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Polish elections offer no alternative for the broad masses

By Cezar Komorovsky, 29 September 2007

On September 7, the Polish Parliament (Sejm) resolved to dissolve itself, with new parliamentary elections set for October 21. The motion was carried with 377 votes in favour, 54 against and 20 abstentions.

Compassion toward the most despised and other matters

By Joanne Laurier, 29 September 2007

This is the third of a series of articles devoted to the recent Toronto film festival (September 6-15).

UAW local presidents ratify historic betrayal of US auto workers

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2007

This article is posted in pdf format. We urge WSWS readers and auto workers to download and distribute it as widely as possible.

The Bush-Aznar tapes: glimpse of a gangster preparing for war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2007

The transcript of February 2003 discussions between US President George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar published Wednesday by Spain’s largest daily, El Pais, provides fresh documentary confirmation of what is already a widely known historical fact. That is: the Bush administration was determined to wage a war of aggression to conquer Iraq and was not about to allow international law or compromise settlements to interfere with its long-planned invasion.

Burmese troops gun down protestors

By Sujeewa Amaranath and Peter Symonds, 29 September 2007

Over the past two days, the Burmese military regime has brutally suppressed large anti-junta protests in the major cities of Rangoon and Mandalay, breaking up crowds with tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and live rounds. The state media reported that nine people died in clashes on Thursday, but reports from activists, diplomats and a handful of foreign journalists suggest the figure could be considerably higher.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 September 2007

Asia

Interview with Bryan Palmer, biographer of James P. Cannon, founder of American Trotskyism--Part 2

By Fred Mazelis, 29 September 2007

This is the second part of a two-part interview conducted by Fred Mazelis of the Socialist Equality Party with Bryan Palmer, the author of James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, the first volume of a new biography of the pioneer American communist and later the founder and leader of the American Trotskyist movement. Part 1 of the interview was published on September 28. The book reviewed by the World Socialist Web Site on September 18. (See “A fighter for Marxism in America”)

Devastating floods sweep across Africa

By Brian Smith, 29 September 2007

Torrential downpours over the last few months have caused major floods across Africa, submerging whole towns and washing away bridges, farms and schools. According to the United Nations, at least 1.5 million people in 18 countries have been affected by the worst downpours in 30 years, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced and nearly 300 killed.

US prison population at all time high

By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2007

The “war on terror” is endlessly peddled by the American political establishment as a crusade for freedom and liberty around the world. Yet, as the latest prison figures again demonstrate, far from representing freedom, justice and democracy, the United States is notorious for its propensity to jail its own population.

France: political fall-out from Kouchner’s calls for aggression against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2007

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner’s calls for an aggressive policy against Iran has created anxiety within the French ruling elite, as the popularity of recently elected President Nicolas Sarkozy rapidly falls in opinion polls. Sections of the French bourgeoisie are not only concerned for their huge investments in Iran, but that Sarkozy may undermine his own government by becoming the Bush administration’s junior partner in its war crimes.

An audience of “big fat suckers”?

By James Brewer, 28 September 2007

“The Simpsons” has been a phenomenon since the animated television series first appeared in 1989. Currently in its 19th season, the show is the longest running situation comedy on American television (some 400 episodes in all). It has a wide global audience in dozens of countries.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 28 September 2007

Europe

Trial exposes Pentagon “baiting” program in Iraq

By Christie Schaefer, 28 September 2007

Three US Army snipers face charges stemming from their participation in a Pentagon program of baiting areas with ammunition and explosives in order to lure Iraqis and subsequently kill them.

Details of General Motors contract underscore UAW betrayal

By Jerry White, 28 September 2007

Additional details have emerged on the tentative agreement signed between the United Auto Workers and General Motors that shed additional light on the scope of the betrayal carried out by the auto workers union. The UAW reached the deal Wednesday morning and ordered an end to the strike by 73,000 GM workers—just two days after it began.

