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Chinese president tours America’s “backyard”

By John Chan, 29 November 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visits to Costa Rica, Cuba and his presence in Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last week testified to Beijing’s more assertive economic and diplomatic engagement in Latin America.

Rachel Getting Married: Something, but not everything

By Hiram Lee, 29 November 2008

The latest film from director Jonathan Demme and first-time screenwriter Jenny Lumet is a moving story about a troubled daughter's return to her family. While intelligent and sincere, the work is not without its limitations.

Terrorist siege of Mumbai ends after 59 hours

By Peter Symonds, 29 November 2008

At least 160 civilians have been killed and over 320 injured since heavily-armed gunmen began their rampage through India’s financial centre on Wednesday evening. Whoever was responsible, this slaughter of innocent civilians can only provide grist for reaction in India and around the world under the guise of the bogus “war on terrorism”.

Who is Paul Volcker? Obama appoints a longtime enemy of the working class

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2008

Barack Obama announced the appointment of former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to head his new economic recovery advisory board. The selection puts an inveterate enemy of the working class at the side of the new president.

The Silence of the Quandts: The history of a wealthy German family

By Emma Bode and Brigitte Fehlau, 29 November 2008

The award-winning The Silence of the Quandts deals with the unscrupulous rise of one of Germany’s richest and most influential families. The family, which owns 47 percent of auto manufacturer BMW, is implicated in the crimes of the Nazi regime.

Britain: Hicham Yezza threatened with imminent deportation to Algeria

By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2008

The British government is stepping up its efforts to deport Hicham Yezza to Algeria. The Home Office has decided to deny Yezza his right to a trial on alleged immigration charges and has stated that, after December 2, he will be liable to be deported from the UK.

Iceland: Street protests against government and economic meltdown

By Jordan Shilton, 29 November 2008

Thousands protested in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik last Saturday, calling for the resignation of the government and for early elections. The protest follows weeks of unrest on the streets, in the aftermath of the banking collapse last month that left the economy in meltdown.

Canada: Conservatives provide austerity to workers, aid to banks

By Keith Jones, 29 November 2008

The Conservative government’s fall update on the Canadian economy had two central themes—the need for austerity in public spending and for the government to be given new powers to come to the aid of the banks.

Australia: Control order to be lifted on David Hicks

By Richard Phillips, 29 November 2008

The Australian Federal Police announced last week that it would not attempt to extend the control order on former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks after its expiry on December 21.

Czech trade unions support mass redundancies in the auto industry

By Markus Salzmann, 29 November 2008

A wave of redundancies is sweeping the Czech auto industry and the biggest Czech trade unions are working hand in hand with company managements to implement dismissals.

Conservative Minister Damian Green’s arrest highlights worsening threat to democratic rights

By Julie Hyland, 29 November 2008

The arrest of Conservative immigration minister, Damian Green, by counter-terrorist police is an extraordinary event that further underscores the assault on democratic rights by the Labour government.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By the, 29 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Iceland: A portent of the future

By , 29 November 2008

Iceland is facing a social and economic catastrophe. Its 300,000 people have suffered the worst and most immediate impact of the worldwide financial crisis of any advanced country. For that reason, the events in Iceland offer a portent of developments that must inevitably unfold in much larger nations and on the international arena.

Australian biotechnology company enforces cancer gene patent, restricting medical scanning

By Frank Gaglioti, 28 November 2008

Biotechnology firm Genetic Technologies has moved to enforce its patent over two critical genes implicated in the development of breast and ovarian cancer, shutting down genetic scanning on potential cancer victims in publicly funded facilities.

As oil prices plummet, OPEC meets to consider another production cut

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 November 2008

The value of a barrel of crude oil fell below $50 this month—just one-third of the record $147 a barrel recorded in July—marking the sharpest price collapse since formal futures trading began in 1981.

German rail union Transnet embroiled in scandal

By Ludwig Weller, 28 November 2008

The leadership of the German rail union Transnet is directly implicated in a high-level financial scandal bound up with efforts to privatise the rail system.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

By , 28 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Terrorist atrocity in Mumbai

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2008

Whoever were the authors of this week’s terrorist attack in Mumbai, it was a vile act that will only serve reaction in India and internationally.

UK photographic exhibition: Images of War

By , 28 November 2008

The WSWS spoke to staff members at the nine galleries and museums presenting the exhibition Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War. The exhibition raised many issues concerning the nature of war and its representation, the decline of photojournalism and the role of the embedded photographer.

