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Confused, struggling America

By David Walsh, 30 November 2004

I Heart Huckabees, directed by David O. Russell, written by Russell and Jeff Baena.

Britain: Prince Charles bemoans “child-centred” education

By Richard Tyler, 30 November 2004

“One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion” (from Common Sense by Thomas Paine).

Workers Struggles: US & Canada

By , 30 November 2004

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China: riot in Guangdong province points to broad social unrest

By John Chan, 30 November 2004

A riot involving some 30,000 people in Jieyang city in southern Guangdong province on November 10 has highlighted the mounting hostility of broad layers of the Chinese population to the economic impositions and autocratic rule of the Stalinist bureaucracy.

Mass protests to greet Bush in Canada

By Richard Dufour, 30 November 2004

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Ralph Nader and the Democratic election debacle

By Jerry White, 30 November 2004

Ralph Nader’s first public pronouncements following the Democrats’ electoral debacle have reaffirmed the political orientation to the Democratic Party that underlay his nominally independent campaign for US president.

Sri Lankan driver held hostage in Iraq

By W.A. Sunil, 30 November 2004

The fate of Dinesh Dharmendram Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan truck driver, who was captured in Iraq by Islamic extremists along with fellow driver Abul Kashem from Bangladesh late last month, is still unknown. They are being held by the notorious Ansar al-Sunna, the group responsible for the cold-blooded slaughter of 12 Nepalese workers in August.

US intervenes in disputed Ukraine election: Who the hell asked you, Mr. Powell?

By Joseph Kay, 30 November 2004

If it were not for its reactionary political implications, US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s declaration last week that the Ukraine presidential election is unacceptable because it does not meet the high standards of the Bush administration would be a moment of high comedy. Here is the American secretary of state, the chief international spokesman of an administration that first came to power after a stolen election, declaring the Ukrainian election to be illegitimate “because it does not meet international standards and because there has not been an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse.”

Germany: right-wing trajectory of conservative parties in wake of Bush re-election

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 November 2004

Right-wing conservative politicians and Christian fundamentalists have sensed the possibilities for a radicalisation of their politics since the re-election of American president George W. Bush three weeks ago. The murder of Dutch film producer Theo van Gogh has already been used to kindle hysteria against Islamists— actual and supposed—and to conduct a crusade for so-called “Western values.” The party congress of Germany’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) last weekend in Munich represented the peak of this demagogic and chauvinist campaign.

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw rants against Trotskyism

By Ann Talbot, 29 November 2004

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw sent an extraordinary letter to the Independent newspaper on November 16. It was in reply to an article by Robert Fisk the previous Saturday. In a description of Yassir Arafat’s funeral, Fisk had disparagingly referred to Straw, who attended on behalf of the British government, as a former Trotskyist or “an old Trot.”

The inglorious exit of CBS anchorman Dan Rather

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2004

Longtime CBS newsman Dan Rather abruptly announced last week that he will end his tenure as anchorman of the CBS Evening News on March 9, the 24th anniversary of his debut as the network’s principal news reader. The 73-year-old journalist had reportedly been planning to complete 25 years as an anchorman before stepping down, working until March 2006, and the network has taken few measures to prepare a successor.

US dollar slide continues

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2004

The US dollar went down to a record low of $1.33 to the euro at the end of last week amid signs that foreign central banks, which have invested heavily in US treasuries and other forms of debt, are looking to shift some of their resources out of US financial markets. Besides recording an historic low against the euro, the dollar reached a four-and-a-half year low against the yen, a nine-year low against the Swiss franc, a 12-year low against the Canadian dollar and a 16-year low against the New Zealand dollar. In another indication of the growing loss of confidence in the US currency, the gold price hit a 16-year high of $455.

Japan uses submarine incident to whip up anti-Chinese nationalism

By John Chan, 29 November 2004

In the early hours of November 10, a Chinese submarine was detected intruding into Japanese territorial waters off the Okinawa islands, some 1,600 kilometers southwest from Tokyo. The incident rapidly escalated into a full-blown diplomatic row as the entire Japanese political establishment stirred up fear and suspicion with alarmist statements about the Chinese military threat on Japan’s doorstep. An examination of the events reveals that the alarm was largely fabricated.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 27 November 2004

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The debate over Muslim “parallel societies” in Germany

By Justus Leicht, 27 November 2004

Within the space of a few days, the campaign of hysteria over actual and alleged Islamist militants has swept from Holland into Germany.

