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Vol. 74/No. 47      December 13, 2010

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December 13, 1985
Chanting “Down with the killer,” 3,000 people demonstrated outside the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, December 2. The demonstration marked the anniversary of the deadly gas leak that killed more than 2,000 people a year ago.

In addition to those killed, at least 200,000 people were injured when a poisonous gas, methyl isocyanate, leaked from an underground storage tank in the U.S.-owned Union Carbide plant.

Union officials at the Bhopal plant pointed out at the time of the gas leak that the disaster was the result of the “total apathy and negligence” of the company and the Indian government. The workers, they said, had warned the company many times of the need to improve the safety conditions in the plant. But Union Carbide did nothing.  
December 12, 1960
Is the American economy experiencing a “moderate decline,” a “rolling adjustment,” or a plain old-fashioned recession? It all depends on who you are. If you are a banker, an industrial tycoon or a stockjobber, the more delicate expression will be preferred. If you are a worker in the growing army of partially employed or totally unemployed it will be the latter.

Like other bad news, the figures on October unemployment were released only after the elections. “In October,” reports the Dec. 3 New York Times, “the ranks of the jobless increased to 3,579,000 and in November the number probably increased to well above 4,000,000. This,” adds the Times, “means that the percentage of the total labor force looking for work is close to a post-World War II high.”  
December 14, 1935
New York anti-Fascists are called upon to demonstrate before Madison Square Garden Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 P.M. against the openly proclaimed threat of Mussolini’s American agents to arouse sympathy for his highway-robbery in Ethiopia and to terrorize all Italo-American and American opponents of the Italian Fascist murder regime.

This demonstration is being organized by the Italian-American Committee Against War and Fascism, a united front body. The Workers Party is participating in the demonstration.

The leaflet by the committee [says], “The Italian Fascists are going to meet in Madison Square Garden this Saturday night for the purpose of glorifying Mussolini’s aggression of Ethiopia and to raise funds.” Everybody out. Give the Fascist vermin the answer they deserve.  
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