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The rise of the Sweden Democrats and the Swedish far right

By I.K. Karlsson and Jordan Shilton, 30 September 2010

In the September 19 election, the nationalist Sweden Democrats increased their support to nearly 6 percent of the vote and claimed 20 seats in parliament for the first time.

Sri Lankan president at the UN denies war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 30 September 2010

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse covered up for war crimes committed during the country’s civil war and appealed for foreign investment.

SEP publishes program: “The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the US”

By , 30 September 2010

The SEP in the US has published a printed version of its program, including graphs and illustrations. The program was adopted at the First National Congress in August 2010.

Palestinian President Abbas refuses to quit phoney peace talks

By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2010

The refusal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to break off US-brokered talks following Israel’s resumption of settlement construction on the West Bank confirms his role as a pliant tool of Washington.

Australia: Labor-Green committee to promote pro-business climate policies

By Patrick O'Connor, 30 September 2010

The Greens have functioned as enablers of Labor’s new cross-party climate committee, which has been tasked with proposing a mechanism for a so-called carbon price, a key demand of big business and finance capital.

New Zealand teachers, health workers strike

By John Braddock, 30 September 2010

Health workers and teachers have taken strike action against the austerity measures being imposed by the National Party-led government.

Spain: Ten million workers take part in general strike

By Paul Mitchell, 30 September 2010

Nearly 70 percent of Spanish workers—10 million—took part in Wednesday’s general strike. In some sectors such as mining, metal, auto manufacture, electronic, fishing and other industries, participation was nearly 100 percent.

European Union sharpens its austerity measures

By Peter Schwarz, 30 September 2010

The EU has significantly increased the pressure on highly indebted member states to reduce their deficits through harsh austerity measures.

US House passes anti-China trade war bill

By Barry Grey, 30 September 2010

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill giving the executive branch the power to impose punitive duties on exports to the US of any country whose currency is labeled "fundamentally undervalued."

CIA runs private army in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Tom Peters, 30 September 2010

Obama’s Wars, the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, reveals that the CIA has been running a private army of 3,000 Afghan mercenaries since 2002, operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Letters from our readers

By , 30 September 2010

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

Indianapolis workers face fight against threat to close GM plant

By Jerry White, 30 September 2010

In the aftermath of their vote against a 50 percent wage cut, Indianapolis workers confront a struggle against plans by General Motors to shut their factory.

More letters to the Indianapolis rank-and-file committee

By , 30 September 2010

These letters were sent to workers in Indianapolis who are fighting against attempts by General Motors, JD Norman, and the UAW to force through a 50 percent wage cut.

At Wisconsin rally, Obama shows contempt for his “base”

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2010

After two years of right-wing rule—bailing out Wall Street, escalating war, and stepping up attacks on democratic rights—Obama returned to the empty slogans of “hope” and “change” before a rally in Madison, Wisconsin.

Victim of FBI raid speaks out

By Tom Eley, 30 September 2010

Jess Sundin was one of eight antiwar activists whose homes were raided by the FBI on September 24. She spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the raid.

The Historical Foundations of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By , 30 September 2010

We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the second part.

Europe-wide protests against austerity and cuts

By our correspondent, 30 September 2010

Up to 100,000 took part in a march Wednesday on the European Union buildings in Brussels, Belgium, organised by the European Trade Union Confederation. The Brussels march was the official centre-piece of Europe-wide demonstrations against austerity and cuts.

Detroit Symphony musicians set October 4 strike date

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2010

Detroit symphony musicians are set to strike October 4 as a final negotiating session failed to produce an agreement

The Historical Foundations of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By , 29 September 2010

We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the first part.

Indianapolis rank-and-file committee draws worldwide support

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2010

In the week since the World Socialist Web Site first made an appeal to its readers to send letters in support of the Indianapolis GM Stamping Rank-and-File Committee, the workers have received dozens of messages from all parts of the world expressing sympathy and solidarity with their struggle.

German government offers miserly increase in welfare payments

By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2010

The latest decision by the German government for a paltry increase in welfare payments is a deliberate provocation aimed against the 5 million adults and 1.7 million children dependent on such payments.

