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US shippers lock out dockworkers on West Coast

By Andrea Cappannari and Rafael Azul, 30 September 2002

The renewed shutdown of all ports on the West Coast of the United States by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) signifies an increasingly aggressive stance on the part of the shipping companies in their ongoing dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) over the terms of a new contract. After bringing dockworkers back on the job for one day after a 36-hour lockout, the shippers refused to call anyone back to work Monday morning.

The Iraqi oppositionists and US plans for “regime change” in Baghdad

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2002

Below is the first of a two-part article on the Iraqi opposition. The second part will be published on October 1.

Hundreds of thousands march in London to oppose war vs. Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2002

A protest march against the threat of impending military action against Iraq was held in London on September 28. An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 people attended the demonstration called by the Stop the War Coalition and Muslim Association of Britain under the banner, “Don’t Attack Iraq and Freedom for Palestine”.

Tensions flare between Washington and Berlin

By Peter Schwarz, 30 September 2002

Within days of his re-election as German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder (SPD—Social Democratic Party) has retreated from his categorical rejection during the election campaign of a war against Iraq. Schröder and his Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Green Party) are now doing everything in their power to dispel tensions between Berlin and the Bush administration.

The logic of dictatorship: Bush demands workers sacrifice rights to “homeland security"

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2002

In a series of campaign-style appearances and rallies last week, President Bush reiterated his demand that Congress strip workers in the proposed new Department of Homeland Security of trade union rights and civil service protection. He praised the bill passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, while attacking the Democratic-controlled Senate, which he said “wants to micromanage the executive branch of government.” He added, “The Senate wants a thick book of rules on how to defend the homeland.”

Australian government rejects call for caution on US war

By Mike Head, 28 September 2002

The Howard government this week dismissed warnings by nine former political and military leaders that participation in a US-led invasion of Iraq without UN approval would be potentially disastrous for Australia. The swift rejection is another indication that Australian troops could soon be dispatched to a so-called “pre-emptive” war.

US media begins preparing the public for mass slaughter in Iraq

By Bill Vann, 28 September 2002

In the midst of the Bush administration’s drumbeat for an invasion of Iraq, the government and the media have begun to prepare public opinion for a massive slaughter of innocent Iraqi civilians, as well as substantial American military casualties.

Luego de declarar incumplimiento de deudas, la economía argentina sufre la peor recesión de su historia

By , 28 September 2002

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Mass arrests at anti-IMF protest in Washington

By Kate Randall, 28 September 2002

Over 600 demonstrators were arrested Friday in Washington DC during the first day of protests against the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, which are holding their annual meetings beginning this Sunday in the nation’s capital. The local authorities, egged on by the Bush administration and backed by the media, effectively suspended constitutional rights for those seeking to express their opposition to globalization and to the impending US military attack on Iraq.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 28 September 2002

Philippines canning workers strike

Utilities commission charges energy companies with fraud in California crisis

By Andrea Cappannari, 28 September 2002

Details of the fraudulent schemes used by energy companies to manipulate California’s deregulated power market have been exposed in a report issued September 17 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). At a time when the impact of a severe budget crisis has led to extensive cutbacks in social services, this account, along with other exposures, reveals some of the means by which California’s treasury was drained of over $11 billion in the course of an energy crisis that lasted over a year.

Democrat Carl Levin rebuffs Michigan peace activists

By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2002

A September 21 meeting between pacifist opponents of the US war drive against Iraq and Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, provided an object lesson in the futility of basing opposition to war on appeals to the Democrats. It underscored the fact that the Democratic Party is committed to a colonial-style war against Iraq.

Toronto International Film Festival 2002: Eight films

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2002

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Toronto International Film Festival 2002, held September 5-14.

US poverty rose sharply in 2001

By Kate Randall, 27 September 2002

The proportion of Americans living in poverty rose sharply in 2001, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on September 24. In percentage terms, the poverty rate increased to 11.7 percent from 11.3 percent in 2000, the first such yearly rise in eight years. The number of poor Americans swelled to 32.9 million, a rise of 1.3 million.

US, UK warplanes bomb civilian airport in Iraq

By Bill Vann, 27 September 2002

US and British warplanes carried out successive bombing raids against Iraqi targets on Wednesday and Thursday, inflicting substantial damage to the main civilian airport in southern Iraq’s port city of Basra.

