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Britain: Gate Gourmet strike betrayed by Transport and General Workers Union

By our reporter, 30 September 2005

On September 28, the Transport and General Workers Union and management at the US-owned Gate Gourmet airline caterers reached a deal to end the six-week dispute between the company and its workers at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Chinese government crackdown exposes fraud of local elections

By John Chan, 30 September 2005

A protracted police crackdown on villagers in Taishi, near the southern city of Guangzhou, has revealed the worthlessness of the Chinese government’s promises to extend democratic rights at the local level in rural areas.

Hurricanes’ destruction deepens US farm crisis

By Jerry Isaacs, 30 September 2005

In addition to the impact on the US economy from rising fuel prices, hurricanes Katrina and Rita have dealt a critical blow to American agriculture, which is already reeling from the worst drought in the midwestern states in nearly three decades.

Jobless claims, an end to the housing bubble: storm signals for US economy

By John Levine, 30 September 2005

On Monday, September 26, in a speech to the American Bankers Association Annual Convention, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan made unusually grave warnings about the risks to the economy resulting from a fall in housing prices.

Lecture seven: Marxism, art and the Soviet debate over “proletarian culture”

By David Walsh, 30 September 2005

This lecture was delivered by David Walsh, the arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lecture seven: Marxism, art and the Soviet debate over “proletarian culture”

By David Walsh, 30 September 2005

The following is the first part of the lecture “Marxism, art and the Soviet debate over ‘proletarian culture’.” It was delivered by David Walsh, the arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It will appear in four parts. (See Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4)

Lurid reports of rape, murder in Katrina’s aftermath exposed as frauds

By Joseph Kay, 30 September 2005

A series of articles over the past week have confirmed that the widespread reports of massive looting, murder and violence in hurricane-devastated New Orleans were either concocted out of whole cloth or grossly exaggerated. In the first several days after New Orleans was inundated, these stories were disseminated by government officials at the federal, state and local level, and trumpeted by the media in banner headlines and lurid TV accounts.

Pentagon dismisses new report on US military torture in Iraq

By Kate Randall, 30 September 2005

A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) provides chilling new details of the torture of Iraqi detainees by US forces. The report, issued September 24—“Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division”—is based on interviews with a US Army captain and two sergeants. It details abuse carried out at Forward Operating Base Mercury (FOB Mercury), near Fallajuh in Central Iraq, from 2003 through 2004.

Rapper Kanye West on the cover of Time: Will rap music shed its “gangster” disguise?

By Kevin Kearney, 30 September 2005

The image of Kanye West crouching down with one hand on his head—clad in designer clothes and sneakers—and the contrived facial expression of one who wishes to be considered a deep thinker adorns the cover of the August 29 issue of Time magazine. The headline of the article reads: “More GQ than gangsta, Kanye West is challenging the way rap thinks about race and class—and striking a chord with fans of all stripes.”

The coming grand coalition in Germany: illegitimate and undemocratic

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party), 30 September 2005

The grand coalition being prepared by Germany’s Union parties (Christian Democratic Union—CDU, Christian Social Union—CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is undemocratic and illegitimate. Such a government will pursue policies in the interests of German big business and the rich—the same policies that were decisively rejected by the overwhelming majority of the German electorate on September 18.