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US: Verizon demands employees pay for collapse of telecom bubble

By Samuel Davidson, 31 July 2003

The contract for 78,000 workers throughout the eastern United States expires with the telecommunications giant Verizon on August 2. Management is seeking a free hand to carry out massive job cuts and shift work to nonunion areas. The company also wants to cut sick time, shift the cost of health care onto active and retired workers, and remove limits placed upon forced overtime obtained in the last contract.

A German ex-radical adds to the anti-Trotskyist slanders

By Stefan Steinberg, 31 July 2003

German journalist Robert Misik is the latest to join in a peculiar international campaign seeking to link the activities of neo-conservative ideologues in the Bush government to the politics of Trotskyism.

Modern life and modern tragedy

By David Walsh, 31 July 2003

Capturing the Friedmans, directed by Andrew Jarecki

Military mutiny in the Philippines: a sign of deeper political tensions

By John Roberts, 31 July 2003

A mutiny by 300 junior officers and soldiers of the Philippine Armed Forces rapidly came to an end on Sunday after failing to attract broader support either within the military or the population as a whole. The short-lived revolt is nevertheless an indication of disquiet within the ruling elite with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over the country’s continuing economic stagnation and the ongoing civil war in southern Mindanao.

Report denounces Israel’s human rights abuses

By Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2003

The State of Human Rights in Israel 2003, the newly released annual report of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), provides a picture of the systematic abuse of social, economic and political freedoms.

Pentagon scheme for a futures market in terror

By Barry Grey, 31 July 2003

The latest revelation of depravity at the highest levels of the Bush administration—the exposure of a Pentagon plan to establish a futures market in terrorist attacks, assassinations and military strikes—is yet one more demonstration of the criminal character of the forces that wield power in America.

US government deports Haddad family

By Lawrence Porter, 31 July 2003

On Monday, July 28, the Bush administration’s Justice Department deported the family of popular Muslim cleric Rabih Haddad, concluding another shameful chapter in the anti-democratic treatment of immigrants from the Middle East. More than 60 supporters held a spirited rally at the Detroit deportation center to express their support for the Haddad family.

Letters on the death of British whistleblower Dr. David Kelly

By , 30 July 2003

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

By , 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.

Not exactly a nourishing meal

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 29 July 2003

Bread and Tulips, directed by Silvio Soldini, written by Soldini and Doriana Leondeff

West Africa: Coup aborted in São Tomé and Principe

By Brian Smith, 29 July 2003

A coup in the Atlantic islands of São Tomé and Principe, off the coast of West Africa, has ended in international mediation after just one week and President Fradique de Menezes returning from Nigeria to a red carpet treatment.

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.

Split in Spanish Socialist Party

By Vicky Short, 29 July 2003

After weeks of wrangling, accusations and counteraccusations, the Assembly of the Community of Madrid, the autonomous Madrid government, agreed to establish a commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the desertion of two Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) candidates from the vital investiture vote ceremony, which prevented their party from attaining the presidency. This was provisionally taken by default by the ruling People’s Party (PP).

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 29 July 2003

Workers clash with police in Brasilia during pension protest

Letters on the killing of Hussein’s sons

By , 28 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters on the killing of Saddam Hussein’s sons and the decision by the Bush administration to release photos and videos of their corpses.

NSW police attempt to ban anti-government demonstration

By Tania Kent, 28 July 2003

New South Wales police sought a Supreme Court injunction earlier this month to halt a protest by refugee advocate groups outside the home of Australia’s federal Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock. While the court order was denied, police nevertheless blockaded the Immigration Minister’s street during the weekend protest, harassing local residents and arresting three demonstrators.

Political issues behind the murder in New York’s City Hall

By Peter Daniels, 28 July 2003

The July 23 killing of a New York City councilman marked the first time that a murder had taken place inside the nearly 200-year-old seat of city government. James E. Davis was gunned down in the City Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, just across the hall from the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

UN report says one billion suffer extreme poverty

By David Rowan, 28 July 2003

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) issued its annual Human Development Report for 2003 on July 8. The report documents the progress of 175 of the world’s poorest countries in the implementation of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to at the UN General Assembly summit in 2000.

