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Britain: Blair’s relations with Europe deteriorate after Bush’s state visit

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2003

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s November 24 meeting with President Jacques Chirac of France was his first official engagement following the state visit of President George W. Bush to Britain.

Britain: Survey shows increase in social inequality

By Keith Lee, 29 November 2003

A recent survey entitled “The Wealth of The Nation 2003” shows that over the last decade British society has undergone a significant social and economic polarisation.

Bush’s PR stunt in Baghdad underscores US crisis

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2003

President Bush’s Thanksgiving Day visit to US troops in Baghdad, organized by the White House to shore up crumbling public support for the occupation of Iraq, only confirms the deepening crisis of the administration.

California Governor Schwarzenegger launches right-wing agenda

By Don Knowland and Andrea Peters, 29 November 2003

Within the first two weeks of taking office, California’s recently elected replacement governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has unveiled a series of reactionary measures. In addition to laying out an initial $3.8 billion worth of cuts in social services, Schwarzenegger is calling for the implementation of a budgetary spending cap and a massive borrowing scheme that will ultimately lead to the gutting of public services of all kinds.

Marking Time scriptwriter speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 29 November 2003

John Doyle, scriptwriter of Marking Time, a recent Australian television mini-series, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site early this week. Marking Time, Doyle’s second television drama, is about a 19-year-old Australian youth who meets and falls in love with an Afghan refugee on a temporary protection visa. (See: “Love and anti-refugee racism in rural Australia”)

Sri Lankan government treads a fine line over the budget

By K. Ratnayake, 29 November 2003

The Sri Lankan government presented its budget last week under conditions of an acute political crisis triggered by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s autocratic moves in early November, including the suspension of parliament. The ruling United National Front (UNF) was due to bring down its budget on November 12 but was only able to do so on November 19, when parliament reconvened.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 November 2003

Immigrant workers sacked for demanding correct pay in Thailand

50 Years of the International Committee of the Fourth International

28 November 2003

Speaker: Nick Beams, WSWS International Editorial Board member and national secretary of the SEP (Australia)

Britain: Queen’s speech outlines attack on students, immigrants and civil liberties

By Julie Hyland, 28 November 2003

The Queen’s speech on November 26 outlined the Labour government’s legislative programme for the next year.

Makiko Tanaka returns to political prominence in Japan

By James Conachy, 28 November 2003

At the November 19 opening session of the newly elected Japanese parliament, the former foreign minister Makiko Tanaka formally aligned herself with the main opposition Democratic Party (DPJ) against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.