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China imposes price controls as inflation threatens social unrest

By John Chan, 30 November 2010

Measures announced by Beijing to try to curb rising prices indicate the fragility of the Chinese economy.

Obama imposes pay freeze on 2.1 million federal workers

By Tom Eley, 30 November 2010

President Obama on Monday announced the imposition of a two-year pay freeze affecting 2.1 million civilian federal government employees.

German state exploits terror alert to expand police powers

By Dietmar Henning, 30 November 2010

With the support of the entire political establishment, the German government is using a recent terror alert to expand the use of armed police and attack democratic rights.

Obama administration targets Iran for aggression

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2010

The Obama administration has devoted enormous attention and effort to a worldwide campaign to destabilize Iran and open the way to direct military aggression, the latest mass of documents released by WikiLeaks confirms.

Switzerland approves reactionary “Deportation Initiative”

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2010

Just one year after a referendum banning the construction of minarets, another referendum in Switzerland has sharply tightened the country’s immigration law.

Angels in America returns to New York

By J. Cooper, 30 November 2010

The Signature Theater revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America brings this well-known play back to the New York stage to mark the 20th year of the theater, as well as the 25th anniversary of the year in which the drama takes place.

Financial oligarchy dictates terms of Irish bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2010

The €85 billion bailout agreed on Sunday evening between the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the Irish government will further impoverish the working class.

Britain: Which way forward for the student movement?

By International Students for Social Equality (UK), 30 November 2010

As students and school pupils in Britain organise a third day of action against the brutal cuts in education, it is necessary to review the experience so far.

Diplomatic secrecy and imperialist crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2010

The release by WikiLeaks of the first of some quarter of a million classified US embassy cables from around the world has provoked expressions of outrage and demands for retribution from Washington and its allies.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 30 November 2010

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

SEP member addresses student occupation at the University of Manchester

By our reporter, 30 November 2010

On November 26, Jean Shaoul, a member of the Socialist Equality Party and professor at the Business School of the University of Manchester, was invited to speak to students occupying one of the university’s lecture theatres.

Michigan families face rising poverty, hunger and homelessness

By Helen Halyard, 30 November 2010

A WSWS reporting team recently visited Pontiac, Michigan to investigate the impact of rising poverty, hunger and homelessness.

The Victorian election and the crisis of the Australian Labor Party

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2010

The Victorian Labor government’s defeat in last Saturday’s state election has underscored the crisis wracking the Labor Party throughout Australia.

Victorian workers discuss key issues in state election

By our reporters, 30 November 2010

Voters spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporters in Broadmeadows, where Socialist Equality Party candidate Peter Byrne contested the state seat. The area has been devastated by job cuts during the past five years

Tens of thousands protest EU-IMF bank bailout in Ireland

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2010

Saturday’s demonstration in Dublin against the bailout of banks drew between 50,000 and 100,000, massive by Irish standards.

Demonstrators in Ireland denounce austerity cuts

By our reporters, 29 November 2010

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed a number of workers, students and academics at the November 27 Irish Congress of Trade Unions and outside Trinity College.

German court bans pilots strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 November 2010

Just hours before pilots were due to go on strike last Wednesday, the Frankfurt Labour Court banned the Cockpit union from taking action.

US states prepare unprecedented cuts to social spending

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 November 2010

Facing record budget deficits, states across the US are preparing unprecedented cuts to every aspect of social spending in the wake of the mid-term elections.

The historical and political legacy of Leon Trotsky

By , 29 November 2010

David North will speak December 12 in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Trotsky’s enduring historical and political legacy.

One hundred arts organisations face destruction from UK budget cuts

By Jackie Warren, 29 November 2010

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government proposes slashing 29.9 percent from arts funding over the next four years. As a result, 100 arts organisations are threatened with losing their entire funding.

This week in history: November 29-December 5

By , 29 November 2010

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

New WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies

By David Walsh, 29 November 2010

The batch of 250,000 US classified documents released by WikiLeaks to several news outlets, some of whose content was made public Sunday, sheds new light on the sordid nature of American imperialist intrigue and conspiracy around the globe.