Recall election for California governor set for October 7

By Rafael Azul and Patrick Martin, 28 July 2003

A special election to recall Gray Davis, the Democratic governor of California, has been set for Tuesday, October 7, after the California secretary of state certified the recall petitions. The recall campaign was financed by right-wing multimillionaire Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who spent over $2 million to hire paid signature gatherers to collect the 900,000 signatures of registered voters required by law.

Spanish cut-price music web site forced to close

By Paul Mitchell, 26 July 2003

Spanish web site Puretones has closed as a result of the giant music companies’ campaign against anyone who threatens their near monopoly.

International outcry over release of Hussein sons’ photos and video

By Chris Marsden and David Walsh, 26 July 2003

The decision by the Bush administration to publish photos and allow the videotaping of the dead bodies of Saddam Hussein’s two sons has provoked an international outcry.

Blair government surrenders rights of Britons held in Guantanamo

By Julie Hyland, 26 July 2003

The British government has accepted that two of its citizens, Feroz Abbasi, 23, and Moazzam Begg, 35, currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will face trial by a US military tribunal in defiance of all international jurisprudence.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 26 July 2003

Indonesian aircraft workers continue protests

Australian and British governments claim military trials will be “fair”

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2003

The Howard and Blair governments claimed this week to have gained “substantial concessions” from the Bush administration over the projected military trials of Guantanamo Bay prisoners, Australian David Hicks and British citizens Moazzam Begg and Feroz Abbasi. The three men are expected to be the first of six war prisoners to be put before American military courts. They have been held incommunicado by the US military at Guantanamo Bay where they have been illegally interrogated for 18 months without any access to lawyers or their families.

Turkish-US tensions continue over Kurds in northern Iraq

By Justus Leicht, 26 July 2003

The role of the Kurds in northern Iraq continues to be a source of considerable tension between the US and its NATO partner Turkey. While the two Kurdish organisations PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) and KDP (Kurdish Democratic Party) have developed into the most important and reliable supporters of the American occupying forces in Iraq, Turkish military and nationalist forces regard any broad influence by the Kurdish groups in neighbouring Iraq as a nightmare to be prevented at all costs.

Release of Hussein sons’ photos: Washington exposes its own barbarism

By Barry Grey, 25 July 2003

The world was subjected to a gruesome and barbaric spectacle on Thursday when the Bush administration released photographs of the mutilated corpses of Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Qusay, ambushed and killed by American forces on July 22.

Oldest modern human fossil discovered in Ethiopia

By Frank Gaglioti, 25 July 2003

A team of 45 scientists from 14 different countries led by Professor Tim White from Berkeley University has uncovered and assembled three fossilised skulls from Ethiopia that provide the oldest record of modern humans. The fossils give strong support to what is known as the Out of Africa theory: that humans first evolved in Africa and then migrated to other regions and ultimately the entire globe.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 25 July 2003

British Airways staff strikes against new swipecard system

Questions Blair government must answer over death of whistleblower Dr Kelly

By Chris Marsden, 25 July 2003

The Blair government and sections of the media are seeking to obscure the essential questions regarding the death of whistleblower Dr David Kelly by focusing attention on the role of the BBC in supposedly exposing Kelly and therefore driving him to suicide.

Discussion on war and internationalism

By , 25 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.

Britain: Was whistleblower Kelly’s death suicide?

By Chris Marsden, 25 July 2003

The body of Dr. David Kelly was found on July 18. His left wrist had been slashed.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

Italian government takes tougher line on refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 25 July 2003

Two ships packed with refugees on their way to Italy capsized on June 16 and 20, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 250 people. The response of the Italian government to this tragedy, however, has been to vilify refugees, announce tougher measures to fend off incoming refugees and force states bordering the European Union (EU) to do the same.

US launched air war against Iraq in 2002

By James Conachy, 24 July 2003

In a briefing to military commanders last week, US Air Force Lieutenant General T. Michael Moseley acknowledged that the Air Force launched offensive operations against Iraq in June 2002. Three months before President Bush appeared before the United Nations to present a case for “disarming” Iraq, five months before the adoption of UN resolution 1441 threatening “serious consequences” if Iraq did not cooperate with weapons inspectors, and a full nine months before the war was officially announced, the Bush administration had already ordered combat operations to begin.