Iraq: Reporters Without Borders condemns US report on killing of journalists

By Mike Ingram, 27 November 2004

The global press organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has condemned a final US report on the killing of two cameramen—Jose Couso of the Spanish TV station Telecinco and Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian working for Reuters news agency—and the wounding of three other journalists on April 8, 2003.

Repeal of India’s draconian anti-terrorism law

By Kranti Kumara, 27 November 2004

India’s domestic media, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and Western human rights organisations have all lauded the United Progressive Alliance government’s repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA)—which because of the timing of its adoption and repressive sweep can be termed the Indian version of the US Patriot Act

Israel: Killing of Palestinian girl provides snapshot of a brutal regime

By Brian Smith, 27 November 2004

Damning evidence has emerged against an Israeli officer accused of gunning down a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, Iman al-Hams. It shows that the officer and his company were well aware that Iman was a defenceless child “of about ten” and was of no danger to them when she was shot. The officer then emptied his magazine into her prone body in an illegal practice known as “confirming the kill”.

Middle East leaders rubberstamp US occupation of Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2004

The international ministerial conference on Iraq held at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh this week was a disgusting spectacle of political cowardice and grovelling by Middle Eastern leaders before the Bush administration.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

By , 26 November 2004

Europe

Sri Lankan president moves to reinstate the death penalty

By Wije Dias, 26 November 2004

Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga has seized on the murder of a high court judge last Friday as the pretext to reactivate the death penalty for the crimes of murder, rape and drug dealing. Judge Sarath Ambepitiya and his body guard were gunned down with automatic weapons shortly after returning to his home at the end of a day at the courts. The unknown assailants escaped in a van and to date police investigators have few leads.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 November 2004

The following is a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

Two opponents of the US occupation assassinated in Iraq

By James Cogan, 26 November 2004

Two leading members of the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS)—an organisation of 3,000 Sunni Muslim clerics calling for a boycott of the January 30 Iraqi elections—were assassinated this week.

Thaksin stokes further conflict in southern Thailand

By John Roberts, 26 November 2004

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Iraq: child malnutrition almost doubles after US invasion

By Rick Kelly, 26 November 2004

A study conducted by the Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science, a Norwegian research group, found that acute malnutrition among Iraqi children between the ages of six months and five years has increased from 4 percent to 7.7 percent since the US-led invasion in March last year.

Britain: Queen’s speech outlines assault on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2004

The Queen’s speech on November 23 outlined the Labour government’s legislative programme for the next year and opened what is expected to be the last parliamentary session before a general election is held in May. It is indicative of its extreme right-wing character that there was barely a mention of any social measures among the 32 bills and eight draft bills. Instead the speech was a litany of one law and order proposal after another, which in aggregate represents the most fundamental attacks on democratic rights in British history.

How Britain’s trade unions support occupation of Iraq

By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2004

A row between leaders of several trade unions and the Stop the War Coalition (StWC)—the organisation led by the Socialist Workers Party that came to the head of last year’s anti-war movement—sheds light on the criminal role being played by Britain’s trade unions in the neo-colonial take-over of Iraq.

Australia: Refugee detained for two years on false intelligence

By Mike Head, 25 November 2004

It was reported this month that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was belatedly forced to pay about $200,000 compensation to a refugee it falsely classified a national security risk, causing him to be detained without trial for nearly two years. Nearly five years after being finally set free in late 1999, the traumatised Kuwaiti man obtained the payment—hardly sufficient to make up for his wrongful imprisonment—only through the strenuous efforts of lawyers.

British Guantanamo victims sue Rumsfeld for authorising torture

By Peter Reydt, 25 November 2004

Four Britons who were held in Guantanamo Bay are suing top officials in the Bush administration, including Donald Rumsfeld, for authorising their torture at the US military base.

New York Times calls for more troops and more Fallujahs

By Kate Randall, 25 November 2004

Over the weekend, the New York Times placed its enthusiastic imprimatur on the US military destruction of Fallujah, arguing only that more American troops were needed to prevent the resurgence of Iraqi resistance in the gutted city and to carry out similar operations in other anti-US strongholds.