General strike in Spain against anti-labour laws and austerity measures

By Paul Stuart and Robert Stevens, 29 September 2010

Workers are striking today in opposition to the austerity measures and anti-labour reforms implemented by the Socialist Workers Party government of President José Zapatero.

Philippine budget: Austerity for the poor, subsidies for the rich

By Dante Pastrana, 29 September 2010

President Aquino’s pro-poor posturing is a sham. Like government leaders worldwide, he is under pressure from global financial capital to rein in public expenditure at the expense of working people.

New push to send more Australian troops to Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 29 September 2010

A soldier’s exposure of the circumstances of a colleague’s death is being exploited to push for the deployment of more Australian troops to the Afghan war.

Military hearings on Afghanistan “kill team” begin

By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2010

Pre-trial hearings began Monday into atrocities committed by US Army soldiers over the past year near Kandahar.

2009 income gap in the US highest on record

By David Walsh, 29 September 2010

Figures released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau reveal sharply worsening conditions for tens of millions of Americans under the impact of the economic crisis and the accumulation of vast wealth by a relative handful.

ISO opposes break with Democratic Party at Berkeley planning committee meeting

By Kevin Kearney, 29 September 2010

Paralleling an event earlier in the month in San Diego, members of the International Socialist Organization participating in a planning committee meeting in Berkeley worked actively to defeat any move to break with the Democratic Party in the struggle against education cuts.

Ernest Withers and the FBI

By Fred Mazelis, 29 September 2010

The “original civil rights photographer” was an informant for the FBI.

French state, unions seek to disarm strikes against pension cuts

By Alex Lantier, 29 September 2010

As the ruling class concludes it vastly underestimated popular opposition to pension cuts, it is promoting illusions that Sarkozy might modify his policy.

Defying police attacks, Foxconn workers in India continue strike

By Sasi Kumar and Nanda Kumar, 29 September 2010

Thousands of workers are continuing their walkout in Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu

Antiwar activists raided by FBI could face prison

By Tom Eley, 29 September 2010

The antiwar activists issued grand jury subpoenas after last week’s FBI raids in Minneapolis and Chicago could face jail time for their political support for third world movements the US declares to be “terrorist.”

The lies of Thilo Sarrazin

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 29 September 2010

Official statistics and studies paint a picture of immigrant workers and families in Germany entirely at odds with the racist claims of Thilo Sarrazin.

China-Japan standoff continues over disputed islets

By John Chan, 29 September 2010

Tensions between Japan and China are continuing, amid new claims and counterclaims, despite Tokyo’s release of a Chinese trawler captain.

US escalates killing on both sides of Afghanistan-Pakistan border

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2010

Amid signs of increasing desperation in the nine-year US war in Afghanistan, Washington has simultaneously launched a major offensive in Kandahar and escalated its attacks across the border in Pakistan.

Tears of Gaza director: “How could one not want to show the world what is happening?”

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2010

Tears of Gaza, directed by Norway’s Vibeke Løkkeberg, is a powerful documentary. The filmmakers collected video footage shot by Palestinians during the Israeli onslaught in December 2008-January 2009. The film follows three children in particular.

Facebook founder’s gift to Newark schools: The return of the aristocratic principle

By David Walsh, 28 September 2010

The donation of $100 million by Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg to the Newark school system is a small episode that reveals something fundamental about American society.

ETUC European day of action—a cynical maneuver

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 September 2010

The European day of trade union action to be held Wednesday is a cynical maneuver by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) with one central purpose—to pressure the European business and political elite to involve the trade union bureaucracies in their plans to impose new austerity measures on the working class.

Paris seizes on Niger kidnapping to sow “war on terror” panic

By Kumaran Ira, 28 September 2010

In recent weeks, French authorities have warned of a major risk of terrorist attack in France being prepared by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which recently claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven workers at French mining companies in Niger.

Big Brother Obama: US to spy on Internet messaging

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2010

In an onslaught on democratic rights that goes far beyond anything envisioned by the Bush administration, the Obama White House is backing new regulations that would compel popular Internet messaging services like Facebook, Skype and Blackberry to open up their communications to FBI surveillance.