US: Report shows additional millions affected by lead poisoning

By Debra Watson and Shannon Jones, 24 July 2003

A report in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of April 17, 2003, maintains that the current upper limit of 10 µg/dL blood lead burden currently accepted by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is too high. The NEJM report confirms what other researchers have long suspected: no exposure to environmental lead is safe. The findings indicate that millions more children are adversely affected by environmental lead than previously estimated.

South Asian floods kill hundreds and leave millions homeless

By R. Shreeharan, 24 July 2003

Since the beginning of June, South Asia has been hit by devastating flooding caused by the annual monsoon. At least 445 people have been killed and millions left homeless across India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Continuing rain, rising floodwaters and the consequent danger of water-borne diseases like diarrhea, malaria, gastroenteritis and Japanese encephalitis could increase the death toll.

The killing of Hussein’s sons: the Nuremberg precedent and the criminalization of the US ruling elite

By David Walsh, 24 July 2003

There is little doubt that Uday and Qusay Hussein, the two sons of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein killed by US forces in a house on the outskirts of Mosul July 22, were morally and politically reprehensible figures. By all accounts, Uday Hussein, the elder, was a sexual predator and murderer, while Qusay, as chief of Iraq’s notorious security apparatus, had even more blood on his hands. Given the reactionary nature of the regime, there is no reason to doubt the extent and depth of their crimes.

Bush government deports Muslim cleric to Lebanon

By Lawrence Porter, 24 July 2003

On July 14, immigration agents from the Department of Homeland Security secretly deported Muslim cleric and charity leader Rabih Haddad to Lebanon, bringing to a close a case that has symbolized the Bush administration’s flagrant attack on the democratic rights of Arab and Muslim immigrants.

Britain: Whistleblower Kelly’s death shakes Blair government

By Chris Marsden, 24 July 2003

The violent death of Dr. David Kelly on July 17 has become the focus of a major crisis of the entire state apparatus in Britain.

Bali bombing trials leave key questions unanswered

By John Roberts, 24 July 2003

Highly publicised trials of three of the suspects in the Bali bombings last October have been underway in an Indonesian courtroom for two months. Despite the claims of Indonesian prosecutors, the evidence presented has been far from conclusive. Moreover, the basic question remains unanswered: given the sophisticated planning and technical expertise required to coordinate three simultaneous bomb blasts, what organisation or organisations were responsible for perpetrating the atrocity that claimed the lives of 202 innocent people?

Solomon Islands parliament approves Australian-led military take-over

By Will Marshall and Peter Symonds, 23 July 2003

Under strong pressure from the Australian and New Zealand governments, the Solomon Islands parliament last Thursday voted for enabling legislation to give the green light for an Australian-led military intervention and indefinite takeover of the country’s administrative apparatus.

House Republicans call police on Democratic congressmen

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2003

In an unprecedented attempt to suppress political opposition by force, a top Republican in the House of Representatives called on the Capitol police July 18 to oust Democrats from a room where they were caucusing. The Democrats were meeting to discuss how to deal with Republican legislation that would sharply reduce corporate payments to workers’ pension funds.

British report details tremendous obstacles facing asylum-seekers

By Liz Smith, 23 July 2003

Mary Coussey was appointed Britain’s Independent Race Monitor in March 2002. She recently produced her first annual report as required under Section 19E of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act. Only 14 pages long, it details observations made into various aspects of Britain’s Immigration Service and exposes the enormous obstacles faced by those seeking to claim asylum in Britain.

Letters from our readers

By , 23 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

German teenager shoots himself at school

By Dietmar Henning, 23 July 2003

On July 5, a 16-year-old was buried in the Bavarian town of Coburg amid the mourning of much of the local population.

US recession declared over but economic problems deepen

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2003

Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research announced that the recession which began in March 2001 had ended in November of that year. But the fact that it took the NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee 20 months to conclude the recession was over indicates that the supposed “recovery” of the US economy is quite unlike anything seen in the post-war period.

