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September 20, 2002 | Issue 422


Bush, Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney
Axis of liars
George W. Bush stood before the United Nations General Assembly on September 12 as judge, jury and would-be executioner of Iraq. He threatened more war against a country already devastated by 12 years of bombs and sanctions.

Ashcroft and the Feds shred civil liberties
An attack on all our rights
The assault on civil liberties is ratcheting up as politicians and prosecutors use the "war on terror" to curtail all our rights.


Sharon's war crime
The horror of Sabra and Shatila
One of the most horrific war crimes of the 20th century took place 20 years ago this week--the slaughter of defenseless Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon during Israel's 1982 invasion.

Don't trust the United Nations to stop a war on Iraq
How the UN covers for U.S. wars
Last week, Bush challenged the UN to "serve the purpose of its founding." And despite the rhetoric about "peace" and the "world community," UN support for a U.S. war on Iraq would in fact do just this--since the UN has many times served as a fig leaf for U.S. military power.

Hidden crisis in health care
Politicians may talk about health care "reform," but none of them dares to take up the hidden crisis in U.S. health care--with a majority of patients paying more money for fewer services at hospitals, while health care workers struggle to provide care at dangerously low staffing levels.

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Turn doubts about Bush's war drive into antiwar activity
Time to organize
One year after September 11, there is a much larger group of people who don't trust Washington's excuses. The potential for rebuilding an antiwar movement is much greater. It's time to get to work making it happen.

When will unions fight back?
Employers are out to gut the strength of the some the most powerful unions in the U.S.--but labor leaders are surrendering without a fight.

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Bush's "anti-terror" ally in Colombia grabs new powers
A dirty war gets dirtier
George W. Bush's "war on terrorism" gets dirtier all the time. Last week, the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe--one of Bush's "anti-terror" allies--gave its police and security forces increased powers to detain, arrest and search "suspects" without any evidence or search warrants.

Illinois prisoners' hunger strike protests conditions
Driven to suicide on death row
Death row prisoners at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois went on hunger strike earlier this month to protest the official inaction that led to the suicide of a fellow prisoner.

Florida vote fiasco…again
Two years after George W. Bush stole the presidential election there, the Florida state government showed yet again last week that it can't figure out how to organize a democratic election.

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Protesting the two arms of imperialism
Can you mobilize for global justice and not oppose war on Iraq? That question will be in the air when thousands of protesters converge on Washington, D.C., at the end of September to protest the meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

What they mean by regime change
Within days of last September 11, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz casually announced that the Bush administration would seek to "end states" that harbor terrorists. Although the administration slapped down Wolfowitz for his candor, his plan has become official U.S. policy.

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Machinists reject contract but fail to authorize strike
What happened at Boeing?
Boeing workers voted by 62 percent last week to reject a job-killing contract--but because of union rules the contract will go into force anyway.

Unionists organize antiwar conference
Union members opposed to the U.S. war on Iraq will meet in New York City for a one-day conference October 19. The conference, called by New York City Labor Against War, is aimed at a local audience, but labor antiwar activists from around the U.S. are also expected to attend.

Labor in brief
West Coast dockworkers; Kaiser Permanente; Chicago-area teachers; University of Vermont; Washington State Labor Council

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Say no to Bush's war on Iraq
Growing numbers question war drive
As the Bush administration drums up support for its attack on Iraq, growing numbers of people are coming together to question the war drive--and show their opposition.

Protest the IMF and World Bank
Activists from up and down the East Coast and beyond will come to Washington, D.C., on the weekend of September 28-29 to protest the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

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How a UPS Teamster fought an unjust firing
Mobilizing saved my job
I appreciated Nate Moore's letter describing my firing from United Parcel Service (SW, July 26) and figured I'd update you.

Washington's hypocrisy about Kashmir
On the eve of the United Nations assembly meeting September 12, the U.S. Congress released a report that "warned" against an independent Kashmir.

Other letters
INS is stepping up deportation drive; When U.S. soldiers rebelled; I support bans on smoking at work

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How 700 Chicagoans died in a heat wave
Murder by public policy
The German Marxist playwright Berthold Brecht once wrote that famines don't just happen; they are organized by the grain trade. A similar observation could be made about the July 1995 heat wave that claimed the lives of more than 700 Chicagoans in one week.

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