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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.

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.

Dispensable people

By Marge Holland, 30 June 2009

As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, a good many artists and writers are attempting to gauge the impact on a human level of collapsing economies and the bankruptcy of hitherto accepted solutions to society’s problems.

What is behind the media’s venomous attack on striking Toronto city workers

By Keith Jones, 30 June 2009

The corporate dailies have never been known for their sympathy for workers’ struggles. But the press campaign against the striking City of Toronto workers is nonetheless extraordinary for its ferocity and brazen hypocrisy.

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.

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.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 30 June 2009

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

Letters on the death of Michael Jackson

By , 30 June 2009

A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on “Michael Jackson’s death.”

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.

Southwest Detroit residents speak to D’Artagnan Collier campaign

By Jack Cody, 30 June 2009

Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for mayor of Detroit, built for an upcoming meeting in southwest Detroit this Saturday. Residents spoke to the campaign about the conditions they face in this impoverished community.

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.

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.

Letters on Iran and public opinion

By , 30 June 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the Perspective “Iran and public opinion.”

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.

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.

Britain: Lindsey oil refinery workers win reinstatement

By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2009

Striking subcontracting workers employed at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire, Humberside, voted to return to work on June 29, after an agreement was reached between the managing contractor Jacobs and the GMB and Unite trade unions.

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.

Australia: Coroner attacks as a “disgrace” Aboriginal man’s death in prison van

By Joe Lopez, 29 June 2009

A coroner has described as a “disgrace” the treatment of a 46-year-old Aboriginal elder who died of heatstroke in the back of a prison van in sweltering heat with no functioning air conditioning.

Obama administration preparing order for indefinite detentions

By Tom Eley, 29 June 2009

Several senior Obama aides have told the Washington Post that an administration task force is drafting an executive order that would allow for the indefinite detention, without charge or trial, of those the president claims are terrorists.

Honduran military ousts president in coup

By Joe Kishore, 29 June 2009

The military of Honduras ousted President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday morning, just before a planned national referendum.

A revealing picture of the American presidency

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 29 June 2009

The latest batch of White House tape recordings from January and February 1973, released Tuesday by the Nixon Presidential Library, give a taste of the political atmosphere in which Richard M. Nixon conducted the office of the presidency.

Sweden: Luxury automaker Koenigsegg announces purchase of Saab

By Jordan Shilton, 29 June 2009

The struggling automaker Saab will be sold to Koenigsegg, a Swedish company that manufactures luxury sports cars.

Sudan: Humanitarian crisis in south as Comprehensive Peace Agreement unravels

By Brian Smith, 29 June 2009

Southern Sudan faces a massive humanitarian crisis in what the United Nation’s humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, Lise Grande, described as a “perfect storm”.

US House passes Obama administration’s carbon trading legislation

By Patrick O'Connor, 29 June 2009

On Friday, the US House of Representatives narrowly approved Democratic-sponsored legislation for a national “cap and trade” carbon emissions scheme.

Away We Go: Parent trap

By Joanne Laurier, 29 June 2009

Away We Go is British director Sam Mendes’s third attempt to deal with social reality in the United States—the film is no more successful than American Beauty and Revolutionary Road.

US war games signal intensifying tension over Arctic

By Niall Green, 29 June 2009

Things are heating up in the Arctic. Several large military exercises undertaken by the United States and NATO are proof of growing tensions between the major powers.

Denials of US interference in Iran not credible

By Peter Symonds, 29 June 2009

The Obama administration has responded to Iranian allegations of manipulating opposition protests inside the country with flat denials. However, there is considerable evidence of extensive US operations against Iran, spanning a range of diplomatic, intelligence and military activities.

Sri Lankan military maintains fishing restrictions in the north

By Subash Somachandran, 29 June 2009

As an election gimmick, the Colombo government declared it had removed restrictions on fishing in the north. Nevertheless, the navy commander has refused to lift the controls.

Michael Jackson’s death

By David Walsh, 27 June 2009

One greets the death of singer Michael Jackson at the age of 50 with genuine sadness, but without extraordinary surprise. Given the entire set of circumstances, it was not clear how his saga might end happily. Individuals who enjoy immense celebrity and success in America so often pay a terrible price.

The tragic journey of a displaced Tamil family in Sri Lanka

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 27 June 2009

This interview with the sister of a detained Tamil grandmother, who is challenging the Sri Lankan government’s unconstitutional internment of nearly 300,000 war refugees, describes the experiences of a family trapped in the fighting and then separated in detention.

US: Arizona government prepares new attacks on women’s reproductive health rights

By Naomi Spencer and Natascha Grimmelshausen, 27 June 2009

Arizona’s state legislature this week moved toward major restrictions on abortion and contraception with the passage of two reactionary bills.