Britain: Anti-terrorism sweep creates climate of fear

By Niall Green, 23 July 2003

Over 300 people have been arrested on terrorism charges in Britain since the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Of these, only three people have been convicted—and then only for membership of banned organisations. The majority of those targeted as terrorists are from Algeria, many having come to Britain to escape the bloody conflict in their homeland.

Thousands of refugees perish on European Union borders

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 July 2003

While heads of government at the European Union (EU) summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, last month resolved on further measures to restrict refugees, more than 250 were estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean in two shipping incidents. According to a study undertaken by United, an anti-racism network, documented deaths directly attributable to the border security measures and the consolidation of Fortress Europe rose to a total of more than 4,000 in the last 10 years.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 22 July 2003

Brazilian government workers strike

Die Zeit pleads for German interests in Iraq

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2003

Following the Second World War, there was widespread public agreement in Germany that the country should never again pursue an aggressive foreign policy involving the use of military means. This position changed after the reunification of Germany in 1990. In 1992, the official guidelines drawn up for the German army stipulated “the sponsoring and securing of worldwide political, economic, military and ecological stability,” as well as the “maintenance of free world trade and access to strategic raw materials.” Nevertheless, military interventions on the basis of mere power and interest politics would not have been publicly accepted.

US and Europe renege on AIDS pledges

By Richard Tyler, 22 July 2003

Pledges made by US president George W. Bush and European Union Commission president Romano Prodi to each provide $1 billion for the global fight against AIDS were proved worthless last week.

Sri Lankan union leaders call off health workers strike

By Ajitha Gunaratna, 22 July 2003

The All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) called off a strike by non-medical workers in the public health sector on July 4 without securing any of the strike’s main demands. Union leaders worked out a deal with Health Minister P. Dayaratna to shut down industrial action even though growing numbers of workers were joining the stoppage in defiance of government intimidation.

Eruption of US militarism forces all states to redefine their relationship with America

By , 22 July 2003

Below we are publishing greetings sent by Keith Jones, national secretary of the SEP of Canada, to the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party international conference. The conference, entitled “Political Lessons of the War on Iraq: the way forward for the international working class”, was held on July 5-6 in Sydney, Australia.

The Times’ Thomas Friedman on Iraq: spreading “democracy” with missiles and lies

By Bill Vann, 22 July 2003

Amid mounting revelations of Bush administration lies concerning its reasons for going to war against Iraq, a chorus of media pundits has rallied to the president’s defense by responding, “So what?”

Demonstrations greet Spanish government vote to send troops to Iraq

By Keith Lee, 22 July 2003

The Spanish government approved the sending of 1,300 combat troops to Iraq at a cabinet meeting on Friday, July 11. The vote to send troops was a foregone conclusion, so much so that Prime Minister Aznar was in America at the time of the meeting.

An obsession, and not much more

By Kate Randall, 22 July 2003

Owning Mahowny, directed by Richard Kwietniowski

La guerra contra Irak: Punto decisivo en la política internacional

By , 21 July 2003

WSWS : Español

US troops voice anger at Pentagon

By James Conachy, 21 July 2003

Last week witnessed an extraordinary event in Iraq. Uniformed soldiers from one of the US Army’s main combat units openly denounced Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on ABC national news and demanded that they be brought home. Other media outlets published interviews with soldiers declaring that their morale was “non-existent.”

Blair addresses US Congress: ovations fail to dispel storm clouds of crisis

By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2003

In hindsight it may be somewhat obvious to point out that Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair was speaking from a position of extraordinary political weakness when he addressed the representatives of both houses of the US Congress on July 17. The very survival of his government has been thrown into question by the apparent suicide of David Kelly, the man the government accused of leaking adverse reports to the BBC on its intelligence dossiers on Iraq, and who was subsequently hounded to the point where he died from slashed wrists on the day Blair was due to address Congress. Blair was traveling to Tokyo after leaving the US when Kelly’s disappearance was first reported.

Pakistan delays sending troops to Iraq

By K. Ratnayake, 21 July 2003

Nearly a month after agreeing “in principle” to sending troops to Iraq, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has yet to reach a final arrangement with Washington on the “modalities” of such an arrangement. Behind the drawn-out delays are deep concerns in Islamabad over the potential for a Pakistani force to become bogged down in the US-led occupation, triggering opposition at home.

