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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the struggle to end the British slave trade

By Joanne Laurier, 2 March 2007

Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, screenplay by Steven Knight

Campaign builds for ISSE/SEP Emergency Conference Against War

By our reporter, 2 March 2007

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party have launched a web page to build for the ISSE/SEP Emergency Conference Against War. The conference will be held on March 31 and April 1 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The web page address is www.socialequality.com/conference.

Italian Pabloites back Prime Minister Prodi in Senate confidence vote

By Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2007

Romano Prodi will continue to lead the Italian government. On Wednesday he won a confidence vote by 162 to 157 in the Senate, where his nine-party coalition has a razor-thin majority. A total of 160 votes was necessary for victory.

Judge rules Jose Padilla competent for trial

By Tom Carter, 2 March 2007

US District Court Judge Marcia Cooke ruled February 28 that Jose Padilla is mentally fit for trial, following a competency hearing during which his lawyers argued that the damage to his mental faculties is so severe that he is legally unable to stand trial or assist in his own defense. The trial is scheduled to begin April 16.

The JetBlue fiasco: Private profit vs. the public interest

By Kate Randall, 2 March 2007

On Valentine’s Day, an ice storm resulted in hundreds of JetBlue passengers being forced to sit for hours on end in airplanes stranded on airport tarmacs in New York City. For days afterwards, the airline was unable to meet its flight schedule, stranding thousands more travelers around the country.

Two East Timorese protestors killed by Australian troops

By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Marrickville in the NSW election (Australia), 2 March 2007

The killing of two East Timorese men by the Australian military on February 23 at a refugee camp near the Dili airport points to the real motivation behind the Howard government’s East Timor intervention.

US to join Iran at international talks: another round of threats and ultimatums

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2007

Despite widespread media speculation of a “shift” in US policy toward Iran, the announcement this week that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will take part in a regional conference with her Iranian counterpart does not represent any softening of the US stance. Amid a mounting confrontation with Iran, the US will undoubtedly use the forum to heighten, not lessen, the tensions with Tehran.

Wild swings on Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2007

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 209 points when trading opened on Thursday, then recovered to end the day at 34 points down. The violent movement, following Tuesday’s plunge of 415 points, was a clear indication that the recent market turbulence may be more than a so-called “correction.”

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

2 March 2007

Europe

Airbus workers in France, Germany strike against massive job cuts

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 March 2007

On Wednesday, the parent company of European Airbus, EADS, announced plans to slash 10,000 jobs at Airbus’ European factories—nearly one-fifth of the company’s current workforce. The announcement, made at a news conference in Paris by Airbus chief Louis Gallois, confirmed press reports published on Tuesday of an unprecedented assault on Airbus jobs.