Lem Harris, farm labor writer, dies at 98

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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Bush axes kids health plan

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.

Dockers protest increased work loads

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.

International notes

Iraq: CPs in Arab countries protest U.S. threats / Italy: Huge protest vs. Berlusconi policies / South Africa: AIDS activists accuse giant drug firms / Brazil: Overwhelming vote against FTAA / Slovakia: CP wins 11 seats in parliament

Cuba rejects Iraq war

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.

Longshore union files NLRB charges

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.

NGOs meet to protect Palestinians

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.

Iraq war: Destructive, senseless, illegal

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.

World Bank and International Monetary Fund strangle economies of Third World countries

The World Bank’s origins go back to the Bretton Woods conference of July 1944, when leaders from 43 nations assembled to start building the global economy in the aftermath of World War II. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, hoping to avoid another worldwide depression, called for creation of institutions that would create “a dynamic world community in which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”

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