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Petraeus signals escalation of US military violence in Afghanistan

By Joe Kishore, 30 June 2010

Obama’s new military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, made clear in Senate testimony Tuesday that the war would last well beyond July 2011 and that he would lead an intensification of military violence against the Afghan people.

Australia: Mining magnates ramp up demands on Gillard government

By Mike Head, 30 June 2010

Amid deepening global financial turmoil, the world’s biggest mining companies are demanding far greater tax concessions from the newly-installed Australian prime minister.

The oil spill and the food web

By Dan Brennan, 30 June 2010

Scientists warn that the Gulf oil disaster threatens to poison organisms at the base of the food chain.

More letters on the International Socialist Organization

By , 30 June 2010

More letters on the International Socialist Organization

The mass repression at the G20 summit in Toronto

By David Walsh, 30 June 2010

The violence and repression carried out this past weekend by the authorities in Toronto, where the G20 Summit was taking place, was worthy of a police state.

Greek workers in fifth 24-hour strike against austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2010

In the latest 24-hour strike, tens of thousands of workers protested in cities and towns across Greece on Tuesday against the austerity measures of George Papandreou’s PASOK government.

Fuel price hike hits India’s poor

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 June 2010

The Indian government last Friday slashed fuel price subsidies in a move that will boost already high inflation, impact heavily on working people and provoke unrest.

Johnson & Johnson recalls more over-the-counter medicines

By Ed Hightower, 30 June 2010

For the past several months, a recall crisis has been developing at the Johnson & Johnson company over serious quality control problems in over-the-counter medicines, including children’s versions.

Correspondence on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By , 30 June 2010

Letters on the ISO convention, "Socialism 2010"

Thousands of Michigan teachers rally against education cuts

By Clement Daly, 30 June 2010

Teachers rallied in Lansing, Michigan, on June 24 against widespread cuts in public education.

Madrid subway shut down by mass strike

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2010

Train drivers shut down the Madrid subway yesterday after a mass workers’ assembly voted to disregard minimum service rules imposed by the Madrid regional authorities.

The German presidential election: What does Joachim Gauck stand for?

By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2010

Today, the German Federal Convention will elect a new president. The candidate of the Social Democratic Party and Green Party is a right-winger and rabid anti-communist.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

By C.W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 30 June 2010

This video, the second in a series, explores the health consequences of the BP oil spill. It features interviews with Nathalie Walker, an attorney and co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, as well as environmental chemist Wilma Subra.

The New York Times and pacemaker “overtreatment”

By Kate Randall and David North, 30 June 2010

The News York Times continues its campaign against “unnecessary” medical treatments and procedures, this time targeting “overtreatment” with artificial pacemakers.

ISSE meetings in Germany: “Education is a class issue”

By our correspondents, 29 June 2010

Last week, the International Students for Social Equality completed a series of meetings across Germany under the title “Massive Social Cutbacks and the Attacks on Education.”

Inequality, lead poisoning, and children

By Debra Watson, 29 June 2010

A new study has correlated high lead exposure among Detroit children in their early years to later school-age learning deficits.

Video series: The Gulf oil spill

By C. W. Rogers and Andre Damon, 29 June 2010

In this video, the first of a series on the Gulf Coast oil spill, the WSWS interviews Dean Blanchard, the owner of a shrimp processing and distribution company located in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Sri Lankan authorities ban student group from Jaffna campus

By Subash Somachandran, 29 June 2010

Jaffna University’s ban has a broader aim: to suppress all political activity on the campus.

Compensation paid by British military for Afghan deaths trebled in 2009

By Harvey Thompson, 29 June 2010

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid compensation to relatives of at least 105 Afghans “killed in error” by British forces last year, three times more than in 2008.

Letters from our readers

By , 29 June 2010

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

Obama and Cameron pledge to defend BP profits

By Hiram Lee, 29 June 2010

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met over the weekend to discuss the BP oil spill and pledged to defend the interests of the oil giant.

The “Hitler” option in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2010

The removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the US commander in Afghanistan and his replacement by Gen. David Petraeus presage a drastic increase in the level of US military violence and the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population.