“Policing the neighbourhood”—Australia’s new para-military police

By Mike Head, 28 September 2007

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the Australian Federal Police. Part 1 was posted on September 27.

Democratic presidential candidates: US troops could stay in Iraq until 2013

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2007

The Democratic Party’s pretense of opposing the war in Iraq has largely collapsed following a series of defeats in the US Senate last week of Democratic-sponsored legislation proposing timetables for partial “redeployment” of the more than 160,000 troops currently occupying the country.

US Joint Chiefs chairman declares homosexuality “counter to God’s law”

By Joe Kay, 28 September 2007

General Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, elaborated on his views regarding the “immorality” of homosexual activity on Wednesday while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

State of Michigan faces government shutdown

By Nancy Hanover, 28 September 2007

The State of Michigan faces a government shutdown midnight October 1 unless the state legislature adopts an agreement to overcome a $1.75 billion shortfall.

With US backing, Musharraf presses ahead with bogus presidential election

By Keith Jones and Vilani Peiris, 28 September 2007

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz filed papers with the country’s election commission Thursday nominating military strongman Pervez Musharraf as a candidate for the bogus presidential election to be held October 6.

General Motors worker: “The UAW doesn’t lose, but the workers do”

By our reporter, 28 September 2007

Some media reports on Thursday expressed apprehension that as details of the UAW-General Motors contract become better known, momentum will grow among GM workers to reject the sell-out. This fear was doubtless a factor in the decline in GM share values on Wall Street on Thursday, after a sharp rise following the suppression of the strike on Wednesday.

Interview with Bryan Palmer, biographer of James P. Cannon, founder of American Trotskyism--Part 1

By Fred Mazelis, 28 September 2007

This is the first part of a two-part interview conducted by Fred Mazelis of the Socialist Equality Party with Bryan Palmer, the author of James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, the first volume of a new biography of the pioneer American communist and later the founder and leader of the American Trotskyist movement. His work was reviewed by the World Socialist Web Site on September 18. (See “A fighter for Marxism in America”)

Australia: Riot police attack sacked transport workers

By a WSWS reporting team, 28 September 2007

This article is posted in pdf format. We urge WSWS readers to download and distribute it as widely as possible.

Chilean court extradites ex-Peruvian President Fujimori

By César Uco, 27 September 2007

Peru’s ex-President Alberto Fujimori arrived in Lima as a prisoner on Saturday September 22, after being extradited from Chile to face charges of corruption and violations of human rights during his decade in office between 1990 and 2000.

“Policing the neighbourhood”—Australia’s new para-military police

By Mike Head, 27 September 2007

This is the first in a two-part series on the Australian Federal Police.

AFL-CIO leaders pledge $200 million to Democratic Party campaigns

By Naomi Spencer, 27 September 2007

At an executive council meeting last week in Washington, D.C., leaders of the AFL-CIO announced a $200 million effort aimed at Democratic Party victories in the 2008 elections. This pledged payout stands at complete odds with the needs and interests of the 10 million rank-and-file members who remain in the labor federation, and who did not vote on the decision to bankroll this pro-war, big-business party.

The New York Times and Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia University

By Barry Grey, 27 September 2007

The New York Times published on Tuesday an editorial on the appearance the previous day of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at New York City’s Columbia University.

Total surrender by US auto union

By the editorial board, 27 September 2007

This article is posted in pdf format. We urge WSWS readers and auto workers to download and distribute it as widely as possible.

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather: big corporations, government interfering in news

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2007

In an interview on the Larry King Show, broadcast by CNN September 20, former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather denounced what he called “the level of big corporate and big government interference and intimidation in news.”

Britain: Unions responsible for harsh conditions facing temporary agency workers

By Julie Hyland, 27 September 2007

Tony Woodley, leader of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G), used a column in the Guardian this week to set out his union’s campaign over the plight of temporary agency workers.