Four of five Las Vegas mortgages “underwater”

By Roger Herman and Therese Leclerc, 29 November 2010

Four of every five Las Vegas homeowners hold mortgages that exceed the value of their homes.

Australia: Victorian Labor government thrown out of office

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 November 2010

The state election outcome has shocked the media and political establishment, after every major newspaper and decisive sections of big business hailed the Brumby government’s right-wing, “free market” reform record and campaigned for its re-election.

US stages show of force as China calls for crisis talks on Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2010

The US and South Korean militaries launched a major show of force in the Yellow Sea.

US praises Malaysia’s autocratic government

By John Roberts, 29 November 2010

Visits to Malaysia by Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates earlier this month amounted to a US endorsement of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)-led coalition government.

Victorian workers discuss key issues in state election

By our reporters, 29 November 2010

Voters spoke with WSWS reporters on a range of issues in Broadmeadows where Socialist Equality Party candidate Peter Byrne contested the seat in Saturday’s Victorian state election. The area has been devastated by job cuts during the past five years.

The US Congress and the unemployed

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2010

The US Congress resumes its lame-duck session Monday with only one day remaining to take action before unemployment benefits begin expiring for two million jobless workers.

Labour’s majority slashed in New Zealand by-election

By John Braddock, 29 November 2010

Despite the National government’s imposition of brutal austerity measures in the wake of the 2008 recession, working people are deserting Labour and refusing to return.

Over 300,000 affected by boil-water advisory in New Orleans

By E. P. Bannon, 27 November 2010

The first boil-water advisory in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina was put into effect late last Friday night, lasting most of the weekend for a total of 41 hours.

Experiment at CERN traps antimatter atoms

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2010

For the first time ever, physicists at CERN have captured antimatter for a long enough time for its properties to be studied.

Ireland’s main opposition parties signal support for austerity budget

By Jordan Shilton, 27 November 2010

The new budget, which includes €15 billion in budget cuts through 2014, is tied in with a European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout of the banks.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 27 November 2010

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

State repression rampant in run up to Egyptian parliamentary elections

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2010

The Egyptian parliamentary elections on Sunday are taking place in an atmosphere of open state repression.

Hundreds die in Phnom Penh bridge stampede

By John Roberts, 27 November 2010

Most of the dead were young people who had come to the capital from Cambodia’s rural areas for the annual Water Festival.

First arrest in high-profile insider trading investigation

By Andre Damon, 27 November 2010

The US government has arrested an investment research firm employee in the first charge related to an ongoing federal insider trading investigation.

Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Papua New Guinea

By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010

The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.

Australia: Prysmian workers stand firm as they enter fifth week of strike

By Mike Head, 27 November 2010

After nearly five weeks on strike, workers at the Prysmian cable making plant in Sydney remain determined to resist the company’s demands, which are part of a global offensive against workers.

UN agency predicts global food crisis as prices soar

By Barry Mason, 27 November 2010

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report published this month warns that food price increases are “dangerously close” to crisis level.

Management reject rail unions’ offer to call off London strike action

By Tony Robson, 27 November 2010

London Underground has rejected an offer from the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association to end further strike action over the Christmas and New Year period against the elimination of over 2,000 jobs.


By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2010


Former House Republican leader convicted of money laundering

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2010

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was found guilty of money laundering by a Texas jury.

The Korean crisis and the threat of a wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2010

Six decades after US and Chinese troops waged bitter hand-to-hand combat south of the Yalu River, tensions on the Korean peninsula are being fed by and are in turn exacerbating great power conflicts between Washington and Beijing.

Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Papua New Guinea

By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010

The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.

Portugal passes austerity budget as speculative attack on Spain intensifies

By Andre Damon, 27 November 2010

The European debt crisis intensified Friday, as speculators continued their latest attacks on Spain and Portugal. Meanwhile tensions rose between Germany and European officials over the amount of money to set aside for further bailouts.