Liberian war restarts

By Chris Talbot, 21 July 2003

Liberia’s capital Monrovia is once again under attack by rebel forces of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). Latest news is that they have reached the Gabriel Tucker Bridge on the edge of the city centre. This is the third time that the rebels have attempted to take Monrovia and blows apart the attempts at a US-brokered peace deal being negotiated in Ghana.

The eruption of militarism and the crisis of American capitalism

By Barry Grey, 21 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.

Ferry disaster in Bangladesh claims hundreds of lives

By Wimal Perera, 19 July 2003

Hundreds of people are dead after one of Bangladesh’s worst ferry disasters. The badly overcrowded ferry, the MV Nazreen-1, sank in flood-swollen waters at the confluence of the Padma, Meghna and Dakatia rivers, some 170 kilometres southeast of the capital Dhaka, on the night of July 8.

The Iraq war and the debate on phony intelligence

By the Editorial Board, 19 July 2003

The debate touched off by the admission that Bush’s State of the Union address included a false report of an Iraqi attempt to buy uranium has something of a surreal character. There is an intense effort on the part of the media and the political establishment to frame the controversy within absurdly narrow and superficial parameters.

German artist Käthe Kollwitz at the Art Gallery of Ontario

By David Adelaide, 19 July 2003

“I am an American who strongly disagrees with my country’s policy of War. As I write this, some of Kollwitz’s drawings are coming to life in Iraq. I am sickened by this. May the drums of war sound no more.”

Letters on “Bush White House in crisis over Iraq war lies”

By , 19 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters on “Bush White House in crisis over Iraq war lies” by Patrick Martin.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 19 July 2003

Indonesian aircraft workers protest layoffs

Bush’s hatchet man: two biographies of Karl Rove

By Joanne Laurier, 19 July 2003

Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential by James Moore and Wayne Slater; Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid and Carl M. Cannon

A provocative step towards a US-led military blockade of North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 July 2003

Amid escalating tensions over North Korea, a second meeting of the 11-nation group, known as the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), decided last week on a provocative new step towards setting up a military blockade of the small North East Asian country. The gathering in Australia on July 9-10 unanimously agreed on a series of joint military exercises designed to “enhance the capabilities of PSI nations to conduct actual air, ground and naval interdictions”.

How the labor bureaucracy scabbed on the Portland school janitors

By Hector Cordon, 18 July 2003

Even an experienced observer of the American labor bureaucracy may be forgiven an astonished double-take at the Justice for Janitors rally organized by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) in downtown Portland, Ore., last month. For alongside the 200 members of SEIU Local 49 campaigning for a new contract were 10 members of SEIU Local 140, with bullhorn in hand, denouncing Local 49 for taking their jobs.

Letters on “Bush White House in crisis over Iraq war lies”

By , 18 July 2003

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September 11 commission complains of “intimidation” and stonewalling

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2003

The federal commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington charged July 8 that its work was being hampered by the reluctance of federal agencies to hand over documents or provide witnesses for unimpeded interview by commission staff.

“Europe confronts a profound dilemma”

By , 18 July 2003

Below we are publishing the greetings brought by Stefan Steinberg, a leading member of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) in Germany, to the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party international conference. The conference, entitled “Political Lessons of the War on Iraq: the way forward for the international working class”, was held on July 5-6 in Sydney, Australia.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 18 July 2003

Bus workers in southern England continue strike

German artist Käthe Kollwitz at the Art Gallery of Ontario

By David Adelaide, 18 July 2003

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Turkey: Power struggle between government and army

By Justus Leicht and Sinan Inkinci, 18 July 2003

The tensions between the elected Turkish government headed by Recep Tayip Erdogan of the moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the leadership of the Turkish army have now developed into an open power struggle. The generals are being spurred on by the US to act against the elected government.

Blind Shaft director speaks about filmmaking in China

By John Chan, 18 July 2003

One of the more impressive contemporary works screened at this year’s festival was Blind Shaft, a first-time feature written and directed by 34-year-old Chinese director Li Yang. The film has won awards at the Berlin, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong international film festivals.