Letters from our readers

By , 27 September 2007

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

Burmese military cracks down on escalating protests

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 27 September 2007

The military in Burma (Myanmar) unleashed its troops yesterday on unarmed demonstrators in a bid to stamp out mounting protests against the junta’s stifling rule, and price rises that have made life for broad layers of working people unbearable.

Bush at the UN: a war criminal lectures the world on “human rights”

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2007

George W. Bush delivered his next to the last annual address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. Taking the same podium that he used five years ago to condemn the world body to “irrelevance” if it failed to rubber stamp his plans for a war of aggression against Iraq, Bush cast his regime in Washington as the world’s greatest champion of human rights and its most generous and selfless benefactor.

GM strikers confront intransigence of US auto giant

By Jerry White, 26 September 2007

This article is posted in pdf format. We urge WSWS readers and auto workers to download and distribute it as widely as possible.

Socialist Equality Party in Australia achieves party registration

By by Socialist Equality Party, 26 September 2007

The Socialist Equality Party in Australia has gained federal party registration, allowing it to contest the forthcoming federal elections under its own name. The SEP was registered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on September 17, following a concerted campaign by party members.

Britain: Brown makes election appeal to Conservative voters

By Chris Marsden, 26 September 2007

Gordon Brown’s address to Labour’s annual conference was clearly a General Election speech. As such it demonstrated that, whenever it is held, the coming poll will be a contest between two Conservative parties—one led by David Cameron and the other headed by Brown.

Polish city council employs goons against striking bus drivers

By Tadeusz Sikorski, 26 September 2007

Last month, bus drivers in the Polish city of Kielce took strike action against the privatisation of their bus company and closed down the suburban transport network for two weeks. The town council first reacted with threats but then tried to terminate the strike by force. After the bus drivers refused to back down, the dispute ended with a compromise deal.

An interview with Ramin Bahrani, director of Chop Shop

By David Walsh, 26 September 2007

David Walsh spoke to filmmaker Ramin Bahrani during the Toronto film festival

Urgency about human matters

By David Walsh, 26 September 2007

This is the second of a series of articles devoted to the recent Toronto film festival (September 6-15).

Arctic sea ice reaches record minimum

By Mark Rainer, 26 September 2007

On September 16, the Arctic sea reached its minimum extent for 2007 at 4.13 million square kilometers, breaking the record set on September 21, 2005 of 5.32 million square kilometers. The difference between the previous record and the present one, 1.19 million square kilometers, represents roughly the same area as Texas and California combined. It is a 22 percent loss in extent since 2005.

Japan’s new prime minister: a recipe for another short-lived government

By John Chan, 26 September 2007

Yasuo Fukuda, 71, was installed as Japan’s new prime minister on Tuesday following the resignation of Shinzo Abe after less than 12 months in office. Fukuda, one of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) factional heavyweights, is widely regarded as “a safe pair of hands” following the party’s disastrous loss in the upper house elections on July 29.

General Motors workers oppose threats to retiree health care, jobs

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 September 2007

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed striking General Motors workers on picket lines in Michigan, New York and Delaware. Workers expressed determined opposition to further concessions by the United Auto Workers union, particularly on the crucial questions of jobs and health care.

Signs of leadership infighting ahead of Chinese Communist Party congress

By John Chan, 25 September 2007

Factional manoeuvring appears to be intensifying ahead of the 17th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) due to begin on October 15. The gathering of more than 2,200 delegates, which occurs every five years, will elect new members to the central leadership under general secretary Hu Jintao, who is also the country’s president and chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.

Video: General Motors strikers in Michigan speak to WSWS

By , 25 September 2007

The World Socialist Web Site discusses the issues with auto workers from Ypsilanti, Michigan in their strike against General Motors.

Signs of leadership infighting ahead of Chinese Communist Party congress

By John Chan, 25 September 2007

Factional manoeuvring appears to be intensifying ahead of the 17th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) due to begin on October 15. The gathering of more than 2,200 delegates, which occurs every five years, will elect new members to the central leadership under general secretary Hu Jintao, who is also the country’s president and chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.