Poverty grows in Madagascar

By Barry Mason, 28 September 2010

A recent BBC Radio 4 programme showed that the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is experiencing growing poverty under a regime of sanctions imposed by the US and Europe.

More letters to the Indianapolis rank-and-file committee

By , 28 September 2010

These letters were sent to workers in Indianapolis who are fighting against attempts by General Motors, JD Norman, and the UAW to force through a 50 percent wage cut.

Detroit teachers hear lecture by “school reform” opponent

By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2010

Diane Ravitch, author and critic of Obama’s Race to the Top initiative and other reactionary “school reform” measures spoke before an audience including hundreds of teachers at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Hearings expose health hazards in natural gas extraction

By Philip Guelpa, 28 September 2010

Recent US Environmental Protection Agency hearings have yielded substantial information about the dangers to human health and the environment posed by the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking.

UAW backers offer no strategy for Indianapolis struggle

By Jerry White, 28 September 2010

Workers at GM’s Indianapolis stamping plant are entering a new stage of struggle after defeating the latest effort to push through a 50 percent wage cut over the opposition of the factory’s 650 workers.

Protesters denounce FBI raids on antiwar activists

By our reporter, 28 September 2010

Protests held in Minneapolis, Chicago and other cities denounced last week’s raid by the FBI of the homes of antiwar and pro-Palestinian activists. Similar protests are planned throughout the country on Tuesday.

IMF-ILO conference warns of political upheavals

By Richard Phillips, 28 September 2010

European Commissioner Laszlo Andor described 2010 as an “annus horribilis” for unemployment, but warned that “2011 may still turn out to be the annus horribilis for social cohesion”.

The New York Times and the FBI raids

By Hiram Lee, 28 September 2010

An editorial in Monday’s New York Times ostensibly criticizing the FBI for spying on political groups makes no mention of Friday’s raids on antiwar activists in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Spanish miners strike against unpaid wages and pit closures

By Paul Stuart, 28 September 2010

A national miners’ strike in Spain in support of workers at the Alonso and Viloria mining corporations brought the industry to a standstill September 22-23.

Australia: Treasury sets austerity agenda for Gillard government

By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2010

As parliament convenes today, Treasury, big business leaders and the corporate media have already issued their instructions to the Labor government to get on with the job of implementing the next round of savage pro-market restructuring.

Letters from our readers

By , 28 September 2010

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

The way forward for Indianapolis GM workers

By Socialist Equality Party, 28 September 2010

This statement was distributed to auto workers attending a rally in Indianapolis on September 25.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 28 September 2010

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

The lies of Thilo Sarrazin

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2010

Official statistics and studies paint a picture of immigrant workers and families in Germany entirely at odds with the racist claims of Thilo Sarrazin.

Ballot irregularities fuel uncertainty over Sweden’s election result

By Jordan Shilton, 27 September 2010

Although the final result from Sweden’s 6,063 electoral districts was declared on Thursday, the outcome of the September 19 vote remains in dispute.

Sri Lankan government to abolish Colombo Municipal Council

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 27 September 2010

The Rajapakse government is planning to replace the Colombo Municipal Council—a longstanding, elected body—with an appointed authority set up by the defence ministry.

Suso Cecchi d’Amico (1914–2010): a seminal figure in Italian cinema

By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2010

D’Amico wrote over 110 scripts during her extraordinary six-decade career, including several that became genuine movie masterpieces.

European economy falters as divisions mount

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 September 2010

Recent figures from leading economic institutes point to a pronounced decline in economic activity in the 16 European countries that constitute the euro zone.

British police officer convicted of brutal assault released from prison after six days

By Barry Mason, 27 September 2010

A British police sergeant sentenced to six years in prison for the brutal assault of a 57-year-old woman was released from prison after only six days.

Ed Miliband takes up the poisoned chalice as the UK’s Labour Party leader

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2010

Ed Miliband’s narrow victory as Labour Party leader was secured only thanks to a campaign waged on his behalf by those within the trade union bureaucracy seeking to distance themselves from the deeply unpopular legacy of the last Labour government.