UK photographic exhibition: Images of War

By , 28 November 2008

The WSWS spoke to staff members at the nine galleries and museums presenting the exhibition Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War. The exhibition raised many issues concerning the nature of war and its representation, the decline of photojournalism and the role of the embedded photographer.

US: Muslim charity and five leaders convicted after witch-hunt trial

By John Andrews, 28 November 2008

A Dallas, Texas federal court jury has returned 108 guilty verdicts against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development—once the largest Muslim charity in the United States—and five of its former officials.

CEOs “cashed out” prior to economic crisis

By Tom Eley, 28 November 2008

A recent survey by the Wall Street Journal reveals that CEOs at major US financial and real estate firms converted tens of millions of dollars of overvalued stock into cash prior to the eruption of the current financial crisis.

Brighton Biennial exhibition focuses on war photography

By Paul Mitchell, 28 November 2008

This year’s Brighton Photo Biennial brought together a number of antiwar artists and photographers in an ambitious exhibition entitled Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War.

Britain: Labour’s secret plans for tax hikes and spending cuts revealed

By Chris Marsden, 28 November 2008

Leaked documents reveal that the Labour government contemplated raising Value Added Tax to 18.5 percent in Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget announcement.

The Gates appointment: Obama slaps antiwar voters in the face

By , 28 November 2008

The agreement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain at the Pentagon under the incoming Democratic administration is the starkest and most brazen rebuff given by President-elect Barack Obama to the tens of millions who voted for him based on the false promise that he would bring “change” to Washington.

Sri Lankan soldiers and their families speak to the WSWS

By our correspondents, 28 November 2008

Fierce fighting between the army and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in recent weeks in northern Sri Lanka has led to scores, if not hundreds, of deaths and many more injured on both sides.

Australia: Key economic indices indicate slide towards recession

By Terry Cook and Linda Levin, 27 November 2008

Despite claims to the contrary by the Reserve Bank of Australia and government officials, a number of key indicators point to the depth of the crisis now gripping the Australian economy.

Letters from our readers

By , 27 November 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

India: Hindu supremacist terror network had ties to military

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 27 November 2008

Police investigating a September 29 bombing in Malegaon have uncovered an “extensive” Hindu-extremist terror network, with ties to the military and political establishment.

Video: Kandy O'Neill speaks to the WSWS

By , 27 November 2008

Video: Kandy O'Neill speaks to the WSWS

Poverty and hunger on the rise in the US

By David Walsh, 27 November 2008

More than 30 million people in the US are now dependent on food stamps, a benefit available to the poor, according to figures soon to be released. The number of people using food stamps jumped 9.6 percent from August 2007 to August 2008.

Britain: Lord Bingham says Iraq invasion was a violation of international law

By Robert Stevens, 27 November 2008

Lord Bingham used the occasion of his first major speech since his retirement as a senior law lord to describe the 2003 invasion of Iraq as “serious violation of international law”.

Michigan GM worker answers attack by New York Times columnist

By Jerry White, 27 November 2008

The WSWS spoke to GM worker Kandy O’Neil, inviting her to respond to a New York Times column criticizing her for insisting that auto workers should not be forced to pay for the crisis in the industry.

US commits $800 billion more to bail out consumer credit and mortgage market

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 November 2008

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced Tuesday another extension of the Bush administration’s bailout of the financial system, committing $800 billion towards lending programs aimed at preventing the collapse of the home mortgage and consumer credit market.

Behind the crisis in the French Socialist Party

By , 27 November 2008

The Socialist Party National Council’s elevation of Martine Aubry, the mayor of Lille, as the party’s first secretary draws to a close four days of bitter political infighting that has dominated news headlines in France.

Airport siege heightens Thailand’s political crisis

By John Roberts, 27 November 2008

The standoff between the Thai government and the Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) intensified sharply on Tuesday after PAD protestors seized control of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Art and socialism: the real premises

By , 26 November 2008

WSWS arts editor David Walsh recently delivered a talk on “Art and socialism” in a number of cities in Britain. We’re posting that lecture today.

Sweden: Left Party seeks coalition with Social Democrats

By Jordan Shilton, 26 November 2008

Recent months have seen stepped-up efforts by the Swedish Social Democrats to negotiate terms for a potential coalition after the next general election, due in 2010.

A Marxist perspective on jurisprudence

By Kevin Kearney, 26 November 2008

Michael Head’s book, Evgeny Pashukanis, A Critical Reappraisal, shines the light of day on one of the most important legal theories to come out of “the boldest and most sweeping experiment of the 20th century”—the October 1917 Russian Revolution.

