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Nepal: Constitutional crisis temporarily averted

By W.A Sunil, 31 May 2010

The Nepalese government reached a last-minute deal on Friday with the opposition Maoists to extend the parliament, but the underlying issues are not resolved.

Students and staff oppose suspensions following Middlesex University occupation

By Zach Reed, 31 May 2010

Around 200 students and staff protested at the Hendon campus, Middlesex University, on May 27 against the suspension of professors and students campaigning to save the Philosophy Department.

This week in history: May 31-June 6

By , 31 May 2010

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

Irish state bankruptcy looms as unions push through strike ban

By Steve James, 31 May 2010

Such is the perilous state of the Irish economy that the rationale for the Croke Park pact between the Irish trade unions, the government and public sector employers has already been exposed as a fraud.

A wave of mine disasters

By Mike Head, 31 May 2010

Yet another mining disaster, in which 17 miners died in a reported dynamite explosion in central China last Saturday, has highlighted the ongoing sacrifice of mine workers’ lives around the world for profit and increased output.

German CDU leader Roland Koch resigns

By Ulrich Rippert, 31 May 2010

Hesse state premier Roland Koch’s announcement that he will resign his post in late August is a deliberate affront to Chancellor Merkel and has exacerbated the dispute inside the CDU about the future direction of the party.

New Zealand government brings down austerity budget

By John Braddock, 31 May 2010

The 2010 budget hits working people by raising the consumption tax and slashing public services, while engineering a tax windfall for the wealthy.

Failure of BP’s “top kill” means oil will continue to flow for months

By Joe Kishore, 31 May 2010

The failure of BP’s “top kill” attempt means that the eruption of oil into the Gulf of Mexico will continue at least through August. New revelations show that BP and the government ignored warnings of a looming disaster in the weeks and months leading up to the explosion.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 May 2010

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australia: Mining tax battle intensifies

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 May 2010

The political furore triggered by the Labor government’s proposed new 40 percent “Resource Super Profits Tax” has intensified in recent days.

Jamaica state of siege: Scores dead, hundreds detained

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2010

Scores have been killed or wounded and hundreds arrested in what critics describe as indiscriminate violence by Jamaican security forces besieging the impoverished Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 28 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.

China signs $23 billion oil deal with Nigeria

By Trevor Johnson, 28 May 2010

China has signed a $23 billion deal with the new government of Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria to build three oil refineries and a petrochemical plant.

“Top kill” has yet to stop Gulf oil flow

By Tom Eley, 28 May 2010

As the latest attempt to stop the massive flow of oil from the ocean floor was suspended early Thursday morning, government scientists confirmed that the Deepwater Horizon spill is by far the largest in US history.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2010 Part 5: The small pictures that still dominate

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 28 May 2010

Films from Iran, Germany, Palestine, Belgium, Mexico, South Korea, the US and China exhibit some of the same “smallness,” some of the same passivity, some of the same aversion to tracing out phenomena historically.

Miners and families denounce Massey and government inspectors for West Virginia mine disaster

By Samuel Davidson, 28 May 2010

Coal miners and relatives of the 29 miners killed in the April 5 West Virginia explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine described the deadly conditions in the months leading up to the blast during testimony Tuesday before a congressional hearing.

The profit motive and utility shutoffs

By Andrea Peters, 28 May 2010

In this comment, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) explains why the provision of electricity and gas on the basis of private profit can neither guarantee essential services nor ensure that workers in the utility industry have jobs and a decent standard of living.

Tense standoff between two Koreas

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2010

The confrontation between North and South Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship intensified this week after Seoul, backed by Washington, announced a series of retaliatory measures.

US college graduates face bleakest job prospects in decades

By Jack Cody and Naomi Spencer, 28 May 2010

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute points to a severe employment crisis for working class youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

Sri Lankan government exploits flood disaster to evict slum dwellers

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 May 2010

The Rajapakse government is using the extensive floods in Colombo as an excuse to remove poor slum dwellers from the capital and other parts of the country.

Report chronicles school cuts in western Michigan

By Clement Daly, 27 May 2010

A recent report in a local paper detailed what the 12 public school districts of Muskegon County, Michigan are preparing as part of implementing millions of dollars in cuts.

Australian think-tank recommends military build-up in Indian Ocean

By Nick Sutton, 27 May 2010

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has called on the Rudd government to strengthen Australia’s military and strategic presence in the Indian Ocean region amid mounting great power rivalry.

Gulf oil spill: Why is BP in charge?

By Tom Eley, 27 May 2010

Since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, the Obama administration has insisted that BP remain in command of the spill site and cleanup, in spite of the oil giant's criminal actions in causing the deadly blast and its greed and incompetence in handling the spill.

