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Government declares martial law in central Chile after earthquake

By Rafael Azul, 2 March 2010

As the death toll from the massive earthquake has reached 723 and rising, 10,000 soldiers have taken control of Maule and Bío Bío, the two regions most directly affected.

The Dubai assassination and the “war on terror”

By Patrick O’Connor, 2 March 2010

The reaction of world governments to the brutal murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the “war on terror”.

Wall Street Journal cites Chilean earthquake to praise Pinochet

By David Walsh, 2 March 2010

According to the Wall Street Journal, the impact of the Chilean earthquake is a vindication of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet.

Dexter Avenue Fire Inquiry: Sister of victims speaks on utility shutoffs

2 March 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire of January 5 has begun interviews with relatives, neighbors and Detroit residents. We begin with an interview with Charlotte Nash, the sister of two of the victims.

Obama applauds firing of Rhode Island teachers

By Jerry White, 2 March 2010

In a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC on Monday, President Obama hailed the decision by school authorities in Rhode Island to fire the entire teaching and support staff at Central Falls High School.

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care study: Shoddy science in support of health care cuts

By Joanne Laurier, 2 March 2010

The Obama White House and its media backers defend the administration’s cost-cutting health care overhaul, with all its dire implications for broad layers of the population, with the claim that the scheme is based on objective scientific research.

An interview with Dr. Richard Cooper, critic of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care research

By Joanne Laurier, 2 March 2010

Dr. Richard Cooper, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is a proponent of health care reform that addresses the needs of low-income families and a critic of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.

Interview with Dr. Michael Ong: A response to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

By Joanne Laurier, 2 March 2010

Dr. Michael Ong is the lead author of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a study by California teaching hospitals carried out in response to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.

British oil drilling off Malvinas escalates tensions with Argentina

By Paul Bond, 2 March 2010

Britain’s decision to begin exploratory drilling has stoked tensions with the Argentine government over control of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, and the oil reserves on the seabed around them.

Opel unions and works councils collaborate in job losses

By Dietmar Henning, 2 March 2010

All of the main players in GM Europe are playing for time: the works councils and trade unions to hold back Opel workers and present them with a fait accompli, the governments and the EU to prevent the payment of state aid wherever possible.