South Australian unions call protest to head off opposition to Labor’s job cuts

By Alan Leigh, 26 November 2010

Trade unions have called a rally outside tomorrow’s South Australian Labor Party conference in an effort to divert anger over the state government’s deep cuts to public sector jobs and workers’ entitlements.

Euro in crisis as speculative assault intensifies

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 November 2010

Having picked over the bones of both the Greek and Irish economies, leaving social devastation in their wake, international speculators and rating agencies are turning their attention to other European countries.

Vote 1 for Peter Byrne and the SEP in Broadmeadows, Victoria

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 26 November 2010

A vote for the SEP is a vote for the independent interests of the working class in direct opposition to the right-wing, pro-business austerity agenda of both major parties.

World Bank report points to deepening social crisis in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2010

The World Bank’s recent report on Russia points to the social crisis affecting the population as the result of the global economic downturn.

Council of Europe accuses Greece of mistreating refugees

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 November 2010

A new report raises serious allegations against Greece’s police and border authorities, documenting numerous cases of abuse and in some cases raises the allegation of torture.

Sri Lankan budget implements IMF austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 26 November 2010

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse handed down a budget this week, designed to burden the ongoing world economic crisis on the working people, in line with the IMF’s demands.

Police attack students involved in nationwide protests in UK

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2010

Tens of thousands of university and college students, as well as school-aged youth demonstrated across the UK on Wednesday, in opposition to higher tuition fees and cuts in further and higher education.

Workers Struggles: Europe. Middle East & Africa

By , 26 November 2010

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

Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy in Burma

By K. Ratnayake, 26 November 2010

Suu Kyi has already made clear that she has no intention of challenging the Burmese junta, but rather, with the backing of the US, is seeking a deal with the country’s generals.

Mehring Books holiday sale!

By , 26 November 2010

Dozens of titles and book bundles are now on sale for the holiday season at Mehring Books.

Students demonstrate in UK against increased fees and education cuts

By our reporters, 26 November 2010

Tens of thousands of university and college students, as well as school-aged youth demonstrated across the UK on Wednesday, in opposition to higher tuition fees and cuts in further and higher education.

Pentagon issues grim review of Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2010

Violence has reached record levels in Afghanistan, and the resistance to the US-led occupation is more widespread than ever, according to a report issued by the Pentagon.

The Nation covers up for Democratic Party debacle

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2010

The Nation claims that the Democrats lost the election, not because of their rightwing policies, but because the Republicans had more money.

Growing anger over New Zealand mine deaths

By Tom Peters, 26 November 2010

One week after the initial explosion at the Pike River Coal Mine, mining experts, relatives and friends of the 29 dead miners have condemned the company’s unsafe practices and its failure to carry out a rescue operation.

US: The millionaires’ Congress

By Tom Eley, 26 November 2010

Members of US Congress increased their combined personal wealth by more than 16 percent from 2008 and 2009. Nearly half are now millionaires.

India’s government rocked by 2G mobile license scandal

By Kranti Kumara, 26 November 2010

India’s government reportedly lost $40 billion by selling-off mobile phone frequency-spectrum licenses in 2008 without auction and at 2001 prices.

European markets fall as Ireland reveals further austerity plan

By Jordan Shilton, 25 November 2010

Ireland’s government unveiled its four-year “recovery plan” yesterday, which will aim to reduce its budget deficit to 3 percent of GDP by 2014.

US corporations shatter profit records

By Tom Eley, 25 November 2010

The American corporate and financial aristocracy is celebrating a unprecedented wealth, even as the social crisis facing the vast majority of the population deepens.

Quebec’s Liberal government engulfed by scandals and crisis

By Keith Jones and Louis Girard, 25 November 2010

Quebec’s Liberal government is emitting a fin de regime odor.

New York City: Thousands of subway signals not inspected

By Alan Whyte, 25 November 2010

According to an ongoing investigation, thousands of signals in New York City’s subway system were not inspected despite official reports asserting that they were.

