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Another US provocation: Iranian officials arrested in Baghdad

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2007

Late on Tuesday night, the US military detained a visiting delegation of Iranian officials at a Baghdad hotel. The men were handcuffed, blindfolded and dragged away under the glare of TV cameras for further interrogation. Following protests in Tehran and appeals by Iraqi government officials, the delegation, which had been formally invited by the Iraqi Electricity Ministry, was finally released on Wednesday morning.

Britain: Brown rules out Iraq troop withdrawal as top general speaks of a “generation of conflict”

By Julie Hyland, 30 August 2007

As tensions continue within political and military circles over Britain’s role in Iraq, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made clear that he will not bow to calls for a troop withdrawal.

Bush visits New Orleans on Katrina anniversary: returning to the scene of the crime

By David Walsh, 30 August 2007

Working class residents of New Orleans responded with anger and protests to the visit paid by George W. Bush Wednesday on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a tragedy which led to the loss of more than 1,800 lives and massive devastation in the region.

Founding conference of German Left Party in Hessen

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 August 2007

Anyone entering the founding congress of the Left Party held in the city of Frankfurt-Main last Saturday was inevitably reminded of the musty atmosphere of a run-of-the-mill trade union gathering. The overwhelming majority of the some 300 delegates and guests attending the congress obviously had known one another for years, if not decades. Most had already reached, or exceeded, retirement age.

Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath: from natural disaster to national humiliation

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 30 August 2007

We are reposting below a statement that originally appeared on the WSWS on September 2, 2005, four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. It is also published in the pamphlet “Hurricane Katrina: Social Consequences & Political Lessons,” which brings together articles and statements posted on the WSWS in the immediate aftermath of the Katrina disaster, and can be ordered online.

Join the International Students for Social Equality!

By by International Students for Social Equality, 30 August 2007

Students are returning to school in the United States and other countries this month amidst an extraordinary intensification of global political and economic crisis.

Join the International Students for Social Equality! Build ISSE chapters at your college or high school!

30 August 2007

The following is a statement by the International Students for Social Equality in the US outlining its perspective and calling on students to join the ISSE and build clubs at schools throughout the country and internationally. The statement is available in pdfformat to download and distribute.

Military court acquits Abu Ghraib interrogations director of prisoner abuse

By Barry Grey, 30 August 2007

A military jury on Tuesday acquitted Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan of all charges related to the torture of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Jordan is the only officer to face criminal charges in the horrific abuse of Iraqi prisoners that came to light with the publication in April 2004 of photos showing grinning US military police subjecting detainees to sadistic and degrading treatment.

No End In Sight: An establishment view of what went wrong

By Christie Schaefer, 30 August 2007

Written and directed by Charles Ferguson

US census report shows falling earnings, rise in uninsured

By Jerry White, 30 August 2007

New census data released this week shows that American workers continued to see an erosion of their living standards in 2006, even as the US economy entered its the fifth year of job growth following the recession of 2001.