or-the-highway attitude was on full display at the Earth Summit in South Africa. First, George W. Bush refuses to attend. Then, administration hacks throw Washington's weight around to make sure nothing gets accomplished.

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DNA testing proves that his "confession" was coerced
Exonerated after 17 years in jail
"Seventeen years, three months and five days today," said Eddie Joe Lloyd after he walked out of a Michigan prison last week. "I'm absolutely, completely and absolutely, exhilarated."

Ex-Union Carbide CEO enjoys retirement
Why isn't he on trial?
Warren Anderson should be on trial for mass murder. Instead, he's enjoying retirement in his multimillion-dollar mansion in the Hamptons on New York's Long Island.

Corporate crime pays well
It pays to cook the books, according to a new report issued by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.

Cops make list of "future criminals"
It sounds like something out of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report--having your name put in a database of "future criminals." But that's exactly what's going on in Wilmington, Del.

Florida's sick welfare chief
It was clear that Florida's child-welfare system needed to change when 5-year-old Rilya Wilson went missing from foster care for 15 months before anyone noticed. But it doesn't need the kind of changes that Gov. Jeb Bush has in mind.

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Why Washington wanted this war
Every U.S. military intervention has been accompanied by a web of lies and deception. Thus, George W. Bush claims that the "war on terrorism" will cleanse the world of "evildoers" who "hate freedom." But in reality, the U.S. has very different goals for the "war on terrorism."

The hawks debate "pre-emptive" war
This summer, the Bush administration and several leaders of the Republican foreign policy establishment have engaged in a strange public dispute over plans for a "pre-emptive" war on Iraq.

Inside the System
McDonald's hits a new low; Send your kids to Dubya Elementary; Heard it through the grapevine

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Standing up to bosses
Chicago hotel workers want a living wage
You can't live on $8.83 an hour. That's the message that more than 7,000 Chicago hotel workers sent in their fight for decent wages and health benefits.

Mechanics at United organize against concessions
"Full pay to the last day"
Workers at United Airlines (UAL)--as well as those at Boeing and US Airways--have suddenly found themselves in the eye of the storm. Corporate America is making a frontal attack on workers in a bid to completely break the back of organized labor in this country.

Clericals strike at Berkeley
For three days last week, the Coalition of University Employees (CUE) at the University of California-Berkeley walked the picket line.

Labor in brief
West Coast dockworkers; United Parcel Service; United Farm Workers; Los Angeles County; Boston janitors; Delta Dental

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Reports from the struggle
Protest George W. Bush; Fight for affordable housing

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Blaming workers for on-the-job accidents
Our lives are worth more
Sarah Grey's recent letter (SW, August 9) exposed the real causes of the recent mining disaster in Pennsylvania. The miners' tragedy got a lot of media coverage. However, workplace injuries and deaths are not a rare occurrence in our society.

Groceries meant more than her life to police
The self-proclaimed judge, jury, and executioners of Marcella Byrd defended their actions to the public last month in Long Beach, Calif.

Texas' backwards priorities
The state of Texas recently executed Toronto Patterson, the third juvenile offender murdered by the state this summer.

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What Springsteen's new album leaves out
Missing from The Rising
The Rising is a powerful tribute to the victims of September 11 and their family and friends. But what looms over the album is what's not there--the virtual absence of any reference to how the tragedy was exploited as an excuse for war, at home and abroad.

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