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Germany’s Left Party and the European elections

By Lucas Adler, 30 August 2009

If one analyses the current European election result of the Left Party, the conclusion is clear: workers, the unemployed and those dependent on welfare payments are increasingly dismissive of this party.

Georgian crisis heightens US-Russian tensions over Ukraine

By Niall Green, 29 August 2009

The crisis in the Caucasus provoked by Washington’s belligerent policy toward Russia may soon be eclipsed by growing tensions over the future of Ukraine.

More details of immigration raid in Mississippi, US

By Hiram Lee, 29 August 2009

The number of those arrested in Monday’s US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on a Laurel, Mississippi manufacturing plant is significantly larger than previous reports had indicated. Approximately 595 arrests have now been confirmed, making this the largest immigration raid on a workplace in US history.

Obama’s AfPak war intensifies on both sides of border

By James Cogan, 29 August 2009

The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war.

Coup in Honduras enters its third month

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2009

Despite mass popular resistance and formal condemnations by Washington, the OAS and various Latin American governments, two months after the June 28 coup the right-wing military-backed regime remains in power in Honduras.

US government list of “problem banks” tops 400

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2009

Figures released Thursday show that the banking crisis continues to deepen in the US, even as a handful of mega-banks increase their market share and profits.

Japanese government faces landslide electoral defeat

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2009

Japan is poised on the eve of a political sea change. All the opinion polling points to a landslide defeat in tomorrow’s election for the Liberal Democratic Party, which has held power almost continuously since its formation in 1955.

Video evidence of Sri Lankan government war crimes

By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2009

A grisly video of Sri Lankan soldiers executing naked, bound and blindfolded men in cold blood provides further first-hand evidence of the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and military.

2009 German parliamentary election: a conspiracy of silence on the implications of the economic crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 29 August 2009

While the election result on September 27 remains open, one thing is certain: The coming government—irrespective of its composition—will shift the burden of the crisis onto the population.

Scotland: Report exposes bankruptcy of official campaign over Diageo jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 29 August 2009

Details of the report commissioned to propose alternatives to job losses at drinks transnational Diageo in Scotland have become available.