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By Bill Vann, 31 October 2002
In the two days following his landslide victory in Brazil’s October 27 presidential election, Workers Party (PT) candidate Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva has taken pains to reassure the world’s financial markets that his government will enforce the austerity policies initiated by its predecessors.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2002
Heavily-armed Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Federal Police officers have carried out violent raids on at least seven homes in Sydney and Perth since Sunday night, terrorising Islamic working class families in the name of combatting terrorism. The Howard government and the security agencies have seized upon the October 12 Bali bomb blasts to create a climate of anti-Muslim prejudice and activate, for the first time, far-reaching new “anti-terrorist” measures.
By , 31 October 2002
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By Vicky Short, 31 October 2002
The opposition Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE), which governed Spain for 14 years after the death of the fascist dictator General Francisco Franco and the so-called “peaceful transition to democracy”, has belatedly lodged an amendment to this year’s budget demanding the government earmark one million euros to finance the opening of the mass graves from the Civil War. Earlier this month the PSOE demanded of the Congress Constitutional Commission that the memory of the dead be honoured and their bodies recovered.
By Peter Symonds, 31 October 2002
Less than a fortnight ago, the Bush administration announced that North Korea had admitted, during bilateral talks in early October, to having established a uranium enrichment program in breach of international agreements. In the midst of preparations to invade Iraq for allegedly possessing “weapons of mass destruction,” the US response to Pyongyang’s confession has been decidedly muted. Bush officials announced that diplomatic, rather than military, means will be used to pressure North Korea to abandon the project.
By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2002
The Bush administration announced October 24 that the federal budget deficit for the fiscal year ending September 30 was $159 billion. If excess receipts for Social Security, supposedly earmarked for paying future benefits, were excluded, the latest federal deficit would top $300 billion.
By Joanne Laurier, 31 October 2002
Women in northern California’s Marin County are presently being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at a rate approximately 40 percent higher than the officially recorded national average. In this affluent community the recorded incidence of the disease among white women aged 45 to 64 has increased by 72 percent during the last decade. Diagnoses of breast cancer for the entire female population climbed by 37 percent in the county during the last decade, compared with a 3 percent increase for the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2002
The actor Richard Harris, who died October 25 aged 72, was one of a number of his contemporaries who more often than was seemly traded their talent for a dubious celebrity. In some cases it is difficult to remember why they were thought to be great actors in the first place. What is remarkable about Harris is that when he found himself working on material worthy of his abilities, his gifts were still evident.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 October 2002
Children living in the most socially deprived areas of England are up to three times as likely to be hit by a car than those living in the most affluent parts of the country.
By , 30 October 2002
A well-done piece and, for the most part, I couldn’t agree more. If you haven’t read Gore Vidal’s book on “Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated,” it too is along the same lines. The direction this country is headed scares the living hell out of me!!!
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2002
A new report on urban warfare by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blueprint for the use of America’s overwhelming military and technological supremacy to brutalize and terrorize a far weaker opponent into submission. It suggests that in any invasion of Iraq, American military planners are prepared to use massive firepower to destroy Iraq’s major cities.
By Nick Beams, 30 October 2002
The latest calculations of labour productivity growth highlight the emergence of a deepening contradiction in the US economy, and by implication, the world economy. While productivity has sharply increased over the past five years, profit rates have declined and, in the aftermath of the high-tech and stock market bubble of the late 1990s, the economy has entered a period of “jobless growth,” if not double-dip recession.
By , 30 October 2002
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By Sarath Kumara, 29 October 2002
After 10 months of tense confrontation, the Indian and Pakistani governments have begun a partial withdrawal of hundreds of thousands of troops, heavy armour, artillery and rockets from forward positions along the border. The buildup, involving more than a million soldiers, was the largest military mobilisation on the subcontinent in the past 50 years.
By the Editorial Board, 29 October 2002
There is a serious question about the sudden death of Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone that has no doubt occurred to many people: was Wellstone the victim of a political assassination?
