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Another Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 30 April 2008

Lance Corporal Jason Marks, 27, was killed on Sunday during the preparations for an Australian assault on a stronghold of anti-occupation Taliban insurgents in the southern Afghanistan province of Uruzgan. He is the fourth Australian military fatality in the Afghan war since last October and the fifth since the conflict began in November, 2001.

A political balance sheet of the battle at American Axle

By Jerry White and Barry Grey, 30 April 2008

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As gas prices and oil profits soar, Bush promotes giveaways to corporations

By Joe Kay, 30 April 2008

US President George W. Bush used a White House press conference Tuesday to trot out his familiar litany of right-wing proposals, ostensibly intended to address rising gas prices and the growing economic crisis facing millions of Americans.

CAW agrees to massive concessions with Ford Canada

By Carl Bronski, 30 April 2008

Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) President Buzz Hargrove and his Executive Committee announced Monday that secret negotiations conducted with Ford Canada over the past month have resulted in an agreement on a Master Economics Offer (MEO) that will form the basis for a new contract with the auto giant effective through mid-September 2011. The offer, signed almost five months prior to the expiration of the previous contract with Ford, is unprecedented in the history of the union.

New Zealand appliance manufacturer closes plants in three countries

By John Braddock, 30 April 2008

The New Zealand domestic whiteware manufacturer Fisher and Paykel (F&P) Appliances abruptly announced on April 17 that it would be closing three factories: its dishwasher plant in Dunedin, New Zealand; its refrigerator factory in Brisbane, Australia; and its cooking appliance factory in California. In total, more than 1,000 jobs will be destroyed.

Strike wave continues in Romania

By Marcus Salzmann, 30 April 2008

After nearly three weeks on strike, workers at the Dacia (Renault) auto factory in the Romanian town of Pitesti went back to work after the local trade unions and company management agreed on a 30 percent wage increase. Just a few days later, 4,000 workers began strike action at Romania’s biggest steel plant—ArcelorMittal in the town of Gelati.

Tensions mount as American Axle strike enters 10th week

30 April 2008

The American Axle strike enters a tenth week. It will soon exceed the length of the historic strike against GM in 1970. This week workers circulated a petition to the UAW requesting an increase in strike pay from $200 per week to $300. The WSWS spoke to workers on the picket lines in Detroit.

US escalates siege in Baghdad’s Sadr City

By Kate Randall, 30 April 2008

US forces continued their siege against Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood on Tuesday, leaving dozens dead. The US military said a four-hour firefight broke out around 9:30 a.m. between US forces and militiamen as a US soldier injured by small-arms fire was being evacuated.

Anti-Karzai attack in Kabul shakes US puppet government

By Barry Grey, 29 April 2008

Sunday’s armed attack on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the center of Kabul was a stark demonstration of the isolation of the US-backed government and the growing striking power of anti-occupation forces throughout the country.

BBC documentary reveals government reckless in drive for nuclear weapons

By Trevor Johnson, 29 April 2008

In a recently aired documentary, “Windscale: Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster,” the BBC investigated the history of the first British nuclear power station and its role in the development of nuclear weapons. It presented strong evidence that the Windscale fire of 1957—the first fire in any nuclear facility—was caused by the flagrant abandonment of safety measures. This took place because of pressure from the British government to produce bomb-making material. The programme explained how the 1957 fire brought Windscale to the brink of a major nuclear disaster, in which many of the people working there could have been killed and a wide area around the site left contaminated for decades.