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Fiji’s nurses strike in defiance of military junta

By Frank Gaglioti, 30 July 2007

Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) members went on strike on July 25 to oppose a 5 percent pay cut and the axing of jobs by the lowering of the retirement age from 60 to 55 across the public sector. The nurses’ union leadership was compelled to call the strike despite concerted threats from the country’s military regime and the capitulation of most other public sector unions to the junta’s dictates.

International conference offers no solution to Iraqi refugee crisis

By James Cogan, 30 July 2007

An international conference held on July 26 in Jordan to address the refugee crisis produced by the US occupation of Iraq exemplified the callous indifference of the Bush administration and its allies toward the catastrophe they have created.

Letters from our readers

30 July 2007

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

Sarkozy angers European Union over Libya’s release of Bulgarian medics

By Steve James, 30 July 2007

Six medical workers—five Bulgarian and one Palestinian—sentenced to death on fabricated charges and held for eight years, have finally been released by the Libyan government.

Sustaining a humanist approach in the twentieth century: George Tabori (1914-2007)

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2007

The Hungarian-born playwright George Tabori (born György Tábori) has died in Berlin, at the age of 93. He continued to work actively in theatre until the end and the head of the Berliner Ensemble theatre and Tabori’s last employer, Claus Peymann, was proud to describe his friend as the oldest active director in the world. A warm, friendly man who sought close collaboration with his co-workers and actors, Tabori was held in high esteem by many of those he had worked with over a period of decades.

Sustaining a humanist approach in the twentieth century: George Tabori (1914-2007)

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2007

The Hungarian-born playwright George Tabori (born György Tábori) has died in Berlin, at the age of 93. He continued to work actively in theatre until the end and the head of the Berliner Ensemble theatre and Tabori’s last employer, Claus Peymann, was proud to describe his friend as the oldest active director in the world. A warm, friendly man who sought close collaboration with his co-workers and actors, Tabori was held in high esteem by many of those he had worked with over a period of decades.

United States warns Spain over Cuba policy

By Vicky Short, 30 July 2007

The United States has warned Spain about its policy towards Cuba as the imperialist countries seek power and influence there as Fidel Castro’s decades in power come to an end.

Vast data mining programs behind 2004 dispute within Bush administration over domestic spying

By Joe Kay, 30 July 2007

A New York Times article published Sunday reports that a dispute within the Bush administration over its domestic spying programs in 2004 centered on so-called “data mining” operations. These programs involve accessing massive databases of communications logs—both foreign and domestic—to search for links and associations between tens of millions of people.

Democrat Barack Obama spells out his foreign policy: “I will not hesitate to use force”

By Andre Damon, 28 July 2007

This month’s issue of Foreign Affairs carries an essay by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama outlining his foreign policy. Obama gets to the point early on. Noting the catastrophe in Iraq, he writes: “After thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars spent, many Americans may be tempted to turn inward and cede our leadership in world affairs. But this is a mistake we must not make.”

Haneef “terrorism” charges dropped: a debacle for the Australian government

By Mike Head, 28 July 2007

In a major blow to the Howard government and the entire methodology of the “war on terror,” the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been forced to admit serious “mistakes” in the case against Indian Muslim doctor Mohamed Haneef, and to drop the “terrorist” charge against him. After 25 days of incarceration, the case against Haneef has completely unravelled in the face of growing public opposition to the government’s witch-hunt.