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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.