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Sri Lanka: A phony debate on university privatisation

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Sujeewa Amaranath, 31 July 2009

The IUSF staged the debate in order to posture as opponents of university privatisation and to contain the growing opposition among students. However, as the debate demonstrated, the IUSF has no answers precisely because it, like the proponents of privatisation, accept the framework of the profit system.

Australian Labor Party conference showcases “unity” and “discipline” for pro-business agenda

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2009

Yesterday’s opening day of the Labor Party’s 45th national conference saw the assembled parliamentarians, apparatchiks, and trade union leaders issue a united and enthusiastic show of support for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s right-wing agenda.

Violence increases in Russia’s Caucasus republics

By Niall Green, 31 July 2009

A recent spike in violence between Russian security forces and local militants indicates that Moscow has no plans to loosen its military grip in the North Caucasus.

Strange case of North Carolina “jihadists” used to heighten terror scare

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2009

In the wake of this week’s arrest of seven North Carolina men labeled as “jihadists” in a federal conspiracy case, the Obama administration has sought to heighten fears of “homegrown terrorism.”

How I became a socialist

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for mayor of Detroit, has deep roots in the city’s working class population. In the following interview, he discusses the experiences that shaped his political views.

Judge orders release of Guantánamo detainee Mohammed Jawad

By Jerry White, 31 July 2009

A federal judge Thursday ordered the US government to release Guantánamo detainee Mohammed Jawad—the youngest prisoner at the military concentration camp, who has been illegally imprisoned there for nearly seven years.

International banks exploit the crisis to reap massive profits

By Stefan Steinberg, 31 July 2009

Less than a year after the eruption of a financial crisis that has devastated economies across the globe and wiped out an estimated 40 percent of the world’s wealth, a number of major banks and investment houses are posting record profits.

Britain: Rail unions prevent national struggle

By Paul Stuart, 31 July 2009

Members of the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) and the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) are striking today to oppose a pay freeze by National Express East Anglia.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 31 July 2009

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

US job cuts, foreclosures mount

By Tom Eley, 31 July 2009

New layoff announcements and reports of record home foreclosures point to a deepening social crisis in the US.

Irish government prepares more spending cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 31 July 2009

The Irish government is preparing to implement yet another round of public spending cuts, its third in the past year.

“The pain of recovery”: Rudd’s declaration of war on the working class

By Nick Beams, 31 July 2009

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s latest essay “Pain on the road to recovery”, published in the Sydney Morning Herald on July 25, could be more accurately titled “A declaration of war against the working class”.

Cuba: more cuts in public spending announced

By Carlos del Rocío, 30 July 2009

In a message to the Cuban nation on the 56th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks, President Raúl Castro announced a second major cut in public spending.

US-China talks: a fragile relationship

By John Chan, 30 July 2009

The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington highlighted the dependence of heavily-indebted US capitalism on China as a major source of financing. At the same time, the forum revealed the increasingly conflicting strategic and economic interests of the two countries.

SEP candidate participates in televised debate

By , 30 July 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit mayor, participated in a televised debate, which was aired Sunday in metro Detroit.

Obama names evangelical Christian to run National Institutes of Health

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2009

In selecting Francis S. Collins as the director of the National Institutes of Health, President Obama has sent a clear political message that he is willing to subordinate scientific research to Christian fundamentalist dogma.

Iraqi prime minister: US forces can stay after 2011

By James Cogan, 30 July 2009

Maliki made explicit that the so-called December 2011 “deadline” for the withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq was not worth the paper it was written on.

Threat of eviction remains over Vestas occupation

By our reporters, 30 July 2009

A legal bid for the immediate eviction of workers occupying the Vestas Blades plant on the Isle of Wight failed on Wednesday. But the court case is to resume on August 4.

Obama’s Homeland Security chief invokes “terror threat”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2009

In a speech Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano echoed the terror warnings of her Republican predecessors while making clear that little has changed in the department since the Bush administration.

California governor imposes new cuts in social programs

By Alfonso Santana and Joe Kishore, 30 July 2009

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a budget on Tuesday, using his veto to impose more draconian cuts on top of the $15 billion already agreed by the state legislature.

