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Australia: Unions try to head off public anger over Queensland privatisation plan

By Terry Cook, 30 March 2010

The trade unions are trying to contain the deep working class opposition to the Queensland Labor government’s plan to privatise lucrative public assets.

Obama’s visit underscores US crisis in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2010

Sneaking in and out of Kabul under the cover of darkness Sunday, President Barack Obama’s trip to Afghanistan only underscored the crisis confronting the US in the midst of the war’s current escalation.

Philippine presidential candidates to cut budget deficit

By Dante Pastrana, 30 March 2010

While all the presidential candidates in the May elections are making empty promises to help working people, the next administration will quickly launch a further assault on living standards.

Sri Lanka: Urban poor deprived of proper housing

By Priyadarshana Meddawatta, 30 March 2010

Government and opposition candidates for the Colombo district in the April 8 general election have been rushing to the shanty areas of the capital appealing for votes with promises of good housing.

Is a US attack on Iran imminent?

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2010

In recent weeks there have been a series of press reports as well as statements by military experts that strongly indicate that either the Obama administration or the Israeli government, or both, may be moving toward an attack on Iran.

Train bombing in Moscow kills dozens

By Andrea Peters, 30 March 2010

Bombs exploded in two Moscow metro stations on Monday morning, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens more. The Kremlin is blaming separatists from the north Caucasus and is using the incidents as an opportunity to step up repression.

US Congress allows jobless benefits to expire

By Kate Randall, 30 March 2010

The US Senate left for a two-week vacation last Friday without passage of a $10 billion extension for unemployment insurance, threatening the benefits of hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans.

Britain: Government suspensions forced by lobbying revelations

By Julie Hyland, 30 March 2010

Three former cabinet ministers were suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party last week, after Channel 4’s Dispatches exposed them seeking to line their own pockets in exchange for helping corporations shape policy.

Indian government continues its offensive against Maoist insurgents

By Arun Kumar and Palash Roy, 30 March 2010

Despite several cease-fire proposals from the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the Indian government is continuing a massive, multi-state military offensive aimed at stamping out the tribal-based Maoist insurgency.

Scotland: Aberdeen University students oppose spending cuts and tuition fees

By Jordan Shilton, 30 March 2010

Scottish students face spending cuts, as well as the introduction of tuition fees, which will have a devastating impact on their education and future following graduation.