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A case of déjà vu: Howard insists “no plans” for war with Iran

By James Cogan and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Chifley, 30 October 2007

Amid mounting US threats against Iran, the issue of a disastrous new war intruded briefly into the official Australian election campaign last Wednesday, when a journalist asked Prime Minister John Howard whether he would support a “preemptive strike” on Iran.

Another Guantánamo military officer condemns prisoner tribunals

By Naomi Spencer, 30 October 2007

An unnamed Army officer who served at dozens of Guantánamo prisoner tribunals has characterized the legal proceeding against one detainee as “unconscionable,” and said commanders dictated rulings against prisoners that tribunals found should be released. The officer will provide key testimony when the US Supreme Court meets on December 5 in a case involving Guantánamo detainees.

California wildfire victims speak to the WSWS

By Kim Saito and Emanuele Saccarelli, 30 October 2007

A week after the eruption of wildfires across seven Southern California counties led to the largest mass evacuation in California’s history, and as authorities announce progress in containing the blazes, people are returning to their homes to assess the damage and rebuild their lives. As of Sunday, over 2,000 homes had been consumed by fire and many more had sustained varying degrees of damage.

Canada’s Conservative government rushes to reaffirm support for army champion of Afghan war

By Guy Charron, 30 October 2007

This is an updated version of an article posted in French, October 20, 2007.

Leading German politician issues alarm about threat of war with Iran

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 October 2007

With one notable exception, the German media and government circles have largely refrained from making any open comment about the growing threat of a US military attack against Iran.

New report exposes Labor-Liberal wrecking operation on public hospitals

By Carol Divjak and Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Senate in NSW, 30 October 2007

The 2007 Public Hospital Report Card issued by the Australian Medical Association, which represents 27,000 doctors, provides a graphic picture of the bipartisan Labor-Liberal wrecking operation carried out against public hospitals over the past two decades. The report states that public hospitals are seriously “underfunded, overstretched and in crisis”.

Racing toward disaster: War, inequality and the crisis of American democracy

30 October 2007

Four-and-a-half years after the invasion of Iraq, the US government is laying the foundation for another bloody war, now against Iran. The basic pretexts for further military action in the oil-rich Middle East have already been worked out.

Rendition: An open attack on the Bush administration’s system of torture

By Hiram Lee, 30 October 2007

Directed by Gavin Hood, screenplay by Kelley Sane

The New York Times and Bush’s threat of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2007

When President Bush used an October 17 White House press conference to threaten that the escalating US confrontation with Iran posed a danger of “World War III” his remark was passed over in silence by most of the media. Those that did report it seemed, for the most part, to accept the White House claim that the president was engaging in hyperbole and merely making a “rhetorical point.”

The rise and fall of Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O’Neal

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2007

The ouster of Stanley O’Neal as chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co., the giant Wall Street investment bank and brokerage house, is one more indication of the deep crisis gripping major US financial institutions. It also provides an insight into the corporate culture and social types that have come to dominate the US financial establishment.