Germany: Missing “degenerate art” works rediscovered

By Bernd Reinhardt and Sybille Fuchs, 25 November 2010

Recent archaeological excavations in Berlin have unearthed masterpieces of early Modernist art, which were denounced and confiscated by the Nazi regime.

Australia: Labor moves to tighten coercive industrial powers after construction worker acquitted by magistrate

By Terry Cook, 25 November 2010

The Gillard government and its construction industry watchdog, the ABCC, have pledged to overcome a legal technicality that was yesterday used by an Adelaide magistrate to acquit South Australian construction worker Ark Tribe on charges over his refusal to be interrogated by the ABCC.

Australia: Ex-lefts develop new political “regroupment” in Victorian election campaign

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2010

The state election campaign in Victoria is being utilised by the various middle class protest organisations to deepen their ties with sections of the trade union bureaucracy and the Greens and prepare a new “regroupment”, modelled on the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) in France and Left Party in Germany.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 November 2010

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

General strike brings Portugal to a halt

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2010

Yesterday’s general strike in Portugal brought the country to a halt, as millions of workers from the public and private sector stayed away from work ahead of a vote in Congress on the government’s budget and austerity measures.

US exploits Korean clash to step up pressure on China

By John Chan, 25 November 2010

The US decision to send an aircraft carrier to the highly sensitive Yellow Sea following Tuesday’s exchange of shelling between the two Koreas has heightened regional tensions.

Student protests in Italy against education cuts

By Marc Wells, 25 November 2010

Demonstrations by Italian students against the attack on public education came the same day as further mass demonstrations of students in Britain.

Artillery exchange heightens tensions on Korean peninsula

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2010

An exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea on Tuesday provoked angry denunciations from Washington and warnings from Beijing and Moscow that mounting military tensions could provoke a disaster.

Harlan, Kentucky mine worker killed, three injured in separate accidents

By Naomi Spencer, 24 November 2010

A mine worker killed Tuesday in a Harlan County, Kentucky mine brings to 47 the number of US coal mining fatalities this year.

Terror warning a pretext for an attack on fundamental rights

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 November 2010

The appearance of Germany’s streets and public places has changed since Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) last week warned of a specific threat of terrorist attacks.

Media campaigns against “energy theft” at start of heating season

By Andrea Peters, 24 November 2010

With winter heating season in Michigan now underway, the media has stepped up its coverage of “energy theft” in Detroit.

Leon Trotsky’s Analysis of the Emerging Global Role of US Capitalism

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2010

The WSWS organized a panel on “The Cultural, Economic and Geo-strategic Thought of Leon Trotsky: A Retrospective Analysis 70 years after His Assassination,” at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), held November 18-21 in Los Angeles. About 1,400 historians, political scientists, economists, and literary scholars presented papers on a wide array of topics.

Portugal: General strike ahead of Congress budget vote

By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2010

In what has become a pattern across Europe, the unions in Portugal have called a one-day general strike today, November 24, in advance of a budget vote in Congress on Friday.

The legacy of Leonard Bernstein: a book review

By Fred Mazelis, 24 November 2010

A recent book by Barry Seldes adds something important to the study of Leonard Bernstein’s life and work. Seldes, a professor at Ryder University in New Jersey, is the first biographer to have studied the conductor-composer’s massive FBI dossier.

Irish government moves to push through austerity measures

By Jordan Shilton, 24 November 2010

Pressure is mounting on Ireland’s Fianna Fáil-Green party government, as it seeks to impose the terms agreed with the EU and the IMF for a multibillion-euro bailout.

The Irish bailout and the necessity for the United Socialist States of Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 November 2010

The bailout of Ireland by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund makes clear that society confronts a disaster if the international banks are allowed to continue their plundering of national treasuries and dismantling of social welfare systems built up over decades.

Nurses strike across Australia’s largest state

By James Cogan, 24 November 2010

While the NSW Nurses Association called the industrial action over a demand for mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios, the overwhelming support for the strike is a measure of the anger felt by nurses towards the increasingly dysfunctional character of the entire public hospital system.