GM workers in Detroit voice frustration at UAW leadership

By our reporting team, 25 September 2007

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team was at the Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant Monday morning when workers walked out. The plant builds the Buick Lucerne and the Cadillac DTS.

German Greens hold special congress on Afghanistan

By Dietmar Henning and Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2007

“The Green meltdown in Göppingen” and “Severe blow for the executive committee” were among the headlines in the German press this week concerning the special congress held by the Green Party last weekend in the town of Göppingen. The congress had been called on the insistence of party members to discuss the Green Party’s attitude towards the deployment of the German army in Afghanistan.

Bengali writer, Taslima Nasreen assaulted by mob led by Indian legislators

By Ganesh Dev and Parwini Zora, 25 September 2007

The renowned Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen was physically assaulted August 9 by a group of Islamic fundamentalists led by three members of the Andhra Pradesh state assembly, Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Afsar Khan and Moazzam Khan, from the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (United Council of Muslims). The All-India MIM is a member of the Congress Party-led coalition that governs the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 September 2007

Latin America

US auto workers shut down General Motors

By the editorial board, 25 September 2007

This statement is posted in pdf format. We urge WSWS readers and auto workers to download and distribute it as widely as possible.

Iranian president speaks at Columbia University amidst media frenzy

By Joe Kay, 25 September 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at New York’s Columbia University on Monday amidst a massive campaign in the US political and media establishment to demonize the government of Iran—the likely next target for a US military attack.

Britain: Youth convicted under antidemocratic terrorism acts

By Niall Green, 25 September 2007

Mohammed Atif Siddique, a 21-year-old student from Scotland, was found guilty on September 18 of two charges under the Terrorism Act 2000 and one under the Terrorism Act 2006. The conviction demonstrates how far democratic rights have been eroded and legal norms abandoned, with Siddique convicted even though he has done nothing that breaches common law or endangered the lives of others.

New York Times public editor repudiates MoveOn.org ad on General Petraeus

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2007

Recriminations over the MoveOn.org newspaper ad questioning the credibility of Gen. David Petraeus’s defense of the Bush administration’s military surge in Iraq continued over the weekend, with the public editor of the New York Times repudiating the newspaper’s decision to run the ad.

Blackwater mercenaries resume patrols in wake of Baghdad civilian killings

By Kate Randall, 24 September 2007

Armed guards of Blackwater USA have resumed escorting American officials in Baghdad less than a week after the security company shot and killed at least 11 Iraqi civilians and wounded at least 13 others.

Hungarian extreme right set up paramilitary “Guard”

By Markus Salzmann, 24 September 2007

The end of August witnessed the foundation in Hungary of an extreme-right-wing paramilitary “Hungarian Guard.” The foundation of this force, which is supported by prominent political and social forces in the country, took place in a public ceremony. The establishment of such a neo-fascist paramilitary force must be seen as a serious warning to the Hungarian and the European working class.

UN General Assembly meets under shadow of US threats against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 24 September 2007

The UN General Assembly meets this week under the shadow of menacing demands by the US and its allies for tough new UN sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons programs. The Bush administration’s “diplomacy”, in which the French government has been playing a very visible role, is aimed in the first instance at bullying Russia and China into line by threatening to impose US and EU penalties on Tehran. In the background, the rising drumbeat of war is unmistakable.

Use, exchange, literary values and an American classic: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road turns fifty

By Andras Gyorgy, 24 September 2007

After a lifetime of alcohol and amphetamine abuse, American writer Jack Kerouac died a sad death, vomiting blood in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 at the age of 47. “He was a very lonely man,” Kerouac’s wife, Stella Sampas, said of her husband’s twilight years in the New York Timesobituary section. Kerouac died far from the many gangs and heroes that sustained him as a person and a writer.

Report exposes massive looting of Kenyan state funds

By Brian Smith, 24 September 2007

A report has recently come to light exposing staggering levels of corruption and alleged looting of the Kenyan economy by former President Daniel Arap Moi and his cohorts.