An Ozark noir: Winter’s Bone

By Tom Blair, 29 June 2010

Winter’s Bone is a remarkable work, with stunning imagery and a good dose of social insight.

New today--Two letters on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By , 29 June 2010

Thank you for this important article on the disastrous politics of the International Socialist Organization. This article could only have been written by a Marxist organization like the SEP and ICFI, because every other group out there is in one way or another doing exactly what the ISO is doing. Therefore to attack the ISO would be in many ways attacking their own organization. I really wonder why is it that all these groups aren’t in the same organization.

Australia: Mining giants dictate terms to new prime minister

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 June 2010

The major transnational mining corporations have delivered a blatant ultimatum to Julia Gillard—unless their demands are satisfied on the government’s proposed Resource Super Profits Tax in the next few days, the campaign against the tax and against the government will resume and intensify.

Opposition grows to police repression in Toronto

By Paul Franklin, 29 June 2010

Police provocations on the streets of Toronto continued Monday evening as thousands of city residents rallied in front of the municipal police headquarters to protest the martial law tactics let loose against the population over the weekend.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 29 June 2010

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

Labor government extends welfare quarantine powers across Australia

By Alex Messenger, 28 June 2010

Labor’s punitive new regime of “income management” comes into force this week, extending powers first applied to Aboriginal communities in 2007.

This week in history: June 28-July 4

By , 28 June 2010

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

G20 summit: Leaders try to paper over differences

By Nick Beams, 28 June 2010

The Toronto summit, notwithstanding the best efforts of the communiqué drafters, highlighted the growing divergences among the major powers.

The Story of Us on History channel—an attempt to revive the myths of American capitalism

By William Moore and Fred Mazelis, 28 June 2010

History (the cable television channel) recently presented a 12-hour series entitled “America: The Story of Us.” The ambitious project spanned the history of the United States from the first European settlements of North America until the present day.

Irish unions agree to four-year strike ban

By Steve James, 28 June 2010

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions public service committee voted last week to formally agree a four-year strike ban, wholesale rationalisations in public services, unknown thousands of “voluntary” job losses and a continued pay freeze.

The Australian Labor Party coup: a warning to the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 June 2010

Julia Gillard’s installation as prime minister last Thursday through an unprecedented coup within the Labor apparatus stands as an ominous warning to the working class.

Spending cuts in Britain worst since World War II

By Chris Talbot, 28 June 2010

After detailed examination of the UK coalition budget measures, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said the country faces the “longest, deepest, sustained period of cuts to public services spending at least since World War II”.

Rescue crews find no survivors in Colombian coal mine

By Rafael Azul, 28 June 2010

Nine days after a catastrophic explosion at the San Fernando coal mine in Amagá, Colombia, rescue crews ended their work. Seventy-three bodies were removed from the mine.

Further correspondence on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By , 28 June 2010

More letters from readers on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

New Hampshire woman dies after electricity cutoff

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2010

A woman in southern New Hampshire died Thursday following the cutoff of electricity to her by the private utility company National Grid.

First storm of Gulf hurricane season highlights threat to oil spill operations

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2010

The arrival of the first storm of the hurricane season underscores the dangers that a major storm would pose to the ongoing cleanup and containment operations at the Deepwater Horizon well disaster site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Toronto police violently suppress G20 protests, arrest over 600

By Paul Franklin, 28 June 2010

The massive deployment of police in Toronto to repress peaceful protests is a naked violation of the democratic rights of the entire Canadian population.

One year since the Honduran coup

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2010

June 28 marks one year since the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The Obama administration defends the country’s current regime as a “democracy,” even as death squad murders and military violence continue.

House, Senate Democrats agree on pro-Wall Street bank “reform”

By Barry Grey, 28 June 2010

The financial regulatory overhaul agreed to Friday by House and Senate conferees represents a total capitulation by the Obama administration and Congress to Wall Street.

