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By Rick Kelly, 30 April 2004
With its lies about weapons of mass destruction and Al Qaeda connections fully exposed, the White House is now arguing that its criminal war on Iraq is being waged to bring liberation and democracy to the Iraqi people. “America’s objective in Iraq is limited and it is firm,” declared President Bush at a recent press conference. “We seek an independent, free and secure Iraq.”
By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2004
In the face of the bloodbath that Washington is unleashing against the people of Iraq, mass opposition to the war and popular support for the withdrawal of US troops from the occupied country has soared among the American people.
By Kate Randall, 30 April 2004
Leonard and Carissa Columbus, a recently married couple living in suburban Detroit, were unable to have children but desperately wanted to be parents. Sara Vanpopering, the 19-year-old mother of two small children, found single parenthood difficult and was seriously considering giving up her children for adoption. One might have thought the intersection of these lives could result in a happy ending for all involved. Instead, it ended horrifically earlier this month with the death of six-month-old Tyler Vanpopering and the suicide of the Columbus couple.
By John Roberts, 30 April 2004
At the latest border talks between East Timor and Australia held in Dili on April 19-22, Canberra reaffirmed its determination to flout international law and keep control of the lion’s share of the oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. Ignoring growing protests in East Timor and internationally, Australian representatives made no concessions to the demands of the East Timorese leadership for a greater share of the resources.
By Julie Hyland, 30 April 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s April 27 speech on asylum and immigration to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was a cowardly capitulation to the xenophobia being pumped out by the media and the Conservative Party.
By David Adelaide, 30 April 2004
On Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts, right-wing provincial governments have introduced draconian legislation this week to break strikes by public sector workers and impose massive wage and job cuts.
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Industrial action at Fiat in Italy halts all production
By Richard Phillips, 30 April 2004
On April 29, CBS television’s “60 Minutes II” program screened graphic images of Iraqi prisoners being tortured and sexually humiliated by US troops at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The photographs, which show American soldiers—men and women—smiling, laughing or giving thumbs-up signs alongside naked Iraqi prisoners, expose the sadistic and brutal methods employed by American forces and provide more evidence of the catalog of war crimes being committed by US-led forces in Iraq.
By Sybille Fuchs, 29 April 2004
The following is the last in a three-part series of articles.
By Ann Talbot, 29 April 2004
The release of two men from prison has once again drawn attention to the British government’s policy of detaining terrorist suspects without trial. There are currently 13 foreign nationals being held in British prisons without due process. They have not been charged with any offence, they have not heard the evidence against them, nor have they been sentenced by any court. They are being held on the basis of mere suspicion. Eight of them are being held in Belmarsh high security prison, which has been called Britain’s Guantanamo Bay.
By Liz Smith, 29 April 2004
“The school of the future will be franchised, branded and sponsored. To you it is a nightmare prospect. To New Labour it represents progress, modernisation and the future.”
By John Levine, 29 April 2004
Some 1,900 teaching and research assistants at Columbia University in New York City have been on strike since April 19 demanding union recognition. Members of the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU), which represents teaching assistants (TAs) and research assistants (RAs), had voted for the action by an 80 percent margin.
By Peter Symonds, 29 April 2004
In a heavy-handed intervention in Hong Kong affairs, Beijing issued an edict on Monday, declaring that there would be no direct elections for the top political post in the former British colony in 2007 and no increase in elected representation at the 2008 poll for the Legislative Council. The decision makes a mockery of China’s claims to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy. It is likely to trigger widespread opposition and renewed protests demanding democratic reforms.
By the Editorial Board, 29 April 2004
Before the eyes of millions of people around the world, the US military has begun a systematic and deliberate slaughter in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Speaking at the White House yesterday, President Bush publicly lifted all restraints on the conduct of the US troops. American forces, Bush declared, “will take whatever action is necessary” to subjugate the city.
By Margaret Rees, 28 April 2004
Former Australian defence adviser Jane Errey has provided further evidence of the Howard government’s manipulation of intelligence in order to manufacture a case for the US-led invasion of Iraq and of the resentment its actions have provoked inside the defence establishment.
By Sybille Fuchs, 28 April 2004
The following is the second in a three-part series of articles.
By Julie Hyland, 28 April 2004
An unprecedented attack on Prime Minister Tony Blair’s policy in the Middle East by 52 of the UK’s former senior ambassadors has brought longstanding divisions over the British government’s foreign policy into the open.
