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Government crisis in Poland—prime minister to resign

By Marius Heuser, 30 March 2005

Ten months after taking power, the Polish government, led by Prime Minister Marek Belka (Democratic Left Alliance—SLD), threatens to collapse. Belka announced that he will resign on May 5 and has spoken out in favour of new elections on June 19. From this point onwards, he wants to engage himself actively in the election campaign on behalf of the newly created Democratic Party (DP).

Indonesia hit by another devastating earthquake

By Peter Symonds, 30 March 2005

A massive earthquake off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has left hundreds of people confirmed dead and thousands homeless. News of the quake late on Monday night (local time) and fears of a repetition of the December 26 tsunami triggered a mass exodus from coastal areas in Indian Ocean countries.

Letters on “Right-wing propaganda and scientific fact in the case of Terri Schiavo”

30 March 2005

The following is a selection of letters received by the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article by David North, “Right-wing propaganda and scientific fact in the case of Terri Schiavo” . The article was written in response to a reader, CR.

New documents confirm widespread US abuse of Iraqi prisoners, implicate top general

By Joseph Kay, 30 March 2005

A new series of documents released over the weekend provides fresh evidence of the pervasive US military abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The documents were released by the Pentagon in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights and other organizations.

Philippine police crush jail rebellion

By Dragan Stankovic and Peter Symonds, 30 March 2005

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo reacted with undisguised triumph on March 15 to the news that police paramilitary units had stormed the Camp Bagong Diwa prison and killed 22 prisoners involved in a jail uprising. Among the dead were three jailed leaders of the Islamist militia group Abu Sayyaf, who were awaiting trial on charges of terrorist bombings and kidnappings.

The Terri Schiavo case and the crisis of politics and culture in the US

30 March 2005

The Socialist Equality Party in the US will be holding public meetings in Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York City on March 31 and April 3 respectively. The main report at both meetings will be delivered by David North, chairman of the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and national secretary of the SEP (US).

US increases pressure on Lebanon amid growing instability

By Chris Talbot, 30 March 2005

United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield has insisted that Lebanon’s general election, scheduled for May, must go ahead so as to create a “different political environment.”

29 March 2005

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board ruled last Thursday against granting US war resister and Army “deserter” Jeremy Hinzman political refugee status—a decision that, if upheld by Canada’s courts, will in all likelihood result in Hinzman being deported to the US and jailed for his opposition to the US’s illegal invasion of Iraq.

American media silent over mass protest in Bahrain

By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2005

The hypocrisy of Washington’s self-proclaimed crusade for democracy in the Middle East found damning expression this week in the nearly total silence of the US government and the American media over a demonstration that brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of Bahrain last Friday demanding democratic reforms.

China: Shenzhen protest highlights frustration among unemployed graduates

By John Chan, 29 March 2005

At a job fair in China’s Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on March 19, frustrations boiled over into an angry protest of 6,000 job seekers—mostly college and high school graduates—over the management of the event. A thousand riot police were finally brought in to break up the demonstration, which reflected far wider concerns among young people desperate to find a job.