BP had prior warning of Deepwater Horizon blowout

By Andre Damon, 27 May 2010

BP, which leased the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, disregarded indications hours before the April 20 blast that the rig might suffer a catastrophic blowout, according to a preliminary report published Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce committee.

Constitutional crisis looming in Nepal

By W.A. Sunil, 27 May 2010

If negotiations fail to extend tomorrow’s deadline for the dissolution of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the country faces an immediate political and constitutional crisis.

Unite bureaucracy seeks to end British Airways strike on management’s terms

By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2010

British Airways cabin crew staff began a five-day strike on Monday, the latest action in an ongoing dispute with the airline.

British 10-year-old boys convicted of attempted rape

By Julie Hyland, 27 May 2010

The prosecution of two pre-pubescent boys for the rape of an eight-year-old girl epitomises the ugly and punitive approach of the British judicial system towards young children.

Letters from our readers

By , 27 May 2010

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Retired driver blames budget cuts for fatal accident on Detroit school bus

By Mary Coleman, 27 May 2010

On May 20, 11-year-old Tiffany Lynn Ross-DiCicco was struck and killed by a tree branch as she leaned out of a Detroit school bus window to say goodbye to friends. If transportation aides had not been eliminated the young girl might still be alive, says a retired Detroit school bus driver.

Obama orders troops to Mexican border

By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2010

President Obama’s order deploying 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border marks another reactionary turn in his immigration policy and a threat of intensified violence against immigrant workers.

The political lessons of the Thai protests

By Peter Symonds, 27 May 2010

Last week’s military crackdown may have crushed anti-government protests in Bangkok but the underlying social tensions and political issues remain and will inevitably erupt again.

Global markets gyrate on fears of Europe’s spreading financial crisis

By David Walsh, 26 May 2010

Stock markets worldwide were extraordinarily unstable Tuesday, as fears about the expanding European financial crisis and the possibility of military conflict on the Korean peninsula combined to shake investors.

Greek debt crisis exacerbates problems in Eastern Europe and Balkans

By Markus Salzmann, 26 May 2010

The debt crisis in Greece is placing Eastern European states under increasing pressure.

Interim government moves to consolidate power in Kyrgyzstan

By Niall Green, 26 May 2010

The interim government in the ex-Soviet republic Kyrgyzstan is attempting to consolidate its rule, implementing a state of emergency in one of the largest cities and postponing promised elections.

A comment on Tatlin in London today

By Virginia Smith, 26 May 2010

The tower design for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics is mysteriously evocative. The steel structure, designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and called Orbit, is funded primarily by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel maker.

Vale Inco strikers and supporters in Sudbury, Ontario speak

By , 26 May 2010

3,300 nickel miners, smelter and mill workers have been on strike in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario for over ten months against the concession demands of Brazilian based transnational mining giant Vale Inco.

Obama continues assault on teachers

By Jerry White, 26 May 2010

High school teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island—who were fired en masse last February—were forced to accept an agreement in return for their jobs that will drastically increase their workloads. This is part of the assault the White House is carrying out against teachers in the name of school “reform.”

Britain: Queen’s speech announces pro-business anti-worker legislative agenda

By Jean Shaoul, 26 May 2010

The Queen’s speech announced a Conservative Liberal Democrat legislative programme whose priority is to cut “the budget deficit and restore economic growth”.

Michigan teachers protest state education cuts

By Shannon Jones, 26 May 2010

Thousands of teachers rallied in cities across Michigan on Monday to protest drastic education cuts by the administration of Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.

White House admits BP disaster worst spill in US history

By Andre Damon and Tom Eley, 26 May 2010

The admission from the White House on the enormous scale of the disaster comes as the Obama administration continues to insist that the response to the oil spill remain in the hands of BP.

Australian Ford workers strike against regressive agreement

By Chris Sadlier, 26 May 2010

Ford Australia workers have launched two 24-hour strikes this month, the first such industrial action in 12 years.

Britain: Tories and Lib-Dems push “fiscal autonomy” for Scotland

By Steve James, 26 May 2010

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has pledged to implement the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Sri Lankan military presses cases against Fonseka

By Sarath Kumara, 26 May 2010

The Sri Lankan government and military are proceeding with their political vendetta against former army commander General Sarath Fonseka—the failed opposition candidate in the country’s presidential election in January.

Secret order prepares new US wars in Middle East and Central Asia

By Hiram Lee, 26 May 2010

A secret directive issued by Gen. David Petraeus empowers the US military to expand covert operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa.

Exposure of Australian government’s policy on Sri Lankan refugees

By Mike Head, 26 May 2010

Two reports released last week further undermined the pretext given by the Australian government for its suspension of all refugee visa applications from Sri Lanka.

Another US-NATO base targeted in Afghanistan

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2010

Afghan insurgents have launched a major attack against US-led forces on Saturday, targeting Kandahar Air Field with rocket, mortar, and small arms fire.

