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2005 US income figures: top 10 percent had largest share of national wealth since 1928

By David Walsh, 30 March 2007

A series of recent economic studies and media reports have added new details to the portrait of the US as a country riven by deepening social divisions. While a financial and corporate oligarchy rules America, with access to almost unimaginable wealth, millions and millions of people find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. This condition has explosive social and political implications.

Bush vilifies Democrats, vows veto of Iraq war funding bill

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2007

In a bellicose speech delivered Wednesday, on the eve of a Senate vote approving a $122 billion spending bill directed primarily at funding the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US President George W. Bush vowed to veto any legislation proposing troop withdrawals.

China passes private property law for capitalist elite

By John Chan, 30 March 2007

At end of the 12-day National Peoples Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 16, some 3,000 hand-picked lawmakers rubber-stamped a Property Law. The enactment of this law, which follows the opening of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) membership to private businessmen in 2002, is a significant step in establishing the dominance of capitalist property relations in China.

Ex-aide contradicts Attorney General Gonzales on US attorney firings

By Barry Grey, 30 March 2007

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that he discussed plans to fire US attorneys on numerous occasions with Gonzales. Sampson’s sworn testimony flatly contradicted statements by Gonzales both in congressional testimony and in press conferences that he was not involved in the purge of federal prosecutors.

Germany pushes for great power politics behind a European facade

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 March 2007

The weather was fine in Berlin last weekend, and in bright sunshine tens of thousands of Berliners took the opportunity of a walk along the city’s historic Unter den Linden.

Iraq: US occupation sets off sectarian atrocities in Tal Afar

By James Cogan, 30 March 2007

After suffering four years of US occupation, constant violence and unspeakable living conditions, communities in some of the most traumatised cities in Iraq are facing a new wave of sectarian and politically motivated killings, provoked by the stepped up operations being carried out by American troops and the predominantly Shiite and Kurdish Iraqi government security forces against largely Sunni insurgents.

Massive police mobilisation in central Paris

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 March 2007

Hundreds of police and special CRS units fought a pitched battle with youth and commuters at the Gare du Nord in the centre of Paris on Tuesday evening. The confrontation, in which heavily armed police employed tear gas and massive force against travelers at one of France’s busiest train stations, was immediately taken up by leading French politicians on Wednesday to elevate the issue of law and order to the centre of debate in the current presidential election campaign.

Sri Lanka: SEP public meeting to demand inquiry into party member’s disappearance

30 March 2007

The Socialist Equality Party is calling a public meeting in Colombo on April 9 to demand that the Sri Lankan government and military launch an urgent investigation into the disappearance of party member Nadarajah Wimaleswaran and his friend Sivanathan Mathivathanan.

US: Circuit City fires 3,400 better-paid store workers

By Naomi Spencer, 30 March 2007

In a ruthless move to slash worker compensation costs, electronics retailer Circuit City announced March 28 that 3,400 in-store employees, 9 percent of the company’s workforce, would be fired. The company is specifically targeting experienced workers because after years on the job they had accumulated relatively higher wages. According to the Washington Post those affected were notified Wednesday morning and immediately escorted out of the stores by management.

Welsh Assembly elections: Burberry closes its Treorchy plant in area blighted by unemployment

By the candidates for the Socialist Equality Party South Wales Central, 30 March 2007

The SEP candidates issued the following statement to Burberry workers.