Britain: Preparations for war underway despite Blair’s assurances

By Julie Hyland, 27 September 2002

Given his chosen role as America’s most faithful ally, Prime Minister Tony Blair has been at pains to present himself to his Labour government colleagues and European allies as a moderating influence—reining in the unilateralist cowboys in the White House in order to focus US military capabilities in a way beneficial to the whole world.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 27 September 2002

Rail workers and pilots take strike action in Italy

World economy like a “house of cards”

By Nick Beams, 27 September 2002

The International Monetary Fund meeting to be held in Washington over the weekend takes place amid what is arguably developing into the most serious crisis of the global capitalist economy in the post-war era. It is not just that growth rates have been revised down, following claims of a recovery earlier this year. There is also a growing sense that a series of financial and economic problems are coming together.

Blair’s Iraq dossier: a transparently trumped-up case for war

By Julie Hyland, 27 September 2002

The document released September 24 by British Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to convince anyone who was not already gung-ho for war that the alleged extent of Iraq’s possession of “weapons of mass destruction” justified renewed US bombing of Baghdad.

Quebec elite’s new consensus: public and social services must be gutted

By Guy Charron, 27 September 2002

Just five days apart, the two parties that have dominated Quebec politics for the past three decades—the governing Parti Québécois (PQ) and the official opposition Liberals (PLQ)—announced that the “Quebec model” of socio-economic development was outmoded and that the role of the state in providing public services must be radically transformed.

Toronto International Film Festival 2002: Even in success, problems

By David Walsh, 26 September 2002

This is the third in a series of articles on the Toronto International Film Festival 2002, held September 5-14.

El gobierno de Bush quiere la guerra

By , 26 September 2002

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Bank of Japan announces desperate measures to shore up banking system

By Joe Lopez, 26 September 2002

In an unprecedented move, Japan’s central bank, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) announced late last week that it would purchase stocks held by the nation’s largest and most troubled banks in order to bolster stability in the financial system. Although concrete details have not been finalised, the plan is to purchase some three trillion yen of shares ($US24.5 billion) held by at least 10 major financial institutions, and hold them for at least 10 years.

US congressional hearings on September 11: more evidence of provocation and cover-up

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2002

The first week of public hearings before the joint congressional committee investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks has been a clear demonstration of why the White House fought so bitterly to derail any official investigation into the events of one year ago.

New York state “terror” arrests—test case in attack on rights

By Bill Vann, 26 September 2002

The FBI’s arrest earlier this month of six young Arab-American men in the depressed former steel-making center of Lackawanna, New York has initiated what may become a test case on how far the Bush administration can go in employing extra-constitutional measures in the name of its “war on terrorism.”

Israeli siege aimed at driving Arafat into exile

By Chris Marsden, 26 September 2002

Israel’s ongoing siege of Yasser Arafat’s headquarters has nothing to do with efforts to clamp down on suicide bombers. Ariel Sharon’s Likud-Labour government is not acting in self-defence but waging a war of aggression with the eventual aim of destroying the Palestinian Authority. At the very least, Sharon’s aim is to drive Arafat into exile.

New Zealand opposition leader launches racist diatribe against immigrants

By John Braddock, 26 September 2002

The leader of New Zealand’s second main opposition party, New Zealand First, has used the first parliamentary sitting following the July 27 election to deliver an extraordinarily inflammatory speech blaming the country’s worsening social crisis on recent immigrants.

Nigerian factory fire kills 45 workers

By our correspondent, 25 September 2002

At least 45 workers lost their lives on the night of September 15 when a fire swept through a Nigerian plastics factory—West Africa Rubber Products Limited—in the Odoguny Industrial Estate, Ikorodu, 40 kilometres north of Lagos. The fire gutted the factory and the adjacent Super Engineering Limited, both of which are owned by a conglomerate based in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

United Nations ignores worsening famine in Southern Africa

By Barry Mason and Chris Talbot, 25 September 2002

As world leaders attended the United Nations General Assembly last week, new figures were released showing the deepening famine facing Southern Africa. James Morris, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs, explained, “the humanitarian crisis is not only devastatingly real, it is also worsening faster than was originally projected.”

Canada: Right-wing furor over student protest against Netanyahu

By Lee Parsons and Keith Jones, 25 September 2002

Canada’s political establishment and media have raised a furor over a student protest that forced the cancellation of a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Montreal’s Concordia University. Turning reality on its head, they have depicted the protest against Netanyahu’s September 9 speech as a grievous and violent assault on the right to free speech and are now invoking this malicious distortion to press for limits on campus political activity.

