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American Axle CEO Richard Dauch and the “right” of private property

By Jerry White and Joe Kay, 29 March 2008

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American Axle strikers in Detroit respond to plant closing threats

By our reporting team, 29 March 2008

On Thursday a WSWS reporting team spoke to American Axle strikers on the picket line in Detroit about the threat by CEO Richard Dauch to close the factories where workers are presently on strike.

Clinton, Obama, McCain defer to Wall Street

By Barry Grey, 29 March 2008

After months of virtual silence on the collapse of the speculative binge on Wall Street that has plunged the US economy into recession, all three major US presidential candidates delivered speeches this week on the housing and credit crises.

Global food prices rise and famine increases

By Barry Mason, 29 March 2008

The United Nations body World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the rise in global food prices will reduce its ability to feed hungry and malnourished people.

India: Stalinist CPM’s triennial meeting to reiterate support for Congress Party-led government

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 29 March 2008

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), India’s most important Stalinist party and the dominant partner in the Left Front, is holding its 19th congress in Coimbatore, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, from March 29 to April 3.

Letters from our readers

29 March 2008

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

Philippine president accused of “treason” over Spratlys deal with China

By Dante Pastrana, 29 March 2008

More political fuel was added this month to the crisis surrounding Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. There were accusations that her administration had betrayed the country by signing a 2005 agreement with China and Vietnam to conduct a joint seismic survey of the disputed Spratly Islands chain. The new allegations come on top of accusations of massive kickbacks involving the awarding of a now-cancelled $US329 million contract to a Chinese corporation, Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Co. (ZTE), to build a nationwide broadband network (NBN) in the Philippines.

Snow Angels: Unnecessarily slight insight into a dreary world

By Joanne Laurier, 29 March 2008

Directed by David Gordon Green; screenplay by Green, based on the novel by Stewart O’Nan

The sieges of Basra and Sadr City: another US war crime in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2008

US fighter planes and helicopter gunships struck the southern Iraqi city of Basra and the teeming slums of Baghdad’s Sadr City with bombs and missiles Friday as the offensive launched by Iraqi puppet troops against the Mahdi Army, the Shia militia loyal to Muqtada al Sadr, faltered badly.

US: Death sentence postponed for Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Naomi Spencer, 29 March 2008

A US federal court issued a ruling Thursday in the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of murder in the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer.