NEW DELHI – On Sept. 24, terrorists attacked a well-known Hindu temple, Akshar Dham, in Gujarat, one of India’s most communally polarized states. Two “fidayeen” (suicide squads) opened fire and hurled hand grenades indiscriminately; 37 died, with another 100 severely injured.
Lem Harris, a lifelong defender of family farmers and the rural working class, died Sept. 21. He was 98 years old. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Connecticut Communist Party, and was active in politics up to his death.
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The Bush administration is poised to launch an attack on children’s health care. Crying the blues of “fiscal prudence,” the president is withdrawing one-fourth of the federal financing of children’s health insurance coverage, exposing millions of children to illnesses that could be cured and/or stopped from getting worse.
OAKLAND, Calif. – As part of a mounting campaign to pressure employers to begin bargaining seriously about maintaining union jurisdiction over new technology jobs on the waterfront, hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s (ILWU) held noon-hour protests at the docks and offices of Stevedoring Services (SSA) of Long Beach and Oakland, California, and in Seattle, Washington.
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The following are excerpts from the statement delivered by Felipe Perez Roque, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 14.
LOS ANGELES – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has filed unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against their employers, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), and the Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), charging them with manufacturing a national crisis in order to sabotage contract talks.
NEW YORK – Under the slogan “End the Occupation,” non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and religious and civil organizations from around the world gathered at UN Headquarters here Sept. 23-24 to address the humanitarian crisis affecting the Palestinian people. The meeting was held as Israel’s military incursions into Palestine increased and suicide bombings in Israel resumed.
Groups who traditionally form the bedrock of conscience at difficult and dangerous times are organizing to stop the Bush administration’s drive for war. In fact, most say the polls do not reflect what is becoming a rising tide of questions about the use of military force in Iraq.