Fact of the Week
Fact of the Week
When President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act this month and
ordered the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
back to work, he did something that no other president had done. While
no president since Jimmy Carter in 1978 had even attempted to use the
Act to stop a strike, no president had ever used the act
to halt a lockout by management.
Because the lockout ended through a federal injunction and not
through voluntary action by port owners, the union cannot engage in
any sort of strike or slowdown during the 80-day cooling-off period.
Working to rule, or adhering strictly to health and safety regulations,
is considered a slowdown.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8 October 2002.
This week's columns
Negotiating from Strength
President Bush is right to negotiate from strength, but he is dead wrong to
abuse that strength.
No Jack Kennedy
President Bush has declared war with Iraq to be both necessary and urgent, yet
in 1962, one of his predecessors avoided war in a much more dire situation.
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Outrage as Iraq Views UK Arms: If Iraq is so dangerous, why are its representatives
attending the Sofex military fair (Jason Burke, The Observer)?
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: Recently declassified documents shed new light
on what happened 40 years ago (National Security Archive).
Sowing Disaster?: Genetic engineering of corn is endangering the crop's
insurance policy, its original cultivars (Mark Schapiro, The Nation).
Inspection as Invasion: The United States has been seeking to prevent a resolution
of the Iraq crisis for the past eight years (George Monbiot, The Guardian).
The Bush Purge of Science: The Bush administration is cleansing and discarding
scientific advisory committees for political ends (Frederick Sweet, Interventionmag.com).
Servile States: The nominally sovereign countries of Europe are allowing themselves
to be mere satellites (Ignacio Ramonet, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
America's For-Profit Secret Army: The Pentagon now depends on mercenaries
provided by "private military contractors" (Leslie Wayne, New York Times).
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