Letters on Iran and the US media

By , 27 June 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the Iranian elections, the Nation, and the US media

Australia: Labor moves to shut down remote Aboriginal settlements

By Susan Allan, 27 June 2009

The federal and Northern Territory (NT) Labor governments last month unveiled a series of free-market measures that will deepen the poverty and suffering in indigenous communities.

US states’ budget crisis sets stage for new attack on the working class

By Tom Eley, 27 June 2009

Forty-six states face budget deficits, the majority of which must be resolved by Tuesday, the end of the current fiscal year. In response, Democratic and Republican state politicians are preparing major cuts.

Government parties plan drastic austerity measures

By Peter Schwarz, 27 June 2009

Following this year’s federal election, the parties in the German grand coalition are all determined to unload the consequences of the world economic crisis and the country’s huge debt burden onto the backs of the electorate.

LA School Board votes to slash school budget

By our reporters, 27 June 2009

The $1.6 billion in cuts to the LA school budget will further devastate a school system already reeling from layoffs and program cuts.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 27 June 2009

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Britain: Labour government forces one million disabled workers to find work

By Paul Mitchell, 27 June 2009

The Brown Labour government is forcing a million disabled, sick and injured workers off social benefits.

US warship shadows North Korean cargo vessel

By John Chan, 27 June 2009

While the Obama administration has hailed the “unity” of the UN Security Council in imposing new sanctions on North Korea, tensions between the US and China remain, especially over the interdiction of North Korean ships in international waters.

Iran and public opinion

By Barry Grey and David North, 27 June 2009

The World Socialist Web Site replies to a critic of its analysis of the crisis in Iran.

Sri Lankan government stages sham local elections

By S. Jayanth, 26 June 2009

President Mahinda Rajapakse has called local council elections to provide a democratic façade for a permanent military occupation of the North and deflect criticism at home and internationally of his criminal war.

A conversation with Windsor municipal workers

By , 26 June 2009

As they enter their 11th week on strike, two strikers talk to Jerry White of the World Socialist Web Site.

Memo confirms Bush and Blair knew claims Iraq had WMDs were lies

By Paul Bond, 26 June 2009

A confidential memo detailing a meeting between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair confirms their determination to press ahead with the invasion of Iraq in 2003 without any evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

White House health care forum: Obama’s plan for “evidence-based” medical cuts

By Kate Randall, 26 June 2009

A White House forum on health care provided some insight into the Obama administration’s vision for a reform of the system.

India bans CPI (Maoist) under draconian “anti-terror” law

By Keith Jones, 26 June 2009

India’s Congress Party-led central government has declared the Communist Party of India (Maoist) a “terrorist” organization under the draconian “anti-terrorist” legislation that it rushed through India’s parliament last December.

Obama administration seeks to quash suit by 9/11 families

By Barry Grey, 26 June 2009

The Obama administration has intervened to quash a civil suit filed against Saudi Arabia by survivors and family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

PJ Harvey and John Parish in concert

By Hiram Lee, 26 June 2009

PJ Harvey and John Parish recently gave a remarkable performance in Covington, Kentucky, while touring in support of their new album A Woman a Man Walked By.

Iran, the media and the World Socialist Web Site

By Joe Kishore, 26 June 2009

The various TV commentators and print reporters—to say nothing of the newspaper columnists—have become open partisans of the oppositional candidate in Iran, who happens to be the candidate favored by the United States.

Australia: Early election threatened over fake email affair

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 June 2009

Parliament held its last session in Canberra yesterday before the six-week winter break amid media speculation that the Labor government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd may use the fake “ute-gate” email affair to call an early election.

European heads of government bow to banks

By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2009

The regulations for financial markets agreed by the European heads of state and government at their conference a week ago in Brussels are even weaker than the noncommittal regulations adopted by the US.

Unemployment and poverty in California’s Imperial Valley

By Rory Dean, 26 June 2009

Residents of the Imperial Valley in southern California face some of the worst social conditions in the US. With a population of around 50,000 people, El Centro, the region’s major town, registered an official unemployment rate of 26.9 percent as of April 2009.

Workers Struggles: Europe, the Middle East and Africa

By , 26 June 2009

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

US Supreme Court rules school strip search unconstitutional

By Patrick Martin, 26 June 2009

By an 8-1 majority, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the strip search of a 13-year-old girl ordered by officials of an Arizona middle school was a violation of her constitutional rights.

Australia: Former treasurer Peter Costello quits parliament

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 June 2009

A “man of the boom”, Peter Costello has stepped aside just as a new social and political period has erupted, with the full impact of the world capitalist breakdown beginning to be felt in Australia.