By Mike Head, 28 April 2004
Over the past two weeks, the government of Prime Minister John Howard has faced a virtual revolt from within the Australian military and intelligence establishment, involving the leaking of damaging secret documents. Long-simmering opposition to the government’s manipulation and suppression of intelligence reports for its own political purposes has erupted, following the collapse of all the lies used to justify Australian participation in the invasion of Iraq.
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By Jamie Chapman, 28 April 2004
Many hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington, D.C., last Sunday in favor of abortion rights and women’s health issues in the face of a series of attacks by the Bush administration. March organizers estimated the crowd at 1.15 million, which would make Sunday’s protest one of the largest in US history.
By John Andrews, 28 April 2004
On April 20, the United States Supreme Court held oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Rasul v. Bush and Odah v. United States, habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of prisoners held at the Guantánamo Naval Station in Cuba.
By the Editorial Board, 28 April 2004
With thousands of troops massed outside the besieged cities of Fallujah in central Iraq and Najaf in the south, the Bush administration has unleashed a bloodbath against the Iraqi people.
By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2004
The following is the third part of a series on the recent hearings in Washington DC investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The first part was posted April 22. Part two was posted April 26.
By Vicky Short, 27 April 2004
As soon as new Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero announced that he would withdraw troops from Iraq as soon as possible, he telephoned President George W. Bush to inform him of his decision. He then instructed his foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, to speak to Secretary of State Colin Powell and arrange a visit to Washington to discuss the move with him.
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 April 2004
A severe tropical rainstorm has caused major flooding on Fiji’s two main islands—Viti Levu and Vanua Levu—leaving local authorities struggling to cope with the thousands of people who have been affected. The storm began on April 8 with wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour accompanied by torrential rain that lasted for more than a week, causing flash flooding and landslides.
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Family of Coca-Cola union leader machine-gunned
By Peter Daniels, 27 April 2004
The tentative contract agreement announced last week between the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the municipal workers union representing more than 120,000 city employees imposes anti-working class concessions sought by big business and its political representatives in New York for more than 20 years.
By Sybille Fuchs, 27 April 2004
The following is the first in a three-part series of articles.
By David North, 27 April 2004
We are publishing here the report delivered by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, to a Midwest aggregate meeting of the SEP held April 17 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
By our correspondent, 27 April 2004
The Sri Lankan Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held a public lecture in Colombo on April 21 to oppose the US neo-colonial occupation of Iraq and support the popular uprising of the Iraqi masses. Called at short notice, the meeting attracted more than 70 workers, young people and intellectuals, some of whom came after reading the meeting notice placed on the World Socialist Web Site.
By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2004
The following is the second part of a series on the recent hearings in Washington, DC investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The first part was posted April 22.
By Jake Skeers, 26 April 2004
The Australian government’s recent “memorandum of understanding” with the tiny Pacific state of Nauru amounts to a take-over of the administration of that country. It also cements the deal struck more than two and a half years ago to incarcerate refugees seeking asylum in Australia on Nauru, thereby denying them their rights under Australian law.
By Ute Reissner, 26 April 2004
In the second round of voting in the Slovakian presidential elections held on April 17, Ivan Gasparovic emerged the winner against former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar. Both candidates stand on the far right of the political spectrum and are hated by broad sections of the population.
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By Steve James, 26 April 2004
Four reports by Canadian judge Peter Cory into collusion between state authorities and the killers of two human rights lawyers, a Catholic worker, and a pro-British Protestant loyalist were finally published on April 1.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2004
The release this week of hundreds of photos of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq has triggered a furor in the Pentagon and the White House.
By Niall Green, 24 April 2004
A former Danish intelligence officer, Major Frank Soeholm Grevil, was charged on April 14 with breaching official secrecy rules by leaking documents indicating that Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen had exaggerated the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The Liberal-Conservative Danish government has been one of Bush’s staunchest allies in Europe over the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
By Paul Bond, 24 April 2004
Bob Copper, who has died at age 89, was the most important English traditional folksinger of the twentieth century. He was a hugely accomplished musical performer of the songs that had been passed down through his family. Just as importantly, his love and enthusiasm for these songs (at a time when the environment in which they had been sung was changing rapidly) became a key factor in their transmission to subsequent generations of singers.
By Richard Tyler, 24 April 2004
Twenty years after 1984, the date for George Orwell’s dystopian vision, the British home secretary hopes to introduce a new category of imprisonable offence—“thought crime,” or guilt by association.
