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Vol. 81/No. 38      October 16, 2017


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

October 16, 1992
President George Bush declared on Oct. 2 that the U.S. government “will seek a new UN Security Council resolution, with a provision for enforcement, banning all flights in Bosnian airspace except those authorized by the UN. If asked by the UN, the U.S. will participate in enforcement measures.”

The brutal war being carried out against the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a matter of indifference for working people around the world. The people of the Yugoslav republics deserve international solidarity, not imperialist intervention. We should demand: End all plans for military intervention in Bosnia! Lift the economic sanctions that are strangling the people of Serbia and Montenegro!

October 16, 1967
Soviet officialdom seems determined to mar the celebrations of the 50th year of the October Revolution with more persecutions of antibureaucratic writers. A trial similar to that of authors Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel in February 1966 seems again in the works. Chief defendant is said to be Aleksandr Ginzburg, sparkplug of the underground magazine Phoenix 1966.

The chief grievance of the bureaucrats against Ginzburg is that he circulated a “White Paper,” containing the transcript of the Sinyavsky-Daniel trial, together with letters of protest against the trial made by prominent Soviet intellectuals.

The resourcefulness of young Soviet rebels, in being able to get hold of such documents and circulate them in semi-underground conditions, does indeed bode ill for Soviet bureaucrats.

October 17, 1942
John L. Lewis’ departure from the CIO is not news; it was freely predicted far in advance of the recent action of the United Mine Workers convention in formally withdrawing from the organization. The injurious effects of this rupture on the industrial union movement are not at all mitigated by the fact that it was generally anticipated.

The miners’ organization played a progressive role second to none in helping to enroll the mass production workers under the banner of the trade union movement. From the first day, the opposition to the craft union bureaucrats within the AFL to the time when the CIO was firmly established (having fought and defeated the bosses in rubber, steel and auto) the question of industrial unionism was the central issue of the struggle within the labor movement.  
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