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By Mike Head, 30 December 2000
January 1, 2001 is the centenary of the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia—then a federation of six British colonies. Considerable efforts have been made in recent months by federal and state governments, as well as the media, to publicise the event and turn it into a popular celebration of Australia's nationhood. Planning has been underway for several years, funded by the federal government with more than $100 million, in addition to a $1 billion Federation Fund, which has been used to underwrite various infrastructure projects.
By Nick Beams, 30 December 2000
Less than three months ago the International Monetary Fund gave the following assessment for the US and world economy.
By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2000
The incoming Republican Party administration in Washington plans to take a tougher and more aggressive line in Latin America, targeting nationalists regarded as opponents of American economic and political interests, including the leaders of Venezuela and Haiti as well as the traditional bogeyman of US imperialism, Cuban President Fidel Castro.
By , 30 December 2000
I thought this was a particularly poor year for American films, perhaps European as well. The strongest films continue to come from Asia. But film and art in general need a new aesthetic and social perspective. The current political crisis in the US marks a turning point, and much that has been taken for granted in a stagnant time will be shaken up. We are on the eve of a great change.
By Terry Cook, 30 December 2000
In a transparent attempt to stamp out a protracted protest by workers at the Fuming County Silk Factory in China's eastern Jiangsu province, management and public security officials arrested one of the leaders, Cao Maobing, on December 15 and committed him to a psychiatric hospital.
By Julie Hyland, 30 December 2000
Britain's pro-fox hunting lobby staged a show of strength on December 26, the traditional Boxing Day holiday. Press reports claimed that some 300,000 people around the country showed up for fox hunts on the main day of the sport's annual calendar. Most were onlookers, gathered to watch the red-coated horse riders—fortified by hip flasks of port—and their pack of hounds chase any unsuspecting fox to shouts of “Tally Ho!”.
By Don Knowland, 30 December 2000
A Los Angeles trial judge has overturned the criminal convictions of three Los Angeles anti-gang officers. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office must now decide whether to appeal the ruling, retry the officers or drop the prosecution.
By Luciano Fernandez, 30 December 2000
South Korean union leaders called off a week-long strike by employees of the Kookmin and Housing & Commercial banks on December 28, the day after 8,000 riot police stormed a training centre being occupied by the workers in Ilsan, just north of Seoul.
By , 30 December 2000
Korean communications union ends strike
By Nick Beams, 30 December 2000
Less than three months ago the International Monetary Fund gave the following assessment for the US and world economy.
By Barry Grey, 29 December 2000
Since Al Gore's December 13 concession speech, Texas Governor George W. Bush has been given the title president-elect. This is the term traditionally accorded to the individual who is elected by the voters.
By Julie Hyland, 29 December 2000
Two men died over the Christmas holidays after apparently falling from two different aeroplanes above Gatwick airport, near London. The two men are believed to be immigrants attempting to stowaway on planes by clinging to the undercarriage.
By Guy Charron, 29 December 2000
The Parti Québécois, the indépendantiste party which forms Quebec's provincial government, is going through a crisis that reveals its profound contradictions and portends a turn of the Quebec separatist movement to unabashed chauvinism.
By , 29 December 2000
To arts editor David Walsh,
By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2000
On Wednesday December 27, the planned summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to discuss US proposals to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict was called off.
By Jake Skeers, 29 December 2000
More than two weeks after Australia's Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock announced that two boats carrying up to 163 refugees to Australia from Indonesia may have sunk, it is still not clear how many, if any, asylum seekers perished.
By Michael G. Nastos, 29 December 2000
Michael G. Nastos hosts “Evening Jazz & Blues” weeknights on WEMU-FM, 89.1, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as he has for 22 of his 30 years in radio. He has written for the Alchemist , the All Music Guide , the Ann Arbor News , Arts Midwest , the Blues Review , Cadence , Coda , Detroit Jazz , Downbeat , Jazz Journal International , Jazz Times , the Metro Times , and Swing Journal magazines and the SEMJA (Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association) Update . He is past Jazz Chair of the Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and edited Robert Sweet's Music Universe—Music Mind: A History of the Creative Music Studio .
By Mike Ingram, 29 December 2000
A London police constable sacked for calling a 14-year-old suspect a "black bastard" was reinstated December 21 by a Home Office disciplinary appeals tribunal.
