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ABC News’ "Missed Opportunities" evades central questions of government role in September 11 attacks

By Kate Randall, 2 March 2002

On February 18-20, the ABC News evening program World News Tonight broadcast a three-part series titled “Missed Opportunities,” which purported to explain the lapses in US intelligence that opened the way for the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

British government faces legal action over Camp X-Ray detainees

By Mike Ingram, 2 March 2002

Solicitors acting for Feroz Abbasi, one of five Britons held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are to take legal action against the Blair government.

Scandal surrounding Australia’s governor-general threatens a "constitutional earthquake"

By Linda Tenenbaum, 2 March 2002

A scandal involving Australia’s governor-general, Dr Peter Hollingworth, has plunged the Howard government into its second political crisis in as many weeks.

The 52nd Berlin Film Festival

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 March 2002

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The 52nd Berlin Film Festival

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 March 2002

In this part we discuss three films dealing with Fascism: Amen by Constantin Costa-Gavros, Taking Sides by Istvan Szabó and Safe Conduct by Bertrand Tavernier.

The Hague Tribunal: Milosevic charges NATO with war crimes

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2002

This is the conclusion of a three-part series dealing with the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at The Hague. See Part 1 and Part 2.

Veteran Sri Lankan Trotskyist dies in Colombo

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 March 2002

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) announces the death of comrade Sabaratnam Rasendran with profound sorrow. Rasendran died at the Chest Hospital in Welisara, Sri Lanka, of pneumonia and lung abscess septicemia at 4am on February 27. He was a member of the Colombo editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and the Central Committee of the SEP, the Sri Lankan section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 March 2002

South Korean utility unions end strikes

Bush visit to Japan cements closer ties against China

By James Conachy, 1 March 2002

The three-day visit to Tokyo by George Bush last week was used to consolidate Japan’s support for a policy of “containing” China and to secure its diplomatic and military participation in the next stages of the US administration’s “war on terrorism”. The consequences will be profoundly destabilising and heighten tensions in East Asia.

Dozens of companies bid to run Philadelphia public schools

By Tom Bishop, 1 March 2002

The decision by the state of Pennsylvania to take over Philadelphia’s public schools last December has been followed by a frenzy of competitive bidding by private firms seeking to cash in on the reorganization of the nation’s sixth largest school district. Dozens of companies have applied to serve as consultants and provide services, while dozens more have applied to run as many as 100 of the lowest performing of the city’s 264 schools.