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Australia: SEP candidate James Cogan speaks at Kingsford Smith community forums

By our reporters, 30 September 2004

In the past week, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the eastern Sydney seat of Kingsford Smith, James Cogan, has addressed two election campaign forums organised by local community groups. The first was held on September 23, in the suburb of Malabar, and the second in Kingsford on September 27. Approximately 60 people attended each event.

Britain: Blair’s defence of his record on Iraq given standing ovation

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 30 September 2004

Following Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech to the Labour Party conference, the press posed the question: Had he done enough to unite the party and heal the divisions within it over the Iraq war?

CBS cancels broadcast on Bush’s use of forged Iraqi WMD documents

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2004

In a development that highlights the cowardice and subservience of the US media—and suggests there is far more to the so-called “memogate” affair at CBS News than has so far been made public—the network confirmed September 27 that it had cancelled a planned “60 Minutes” broadcast exposing the use of forged documents by the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Citizen of the world: a brief survey of the life and times of Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

By Ann Talbot, 30 September 2004

The lecture below by World Socialist Web Site correspondent Ann Talbot was presented on September 24 to a meeting in Britain organised by the Rotherham Metropolitan District Local History Council, as part of the Rotherham Arts Festival.

Howard and Latham united on Iraq war cover-up

By Nick Beams (SEP candidate for Senate in NSW), 30 September 2004

Prime Minister John Howard and Labor leader Mark Latham have their differences. But on one key issue they are united: the Iraq war and the lies and falsifications on which it was based are to be kept off the agenda in this Australian election campaign.

Ohio appeals court hears Socialist Equality Party ballot access case

By Jerry White, 30 September 2004

An attorney representing Socialist Equality Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates Bill Van Auken and Jim Lawrence presented a powerful case Wednesday before the 10th District Court of Appeals in Ohio arguing that the court should overrule the secretary of state and place the SEP candidates on the November 2 ballot.

The release of Yaser Hamdi: legal manipulation of “enemy combatant” cases

By John Andrews, 30 September 2004

After spending almost three years imprisoned incommunicado by the United States military following his November 2001 capture in Afghanistan, Yaser Esam Hamdi is being taken by US military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, where he will be reunited with his family. In exchange for his release, he has agreed to renounce his US citizenship and restrict his travel.

West Bengal carries out first hanging in India in a decade

By Sarath Kumara, 30 September 2004

Last month the Indian state of West Bengal carried out the country’s first hanging since 1995. The state execution was particularly significant because it was carried out, not by an openly right-wing party, but by a “left” coalition led by the Stalinist Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Another round of US airstrikes on Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 29 September 2004

American warplanes once again mounted heavy strikes on the Iraqi city of Fallujah on Saturday in what has become a daily exercise aimed at terrorising the rebel stronghold and its population of some 300,000 people into submission.

Australia: asbestos poisoning victims sacrificed to corporate profit

By Terry Cook (SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW), 29 September 2004

The scandal that has erupted around giant building materials company James Hardie Industries (JHIL) reveals how—with the support of governments and unions—the health and welfare of ordinary working people is constantly sacrificed to corporate profit.