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West Coast Ports Shut Down For May Day

How much of this story by the Socialist Worker is true, and how much is fudged? Did Iraqi workers really stop or did American workers in Iraq take an extra long break from the day's labor? Inquiring minds want to know. The LA Times doesn't mention any Iraqi worker stoppage. But please read on. This is real news. AN FRANCISCO—Tens of thousands of West Coast dockworkers protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by refusing to work on May Day. Despite threats from the bosses of the Pacific Maritime Association and a decision by an arbitrator that the union couldn't...

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New Law To Scan All Incoming Cargo

Let's hope this Congressional action doesn't go the way of the 1986 Immigration reform bill... ASHINGTON—The specter of a nuclear bomb, hidden in a cargo container, detonating in an American port has prompted Congress to require 100 percent screening of U.S.-bound ships at their more than 600 foreign starting points. The White House and shippers maintain that the technology for scanning 11 million containers each year doesn't exist, and say the requirement could disrupt trade. Current procedures including manifest inspections at foreign ports and radiation monitoring in U.S. ports are working well, they contend. Nonetheless, President George W. Bush earlier...