Showing results 1 to 100 from 171
By Peter Schwarz, 30 November 2001
At its national conference November 24/25, the Green Party voted by a large majority to support the participation of German troops in the “war against terrorism”. More than two-thirds of the 700 conference delegates voted in favour of a resolution proposed by the party executive, ratifying the decision made by the German parliament on November 16.
By James Conachy, 30 November 2001
Before the war on Afghanistan is even over, the Bush administration is already naming other potential targets for American aggression. While the most publicised have been Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, the past weeks have also seen veiled threats against North Korea.
By Gerard Naville, 30 November 2001
On November 23, thousands of workers from the French company Moulinex heard that they had been sacked. This followed two and a half months of protests, demonstrations and other dramatic actions to defend their jobs. Moulinex, a major producer of household appliances, employed nearly 9,000 workers in France and abroad. While most of the Moulinex factories producing irons, microwave ovens, pressure cookers etc are based in Normandy, the company also had subsidiaries in China and Brazil.
By , 30 November 2001
Surrealism, as an artistic movement, was concerned with the nature of the unconscious and its connection with creation. The surrealists sought to break the deadlock of conventional thinking: their experiments tried to highlight the role of the unconscious in creativity in order to break new ground.
By Nick Beams, 30 November 2001
Two conclusions emerge from a speech delivered by US Federal Reserve Board member Laurence Meyer this week: that the deterioration in the American economy has gone much further than financial authorities expected, and that they are not at all confident that interest rate cuts will bring it to an end.
By Alan Whyte, 30 November 2001
The five rank-and-file workers framed up last year on felony rioting charges for participating in a mass picket on the Charleston, South Carolina docks have accepted the state’s offer to drop felony charges in exchange for no contest pleas to lesser offenses. On November 7 two of the men, Jason Edgerton, 22, and Kenneth Jefferson, 41, pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of rioting without the use of a weapon. Circuit Judge Victor Rawl sentenced the men to 30 days in jail or a $100 fine.
By , 30 November 2001
Below we post a selection of recent letters to the WSWS.
By , 29 November 2001
French dockworkers continue strike action
By Liz Smith, 29 November 2001
Education Secretary Estelle Morris has announced the most far-reaching changes affecting the conditions of teachers in England and Wales.
By Tom Bishop, 29 November 2001
In what is being characterized as a change from a “hostile takeover” to a “friendly takeover,” Democratic Philadelphia Mayor John Street and Republican Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker have announced an agreement to begin the privatization of Philadelphia public schools beginning November 30. The plan is the most far-reaching attack on public education in Pennsylvania since public schools were started under the Free Schools Act of 1834, and makes the 210,000-student district the largest public school privatization project in the United States.
By Jerry White, 29 November 2001
Journalists and International Red Cross representatives reported a horrific scene of carnage Wednesday as they entered the prison compound near Mazar-i-Sharif, where up to 800 foreign Taliban prisoners were slaughtered during a three-day siege of the fortress directed by US special forces and CIA operatives.
By Peter Symonds, 29 November 2001
The UN-sponsored talks on the political future of Afghanistan opened on Tuesday in the Petersberg Castle, a luxury hotel just outside the German city of Bonn. The meeting was opened with due pomp and gravity by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, who read out a message from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 November 2001
The Labour government has suppressed a damning report into the procedures used by hospitals to prevent the spread of the incurable brain-wasting disorder variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).
By Shannon Jones, 29 November 2001
On November 20, the US Justice Department Civil Rights Division sponsored a public meeting in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, billed as a “community forum” on combating the post-September 11 discriminatory backlash against Arabs. The irony of the government posing as a friend of Arab residents, while carrying out a dragnet and holding hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants in secret detention, was not lost on those who attended the meeting.
By Jeremy Johnson, 29 November 2001
Hunger and homelessness among New York City’s poor, already on the rise before September 11, have shot up markedly in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. Details are provided in two reports issued last week.
By , 29 November 2001
WSWS : Español
By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2001
The evidence continues to mount that extreme right-wing elements are responsible for the anthrax attacks that have killed five people in the United States since early October. But both the Bush administration and the American media have lapsed into virtual silence on the subject, a noticeable contrast to their portrayal, barely a month ago, of the anthrax attacks as a major terrorist threat.