“You don’t have time to care for patients properly”

By Leanne Jones, 25 September 2002

The World Socialist Web Site asked three nurses to comment on the exodus of nurses from Australian hospitals. Jean is an enrolled nurse who left the public hospital system 15 months ago, after nursing for 20 years. Vivian, also an enrolled nurse, recently quit after working in the system for five years. Sophie, who has been nursing for seven years, is currently working in a psychiatric hospital and studying at university to become a registered nurse.

Nurses quit Australian hospitals in record numbers

By Leanne Jones, 25 September 2002

A report delivered to the federal government on September 16 warned that Australia’s nursing shortage will rise six-fold to 31,000 by 2006, with another 22,000 nurses leaving the profession over the next four years. A spokesman for public hospitals, Australian Healthcare Association chief executive Mark Cormack, described the predicted staffing crisis as “catastrophic” for a system already “really struggling with current vacancy levels”.

US press enlists for war on Iraq

By Bill Vann, 25 September 2002

As the Bush administration prepares for a colonial-style war against Iraq, the US media increasingly assumes the role of a semi-official propaganda arm for the White House and the Pentagon.

The Florida terror attack that never was: a case study in media hysteria, anti-Muslim bigotry and police abuse

By Kate Randall, 25 September 2002

An incident earlier this month involving three Muslim medical students traveling to Florida is indicative of the efforts of the government and media to spread fear and panic and use the “war on terrorism” as a pretext for implementing police-state measures.

Likely cause of Indian rail disaster: neglect not “sabotage”

By Arun Kumar, 24 September 2002

The Indian rail system has experienced another major rail disaster. On September 9, the Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express—a luxury, high-speed train—derailed while crossing a bridge in the Aurangabad district of the northern state of Bihar and plunged into the Dhawa River. At the latest count, 129 of the 600 passengers and rail staff on board were killed and another 200 were injured.

An exchange on Zimbabwe

By , 24 September 2002

The following letter is in response to the World Socialist Web Site article “Britain’s Guardian backs CIA dirty tricks in Zimbabwe”. It is published together with a reply by Ann Talbot on behalf of the editorial board.

Global imbalances are “unsustainable” says IMF

By Nick Beams, 24 September 2002

According to the US Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill, there is no need for any concern about the widening American trade gap. The current account deficit, he maintains, is a “meaningless concept.” But that view is not shared in global financial institutions, in particular the International Monetary Fund, which has added its voice to warnings that sooner or later the growing external indebtedness of the US will have major international consequences.

German elections: Social Democrats and Greens retain power with a narrow majority

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2002

With a narrow but clear lead, the governing coalition of the SPD (Social Democratic Party) and Green Party, headed by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD), retained power in Sunday’s national elections.

Britain: Firefighters speak on threatened strike

By our correspondent, 24 September 2002

Britain’s firefighters are to vote on whether to stage the first national strike for a quarter of a century. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which organises 55,000 firefighters, will announce the result on October 18. The FBU is demanding a pay rise of almost 40 percent, taking firefighters’ pay to £30,000, having rejected an offer of just 4 percent from local government employers.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 24 September 2002

Mexican VW workers sign pact

Toronto International Film Festival 2002: Why are there so many disappointing films?

By David Walsh, 23 September 2002

This is the second of a series of articles on the Toronto International Film Festival 2002, held September 5-14.

Bush administration abets right-wing provocation on eve of German election

By Peter Schwarz, 23 September 2002

Following remarks by the German minister of justice, Herta Däubler-Gmelin, who is alleged to have compared George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler, the Bush administration responded with a sharp attack on the Social Democratic (SPD)-Green Party government, headed by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Washington seized on the report of Däubler-Gmelin’s remarks to join with the conservative opposition in Germany in creating an international scandal on the eve of Sunday’s national elections.

Serbia holds presidential elections two years after Milosevic’s fall

By Tony Robson and Paul Bond, 23 September 2002

Presidential elections are currently taking place in Serbia. Voters will go to the polls on Sunday, September 29—almost two years to the day since the downfall of the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. The Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS), which came to power with Western backing, still maintains the title even though it is the party of government.

