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German government crisis over Kunduz massacre

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 November 2009

Former defence minister Franz Josef Jung (CDU) resigned at the end of last week from his present government post as employment minister, paying the price for the lies used to hush up the Kunduz massacre.

ISSE shows historic film Tsar to Lenin

30 November 2009

The CCNY chapter of the International Students for Social Equality will be hosting a showing of the classic documentary From Tsar to Lenin on Tuesday, December 1.

America the hungry

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2009

A report in Sunday’s New York Times, detailing the sharp rise in food stamp use, gives a much different picture of America at the end of 2009 than the complacent assurances of economic “recovery” voiced by Wall Street and the Obama administration.

US pushes through IAEA censure of Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2009

The IAEA resolution sets the stage for an intensifying confrontation between Iran and the US and its European allies over the coming month.

Asia’s asset bubbles fuel global financial instability

By John Chan, 30 November 2009

China’s huge stimulus bank lending, combined with the US Federal Reserve Board’s loose monetary policy and US pressure on China to revalue the yuan to the US dollar, is fuelling East Asian property prices and creating new global financial instabilities.

Bank of England made secret £62 billion loans to bankrupt banks

By Jean Shaoul, 30 November 2009

Bank of England governor Mervyn King has revealed for the first time that in October 2008 the Bank had lent Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) £62 billion.

Revised Iraqi election law alienates Sunni minority

By James Cogan, 30 November 2009

Changes to Iraq’s election law have inflamed the sectarian and ethnic animosities that have been fomented by the US occupation since the 2003 invasion.

What does Iceland’s “national assembly” represent?

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2009

On November 14 a “national assembly” was held in Reykjavik, involving approximately 1,500 participants, or 0.5 percent of the population.

Uruguay: On the first-round victory of the Frente Amplio

By Hector Benoit, 30 November 2009

On October 25, José “Pepe” Mujica, a former member of the Tupamaro guerrilla movement and presidential candidate of Uruguay’s ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front), won by a wide margin over his nearest rival, ex-president Luis Alberto Lacalle.

This week in history: November 30-December 6

30 November 2009

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.