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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.

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).

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.

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”)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 September 2007

Asia

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.