Malaysian court rules: no evidence to justify political detentions

By John Roberts, 23 September 2002

A ruling in Malaysia’s highest court, the Federal Court, on September 6 has revealed the blatantly political character of the continued detention of four opposition figures on trumped-up allegations of “terrorism” and “subversion”. The four have been held without trial for over a year under the country’s notorious Internal Security Act (ISA).

Hundreds of Tamils held without trial despite Sri Lankan peace talks

By Shree Haran and K. Ratnayake, 23 September 2002

Even though the first round of the Sri Lankan peace talks took place in Thailand last week, the government has refused to release hundreds of Tamil prisoners being held without trial under the country’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Many have been falsely accused of being members of, or assisting, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as part of the security forces’ systematic harassment of the country’s Tamil minority.

Britain: Endowment mortgages showing massive shortfalls

By Neil Hodge, 21 September 2002

Just like the great pensions mis-selling scandals that rocked the UK during the last decade and brought misery to millions, another personal finance disgrace involving endowment mortgages could swallow up the savings of hundreds of thousands of people and even leave them homeless. And like the pensions scandals of the 1990s, no one is likely to be held to account.

Oil and “conspiracy theories”: a reply to a liberal apologist for the US war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2002

Below is the concluding part of a two-part article replying to a recent commentary attacking so-called “conspiracy theories” about the US response to the September 11 terror attacks, including an article posted last November on the World Socialist Web Site. The first part appeared Friday, September 20.

Democrats jump on Bush’s war wagon

By Bill Vann, 21 September 2002

With Bush’s dismissal of Iraq’s agreement to readmit weapons inspectors, the pretense that the US war drive is motivated by concern over “weapons of mass destruction” stands thoroughly exposed. A number of US allies, led by United Nations Security Council member Russia, are resisting, at least for now, Washington’s demand that the UN sanction its war plans. But the response from one corner—the Democratic Party—has been to rally all the more demonstratively behind the White House’s preparations for a “preemptive” invasion of the oil-rich country.

Election statement of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) of Germany

By , 21 September 2002

The Bundestag (parliamentary) elections on September 22 take place under dramatic conditions. In the Middle East, the danger of war intensifies. A military strike by the US against Iraq threatens to set the entire region ablaze, with unpredictable results for the rest of the world. Unemployment, poverty and education cutbacks have reached alarming heights and the crisis on the financial markets could trigger a worldwide recession at any time. Fundamental democratic rights are under continuous attack. Environmental disasters are mounting. But none of the political parties contesting the German elections has a response to these problems.

Haider brings down the Austrian government

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 September 2002

After three years in power the Austrian government, composed of a coalition of the conservative Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) and the extreme-right Freedom Party (FP), has collapsed. New elections have been called for the beginning of November. Until that time the existing government under Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (ÖVP) will remain in power.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 21 September 2002

Indonesian contract workers protest Caltex layoffs

Sri Lankan peace talks: the LTTE bows to international capital

By the Editorial Board, 21 September 2002

The Sri Lankan peace talks, held in Thailand from Monday to Wednesday, provide an object lesson in the political bankruptcy of bourgeois nationalism. The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) has announced to the world it will join the long line of national liberation movements that have exchanged their combat fatigues for an entrée card into government administration and corporate boardrooms.

Zionist right attacks Britain’s chief rabbi for criticising Israeli policy

By Jean Shaoul and Julie Hyland, 20 September 2002

Criticism of the Sharon regime’s military suppression of the Palestinians by Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks provoked a vitriolic response within the Israeli political establishment.

US drops accusation that Somalis supported Al Qaeda

By David Rowan, 20 September 2002

At the end of August the United States Treasury Department removed three Somali individuals and three money transfer companies from a list of alleged supporters of terrorism and dropped all charges against them.

Oil and “conspiracy theories”: a reply to a liberal apologist for the US war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2002

Below is the first part of a two-part article replying to a recent commentary attacking so-called “conspiracy theories” about the US response to the September 11 terror attacks, including an article posted last November on the World Socialist Web Site. The second part was posted on Saturday, September 21.

Australian government commits to Bush’s war

By Mike Head, 20 September 2002

The Australian government this week felt compelled by growing public opposition to the planned US-led war on Iraq to allow a token parliamentary debate on the issue. But even as the parliamentary session proceeded, Prime Minister John Howard made it crystal clear that he is committed to joining the Bush administration’s assault, with or without UN sanction, regardless of any parliamentary discussion.