Sri Lanka sends troops to back US-installed regime in Haiti

By Sarath Kumara, 25 November 2004

In its first major overseas military deployment since World War II, the Sri Lankan government has dispatched more than 700 troops to the small Caribbean nation of Haiti in a move designed to bolster the US-installed regime of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue.

Great power rivalries erupt over disputed election in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2004

A struggle for power has broken out between the two candidates, acting head of the government Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, following the Ukrainian presidential elections last Sunday. The official electoral committee pronounced Yanukovich to be the winner, but the opposition has refused to recognize the result. It maintains that the election results were falsified and Yushchenko was the legitimate winner.

Bush pledges more funds for Colombia’s dirty war

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2004

President George W. Bush used a brief stopover in the Colombian seashore city of Cartagena Monday to announce his intention to pour billions more in US military aid into the country’s 40-year-old civil war.

By , 24 November 2004

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin visited Haiti November 14 in a show of support for the interim government that was born of the bloody coup that ousted the country’s elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, last February 29.

South Korean government cracks down on public sector strike

By Carol Divjak, 24 November 2004

The South Korean government of President Roh Moo-hyun last week meted out savage repression against striking workers opposed to planned changes to the country’s labour laws in line with the demands of big business and foreign investors.

After the US election: the political issues

By , 24 November 2004

The World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) invite WSWS readers to attend a public meeting in Colombo on the vital political issues arising from the re-election of George Bush as US president.

A bold attempt, with more to come

By David Walsh, 24 November 2004

Canada House, a two-act play, by J. Karol Korczynski, at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Toronto, through November 28

Northern Ireland: New efforts to revive power sharing at Stormont

By Steve James, 24 November 2004

The British and Irish governments are trying to revive the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly, now in the third year of its fourth period of suspension since the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998.

Fallujah and the laws of war

By Richard Hoffman, 24 November 2004

Even as US forces launch new offensives against Iraqi cities, the flow of reports of serious war crimes committed by the American military in the assault on Fallujah continues. The United States and world media have focussed on one incident that occurred in full view of a television crew—the slaying of a defenceless Iraqi prisoner. It has been portrayed as an isolated incident.

Allegations of vote fraud in Ohio, Florida: Was the 2004 presidential election stolen?

By the Editorial Board, 24 November 2004

A number of Internet publications and critics of electronic voting procedures have raised serious questions about possible fraud in the 2004 presidential election. There have been no credible claims, as yet, that challenge Bush’s margin of nearly four million in the popular vote. The allegations have focused more narrowly on the results in Ohio and Florida. Loss of either one of these states would have deprived Bush of his 286-252 edge in the Electoral College and tipped the election to Kerry, albeit as a minority president.

The Netherlands: xenophobic campaign follows Theo van Gogh murder

By Jörg Victor, 23 November 2004

Social tensions have mounted in the Netherlands following the murder of the film director and journalist Theo van Gogh. Politicians, the media and some sections of the intelligentsia are responsible for encouraging xenophobia.

Spain seeks to appease Bush

By Paul Mitchell and Paul Bond, 23 November 2004

Spain’s political establishment is in turmoil following the presidential victory of George W. Bush.

Bush provokes protests—and police—in Chile

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2004

US President George W. Bush’s participation in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Santiago, Chile provoked the largest popular demonstrations that the country has seen since the end of the US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet 14 years ago.

Australian police raid Aboriginal newspaper

By Richard Phillips, 23 November 2004

Australia’s reelected Howard government has launched a blatant attack on press freedom with a federal police raid on November 11 on the National Indigenous Times (NIT), an Aboriginal newspaper.

US dollar slide to continue after G20 meeting

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2004

The US dollar is set to continue its fall on money markets around the world following the meeting of central bankers and finance ministers of the Group of 20 (G20) held in Berlin over the weekend. While the fall of the dollar has been one of the main topics of discussion in banking and financial circles over the past months, it was not on the agenda at the meeting because of disagreements between the US and Europeans.

The Pistons-Pacers brawl and sports violence in America

By David Walsh, 23 November 2004

The violent brawl that erupted near the end of the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons basketball game November 19 thoroughly discredits all the parties involved—players, spectators, the National Basketball Association (NBA) officialdom and the media. In this episode one can catch a glimpse of nearly everything wrong, and terribly wrong at that, with sports in America.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 23 November 2004

Latin America

US-Latin American tensions over “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2004

Washington’s attempt to promote a global “war on terrorism” as the new rationale for its domination of Latin America ran into trouble last week at the meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Americas held in Quito, Ecuador.