By K. Ratnayake, 24 April 2004
The opening session of the new Sri Lankan parliament on Thursday has again exposed the deep divisions wracking the ruling elites. Convened to appoint a speaker, normally nothing more than a formality, the house descended into chaos as the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and opposition United National Front (UNF) vied for the post. After more than nine hours and three rounds of voting, the UPFA candidate D.E.W. Gunasekera, a veteran member of the Sri Lankan Communist Party, lost by one vote to W.J.M. Lokubandara from the UNF.
By Justus Leicht, 24 April 2004
On April 24 a referendum will be held in Cyprus over the plan for the reunification of the island put forward by UN General Secretary Kofi Annan. There will be separate votes in the Turkish north of the island and the Greek south. Should both halves of the island accept the plan, a united Cyprus will take up membership in the European Union on May 1. Should either the north or the south, or both parts of the island, vote no, then only the Greek half will join the EU.
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Indian Telecom workers protest
By Don Knowland, 23 April 2004
On April 16, the Democrat Party-dominated California legislature voted overwhelmingly to revamp the state’s workers’ compensation system. Coming on the heels of anti-worker legislation last year, the changes further reduce the chance that injuries to workers will be recognized, treated or compensated.
By Niall Green, 23 April 2004
In a move that marks a sharp increase in tensions within Lithuania’s fractious social elite, the country’s parliament has voted narrowly to impeach President Rolandas Paksas. Paksas was removed from office and temporarily replaced by the parliament’s speaker—and Paksas’s main political rival—Arturas Paulauskas.
By James Conachy, 23 April 2004
An unnamed senior American officer told yesterday’s New York Times that the US forces besieging the predominantly Sunni Muslim Iraqi city of Fallujah could turn it into “a killing field in a couple of days”. The statement, filled with murderous intent, is only one of the more chilling indications that the Bush administration has ordered the military to drown the city of 300,000 in blood and make it an example of what will happen in other areas of Iraq if the three-week uprising against the US occupation continues.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 April 2004
In the elections currently underway in India, the main opposition to the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) is the Indian National Congress: the traditional party of the national bourgeoisie with roots going back to the anti-colonial struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
By Clare Hurley, 23 April 2004
Already struggling to contain the damage caused by recent revelations concerning its failure to take any action to prevent the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, the Bush administration moved quickly last week to avert another potentially embarrassing 9/11 scandal.
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UK: Birmingham postal workers to continue strike
By Keith Lee, 22 April 2004
On April 14, the BBC showed the documentary “Death On Camera,” which included CCTV camera footage of the last 11 minutes of Christopher Alder’s life, as he lay dying on an East Yorkshire police station floor surrounded by policemen.
By Keith Jones, 22 April 2004
India’s general election, which is to be held in five phases ending May 10, began Tuesday with voters in 140 parliamentary constituencies spread over 13 states and 3 Union territories going to the polls.
By , 22 April 2004
The visit by Prime Minister Tony Blair to Washington on Friday, April 16, exposed the political reality behind the myth of his “special relationship” with President George W. Bush. After months in which Blair has advanced himself as a voice of reason, a check on America’s unilateralist impulses, and a bridge between Europe and America, he was shown to be nothing of the sort.
By Nick Beams, 22 April 2004
The US Federal Reserve Board needs to proceed with caution as it begins to lift interest rates, lest it set off a crisis in global financial markets. That is the view of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which released its World Economic Outlook this week. The Fed should prepare the world economy for higher interest rates to “avoid financial market disruption both domestically and abroad,” it said.
By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2004
Just a fortnight before he was due to be released from jail, Indonesian police last Friday declared Islamic fundamentalist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to be a “suspect” and thus subject to interrogation over new terrorism charges. Under the country’s anti-democratic laws, Bashir can be detained for up to six months without trial while the police investigation proceeds.
By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2004
The independent commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington has held five days of televised public hearings and released hundred of pages of staff reports and other documents, including much new material on the activities of US intelligence and counterintelligence agencies in the period leading up to 9/11.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2004
With the Pentagon straining to find troops to confront the popular resistance in Iraq, and over 100 US soldiers killed since the beginning of this month, a senior Republican legislator has called for the reinstitution of the military draft, abolished during the Vietnam War more than 30 years ago.
By Richard Phillips, 22 April 2004
On April 8, Condoleezza Rice shamelessly declared that the Bush administration and its allies were “helping the people of Iraq and Afghanistan to build free societies...to spread the blessings of liberty and democracy as alternatives to instability and terror.”
By , 22 April 2004
Minneapolis and St. Paul bus drivers, mechanics and office personnel returned to their jobs April 19 after a bitter 44-day bus strike that resulted in workers being compelled to accept a concessionary contract under which they will pay for the budget shortfalls in the state’s transit system. The new agreement covering the 2,200 members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1005 will expire in little more than 15 months on July 31, 2005, and lay the basis for a new round of expected concessions.