By Jerry White, 28 November 2001
Despite the silence in the American media and the lies from Bush administration officials, there is growing international outrage over the systematic massacre of hundreds of Taliban prisoners of war in Mazar-i-Sharif on Sunday and Monday. This act of mass murder was carried out by US warplanes and helicopter gunships, directed by US Special Forces and CIA personnel, and backed by several thousand soldiers of the Northern Alliance. As many as 800 prisoners were killed at the Qala-i-Janghi fortress.
By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2001
The campaign of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in the Sri Lankan general elections to be held on December 5 is characterised by two features: extreme Sinhala chauvinism and an attempt to establish its credentials in ruling circles as a responsible party that will provide “good governance”.
By David Walsh, 28 November 2001
These are essentially pointless and witless films about which it is no great pleasure to write. They have little to say and say that badly.
By John Farmer and Chris Talbot, 28 November 2001
After two years of talks, a transitional administration was established in Burundi at the beginning of this month. Despite the deal being described by its main facilitator Nelson Mandela as a “breakthrough which will bring permanent peace and stability”, however, it appears only to have exacerbated the country’s civil war.
By Helmut Arens, 28 November 2001
The Social Democrats suffered a drastic defeat in the Danish general election, which had been brought forward to November 20. They polled just over 29 percent of the vote, in contrast to 35.9 percent at the last poll in 1998, reducing their representation from 63 to 52 in the 179-seat Folketing (parliament).
By Nick Beams, 28 November 2001
The announcement by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that the US economy has entered a recession has not just confirmed what was widely felt to be the case. The official ending of the longest period of expansion on record has raised a number of questions as to the nature of economic growth in the decade of the 1990s, particularly the “new economy” of its latter years.
By , 27 November 2001
Workers oppose job cuts at Peruvian Airlines
By Jean Shaoul, 27 November 2001
US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s long-awaited speech November 19 had been heralded as signalling a new approach to securing a negotiated settlement in the Middle East, in order to maintain Arab support for the war against Afghanistan. In the event, his speech at the University of Louisville, Kentucky was carefully crafted to deflect criticism of US support for Israel and appear even-handed in the Israel-Palestine conflict, without materially changing US foreign policy in the region.
By W.A. Sunil, 27 November 2001
Three people were killed when Sri Lankan police opened fire on demonstrating fishermen near Colombo on November 20. The fishermen were protesting against the destruction of their livelihood in Uswatakeyyava village, 10 kilometres north of the capital.
By David Rowan, 27 November 2001
The Labour government has called on the High Court in London to block a £4 million compensation claim brought against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the British Army by nomadic herdsmen in Kenya.
By the Editorial Board, 27 November 2001
The killing of as many as 800 captured Taliban prisoners Sunday in Mazar-i-Sharif is a war crime for which the American government and military, right up to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush, are politically responsible. This massacre reveals the real nature of the US attack on Afghanistan. The terrorist attacks of September 11 are but a pretext for a colonial-style war of pillage and mass murder.
By , 27 November 2001
Below we post a selection of recent letters to the WSWS
By Peter Byrne and Mike Head, 27 November 2001
Since elections nearly three months ago, the racially-based Fiji government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has consolidated its hold over the country, primarily due to the role played by the Labour Party, led by ousted prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry.
By David Walsh, 26 November 2001
In a November 16 editorial, the New York Times acknowledged the anti-democratic and authoritarian character of the Bush administration’s decision to establish—by executive order—secret military tribunals to try alleged terrorists. The newspaper’s editors described the tribunals as “the latest in a troubling series of attempts to do an end run around the Constitution.” The Times referred as well to the government’s monitoring of conversations between prisoners and their lawyers and its detention of hundreds of people “without revealing their identities, the charges being brought against them or even the reasons for such secrecy.”
By Paul Scherrer, 26 November 2001
The recent surge in unemployment in the United States has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of Americans living without health insurance.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 November 2001
US Attorney General John Ashcroft’s attempt to kill the Oregon law that allows physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients has ignited a storm of opposition and is being challenged in court.
By James Conachy, 26 November 2001
Since September 11, the Chinese regime has cautiously extended its political support to the Bush administration’s war on Afghanistan. At the same time, Beijing has, like other countries, sought to use the opportunity to its own advantage, both at home and internationally.