What really happened to the League of Nations

By David North, 20 September 2002

In the intellectual and moral wasteland that comprises American journalism, there is no part of the territory that is as repugnant as that occupied by the syndicated newspaper columnist, also known as the pundit. His or her specific job is the daily administration of the necessary doses of cynicism, deceit, ignorance, mammon-worship and chauvinism required to stupefy, mislead and incite public opinion.

Bush’s pay-off to China over Iraq: Uighur group declared “terrorist”

By Angela Pagano and James Conachy, 20 September 2002

On September 12, the United Nations accepted a joint recommendation by the governments of the United States, China, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan that the Chinese-based East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) be declared a terrorist organisation. In the midst of the war preparations by the Bush administration against Iraq, Washington’s support for this motion can only be interpreted as a US pay-off to the Beijing regime to secure its acquiescence in the UN.

The Toronto International Film Festival 2002: A conversation about cinema

By David Walsh, 20 September 2002

This is the first of a series of articles on the Toronto International Film Festival 2002, held September 5-14.

Russia: a railroad deal lies behind Putin’s meeting with North Korean leader

By Vladimir Volkov, 19 September 2002

Recent events show that Vladimir Putin’s government is trying to exploit US preparations for war against Iraq to improve the economic and foreign position of Russia.

Workers Struggles: Europe, the Middle East and Africa

By , 19 September 2002

London Underground workers to take further industrial action

200,000 protest in Rome vs Berlusconi’s legal “reforms”

By Chris Marsden, 19 September 2002

An estimated 200,000 protesters gathered in the square in front of Rome’s San Giovanni basilica on September 16 to oppose legal reforms planned by the right-wing government of Silvio Berlusconi. The legislation is designed to scupper the prime minister’s upcoming corruption trial.

Colombia’s President Uribe intensifies repression

By Bill Vann, 19 September 2002

Colombia’s armed forces were placed on a “maximum state of alert” September 16 as hundreds of thousands of workers joined in a general strike against the policies of the newly installed US-backed government of President Alvaro Uribe.

“A cause worth fighting for”

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2002

Australian Rules, directed by Paul Goldman and produced by Mark Lazarus, exposes racial discrimination and intolerance in a small South Australian fishing community. Currently screening in Australian cinemas, the movie, which has also been shown at recent festivals in Scotland, Greece and Spain, was opposed by a handful of Aboriginal activists who attempted to assert control over the film’s creative content and falsely claimed that the film was racist.

Racism and small-town bigotry

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2002

Australian Rules, directed by Paul Goldman and based on Phillip Gwynne’s semi-autobiographical novel Deadly, Unna? is a compassionate exposure of racism and small-town bigotry and its tragic consequences.

US military scapegoats pilots over “friendly fire” deaths in Afghanistan

By Peter Symonds, 18 September 2002

In what amounts to a cynical exercise in scapegoating, the US Air Force announced last Friday its intention to charge two F-16 pilots over the deaths of four Canadian soldiers and the injury of eight others in a “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan on April 17. Major Harry Schmidt and Major William Umbach each face four charges of involuntary manslaughter, eight of aggravated assault and one of dereliction of duty. If court-martialed and found guilty, each could face up to 64 years in jail and the loss of all pay and allowances. Only once before—in Iraq in 1994—have US military personnel been prosecuted over a “friendly fire” incident in a combat zone.

Israel expels relatives of assassinated Al-Aqsa Brigades member

By Harvey Thompson, 18 September 2002

On September 3, Israel’s supreme court ruled in favour of forcibly expelling relatives suspected of helping a Palestinian alleged to have planned a bombing. The court decision ignored protests from human rights groups pointing out that the action contravened international law.

The Bush administration wants war

By David North, 18 September 2002

If it achieved nothing else, the offer of the Iraqi government to accept without conditions the return of United Nations weapons inspectors has exposed the most essential truth of contemporary international politics: the Bush administration wants war. Its hysterical claims of “weapons of mass destruction” have never been anything else but a means of manufacturing a public justification for war. The Bush administration has responded angrily to the diplomatic note of the Iraqi foreign minister—demanding that it be ignored by the UN—because it knows that Saddam Hussein’s concession deprives the United States of the fig leaf of a pseudo-legal pretext for invading Iraq, destroying its government, seizing its oilfields and reducing the country to what would be, in effect, semi-colonial status.

