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Vol. 82/No. 11      March 19, 2018


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

March 19, 1993

The big-business media and the FBI have used the explosion that shook New York’s World Trade Center February 26 to whip up a campaign against “terrorism.” Six days after the blast FBI agents and other cops arrested Mohammed Salameh, a Palestinian immigrant worker who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The FBI also arrested Ibrahim Elgabrowny, a carpenter in his Brooklyn, New York, home. He is detained without bail, although police say they have no evidence linking him to the explosion. Federal cops arrested three more men near a Brooklyn mosque and raided several homes of Egyptian immigrants.

The evens indicate that federal authorities have been guided not by the pursuit of facts but by political considerations. From the beginning authorities were determined to pin the explosion on “foreign terrorists.”

March 18, 1968

General Westmoreland’s request this week for gigantic reinforcements of 206,000 more troops to Vietnam has touched off an unprecedented debate in the American ruling class.

Never in the course of the war has the division over Vietnam policies been so deep. Few times in American history have such sharp disagreements in ruling class circles come to public attention.

The New York Times revealed the existence of a secret Pentagon report on Vietnam attacking the administration policies from top to bottom.

This division takes place as the full extent of Washington’s defeat in the Tet offensive is beginning to be assimilated — and to a certain extent admitted — by top policy makers. It occurs when casualty figures for American soldiers rose above the 500 level for the second week in a row.

March 20, 1943

After five days of fruitless wage negotiations, United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis warned the operators that if a new contract was not negotiated, “the miners will not trespass upon your property, the first or second of April.”

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