By Angela Pagano, 28 December 2000
The retrial of three men facing execution over a 1991 murder case has been underway in Taiwan since November 16. Su Chien-ho, Liu Bin-lang and Chuang Lin-hsun, known in Taiwan as the “Hsichih Trio,” were found guilty of murder, robbery and rape in February 1992 and sentenced to death.
By David Walsh, 28 December 2000
We re-post below a review of The House of Mirth , directed by Terence Davies, based on the novel by American author Edith Wharton, which has just opened in the US. The comment by David Walsh, originally posted October 9, 2000, was part of a series of articles discussing the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2000
Below we publish the English translation of the editorial of the January 2001 edition of Gleichheit, the journal of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany).
By Paul Mitchell, 28 December 2000
This year's £20,000 Turner Prize for Art was awarded for the first time to a photographer—the 34-year old, German-born artist Wolfgang Tillmans.
By Gerardo Nebbia, 28 December 2000
On December 22 the California State Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced it would raise electricity rates on January 4, in response to ultimatums from Edison, the giant electric utility that dominates Southern California.
By James Conachy, 28 December 2000
A Christmas night inferno in a four-storey building has claimed at least 311 lives in Luoyang, the capital of the central Chinese province of Henan. More than 50 other victims are being treated in hospital for burns and smoke inhalation.
By Kate Randall, 27 December 2000
A report issued this month by the United States Conference of Mayors concludes that requests for emergency food assistance and emergency shelter increased dramatically in American cities in the year 2000.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 December 2000
A two-day meeting of the Sri Lankan donor countries organised by the World Bank in Paris on December 18-19 has insisted that the Peoples Alliance (PA) government take steps to end the country's war, speed up the restructuring of the public sector, and cut back welfare and tertiary education if the country is to receive a new line of credit.
By Richard Tyler, 27 December 2000
The World Socialist Web Site has noted the political and personal bonds linking members of the US Supreme Court with the incoming Republican administration (see: “Family ties, political bias linked US Supreme Court justices to Bush camp” ). It is also worth noting that several of the justices, or their spouses, share another common bond with the Bush camp—participation in the activities of the highly secretive Bohemian Grove club.
By David Walsh, 27 December 2000
This is the fifth in a series of articles on the ideological and political role of the American media. Part one appeared on December 5, part two on December 7, part three on December 16 and part four on December 19.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 27 December 2000
Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet has won a series of legal victories over the past week that may bring an end to the most prominent of the 190 criminal lawsuits filed against him since 1998.
By Chris Marsden, 23 December 2000
Expectations are high that some form of agreement will emerge from four days of talks between Israel and Palestine in Washington.
By Chris Talbot, 23 December 2000
Rwandan troops and rebel forces of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) have routed government troops of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The RCD has taken over the towns of Peta and Pweto in the DRC province of Katanga. Thousands of refugees have been forced to flee over the border into Zambia, along with 3,000 deserting DRC troops. Among those fleeing were 200 Zimbabwean troops, putting more pressure on Harare to pull out their 11,000 troops that are supporting the DRC government in the war. It is not yet clear whether this latest Rwandan offensive marks a change in a war, which has effectively become a stalemate.
By , 23 December 2000
To the WSWS,
By , 23 December 2000
Union leaders close down postal strike in India
By Tania Kent, 23 December 2000
A 15 year old boy from Camberwell, South London was arrested on December 21 in connection with the death of 10 year old Damilola Taylor on November 27. The boy was arrested during a pre-dawn raid at 6am at his home and released later that day. He is the thirteenth child to be arrested and detained by police over Damilola's death.
By Jerry White, 23 December 2000
Within the establishment press the Wall Street Journal serves as a mouthpiece for the most right-wing elements of the Republican Party and American ruling circles in general. Thus the appearance of an editorial in the Journal's December 14 issue denouncing Jesse Jackson in scathing terms is indicative of the political trajectory of forces that will exert a major influence on the incoming administration of George W. Bush.
By our reporters, 23 December 2000
In the lead-up to Christmas, many Australian charities have reported that the demand for their services has never been greater. By Christmas Day, tens of thousands of needy individuals and families are likely to have been turned away without help, some unable to obtain shelter, let alone food, gifts and the other trimmings traditionally associated with the festive season.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 December 2000
The New York City Police Department has proposed changes in the rules governing parades, rallies and protests. They amount to an attempt by the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to further restrict the right of assembly and free speech.