Letters on the assault on Fallujah and the US elections

By , 22 November 2004

On “The siege of Fallujah: America on a killing spree”

Iraqi elections announced amid mass repression

By James Cogan, 22 November 2004

In the wake of the American military slaughter in Fallujah, the US-installed interim government announced over the weekend that elections will be held on January 30, 2005.

Sri Lankan budget: a sign of political crisis

By K. Ratnayake, 22 November 2004

The first budget of Sri Lanka’s United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, delivered by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama last Thursday, was a desperate attempt to stem the anger of working people over rising prices and declining living standards.

The rise of Britain’s super-rich

By Barry Mason, 22 November 2004

A recent “Panorama” documentary on BBC television, “Winner Takes All Britain?,” provided a useful insight into the growing gulf between the super-rich and the rest of society.

The Vioxx scandal: damning Senate testimony reveals drug company, government complicity

By Joseph Kay, 22 November 2004

Several scientists testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on November 17 provided substantial evidence that the drug company Merck and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew of safety problems years before the drug Vioxx was withdrawn from the market.

Chirac seeks to appease Washington while ensuring France gets its cut

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2004

The meeting between President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Tony Blair in London to mark a century since the signing of the Entente Cordiale in 1904 had more to do with France’s relations with the United States than a proclaimed historic friendship with Britain.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia & the Pacific

By , 20 November 2004

Workers gunned down in Philippines plantation dispute

Opening of Bill Clinton’s library: a sordid gathering of the “fat cats”

By David Walsh, 20 November 2004

The opening of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas Thursday was a miserable affair, from any number of points of view. The event, with 30,000 people on hand, including masses of media personnel as well as a number of film stars, resembled nothing so much as the opening of a gaudy, empty theme park, with the former president as “celebrity-in-chief.”

Blair’s foreign policy: from a “bridge” to a bridgehead

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 20 November 2004

The tenor of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s annual speech on foreign policy this week at the Mansion House, London, was entirely predictable.

US-European tensions deepen over Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2004

Next week’s meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors over Iran’s nuclear programs is looming as a tense diplomatic battleground between the US and its European rivals.

After Bush re-election: German Greens shift further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 20 November 2004

The German Greens have reacted to George W. Bush’s re-election as US president with a clear shift to the right. Reinhard Bütikofer, co-chair of the Green Party, spelled this out in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau on the lessons of the US election.

US soldiers in Iraq suffer horrific brain and mental injuries

By Rick Kelly, 20 November 2004

According to official figures, the Iraq war has so far seen 9,000 US soldiers wounded in action, in addition to the more than 1,200 troops killed. These wounded, whose numbers may well be underestimated, include those with gunshot and shrapnel wounds, lost limbs and other injuries caused by landmines and bombs. Less well known, however, is the terrible toll enacted through brain and psychological injuries, which frequently have devastating and permanent effects.

Union isolates locked-out San Francisco hotel workers

By Rafael Azul, 20 November 2004

Hotel workers at 14 San Francisco luxury hotels are in the sixth week of a lockout that began on October 1. The action by the hotels was in response to a strike launched September 29 by1,400 members of Local 2 of the Union of Needle Trades Industrial and Textile Employees-Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (UNITE HERE) against the Hilton, Argent, Mark Hopkins and Crowne Plaza hotels.

The death throes of a criminal regime

By Bernd Reinhardt and Florian Linden, 19 November 2004

Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, script by Bernd Eichinger

Mounting evidence of US destabilisation of Sudan

By Brian Smith, 19 November 2004

An extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council takes place on November 18-19 in Nairobi, at the request of the United States, which will focus on Darfur and the southern Sudan peace deal. It is only the fourth meeting in 50 years to take place outside of New York.

US: Republican Congress to pursue far-right agenda

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2004

The first action by congressional Republicans on returning to Washington after the November 2 election was to change their own ethics rules to protect House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who faces criminal indictment in a Texas campaign fundraising scandal.

The political lessons of the Australian and US elections

By , 19 November 2004

The World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party invite WSWS readers to attend a public meeting in Sydney to discuss the vital political questions arising out of the 2004 elections in the United States and Australia.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 19 November 2004

Europe

Indian government seeks to curry Washington’s favor

By Keith Jones, 19 November 2004

The congratulatory message that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent George W. Bush following his victory in the US presidential election was remarkable for its obsequiousness.

