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US Census Bureau report: 40 million living in poverty

By Kate Randall, 30 September 2009

The overall poverty rate in the US rose to 13.2 percent in 2008 as more workers lost their jobs across all sectors of the economy.

German Interior Ministry plans to expand the powers of the secret police

By Justus Leicht, 30 September 2009

The Interior Ministry, currently headed by Wolfgang Schäuble, plans to expand the authority of the German state to spy on its own citizens.

Sri Lankan army fires on Tamil detainees

By Sarath Kumara and Subash Somachandran, 30 September 2009

Sri Lankan soldiers last Saturday shot at unarmed Tamil civilians being held in the country’s huge military-run internment camps.

Israeli Arabs to launch strike against discriminatory policies

By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2009

Israel’s 1.4 million Arab citizens are to stage a one-day general strike on October 1 to oppose the racist and discriminatory policies of the government.

Spain: Unions and PSOE government prepare austerity measures

By Vicky Short, 30 September 2009

Spanish trade unions are collaborating with the Socialist Party government and employers in preparing a programme of austerity measures.

Typhoon causes widespread destruction in the Philippines

By John Roberts, 30 September 2009

A major storm struck the Philippines last Saturday killing at least 250 people and causing over 435,000 to flee their flooded homes.

Director Roman Polanski faces months in Swiss prison

By Hiram Lee, 30 September 2009

Film director Roman Polanski could spend months in a Swiss prison following his September 26 arrest in Zürich. Protests against the detention of the renowned filmmaker continue to mount.

GM shuts down assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan

By Jerry White, 30 September 2009

Tuesday was the last day of work for most of the 1,100 workers at the General Motors Pontiac East Assembly Plant, just north of Detroit.

“Cheats and Deceivers”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2009

In an editorial published Sunday, the Financial Times of London joined the media onslaught against Iran, calling its rulers “cheats and deceivers” who “cannot be remotely trusted” in relation to the country’s nuclear program.

Germany: Incoming government prepares attacks on working class

By Peter Schwarz, 30 September 2009

The results of Sunday’s federal election herald a period of intense social struggles in Germany.