By Bill Vann, 29 October 2002
The election of Workers Party (PT) candidate and former metalworkers union leader Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva triggered horn-honking, flag-waving celebrations in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other major Brazilian cities Sunday night. Foreign and domestic capital markets held their fire in anticipation of PT’s announcement of an economic transition team.
By Margaret Rees, 29 October 2002
Two fourth year honours commerce students were killed and five other people wounded, when a student suddenly opened fire in a classroom at Melbourne’s Monash University on October 21. The tragedy occurred at the beginning of an econometrics tutorial on the sixth floor of the Menzies building at the suburban Clayton campus. It points to a growing crisis within Australia’s tertiary education system, which is creating profound social tensions that remain totally unaddressed.
By the Editorial Board, 29 October 2002
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the storming of the Moscow musical theatre by special units of the Russian secret police. With this brutal action, employing poison gas, the government of Vladimir Putin brought the type of indiscriminate killing it routinely employs against the Chechen masses into the nation’s capital, directing it against Russian hostages as well as Chechen hostage-takers.
By , 29 October 2002
Mexico: National University employees to strike this week
By David Walsh, 29 October 2002
Heaven, directed by Tom Tykwer; The Grey Zone, written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson; Late Marriage, written and directed by Dover Kosashvili
By our reporters, 28 October 2002
Demonstrations and protests against the preparations of the United States government for war against Iraq took place October 26 in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and Japan. The protests were coordinated to coincide with demonstrations taking place in many cities across America.
By Alan Leigh, 28 October 2002
Despite months of drought across wide areas of Australia, which has devastated small farmers and rural workers, state and federal governments are still delaying relief, reluctant to assist struggling family farmers. Many families and communities are now reliant on trucked water supplies and grain growers have abandoned their winter and spring crops, while some dairy, sheep and cattle farmers have been forced to shoot their dying livestock or take to the roads with their herds in the hope of finding feed.
By a reporting team, 28 October 2002
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed people who came to the anti-war rallies held October 26 in Washington and San Francisco. For many, it was the first demonstration in which they participated. A number of those interviewed said they were regular readers of the WSWS.
By Bill Vann, 28 October 2002
Rallies and marches to oppose the Bush administration’s plan to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators into the streets in Washington DC, San Francisco and several other US cities on October 26.
By Bill Vann, 28 October 2002
An attempt by a ring of 14 high-ranking Venezuelan officers to spark a military rebellion against the government of President Hugo Chavez appeared to have fizzled Thursday when army units failed to respond to their call for “disobedience.”
By David Walsh, 28 October 2002
The arrest of two men at a Maryland rest stop early October 24 apparently brought to an end the killing spree that has been terrorizing the Washington, D.C. area and neighboring Maryland and Virginia for the past three weeks. The random shootings, carried out with a sniper rifle, left ten people dead and three seriously wounded.
By , 26 October 2002
Chinese clothing workers protest lay-offs
By , 26 October 2002
Ten people were killed and dozens more were injured following a deliberate provocation by Sri Lankan security forces in the east of the island earlier this month.
By Steve James, 26 October 2002
The dominant sections of Irish business and the political and media establishment finally secured a yes vote in an October 19 referendum on the terms laid down in the Nice Treaty for European Union enlargement. Sixty three percent of the 1,442,000 people who voted supported the treaty, while 37 percent voted against it. Turnout was 49 percent.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 October 2002
Millions of workers in Italy have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against job cuts. According to the trade unions, a total of 13 million workers took part in an 8-hour nationwide general strike on October 15. Most of Italy’s public transport came to a standstill and over a million joined demonstrations held in a total of 120 cities. The biggest protests occurred in the northern city of Turin, home of the Italian auto industry.
By Rafael Azul, 26 October 2002
On October 23, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) filed a report with the Justice Department accusing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) of organizing a “concerted, systematic slowdown” at 29 West Coast ports.
By Chris Talbot, 26 October 2002
An investigation carried out by a team of experts on behalf of the United Nations shows how the four year old war in the Congo has enabled the large-scale and systematic robbery of the country’s mineral wealth.
