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300 supports false basis for war on terror

The Spartans are portrayed as a stoic people who would rather not go to war, but are being forced into the situation because of the warmongering of the Persians. They are marching to war, with their perfectly sculpted and chiseled physiques and skimpy speedos, willing to die to protect all of Greece.

Sports fans are going mad!

Every year during the month of March, 65 of the best teams across the country compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s Division I basketball tournament. Sports fans all over go nuts and the bets are on. But some argue the hype has a catch.

New report details abuse of guest workers

A report, “Close to slavery: guest worker programs in the United States,” released by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this month, details abuses faced by workers who come to the U.S. under the H-2 system, administered by the Department of Labor.

Ethanol, energy and profits

President Bush’s recent swing through Central and South America was aimed at bolstering relations in the face of increasing movements for independence from U.S. domination. While in Iraq the struggle is for control of the declining supply of world petroleum, to our south the goal is to develop ethanol as an “internationally-traded commodity” for fuel.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Tell McDonald’s, you’re not lovin’ it Hog boss gets ‘social responsibility’ award Minimum wage hike and Black workers New York Taxi Workers Alliance joins AFL-CIO S.F. Labor Council backs May Day actions Building trades to rally in D.C.

WORLD NOTES

Germany: Retirement age raised Palestine: Israeli soldiers use human shields Kenya: Ministers protest trade policies China: Gov’t deals with joblessness, poverty Haiti: Chavez outlines aid program

In Mexico, defeated candidate defies right wing

MEXICO CITY — Eight months after having an election apparently stolen from him through fraud, former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his supporters refuse to concede defeat.

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Jobs with Justice honors Ford hunger marcher

WARREN, Mich. — Representatives from local labor and community organizations gathered on March 17 for the annual Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ford Hunger March and to honor current workers’ struggles in the Detroit area.