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McVeigh interview sheds light on the social roots of the Oklahoma City bombing

By David Walsh, 30 March 2000

On March 12, CBS television's “60 Minutes” broadcast an interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. It was only the second media interview conducted with McVeigh since the 1997 trial at which he was convicted and sentenced to death. He is currently incarcerated at a federal maximum-security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Phillips Petroleum plant explosion: the latest in a series of deadly accidents at Houston facility

By Jerry White, 30 March 2000

A massive explosion and fire killed one worker and injured 71 others at Phillips Petroleum Co.'s Houston Chemical Complex Monday afternoon, March 27, in Pasadena, Texas. This was the third fatal blast in the last 11 years at the chemical complex. At least 26 workers have lost their lives in these explosions.

Piano variations from the American songbook

By Philip Sprake, 30 March 2000

In contemporary jazz it is sometimes difficult, at least for novices, to recognise the difference between a technically proficient musician and a truly great one. The Melody At Night, With You, a collection of rich piano solos released on CD late last year by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, is an unambiguous demonstration of great jazz musicianship and further proof that he is one of the more significant jazz pianists to emerge since the 1960s.

Putin's election as president signals authoritarian turn in Russia

By Vladimir Volkov, 30 March 2000

Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidential elections on March 26. With 52.6 percent of the votes cast, he was far in front of his opponents and so avoided a run-off. In second place came Gennady Zyuganov , chairman of the Communist Party of Russia (CPRF), with 29.3 percent, and third was Grigori Yavlinski, chairman of the liberal-democratic "Yabloko" party, with 5.8 percent. At 68.8 percent, turnout exceeded the 50 percent necessary for a valid presidential election.

Ulster Unionist leader Trimble narrowly defeats leadership challenge

By Mike Ingram and Chris Marsden, 30 March 2000

The annual meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council on March 25 delivered a serious blow to Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader David Trimble.

Workers Struggles: Europe and Africa

30 March 2000

Finnish chemical workers end week-long strike

Abuse in the California prison system

29 March 2000

The following commentary was submitted to the WSWS by David McGowan. McGowan is the author of the recently published book Derailing Democracy.

An Australian tragedy: mother charged over son's death at poker machine venue

By Liz Mantell and Peter Byrne, 29 March 2000

A baby boy, 19-month-old Brian Yu, recently died tragically outside a poker machine venue in the outer Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully. The child's mother, 39-year-old Jie Hua Yu, has been charged with manslaughter. She allegedly left her son unattended inside the family car in the Ferntree Gully Hotel car park.

Germany's CDU veers to the right as state elections approach

By Dietmar Henning, 29 March 2000

While it seems certain that Angela Merkel, at present the secretary-general of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), will be elected party chairperson at the upcoming CDU party conference in Essen, a power struggle is taking place behind the scenes to define the party's future political orientation.

Hostage siege in Baltimore--another American nightmare

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2000

The bloody events of the past several weeks in a working class neighborhood on the east side of Baltimore raise important social issues. After an initial murderous rampage in which Joseph Palczynski kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and killed four people, the 31-year-old former mental patient took his girlfriend's mother and two other people hostage and held off Baltimore police for 97 hours, until police stormed the row house and killed him in a barrage of machinegun fire.