Obama, Congress back deeper attacks on health care for workers

By Barry Grey, 30 July 2009

The corporate response to the erosion of popular support for the Obama health care plan has been to campaign more energetically for its adoption and urge quick action by the Senate Finance Committee.

German government contemplates Opel insolvency

By Dietmar Henning, 30 July 2009

The German government is eager to give the impression it is working on a “socially compatible solution” for Opel, but evidence is emerging that the government is intent on allowing the auto company to go bankrupt.

Pennsylvania state workers go without pay

By Samuel Davidson, 30 July 2009

Due to the state budget crisis, 44,000 Pennsylvania state workers received only two days pay last Friday for a pay period covering two weeks.

Britain’s political elite and the Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2009

Recent opinion polls have confirmed the deep-seated and growing opposition to the Afghan war amongst the British public. But there is barely any expression of this to be found within official political circles or the media.

Sri Lankan nurses campaign for improved safety

By Vilani Peiris, 30 July 2009

Nurses at the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama have been campaigning in support colleagues in the chemotherapy unit who want improvements to basic safety.

Dozens of Haitian immigrants drown off Turks and Caicos

By David Walsh, 30 July 2009

In the largest tragedy involving Haitian refugees at sea in several years, dozens of people remain missing after a boat on which they were traveling broke up on a reef near the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos

Letters from our readers

By , 30 July 2009

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

SEP Detroit mayoral candidate speaks at forum on youth and education

By Jack Cody, 30 July 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the upcoming Detroit mayoral election, spoke Tuesday at a mayoral forum held at a youth development center in Detroit’s New Center Area, in which candidates presented their positions on education and youth development.

Australia: Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe speaks out against Aboriginal “intervention”

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2009

Powerful criticism of decades of deliberate government neglect of Australia’s poverty-stricken indigenous communities by former swimming star Ian Thorpe has been subjected to a virtual media black out.

Scotland: Politicians and union leaders grovel to Diageo over Johnnie Walker closure

By Steve James, 29 July 2009

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Kilmarnock July 26 against the planned closure of the Johnnie Walker’s whisky bottling plant by the major drinks transnational Diageo.

For a socialist solution to the economic crisis

By , 29 July 2009

A public meeting on Saturday, August 1 in South Pasadena will feature SEP National Secretary Joe Kishore and John Burton, SEP candidate for California governor in 2003 and for US Congress in 2006.

Toronto city workers no-concession struggle in danger

By Keith Jones, 29 July 2009

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has moved to shut down a five week “no concessions” strike by 24,000 City of Toronto inside and outside municipal workers.

Study shows sharp growth of low-wage sector in Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 29 July 2009

A study by the Institute for Labour and Qualification (IAQ) shows that there has been a drastic expansion of the low-wage sector in Germany, which now totals 6.5 million workers.

The significance of the British Socialist Workers Party’s call for a new “left alternative”

By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 29 July 2009

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on an open letter issued by the Socialist Workers Party in Britain.

Honduran coup enters second month

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2009

With the coup in Honduras now entering its second month, the Obama administration’s policy is directed at consolidating the changes wrought by Zelaya’s overthrow, while formally condemning the action.

South Korean “non-regular” workers face mass job losses

By Ben McGrath, 29 July 2009

A parliamentary standoff over new laws making it easier to sack workers has highlighted the political instability produced in South Korea by the global economic crisis, with more than 300 “non-regular” workers losing their jobs every day.

Citigroup’s $100 million banker

By Tom Eley and Barry Grey, 29 July 2009

A Citigroup energy trader is demanding that the bank honor a contract to pay him $100 million this year.

Atom Egoyan’s Adoration: Also not very compelling

By David Walsh, 29 July 2009

In Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, Simon is a high school student in Toronto, whose teacher, for reasons of her own, encourages him to pose as the son of a would-be terrorist.

Egypt hit by wave of social and industrial unrest

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2009

On July 16 thousands of quarry workers in Egypt went on strike in opposition to a decision by the authorities to impose a tax of E£40 on each ton of quarried rock.

Indonesian bombings portend renewed attacks on democratic rights

By John Braddock, 29 July 2009

The July 17 suicide bombings in Jakarta are being exploited to justify inroads into the limited democratic rights gained in Indonesia since the end of the Suharto dictatorship.