US autoworkers angered as negotiations drag on

By Jerry White, 24 September 2007

Talks between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors for a new four-year contract continued Sunday for the ninth day after the September 14 expiration of the labor agreement covering 73,000 GM workers. It has been 25 years since talks dragged on this long without a settlement at one of the Big Three automakers.

Letters from our readers

By , 24 September 2007

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

Indonesian authorities review case of murdered human rights activist

By John Roberts, 24 September 2007

The Jakarta Central District Court completed its judicial review last week into the killing of Indonesian human rights activist Munir Said Thalib in 2004 and its findings will be presented to the Supreme Court. State prosecutors sought the review in July to reverse a Supreme Court appeal last October that overturned the conviction in December 2005 of Air Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Budi Priyanyo for the murder.

“Jena Six” teen still in prison after conviction dismissed

By Lawrence Porter, 24 September 2007

A judge ruled on Friday that Mychal Bell, whose conviction as one of the Jena Six was thrown out earlier this month, must remain in prison pending an appeal from prosecutors to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Bell, the victim of a racist prosecution that has targeted six high school students, has already spent nine months in jail.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 September 2007

Asia

Bush calls for expansion of “Protect America” spy bill

By Kate Randall, 22 September 2007

President Bush appeared Wednesday at the National Security Agency’s (NSA) headquarters to call on Congress to make permanent and expand provisions of the “Protect America Act of 2007.” The bill—passed with bipartisan support in August just prior to the Congressional recess—grants vast powers to the government to carry out spying against the population of the US and the world.

New York Times praises Bush nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey

By Joe Kay, 22 September 2007

The New York Times published an article on Thursday that typifies the way in which the liberal media and political establishment has lined up behind Bush’s selection for attorney general, Michael Mukasey.

The world is so poorly understood—or is it?

By David Walsh, 22 September 2007

This is the first of a series of articles devoted to the recent Toronto film festival (September 6-15).

On eve of UN general assembly, US military arrests Iranian official in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2007

In another incident calculated to inflame tensions with Iran, the US military detained an Iranian official in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah in a predawn raid on Thursday, claiming he was a member of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza

By Chris Marsden, 22 September 2007

Declaring the Gaza Strip as a “hostile entity” and limiting its supply of fuel and electricity is an act of collective punishment by Israel. The Kadima-led coalition government has also said it will further restrict the transfer of goods and people in and out of Gaza. The moves are part of an escalating offensive against Gaza’s one-and-a-half million residents that could culminate in an armed attack.

US Senate censure of MoveOn.org: An attack on free speech in the service of militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2007

The US Senate’s 72-to-25 vote in favor of a resolution condemning the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org for publishing a newspaper ad questioning the credibility of Iraq war commander Gen. David Petraeus represents a chilling attack on freedom of speech and a further undermining of the bedrock constitutional principle that subordinates the military to democratic civilian control.

Mounting press speculation India will face early elections

By Keith Jones, 22 September 2007

Recent weeks have seen mounting speculation in the Indian press that the rift between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Left Front over the proposed Indo-US nuclear trade treaty will result in early or “mid-term” elections.

Dee McLachlan writer/director of The Jammed speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 21 September 2007

The Jammed, a low-budget feature written and directed by Dee McLachlan about sex trafficking in Australia, was ignored by this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Eventually given a 10-day screening five weeks ago at a Melbourne cinema, support for the movie has forced local cinemas to screen it in Australian state capitals. McLachlan recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about her film.

Sri Lankan unions prepare to cave in following widespread teachers’ strike

By our correspondent, 21 September 2007

The Sri Lankan government has reacted to a one-day strike of public sector teachers on September 13 with a campaign of police intimidation against individuals and a punitive Supreme Court case against the teacher unions involved. In response, the five unions have all but shut down any further campaign without achieving any pay rise.