SEP Australia meeting in Perth: The second stage of the global financial crisis

By , 25 May 2010

The SEP meeting in Western Australia will discuss the necessity for workers of all countries to adopt a unified socialist perspective.

British coalition government announces attack on public sector

By Chris Talbot, 25 May 2010

Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Liberal Democrat David Laws, chief secretary to the Treasury, announced a £6 billion package of cuts on Monday with the intention of sending a “shockwave” through every government department.

Australia: Tasmanian Greens in government and “opposition”

By Richard Phillips, 25 May 2010

The first weeks of Tasmania’s Labor-Green coalition government has seen an extraordinary series of opportunist manoeuvres by the Greens.

NAPLAN testing and My School: Rudd’s free market education agenda

By , 25 May 2010

Teachers, parents, students—and all those concerned about the fate of public education—are invited to attend public meetings being convened by the Socialist Equality Party to discuss the Rudd Labor government’s historic assault on public education.

Detroit Disassembled: A visual exposé of Detroit’s decline

By , 25 May 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to offer Detroit Disassembled, the recently published monograph by photographer Andrew Moore.

Thousands pay tribute to seven-year-old murdered by Detroit police

By Jerry White, 25 May 2010

Several thousand people attended the viewing and funeral service for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the seven-year-old girl killed by Detroit police May 16.

Book bares Israeli nuclear arms deals with apartheid regime

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2010

Israel agreed to sell nuclear arms to South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1970s, according to a book published today. The revelation has surfaced at an inconvenient time for the US as it campaigns for increased sanctions against Iran.

Obama administration defends BP response to oil spill disaster

By Andre Damon, 25 May 2010

Amid growing popular anger over BP’s disastrous response to the gulf coast oil spill, the Obama administration came to the company’s defense on Monday, while again rejecting any federal takeover of the recovery.

South Korea imposes penalties on North over naval incident

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2010

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have escalated markedly after Seoul accused Pyongyang of deliberately sinking the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, on March 26.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 May 2010

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

Obama’s financial reform bill: Wall Street breathes a “sigh of relief”

By David Walsh, 25 May 2010

Bankers and investors expressed satisfaction that Obama’s “Wall Street overhaul” would not do them much harm. Financial stocks even surged after its passage. So much for the bill’s “sweeping” and “tough measures.

Music review: Peter Wolf’s “Midnight Souvenirs”

By C.W. Rogers, 25 May 2010

“Midnight Souvenirs,” the latest album from Peter Wolf, is his seventh solo record since his days as front-man for the J. Geils Band and the first since 2002’s widely acclaimed “Sleepless.”

Readers’ responses to recent film reviews on the WSWS

By , 24 May 2010

A selection of recent letters responding to film reviews on the World Socialist Web Site.

Markets stabilise but “smell of fear” is in the air

By Nick Beams, 24 May 2010

Global markets stabilised at the end of last week but there are deepening concerns that the turmoil resulting from the eurozone financial crisis is only just beginning.

Sri Lanka: IMF insists on severe austerity measures

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 24 May 2010

After a 10-day inspection visit, the International Monetary Fund mission to Sri Lanka announced last Thursday that it was “encouraged” by the government’s planned measures to cut the budget deficit.

The profit system and the BP oil catastrophe

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2010

As oil from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began to wash ashore in large quantities, the Obama administration reiterated its confidence in the giant oil company.

Thai government maintains state of emergency

By John Roberts, 24 May 2010

Following last Wednesday’s military crackdown, Thai Prime Minister Vejjajiva has ruled out a national election in the immediate future and continued the state of emergency in Bangkok and other provinces.

Australian government rejects human rights charter

By Mike Head, 24 May 2010

Australia will remain one of the few countries not to have a formal human rights charter after the Rudd government rejected its own consultation committee’s recommendation for a Human Rights Act.

Jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi on hunger strike

By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2010

Acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been jailed for more than two months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Michigan teacher pension “reform” attacks public education

By Walter Gilberti and Andrea Peters, 24 May 2010

The bill signed last Wednesday by Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm changing the Michigan Public Schools Employees Retirement System is a sweeping attack on public school teachers and the state’s educational system.

New Zealand universities move to cut admissions

By Tom Peters, 24 May 2010

Thousands of would-be students will be turned away next semester, after announcements this month that four New Zealand universities will drastically restrict admissions.

The social and economic impact of the Gulf oil spill

By Kristina Betinis, 24 May 2010

As the thick crude gushing from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico coats wetlands along the coast, reliable figures of the extent of the spill are precious and few.

Germany: Left Party prepares for government

By Johannes Stern, 24 May 2010

The aim of the recent congress of the Left Party was to send a signal to the media and other parties—in the midst of the ever-deepening crisis of capitalism, the party is ready and able to assume government responsibility.