A budget for British business from Darling and Brown: Too little, far too late

By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2008

Extraordinary claims are being made for Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget report and even more extraordinary hopes are being pinned on it.

Iraq veteran convicted in Colorado murder of fellow soldier

By James Cogan, 26 November 2008

The case points to the devastating impact that serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has had on the mental and physical well-being of young soldiers and which will plague American society for years to come.

Berlin: Teachers denounce union leaders over contract deal

By Marius Heuser, 26 November 2008

At a November 20 meeting, dozens of Berlin’s teachers and education staff expressed their hostility to the policies employed by their union bureaucracy during the recent public service workers’ wage dispute with the Berlin Senate.

France: Thousands demonstrate against postal service privatisation

By Olivier Laurent and Antoine Lerougetel, 26 November 2008

Demonstrations took place in towns across France on Saturday against the planned privatization of the postal service.

Obama vows to slash federal budget

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2008

In his second press conference on the economy in two days, President-elect Barack Obama vowed Tuesday that he would slash government spending to meet the costs of a proposed economic stimulus package he had unveiled the day before.

Obama appointees signal continuing aggression and war

By , 26 November 2008

Barack Obama’s vague campaign promises of “change” are rapidly evaporating as the key positions in the next administration are filled with veterans of the US political establishment.

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A tale of two bailouts

By , 25 November 2008

Barack Obama used his press conference Monday to deliver a sharp rebuke to the US auto industry, ruling out any “blank check” to rescue it from bankruptcy. Virtually in the same breath, the president-elect reiterated his support for just such a “blank check” to US banks and financial institutions, insisting that he would do “whatever it takes” to save them.

A look at Obama’s “economic team”

By Tom Eley, 25 November 2008

Obama’s choices for top economic positions

California budget in free-fall as new round of cuts is proposed

By Dan Conway, 25 November 2008

In what is becoming a permanent feature of California politics, the state again faces a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. The latest projections put the state more than $28 billion in the red at the close of fiscal year 2009-2010.

US bails out Citigroup and prepares to give trillions more to banks

By Barry Grey, 25 November 2008

The government bailout of Citigroup marks a new stage in the utilization of the public treasury to rescue Wall Street banks and finance houses.

A Woman in Berlin: Germany at the end of World War II

By Bernd Reinhardt, 25 November 2008

In his film A Woman in Berlin, Max Färberböck deals with a topic that has long been taboo in Germany: the mass rape of German women by Soviet soldiers at the end of the Second World War.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 November 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Thousands mourn Detroit Firefighter

By , 25 November 2008

Thousands of firefighters from across the United States and Canada joined family members and many concerned residents of Detroit last Friday, November 21, to mourn the death of Walter Harris a much-loved and admired 17-year member of the Detroit Fire Department. The World Socialist Web Site sent reporters to attend the funeral and speak to some of those who were there.

Verizon cuts 2,700 jobs the day after Thanksgiving

By Samuel Davidson, 25 November 2008

Verizon Telecommunications will cut 2,700 management employees the day after Thanksgiving in the third round of layoffs to hit the number-two US telecommunications provider this year. In addition, an undisclosed number of union-represented jobs were eliminated through an early retirement program.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

China’s stimulus package threatens greater economic chaos

By John Chan, 25 November 2008

The Chinese state media announced last Sunday a huge increase in the stimulus package being proposed to reverse the country’s economic slowdown. Provincial governments have drawn up plans that will bring total spending to 10 trillion yuan or $US1.5 trillion, more than twice the original program announced by the central government on November 9.

Britain: More revelations about secret shoot-to-kill policy at de Menezes inquest

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2008

The inquest into the shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22, 2005, has revealed more about Britain’s secret shoot-to-kill policy.

Death of Detroit firefighter: victim of a city’s social decay

By Lawrence Porter, 25 November 2008

On Friday, November 21, a funeral service attended by close to 3,000 people was held for Detroit firefighter Walter Harris, who died fighting a fire in an abandoned home on the city’s east side.

Obama holds press conference, promises “whatever is required” for Wall Street

By Tom Eley, 25 November 2008

US President-elect Barack Obama’s press conference Monday was intended primarily to reassure investors that his administration will defend the interests of Wall Street, and that it will shift the cost of the economic crisis onto the working class.

Italy: Judgement in G8 police raid trial

By Marianne Arens, 24 November 2008

The second trial dealing with the outbreaks of severe police violence at the G8 summit of 2001 has ended, once again with acquittals and mild judgements for those involved.