By Chris Sinnema, 22 December 2000
Power workers at Yallourn Energy in Victoria's La Trobe Valley have defied their union leadership and voted down a new three-year workplace agreement in a secret ballot conducted over three days. The result was announced on December 20.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 December 2000
Under pressure from the major powers, the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are inching toward talks aimed at ending the civil war that has engulfed the island for 17 years and resulted in more than 60,000 deaths.
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By Julie Hyland, 22 December 2000
Demonstrators protesting the brutal killing of dozens of political prisoners by Turkey's security forces earlier this week occupied the London Eye—the English capital's big wheel attraction—on Wednesday afternoon.
By Justus Leicht, 22 December 2000
Brandishing rifles and waving the Turkish flag, thousands of right-wing policemen have demonstrated over the past days for the release of their colleagues in the prison service who have been convicted of torture. Their slogans included: “We want blood!” and “Left-wing organisations should get out of the way. We are ready to use our weapons!” A deputy of the fascist MHP (Grey Wolves - part of the ruling coalition) publicly called for “prisoners to be allowed to rot:” On Tuesday they got what they wanted.
By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2000
It is a well-known fact that the five Supreme Court justices who threw the presidential election to George W. Bush in their ruling December 12 were appointed by Republican presidents—three by Ronald Reagan, one by Bush's father, and one by Richard Nixon (William Rehnquist, later elevated to chief justice by Reagan).
By Terry Cook, 21 December 2000
In one of its final acts for the year, the Australian government handed down a “directional statement” on December 14 that abolishes the social welfare payments system as it has existed since World War II. No longer will welfare benefits be entitlements; instead most recipients will be forced to undertake paid or unpaid work or some other form of “participation” in the economy.
By , 21 December 2000
Dear friends at the WSWS,
By Debra Watson, 21 December 2000
A mentally ill Detroit resident, 22-year-old Sharrone Mathews, was shot dead by police early on the morning of December 13. Nearly a dozen officers fired 80 rounds of ammunition at the young man who had retreated into his home after being questioned by police about a car theft. Mathews died in the doorway of his home, suffering from multiple bullet wounds.
By Shannon Jones, 21 December 2000
One hundred twenty-four years ago another disputed presidential election took place under conditions of sharp social polarization in the United States. The presidential contest of 1876 between Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes resulted in a rightward political realignment within the ruling class in the face of rising class tensions.
By Julie Hyland, 21 December 2000
Britain's Conservative Party leader William Hague has set out his stall for the General Election—expected early next year—with an open appeal to racial prejudice and demands for more aggressive law and order measures.
By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2000
The first victims of the stolen US presidential election are the most oppressed sections of the American working class. Acting only three days after the Supreme Court awarded the presidency to George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore conceded, the Republican congressional leadership and the Clinton administration reached a final agreement on the budget for the current fiscal year which eliminates a planned increase in the minimum wage and a measure easing restrictions on immigrant workers.
By , 21 December 2000
Protesting nurses paralyse Warsaw
By , 20 December 2000
We are publishing here a series of interviews with workers, students and youth who attended a lecture delivered by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site editorial board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of the US. The lecture, entitled “Lessons from history: the 2000 elections and the new ‘irrepressible conflict'” was given at a public meeting of the SEP of Australia held on December 3 in Sydney.
By David Walsh, 20 December 2000
You Can Count on Me is a first feature film by screenwriter and playwright Kenneth Lonergan. At the 2000 Sundance Film Festival it was co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
By Jake Skeers, 20 December 2000
Reports are continuing to emerge of the brutal treatment of refugees, including children, inside Australia's immigration detention centres, despite denials and cover-ups directed by Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock.
European Court of Justice allows complaint against death sentence by Kurdish Workers Party leader Ocalan
By Justus Leicht, 20 December 2000
On December 15 the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg accepted a complaint filed by the lawyers of Abdullah Ocalan. Last year a Turkish court passed a death sentence on the leader of the nationalist Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).
By Jerry White, 20 December 2000
There are increasing signs that the US economy is heading towards a recession as major corporations—from the auto industry, to banking, to technology, to consumer goods—have announced far weaker than expected sales and earnings and a new round of mass layoffs and plant closings.
