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Businessman escapes jail term after killing a New Zealand picket

By John Braddock, 30 June 2001

Derek Powell, a 53-year-old businessman convicted of manslaughter after killing a woman on a New Zealand picket line, walked out of the High Court last month without having to face jail. At the end of a two-week trial, the jury found Powell guilty of causing the death of Christine Clarke, a 45-year-old mother of two and the wife of a port worker. Powell had run Clarke down with his four-wheel drive vehicle when she joined picketing wharf workers at the Port of Lyttelton, near Christchurch late in 1999.

Canada: Evidence links Tories to Walkerton deaths

By Lee Parsons, 30 June 2001

The second phase of the public inquiry into water contamination in the central Ontario town of Walkerton has brought to light clear evidence of the provincial Tory government’s culpability. In May-June 2000, the e-coli contamination of Walkerton’s water supply killed at least seven people and caused over half the town to fall ill. Many Walkerton residents remain sick and some have likely been left with life-long disabilities.

Letters to the WSWS

30 June 2001

Below we post a selection of recent letters to the WSWS

Popular revolt against Algeria’s military regime spreads

By Chris Talbot, 30 June 2001

For over two months, demonstrations and street battles with security forces have spread throughout the northeastern part of Algeria. At first confined to the Berber region of Kabylie, there are now reports of protests and fighting between stone-throwing youths and the police in other parts of the country. Demonstrators in Arabic towns have shouted, “ Nous sommes tous des Kabyles” (“We are all from Kabylie”). At least 100 people have been killed and thousands injured in the uprising.

Solomon Islands government fighting for survival

By Peter Byrne, 30 June 2001

In a move likely to further destabilise the Solomon Islands government, the country’s High Court has given the go ahead for former prime minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu to challenge the constitutional legality of the Sogavare regime. The case is expected to commence in mid-September—only six weeks before general elections are due to be held.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 June 2001

South Korean hospital unions end strikes

Interview with the filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik

29 June 2001

A retrospective of the films of Zelimir Zilnik was presented at the Balkan Black Box festival recently in Berlin. The WSWS spoke to Zilnik.

Letters on the Jamie Bulger case in Britain

29 June 2001

Below we post a selection of letters on the Jamie Bulger case.

Papua New Guinea government under siege after police kill three protesters

By Will Marshall and Mike Head, 29 June 2001

The Papua New Guinea government faces continuing unrest following the police killing of at least three anti-government protesters on Tuesday night. In an attempt to contain further student-led demonstrations, Sir Mekere Morauta’s government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew throughout Port Moresby until July 10, but it is far from being in full control of the situation.

Salon and the decay of American liberal journalism

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2001

Salon, one of the best-publicized online magazines, has plunged into a financial crisis which could lead either to its demise or its takeover by some media conglomerate. The company’s stock price has crashed from $10 a share in 1999 to barely 30 cents today, with the threat that the stock could be delisted on Wall Street if the price falls any further.