Canada: Dziekanski inquiry derailed by new evidence of police wrongdoing

By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2009

The public inquiry into the tasering to death of Robert Dziekanski by four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was abruptly suspended last Friday after new evidence of police wrongdoing came to light.

US drone strike kills 80 Pakistanis

By Tom Eley, 25 June 2009

A US drone on Tuesday fired missiles into a funeral gathering in the Pakistani region of South Waziristan, killing as many as 80 people and maiming dozens more.

Stop the shutdown of Detroit! A socialist response to the economic crisis

By , 25 June 2009

The Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, D’Artagnan Collier, will speak at an election meeting on Wednesday, July 1, on the socialist response to the economic crisis.

China’s exports plunge further

By John Chan, 25 June 2009

The world’s second largest exporter, China, registered a record fall in exports of 26.4 percent in May from a year earlier.

An interview with He Jianjun, director of River People

By David Walsh, 25 June 2009

He Jianjun’s River People from China is a serious and honest work about young fishermen on the Yellow River. The film depicts a harsh, almost entirely joyless existence. The WSWS conducted an e-mail interview with He.

US: State budget crises trigger layoffs, cuts in social programs

By Tom Eley, 25 June 2009

State governments are facing unprecedented budget shortfalls as the fiscal year draws near its June 30 close.

Rejection of California budget sets stage for even larger spending cuts

By Kevin Martinez and Joe Kishore, 25 June 2009

The California legislature failed to pass an austerity budget on Wednesday that includes $11 billion in cuts, setting the stage for even more draconian measures.

Record bonuses at bailed-out US banks

By Andre Damon, 25 June 2009

Executives at Goldman Sachs were told last week that they could expect to receive their highest-ever bonuses this year.

Britain: Barnsley College lecturers protest threat of redundancies

By our reporters, 25 June 2009

The local branch University and College Union in Barnsley called a demonstration June 20 to oppose the threat by management to make 53 lecturers redundant.

Britain: Nationwide strike continues in defence of sacked refinery workers

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2009

Sacked contract workers employed at the Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) in Lincolnshire, England, continued their strike action and protests this week.

German Left Party leader promotes reformist politics

By Peter Schwarz, 25 June 2009

The main concern at the latest congress of the Left Party in Berlin was to arrive at a compromise resolution capable of satisfying the various currents inside the party.

Municipal workers resist concession demands in Windsor, Ontario

By Jerry White, 25 June 2009

Eighteen hundred city workers in Windsor, Ontario, have entered their 11th week on strike.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 June 2009

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

International issues in the Iranian crisis

By David North and Alex Lantier, 25 June 2009

President Obama’s declaration, in his June 23 press conference, that he was “appalled and outraged” by the Iranian government’s reaction to protests over Iran’s presidential election results represents an escalation of US pressure on the clerical regime in Tehran.

New Zealand budget imposes austerity measures as recession deepens

By Tom Peters, 25 June 2009

New Zealand’s National-led government is implementing austerity measures designed to placate big business and impose the burden of the economic crisis on the working class.

UK Conservatives form new rightist bloc in European parliament

By Ann Talbot, 25 June 2009

The UK Conservative Party has broken from the European Peoples Party grouping in the European Parliament to form a new bloc with a number of right-wing anti-federalist parties.

Striking Toronto city workers: management is “after everything”

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 June 2009

Twenty-four thousand City of Toronto inside and outside workers are resisting a concerted drive on the part of the economic and political elite of Canada’s wealthiest city to impose major contract concessions.

New York: Behind the tragic death of a social worker

By Tony Bell, 24 June 2009

The tragic slaying of a social worker at a Buffalo, New York, youth home has triggered a wave of law-and-order rhetoric from local politicians and media.

How France’s petty-bourgeois “left” betrays workers

By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 24 June 2009

France’s “far left” parties are supporting redundancy packages organised by the trade unions in manufacturing industries hit by the global economic crisis.

Detroit City Council member under investigation for corruption

By Jack Cody, 24 June 2009

Monica Conyers is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly taking more than $6,000 in bribes in exchange for her support on a sludge contract.

Coal mine blast in Indonesia kills at least 32

By Carol Divjak, 24 June 2009

A gas explosion at a coal mine in the Sawahlunto district of West Sumatra on June 16 killed at least 32 people. The tragedy is the outcome of the appalling safety standards that prevail in much of the Indonesian mining industry.

The tasks of the Iranian working class

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2009

The various petty-bourgeois left tendencies in Europe and the United States have responded to the crisis in Iran by lining up behind their own governments in backing defeated presidential candidate Mousavi and his supporters.

Washington DC: Nine killed, scores injured in subway accident

By Jeff Lassahn, 24 June 2009

Two subway trains violently collided in Washington DC Monday night, killing nine and injuring dozens more.