Australia: Labor government accelerates rundown and privatisation of public housing

By Will Marshall, 24 November 2010

Successive Labor and Liberal governments in Victoria have starved public housing of funds. The most disadvantaged people in the state currently languish on waiting lists for almost three times as long as they did when the Labor government was first elected in 1999.

At Indiana Chrysler plant Obama hails revival of auto industry profits

By Jerry White, 24 November 2010

Obama spoke at a Chrysler transmission factory in Kokomo, Indiana Tuesday afternoon to promote last year’s bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.

New Zealand miners declared dead after another massive explosion

By Tom Peters, 24 November 2010

Twenty-nine coal miners, ranging in age from 17 to 62, have been declared dead following a second massive methane explosion this afternoon deep inside the Pike River Coal mine on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Maine hospital locks out nurses in response to one-day strike

By our reporter, 24 November 2010

The hospital administration at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor launched a preemptive three-day lockout in response to plans by the nurses for a one-day strike Monday.

Australia: Refugees continue hunger strike as frustration and anger escalate

By Mike Head, 23 November 2010

About 230 asylum seekers have joined a hunger strike that began last Tuesday inside the detention camp on Christmas Island, a remote Indian Ocean territory. The detainees are protesting the lengthy delays in the processing of their claims for protection visas, and the Labor government’s high rejection rate of their applications.

Australia: Labor’s “world class health system” leaves thousands of Victorians waiting for treatment

By Tania Baptist, 23 November 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people across the state were unable to access essential medical treatment within clinically desirable timeframes last year. Despite cynical last-minute election promises, the public hospital system will inevitably deteriorate further.

Pentagon ratchets up Korea tensions over nuclear facility

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2010

An American scientist’s report on North Korea’s development of a new uranium enrichment plant has provoked dire warnings from top US military and political officials.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 23 November 2010

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

New pamphlet from Mehring Books

By , 23 November 2010

Mehring Books is publishing a talk given by David Walsh, WSWS arts editor, on the social and historical significance of the strike by DSO musicians.

Obama’s car czar faces new lawsuits in kickback scheme

By Jerry White, 23 November 2010

Steven Rattner—the chief architect of the attack on GM and Chrysler workers—has been implicated in a scheme aimed at channeling millions into his former private equity firm.

Detroit News targets Michigan teachers for new round of pay cuts

By Walter Gilberti, 23 November 2010

The Detroit News is seeking to galvanize right-wing opponents of public education and the right of school employees to a decent living standard.

Assessing Leon Trotsky seventy years after his assassination

By David North, 23 November 2010

Report given at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, November 21 2010.

SEP to hold first ever meeting in Vancouver

By , 23 November 2010

The national secretary of the SEP (Canada), Keith Jones, will speak in Vancouver, Saturday, December 4 on “The breakdown of world capitalism—a socialist perspective for the working class.”

British enterprise tsar resigns after “never had it so good” remark

By Julie Hyland, 23 November 2010

The comments of Lord Young, who has now been forced to resign as enterprise adviser to British prime minister David Cameron, provide telling insight into the real thinking of the country’s ruling elite.

The stench of the police state at US airports

By Patrick Martin and Joe Kishore, 23 November 2010

The new measures, introduced by the Transportation Safety Administration November 1, constitute an assault on core constitutional rights.

Rescuers preparing for “loss of life” in New Zealand mine disaster

By John Braddock, 23 November 2010

Twenty-nine miners remain trapped following an explosion last Friday at Pike River mine in New Zealand. Rescue efforts have been prevented by the persistence of toxic gases within the mine and rescuers are preparing for “possible loss of life”.

Struggling California condor population suggests persistence of DDT

By Frances Gaertner and Kristina Betinis, 23 November 2010

Recent reports of a struggling California condor population indicate the persistence of DDT contamination, threatening animal life and human health.

Bernanke defends Fed monetary policy, blames China for currency tensions

By Barry Grey, 23 November 2010

In a major speech delivered November 19, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the American central bank’s decision to print dollars in order to purchase $600 billion in Treasury securities.