By , 25 October 2002
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By Sybille Fuchs, 25 October 2002
Surrealism 1919-1944, an exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 20 July-24 November, 2002
By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 October 2002
The following statement of the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party will be distributed at demonstrations to be held Saturday, October 26 in Washington DC and other US cities.
By our reporters, 25 October 2002
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed voters last Saturday at three of the largest polling booths in the Cunningham by-election: Wollongong Central, where significant numbers of students and professional people voted, together with workers and unemployed; Figtree, one of Wollongong’s western suburbs, where workers and their families predominated; and Corrimal East, in northern Wollongong, which includes a large public housing estate.
By Chris Marsden, 25 October 2002
Efforts by the Bush administration to bring Ariel Sharon on-message with its plans for war against Iraq dominated the Israeli Prime Minister’s three-day trip to Washington last week.
By , 25 October 2002
One million workers in general strike against government policies in Italy
By Mike Head, 25 October 2002
The voters of Wollongong, a major industrial city 80 kilometres south of Sydney, delivered a humiliating defeat to the Australian Labor Party and its leader, Simon Crean, last Saturday. In a by-election caused by the sudden resignation of the sitting member, Labor lost the federal seat of Cunningham for the first time.
Festival Internacional de Cine en Toronto, 2002: Los problemas persisten aún cuando se logra el éxito
By , 25 October 2002
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By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2002
The Bush administration and the American media have passed by the anniversary of the anthrax attacks on leading congressional Democrats in virtual silence. There has been little media commentary assessing the meaning of the attempt to kill Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, whose offices were targeted with letters filled with trillions of lethal anthrax spores that could have killed dozens, if not hundreds, of people.
By Dragan Stankovic, 24 October 2002
Reports from the 2001 census of Australia give a picture of far-reaching changes in social and family life over the past three decades. Fewer people than ever are marrying, while more are divorcing; childlessness has increased; and the number of people living alone has risen.
By Bill Vann, 24 October 2002
With the preferred D-Day for a US invasion of Iraq barely three months away, there are growing signs of unease within sections of the US ruling elite over the implications of the Bush administration’s plans for a preemptive war of conquest and a protracted military occupation of the Arab country.
By Wolfgang Weber, 24 October 2002
On October 16, the Netherlands’ Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced the end of the right-wing coalition of his Christian Democratic Party (CDA) and the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with the List Pim Fortuyn (LPF). New elections are planned for next January. Until then government business will be conducted by the present cabinet. It is still undecided whether the head of state, Queen Beatrix, will accept the resignation of the government and thereby open the way for new elections.
By Vilani Peiris, 24 October 2002
Pakistan’s ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, held carefully stage-managed national elections on October 10 in an effort to provide his military regime with a measure of political legitimacy. The results, however, and the low voter turnout reveal a growing hostility to the US-backed junta and to the continued presence of US troops, police and CIA agents in the country as part of the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism”.
By , 24 October 2002
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By Alex Lefebvre, 24 October 2002
The French government is trying to contain the US offensive against Iraq through negotiations in the UN Security Council, where France has veto power. It is insisting on a two-step process: first a resolution returning UN weapons inspectors to Iraq, and then a resolution authorizing military action against Iraq if the weapons inspectors judge that Baghdad is not cooperating.
By , 24 October 2002
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By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 October 2002
On October 19, just a week after the terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, President Megawati Sukarnoputri issued an anti-terrorist decree that greatly increases police powers of arrest and interrogation and provides the death penalty for a series of offences. The decree has been made retrospective to October 12 to cover the bombings in Bali, which have now officially claimed 190 lives.
By , 23 October 2002
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By Bill Vann, 23 October 2002
The much publicized allegation that the man named as the ringleader of the September 11 terrorist attacks met with an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague was a lie, and the Czech president told the Bush administration so, according to an article appearing in the New York Times October 21. Yet top administration officials have continued to insist upon this phony Iraqi-Al Qaeda connection in order to bolster their case for war.
