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Australia: Corporate media voice concerns over “courtship” of independents

By Nick Beams, 30 August 2010

Negotiations between three key independents and the Liberal and Labor Party leaderships on the composition of the government begin today, with the outcome expected to be decided by the end of the week, after the poll is declared.

Evidence that Afghan leaders are on CIA payroll

By James Cogan, 30 August 2010

Leaks over the past week have revealed that members of the Afghan government headed by President Hamid Karzai are paid agents of the CIA.

US ramps up pressure on Burmese junta over war crimes

By John Roberts, 30 August 2010

Washington’s move has nothing to do with bringing the Burmese generals to justice for their oppressive rule, but is to pressure the junta for concessions, and undercut Chinese influence in Burma.

72 immigrants massacred in Mexico

By Kevin Martinez and Rafael Azul, 30 August 2010

The bodies of 72 undocumented immigrants were found in a ranch in northern Mexico by Mexican marines after a gun battle with drug traffickers on August 25.

Glenn Beck in Washington: Preaching the gospel of Mammon and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2010

The Washington rally organized by right-wing Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck offered a twisted mix of religion, potted American history and the glorification of militarism under the banner of “restoring honor” to the USA.

Five years since Hurricane Katrina

By Naomi Spencer, 30 August 2010

For the poor and working class of New Orleans, the immense destruction Hurricane Katrina inflicted on the city turned out to be only the beginning.

US soldiers punished for not attending Christian rock concert

By Ed Hightower, 30 August 2010

The revelation that US soldiers were punished for refusing to attend a religious rock concert on their base is the latest evidence that Christian fundamentalism is supplanting the Constitution in the American military.

Russia to partially privatize major industries

By Niall Green, 30 August 2010

The Russian government announced last month that it would sell minority stakes in 11 state-owned companies.

British Royal Mail plans mail centre closures and job cuts

By Tony Robson, 30 August 2010

Royal Mail (RM) has outlined plans to axe mail centres up and down the country.

Pakistan’s floods, partition and imperialist oppression

By Keith Jones, 30 August 2010

The floods in Pakistan are a calamity of monumental dimensions. Yet for the rival national bourgeoisies of Pakistan and India, it is business as usual.