By Vicky Short, 20 December 2000
The right wing Popular Party government is implementing new anti-immigration legislation that will trample on the basic democratic rights of foreign workers.
By , 19 December 2000
The following is a selection of letters on the WSWS coverage of the post-election crisis in the US.
By Tim Joy, 19 December 2000
The Australian and New Zealand governments have strengthened their support for the military-installed interim government in Fiji by making it plain that they are not calling for the reinstatement of deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.
By David Walsh, 19 December 2000
The world of television news analysis in the US is composed of individuals with pro-establishment and essentially right-wing views and connections, or liberals and “moderates” who continuously accommodate themselves to the right. Here are some of the figures who commented on the recent post-election crisis and attempted to shape public perceptions of the extraordinary events.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2000
Completing the anti-democratic travesty of the 2000 US presidential election, the 538 members of the Electoral College met December 18 in 50 states and the District of Columbia, handing the presidency to the candidate who lost the November 7 popular vote.
By Steve James, 19 December 2000
In a venomous and highly public dispute, Norway's extreme right wing Progress Party (PP) has expelled 16 of its leading members from the Oslo area. Those kicked out are supporters of the party's national chairman and Storting (parliament) deputy Dag Danielsen. The expulsions represent an escalation of disputes that have festered for several years and revolve around the extent to which PP leader Carl I. Hagen is able to dictate policy.
By Vilani Peiris, 19 December 2000
In a suddenly announced move on December 10, Pakistan's military regime released the ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from jail and sent him into exile in Saudi Arabia. As part of the deal, Sharif has agreed to keep out of politics while in exile and to forfeit more than $10 million in land, bank accounts and industrial property. While Sharif has been formally pardoned, he remains disqualified from holding public office for 21 years.
By , 19 December 2000
Argentine trade unions to protest against austerity measures
By Peter Reydt, 18 December 2000
A recent report shows that Gypsies were systematically refused entry into Switzerland during the Second World War, even though the authorities knew they faced extermination in Nazi Germany. The report Roma, Sinti and Yenish-Swiss Gypsy policies at the time of National Socialism was produced by the Independent Commission of Experts: Switzerland—World War Two. It is the last instalment of an investigation into refugee policies published last year by the commission, which comprises an international body of historians headed by the Swiss historian Jean-Francois Bergier.
By Janine Harrison, 18 December 2000
Recent statistics from the Australian state of New South Wales underline the extent to which the gambling industry preys upon the poorest and most oppressed layers of the working class. Quarterly statistics from the NSW Department of Gaming and Racing indicate that in the heavily working class Sydney suburb of Canterbury-Bankstown, where residents have an average weekly income of $263, weekly spending on poker machines is equivalent to $181 per person.
By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2000
The political contours of the incoming administration of President-elect George W. Bush are already becoming visible: it will be a government committed to a far-reaching program of social reaction at home, combined with the aggressive assertion of unilateral American power overseas.
By Joanne Laurier, 18 December 2000
Billy Elliot is the latest in a series of comic or quasi-comic social realist films about working class life in the north of England. Written by Lee Hall, the film is the directorial feature film debut of Stephen Daldry, a former artistic director of the prestigious Royal Court Theatre in London.
By Larry Roberts, 18 December 2000
Three Detroit residents, including two children ages 10 and 13, died in a house fire December 13 in the second deadly blaze to hit the city in the space of two weeks. As in the earlier tragedy, which claimed the lives of six children—ages 2-7—on December 1, rescue efforts by firefighters were hampered by malfunctioning fire hydrants.
By a correspondent, 18 December 2000
Three patients are dead and others have been affected after a multi-drug resistant bacteria struck the Cardio Thoracic Unit (CTU) at the National Hospital, Sri Lanka's leading public hospital. By December 16, the hospital had turned away more than a hundred patients who were on the waiting list for heart surgery.
Europe's right-wing media gloats, while liberals fear discrediting of US democracy following Supreme Court verdict
By Chris Marsden, 16 December 2000
There is a growing recognition within Europe's media that what they often glibly, and indeed smugly, dismissed as America's “election farce” has serious political import. The Republican political coup has been hailed by the rightwing as a triumph. More liberal commentators, in contrast, have sounded ominous warnings of the political implications of such a naked attack on democratic rights.
