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October 11, 2002 | Issue 425

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Bush wants war
We say no!
The Bush gang will say anything to get their war on Iraq. In his address in Cincinnati earlier this week, George W. Bush packed the last year's worth of lies and distortions into a speech that was supposed to "make the case for war."

Don't let Bush and the bosses break the ILWU
We support the dockworkers!
Bush and the Pacific Maritime Association want to use the Taft-Hartley Act to break the West Coast dockworkers' union. But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have a message for them: We won't give up this fight.

SPECIAL FEATURES

The battle for the docks
Bush's decision to invoke the union-busting Taft-Hartley Act shows the enormous stakes in the struggle of West Coast dockworkers. In this special feature, Socialist Worker looks at the issues in this crucial fight.

Lula forced into runoff election despite massive support
What's next in Brazil?
Left-wing candidate Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva triumphed in Brazil's October 6 presidential election, but fell just short of the 50 percent needed to win outright. Now he faces a runoff election October 27.

What brought 400,000 people onto the streets of London
"People are scared of Bush"
In the biggest protest in Britain in 30 years, some 400,000 people turned out on September 28 to oppose George Bush and Tony Blair's war on Iraq. Mike Marqusee, of the Stop the War Coalition in Britain, talked to SW about where the antiwar movement is headed.

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WHAT WE THINK

Why the UN resolution on Iraq is designed to lead to war
Making an offer they can't accept
The Bush administration has a new twist on the old line from the Godfather movies: Make them an offer they can't refuse. In the case of Iraq: Make them an offer they can't possibly accept.

Bush fiddles while economy fizzles
Economic analysts are ringing alarm bells about the frightening state of the U.S. economy. But don't worry, says George W. Bush. The economy's "fundamentals" are "strong."

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NATIONAL NEWS

Evidence against six came from the Web
"Sleeper cell" or Feds' victims?
Federal officials have charged six men from New York state with being part of an al-Qaeda "terrorist sleeper cell"--and convinced a judge to deny them bail. Yet the main piece of evidence against the six is their "possession" of a document that is widely available on the Internet.

Internet site for witch-hunting the critics of Israel
The witch-hunters are at it again. Last month, the conservative pro-Israel group Middle East Forum unveiled an Internet site called "Campus Watch" that boasts rabidly right-wing reports that attack groups and individuals organizing for Palestinian rights.

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COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The cruel toll of the war on Afghanistan
The first anniversary of the day that U.S. planes began bombing Afghanistan passed virtually unnoticed on October 7--in stark contrast to the media fanfare that accompanied the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Marxism is more relevant than ever
Marx's ideas are alive because his indictment of capitalism--that it is a class society that creates great wealth for the few at the expense of the many, that it is prone to economic crisis and war that create misery for millions--continues to be confirmed on a daily basis.

Inside the system
Oh, those telemarketing terrorists; Bored to death by your job--literally; Heard it through the grapevine

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ON THE PICKET LINE

Boston janitors make headway with their strike
"I'll go back when we win"
Since Boston janitors began their strike at the end of September, marchers have taken their struggle to clogged downtown streets--often during rush hour. Now, they're starting to get results.

More unions pass antiwar resolutions
As New York City Labor Against War's October 19 organizing conference approaches, official labor bodies are taking tough positions against Bush's war.

Labor in brief
Verizon; Yale University; United Parcel Service; Fletcher Allen Health Care; California farmworkers

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REPORTS FROM THE STRUGGLE

SAY NO TO BUSH'S WAR
Up to 100,000 hit U.S. streets in last week's protests
"Rising rumble" of antiwar opposition
The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a rising rumble." Last weekend, opponents of George W. Bush's war drive against Iraq hit the streets in cities across the country in the biggest numbers yet.

Abolish the death penalty
Some 100 people came out to a town-hall meeting in Chicago on October 5 to urge Illinois Gov. George Ryan to commute the sentence of every Illinois death row prisoner.

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SW READERS SPEAK OUT

Attacked with a baseball bat for being gay
Stand up to these bigots
On September 22, a 55-year-old gay man was viciously attacked and beaten by two men in West Hollywood, Calif. This was the fourth attack on a gay man in West Hollywood since September 2.

Why I'm saying "no" to Bush's war drive
I am a Vietnam veteran. I would think long and hard about following this Commander-in-Chief into an elementary school classroom to break up a fight--let alone into a major war that could pit the U.S. against the entire Arab world.

Defend union rights in Mexico
This letter concerns the workers at the maquiladora of Confecciones de Monclova, a factory owned by Sara Lee in the municipality of Frontera, Coahuila, Mexico.

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REVIEW

Steve Earle takes on Bush's "war on terrorism"
A voice for our side
In 1986, Steve Earle was the talk of Nashville when the title track of his first record, Guitar Town, was a Top 10 hit on the country charts. Earle is the talk of Nashville again, only this time, they're howling for his blood.

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