Signs of political radicalisation in Japan, despite its confused direction

By John Chan, 24 November 2008

There are signs of a growing radicalisation among young people in Japan provoked by their own worsening prospects and the deepening gulf between rich and poor, amid the worst global economic crisis since the 1930s.

Obama’s jobs plan: A band-aid for an economic catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2008

The economic plan announced Saturday by President-Elect Barack Obama, with the goal of “saving or creating” 2.5 million jobs in 2009 and 2010, is a measure that has already been outstripped by events. The deepening crisis of American and world capitalism could destroy that many US jobs in the next six to nine months.

In Spitting Distance: war, exile and other daily realities for Palestinians

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008

In Spitting Distance is an emotional and at times darkly ironic exploration of the situation facing a Palestinian actor/playwright in Ramallah, Paris and Tel Aviv in 2002.

US: University presidents’ pay rises to record levels

By Jeff Lassahn, 24 November 2008

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is the highest paid public university president, hauling in more than $1.3 million last year in salary. Twelve more public university presidents take in more than $700,000 annually.

Britain: New round of job losses announced as part of global cutbacks

By Julie Hyland, 24 November 2008

Last week saw a fresh wave of job losses in the UK, some 3,600 in total, as part of mainly global cutbacks. The latest announcements mean that in the last fortnight, major household names have announced job cuts totalling some 25,000.

An interview with Khalifa Natour and Ofira Henig

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008

In Spitting Distance, a one-man show performed by Khalifa Natour and directed by Ofira Henig, was recently staged at the Sydney Opera House. Henig and Natour discussed the production with Richard Phillips.

German media, political parties debate Opel rescue package

By Ludwig Weller, 24 November 2008

A fierce debate is taking place in Germany over whether the weakened automobile industry should receive any support from the government. The discussion has intensified since GM subsidiary Opel demanded €1.8 billion in government support.

Auto workers need an international strategy

By , 24 November 2008

Auto workers around the world confront layoffs, plant closures and new demands for wage and benefit cuts and speedup as the transnational automakers attempt to make them pay for the global capitalist crisis.

US court orders release of six Guantánamo detainees after seven years

By Mike Head, 22 November 2008

A US court this week ordered the release of five Algerian-born detainees from Guantánamo Bay. There is no guarantee, however, that the men will be freed.

Sri Lankan SEP to commemorate 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By , 22 November 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting on November 27 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

US auto union offering major contract concessions

By Barry Grey, 22 November 2008

The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the United Auto Workers union is secretly negotiating with the Big Three US automakers to revise current contracts in accordance with demands from both Democratic and Republican leaders that major concessions be imposed on auto workers in return for any government loan.

France: Hundreds of thousands strike and march against education cuts

By our reporters, 22 November 2008

Half of all France’s teachers, some 400,000 throughout the national school system, struck and up to 200,000 took to the streets in a hundred cities last Thursday in the fourth day of action in education in two months.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Germany: Opel works councils and IG Metall propose wage cuts

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 November 2008

IG Metall and its functionaries at Opel works councils—supporters of Opel’s request for a €1.8 billion federal loan—are using the current crisis of the automaker to impose a new round of wage cuts on German autoworkers.

Photographs from the centre of Thailand’s political storm

By , 22 November 2008

For months, Bangkok has been wracked by bitter feuding between pro- and anti-government factions of the Thai ruling elite. The WSWS presents here a series of photographs of recent events in Bangkok.

California: Passage of proposition banning same-sex marriage sparks protests

By D. Lencho and Andrea Peters, 22 November 2008

The passage of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure prohibiting same-sex marriage, has touched off an outpouring of criticism.

Obama’s “left” cheerleaders and the right-wing transition

By , 22 November 2008

The increasingly right-wing character of the transition being organized in preparation for President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration in January has elicited expressions of concern from the middle-class “left,” which played a significant role in promoting Obama’s candidacy and the Democratic Party as vehicles for fundamental political and social change.

Spain: Judge Garzón abandons investigation into Franco-era crimes

By Paul Mitchell, 22 November 2008

Judge Baltasar Garzón has decided to abandon his investigation into the executions and repression carried out by the fascist regime of General Francisco Franco after protests from right-wing politicians, the media and the Roman Catholic Church.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Few surprises in What Just Happened

By Joanne Laurier, 22 November 2008

Barry Levinson’s new film is an adaptation of the autobiography of veteran producer Art Linson, who also wrote the screenplay. It recounts two weeks in the life of a big-time Hollywood producer, whose reputation is threatened.