By , 23 October 2002
The following is a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.
By K. Ratnayake, 23 October 2002
The leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has remained silent in the face of growing support for the campaign by the World Socialist Web Site to demand that it call a halt to threats and physical violence against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on the northern Sri Lankan island of Kayts.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2002
Less than ten years after the privatisation of the electricity industry, the energy market has effectively gone bust. With the growing crisis engulfing ever more companies, power supplies in Britain are now precarious, workers’ jobs and pensions are in jeopardy, and the government faces a hefty bill and a burgeoning political crisis.
By , 22 October 2002
Social security workers occupy headquarters in Argentina
By David Cohen, 22 October 2002
Israel’s Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has threatened to resign, faced with furious denunciations by the far right for the removal of hundreds of Jewish settlers from the illegal Havat Gilad, or Gilad Farms, in the West Bank.
By David Walsh, 22 October 2002
Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi forwarded a prize bestowed on him by the Chicago International Film Festival to President George W. Bush as a protest against US immigration policies. Ghobadi, the director of the much acclaimed A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), was refused a visa to enter the US despite taking extensive and time-consuming steps to obtain one.
By Steve James, 22 October 2002
A nineteen-year-old student killed himself and six passers-by, including a seven-year-old child, with a shrapnel bomb on October 11 near the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 October 2002
Last week, after 16 days of negotiations, the SPD (Social Democratic Party) and the Greens reached agreement on a new coalition pact for the next four years and presented the new government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 October 2002
Recent elections in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have resulted in a decisive defeat for the National Conference (NC), which has held power for most of the past five decades. Party leader Omar Abdullah, whose grandfather Sheikh Abdullah founded the NC and was considered likely to take over from his father Farooq Abdullah as the state’s chief minister, lost his seat in the state’s summer capital of Srinagar.
By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 21 October 2002
October 19 marked one year since the tragic drowning of 353 asylum seekers when their boat literally broke up in international waters between Indonesia and Australia. The refugees—from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine and Algeria—were packed onto a small, unseaworthy fishing boat, now known as “SIEV X” (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel Number 10), which was making its way from Indonesia to Australia’s Christmas Island. Among the dead were 150 children.
By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2002
The US response last week to North Korea’s admission that it has maintained a secret nuclear weapons program exposes the complete hypocrisy of the Bush administration’s plans for war against Iraq. If one were to accept the basic premises of Washington’s stated foreign policy as good coin then there is simply no credible explanation for its decision to seek to disarm Pyongyang with “diplomacy” while proposing to use precision-guided munitions for the same purpose against Baghdad.
By Barry Mason, 21 October 2002
Warnings that a severe famine could affect up to 15 million people in Ethiopia and Eritrea have been made by aid agencies. This comes at a time when the famine that is still developing in Southern Africa is affecting 15 million, together with six million needing emergency food rations in Afghanistan and up to two million in Angola.
By Paul Bond and Tony Robson, 21 October 2002
Described by one observer as “an election that never was”, the failure of the Serbian presidential elections to produce a result offers a damning commentary on the record of the Western-supported coalition that has governed since the ousting of President Slobodan Milosevic.
By Mike Head, 19 October 2002
The Australian government has quickly seized upon the atrocity in Bali last Saturday to demand more draconian “anti-terrorism” laws than those introduced since September 11 last year. Even as conditions at the scene of the Kuta Beach explosion deteriorate and the toll of death and injury mounts, the government’s main preoccupation has been to use the tragedy to its political advantage.
By , 19 October 2002
Sacked Indonesian workers blockade
By Bill Vann, 19 October 2002
Colombian assault troops and police backed by tanks and helicopter gunships laid siege Wednesday to an impoverished neighborhood in Medellín, the South American nation’s second largest city.
By Hendrick Paul and Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2002
Three weeks after its poor showing in the German national elections, the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism, formerly the Stalinist ruling party, SED, of East Germany) is being torn apart by internal divisions.