By , 26 November 2001
Dear Nick Beams,
By Bill Vann, 24 November 2001
As the Bush administration exhorts governments throughout the world to line up behind its “war on terrorism,” it is pressuring the US Senate to push through confirmation of a nominee to a key foreign policy position whose own links to terror and an illegal CIA propaganda operation have raised concerns even among the usually docile Democratic leadership.
By Ram Kumar, 24 November 2001
The Tamil Nadu state government in south India has resorted to all means possible to break a two-week statewide strike of 125,000 bus workers, which it had provoked by slashing this year’s Deepavali Festival bonus. Having cut the bonus from 20 percent of annual salary (6,000 rupees or $US125) to 8.33 percent, Chief Minister Paneerselvam has threatened to sack strikers, warning of “disciplinary action”.
By Guy Charron, 24 November 2001
Canada’s New Democratic Party is holding its biennial convention in Winnipeg this weekend under conditions of unprecedented crisis. Since 1993 the NDP has suffered one electoral rout after another and seen its share of the vote in federal elections more than halved to just 8.5 percent.
By our correspondent, 24 November 2001
On November 14, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced a drop in the economy for the third-quarter, officially putting the country into a recession after two consecutive falls.
By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 24 November 2001
On November 16, Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green Party deputies voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending German troops to participate in the Afghanistan war. Their 336 votes secured a majority for the ruling “red-green” coalition. Three votes less and the government would have been finished. Prior to the vote, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) turned the issue into a vote of confidence for the government, thereby exerting massive pressure on SPD and Green parliamentary deputies.
By , 24 November 2001
Below we post a selection of recent letters on Patrick Martin’s “US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11”.
By , 24 November 2001
Three Indonesian garment workers still in custody
By G. Rojas, 23 November 2001
In recent meetings with Wall Street bankers and members of the Bush administration, Argentina’s President Fernando De la Rua and Economics Minister Domingo Cavallo outlined the latest scheme to prevent an outright default on the country’s $132 billion debt.
By Marianne Arens and Françoise Thull, 23 November 2001
French troops have been participating in the Afghanistan war since November 16.
By Nick Beams, 23 November 2001
There is a growing divergence between financial markets and the increasingly gloomy forecasts about the state of the world economy. In the past two months, the Dow Jones index has risen by 20 percent, wiping out the losses sustained on Wall Street in the aftermath of September 11. But this rise is not being matched by a rebound in the real economy, with forecasts for both US and global growth being revised down, amid warnings that the indebtedness of the Japanese banking system is approaching a disaster.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 23 November 2001
Monday’s near unanimous parliamentary vote for the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill marks a political watershed in Britain. It confirms the absence of any commitment to the defence of democratic rights throughout much of the Labour Party and the ruling establishment.
By Paul Bond, 23 November 2001
The death of any young artist inevitably evokes a feeling of regret at the talent that has been cut off, at the work that will not now be achieved. In the case of actress Charlotte Coleman, who died suddenly last week of a bronchial asthma attack aged 33, that feeling is exacerbated by the awareness that she was just beginning to grow into her full capabilities as an original and inventive performer.
By by Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 23 November 2001
The Socialist Equality Party is fielding a slate of 24 candidates in the Colombo district to advance a socialist solution to the ever-deepening social and economic disaster confronting ordinary working people as a result of the policies of the Peoples Alliance, the United National Party and their various coalition partners.
By David Walsh, 22 November 2001
In an obvious attempt to intimidate voices of opposition, federal agents visited the “Secret Wars” exhibition at the Artcar Museum in Houston on November 7. Agents from the local FBI and Secret Service, presumably members of the agencies’ Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), told a museum employee that they were responding to complaints of “anti-American activity” at the gallery, insisted on touring the show, took notes about its content and asked about the museum’s directors and its financing.
By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2001
Academics critical of the US war in Afghanistan continue to be targeted by the media and right-wing forces in a campaign aimed at silencing opposition to government policies.
By Patrick Richter, 22 November 2001
On November 7, Sabena, the Belgian airline, ended its 78-year history and filed for bankruptcy. The collapse of Sabena, which employs 12,000 workers, is the biggest commercial failure in Belgian history and another link in the chain of airline bankruptcies, following this year’s termination of Canada 3000 (the second largest Canadian airline) and Australia’s Ansett, and the dissolution of Swissair into its own subsidiary.