Spain: Immigrant worker claims boss threw his severed arm in bin

By Vicky Short, 24 June 2009

A Bolivian immigrant worker in Spain has accused bakery bosses of throwing his severed arm into a rubbish bin.

World Bank cuts forecast for 2009 growth

By Tom Eley, 24 June 2009

On Monday, the World Bank released a report revising downward its estimates of global economic activity for the coming years.

The propaganda war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2009

The US media, including its supposedly “left” representatives, is continuing a concerted propaganda campaign against Iran over allegations that the June 12 presidential election was rigged.

Australia: Rudd reshuffles cabinet in response to economic crisis

By Patrick O'Connor, 24 June 2009

The most prominent personnel to be brought forward, from both the left and right factions, are ruthless and tested defenders of big business from the Labor and trade union bureaucracies.

Sri Lankan Tamil detainees give eye-witness accounts

By our correspondents, 24 June 2009

Despite claims by the Sri Lankan government that Tamil detainees would be resettled within six months, permanent internment facilities are being constructed. Eye-witnesses have given the WSWS accounts of the appalling conditions in the camps and the military’s shelling of civilians during the final stages of the war.

US Supreme Court issues first ruling to limit Voting Rights Act

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2009

The 8-1 ruling by the US Supreme Court Monday on the Voting Rights Act has opened the door to gutting the most fundamental US civil rights law, whose passage in 1965 marked a watershed in the struggle against institutionalized racial discrimination.

The Twilight Saga: Shimmering vampires who drive Volvos

By Alfonso Santana, 24 June 2009

The entertainment media in the US is in the process of fattening up its new golden goose: New Moon, the next installment of The Twilight Saga series about vampires living in small-town America, set for a November 2009 release.

University of California faces scandal over chancellors

By Oliver Richards, 24 June 2009

Among a number of recently hired high-paid chancellors is one who has been linked in media reports to the special admission of well-connected students at the University of Illinois.

Hubble Space Telescope receives final upgrade

By Bryan Dyne, 23 June 2009

New instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope are currently undergoing calibration following the latest upgrade to the venerable scientific instrument.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 23 June 2009

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

Peruvian government forced to repeal Amazon free trade decrees

By Luis Arce, 23 June 2009

In the face of mass protests over the recent massacre in the Amazon basin and continuing blockades by indigenous groups, the Peruvian government has been forced to repeal two decrees opening up the region to exploitation.

Besancenot and the NPA support Sarkozy’s policy on Iran elections

By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2009

The position of the French New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) on the situation in Iran is fully in line with that of the French government and the established parties of French imperialism.

Pakistani military begins offensive in Waziristan

By James Cogan, 23 June 2009

The Waziristan offensive follows bloody fighting and mass civilian displacement in the Swat Valley and other districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Afghan Star: Eyes not opened wide enough

By Peter Kloze, 23 June 2009

Afghan Star, a documentary about Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the television talent show, includes some interesting human material, but glosses over all the complex questions.

Iran: Protests wane as conflict within regime continues

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2009

Even as mass street demonstrations have dissipated in the face of police repression, Iran’s ruling political establishment remains internally divided.

Australia: Opposition Liberal Party in crisis over fake email furore

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 June 2009

Attempts by opposition Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull to force the resignation of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan over alleged corrupt ties to a Queensland car dealer backfired yesterday after it was revealed that an email at the heart of the “scandal” was a forgery.

Take the profit out of health care

By Kate Randall, 23 June 2009

Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the state of the nation’s health care system.

Letters from our readers

By , 23 June 2009

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

Omagh verdict leaves questions of state collusion unanswered

By Steve James, 23 June 2009

The success of a recent civil case against four people accused of the 1998 bombing of Omagh in Northern Ireland has not answered fundamental questions about the terrorist atrocity.

Document points to alleged military plot against Turkish government

By Sinan Ikinci, 23 June 2009

On June 12, the daily newspaper Taraf published a new document, which allegedly reveals fresh plans by the Turkish military to discredit and destabilize the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Sri Lankan president seeks extended term without elections

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 23 June 2009

In an extraordinary, anti-democratic move, the ruling coalition has begun to sound out amending the constitution to allow President Mahinda Rajapakse to remain in office beyond his six-year term without facing a new election.

Toronto city workers strike against sweeping concession demands

By Keith Jones, 23 June 2009

More than 24,000 Toronto municipal workers launched strike action shortly after midnight Sunday to oppose the city’s sweeping concession demands.

Rio Tinto-Chinalco deal collapses

By John Chan, 23 June 2009

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto abandoned its controversial deal with the Aluminium Corporation of China involving a $US19.5 billion investment. The outcome is a significant blow to Beijing’s plans to establish a stable supply of minerals.