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Obama makes PR stop on Gulf Coast

By Tom Eley, 29 May 2010

On Friday President Barack Obama made a brief public relations visit on the Gulf Coast, his second since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.

Austerity measures throughout Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2010

In the two weeks since European heads of state and the IMF reached agreement on a €750 billion rescue package for the euro, not a day has gone by without the announcement of a new round of draconian austerity measures.

More revelations point to criminality of BP, Transocean

By Tom Eley, 29 May 2010

More facts have come to light demonstrating the criminal negligence of BP and rig owner and operator Transocean in the lead-up to the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.

France: Day of action highlights chasm between workers and established parties

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 May 2010

In organizing the May 27 day of action against pension cuts, France’s unions and bourgeois “left” aimed to boost their fortunes by hiding their support for social cuts.

Canada to mount largest-ever security operation for G8/G20 summits

By Paul Franklin, 29 May 2010

Canada’s Conservative government has announced that it will spend close to $1 billion on security for next month’s G8 and G20 summit meetings in Huntsville and Toronto, Ontario.

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended for investigating Franco’s crimes

By Vicky Short, 29 May 2010

The internationally renowned Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzón, was suspended from his post on May 14, accused of perverting the course of justice by the body that oversees the judiciary, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).

British government outlines plans to dismantle welfare

By Julie Hyland, 29 May 2010

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has set out plans for an assault on unemployment and invalidity benefits, as the precursor to a broader assault on welfare provision.

Thai government widens political witch hunt

By John Roberts, 29 May 2010

Despite its calls for “reconciliation” in the wake of last week’s military’s crackdown on the “Red Shirt” protests, the Thai government is extending its dragnet of opposition leaders and supporters.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 May 2010

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Lies and evasions in defense of BP

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2010

The White House press conference Thursday, focused on the Gulf coast oil disaster, saw President Obama cover up for both the oil industry and the federal government.