Australia: Howard’s Senate victory fuels Coalition tensions

By Mike Head, 19 November 2004

When the Australian parliament resumed this week, Prime Minister John Howard could look forward to the prospect of holding a majority in the Senate—the upper house—as well as the House of Representatives, as a result of his government’s victory in the October 9 federal election.

Sri Lankan reaction to Bush victory: a declaration of dependence

By Nanda Wickramasinghe, 19 November 2004

The Sri Lankan political establishment has sent a series of congratulatory messages to George W. Bush on his reelection as US president that go far beyond the routine diplomatic greetings dispensed on such occasions. The display of subservience reflects the cowardly attitude of the ruling elites throughout the so-called Third World. Confronted with naked US military aggression, each seeks to avoid the fate of countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, while at the same time exploiting the “war on terrorism” for their own purposes.

Kmart-Sears merger threatens thousands of US jobs

By Rick Kelly, 18 November 2004

Executives of the discount retail company Kmart and the Sears department store chain announced a massive merger deal on Wednesday. The new corporation will be the third largest US retailer, with a total of 3,450 stores and an expected annual revenue of $55 billion.

America on a killing spree

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2004

The televised broadcast of videotape showing a US marine executing a wounded, unarmed Iraqi at point-blank range inside a Fallujah mosque has provoked outrage throughout the Middle East, while creating a fresh crisis for the American military.

Massive new round of cuts in Detroit Public Schools

By Arnetta Eubanks, 18 November 2004

Detroit Public Schools has announced a massive new round of cuts, including the elimination of 4,000 jobs and the closing of 25 to 40 schools. In a press conference on Tuesday, Detroit Public Schools CEO Kenneth Bunley said the cuts were being made to comply with a state law to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year in June 2005.

Horrific scenes from the ashes of Fallujah

By James Cogan, 18 November 2004

Fallujah has been laid waste. It is a hell on earth of shattered bodies, shattered buildings and the stench of death. The city will enter history as the place where US imperialism carried out a crime of immense proportions in November 2004.

Leading journalist Robert Fisk asks: Who killed Margaret Hassan?

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2004

Leading Middle East commentator Robert Fisk has questioned just who is responsible for the apparent murder of aid worker Margaret Hassan in Iraq.

US dollar slide increases global tensions

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2004

The recent sharp fall in the value of the US dollar and its implications for the stability of the world economy will be the chief topic of discussion at a meeting of the finance ministers of the Group of 20 at the weekend. The dollar is now down to $1.30 to the euro, a decline of 30 percent since Bush took office, with predictions that it could even hit $1.50. But no agreement is expected to emerge from the meeting, comprising finance ministers from the G7 as well as other countries, including China, Russia, Korea and Turkey.

Letters from our readers

By , 17 November 2004

The following is a selection of recent letters received by the World Socialist Web Site.

US media applauds destruction of Fallujah

By David Walsh, 17 November 2004

Not a single major voice has been raised in the American media against the ongoing destruction of Fallujah. While much of the world recognizes something horrifying has occurred, the US press does not bat an eye over the systematic leveling of a city of 300,000 people.

Behind State Department, CIA shake-up: Bush-Cheney regime prepares a second term of all-out militarism

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2004

The resignation of Secretary of State Colin Powell and the forcing out of a whole layer of top CIA officials is a signal that the Bush administration is clearing the decks for an even more aggressive and unilateral foreign and military policy during the second Bush-Cheney term.

An eyewitness account of Israeli occupation

By Niall Green, 17 November 2004

When the Bulbul Stopped Singing by Raja Shehadeh, Profile Books Ltd, London, 2003

German auto union head suggests GM cut US costs

By Dietmar Henning, 17 November 2004

In an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau on October 28, the chairman of the Opel works committee and a leading trade union figure, Klaus Franz, suggested that Opel’s parent company, General Motors, cut costs in the United States.

Australia: performance-based contracts planned for school principals

By Erika Zimmer, 17 November 2004

The Labor government in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has introduced measures allowing it to dismiss public school principals who fail to meet as yet unspecified performance criteria. The move is a thinly-veiled step toward placing principals and all teachers on fixed-term contracts, with salaries tied to performance.