Sylvia Young visits DTE contractors’ picket line

By Jerry White, 28 June 2010

Sylvia Young, who lost three children in a Detroit house fire earlier this year after DTE Energy cut off heat to her home, visited the picket line of tree trimmers locked out by DTE.

UN sets up limited inquiry into human rights in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 28 June 2010

The Colombo government has flatly rejected the UN’s appointment of an expert panel to review human rights violations in the final stage of the island’s civil war.

After almost ten weeks: no end to BP oil spill devastation

By David Walsh, 26 June 2010

The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is doing untold damage to ecological and economic life. Entire industries in the region have been shut down, and thousands of lives ruined. Oil landed in huge quantities on Pensacola, Florida beaches this week.

Hyundai workers in India speak out against reprisals and poor working conditions

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 26 June 2010

reporters visited a Hyundai car assembly plant in southern India two days after an occupation by Hyundai workers was broken up by the police on the orders of Tamil Nadu’s DMK-led state government.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 June 2010

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

Spain: Socialist Party government seeks to impose “labour reforms”

By Paul Stuart, 26 June 2010

The methods used to force Greece into massive austerity are now being deployed in Spain. The nation’s economy, the fifth largest in Europe, faces economic meltdown.

Bangladesh attempts to woo foreign investment

By Wimal Perera, 26 June 2010

This month’s Bangladesh budget seeks to address the concerns of big business while the masses continue to live in dire poverty.

Massive police build-up for Toronto G20 summit

By Paul Franklin, 26 June 2010

Canada’s Conservative government and police-security establishment are using this weekend’s G20 summit to acclimatize the population to police-state type measures.

The World Cup and South Africa

By Ann Talbot, 26 June 2010

Football and squalid shantytowns are no strangers to one another. For many barefoot children playing the game in the dust, their skills with the ball are seen as a way out of poverty.

The role of the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 June 2010

The Left Party is playing a key role in the preparations in Germany to establish a replacement for the current government.

Australian government to deport cleric as “national security threat”

By Mike Head, 26 June 2010

The Gillard government is deporting a Sydney-based Muslim cleric, insisting that he has no right to know why the intelligence agency has branded him a security risk.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 26 June 2010

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

China: Explosion at coal mine kills 48

By Oliver Campbell, 26 June 2010

An explosion at a coal mine in China’s Hunan province Monday killed 47 people, exposing the government’s empty promises of improving mining industry safety.

Oil spill cleanup worker commits suicide

By Hiram Lee, 26 June 2010

William Allen Kruse, a charter boat captain from Alabama, committed suicide on Wednesday after spending two weeks assisting cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Senate Democrats and Obama abandon the jobless

By Patrick Martin, 26 June 2010

Senate Democrats gave up efforts to extend unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers after the third vote on overcoming a Republican filibuster failed. The Obama administration has made only a token effort to push through the extension.

More letters on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By , 26 June 2010

Letters on the ISO convention, "Socialism 2010"

More strikes hit auto plants in China

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2010

In a continuing wave of unrest, strikes in auto parts suppliers this week halted production at major assembly plants owned by Toyota, Nissan and Honda in the southern province of Guangdong.

Two million protest in France against government austerity policies

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 June 2010

As many as two million people took to the streets in 200 towns and cities on Thursday in France’s day of action in defence of pensions.

Another Kentucky coal mining fatality

By Naomi Spencer, 26 June 2010

In the span of barely a week, a second Kentucky coal miner was killed Thursday in an underground mining operation, bringing to 39 the number of coal miners killed in the US so far this year.

Nevada highest in foreclosures, bankruptcies, now tops US in unemployment

By Roger Herman and Therese Leclerc, 25 June 2010

Unemployment figures released last week show Nevada has surpassed Michigan as the state with the highest jobless rate in the nation.

A letter on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By , 25 June 2010

The WSWS has received numerous letters on its two-part article on the International Socialist Organization and its conferences, “Socialism 2010.” We post another of those emails today.

US Supreme Court ruling favors convicted corporate swindlers

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2010

The US Supreme Court has significantly restricted the ability of federal prosecutors to bring criminal charges against corrupt politicians and corporate CEOs who plunder their own companies.

