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Hundreds of thousands march in London to oppose war vs. Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2002

A protest march against the threat of impending military action against Iraq was held in London on September 28. An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 people attended the demonstration called by the Stop the War Coalition and Muslim Association of Britain under the banner, “Don’t Attack Iraq and Freedom for Palestine”.

Tensions flare between Washington and Berlin

By Peter Schwarz, 30 September 2002

Within days of his re-election as German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder (SPD—Social Democratic Party) has retreated from his categorical rejection during the election campaign of a war against Iraq. Schröder and his Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Green Party) are now doing everything in their power to dispel tensions between Berlin and the Bush administration.

The Iraqi oppositionists and US plans for “regime change” in Baghdad

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2002

Below is the first of a two-part article on the Iraqi opposition. The second part will be published on October 1.

The logic of dictatorship: Bush demands workers sacrifice rights to “homeland security"

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2002

In a series of campaign-style appearances and rallies last week, President Bush reiterated his demand that Congress strip workers in the proposed new Department of Homeland Security of trade union rights and civil service protection. He praised the bill passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, while attacking the Democratic-controlled Senate, which he said “wants to micromanage the executive branch of government.” He added, “The Senate wants a thick book of rules on how to defend the homeland.”

US shippers lock out dockworkers on West Coast

By Andrea Cappannari and Rafael Azul, 30 September 2002

The renewed shutdown of all ports on the West Coast of the United States by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) signifies an increasingly aggressive stance on the part of the shipping companies in their ongoing dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) over the terms of a new contract. After bringing dockworkers back on the job for one day after a 36-hour lockout, the shippers refused to call anyone back to work Monday morning.

Australian government rejects call for caution on US war

By Mike Head, 28 September 2002

The Howard government this week dismissed warnings by nine former political and military leaders that participation in a US-led invasion of Iraq without UN approval would be potentially disastrous for Australia. The swift rejection is another indication that Australian troops could soon be dispatched to a so-called “pre-emptive” war.

Democrat Carl Levin rebuffs Michigan peace activists

By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2002

A September 21 meeting between pacifist opponents of the US war drive against Iraq and Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, provided an object lesson in the futility of basing opposition to war on appeals to the Democrats. It underscored the fact that the Democratic Party is committed to a colonial-style war against Iraq.

Luego de declarar incumplimiento de deudas, la economía argentina sufre la peor recesión de su historia

28 September 2002

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Mass arrests at anti-IMF protest in Washington

By Kate Randall, 28 September 2002

Over 600 demonstrators were arrested Friday in Washington DC during the first day of protests against the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings beginning this Sunday in the nation’s capital. The local authorities, egged on by the Bush administration and backed by the media, effectively suspended constitutional rights for those seeking to express their opposition to globalization and to the impending US military attack on Iraq.

Toronto International Film Festival 2002: Eight films

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2002

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Toronto International Film Festival 2002, held September 5-14.