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America’s maimed come home from Iraq

By James Conachy, 30 July 2003

The welcome home parade given for Private Jessica Lynch on July 22 highlighted an aspect of the war on Iraq that is receiving little attention: the return to American working class communities of severely wounded and traumatized soldiers.

Australian unions grovel before rightwing media campaign

By Terry Cook, 30 July 2003

If a further demonstration were needed of the subservience of the unions to the dictates of big business it was provide this month by the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union. Within the course of a few days, both organisations capitulated without a murmur to a rightwing media campaign attacking the right of workers to picket and clearing the ground for even tougher restrictions on any form of industrial action.

Britain’s whistleblower scandal: Slanders against BBC’s Andrew Gilligan

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2003

On July 24, Andrew Gilligan was reported to have requested that the transcript of his July 17 testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) not be released. The Committee was investigating whether the government had lied over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Gilligan had called for it to remain private until it was submitted to the judicial inquiry into whistleblower Dr. David Kelly’s death.

Hong Kong protests leave Tung administration isolated

By John Chan, 30 July 2003

While the immediate political crisis in Hong Kong over plans for draconian anti-subversion legislation has temporarily subsided, none of the underlying issues have been resolved. Following a massive protest of 500,000 people on July 1, the administration of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa backed away from passing the new laws. But Tung remains under pressure from Beijing to do so in the not-too-distant future, setting the scene for further confrontations with protestors intent on defending democratic rights.

Irish government prepares airport and transport privatisation

By Steve James, 30 July 2003

Ireland’s state-owned airport company, Aer Rianta, is to be broken up and eventually privatised.

Letters on the death of British whistleblower Dr. David Kelly

30 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters on the death of British whistleblower Dr. David Kelly.

The art of ancient Sumer

By Sandy English, 30 July 2003

Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B. C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus; through August 17, 2003 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Bush attack on overtime pay passes House

By Joanne Laurier, 29 July 2003

On July 10 the House of Representatives voted 213-210 for a measure, proposed by the Bush administration, that represents an historic attack on the 40-hour week and gives employers the power to extract overtime without compensation. The measure would overhaul rules for overtime pay adversely affecting millions of working people.

Discussion on political program, social conditions and democratic rights, and the WSWS

29 July 2003

The World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party held an international conference entitled “Political Lessons of the War on Iraq: the way forward for the international working class” on July 5-6 in Sydney, Australia.

Iraqi Communist Party joins Washington’s puppet administration in Baghdad

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2003

There is no shortage of wretched betrayals in the annals of Stalinism. But the decision of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) to join the Governing Council hand-picked by the Bush administration to provide a façade for its neo-colonial subjugation of the country is without precedent.