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Australian government rejects limits on sedition powers

By Mike Head, 30 September 2006

For the second time in less than a year, the Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has brushed aside key recommendations in an official report calling for limits on the government’s new sedition laws.

Behind the rift between the Afghan and Pakistani presidents

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2006

US President George Bush’s highly publicised attempt on Wednesday to reconcile two American allies—Afghan and Pakistani presidents Hamid Karzai and General Pervez Musharraf—appears to have come to nought.

Bolivia: class tensions rise as Morales bows to landowners, energy transnationals

By Kevin Kearney, 30 September 2006

Political tensions are boiling in the eastern lowland regions of Bolivia. The natural gas-rich departments of Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Pando—dominated by Bolivia’s landed aristocracy, agribusiness and gas interests—are threatening secession in the muted language of a desire for greater regional autonomy.

France: Immigrant hunger strikers in a critical condition

By Kumaran Rahul and Antoine Lerougetel, 30 September 2006

As of this writing, a hunger strike by seven squatters evicted from a disused student residence on the Cachan university campus in the south of Paris is in its 38th day. The hunger strikers, immigrants who are demanding legal residence in France and decent housing, began their action August 22. According to a statement issued earlier this week by Doctor Patrice Muller, “They are entering a critical phase. They are extremely weak and are in danger of incurring irreversible muscular and neurological damage.”

Government probe of Pasadena church: a witch-hunt against Iraq war critics

By by John Burton and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress from California’s 29th District, 30 September 2006

The following is a statement issued by John Burton, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Congress from California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is threatening to revoke the tax-exempt status of Pasadena’s All Saints Church on the grounds that an antiwar sermon given in November 2004 violated the requirement that charitable organizations not endorse particular candidates. The church is challenging in court the IRS’s demand that it turn over documents to investigators.

India and Pakistan agree to resume “composite dialogue”

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 30 September 2006

India and Pakistan—bitter rivals since the 1947 partition of South Asia—have agreed to resume the “composite dialogue” they initiated in early 2003 in the wake of a year-long war crisis that saw New Delhi amass a million troops in battle-formation along the Pakistan border and Islamabad issue thinly veiled threats of nuclear retaliation .

SEP to hold public meeting in Pasadena, California

30 September 2006

The US Congress passed this week a bill that will sanction torture, indefinite detention and kangaroo-court military tribunals. The House of Representatives also passed legislation that will authorize the administration’s massive spying operations to monitor and database the phone conversations and records of American citizens. These bills mark a major stage in the destruction of democratic rights in the United States, implemented in conjunction with a policy of military aggression abroad.

US Senate votes 100-0 for $70 billion more in war spending

By the Editorial Board, 30 September 2006

The unanimous vote by the US Senate on Friday to approve the Bush administration’s request for an additional $70 billion to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates a basic truth of American politics: the Democratic Party, no less than the Republicans, is a party of imperialist militarism and war.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 September 2006

Asia

“I am not terrorist or monster. I am not Dracula. I am not a monkey or cow. I am a man”

By Joanne Laurier, 30 September 2006

This is the third in a series of articles devoted to the recent Toronto film festival (September 7-16).