US: Tax shelters for the rich starve state budgets

By Noah Page, 18 July 2003

Tax shelters, loopholes and “aggressive accounting” cost states more than one third of the revenue due from taxes on corporate profits in 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC), a national organization of taxing authorities representing 45 states.

California Republicans propose drastic cuts in social spending

By Nick Davis, 17 July 2003

On July 6, Republican lawmakers in California provided an indication of their “vision” for the state when, after much delay, they announced their proposed amendments to the revised budget presented last May by Democratic Governor Gray Davis. The Republicans presented 131 measures to close the state’s $38 billion shortfall, representing, in sum, an unprecedented assault on the working and poor people of the state and a massive windfall for big business and the rich.

The Iraq war and the Blair government

By , 17 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.

War, football and the 1914 Christmas truce

By Harvey Thompson, 17 July 2003

Based on the book War Game by Michael Foreman (ISBN: 185 793 7139)

Belgium: New government to scrap universal war crimes law

By Richard Tyler, 17 July 2003

The first act of the new Belgian government was to order the repeal of legislation enabling Belgian courts to hear cases of genocide, war crimes and “crimes against humanity” regardless of where they were committed and irrespective of the nationality of the victims or perpetrators.

Lessons of the German metalworkers’ struggle

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 July 2003

Sometimes there are events which occupy the headlines for just a day or two, but which nevertheless mark a fundamental political turning point. Only later is the full historical significance of the event clearly evident.

Madagascar faces devastating famine

By Barry Mason, 17 July 2003

As famine continues to spread across Africa, disaster faces the tropical island of Madagascar, which lies 250 miles off the continent’s east coast.

Indian unions call off stoppage after state government sacks 200,000 strikers

By M. Kailasam, 17 July 2003

Unions covering teachers and government employees in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last weekend called off an 11-day public sector strike and appealed to the state government for unconditional talks after the government sacked more than 200,000 of the 1.3 million striking workers.

Iraq war lies rebound on Australian PM

By Rick Kelly, 16 July 2003

Like George Bush and Tony Blair, Australian Prime Minister John Howard faces a mounting political crisis over the lies and fabrications used to justify invading Iraq and his efforts to foist the blame onto the Australian intelligence agencies.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 16 July 2003

Retirees battle police in Bolivia

Spanish judge demands extradition of Argentine officers

By Paul Mitchell, 16 July 2003

Judge Baltasar Garzon has renewed his call for 46 Argentine military officers to be extradited to Spain. He has demanded they pay nearly $3 billion in compensation to victims of the 1976-1983 Argentine military dictatorship in which they participated.

Letters from our readers

By , 16 July 2003

Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

Resolutions on the war, social crisis and assault on democratic rights and the development of the World Socialist Web Site

By , 16 July 2003

On July 9, the WSWS published a summary account of the conference [See: World Socialist Web Site holds conference on the political lessons of the war on Iraq] and, on July 10-11, the opening report by Nick Beams, member of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia [See The political economy of American militarism Part 1, Part 2]

US unemployment lines hit 20-year peak

By Jeremy Johnson, 16 July 2003

More workers are living on unemployment checks in the US today than at any time in more than 20 years, the US Department of Labor reported last week. Figures released July 10 indicated that 439,000 workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending July 5, an increase of 5,000 from the week before. At the same time, the number receiving benefits jumped to 3,818,000, increasing by 87,000 in just one week, and reaching a level not seen since February 1983.

Berlusconi and Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 16 July 2003

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s start of a six-month stint in the presidency of the European Union has produced a wave of disquiet in the European media. There is hardly a leading newspaper that has not dedicated an article or comment to the subject. Der Spiegel came out with a headline “Silvio Berlusconi: The Godfather.” Le Monde headed an article, “Tailor-made justice, control of the media: The dark side of Italy under Berlusconi.” And the Financial Times published a comment under the heading “Why Berlusconi could be bad for Europe.”

Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and American filmmaking

By David Walsh, 16 July 2003

In their comments on the deaths of Katharine Hepburn on June 29, at 96, and Gregory Peck on June 11, at age 87, the media provided a good many biographical details but not a great deal of insight into broader issues associated with the lives and careers of these two prominent American performers.