Minnesota nurses reject hospital concession demands

By Ron Jorgenson, 24 May 2010

More than 90 percent of Minnesota nurses voted May 19 to reject contract concessions sought by six Twin Cities-area hospital systems.

Tens of thousands rally against New Jersey budget cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 May 2010

Over 30,000 teachers, public workers, retirees and community activists protested on Saturday in Trenton, New Jersey’s state capital, against Governor Chris Christie’s massive budget cuts.

This week in history: May 24-May 30

By , 24 May 2010

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

Britain: Middlesex University authorities close down student occupation

By Zach Reed, 24 May 2010

Middlesex University authorities have closed down a 12-day-long occupation of the Mansion Building by students on the Trent Park campus.

New company, court attack on Vale Inco strikers

By Carl Bronski, 22 May 2010

Six striking Vale Inco workers and a United Steelworkers Local 6500 vice president were summoned to Superior Court in Sudbury last Monday to face criminal contempt charges for allegedly violating a court injunction. World Socialist Web Site reporters attended the proceedings.

Trapped miners found dead in Turkey

By Mike Head, 22 May 2010

Rescuers have reached the bodies of 28 of the coal miners who had been trapped by a huge explosion at a state-run Karadon mine, near the Turkish Black Sea port of Zonguldak

German trade union congress closes ranks with employers and government

By Dietmar Henning, 22 May 2010

The Federation of German Trade Unions used its latest congress in Berlin to firm up the already close collaboration between the unions, government and employers.

Half a million people affected by floods in Sri Lanka

By W.A. Sunil and Kapila Fernando, 22 May 2010

Floods in Sri Lanka have intensified the social misery of some of the country’s poorest families.

US Senate rubber-stamps the dictatorship of the big banks

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2010

The Obama administration’s financial reform bill passed by US Senate Thursday is being hailed in the media and by official Washington as a landmark effort to curb the power of the big banks. But on Wall Street itself, the news was greeted with a mixture of dismissal and applause.

Australia: Political divisions deepen over budget measures

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 May 2010

The Liberal Party’s response to Labor’s third budget has underscored the deepening factional rifts within the Australian ruling class.

Bangkok’s bloody events: a warning

By Peter Symonds, 22 May 2010

There has been no international condemnation of the Thai military’s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok that left more than 80 people dead and hundreds injured.

Britain: How the ex-left groups politically disarm the working class

By Dave Hyland, 22 May 2010

The role of the so-called “left” in the aftermath of Britain’s General Election has been politically instructive.

US intelligence director forced to resign

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2010

Dennis Blair, the first official to assert the Obama administration’s authority to order the assassination of American citizens suspected of terrorism, was forced to resign Friday as director of national intelligence.

As oil blankets Gulf Coast, further evidence of BP’s criminality

By Andre Damon, 22 May 2010

Each passing day brings two basic realities into starker and starker relief: the direct culpability of BP in the Gulf Coast oil spill, and its total incapacity or unwillingness to contain the oil blanketing the shoreline.

Letters from our readers

By , 22 May 2010

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

Thousands of Slovenian students protest attacks on their conditions

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2010

Thousands of Slovenian students took to the streets of Ljubljana Wednesday to protest the introduction of a bill in parliament that both limits their ability to work during their studies and places a maximum wage on their earnings.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 May 2010

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

Ban on strikes at British Airways overturned, but dangers persist

By Jordan Shilton, 22 May 2010

The court of appeals ruled two to one Thursday in favour of the Unite union’s appeal overturning a high court decision banning strike action by 12,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA).

New York and New Jersey workers face unprecedented cutbacks

By Socialist Equality Party, 22 May 2010

The attacks on teachers and other public employees in the states of New York and New Jersey are part of an unprecedented assault on jobs, pensions, wages, benefits and seniority rights being mounted by both Democrats and Republicans in the name of balancing state budgets.

Opposition parties abet cover up of Canada’s Afghan war crimes

By Keith Jones, 21 May 2010

By negotiating a deal with the Conservative government that largely removes the Afghan detainee issue from public debate and allows the government, bureaucracy and military to exert decisive influence over what the public learns about Canada’s involvement in war crimes, the opposition parties have become a party to the government-led cover-up.

Greece: Fourth 24-hour strike against austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 21 May 2010

Tens of thousands of workers protested in towns and cities throughout Greece on May 20 during the latest 24-hour general strike in response to the brutal austerity measures being imposed by the PASOK government of Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Report finds deepening poverty in Illinois

By Kristina Betinis and Naomi Spencer, 21 May 2010

A new report released May 5 identifies growing levels of poverty in Illinois that point to the existence of an unfolding social catastrophe.