By Jerry White, 22 November 2001
The White House announced Tuesday that President Bush would block a strike by 15,000 mechanics at United Airlines set to begin next month. Bush’s spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said the president was prepared to do “whatever it takes” to prevent a walkout.
By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2001
The conditions are being established for a slaughter at Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. Up to 20,000 Taliban fighters, including several thousand of the Taliban’s foreign supporters, are trapped in the city—many of them fled there last week after neighbouring cities such as Mazar-e-Sharif and Taloqan fell to the US-backed Northern Alliance. Apart from the southern city of Kandahar, it is the last significant Taliban stronghold.
By John Roberts, 22 November 2001
The murder of Papuan Presidium Council leader Theys Eluay in murky circumstances on the night of November 10-11 has provoked accusations that he was killed for supporting independence for the Indonesian province of West Papua or Irian Jaya. More than a week after his death, few details have been released.
By , 22 November 2001
Professional soccer players in England to hold first ever national strike
By Steve James, 21 November 2001
Just before the Northern Alliance marched into Kabul on Monday November 12, US armed forces dropped a 500-pound bomb on the studios of the popular Arab satellite TV station al-Jazeera (the Peninsula). No one was hurt, as the building was not occupied at the time by any of the 10 al-Jazeera journalists and technicians based there, a decision having already been taken to evacuate the building in advance of the Northern Alliance’s entry into Kabul. The same attack damaged nearby offices of the BBC and the Associated Press.
By John Braddock, 21 November 2001
Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton moved forcefully last week to stamp out dissent within the Labour-Alliance coalition over a New Zealand government offer of Special Air Services (SAS) troops to serve in Afghanistan. Anderton, the Alliance Party leader, effectively nullified a vote at his party’s conference to “review” a decision by Alliance MPs to support the troop deployment.
By Verena Nees, 21 November 2001
Recent presidential elections in Bulgaria resulted in a debacle for the government of the former Bulgarian Tsar Simeon II, with a surprise victory for Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) leader, Georgi Parvanov. Simeon’s government was first voted into office in June with a huge majority.
By Joanne Laurier, 21 November 2001
From Hell, directed by Allen and Albert Hughes; written by Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
By Joseph Kay, 21 November 2001
An opinion piece in the November 13 Wall Street Journal (“As Taliban Falter, We Must Show No Restraint”) reveals the thinking of the most militaristic and fascistic-minded sections of the US ruling elite, whose views are routinely expressed in the Journal’s editorial pages.
By David Rowan, 21 November 2001
The Kenyan government has ordered the arrest of more than 50 Muslims over the past week. A small number of those detained were released on November 15, but the majority continue to be detained without charge and are reported to be under interrogation. They are accused of having business connections with Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda organisation.
By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2001
Insider accounts published in the British, French and Indian media have revealed that US officials threatened war against Afghanistan during the summer of 2001. These reports include the prediction, made in July, that “if the military action went ahead, it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.” The Bush administration began its bombing strikes on the hapless, poverty-stricken country October 7, and ground attacks by US Special Forces began October 19.
By Barry Jobson and Noel Holt, 20 November 2001
Throughout the five week-long election campaign in Australia, the ongoing destruction of jobs barely rated a mention. Yet, major airlines, banks, IT companies and other employers continued to axe jobs right up to polling day on November 10, and the job losses have escalated since.
By , 20 November 2001
Unemployed protest in Argentina
By Mike Ingram, 20 November 2001
Up to 100,000 people marched in London November 18, to demand an end to the bombing of Afghanistan.
By Justus Leicht, 20 November 2001
On November 11 and 12, court proceedings began in perhaps the biggest political trial since the establishment of the Islamic regime in Iran in 1979. It is directed chiefly at the “Iran Freedom Movement” (IFM, nehzat-e azadi-ye Iran), a 40-year-old nationalist-religious group which supported the “reform movement” of president Mohammed Khatami, while demanding a more thorough-going liberalisation and pro-western orientation than Khatami himself.
By our reporter, 20 November 2001
A number of participants in the London demonstration against the war in Afghanistan held November 18 spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.
By Eric Anderson, 20 November 2001
The United Auto Workers (UAW) bureaucracy has announced its intention to cut off strike pay to members of UAW Local 2036 in Henderson, Kentucky after nearly four years on strike against Accuride Corporation, a supplier of wheels for Ford and other truck manufacturers.