San Diego’s Union Tribune attacks city workers

By Kevin Martinez, Alfonso Santana and Ettore Severi, 29 July 2009

The Union Tribune has recently published the results of its investigation of the San Diego city payroll. In the face of the ongoing economic crisis, the capitalist class and its media representatives seek to blame the working class to conceal their own responsibility for the disaster.

Iraq veterans charged with murder and other crimes

By David Walsh, 28 July 2009

The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society. Ten members of one army unit alone have been charged with murder, attempted murder or manslaughter.

Greece: “Leftist” SYRIZA alliance defends police months after suppression of mass demonstrations

By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2009

A news agency in Athens recently reported that Alekos Alavanos, chairman of the parliamentary fraction of the SYRIZA alliance, has expressed his full support for the Greek police.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 28 July 2009

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

The significance of the British Socialist Workers Party’s call for a new “left alternative”

By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 28 July 2009

This is the first of a two-part series on an open letter issued by the Socialist Workers Party in Britain.

After delay, IMF approves loan for Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 28 July 2009

Last Friday the IMF finally approved a $2.6 billon loan to Sri Lanka. Contrary to IMF and Colombo government claims, the funds will not bring economic recovery.

Clinton’s ASEAN appearance signals US “back in Asia”

By John Chan, 28 July 2009

In a bid to bolster US standing and counter growing Chinese influence, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the ASEAN summit in Thailand and signed ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

Letters from our readers

By , 28 July 2009

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

Britain: Labour’s electoral meltdown continues

By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2009

The Norwich North by-election July 24 continued the electoral collapse of the Labour Party.

Britain’s propaganda offensive on behalf of Afghan war

By Chris Marsden, 28 July 2009

The speech by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the NATO headquarters in Brussels makes clear that Britain intends to deepen its collaboration with the United States in Afghanistan.

SEP holds conference in Detroit

By Jack Cody, 28 July 2009

The Socialist Equality Party conference was called to review the first six months of the Obama administration and discuss a new political perspective for the working class.

The Gates arrest and the “national conversation on race”

By Tom Eley, 28 July 2009

The controversy stemming from the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has dominated the media for a week. It has afforded another opportunity to pose race as the decisive social division and to obscure basic class realities.

Solomon Islands parliament rams through renewal of Australian-dominated RAMSI occupation

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 July 2009

Australian officials in Honiara no doubt exerted behind the scenes pressure to ensure the Act was approved for another 12 months, thereby ensuring that RAMSI forces continue to enjoy carte blanche powers, including immunity from Solomon Islands law.

Protesting Chinese steel workers kill manager

By John Chan, 28 July 2009

In another sign of the explosive social tensions in China, thousands of workers at a state-owned steel plant beat the newly-appointed manager to death in an angry protest against a government-backed takeover.

Obama’s health care counterrevolution

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 July 2009

In a full-page editorial published Sunday, entitled “Health Care Reform and You,” the New York Times seeks to present Obama’s proposals to slash costs and ration health care as a boon to the American people.

Bemis workers on strike in Terre Haute, Indiana

By Kristina Betinis, 27 July 2009

Over 700 workers went on strike at the Bemis manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 21. It was the first strike at the plant since the 1980s.

Britain: Workers occupying Vestas factory ordered to court

By Paul Mitchell, 27 July 2009

Workers occupying the Vestas Blades wind turbine factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight have received a summons demanding they appear in court on Wednesday, July 29.

Workers continue Vestas occupation on Isle of Wight

By , 27 July 2009

Workers are continuing their occupation of the Vestas Blades wind turbine factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight, England. Some 25 workers began the sit-in on July 20 to oppose the closure of the plant, which is scheduled for July 31 with the loss of over 500 jobs.supplies and force them out.

The German offensive in Afghanistan

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2009

The German army has dramatically intensified its intervention in Afghanistan in the past few days, employing heavy weaponry for the first time.

Sri Lankan workers hard hit by export downturn

By our correspondents, 27 July 2009

The Katunayake Free Trade Zone has been badly affected by the world recession. Several factories have closed, jobs are uncertain in many other plants, and pay and working hours have been cut in most factories.

