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Third day of Israeli attacks deepens anger of Arab masses

By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008

The Israeli Air Force has waged its third day of bombing against Gaza, killing over 300 Palestinians and wounding more than 1,400. The Israeli offensive has sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, which in many Arab nations have become political protests against the ruling regimes.

The Gaza crisis and the perspective of permanent revolution

30 December 2008

The onslaught against Gaza has provoked popular outrage throughout the Middle East and around the world, even as governments in the Arab world and elsewhere have lined up to provide justifications for this US-Israeli war crime.

Israel inflicts mass suffering on Palestinian population

By Tom Eley, 30 December 2008

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, which has killed at least 345 Palestinians and maimed scores, has sharply intensified a severe humanitarian crisis in the area.

US: Economic stress drives rise in child abuse and domestic violence

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2008

Social service agencies across the US are seeing growing numbers of domestic violence and child abuse cases as the economic crisis deepens.

Zimbabwe: Cholera death toll rises

By Chris Talbot, 30 December 2008

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has now infected up to 24,000 people with nearly 1,200 deaths, according to the official figures from UNICEF.

Chinese regime rediscovers the working class

By John Chan, 30 December 2008

For decades, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has presided over the most rapacious forms of capitalism.

Demand for emergency welfare relief “dramatically spikes” in Sydney

By Keith Morgan and Mike Head, 30 December 2008

The WSWS interviews charity workers and recipients about the social impact of the global economic breakdown in Sydney, Australia’s financial capital.

Stalin, Trotsky and the 1926 British general strike

By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008

Trotsky had argued that the very survival of British imperialism now rested not on the right-wing social democrats, but on the supposed lefts, without whom the right wing could not maintain its position in the labour movement.

SAG leadership postpones strike authorization vote

By Ramon Valle and David Walsh, 30 December 2008

On December 22, leaders of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced a postponement of a scheduled strike authorization vote until the guild’s national board meets in Los Angeles to discuss the matter January 12 and 13.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 December 2008

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