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|Fear factor: 44 percent of Americans queried in Cornell national poll favor curtailing some liberties for Muslim Americans|
ITHACA, N.Y. -- In a study to determine how much the public fears terrorism, almost half of respondents polled nationally said they believe the U.S. government should -- in some way -- curtail civil liberties for Muslim Americans, according to a new survey released today (Dec. 17) by Cornell University.
About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Twenty-nine percent agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations, in order to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising. About 22 percent said the federal government should profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact that they are Muslim or have Middle Eastern heritage. In all, about 44 percent said they believe that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans.
|As the Bush administration prepares for its second term, it is attempting to overshadow its crisis in Iraq and its growing world economic contradictions by escalating international tensions over Iran and North Korea.|
Even as the U.S. military was announcing its need for additional forces and the January elections in Iraq were in doubt, assurances by Ahmad Allawi and the puppet government there notwithstanding, Bush was in Latin America at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit promoting his phony "war on terrorism."
|Million Worker March reclaims labor's militant roots|
By Monica Moorehead
Washington, D.C. -- Timely. Unifying. Forward moving. And most of all--necessary. These adjectives and many more describe the historic Million Worker March that took place at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17.
For almost eight hours, workers, organized and unorganized, along with anti-war and community activists heard speeches and cultural presentations that emphasized the tremendous need to build a new, independent movement that will fight in the interests of working people.
|Recent research into the biology of miscarriages reveals that most miscarriages are the result of the host female's (mother's) immune system attacking the invading fetus cells. The immune system has even been employed as a sort of birth control device in animals using a technique called immunocontraception. Our immune system also attacks such things as the cold virus, bacteria, and the HIV virus. For these, we have developed antibiotic and anti-viral medications, with very little debate as to whether mounting such an attack against these microscopic invaders is ethically proper. Little attention is placed on the some 600,000 women that die each year as a result of the invading fetal cells (World Health Organization), yet diseases such as Huntington's Disease which kills far fewer people per year, has scientists scrambling to come up with newer and better treatments and defenses against it.|
|By Monica Moorehead|
On June 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit lifted its stay of proceedings in the case of death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and ordered a briefing on this matter. Robert R. Bryan, his lead attorney, says: "This should be a wake-up call to the movement. Mumia's case is now moving forward. He is in extremely grave danger. The authorities want to silence his voice and pen."
|/ WW / - Following the Oct. 5 Belgrade coup and Vojislav Kostunica's election as president, United States and West European officials have begun a step-by-step invasion of Yugoslavia. Kostunica, in turn, got a few handouts from the European Union at its Biarritz, France, meeting and pledges of support against his Socialist Party opponents at home.|
|This letter was written in response to a campaign appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warning major media corporations against the danger of censoring what citizens can access on th...|
|San Francisco / WW / - An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people filled the auditorium at Mission High School Oct. 7 for an evening of solidarity with death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The highlight of the evening was a moving personal account by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter of his 19-year fight for freedom from inside New Jersey's Trenton State Prison. Carter was framed for murder by a racist system that convicted him in spite of his innocence.|
|/ WW / - U.S. backs repression by apartheid regime|
The new Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, continues, backed by millions marching in the streets throughout the Arab world. At the same time, the Israeli army, backed by the United States, continues its deadly repression. Since Sept. 29 at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,500 seriously wounded.
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