By Keith Jones, 19 October 2002
The Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) scuttled a planned strike against DaimlerChrysler late Tuesday evening, announcing that it and the automaker had agreed on the “framework” of a contract settlement.
By Joseph Kay, 19 October 2002
Information that has come to light over the past several weeks underscores the extent to which both the Bush administration and the academic establishment are implicated in the wave of corporate corruption scandals in the United States.
By Tania Kent and Paul Stuart, 19 October 2002
On September 16, the President of Macedonia, Ljubco Georgijevski of Vmro-Dpmne, was voted out of office in a shock election result.
By Peter Symonds, 18 October 2002
Six days after bomb blasts killed at least 180 people and injured more than 300 others on the Indonesian island of Bali, none of the basic questions as to how and why the attack was carried out have been answered. Yet, despite the lack of evidence, the Bush administration and the Australian government have both blamed Al Qaeda for the attack, demanded Jakarta crack down on its alleged affiliate in South East Asia—Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)—and used the tragedy to forge new links with the Indonesian military.
By Terry Cook, 18 October 2002
On the advice of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the Queensland state Labor government is planning tough new industrial laws to further erode the right to strike for the state’s 200,000 public sector employees. The legislation, unprecedented in Australia, will shorten to three weeks the period in which government workers can legally take industrial action in disputes over new work agreements.
By Bill Vann, 18 October 2002
The Pentagon has deployed sophisticated military spy planes in the Washington metropolitan area as part of the manhunt for the sniper who has fatally shot nine people in a killing spree in suburban Virginia and Maryland.
By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2002
A centerpiece of the Bush administration’s propaganda to justify a US invasion of Iraq is the charge that Saddam Hussein “used gas against his own people.” This is a reference to the Iraqi military’s gassing of Kurdish villages in the latter stages of the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, a crime that was carried out with the tacit support of the Reagan administration and Reagan’s special envoy to the Middle East, the current secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
By , 18 October 2002
Fiat workers in Italy protest against job losses
By Keith Jones, 18 October 2002
Negotiations between the Quebec-based cable and internet company Vidéotron and its 2,200 striking workers resumed Wednesday following an appeal from Quebec Premier Bernard Landry and the inclusion of his predecessor, Lucien Bouchard, on the company’s negotiating team.
By Trevor Johnson and Chris Talbot, 18 October 2002
Nigeria has lost its eight-year legal battle with neighbouring Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula, an area rich in offshore oil and gas deposits. The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled against Nigeria’s claim over the land that dates back to a 1913 deal between the colonial powers, Britain and Germany, giving the peninsula to Cameroon.
By David Cohen, 17 October 2002
The Histadrut trade union federation has threatened to expand its public sector strike following the failure of negotiations with the Finance Ministry on October 14. Garbage continues to pile up in the streets and many kindergartens are disrupted by the absence of teachers’ aides. In addition, sanctions have been extended at government hospitals.
By Marius Heuser, 17 October 2002
On October 8, a hearing took place before Germany’s Supreme Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVG), to clarify whether to continue the government’s proceedings to ban the right-wing extremist NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany). This legal action had ground to a halt following revelations that the German state had massively infiltrated the NPD.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 17 October 2002
In the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, the Australian government introduced a series of draconian security measures, arguing that democratic and civil rights needed to be sacrificed in order to protect the Australian population from terrorism. More than a billion dollars was allocated in last May’s budget to beefing up the country’s security and intelligence agencies. Hundreds of millions more have been spent policing the country’s borders against innocent refugees, all in the name of safeguarding the lives of Australia’s citizens.
By Shannon Jones, 17 October 2002
Some 500 people demonstrated outside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan on October 14 to protest the threatened US invasion of Iraq. Inside the hotel, President Bush addressed a $1,000-a-plate political fundraising event.
By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2002
A census report released at the end of September found that the number of Americans without health insurance rose to 41.2 million last year, a rise of 2.5 million from the figure that had been reported for 2000. The increase has two components: an upward adjustment of 1.1 million in the number of uninsured in 2000, based on more accurate census figures, and an increase of 1.4 million in the number becoming uninsured during 2001 itself.
