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The Honduran coup: another US destabilization operation

By Barry Grey and Rafael Azul, 30 June 2009

While publicly opposing the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday, the Obama administration on Monday indicated that it will not cut off aid to the Central American country or demand Zelaya’s reinstatement.

Oil and the Iraq “withdrawal”

By James Cogan, 30 June 2009

It is fitting that today’s deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq’s cities coincides with a meeting in Baghdad to auction off some of the country’s largest oil fields to companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and British Petroleum.

Supreme Court upholds white firefighters’ discrimination claims

By John Andrews, 30 June 2009

In a closely watched decision issued on the last day of its 2008 term, the US Supreme Court ruled that the city of New Haven, Connecticut, engaged in purposeful discrimination against a group of white firefighters when it refused to promote them according to results of an examination in which all the black and most of the Hispanic candidates placed too low to qualify.

US Supreme Court declines to hear case of 9/11 families

By Joe Kishore, 30 June 2009

The high court decision lets stand a appellate court ruling that members of the Saudi royal family cannot be sued in a US court for alleged ties to 9/11. The Obama administration intervened to support the Saudi families.

Sri Lanka: Dengue epidemic claims scores of lives

By Vilani Peiris, 30 June 2009

With deadly dengue fever spreading in Sri Lanka, the government has blamed ordinary people and adopted punitive and militaristic measures.

Organize rank-and-file committees to stop plant closings and overturn UAW concessions!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 30 June 2009

With Chrysler plants reopening after a two-month shutdown, workers will quickly come face-to-face with the brutal reality of the Obama administration’s plans to return the bankrupt automaker to profitability.

Bachelot law accelerates destruction of the French health system

By Olivier Laurent, 30 June 2009

The Sarkozy government’s health reform law, voted through by the senate on June 5, will reduce spending and allow development of the private sector.

German parliament opens way for Internet censorship

By Andreas Kunstmann, 30 June 2009

The German parliament has passed a law using child pornography as a pretext to censure the Internet.

Thai mosque shootings point to government/military rift

By John Roberts, 30 June 2009

Ongoing differences between Thailand’s shaky coalition government and the military were highlighted by an attack on a mosque in the country’s unstable southern region on June 8.

Dramatic decline in Turkish wages

By Sinan Ikinci, 30 June 2009

Figures recently released by the Turkish Statistical Institute reveal that in the first quarter of 2009, as Turkey was being hit hard by the global financial crisis, not only real wages but also nominal wages in industry decreased substantially.