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50,000 Katrina evacuees without permanent housing

By Elisa Brehm and Dan Caldwell, 30 November 2005

More than 50,000 people are still living in hotel rooms three months since the devastating consequences of Hurricane Katrina displaced as many as one million people. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently funding hotel stays for the evacuees who have not been able to find housing. After the next round of deadlines, FEMA will no longer pay the hotel bills.

Australian government deserts young man due to hang in Singapore

By Mike Head, 30 November 2005

A young Australian man will almost certainly be hanged in Singapore at 6 a.m. this Friday after the Australian government made it plain it was prepared to sacrifice his life to bolster its economic and strategic relations with the anti-democratic south-east Asian regime.

Clinton paints false picture of “progress” for Sri Lanka’s tsunami victims

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 30 November 2005

During a visit to Sri Lanka yesterday, former US President Bill Clinton praised the government for making “real progress” in assisting the victims of the December 26 tsunami. “Ninety percent of children are back in school, epidemics have been prevented and transitional shelter has been provided to almost all internally displaced people,” he declared.

India in quandary over US-Iran conflict

By Vilani Peiris and Keith Jones, 30 November 2005

India’s United Progressive Alliance government made it known early last week that, when the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met in Vienna November 24, it would oppose referring charges that Iran has failed to fulfill its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations to the United Nations Security Council.

Israel: Behind Sharon’s break with Likud

By Jean Shaoul, 30 November 2005

The decision by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to break with the Likud party that he helped to form 30 years ago is the latest expression of a political crisis that is unfolding in Israel.

One earthquake could leave two-thirds of Californians without drinking water

By Kevin Kearney, 30 November 2005

On November 1, 2005 California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued a report stating that a simple 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Northern California’s Delta region could produce more than 30 levee breaches on 16 Delta islands. This would flood tens of thousands of homes and a massive area of productive farmland, causing around $30 billion in damages. However, the most alarming news, by far, was the realization that such an event could render unusable the drinking water supply of two-thirds of all Californians.

Saddam Hussein trial resumes: a grotesque display of imperial justice

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2005

The second session of the trial of Saddam Hussein convened and closed after barely two-and-a-half hours Monday, ample time to expose the farcical and illegal character of the US-orchestrated prosecution of the deposed Iraqi head of state.

US-backed government in Iraq: “The same as Saddam’s time and worse”

By James Cogan, 30 November 2005

Former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s recent declaration that the extent of human rights abuses in Iraq is the “same” as under Saddam Hussein is a devastating indictment of all those, including Allawi himself, who planned, organised and collaborated with the illegal US conquest of Iraq.

Australia: Telstra to slash 12,000 jobs

By Terry Cook, 29 November 2005

On November 15, in a six-hour briefing to market analysts and media representatives, Telstra’s chief executive Sol Trujillo announced plans for a radical restructuring of the Australian telecommunication company’s operations, including major job shedding. In all, Telstra will axe 12,000 jobs over the next five years, around 23 percent of its current workforce of 46,000. Some 8,000 jobs will be cut within the first three years.

Canada’s Liberal government falls, setting stage for January election

By Keith Jones, 29 November 2005

Canada’s minority Liberal government fell Monday night, when the three opposition parties—the right-wing Conservatives, the pro-Quebec independence Bloc Quebecois, and the social-democratic New Democratic Party—voted in favor of a Conservative non-confidence motion.