Protracted crisis following government ouster in French Polynesia

By John Braddock, 17 November 2004

French Polynesia has been in the throes of an unprecedented political crisis after the conservative opposition, with the tacit support of the Chirac government in Paris, engineered the ousting of pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru and his coalition government in early October.

Australian Aborigines become first target for “welfare reform”

By Mike Head, 16 November 2004

Leaked cabinet documents reveal that the Howard government intends to make Australia’s indigenous people a test case for a sweeping assault on the welfare system. The new regime involves intensive monitoring and control of the unemployed, disabled and other welfare recipients in Aboriginal communities, designed to force them off benefits and into low-wage jobs or small businesses.

SEP campaign in Illinois showed the power of an international party

By , 16 November 2004

The following statement was issued by Tom Mackaman, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for state legislature in Illinois’ 103rd District.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 16 November 2004

Latin America

Fifth German “Big Brother Awards”: attacks on privacy denounced

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 November 2004

On October 29, the German Association for the Promotion of Public Mobile and Immobile Data Traffic (FoeBuD) held its fifth annual Big Brother Awards. The so-called “Oscars for Data Leaches” are held to draw attention to government departments, companies and institutions which, through surveillance, spying and the accumulation of data, seek to infringe upon democratic rights. The organisation notes that the lifting of restrictions to the collection of data is an attack not only against the personal rights of individuals but also the democratic principles of society as a whole.

Court martial confirms Britain given advance warning of Iraq invasion

By Harvey Thompson, 16 November 2004

A court martial into the killing of a British soldier, held on October 26, heard how United States defence officials passed on plans for war against Iraq to the British Army almost six months before the invasion.

Fallujah in US hands as uprising sweeps Sunni regions of Iraq

By James Cogan, 16 November 2004

Nine days after the US ground assault began on Fallujah, the city, or what is left of it, is largely in US hands.

Sri Lankan unions impose wage deal on plantation workers

By Shree Haran, 15 November 2004

The major plantation trade unions in Sri Lanka signed a collective agreement with the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC) late last month granting a pittance of a wage increase to hundreds of thousands of workers in the country’s tea and rubber estates. The deal was struck behind the backs of workers in order to defuse a looming confrontation with employers that would threaten the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government.

Bush and Blair pledge to continue Middle East aggression

By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden, 15 November 2004

The display of mutual backslapping between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush at their joint press conference in Washington on November 12 was a sickening spectacle.

After the 2004 election: perspectives and tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

By David North, 15 November 2004

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SEP candidate in Maine thanks voters and supporters

By , 15 November 2004

Carl Cooley, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in the recent US elections, has issued the following statement to his supporters.

Martial law declared as unrest deepens in rural China

By John Chan, 15 November 2004

Chinese authorities have imposed martial law in Zhongmou county, in the central Henan province, in response to violent ethnic clashes between thousands of Hui Muslims and Han Chinese on October 27. While the official death toll from the conflict is just seven, the New York Times reported that as many as 148 people were killed, including 18 police officers. Several houses were burned and at least 18 people were arrested.

Iraq aflame over mass killings in Fallujah

By James Cogan, 13 November 2004

The collective punishment of the people of Fallujah by the Bush administration has entered its sixth day.

Hacer preparaciones para las luchas venideras

By , 13 November 2004

WSWS : Español

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 13 November 2004

Police close down union voting

Letters from our readers

By , 13 November 2004

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

After the US elections: the Democratic leadership bows to the far right

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2004

The Democratic Party establishment’s response to the 2004 presidential and congressional election results is to shift even further to the right, seeking greater collaboration with the Bush administration, while trying to curry favor with the religious right.

Tens of thousands mourn Arafat in Ramallah

By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2004

The mass outpouring of grief at Yasser Arafat’s burial Friday was a powerful assertion of continued Palestinian defiance in the face of Israel’s brutal military occupation.

The German media and Fallujah: accomplices to a war crime

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2004

The reaction by the German media to the current US offensive against the 300,000 inhabitants of the city of Fallujah is nothing less than a political scandal. The overwhelming destruction of a large city has been relegated to minor reports by most of the German television channels and the majority of daily papers, which have largely adopted the phraseology of US war propaganda and say nothing about the civilian costs resulting from the brutal offensive.