By François Legras, 20 November 2001
Canada’s Liberal government is rushing to enact an “anti-terrorism” bill that breaks with key tenets of British-Canadian jurisprudence—tenets historically-developed in the struggle against arbitrary and unfettered executive power.
By Chris Marsden, 19 November 2001
Last week, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair, announced that the dossier of evidence supposedly linking Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network with the September 11 terrorist attacks had been updated and strengthened.
By Nick Beams, 19 November 2001
Faced with a deepening global recession and a severe reduction in the growth of world trade, the major economic powers were anxious to ensure that the World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting in Doha, Qatar, did not end in failure, like the gathering in Seattle two years ago. After extending the talks by nearly a day beyond the original schedule, the 144 trade representatives finally agreed on a statement to begin a new round of trade negotiations.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2001
Following the collapse of the Taliban regime over the last week, Afghanistan is rapidly reverting to the political pattern that existed in the early 1990s, with rival ethnic and religious groups, tribal clans and militia leaders all staking their claim to power.
By David Walsh, 19 November 2001
“Samuel Johnson’s saying that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels has some truth in it but not nearly enough. Patriotism, in truth, is the great nursery of scoundrels, and its annual output is probably greater than that of even religion. Its chief glories are the demagogue, the military bully, and the spreaders of libels and false history. Its philosophy rests firmly on the doctrine that the end justifies the means—that any blow, whether above or below the belt, is fair against dissenters from its wholesale denial of plain facts.”—H. L. Mencken
By Ann Talbot, 17 November 2001
Speaking to the International Institute of Strategic Studies on October 22, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw proposed a plan to, as he put it, bring “order out of chaos.”
By Helmut Arens, 17 November 2001
On November 20, Denmark is holding a general election. The Social Democratic Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen called the election at short notice on October 31, although he could have remained in office until March next year. Rasmussen has been prime minister since 1993 and presently leads a minority government of Social Democrats and Radical Liberals (Radikale Venstre).
By , 17 November 2001
Indian transport workers strike over festival bonus
By Chris Talbot, 17 November 2001
Last week the United Nations met to consider the effect of its sanctions on Liberia. The meeting follows a campaign by the United States and British governments over so-called "conflict" diamonds, said to be financing the purchase of arms and fomenting wars throughout Africa.
By Julie Hyland, 17 November 2001
Home Secretary David Blunkett unveiled his proposed Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill Tuesday. The sweeping and draconian character of the measures it contains refutes the claim that they are aimed at ensuring the security of the population from terrorist attack. The bill’s aim is to enable the government to impose long-sought restrictions on civil liberties.
By Kate Randall, 17 November 2001
In the space of little more than a week, the Bush administration has issued a series of executive orders that amount to the most far-reaching assault on democratic rights in modern legal history. The directives violate protections laid down in the US Constitution and upheld by judicial precedent over many decades.
By our correspondents, 17 November 2001
The World Socialist Web Site sent a number of reporting teams on November 10 to polling booths in various suburbs—both working class and middle class—in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Their interviews provide some interesting insights into the shifts in political thinking among voters.
By , 16 November 2001
Below we post recent letters on “The 2000 elections and Bush’s attacks on democratic rights” and “Chilling episode in Bush’s war on democratic rights—Green Party activist recounts military detention at Maine airport”
By Mile Klindo, 16 November 2001
During the last decade Australian banks have foreclosed on hundreds of businesses and destroyed thousands of jobs. Since 1993, according to recent data, they have shut down 2,000 local bank branches—over 700 of these in rural and remote areas—and axed 40,000 jobs whilst boosting profits by over 300 percent. These actions have generated a deep-seated hostility towards the banks, particularly amongst ruined small business operators and family farmers.
By Jerry White, 16 November 2001
On November 12, a consortium of major US news organizations, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and CNN, released the results of a 10-month investigation into disputed votes cast in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. The media report was calculated to boost the political legitimacy of the Bush administration and obscure the profoundly anti-democratic manner in which Bush was installed in the White House.
By Brian Smith, 16 November 2001
A 36-hour deluge over last weekend has claimed the lives of at least 650 people and made thousands more homeless around the Algerian capital, Algiers. Three quarters of the dead are from Algiers itself, with fully half from the working class district of Bab el Oued.
