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January 13, 2006 | Issue 571


Twelve miners killed in West Virginia
Why did profits matter more than their lives?
The Sago mine has had more than 270 safety citations in the last two years. However, proposed fines for some 200 violations totaled just $2,286.

What's next after Sharon?
The "man of peace" who waged total war on Palestine
The media around the world were flooded with tributes to a war criminal after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a severe stroke last week.


The governator's hit list
In rejecting clemency for death row prisoner Stan Tookie Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger smeared the legacy of 11 Black and Native American revolutionaries. SW tells their stories.

How can they call Ariel Sharon a "man of peace"?
The history of "The Bulldozer"
No one in the mainstream media is commenting on Ariel Sharon's long record of what can only be described as war crimes.


Abramoff scandal exposes the slimy world of Washington
How to buy friends and influence politics
The reality of the "world's greatest democracy" is that political influence is for sale, and right-wing fanatics are able to impose an unpopular agenda.


New wave of bombings and attacks...
They call this "progress" in Iraq
The Bush administration had been proudly pointing to relative calm during the December elections in Iraq, but in reality, the vote has only heightened ethnic and religious divisions.


Bush plans to get around new Senate law
The not-really torture ban
George W. Bush signed legislation that bans the use of torture by the U.S. spy agencies and the military, but added a statement that undermines the new law.

Cops fire hail of bullets at man with a 3-inch pocketknife
Shot by police in New Orleans
Racism in New Orleans was on the display over the holidays when police killed an African American man in a hail of bullets.

Chicago rejects cheap fuel
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's offer to provide discounted fuel for the Chicago Transit Authority in return for cheap fares for the poor was rejected by city officials.


The Senate's fake debate over Alito
The well-rehearsed snow job intended to secure the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court is underway.


New groups aim to unite workers across the industry
Taking on the airlines
Labor activists are taking the initiative to build support for the strike at Northwest Airlines and build a coordinated labor response to the industry onslaught.

UVM wants to lay off faculty
Even as full-time faculty at the University of Vermont were voting to ratify a new three-year contract, pink slips were appearing in the mailboxes of six long-time lecturers.

Labor in brief
Pratt Institute


News and reports
Stand up for immigrant rights; Stop the execution of Clarence Ray Allen; Don't close San Francisco schools; Protest George Bush


Suffering effects of U.S. chemical war on Vietnam
Justice for the victims!
The United States dropped 7 million tons of bombs and millions of gallons of defoliants like the pesticide Agent Orange in its failed attempt to bring Vietnam to its knees.

The truth about a red state
A flurry of opinion poll results has splashed across the front pages in Arizona, presenting a fascinating picture of what ordinary people are thinking in this reddest of the "red states."

Views in brief
A sick health care system; Less popular than Bush; Solidarity in New York; Their war on our rights


Munich among a series of new political films
The conscience of a killer
Steven Spielberg's film follows a group of Israelis hired to assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

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