By Chris Marsden, 21 April 2004
The question that must be asked is not if, but why Washington gave either explicit or tacit approval for the April 17 assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi by an Israeli gunship.
By Joseph Kay, 21 April 2004
The opposition that has been generated by a proposed rule requiring corporations to expense stock options is the latest indication that corporate looting in the United States continues unabated. Despite the great publicity given to the trial of a handful of executives, powerful sections of the American corporate and political establishment are determined to ensure that the parasitic structure of American capitalism—a structure that has allowed for the vast accumulation of wealth by a tiny section of the population—goes unaltered.
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April 20 marked the fifth anniversary of the worst school shooting in US history. The massacre/suicide left 14 dead at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. We repost here the commentary written by David North on April 27, 1999.
By Joanne Laurier, 21 April 2004
A group of American soldiers suffering from unexplained illnesses due to service in the Iraqi war have been diagnosed with radiation contamination likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by US troops.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2004
With the nomination Monday of John Negroponte as the new US ambassador in Baghdad, the Bush administration has unmistakably signaled that it is planning to wage a protracted and dirty war of repression against the Iraqi people.
By John Roberts, 21 April 2004
Only six years after widespread protests forced military strongman Suharto from power, the main beneficiaries of the April 5 vote for Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) are individuals and parties closely associated with the former US-backed dictatorship.
By Terry Cook, 21 April 2004
With a good deal of fanfare, Premier Bob Carr’s New South Wales (NSW) state Labor government recently announced it would spend $2.5 billion on the state’s ailing rail network. Introducing a mini-budget in parliament on April 6, NSW Treasurer Michael Egan declared that funding allocations for rail would provide for “the biggest ever overhaul of the Sydney rail system”. A total of $2.5 billion over six years has been allocated for new fleet requirements and for 15 projects that are part of the government’s “Rail Clearways” plan. About $300 million of this is due to be spent in the coming year.
By Rick Kelly, 20 April 2004
As many as 4.1 million Australians—22.6 percent of the population—are living in poverty, according to a Senate report on poverty released last month. The publication, which is the first official investigation into poverty in Australia since 1975, details an unprecedented increase in social inequality during the past three decades, resulting in the pauperisation of wide layers of society.
By Steve James, 20 April 2004
This is the concluding part of a two-part article on the underlying causes of Libya’s Muammar Gadhaffi’s recent visit to Brussels. Part one was posted May 19.
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Chilean dock workers strike against port privatization
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Below we post a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.
By James Conachy, 20 April 2004
It is a measure of the political crisis created by the popular uprising in Iraq that the Bush administration has now been compelled to turn to the UN to install a compliant regime in Baghdad. After effectively sidelining the organisation in the lead-up and immediate aftermath of the invasion, both Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair endorsed on April 16 the proposal by special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that the UN play the main role in selecting the members of the “caretaker” Iraqi government scheduled to come into existence on June 30.
By Chris Marsden, 20 April 2004
The sacking of Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan on May 14 is a victory for a government-led campaign to silence all criticism of the brutal occupation of Iraq.
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The following is a selection of letters received on “The terrible and strange death of Nick Berg” posted on the WSWS on May 14.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 April 2004
The accession of 10 Eastern European states to the European Union from May 1 will intensify the social crisis in these countries as well as in the rest of the EU. The population in Eastern Europe has already suffered an enormous rise in poverty and unemployment, wage cuts and the devastation of social provisions in order to fulfil the criteria for EU membership.
By John Andrews, 20 April 2004
The latest scandal enveloping Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the ideological leader of the US Supreme Court’s right wing, has demonstrated once again his profound hostility to basic Constitutional norms.
By Mike Ingram and Vicky Short, 20 April 2004
In a televised statement April 18, within hours of his new government being sworn into office, Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered Spanish troops to be pulled out of Iraq “as soon as possible.”
By Joanne Laurier, 20 April 2004
This is the first in a series of articles on the 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival, held April 15-29.
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The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) of Sri Lanka will hold a public lecture in Colombo on Wednesday against the US-led occupation of Iraq. Entitled “Stop the war on the Iraqi people! Withdraw US troops from Iraq!”, the lecture will be delivered by Wije Dias, SEP General Secretary and member of the WSWS International Editorial Board.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 April 2004
India’s Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the dominant partner in India’s ruling coalition, demanding it explain its role in an April 12 function at which 22 impoverished women and children were trampled to death. The deaths occurred during the free distribution of saris, the traditional garment of Indian women, at an event in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh—the electoral constituency of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The event’s ostensible purpose was to celebrate the 70th birthday of Lalji Tandon, a senior BJP leader and Vajpayee’s prospective campaign manager.