By , 16 December 2000
Indian court demands action against postal strike
By Mike Head, 16 December 2000
The Australian government released a Defence White Paper on December 6, substantially increasing military spending and enunciating a new strategic doctrine that lays the basis for further regional interventions, following the precedent set by sending nearly 5,000 troops to East Timor last year.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2000
Just over a week into the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada in the Philippines Senate there appears to be considerable evidence that he was at the centre of a racket to take millions of pesos a month in protection money from the operators of the country's illegal numbers game “jueteng”.
By Jerry White, 16 December 2000
In an unprecedented public protest Friday, hundreds of FBI agents marched to the White House to oppose presidential clemency for political prisoner Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist who has been imprisoned for nearly a quarter of a century. Last month President Bill Clinton said he would review Peltier's case before leaving office. Peltier, 56, has been serving two consecutive life terms at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas since his frame-up for the June 1975 killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.
By David Walsh, 16 December 2000
The mass media have played an immense role over the past five weeks in determining the outcome of the crisis that followed upon the unresolved presidential election of November 7. It is unquestionably the case that had leading media personalities evinced an interest in matters of democratic rights and principles, had they raised any serious challenge to the arguments of right-wing politicians and commentators, had they pointed warningly to the biases of reactionary judges, the population would have been in a far better position to confront the attempt by George W. Bush and the Republican Party to usurp power.
By Brigitte Fehlau, 16 December 2000
Eleven years after the fall of the Stalinist Ceausescu regime, the stench of fascism today hangs threateningly over Romania.
By , 15 December 2000
Your web site is the only, and I repeat, only place in the country (and the world) where serious public discussion, analysis, and coverage of the election debacle, is taking place. The newspapers and television networks do all they can to conceal from everyone the real and genuine crises that are exploding every day. Their reporting runs from “awful” to probably “criminal.” We need a Labor Party ... keep up the great work!
By , 15 December 2000
The following letters were received regarding David North's lecture, “Lessons from history: the 2000 elections and the new ‘irrepressible conflict'”
By Chris Talbot, 15 December 2000
Laurent Gbagbo, who became President of Côte d'Ivoire in October with French support after the ousting of military dictator General Guei, went ahead with controversial parliamentary elections on December 10.
By Richard Phillips, 15 December 2000
Angry Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) staff walked off the job last week for 24 hours after management sacked Paul Barry, presenter of the Media Watch television show, and announced that Quantum, Australian television's only locally produced science program, would be axed along with the network's 15-member Science Unit. The decision to strike, the first national action by 4,200 employees of the government-owned broadcaster since 1996, was taken at well-attended mass meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and other major cities, as well as regional centres.
By Julie Hyland, 15 December 2000
Bill Clinton made his third and final visit as US President to Ireland earlier this week. The two-day tour had all the makings of a farewell celebration. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and mother-in-law, he addressed packed and enthusiastic audiences north and south of the border, many of whom see him as the major architect of the Northern Ireland “peace process”.
By Terry Cook, 15 December 2000
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the country's peak union body, is carrying out a campaign for “reasonable working hours”. It is highly unlikely that any but a handful of union members and officials even know of the existence of this crusade. No mass meetings have been called, and no strikes or industrial action have taken place.
By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2000
The concession speech delivered by Vice President Al Gore Wednesday night was an unvarnished capitulation to the right-wing forces responsible for stealing the 2000 presidential election and installing George W. Bush in the White House.
By Joe Lopez, 14 December 2000
Media reports have exposed the regular closure of accident/emergency departments at Perth's major public hospitals, cancellations of elective surgery, nursing shortages and funding problems, revealing a major crisis developing in Western Australia's health system.
By Brian Smith, 14 December 2000
The Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem issued a 51-page report December 6 entitled Illusions of Restraint: Human rights violations in the occupied territories September 29 - December 2, 2000.
By , 14 December 2000
Council staff in London, England strike against job losses
By David Rowan, 14 December 2000
Clare Short, Britain's Minister for International Development, introduced a white paper this week entitled Eliminating World Poverty: making globalisation work for the poor. Backed personally by Prime Minister Tony Blair, the paper is supposed to be a response to anti-globalisation protests at Seattle, Washington, Prague and at last weekend's European Union summit in Nice. It declares that, “If the poorest people and countries can be included in the global economy on more beneficial terms, it could lead to a rapid reduction in global poverty”.