By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2001
The following is the text of a speech delivered by Chris Marsden to a series of four public meetings in the British cities of Sheffield, Leeds, London and Manchester. Marsden is the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) and a member of the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site .
By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2001
On Friday, the Bundestag (parliament) will debate a motion linking Germany’s participation in the Afghanistan war with a vote of confidence in the government. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder decided upon this procedure, which is unique in the history of post-war Germany, to intimidate and silence those critical voices being raised against the largest ever military intervention by the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces).
By Peter Symonds, 15 November 2001
The rapid disintegration of the Taliban hold over much of Afghanistan, including the fall of the capital Kabul on Tuesday to the US-backed opposition forces of the Northern Alliance, has left the US and its allies scrambling to cobble together a regime to fill the political vacuum.
By David Walsh, 15 November 2001
On November 1 Green Party USA activist Nancy Oden was prevented from boarding a plane to Chicago at the Bangor (Maine) International Airport and temporarily detained on orders of military personnel stationed at the airport. Officials claimed that Oden, 60, a vocal opponent of the war in Afghanistan, had refused to cooperate with security procedures, a claim belied by the facts of the case.
By , 15 November 2001
Royal Shakespeare Company staff to strike
By Patrick Richter, 15 November 2001
During the evening of October 30, around 300 skinheads armed with wooden clubs and iron bars launched a vicious attack on Tsaritsyno market in the south of Moscow. They assaulted dozens of stallholders, most of whom originate from the southern regions of the former Soviet Union. Following their initial attack, about 100 skinheads then entered the subway station near the market—lashing out at passers-by and those using the tube. They got off one station further on and then attacked Afghan refugees residing in the Hotel Sevastopol. Some of those assaulted suffered life threatening injuries.
By Steve James, 15 November 2001
On November 9, Henry McLeish resigned as First Minister in the Scottish parliament. The surprise resignation, over a relatively minor tax and property scandal, again exposes the instability of the new devolved institutions. It poses the Labour Party with the task of finding a credible political leader to head the Edinburgh legislature, for the third time in as many years. Similar problems have beset all the devolved bodies, with the Welsh Assembly now being run by Rhodri Morgan, the third incumbent to occupy the First Minister’s post in Cardiff.
By Tom Bishop, 15 November 2001
In a move that is brazenly undemocratic in its method and purpose, the state of Pennsylvania is preparing the privatization of the management of the School District of Philadelphia and total or partial privatization of two-thirds of its 264 schools. The state takeover of the fifth largest school district in the United States would involve the most radical reform ever undertaken in a large urban school district.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2001
The decision to deploy 3,900 soldiers for the military campaign “against international terrorism” means the Social Democratic-Green Party coalition government is leading Germany into a war whose scope, duration and consequences are immeasurable.
By by Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 14 November 2001
Britain’s Labour government is seeking to rush through the most sweeping attack on democratic rights since the Second World War, on the flimsy pretext of combating terrorism.
By Barry Grey, 14 November 2001
In the weeks since the September 11 terror attacks, the media have devoted their efforts to supporting the Bush administration’s war in Afghanistan and its assault on democratic rights, uncritically repeating the government’s propaganda and tamely acceding to its clampdown on all independent information.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2001
The Liberal-National Party government of Prime Minister John Howard was returned to office with a slightly increased parliamentary majority at last Saturday’s election, handing the Labor Party its third successive defeat. While, on the surface, little has changed in electoral terms, the results reveal a political system in an advanced state of decay.
By , 14 November 2001
WSWS : Español
By David Walsh, 14 November 2001
According to US authorities, a preliminary assessment—including the analysis of the cockpit voice recorder—indicates that Monday morning’s crash of an American Airlines flight in New York City was the result of mechanical failure and not a terrorist attack. The tragedy, which killed more than 260 people, occurred only two minutes after Flight 587 took off from Kennedy International Airport bound for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Nearly all the passengers on board were Dominicans.
By Mike Ingram, 14 November 2001
After much talk of the UK spending its way out of a recession, the government was forced to issue a statement Monday urging the public to think carefully before borrowing money or buying on credit.
By Peter Reydt, 13 November 2001
On November 8 at around 5.00pm, an explosion occurred in one of two furnaces at the Corus Steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales. The furnaces produce molten iron in the initial phase of steel production. For as yet unexplained reasons, hundreds of tons of white-hot metal punched a hole in the structure.