By K. Ratnayake, 17 October 2002
The World Socialist Web Site has received a steady stream of letters from around the world protesting the death threats made by local officials from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on the island of Kayts in northern Sri Lanka.
By Naill Green, 17 October 2002
After weeks of bartering following the September 15 general elections, Goran Persson’s Social Democrats (SAP) have negotiated a new arrangement with the Green and Left parties. This will continue the arrangement in the last parliament, where both parties supported the SAP despite being denied ministerial posts. Prime Minister Persson again intends to rely on the Lefts and Greens on budgetary and social policies and on the opposition Moderates on international issues.
By Chris Marsden, 16 October 2002
There were at least two occasions during Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith’s conference speech last week when it was impossible not to laugh.
By Bill Vann, 16 October 2002
In his October 7 speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, George W. Bush, addressing the question, “Why Iraq?”, declared, “While there are many dangers in the world, the threat from Iraq stands alone because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place.”
By Nick Beams, 16 October 2002
As stock markets continue to fall and financial problems start to spread, a discussion has broken out in sections of the financial press over whether the global economy is entering an era of deflation of a kind not seen since the Great Depression.
By Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha, 16 October 2002
Sonduru Varnadasi, Premasiri Khemadasa’s latest opera, was recently staged at the Elphinston Theatre in Colombo. Based on one of the many traditional stories about the life of Buddha, the opera is another important example of Khemadasa’s fusion of Western and Asian dramatic and musical forms.
By , 16 October 2002
Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of Tom Henehan, a member of the political committee of the Workers League—the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
By Vicky Short, 16 October 2002
The Spanish government and judges might be instructed to cooperate in the investigation of scores of secret mass graves dating from the civil war (1936-39) and its aftermath. They may be forced to begin opening such graves and to identify the corpses lying within.
By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2002
A serial killer using a sniper rifle to target random individuals has terrorized the Washington, DC metropolitan area for nearly two weeks, killing eight people and wounding two, while eluding capture and leaving practically no evidence to identify or locate him.
By John Roberts, 15 October 2002
In the six weeks since the murder of two American teachers and one Indonesian employee of the international school at the US-owned Freeport gold and copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, further evidence has emerged pointing to the involvement of the Indonesian military (TNI).
By Alan Whyte, 15 October 2002
On the eve of a massive memorial service to honor 343 New York City firefighters killed in last year’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, thousands of their co-workers rallied in the pouring rain to protest the city’s refusal to pay them a decent salary. The day before the demonstration, held in Central Park, delegates from the Uniformed Firefighters Association voted 365 to 2 to reject the city’s wage offer of 11.5 percent over 30 months.
By Hendrick Paul, 15 October 2002
There have been numerous reports in the past two weeks concerning the proposed downsizing of German Telekom, with the size of the announced job cuts growing at a staggering rate.
By , 15 October 2002
Columbus day protests against economic oppression
By Keith Jones, 15 October 2002
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien told an audience of high school students October 10 that Canada would join a US-led war against Iraq.
By our correspondents, 15 October 2002
Recent protests against the planned US invasion of Iraq indicate a growing level of opposition to the war throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Newspaper opinion polls suggest a marked shift in public sentiment since the last assault on Iraq in 1991.
International campaign against attacks on Sri Lankan socialists: Asian Tribune publishes WSWS reply to LTTE apologist
By the Editorial Board, 14 October 2002
On October 12 the Asian Tribune, an internet newspaper widely read by Tamils internationally, published a letter by David North, chairman of the WSWS Editorial Board, replying to a letter attacking the WSWS campaign in defense of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka. Officials of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the island of Kayts in the north of Sri Lanka have issued threats against Socialist Equality Party (SEP) members, and on October 8 a well-known member of the LTTE violently assaulted an SEP member, who is also an official in the Kayts fishermen’s union.