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Washington in conflict with Afghan president over early poll

By James Cogan, 2 March 2009

In the midst of a deteriorating security situation, Karzai’s decision to call an early election has been met with open opposition from the Obama administration and exposed the rift that exists between the White House and the US client state in Kabul.

“Enemy combatant” indicted to block Supreme Court review

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2009

In a cynical bid to quash a Supreme Court ruling on the Bush administration’s detention of “enemy combatants,” the Obama Justice Department has brought criminal charges against the last individual held in the US on this basis, Saleh Kahla al-Marri.

Police repression unleashed against Sri Lankan university students

By Kapila Fernando, 2 March 2009

The response of the Sri Lankan government, the media, police and university authorities to clashes between rival student groups at Kelaniya University is a warning to young people and workers throughout the island of the methods being prepared to suppress unrest as the country’s economic crisis deepens.

Turkey: 12 years since the last military intervention, new coup feared

By Sinan Ikinci, 2 March 2009

Twelve years after the Turkish military last presented an ultimatum to the Islamist-dominated coalition government, there are growing discussions in Turkey of the dangers of a military coup.

Ford workers oppose new concessions

By Tim Tower, 2 March 2009

Workers at Ford Motor Company attended informational meetings and votes this weekend on proposals by the United Auto Workers (UAW) to impose new concessions. Workers speaking to the WSWS expressed the widespread opposition to further cuts in wages and benefits.

With Iraq plan, Obama embraces US militarism

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2009

Obama’s speech to thousands of Marines at Camp Lejeune was an effort to legitimize the US conquest and occupation of Iraq and present the US military as an instrument of liberation rather than imperialist war and oppression.

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Obama announces plan to continue US military occupation of Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2009

President Obama formally announced his administration’s plans for the continued US military occupation of Iraq on Friday. The plan will maintain present troop levels for one year, with a substantial military presence at least through the end of 2011.

The poison of trade union nationalism

28 February 2009

The rallies organised in Germany by IG Metall and the European works councils at Opel on Thursday had nothing to do with the defence of jobs. Instead, they were an opportunity for the trade union leadership to propagate its nationalist and protectionist conceptions.