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EU, Australia and Canada impose tough sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2010

While promoted as means of pressuring Iran, the sanctions are a further escalation of a dangerous confrontation that is setting the stage for war.

Young people disenfranchised in Australia’s snap election

By Richard Phillips and SEP candidate for Blaxland, 30 July 2010

Australians not already registered on the electoral rolls had only one working day to secure their right to vote in the August 21 federal election.

Returning to the scene of the crime

By Jerry White, 30 July 2010

President Obama is visiting two Detroit area auto plants today, a year after ordering the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs at GM and Chrysler and enforcing a 50 percent cut in the wages of auto workers.

Pentagon retaliates against WikiLeaks, Pvt. Manning

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2010

In response to the WikiLeaks posting of tens of thousands of secret documents on the Afghanistan war, the Pentagon has launched a manhunt within the military and called in the FBI for possible prosecution of the actual source of the leak.

Russia to expand military aid to US occupation of Afghanistan

By Niall Green, 30 July 2010

The Kremlin has announced plans to begin shipping arms to support the US occupation of Afghanistan along the Northern Distribution Network that passes through Russia.

Corporate media downplays Gulf oil spill

By Josué Olmos, 30 July 2010

A number of recent articles in the corporate media have sought to minimize the effects of the Gulf oil spill and purge the event from the consciousness of the American people.

Michigan oil spill forces evacuations

By Tom Eley and Dwight Stoll, 30 July 2010

Dozens of families have been evacuated from their homes along streams and rivers in central Michigan in the wake of an oil spill from a ruptured pipeline, which likely took place on Sunday. Local health officials have also warned residents against drinking water from wells that may be contaminated by the oil.

UN court upholds Kosovo’s declaration of independence

By Julie Hyland and Paul Mitchell, 30 July 2010

The United Nations International Court of Justice ruled last week that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 was legal.

French parliamentary commission approves pension cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 30 July 2010

In closed-door hearings, a parliamentary committee approved bitterly unpopular pension cuts in France, which are scheduled to go to a vote in the National Assembly in early September.

Democrats, Republicans posture as friends of small business

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2010

President Obama and congressional Republicans both claim to defend small business, while advocating tax breaks and other handouts that mainly benefit corporate America and the wealthy.