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Canada’s role in the persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr

By Keith Jones, 30 October 2010

The Canadian government has aided and abetted the prosecution and persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr, from the time that it first learned of the detention of a Canadian citizen at Guantanamo Bay through this week’s plea-bargain.

GDP report heralds still higher US unemployment

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2010

The Commerce Department on Friday estimated that the US economy grew at an anemic annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter, a pace that all but ensures a further rise in unemployment.

Security alert ties up US air cargo shipments

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2010

The terrorism scare that dominated the US media Friday afternoon is one of a long series of such episodes that have become a regular part of American public life.

Trade union bureaucracy strangles French oil strike

By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2010

Port workers at France’s main oil terminals and workers at the last striking refineries voted to return to work yesterday, halting an oil strike against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension cuts and his plans for cuts and partial privatisations in the oil sector.

The WSWS speaks to workers on October 28 day of action in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 October 2010

WSWS teams attended demonstrations in Paris, Marseille, Nice and Amiens during the October 28 national strike and day of action called against the pension cuts of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

EU steps up pressure for austerity measures

By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 2010

The European Union has intensified pressure on its highly indebted member states to reduce their deficits by drastically cutting costs.

Halliburton tests warned of cement problems before BP well blowout

By Kate Randall, 30 October 2010

Weeks before the April 20 explosion, Halliburton and BP were aware of test results showing problems with the cement mixture designed to temporarily seal the Macondo well.

London fire fighters strike against mass dismissals

By Paul Stuart, 30 October 2010

London firefighters are to stage a second series of strikes on November 1 and 5, against the London Fire Brigade imposing new cost-cutting rosters and the threat to sack those who refuse.

Sri Lanka: UNP mounts bogus campaign against slum evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 30 October 2010

As the government prepares to evict 66,000 families from Colombo’s shanties, the opposition United National Party is falsely posturing as a champion of the urban poor.

Australia: Victorian government buries toxic dump as election issue

By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 30 October 2010

The state Labor government is trying to use another official inquiry to head off anger among residents over an apparent cancer cluster around the Tullamarine Hazardous Waste Landfill.