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Australian man faces lengthy jail term for “offensive” letters

By Mike Head, 30 October 2009

A Muslim man faces up to 14 years in prison for sending allegedly offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Obama signs bills for record Pentagon, Homeland Security spending

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2009

President Obama signed legislation Wednesday authorizing $680 billion for the Pentagon, the largest military budget ever. On Thursday, he signed a bill giving another $44 billion to the Department of Homeland Security, to strengthen state repression within the US.

US: GDP figure masks deepening economic crisis

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2009

The Commerce Department on Thursday reported that the US gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.5 percent on an annualized basis in the third quarter, breaking a string of four consecutive quarters of negative growth.

Britain: Deepening recession fuels concern over corporate bonuses and bailouts

By Julie Hyland, 30 October 2009

Disagreements over the Brown government’s policy on the global economic crisis have become more vocal after figures showed that the UK economy shrank by 0.4 percent from July to September.

Wrangling continues over Iranian nuclear deal

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2009

An international agreement on Iran’s low-enriched uranium is yet to be finalised. An initial Iranian response handed yesterday to the IAEA reportedly contains caveats that are not likely to be accepted by the US and its European allies.

Opel’s future once again up for grabs

By Dietmar Henning, 30 October 2009

Although the new German government has barely taken office, all the deals struck between the trade unions, General Motors and the consortium from the Canadian-Austrian automotive supplier Magna and the Russian Sberbank are once again up for grabs.

US: Lack of insurance linked to thousands of child deaths

By Naomi Spencer, 30 October 2009

Lack of health insurance may have caused or directly contributed to the deaths of nearly 17,000 children in the United States over the past two decades, a new study has found.

Swine flu vaccine shortage disrupts local response plans

By Andre Damon, 30 October 2009

People lined up at treatment centers throughout the country this week to receive swine flu immunizations.

The swine flu pandemic and the market

By Tom Eley, 30 October 2009

The Obama administration entrusted preparations for the H1N1 pandemic to pharmaceutical corporations and stood by as state and local governments laid off public health workers. The result is an acute shortage of vaccine, and little infrastructure to deliver what is available.

WSWS speaks to workers who exposed GM payoff to Canadian auto union

By Jerry White, 30 October 2009

The WSWS recently spoke with two auto workers at a General Motors transmission plant in Windsor, Ontario, who have been involved in campaigning against a secret agreement between GM and Canadian Auto Workers officials.