Letters from our readers

By , 18 September 2002

On US executive compensation:

The stock market bubble and Mr Greenspan

By Nick Beams, 18 September 2002

As the after-effects of the collapse of the stock market bubble flow through the US and global economies with warnings of a Japanese-style stagnation no longer uncommon, the role of Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan has come under closer scrutiny.

Swedish Social Democrats hold on to government

By Steve James, 18 September 2002

The Social Democratic Party (SAP) has won the Swedish general election and will lead a new government, possibly in coalition with the Left Party and Green Party. With all but postal votes counted, the SAP won 40.2 percent of the vote, the Left Party 8.4 percent, and the Greens 4.6 percent, giving a total of 53.8 percent for the governing alliance against 43.5 percent for its conservative Moderate-led opponents. The SAP will either form a government on its own, with Left and Green support in the Riksdag, or it may offer them ministerial positions.

Threat of plant closures dominates Canadian auto talks

By David Adelaide, 17 September 2002

Since July, the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) has been engaged in contract talks with the Big Three automakers—General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler—which collectively employ almost 45,000 CAW members. The union has set a strike deadline of midnight tonight for 19,000 GM workers, but CAW President Buzz Hargrove has strongly hinted that a strike will be averted.

Germany: Deportation centre opens in Bavaria

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 September 2002

Last week, Interior Minister Guenter Beckstein publicly unveiled the Bavaria’s first deportation centre. The camp in Fuerth will hold up to 100 refugees prior to their “voluntary departure”.

US bribes and threatens “allies” over Iraq

By Bill Vann, 17 September 2002

In the wake of Bush’s ultimatum to the United Nation’s General Assembly to back a US war against Iraq, Washington has launched a multi-sided campaign to bribe and threaten governments around the world.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 17 September 2002

Brazilian transit strike

General Electric’s Jack Welch and the corporate plundering of America

By Jeremy Johnson, 17 September 2002

Divorce papers filed in court earlier this month against retired General Electric Corporation Chairman and CEO John F. Welch Jr. provided a glimpse into the lifestyle of America’s corporate elite. In her suit to dissolve their 13-year marriage, Jane Beasley Welch complains that the $35,000 per month offered by her husband is nowhere near enough to maintain the “extraordinary” standard of living that they enjoyed together.

IMF report warns of global financial risks

By Nick Beams, 17 September 2002

While the global financial system appears to be relatively stable at present, it could face serious risks in the future arising from a collapse of investor confidence or a tightening of credit. This warning is contained in the latest quarterly Financial Global Stability report released by the International Monetary Fund last week.

Spain to outlaw Basque nationalist party

By Vicky Short, 16 September 2002

Spain’s judiciary and the right-wing People’s Party (PP) government of Jose Maria Aznar are pressing ahead with outlawing the Herri Batasuna (People’s Unity) party.

Another Florida election debacle, and its political lessons

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2002

On Tuesday, September 10, voters in the state of Florida went to the polls in the first statewide balloting since the disputed presidential contest of 2000. Several million people cast ballots to determine the Democratic and Republican candidates for the November 5 general election, with most of the attention focused on the Democratic gubernatorial contest.

Israeli government censors architectural exhibition

By Tim Tower, 16 September 2002

In an effort to stifle and conceal mounting opposition within Israel to the war against the Palestinians, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has initiated a witch-hunt against two prize-winning architects and prevented their work from being displayed at the World Congress of Architecture in Berlin, Germany and at the Venice Biennale in Italy.

LTTE official issues death threat against SEP in Sri Lanka

By M. Aravinthan, 16 September 2002

A local official for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Semmanan, has issued what amounts to a death threat against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on Kayts Island in the northern Jaffna area of Sri Lanka. He also warned that the LTTE would halt the SEP’s political activities in the north of Sri Lanka and take over a fishermen’s union organised by the party.

September 11 in Chile—clashes on coup’s anniversary

By Bill Vann, 14 September 2002

In Chile, September 11 was marked by violent clashes between demonstrators and Carabinero military police, resulting in over 500 arrests and scores of wounded.

El costo social de la crisis argentina

By , 14 September 2002

WSWS : Español

Alabama miner speaks on 2001 explosion that claimed 13 lives

By Paul Sherman, 14 September 2002

Ricky Rose, a coal miner from Alabama, contacted the World Socialist Web Site after reading material posted on our site about the rescue of nine coal miners at the Quecreek mine in southwestern Pennsylvania this past July.