By Julie Hyland, 19 April 2004
The Labour Party’s official membership has fallen to less than a quarter of a million—its lowest level for 70 years.
By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2004
In an hour-long appearance Sunday on the NBC News program “Meet the Press,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry, reiterated his support for the US war in Iraq, while suggesting that it would take the election of a new president for Washington to succeed in mobilizing additional foreign troops and resources to reinforce its grip on the conquered country.
By Dragan Stankovic, 19 April 2004
At least 634 people have died so far this year in Indonesia from an outbreak of dengue fever that is the worst in years. As of April 13, the number of cases stood at 54,176, surpassing the total for the whole of 2003 and affecting 30 of the country’s 32 provinces. The number of deaths is twice the figure at the same time last year. In all, 743 people died from the disease in 2003.
By Mike Ingram, 19 April 2004
Several hundred protesters gathered for a lobby of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official residency in London on Saturday, April 17, to protest the continued occupation of Iraq by the US and Britain.
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On Friday, April 16, the German national electoral commission met in Berlin to decide which parties can participate in the European elections due to be held June 13. With all the votes of members of the election commission, the German Social Equality Party was granted official ballot status.
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Cambodian hotel workers ordered back to work
By Niall Green and Steve James, 17 April 2004
A clearly disturbed 25-year-old man, Mijailo Mijailovic, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Sweden’s Social Democratic foreign minister Anna Lindh in a knife attack.
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By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2004
South Korea’s general election on Thursday produced a major political upheaval. Voters gave a parliamentary majority to the Uri Party, which was formed less than six months ago, and delivered a stinging rebuff to the established parties—the right-wing Grand National Party (GNP) and the Millenium Democratic Party (MDP) of former president Kim Dae-jung.
By David Walsh, 17 April 2004
A number of readers have sent in comments on an article by David Walsh, “Professor Chomsky comes in from the cold,” posted April 5, 2004. Below we publish the author’s reply, followed by the letters.
By Chris Sverige, 17 April 2004
Although it will be more than a year before those involved in one of the biggest cases of corporate fraud in European history are brought to trial, the impact of the Parmalat scandal can be seen throughout the economic landscape. Food giant Parmalat, Italy’s eighth-largest industrial empire, collapsed late last year amid fraud accusations against top company executives and scandal involving several major players from the world of international finance.
By Chris Talbot, 17 April 2004
The African National Congress (ANC) gained a clear lead in South Africa’s April 14 general elections, taking nearly 70 percent of the votes cast—more than the 66.4 percent in 1999 and 64 percent in 1994.
By Joanne Laurier, 17 April 2004
Underscoring the Bush administration’s commitment to the non-stop transfer of society’s wealth to the corporate elite, a new report has disclosed that the government has been auditing fewer corporations, while at the same time ramping up its audits of individual taxpayers.
By Julie Hyland, 16 April 2004
As Prime Minister Tony Blair heads for Washington to reaffirm the trans-Atlantic partnership in face of the growing crisis that the US and its British ally face in Iraq, rumblings of discontent follow him.
By Simon Whelan, 16 April 2004
This is the concluding part of a two-part article on the growing tensions within Georgia. The first part was published on April 15.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2004
With his endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement” plan Wednesday, President George W. Bush broke with nearly four decades of official US diplomacy, dropping even the pretense that Washington is committed to a negotiated settlement of the Middle East conflict. He has aligned the US government publicly and unequivocally with Israeli aggression and the dispossession of the Palestinian people.
By Joe Lopez, 16 April 2004
The abduction of three Japanese citizens in Iraq, who were released unharmed yesterday, has created the biggest political crisis for the Koizumi government since it came to power in 2001. It could well lead to electoral defeats for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in by-elections on April 25 and the July upper house elections.
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Power workers in France strike to oppose privatisation
By Wije Dias and K. Ratnayake, 16 April 2004
Even before Sri Lanka’s new minority United Peoples Freedom Party (UPFA) government has begun to function, sharp differences have emerged between the two major coalition partners—President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).
By Justus Leicht and Sinan Ikinci, 16 April 2004
The moderate Islamic AKP (Party of Justice and Development) led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan emerged the winner of local elections in Turkey on March 28. The traditional parties of the Turkish establishment lost further ground and left-wing and Kurdish parties are hit by a particularly deep crisis.