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Anti-flag-burning amendment to US Constitution fails by a single vote

By Patrick Martin, 30 June 2006

The US Senate fell short by the narrowest of margins Wednesday in a vote on whether to adopt the first-ever constitutional amendment to restrict free speech. An amendment backed by the Bush administration to give Congress the power to “ban desecration of the American flag” received 66 votes with 34 against, just missing the two-thirds margin required.

Bankers’ bank puzzles over state of world economy

By Nick Beams, 30 June 2006

Recently in an email to the WSWS a reader drew a contrast between what she called the “explosive situation” in China—an “unregulated economy within a dictatorship”—and the United States where the economy is “regulated, open and handled by the best business-brains available.”

Democratic operatives aim to bar SEP from Illinois ballot

By Jerome White, 30 June 2006

Staffers for the Illinois Democratic Party, with close connections to two of the state’s most powerful machine politicians, have copied and reviewed nominating petitions submitted by the Socialist Equality Party in apparent preparation for a challenge aimed at barring SEP candidate Joe Parnarauskis from the ballot. Parnarauskis, who is running for State Senate in Illinois’ 52nd Legislative District, which includes the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana, submitted petitions bearing the names of 4,991 voters on Monday, June 26.

Israeli assault on Gaza threatens wider Middle East conflagration

By Chris Marsden, 30 June 2006

With each day that passes, Israel’s attempt to justify military aggression as a response to the capture of an Israeli soldier becomes less credible. Tel Aviv has signaled not only its intention to bring down the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA), but also its readiness to inflict massive destruction to Gaza’s infrastructure and heavy civilian casualties in order to do so.

Letters on Warren Buffett’s philanthropy

30 June 2006

The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, “The philanthropy of Warren Buffett”.

Sri Lankan military directly implicated in two atrocities

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 30 June 2006

An escalating conflict is underway in the war zones of Sri Lanka between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the military, which is working closely with various Tamil paramilitary groups. Hundreds of civilians, LTTE cadre and supporters and military personnel have died since last November when Mahinda Rajapakse won the presidential election.

Supreme Court rules against Bush administration’s military commissions

By John Burton, 30 June 2006

John Burton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Congress from California’s 29th Congressional District

The Dardenne brothers’ L’Enfant: an argument for a far more critical appraisal

By David Walsh, 30 June 2006

L’Enfant (The Child), directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 June 2006

Europe

47,600 GM and Delphi workers accept buyouts and early retirement

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 29 June 2006

General Motors announced Monday that 47,600 GM and Delphi workers have accepted buyouts and early retirement in the largest corporate downsizing in the history of the US auto industry.