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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”.

Iceland: A portent of the future

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.