Brüno: Another series of pranks at everyone’s expense

By Hiram Lee, 27 July 2009

The latest film from Sacha Baron Cohen finds the comedian pranking unsuspecting victims with a new, provocative character.

Massive austerity measures approved by California Legislature

By Dan Conway, 27 July 2009

The California Assembly approved drastic cuts in social programs and education following an agreement between state Democrats and governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“The union is not being responsible to its members”

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 July 2009

As the strike has progressed, more and more workers have rejected their leadership’s gag order and spoken out, sometimes quite bitterly, about their experiences on the picket line.

Australian government boosts terror laws, while modifying “lexicon”

By Mike Head, 27 July 2009

While expanding the former Howard government’s “anti-terrorism” laws that the Labor Party helped introduce between 2002 and 2006, the Rudd Labor government has moved to abandon the term “war on terrorism”.

Minnesota balances budget on the backs of workers and the poor


By Michael Stapleton, 27 July 2009

The state of Minnesota has balanced a $4.6 billion budget deficit through cuts to healthcare, education and programs that benefit the poor.

Canada: Windsor city workers strike betrayed

By David Walsh, 27 July 2009

The 1,800 municipal workers in Windsor, Ontario, on strike for 101 days, were betrayed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and the entire union apparatus in Ontario and Canada.

Bush administration considered using military to arrest “Lackawanna Six”

By Joe Kishore, 27 July 2009

Discussions over using the military to arrest six US citizens outside Buffalo, New York in 2002 were part of a concerted effort to expand presidential power and the domestic role of the Armed Forces.

France: Near win for neo-fascists in Hénin-Beaumont by-election

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 July 2009

The Front National had a near-win in the municipal by-election in Hénin-Beaumont July 5. Under conditions where masses of people see no credible alternative to the discredited Parti socialiste and the Parti Communiste Français, the FN can attract significant support.

CUPE leadership isolating Toronto city workers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 27 July 2009

As the bitter strike by 24,000 Toronto municipal workers enters its sixth week, there is a growing disquiet amongst the membership.

Dozens arrested in New Jersey corruption probe

By Peter Daniels, 27 July 2009

A two-year federal investigation of political corruption concluded last week with the arrest of 44 individuals in the state of New Jersey.

Honduran military appears to back plan to restore Zelaya to office—not to power

By Rafael Azul, 27 July 2009

At Washington’s instigation, the military of Honduras has weighed in independently in support of the San José accord for restoring the country’s ousted President José Manuel Zelaya to office—though not to power.

South Korea: Riot police sent to break Ssangyong occupation

By Terry Cook, 27 July 2009

Thousands of heavily-armed riot police have laid siege to Ssangyong Motor’s factory in Pyeongtaek where around 900 workers and supporters continue to occupy a major building.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 25 July 2009

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

An Afghan voice against the US-led occupation

By James Cogan, 25 July 2009

“The occupation forces are supporting the enemies of my people and it is better that they leave.”

Detroit schools “financial czar” orders teachers to reapply for their jobs

By Walter Gilberti, 25 July 2009

2,600 Detroit Public School teachers, counselors and administrators from nearly 50 schools have been forced to reapply for their jobs at the schools where they teach.

Scotland: Oppose Diageo job losses by mobilising the working class

By Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 25 July 2009

The following leaflet is being distributed by the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) to Sunday’s march and rally in Kilmarnock against the announcement by Diageo, the world’s largest drinks manufacturer, that it is shedding 900 jobs across Scotland.

Sri Lankan prime minister denounces newspaper lawyers as “traitors”

By our reporter, 25 July 2009

The Sri Lankan prime minister made an extraordinary statement in parliament on July 21, branding five lawyers as “traitors” because they had appeared for the Sunday Leader in a defamation case filed by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.

Obama escalates assault on public education

By Tom Eley, 25 July 2009

President Obama announced an education funding program Friday that would award money only to states that encourage charter schools and agree to allow merit pay for teachers based on students’ test results.

Iceland’s parliament votes to apply for European Union membership

By Jordan Shilton, 25 July 2009

On July 16, Iceland’s parliament (Althingi) voted by 33 votes to 28 to apply for membership of the European Union.