By Mike Ingram, 14 December 2000
Workers at GM's Vauxhall car plant in Luton reacted angrily to the announcement of 2,000 job losses as part of a global restructuring, ending car production at the 95-year-old plant.
By the Editorial Board, 14 December 2000
The ruling issued Tuesday by the US Supreme Court marks a turning point in US history. It constitutes a fundamental and irrevocable break with democracy and the traditional forms of bourgeois legality.
By James Conachy, 14 December 2000
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori unveiled a new cabinet on December 5, just two weeks after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) survived a no-confidence motion on the floor of parliament and a potential split. While the reshuffle was required ahead of a major restructure of the Japanese government bureaucracy in January, the dominant faction of the LDP has strengthened its position and marginalised its opponents in the party.
The case of Leonard Peltier: notorious frame-up of Native American activist returns to public spotlight
By Cory Johnson, 14 December 2000
Earlier this fall, in a downtown Toronto office, a Native American woman recanted her 1976 testimony that served as the basis for extraditing American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier from Canada to the United States.
By Marianne Arens and Françoise Thull, 13 December 2000
Sharp factional fights marked the recent congress of the French Socialist Party. At the gathering, held on November 25-26 in Grenoble, the majority grouping around Prime Minister Lionel Jospin was opposed by two minority tendencies that criticised the government's business-friendly social policies.
By Marianne Arens and Françoise Thull, 13 December 2000
The recent agreement sanctioned by the French government concerning the reform of the Unedic system of unemployment insurance, administered jointly by the employers and the unions, heralds a deterioration in the conditions of the jobless not seen since the late 1950s. Moreover, it constitutes an attack on workers in general. On October 19, the Medef employers' association and the three trade unions CFDT, CFTC and CGC endorsed the agreement. The CGT and FO trade unions refused to sign. The accord will operate from January 1 next year to the end of 2003.
Lessons from history: the 2000 elections and the new "irrepressible conflict"—questions and discussion
By David North, 13 December 2000
We are publishing here the discussion from the question and answer period that followed a lecture by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site editorial board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of the US. The lecture, entitled “Lessons from history: the 2000 elections and the new ‘irrepressible conflict'” was given at a public meeting of the SEP of Australia held December 3 in Sydney.
By Erika Zimmer, 13 December 2000
Just before the federal parliament shut down for the year in the early hours of December 8, the Australian Labor Party voted with the Howard government to pass an education funding Bill that showers the most exclusive private schools with millions of dollars in additional funding.
By Jerry White, 13 December 2000
Information continues to come to light about the systematic disenfranchisement of working class voters in Florida, particularly in minority and immigrant neighborhoods. The National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) has received hundreds of complaints, including reports of legal voters being turned away from the polls, black voters being harassed by state Highway Patrol officers outside of voting stations, and other acts of intimidation and fraud.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 December 2000
The conference of European Union heads of government in Nice ended early Monday morning with an "agreement", one and a half days later than planned. The agreement is primarily an expression of the fact, according to all involved, that under no circumstances could the summit be allowed to fail. But none of the disputed questions were really solved.
By our correspondent, 13 December 2000
General Motors announced Tuesday that it is phasing out its Oldsmobile division—the oldest car brand in America—and restructuring the car company to eliminate more than 16,000 jobs in North America and Europe next year. Following recent layoff and possible plant closing announcements by rivals Ford and DaimlerChrysler, GM's move is the latest indication of a significant downturn in the auto industry and the US economy as a whole.
By Bill Vann, 13 December 2000
Ten days after a Chilean judge ordered the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in connection with death squad murders carried out in the aftermath of the CIA-backed military coup 27 years ago, an appeals court panel overturned the order. The judicial reverse came under conditions of mounting military pressure to halt the prosecution of the former dictator.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 December 2000
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced his resignation December 9. He said he had made the sudden decision in order to seek a fresh electoral mandate to negotiate an agreement with the Palestinians amid the worst Palestinian-Israeli violence in years. It is a desperate act of brinkmanship from Barak, a soldier turned politician, who finds himself backed into a corner.