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Canada-US softwood lumber pact paves way for greater co-operation between Harper and Bush

By Guy Charron and Richard Dufour, 30 May 2006

Canada’s minority Conservative government and the Bush administration reached a tentative agreement on April 27 under which Washington will end duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States.

Letters from our readers

30 May 2006

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

South Africa: Factional war intensifies between Mbeki and Zuma supporters in ANC

By Barbara Slaughter, 30 May 2006

On May 8, Jacob Zuma, former deputy president of South Africa, was acquitted of the charge of rape in the Johannesburg High Court. The accusation against him was made last December, causing him to step down from the office of vice president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) until a verdict was reached.

Sri Lankan filmmaker Asoka Handagama speaks with the WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 30 May 2006

Sri Lankan film director Asoka Handagama spoke recently with the World Socialist Web Site about the censorship of Aksharaya or Letter of Fire, his latest movie. The ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government of President Mahinda Rajapakse has banned the film and threatened legal action against the director.

Sri Lankan government bans local film Aksharaya (Letter of Fire)

By Wije Dias, 30 May 2006

In a serious attack on freedom of speech, Sri Lanka’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has banned screenings of Aksharaya (Letter of Fire) and threatened legal action against the film’s producers.

Why Australia wants “regime change” in East Timor

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2006

If one were to believe the official version, the intervention of Australian troops into East Timor is driven by the purest motives. They are there simply to restore peace and stability after the collapse of government authority. But this political fiction has been increasingly exposed by events of the past few days as the power struggle which sparked the crisis comes to the surface.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 May 2006

Latin America

Earthquake kills more than 5,100 on Indonesian island of Java

By Peter Symonds, 29 May 2006

A major earthquake struck the heavily-populated Indonesian island of Java early on Saturday morning, leaving a terrible trail of death and destruction near the city of Yogyakarta. Major buildings and thousands of homes have been flattened, rail and road transport disrupted and the city’s international airport was closed after the runway cracked.

El marxismo, el arte y el debate soviético sobre la "cultura proletaria"

29 May 2006

WSWS : Español

Local election results in Sri Lanka reflect widespread fears of war

By Sarath Kumara, 29 May 2006

The outcome of the final round of voting in Sri Lanka’s local elections on May 20 proved a blow to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA), despite a major campaign to secure a decisive win. Of the 20 local councils at stake, the UPFA was able to win only five and, moreover, failed to win the prestigious Colombo municipal council.