Claims of African economic growth hide stark divisions of rich and poor

By Barry Mason, 25 June 2010

Recent reports show growth of a stark divide between rich and poor in Africa.

Why was General McChrystal fired?

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2010

Reactions within the US establishment to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal indicate that disparaging remarks by McChrystal and his aides concerning President Obama and other civilian officials published in a Rolling Stone article were not the principal cause of his dismissal.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 25 June 2010

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

China responds to US pressure on the yuan

By John Chan, 25 June 2010

The Chinese government announced a “reform” to its exchange rate regime last weekend, ending the yuan’s de facto peg against the dollar.

Michigan school districts to undertake drastic cuts for federal grant aid

By Clement Daly, 25 June 2010

The mere $119 million in federal grants offered last week compels struggling Michigan school districts to impose more drastic cuts and closures on their workforces and students than have already been undertaken this year.

Minnesota nurses vote to authorize open-ended strike

By Ron Jorgenson, 25 June 2010

Nurses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota voted by a 84 percent margin June 21 to authorize an indefinite strike against six Twin Cities health care systems.

New Australian PM pledges ongoing commitment to Afghan war and US alliance

By James Cogan, 25 June 2010

Julia Gillard, who replaced Kevin Rudd as Australia’s prime minister yesterday, used her first speech to send a clear signal to Washington that the Labor government will not waver in its support for the criminal war in Afghanistan.

Australia: Top mental health adviser resigns

By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2010

The Labor government is under fire from a growing number of professionals for failing to address the worsening crisis in the public mental health system.

BP containment effort set back as government acknowledges undersea oil plumes

By Hiram Lee, 25 June 2010

BP was forced to remove the cap on the Deepwater Horizon wellhead on Wednesday following an accident with an underwater robotic vehicle used for examinations and repairs.

Australia: Big business and mining companies issue diktats to new prime minister

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 June 2010

Julia Gillard—installed yesterday through an unprecedented political coup—has been issued with a clear set of instructions by the corporate and media interests that orchestrated Kevin Rudd’s ousting.

Gulf Coast residents outraged at BP, government response

By Andre Damon and C. W. Rogers in Louisiana, 25 June 2010

Gulf coast residents are nearly unanimous in their dissatisfaction with BP’s conduct of the cleanup, and many see the official response as incompetent and riddled with corruption.

Dresden protest hits Saxony state government cuts

By Our correspondents, 24 June 2010

A demonstration of 10,000 was held last week in the German city of Dresden under the slogan: “We are worth more, those who impose cuts today will pay for them tomorrow”.

Judge strikes down moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Hiram Lee, 24 June 2010

A federal judge in New Orleans with close financial ties to oil and energy corporations has ruled that the Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is unlawful.

Senate bill would authorize US president to seize control of Internet

By Mike Ingram, 24 June 2010

A bill introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, would give the president the power to order Internet providers to restrict access to the global network.

When You’re Strange: A Film about the Doors—what was it about the 1960s?

By Kevin Martinez, 24 June 2010

The recently released documentary about Jim Morrison and the Doors presents many intriguing images, but comes up short on explaining much about what produced the creative outburst of the time.

Militarism and democracy: the implications of the McChrystal affair

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2010

The firing of General Stanley McChrystal reveals both the deepening crisis of the US war in Afghanistan, and the openly anti-democratic tendencies brewing within the US military.

Police tasered Dziekanski to death

By Carl Bronski, 24 June 2010

Justice Braidwood’s report excoriates the four police officers who tasered the immigrant worker Robert Dziekanski to death. But it does not recommend any sanctions against them or their superiors who sought to cover up the killing.

New benefit system in Britain forces sick and disabled into work

By Dennis Moore, 24 June 2010

A recent report throws into sharp focus the terrible conditions faced each day by thousands of people claiming benefits in Britain following the introduction of new medical testing criteria introduced by the Labour government.

DTE Energy forces strike by tree trimmers

By Lawrence Porter and James Brewer, 24 June 2010

Six hundred southeast Michigan tree trimmers employed by five DTE Energy subcontractors were forced out on strike to defend holiday and vacation benefits the utility monopoly will no longer finance.