Well-attended ISSE meeting discusses US war threat on Iran

By Laura Tiernan, 21 September 2007

Four and half years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, another catastrophe is being prepared—a war against Iran. This warning was one of the key points made in an address by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Nick Beams to a meeting of students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.

International Students for Social Equality to hold series of meetings in Britain

By , 21 September 2007

The International Students for Social Equality is being launched in Britain this term at Freshers’ Events being held at universities in England, Scotland and Wales over the next weeks. The ISSE will be campaigning at universities in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton in England, in Cardiff in Wales and at Glasgow in Scotland.

New Turkish government prepares assault on working conditions

By Sinan Ikinci, 21 September 2007

The program of the 60th Turkish government, formed under the conservative Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was approved in parliament on September 5. In the national elections on July 22, the AKP won a landslide victory and has now formed a single-party government.

Charges dismissed against another officer in Haditha war crimes case

By Naomi Spencer, 21 September 2007

On Tuesday, a US military court dismissed charges against a Marine officer implicated in the whitewashing of the 2005 Haditha massacre. Two years on, only three of the eight original defendants in the Camp Pendleton pre-trial proceedings face possible court martial.

Dan Rather sues CBS for making him a “scapegoat” to appease Republican right

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2007

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has launched a $70 million lawsuit against the television network and its executives charging that he was made the “scapegoat” for a September 2004 news segment on how George W. Bush managed to get into the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, thereby escaping any threat of being drafted.

The media’s obsession with O.J. Simpson

By Hiram Lee, 21 September 2007

Former American hall of fame football star O.J. Simpson’s recent arrest for armed robbery, kidnapping and a number of other offenses—ten felony charges in all—has provided the US news media with another opportunity to debase itself and drag its audience in the direction of an insignificant and, if possible, degrading story at the expense of serious news developments.

Thousands demonstrate in support of “Jena Six”

By Joe Kay, 21 September 2007

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the rural Louisiana town of Jena on Thursday to protest the racist prosecution of six black high school students.

The Jammed—the dark side of Australian immigration

By Richard Phillips, 21 September 2007

The Jammed is an effective and at times harrowing low-budget drama written and directed by Dee McLachlan about sex trafficking in Australia. While there have been numerous local movies made about Australian immigration, none investigates the plight of women sold into prostitution. The Jammed—a social-realist style thriller—is the first.

The Simpson trial in perspective

By David Walsh, 21 September 2007

This article was published in the International Workers Bulletin on February 13, 1995.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 21 September 2007

Europe

Contradictions mount in US and world economy in wake of Fed rate cut

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2007

While a half-percentage-point cut in the federal funds rate sent Wall Street soaring Tuesday, and had a lesser but still positive impact on stock trading Wednesday, there is growing evidence that the move by the Federal Reserve Board can have only a short-term effect, and that the unraveling of financial markets under the impact of the home mortgage collapse will continue.

France: Communist Party mayor calls police on the homeless

By Kumaran Rahul and Pierre Mabut, 20 September 2007

In the early morning hours of September 6 in the Aubervilliers municipality in north Paris, CRS riot police brutally evicted more than 80 homeless families from a public square in the Maladrerie district where they had pitched their tents opposite a local school.

Britain: Government attempts to stem banking crisis

By Chris Marsden, 20 September 2007

The Labour government’s pledge to guarantee savings at the Northern Rock has been forced on it by a massive public display of no-confidence in Britain’s banking sector.

Report shows Afghanistan mired in corruption

By Harvey Thompson, 20 September 2007

Previous to the current mantra of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan as the “winnable war,” it was the “war for hearts and minds.”

Conservatives gain at expense of PASOK

By Markus Salzmann, 20 September 2007

The ruling conservative New Democracy (ND), led by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, was re-elected with a slight majority in the Greek parliamentary elections held on Sunday. The party won 41.8 percent of the vote, 4 percent less than in 2004.

