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Actor Richard Harris: a great talent only occasionally fulfilled

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.

Britain: child road deaths three times higher in deprived areas

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.

Exigen en España que se excaven las fosas comunes

30 October 2002

WSWS : Español

Letters to the WSWS on the "The Washington sniper and the undercurrent of rage in American society"

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!!!

Report on urban warfare points to US plans to destroy Iraqi cities

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.

US profit rates decline despite productivity growth

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.

An essentially unprincipled approach

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

Brazil’s "Lula" celebrates victory, IMF demands more austerity

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.

India and Pakistan begin to demobilise troops

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.

Putin’s gas attack in Moscow—the outcome of Russia’s barbaric war in Chechnya

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.