WSWS interviews Wilmington, Ohio residents on DHL job cuts

By , 21 November 2008

WSWS interviews Wilmington, Ohio residents on DHL job cuts

France: Alain Krivine explains the role of the "New Anti-Capitalist Party"

By Peter Schwarz, 21 November 2008

Krivine’s interview in the Internet publication Médiapart throws light on the programme and political role of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), which the LCR plans to found at the end of January.

Quebec elections: Unprecedented alienation from big business parties

By Keith Jones, 21 November 2008

Liberal Premier Jean Charest and his Parti Québécois rival, Pauline Marois, have engaged in a cynical debate about who responsible for the dramatic erosion of Quebec’s universal, public health care system. The truth is both are: the PQ implemented massive spending cuts and the Liberals are now creating the mechanisms for wholesale health care privatization.

Obama and Guantánamo

By Don Knowland, 21 November 2008

Those with illusions that Obama intends to repeal the Military Commissions Act outright or to give all the accused the full panoply of rights accorded criminal defendants in regular American courts are likely to be badly disappointed.

US missiles strike deeper inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2008

Missiles launched from an unmanned US drone killed at least five people on Wednesday in the Pakistani village of Indi Khel. The attack is the first outside the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that border Afghanistan.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 21 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Global markets plunge on fears of deflation and depression

By Mike Head, 21 November 2008

Wall Street’s plunge continued and multibillion-dollar losses hit share markets worldwide over the past two days, driven by fears of a deflationary spiral and global depression.

David Walsh in the UK: Intense discussion at London School of Economics meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 21 November 2008

An important discussion occurred at the London School of Economics following WSWS arts editor David Walsh’s presentation there. Art students and instructors raised complex questions.

Italy: Student protests continue against cuts in education

By our reporter, 21 November 2008

Students in Italy continued their protest against government cuts in higher education, with up to 500,000 demonstrating in Rome on November 14.

Auto bailout provides pretext for assault on US workers

By , 21 November 2008

The events of the past few days have made clear that a proposed $25 billion bailout of the US Big Three auto companies is being used to intensify the ruling class offensive against auto workers and the American working class as a whole.

Berlin: Anger and indignation over new public sector deal

By of Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 November 2008

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and the World Socialist Web Site call on all municipal employees in Berlin to vote down the contract agreed by the union, which amounts to another decline in real wages for workers.

Florida teen charged as adult in school shooting death

By Ed Hightower, 21 November 2008

A 15-year-old Florida teenager is being held in police custody and faces murder charges following the shooting death of a fellow student at a Fort Lauderdale high school last Wednesday, November 12.

Hong Kong enters recession

By John Chan, 21 November 2008

Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most important financial centres, officially slid into recession on November 14.

DHL closing to devastate Ohio town

By Charles Dieterich and Michael Jefferson, 21 November 2008

DHL Express abruptly announced last week it would drastically reduce its US operations, cutting 9,500 jobs. The impact of these job losses will be particularly devastating to Wilmington, Ohio and its 12,000 residents.

Child hunger in US rose by 50 percent in 2007

By Kate Randall, 20 November 2008

Some 691,000 children went hungry in America in 2007, a rise of 50 percent over the previous year, while one in eight Americans overall struggled to feed themselves.

Obama’s attorney general pick and the illusion of change

By , 20 November 2008

The reported choice of Eric Holder as attorney general is another indication that, far from fleshing out the vague promises of “change” that dominated the election campaign, the transition to the Obama presidency is laying the foundations for the continuation of many of the criminal and reactionary policies of the past eight years.

Backroom inquiry rubberstamps false imprisonment, kidnapping and coercion by Australian intelligence agency

By Mike Head, 20 November 2008

Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has found that two ASIO officers should not face prosecution for their role in the failed terrorism case against young Sydney medical student Izhar Ul-Haque.

Letters from our readers

By , 20 November 2008

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

German Greens prepare for coalition with CDU

By Michael Regens, 20 November 2008

The congress of the German Green Party in Erfurt made clear that the Greens are preparing to enter a federal coalition with the conservative Christian Democratic Union.

South Texas county indicts Cheney, Gonzales

By Alex Lantier, 20 November 2008

A grand jury in southern Texas' Willacy County has indicted US Vice President Dick Cheney and former US attorney general Alberto Gonzales on state charges of misconduct involving private prisons.