The political struggle to defend public education

By Socialist Equality Party, 24 June 2010

Supporters of the SEP are distributing this statement to teachers who are protesting budget cuts, layoffs and privatization today in the Michigan capital of Lansing.

Israeli government shores up Gaza blockade

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 June 2010

Israel’s modification of its blockade is designed to strengthen the military’s hand in its crushing suppression of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.

Cover-up of Palm Island Aboriginal death continues

By Mike Head, 24 June 2010

The whitewashes and legal manoeuvres are a damning indictment of the judicial system and the Queensland state Labor government, which has backed the police from the outset.

Divisions in G-20 open on summit eve

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2010

The divisions are not the product of the inability of governments to follow rational policies. Rather, they express the fundamental and irresolvable objective contradictions of the global capitalist system.

Australian prime minister Rudd ousted in political coup

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2010

In extraordinary events over the past 24 hours, Rudd was removed through a campaign orchestrated by multi-national mining companies, the Murdoch media and other corporate interests and implemented through a series of backroom manoeuvres by right-wing factional warlords and union bureaucrats.

Letters on the Gulf oil crisis

By , 24 June 2010

A selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the BP oil eruption in the Gulf of Mexico

An exchange on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By David Walsh, 24 June 2010

The WSWS has received numerous letters on its two-part article on the International Socialist Organization and its conferences, “Socialism 2010.” We reply to one of those emails today.

Sri Lankan government prepares major constitutional changes

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 24 June 2010

The Sri Lankan government is pressing ahead with constitutional changes designed to extend President Mahinda Rajapakse’s rule and enhance his autocratic methods.

For revolutionary socialist opposition to Sarkozy’s austerity

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 23 June 2010

Workers marching in France against pension cuts on June 24 are at a crossroads, with broad masses of workers concluding that old forms of opposition—”days of action” called by the trade unions—will not halt government austerity policies.

Kentucky coal miner killed

By Naomi Spencer, 23 June 2010

A coal miner died after being struck in the head by a steel roof jack in a Harlan County, Kentucky mine on June 16. The victim, 42-year-old James Carmack, was the 38th fatality among US coal miners this year.

Beyond BP

By Joe Kishore, 23 June 2010

The Gulf oil disaster is rooted in social conditions and processes that extend far beyond the particular actions of BP and other corporations responsible for the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Australian government targets diabetes sufferers to cut health costs

By John Mackay, 23 June 2010

Diabetes patients are to be a test case for a new health blueprint designed to ration access to medical care.

Train derails in Republic of the Congo, killing at least 60

By Scott Martin, 23 June 2010

A train derailment late Monday night in the Republic of the Congo killed at least 60 people and injured 450, highlighting the problems caused by chronic underfunding and poor maintenance of the railways.

US commander recalled from Afghanistan after mocking Obama

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2010

The recall of Gen. McChrystal from Afghanistan underscores both the deep disarray plaguing the nearly nine-year-old US war, as well as the military command’s increasing contempt for civilian control.

The folly of a youth: The Trotsky

By Lee Parsons, 23 June 2010

The movie’s writer and director, Jacob Tierney, makes clear that—despite its title—his film is decidedly not about Trotsky or socialism, but is simply “dessert”.

British budget hits workers and poor

By Ann Talbot, 23 June 2010

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s emergency budget will hit the poorest members of society hardest. Chancellor George Osborne wrapped his measures in rhetoric about fairness and burden sharing, but this was a budget for the rich.

Labour’s Diane Abbott: Britain’s Obama?

By Dave Hyland, 23 June 2010

In allowing Diane Abbott to stand for the leadership, the Labour Party has looked across the Atlantic at the role being played by Barack Obama. In Abbott’s case gender as well as race would be used to detract from the central class issues.

UN report reveals deep social divide in Thailand

By John Braddock, 23 June 2010

A report released last month points to the underlying social tensions that helped fuel recent anti-government protests in Bangkok.