FBI raids on antiwar activists: A frontal assault on democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2010

The SEP calls on workers, youth and students to defend the antiwar and pro-Palestinian activists whose homes were raided Friday morning by the FBI.

Toronto Mayoralty race pushes right-wing agenda

By Carl Bronski, 27 September 2010

Toronto’s election campaign and last year’s city workers’ strike must be taken as a warning: whoever ends up in the mayor’s chair after October 25, Toronto is entering a new era of class confrontation and social strife.

Obama administration invokes “state secrets” doctrine to defend the assassination of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 27 September 2010

The Obama administration has invoked the “state secrets” doctrine in an effort to halt court proceedings that call into question its policy of “targeted killings” of individuals around the world, including US citizens.

Former Australian police chief testifies in Bali Nine appeal

By Alex Messenger, 27 September 2010

Former Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty appeared in an Indonesian court this month to give testimony for a man who he helped put on death row.

US slaughter intensifies in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2010

The US military claimed responsibility for killing scores of Afghan insurgents over the weekend as it unleashed its long-awaited offensive in Kandahar.

This week in history: September 27-October 3

By , 27 September 2010

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

Did Massey officials tamper with evidence?

By Samuel Davidson, 27 September 2010

More details continue to come out about the horrendous conditions that existed at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine leading up to the deadly April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners.

The return of the Greens

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2010

Against a background of growing social tensions, the Greens seek to restore confidence in the government and the state.

Japan releases trawler captain after China threatens economic war

By John Chan, 25 September 2010

The rapid escalation of a minor incident into a major confrontation between the world’s second and third largest economic powers has underlined the extreme tensions between the major powers.

FBI informant in “Newburgh 4” terror frame-up caught in perjury

By Sandy English, 25 September 2010

Attorneys for four men charged with plotting to bomb two Jewish synagogues in New York City are currently cross-examining an FBI informant who specializes in entrapping Muslims in manufactured “terror” cases.

French day of action: Millions march against pension cuts

By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 September 2010

Millions of people marched in a one-day protest called against French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s unpopular pension cuts.

Senate Democrats postpone vote on tax cuts for the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled plans to introduce and vote on a measure that would extend the tax cuts for households earning $250,000 or less, but allow the tax cuts to expire for those above that income level.

Thailand: Bangkok rally highlights continuing political tensions

By John Roberts, 25 September 2010

Anti-government protesters held a large demonstration last Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2006 military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thousands demonstrate in Bucharest against social cuts

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 25 September 2010

Over 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Bucharest on Wednesday to protest against the Romanian government’s austerity policies.

California energy giant PG&E releases list of 100 most dangerous gas pipelines

By Kevin Kearney, 25 September 2010

Following the San Bruno explosion, PG&E has released a list of the most dangerous sections of gas pipeline in Northern and Central California. This has only heightened concerns that the region is sitting on a number of gas explosion “time bombs.”

Virginia woman executed, Georgia and California executions to follow

By Naomi Spencer, 25 September 2010

Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night in Virginia. Her death brings to 39 the number of US inmates executed so far this year.

Letters on the Indianapolis rank-and-file committee

By , 25 September 2010

These letters were sent to workers in Indianapolis who are fighting against attempts by General Motors, JD Norman, and the UAW to force through a 50 percent wage cut.

US presses India to further water down nuclear liability law

By Arun Kumar, 25 September 2010

The US nuclear industry and the Obama administration are pressing the Indian government to amend or circumvent the controversial Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage law that was passed by India’s parliament in late August.

FBI raids homes of antiwar activists

By Tom Eley, 25 September 2010

The FBI has confirmed that it carried out eight simultaneous early morning raids Friday on the homes and offices of antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, citing as justification “evidence relating to activities concerning support of terrorism.”

More letters on the Indianapolis rank-and-file committee

By , 25 September 2010

These letters were sent to workers in Indianapolis who are fighting against attempts by General Motors, JD Norman, and the UAW to force through a 50 percent wage cut.

