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Britain: Why Blair is backing the US war drive

By Julie Hyland, 29 September 2001

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tony Blair finally agreed to convene parliament for one day on October 4 in order to hold a debate on military preparations against Afghanistan.

Bush administration moves to silence dissent

By Jerry White, 29 September 2001

The Bush administration is employing government censorship and intimidation to suppress criticism of its war drive and attacks on civil liberties.

Racist vomit from Italy’s PM Berlusconi

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 September 2001

In a brief visit to Berlin last Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi identified Islam and opponents of global capitalism as the targets of a “Western crusade” for “civilised values,” in the wake of the terror attacks in New York and Washington.

Turkey: "War against terrorism" emboldens fascists and the military

By Justus Leicht, 29 September 2001

While most of the Turkish population has reacted to the terror attacks in New York and Washington with sincere sympathy for the victims, the Turkish establishment has barely tried to conceal its pleasure and cynical calculation. From the broadly acclaimed “democratic reformer”, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, to his social democratic prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, to the bulk of the Turkish mass media, the message reads: the attack and the “war against terrorism” confirm the correctness of the state terror carried out by Ankara against Kurdish separatism. In the future, they hope, the Turkish state will no longer be beleaguered with demands for greater democracy and respect for human rights.

Unions agree to carve-up of Australian airline

By Terry Cook, 29 September 2001

Backed by the trade unions, the administrator of Ansett airlines, accounting firm Arthur Andersen, struck an eleventh-hour deal with the Federal Liberal government on Wednesday that will see five of the airline’s A320 Airbuses resume flying on certain major routes today. Another six jets will be brought into service over the next two weeks.

White House reneges on proof of bin Laden’s guilt

By Kate Randall, 29 September 2001

Within a day of an announcement by the Bush administration that it would provide proof that Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda organization were responsible for the September 11 terror attacks, the government reneged on its pledge.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 September 2001

Indonesian bus drivers strike over wages

A postcard view of history

By Richard Phillips, 28 September 2001

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, directed by John Madden and starring Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale and Irene Pappas, is a love story set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during World War II. Adapted from the novel Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières, the film spans one of the most complex and tumultuous periods of the war. This includes the conquest of Albania by Italian fascist forces in 1940-41, the Nazi occupation of Greece, the rise of local resistance, and the little-known but tragic massacre of thousands of Italian soldiers by the German military on Cephalonia following the fall of Mussolini’s fascist regime in Rome in 1943.

Britain: Racist attacks escalate

By Paul Stuart, 28 September 2001

Racial attacks in Britain—from verbal abuse and spitting, daubing racist graffiti on mosques to fire-bombings and attempted murder—have escalated since the bombing of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11. Some of the attacks may have been sporadic but evidence is beginning to emerge of far-right political involvement.

North Korea seeks rapprochement with South and the US

By James Conachy, 28 September 2001

Amid the war preparations of the United States, South and North Korea held their first ministerial level meetings for six months from September 16 to 18. The talks were marked by the eagerness of North Korea to cement closer ties. After the chill in relations between the two Koreas for most of the year, South Korean Assistant Minister for Unification Rhee Bong Jo noted: “There was a complete change in the overall atmosphere.” Agreements were reached to resume work on a number of stalled economic projects and to hold further meetings in October.