Massachusetts proposes rationing of health care for workers

By Kate Randall, 25 July 2009

In a move that could have wide-ranging implications for any restructuring of the national health care system, Massachusetts has proposed scrapping “fee-for-service” payments to providers and instituting de facto rationing of care for working people.

Moon: Back to the future in science fiction

By William Moore, 25 July 2009

The new science fiction movie Moon, directed by Duncan Jones, was apparently released to coincide with and capitalize on the fortieth anniversary of the first landing of humans on the moon.

Obama administration bars torture investigators from Guantánamo Bay

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2009

Adding to its six-month record of extending the Bush administration’s attacks on democratic rights, the Obama administration is blocking efforts by human rights investigators from the United Nations to interview detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 July 2009

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

Britain: Unemployment continues rise to 2.4 million

By Peter Reydt, 25 July 2009

UK unemployment rose by a record 281,000 to 2.38 million in the three months to May.

US outrage over “rigged” elections does not extend to Kyrgyzstan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2009

The rigging of an election, the repression of opposition candidates and the use of police violence against demonstrators has been met with silence and indifference on the part of the Obama administration and the US media.

As jobless claims rise, Wall Street celebrates corporate profit reports

By Barry Grey, 24 July 2009

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose by 30,000 in the week ended July 18. Wall Street responded to the jobless claims report, along with better-than-expected corporate earnings, by pushing the Dow up 188 points.

Malaysian government alters ethnic-based investment laws

By John Roberts, 24 July 2009

Under intense economic and political pressure, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced measures to reduce the preferences given to ethic Malays.

Rally of Detroit City workers against concessions contract

By , 24 July 2009

SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier addresses Detroit City workers’ rally.

End all utility shutoffs! For a socialist response to the economic crisis

By D’Artagnan Collier and SEP candidate for mayor of Detroit, 24 July 2009

This statement is in response to the tragic death of four Detroit residents from carbon monoxide poisoning. The fumes came from a generator installed after the family’s electricity had been shut off.

Reject the concessions contract!

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 24 July 2009

Windsor municipal workers should reject the tentative agreement that has been reached. Everything points to the fact that the Canadian Union of Public Employees has dropped the central issue in the strike: post-retirement benefits for new hires.

Chinese regime admits shooting protestors in Xinjiang

By John Chan, 24 July 2009

Despite the efforts of the Chinese government to play down the tense atmosphere in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Beijing has effectively admitted it carried out a brutal military-police repression against ethnic Uighur protests earlier this month.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 24 July 2009

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

The Hillary Clinton doctrine

By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s threat to arm the neighbors of Iran and target the country with nuclear missiles marks an escalation of US pressure on Tehran designed to influence the bitter internal struggle within the clerical regime.

Detroit: D’Artagnan Collier speaks to protesting city workers

By Tom Eley and Jack Cody, 24 July 2009

The SEP mayoral candidate for Detroit, D’Artagnan Collier, spoke Wednesday to city workers who had gathered downtown to protest new concessions demanded by Mayor David Bing.

Fiji: Military junta proposes new constitution, elections by 2014

By Frank Gaglioti and Patrick O’Connor, 24 July 2009

Coming ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit in Australia early next month, a defiant speech by Fiji’s strongman Bainimarama and the divided response are indications of Canberra’s waning hegemony in the South Pacific.

Bankrupt US parts maker Delphi dumps pension obligations

By Tom Eley, 24 July 2009

Bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi will shift billions in pension liabilities to the US government. The measure will result in diminished pensions for hourly retirees and major cuts for salaried retirees.

Arab woman stabbed to death in German courtroom

By Justus Leicht, 24 July 2009

German political and media circles have reacted reservedly to the murder of an Arab woman by a neo-fascist in a German courtroom.

France: Third fatal accident at Total this year

By Françoise Thull, 24 July 2009

An explosion at Total’s Carling plant during the manual re-ignition of a boiler killed 2 workers and injured 17 more.

Australia: Aboriginal disadvantage widens under Rudd government

By Susan Allan, 24 July 2009

According to the Productivity Commission’s latest report, the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is either static or widening across 80 percent of social statistics.

Fed Chairman Bernanke signals more bank bailouts, calls for cuts in social programs

By Barry Grey, 23 July 2009

In two days of testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks while seeking to allay fears on financial markets of a potential eruption of inflation.