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Beowulf: tenuous relationship between movie and poem

By Margaret Rees, 1 March 2008

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the poem Beowulf

BMW axes 8,100 jobs to increase profits

By Dietmar Henning, 1 March 2008

On February 27, German auto manufacturer BMW confirmed its plans to shed 8,100 jobs. Shortly before Christmas, the company had announced the cutting of several thousand jobs but had not given any concrete figures. In December of last year, Der Spiegel magazine raised the figure of 8,000 jobs in danger, but BMW refused to comment further.

East Timorese government steps up repression in aftermath of alleged “coup attempt”

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2008

East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has seized upon the crisis sparked by the February 11 wounding of President Jose Ramos-Horta and killing of former major Alfredo Reinado to enforce a number of repressive measures aimed at consolidating his unstable government. A spokesperson for Gusmao’s government announced on Monday that the “state of siege”—which involves a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and a ban on demonstrations and unauthorised meetings—has been extended to March 23. More than 200 people have already been arrested, mostly for violating the curfew, although opposition parliamentarians and journalists have also been targeted.

Economist estimates cost of Iraq war to exceed $3 trillion

By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2008

As the five-year anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq approaches, a leading economist is estimating that the overall cost of the war will be between $3 trillion and $5 trillion. This figure does not take into account the enormous devastation that the US military has wrought upon the population and social infrastructure of Iraq.

Librarians and archivists demand US return of stolen Iraqi documents

By Sandy English, 1 March 2008

The removal of millions of pages of Interior Ministry documents from Iraq by the American military has prompted calls from organizations and individuals in the library and archives community for their return to the Iraqi people.

US stocks plunge following Fed Chairman Bernanke’s testimony before Congress

By Barry Grey, 1 March 2008

Share prices on US stock markets fell sharply Thursday and Friday following congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Washington deploys warships off the coast of Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2008

The Bush administration has ordered the deployment of US Navy warships, including the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, off the coast of Lebanon and Israel, escalating the threat of a wider war in the Middle East.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 March 2008

Construction workers continue pay strike

“Independent” Kosovo: Anatomy of a Western protectorate

By Paul Mitchell, 1 March 2008

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

American Axle strikers defy UAW wage-cutting pattern

By Jerry White, 29 February 2008

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