Musharraf regime seeks to stave off collapse

By Keith Jones, 20 September 2007

A lawyer representing Pakistan’s US-backed military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, told the country’s Supreme Court Tuesday that “if” Musharraf is elected to a second term as president, he will resign as chief of the armed forces before taking the oath of office.

Australia: Bipartisan political praise for police violence at APEC summit

By Mike Head, 20 September 2007

Last week Labor state Premier Morris Iemma and Liberal Prime Minister John Howard jointly hosted an event to thank some of the 4,000 state and federal police and 1,500 military personnel involved in the extraordinary police-state crackdown during the September 7-9 APEC summit in Sydney.

Media, Democrats silent on police attack on University of Florida student

By Barry Grey, 20 September 2007

Two days after Andrew Meyer, a 21-year-old journalism student at the University of Florida, was assaulted by campus police and given an electric shock for asking critical questions of Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry at a public forum, the US media has largely dropped the story.

After the storm: James Lee Burke answers Katrina’s wrath with his own

By Robert Maxwell, 20 September 2007

James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Simon & Schuster and Jesus Out to Sea, Simon & Schuster

Washington’s proxy war inside Kurdish Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2007

A string of articles have appeared in the US press over the past week reporting on the Iranian shelling of border areas inside the Kurdish north of Iraq since August. One American journalist after another has trekked to the Qandil mountains to interview guerrillas belonging to the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and describe first hand the resulting devastation to crops, livestock and impoverished villages.

Taiwan’s UN bid increases friction with China

By John Chan, 20 September 2007

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has again raised the political temperature across the Taiwan Strait with China by launching a provocative campaign for a seat in the United Nations. His ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held a rally of 100,000 people on Sunday in its southern stronghold of Kaohsiung to support the demand.

Letters on the New York Post witch-hunt of school principal

By , 19 September 2007

The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on “An exchange with New York Post reporter on witch-hunt of school principal”.

From the horse’s mouth: Greenspan says Iraq war was for oil

By Jerry White, 19 September 2007

In a newly released memoir, former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has written that the US invasion of Iraq was “largely about oil” and dismissed the official explanations the Bush administration used as a pretext for launching the war.

France: Sarkozy, unions collaborate in attack on pensions

By Alex Lantier, 19 September 2007

President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning pension cuts for public sector workers in preparation for a massive attack on all workers’ pensions. The unions are collaborating with Sarkozy in private meetings and more publicly in a press campaign designed to lull the public into accepting these measures.

Fijian military regime reimposes emergency rule

By Frank Gaglioti, 19 September 2007

Fijian military dictator Frank Bainimarama reimposed emergency rule on September 5 following deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase’s return to the capital, Suva. An earlier emergency decree, declared after last December’s coup, was lifted in May. Its reimposition underscores the depth of the crisis facing the unstable military regime.

Why is the German press silent on US preparations for war against Iran?

By Peter Schwarz, 19 September 2007

There have been a series of reports recently in the American and British media over US plans for a military strike against Iran. For its part, the German press has refrained from any comment. This silence over the danger of a new US war with Iran is also being maintained by the German government and all the parties represented in the German parliament (Bundestag).

US Fed rate cut fires up Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 19 September 2007

In a desperate bid to prevent the crisis in credit and housing markets from sparking a recession, the US Federal Reserve Board has cut its base federal funds interest rate by half a percentage point (50 basis points).

Mexican president deploys troops in wake of oil pipeline bombings

By Kevin Kearney and Don Knowland, 19 September 2007

In the wake of a coordinated series of oil pipeline bombings on September 10, Mexican President Felipe Calderon ordered the deployment of tens of thousands of army troops throughout the country. This action follows a first year in office in which Calderon, of the National Action Party (PAN), had already militarized Mexico to an extent not seen for over 70 years under the guise of waging a war on violent drug traffickers.

Democrats pack in their antiwar charade

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2007

Little more than 10 months after winning the leadership of both houses of the US Congress thanks to a swelling tide of opposition to the war in Iraq, the Democratic Party has largely abandoned even the pretense of a struggle to bring the war to an end.