Letters on US war plans against Iraq

By , 14 September 2002

The following is a selection of letters from our readers on Bush’s September 12 speech at the United Nations and US plans for war against Iraq.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 14 September 2002

South Korean police raid hospital occupations

Palestinian-American professors victimized: An attack on academic freedom and free speech

By Debra Watson, 14 September 2002

Pressured by the Bush administration and the Florida state government, headed by the president’s brother Governor Jeb Bush, the University of South Florida (USF) is moving to revoke the tenure of Dr. Sami Al-Arian and fire him for his pro-Palestinian views. Al-Arian is a computer engineering professor employed at the university since 1986. He was suspended with pay at the Tampa campus shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Las montañas de mentiras y falsificaciones de Cheney en su campaña a favor de la guerra

By , 14 September 2002

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Britain’s trade union federation lines up behind Bush/Blair war drive

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2002

The annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) provided a showcase for the type of sycophancy and cowardice one has come to expect from Britain’s trade unions.

Bush at the UN: Washington’s war ultimatum to the world

By the Editorial Board, 13 September 2002

George W. Bush went before the United Nations General Assembly Thursday to reiterate Washington’s plans for war against Iraq and issue an ultimatum to the UN itself: rubber stamp American aggression or become “irrelevant.”

Ambush near US-owned mine in Papua suggests Indonesian army involvement

By John Roberts, 13 September 2002

In the early afternoon of August 31, an estimated 15 gunmen opened fire with M-16 assault rifles on three Land Cruisers travelling on a mountain road near the huge US-owned Freeport gold and copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua. Three people, one Indonesian and two Americans, were killed and 10 others wounded. All were staff members at the mine’s international school.

Australian government echoes Bush rhetoric on Iraq

By Mike Head, 13 September 2002

After months of signalling his government’s support for a unilateral US assault on Iraq, Australian Prime Minister John Howard has, in recent days, performed a change of tack, in line with the latest shift by the Bush administration.

The German PDS: an establishment party which calls itself socialist

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 September 2002

At a meeting called by the Sächsische Zeitung, an influential regional newspaper with close links to the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) based in Dresden, the capital city of the eastern German state of Saxony, the main speaker was Roland Claus. Claus is chairman of the parliamentary fraction of the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism—formerly the East German Stalinist SED) and had travelled from Berlin in order to submit himself to the so-called “crossfire” of questions by the SZ reporters. The city of Dresden was at the epicentre of devastating floods which particularly affected large areas of East Germany.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 13 September 2002

Airline pilots in France strike

September 11—exploiting grief to prepare for war

By Bill Vann, 13 September 2002

The official commemoration of the first anniversary of the terrorist atrocities of September 11 was the occasion for a cynical exploitation of the grief felt by tens of thousands who lost loved ones in the attacks, as well as the sorrow shared by millions across the globe over the wanton destruction of innocent life.

One year after the terror attacks: still no official investigation into September 11

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2002

One year after the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people, there has not been a single public congressional hearing, no official report has been prepared, and many of the most basic facts remain shrouded in secrecy.

Readers respond to WSWS statement vs. Iraq war

By , 12 September 2002

The following is a selection of letters received on the September 9 World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board statement, “Oppose US war against Iraq! Build an international movement against imperialism!”

UN report on Middle East catalogues widening inequality

By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2002

The United Nations Development Programme has issued its annual Human Development Reports which survey the various regions of the planet. For the first time, the 2002 study includes a report on the Arab states, covering a total of 22 countries. With a population of 280 million, stretching from the Maghreb to the Gulf, the region encompasses 5 percent of the world’s population.

OECD study shows growing gulf between rich and poor

By Dietmar Henning, 12 September 2002

Differences in income in the developed industrial countries increased greatly between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s. This is the result of a study undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe (OECD). Those faring worst in the re-division of wealth were single parents and young people.

A blatant cover-up: US releases report on Afghan massacre

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2002

Two months after a US AC-130 gunship slaughtered participants at a wedding party in the Afghan village of Kakarak, the US Central Command has finally released an “unclassified executive summary” of the official investigation into the incident. According to the Afghan government, 48 people, mainly women and children, lost their lives during the attack in the early hours of July 1, and another 117 were injured.