US jobless claims, housing data show no recovery for workers

By Tom Eley, 25 September 2010

Data from the jobs and housing sectors released this week indicates the US remains mired in a social crisis with no end in sight.

Why is the political right on the offensive in America?

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2010

Less than six weeks before the midterm congressional elections, the political initiative rests entirely with the Republicans and the most right-wing sections of the US political establishment.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 25 September 2010

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

US insurers stop offering child-only health plans

By Kate Randall, 24 September 2010

In response to a provision of the Obama health care bill that took effect September 23, the five largest US health insurers said they will stop selling child-only individual insurance policies.

Australia: Queensland government launches rail sell-off

By Terry Cook, 24 September 2010

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Labor government in the state of Queensland is pressing ahead with the privatisation of QR National, the state-owned rail freight business.

CAUS holds meeting on Detroit fires

By Andrea Peters, 24 September 2010

At a meeting held on Detroit’s east side, area residents and CAUS members engaged in a lively discussion about what caused the 85 fires that recently broke out across Detroit.

Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2010

Obama used his speech at the UN to defend US wars and state terror and to proclaim that the economic crisis has been resolved.

Forbes 400 list: 2010 has been very good to the richest Americans

By Tom Eley, 24 September 2010

According to Forbes magazine, the net worth of the 400 richest Americans increased by 8 percent in 2010, to $1.37 trillion.

Producer of tainted eggs testifies before US Congress

By Naomi Spencer, 24 September 2010

Austin “Jack” DeCoster, owner of the egg producer responsible for a mass outbreak of salmonella poisoning and the largest egg recall in US history, tried to deny responsibility for the contamination.

Indianapolis GM workers defy UAW, vote down wage cut

By Jerry White, 24 September 2010

Defying the UAW, stamping plant workers voted overwhelmingly to oppose a 50 percent wage cut Thursday.

International aid for Pakistan flood victims grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 24 September 2010

While shedding crocodile tears over the flood victims, international leaders accompanied their tiny pledges of aid with demands for sweeping austerity measures and increased taxes on working people.

Debacle in Afghanistan: British troops withdraw from Sangin

By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2010

On September 20, the last 1,000 remaining UK troops withdrew from Sangin, southern Afghanistan. After more than four years, they handed over control of their bases to the United States.

Former Sri Lankan army chief convicted for second time

By W.A. Sunil, 24 September 2010

A Sri Lankan court martial found former army commander Sarath Fonseka guilty last Friday of violating military procurement procedures and sentenced him to three years jail.

Continental workers in France pressured into voting for wage cuts

By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 24 September 2010

On September 13, 52 percent of Continental Automotive France’s 2,500 workers voted to accept an 8 percent wage cut and an annual loss of income of €5,000.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 24 September 2010

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

Philippine president visits US amid rising regional tensions

By Joseph Santolan, 23 September 2010

Like other countries throughout Asia, Aquino is faced with balancing between his country’s growing economic dependence on China and its longstanding ties with the US, the former colonial power.

Australia: Labor government defends mandatory detention in face of asylum-seeker protests

By Carolyn Kennett, 23 September 2010

Desperate protests by asylum seekers in the wake of the suicide of Josefa Rauluni, a Fijian detainee at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre last Monday, have been met with complete indifference by the Gillard Labor government.

UN “poverty summit” exposes failure of world capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2010

The “poverty summit” that concluded at the United Nations Wednesday only underscored capitalism’s responsibility for conditions of desperate poverty and hunger which have deepened worldwide as a result of the global financial crisis.

Planning committee on education cuts—the ISO supports the Democratic Party

By Jack Cody, 23 September 2010

A meeting called to discuss a “day of action” to protest education cuts in California exposes the role of ex-left organizations like the International Socialist Organization as front groups for the Democratic Party.

US Supreme Court clears way for execution of Virginia woman

By Tom Eley, 23 September 2010

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block the state of Virginia from executing Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother.

Germany’s bankrupt Hypo Real Estate pays out millions in bonuses

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 September 2010

Hypo Real Estate, the only bank to be nationalised by the German government in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, announced last week that it had paid out 25 million euros in bonus payments last year.