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September 15, 2006 | Issue 601


Latest phase in the attempt to sell an endless ''war on terror''
Whipping up fear and racism
The U.S. political establishment is whipping up fear and racism to breathe new life into their "war on terror."

Feds okay firing of immigrant workers
Bosses take aim at the undocumented
Employers are using Social Security data to target and dismiss immigrant workers in view of proposed changes to government regulations.


The Socialist Worker guide to inequality in the U.S.
The haves and the have-nots
SW provides a graphical look at two different Americas--starkly divided between the haves and have-nots.

Transferring detainees from secret CIA jails to...
Bush's torture camp at Guantanamo Bay
In a photo op calculated to exploit tragedy and manipulate fear, George Bush announced that 14 al-Qaeda members would be transferred from CIA prisons to Guantánamo Bay.


Where is Mexico headed next?
Three days after Mexico's high electoral court named him president-elect, conservative Felipe Calderón was forced to cancel an appearance and cut short another in his home state.

Israeli stranglehold on Gaza causing humanitarian crisis
Pushed to the edge of famine
Though hidden from the headlines, Israel's never-ending war on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza is continuing to take a terrible toll.

Israeli cluster bombs lying in wait in Lebanon
Refugees from Israel's assault on Southern Lebanon face more horrors as they return home to some 100,000 unexploded cluster bombs.


Racists' mock lynching
Bigots spew their hate at LA mosque
More than 100 racists gathered across the street from the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, Calif., September 10 to perform a mock lynching.

Wife of SF drowning victim faces threat of deportation
Nightmare for a Kenyan immigrant
Jacqueline Muhoro Coats' husband died trying to rescue two drowning boys. As if that weren't tragedy enough, the federal government wants to deport her.

Green Party candidate and antiwar activist Michael Berg:
"This is a one-party Republocratic system"
Michael Berg, whose son was abducted in Iraq and executed, talks to Socialist Worker about his Green Party campaign for Congress in Delaware.


N.J. nurses stand up to union-busting threats
As their strike entered its third week, nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., were holding strong.

Sacramento County workers on strike
Thousands of Sacramento County workers in a coalition of labor unions went on strike over how they will bear the rising cost of medical care.

Labor in brief
Waste Management Inc.


Arrested for an expired sticker and facing deportation
Police targeted Massachusetts activist
In a clear case of racial profiling, an immigrant rights activist in Northampton, Mass., was stopped for an expired inspection sticker on her car--and now faces deportation.

News and reports
WMD in the USA; Oppose the U.S.-Israel war on Lebanon


Cause of the fire was poverty and corporate greed
Why did six children die?
The Ramirez children should have been attending their first day of a new school year on September 5. Instead, their parents were planning funerals for five of them.

The top-down trend in our unions
My union, the recently renamed 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, is rapidly becoming the biggest of single, centralized unions.

Views in brief
Burge's legacy of torture; Taliban isn't a force for liberation; Fighting for our rights together


Debating the future of the Green Party
Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from New York, Howie Hawkins, has edited a book that is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the past and the potential future of the party.

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