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A letter on Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

29 April 2006

The following letter was received on the WSWS review “Sophie Scholl: The last days in the life of a German anti-fascist”

Amnesty International documents European complicity in secret US rendition programme

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2006

The following is the second of a two-part article. The first part was posted April 28.

Britain: Government faces rising anger over jobs cut in National Health Service

By Robert Stevens, 29 April 2006

Heckling and slow hand-clapping by 2,000 delegates at the annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing on April 26 forced Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to abandon her speech after 17 minutes.

Canada: Bloc Québécois props up Conservative government

By Éric Marquis, 29 April 2006

The Bloc Québécois—the indépendantiste party strongly supported by the Quebec trade union bureaucracy—is playing a pivotal role in sustaining Canada’s new minority Conservative government in power.

France: Government launches assault on immigrants

By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 29 April 2006

A demonstration called by a broad alliance of anti-racist organisations has been called in Paris today, assembling at the Place de la République at 2 p.m.

Hillary Clinton, the Democrats and the Iraq war: A socialist alternative

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2006

The following statement by the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US Senate from New York, Bill Van Auken, is being distributed to the April 29 demonstration in New York City demanding an end to the US war against Iraq. It is also available in PDF.

Lies surround first death of an Australian soldier in Iraq

By James Cogan, 29 April 2006

The Howard government’s dishonesty and arrogance has been epitomised by its treatment of Private Jacob Kovco, the first Australian soldier to be killed while serving in Iraq. After lying about the circumstances of Kovco’s death, Australian authorities handed his corpse over to a private contractor in Kuwait, which then transported another man’s body to Australia for burial.

Survivor of West Virginia mine disaster says respirators failed to work

By Jerry White, 29 April 2006

In a letter to the families of 12 West Virginia coal miners who were killed in the January 2 explosion at the Sago Mine, the sole survivor of the disaster revealed that several of the emergency breathing apparatuses—or “rescuers”—the workers had been issued failed to operate as the mine filled with deadly gas.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 April 2006

Indian state government employees strike indefinitely

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 April 2006

UK Peugeot workers consider strike action