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Australian Labor prime minister-elect unveils new pro-business cabinet

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2007

Just days after the Australian election, the right-wing, pro-business orientation of the new Labor government has been further confirmed in yesterday’s announcement of the ministry. Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd wasted no time in making clear that the watchwords of his leadership will be a “modernised” Labor Party to push through an agenda of cost-cutting, “micro-economic reform” and “business deregulation” aimed at meeting the ongoing demands of the country’s corporate elite.

Broadway stagehands return to work after union accepts concessions

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2007

The 19-day strike by Broadway stagehands ended after negotiators between their union—IATSE Local 1—and the owners and producers reached an agreement late Wednesday night on a tentative settlement that includes significant attacks on work rules and jobs for the approximately 350 workers employed at the major theaters.

Edmund Wilson’s literary essays and reviews from 1920 to 1950: Just in time

By Andras Gyorgy, 30 November 2007

There is fortunate timing to the Library of America’s bringing out in two volumes Edmund Wilson’s Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s.Their publication may help dispel the mausoleum feel to the comments Wilson receives with every appearance of his own writings or writings about him. He was, many reviewers insist, America’s preeminent “man of letters,” with the word “last” added to drive the final nail in the coffin housing a man of action, as he was in reality for the early, most productive and interesting decades of his life.

France: drumhead tribunals and threats of police state repression

By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2007

The French government’s response to three nights of anti-police rioting in Paris’s poorer north suburbs has been a ruthless assault on local inhabitants and on democratic rights. With 1,000 policemen already deployed against rioters, President Nicolas Sarkozy gave two bellicose speeches yesterday—one in front of 2,000 massed policemen at the corporate La Défense district, another on prime-time national television—threatening stiff jail terms for rioters and promising massive equipment purchases for police. At the same time, the courts are passing draconian sentences in drumhead tribunals against youth picked up by police on suburban streets, often on the flimsiest evidence.

Iran: Why does Bush invoke the threat of World War III?

By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2007

This is the first of a three-part series. Part two will be posted December 1. Part three will be posted on December 3.

Letter from the children of Jean Brust, veteran Trotskyist

30 November 2007

November 24 marked 10 years since the death of Jean Brust, a founding member of the Workers League, predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party. The following letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site by Cynthia and Steven Brust, the surviving children of Jean Brust, a veteran of the Trotskyist movement.

Meeting in US to commemorate 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

30 November 2007

Ninety years ago, on November 7, 1917, events in Russia shook the foundations of world capitalism. The coming to power of the working class, led by the Bolshevik Party, changed the course of world history.

More than 100 dead in Ukraine mine disaster

By Markus Salzmann, 30 November 2007

A devastating accident in a coal mine in eastern Ukraine on November 18 has left more than 100 dead. Approximately 1,000 metres below ground, the Zasyadko mine near the city of Donetsk filled with methane gas that then exploded. More than 450 men were working underground at the time. Rescue attempts were made more difficult by the fire that raged in the pit for several hours. Days following the accident many workers are still missing, for whom there can be little hope of survival.

New Zealand: Charges dropped after “anti-terror” police raids

By John Braddock, 30 November 2007

New Zealand Solicitor-General, David Collins QC, announced on November 8 that terrorism charges would not proceed against 12 of the 17 people detained in a massive “anti-terror” police operation three weeks earlier. Far from backing down, however, the Labour government has indicated its determination to exploit the lurid but untested claims surrounding the incident to justify even more draconian counter-terrorism laws.

Reciclando mentiras estalinistas sobre la guerra civil española

30 November 2007

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