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Australia: Management ignored danger warnings at Beaconsfield gold mine

By Terry Cook, 30 October 2006

Fresh and damning evidence has emerged that the owners and management of the Beaconsfield gold mine ignored warnings of a potential disaster not long before the tragedy earlier this year that killed one miner and trapped his two companions underground for two weeks.

Michigan SEP candidate addresses high school, college students

By our reporter, 30 October 2006

Socialist Equality Party congressional candidate Jerome White spoke to hundreds of Michigan high school and community college students last week, explaining the need for young people to take up a political struggle for socialism against war, the attacks on democratic rights and the growth of social inequality.

Protests demand immediate withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2006

On Saturday, October 28, demonstrations were held in 37 communities across Canada to demand the immediate withdrawal of all Canadian troops from Afghanistan.

Russia moves toward military conflict with Georgia

By Vladimir Volkov, 30 October 2006

During his October 25 nationally televised “talk with the Russian people,” President Vladimir Putin confirmed the intention of his regime to defend the provincial autonomous administrations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia in the event of military action against them by the Georgian government.

Spanish protests demand affordable housing

By Marcus Morgan, 30 October 2006

Street demonstrations were held in major Spanish cities this month to protest the lack of affordable housing, especially for young people looking for a first home.

“Our campaign offers the only alternative to the profit system”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2006

The following is a speech delivered by Bill Van Auken, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Senate from New York, to a public meeting in Buffalo, New York on October 19.

Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney champion torture on eve of election

By Bill Van Auken and SEP candidate for US Senate from New York, 28 October 2006

Back-to-back statements by the most prominent figures in both the Democratic and Republican parties endorsing the use of torture make it clear that the unprecedented assault on democratic rights and the government’s recourse to criminal methods will continue after the November 7 midterm elections, no matter which party is victorious.

Hungary: The controversy over the heritage of the 1956 Revolution

By Peter Schwarz, 28 October 2006

In his famous essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, Karl Marx describes how men, when entering an uncertain future, seek to costume themselves in the time-honoured trappings of the past. When they are occupied with revolutionizing things and creating a more progressive society, they conjure up the spirits of past heroes. When social development moves into reverse, when society regresses, conjuring up the past degenerates into farce.

Letters from our readers

28 October 2006

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

Public meeting to be held in Paris

28 October 2006

The struggle against the First Job Contract (CPE) earlier this year brought into sharp relief the collision between the needs of young people and workers and the interests of the French ruling elite over the most fundamental of social questions: the right to a secure job.