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Central Falls, Rhode Island teachers face renewed attacks

By John Marion, 31 December 2010

Teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, who were fired en masse last February, are facing renewed threats to their jobs and working conditions.

WikiLeaks cables expose US hostility to Rudd’s Asia Pacific Community plan

By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2010

American opposition to former Australian PM’s plan to ease tensions between China and the US, underscores Washington’s aggressive, confrontational orientation to Beijing.

The first spintronic transistor

By Chris Talbot, 31 December 2010

For the first time now, researchers have developed a new type of transistor―running at normal temperatures―that utilises a feature of electrons known as spin, rather than charge.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 31 December 2010

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

The East Coast blizzard of 2010: One traveler’s experience

By Scott Martin, 31 December 2010

A traveler describes his experience riding on an Amtrak passenger train during the recent East Coast blizzard in the US.

Letters on the Nation and WikiLeaks

By , 31 December 2010

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site on “The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange.”

Wave of garment-worker suicides in Indian “boom” town

By M. Kailasam and K. Sundaram, 31 December 2010

In Tirupur, a reputed boom town in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu, close to a thousand garment workers or their family members have committed suicide during the past two years.

Tirupur suicides: The human cost of India’s capitalist expansion

By a WSWS reporting team, 31 December 2010

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited Tirupur to investigate the conditions that led close to a thousand garment workers, their spouses or children to commit suicide in the two years ending in September 2010.

Commodity price surge sets stage for global food crisis in new year

By Barry Grey, 31 December 2010

The price of food staples such as wheat, corn and rice soared 26 percent from June to November, nearing the peaks reached during the global food crisis of 2008.

Holiday sale extended to January 10

By , 31 December 2010

Steeply discounted prices on many popular titles will stay in effect through January 10.

Best films of 2010

By David Walsh, 31 December 2010

WSWS writers select their favorite films of the year.

Labour Party and trade unions seek to bring UK education cuts protests under control

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2010

The Save EMA campaign, formed in response to growing anger of education cuts in the UK, is not an oppositional movement, but a vehicle designed to promote illusions in the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Detroit Symphony strike now longest in orchestra’s history

By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2010

The bitter conflict at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has entered its 13th week. Some sharp conclusions need to be drawn.

Australia: Major flooding hits hundreds of thousands of Queensland residents

By Susan Allan, 31 December 2010

Unprecedented downpours in Queensland have flooded almost half the state, or an area larger than France and Germany combined, destroying crops and livestock, shutting coal mines and inundating scores of towns.

Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams’ attack on WikiLeaks

By David North, 31 December 2010

Floyd Abrams, who played a significant role in the legal defense of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers, has endorsed the government’s campaign against WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange.

US foreclosures soar, housing prices slump

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2010

As many as nine million American families have been foreclosed or face the threat of it in the coming year.

German steel boss calls for “German raw materials corporation”

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 31 December 2010

Outgoing ThyssenKrupp chairman Ekkehard Schulz has called for the setting up of a “German raw materials corporation” to counteract skyrocketing prices and the growing shortage of raw materials on the world market.

Washington’s “humanitarian” war and the KLA’s crimes

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 31 December 2010

Revelations of fascistic crimes carried out by the Kosovo Liberation Army should provide a salutary lesson whenever Washington again cites humanitarian concerns to justify its predatory war aims.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 31 December 2010

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

Letters from our readers

By , 30 December 2010

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

Raul Castro sought “political channel” to Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2010

WikiLeaks cables showed that Fidel Castro believed that the Obama administration would be open to relaxing the longtime US isolation of Cuba.

New York City services come to a halt after blizzard

By Sandy English, 30 December 2010

Basic New York City services came to a near halt on Monday and Tuesday after a severe blizzard blanketed the East Coast on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Australian government covers up causes of Montara oil spill

By Mike Head, 30 December 2010

The Gillard government’s response is driven by determination to expand the liquefied natural gas industry as quickly as possible, providing a bonanza for giant corporations such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell that have projects underway off Australia’s north-west coast.

Huge rise in wounded Afghan civilians

By Harvey Thompson, 30 December 2010

Britain’s Channel 4 News has revealed a dramatic increase in the numbers of war-wounded civilians in southern Afghanistan, following the military troop surge initiated by US president Barak Obama earlier this year.

The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange

By David Walsh, 30 December 2010

The Nation magazine in the US, with its publication of “The Case of Julian Assange” by columnist Katha Pollitt, has joined the right-wing campaign against the WikiLeaks co-founder.

Military tensions remain high on Korean peninsula

By John Chan, 30 December 2010

With strong backing from Washington, the South Korean government is continuing a series of provocative military drills that threaten to lead to conflict with North Korea.

Police open fire as protests spread in Tunisia

By Ann Talbot, 30 December 2010

Demonstrators clashed with security forces as protests against unemployment spread across Tunisia.

The Next Three Days: a thriller with something more on its mind

By Joanne Laurier, 30 December 2010

A drama starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in which a woman is accused of murdering her boss after an altercation at work. Her college professor husband becomes obsessed with the idea of breaking her out of jail.

The New Orleans fire and the conditions of youth in America

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2010

The tragic deaths of eight young people in a fire in an abandoned New Orleans warehouse point to the increasingly dire plight of young people in America today.

Gas explosion levels Michigan furniture store

By James Brewer, 30 December 2010

An explosion ripped through a furniture store in Wayne, Michigan, killing two employees and injuring several.

Sweeping cuts in UK Local Authority spending

By Stephen Alexander, 30 December 2010

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has announced how 27 percent cuts to central grants are to be distributed amongst local authorities over the next two years.

UK Navy medic has Afghan conscientious objector status refused

By Harvey Thompson, 29 December 2010

A Royal Navy medical officer, who objected to serving in the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, had his appeal to stand down on moral grounds dismissed December 17.

Australian government completes cave-in on mining tax

By Mike Head, 29 December 2010

The mining tax debacle has further exposed the Labor government, which is completely beholden to both the giant corporations, particularly the miners, and Washington.

Previews for “Spider-Man” musical in New York produce a rash of injuries

By Peter Daniels, 29 December 2010

In the latest of a series of accidents and resulting injuries that have plagued the forthcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” now in previews in New York City, a 31-year-old actor was hurt December 20.

WikiLeaks confirms Fatah sought Israeli-US support for attack on Hamas

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2010

A cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed that members of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party asked Israel to attack its rival Hamas.

Guatemala escalates drug war with a declaration of martial law

By Kevin Kearney, 29 December 2010

Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom unilaterally declared martial law in Alta Verapaz—a state near the country’s northern border with Mexico—eliminating the few political and due process rights of the region’s impoverished indigenous masses.

US cable demonstrates Sri Lankan government’s collusion with paramilitary death squads

By Sarath Kumara, 29 December 2010

While well aware of the crimes being committed, Washington maintained a diplomatic silence and fully backed the Sri Lankan government’s renewed war against the LTTE.

US, Europe concealed organ trafficking by Kosovo Liberation Army

By Tony Robson, 29 December 2010

The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been implicated in war crimes involving torture and the illicit trade in human organs removed from Serb civilians taken captive and killed during and after NATO’s 1999 war against Yugoslavia.

Fire in abandoned New Orleans warehouse kills 8

By Kate Randall, 29 December 2010

Eight people perished in an abandoned warehouse in the US city of New Orleans Tuesday morning after lighting a fire to keep warm in freezing temperatures.

Blizzard cripples northeastern US

By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2010

A major blizzard struck the northeastern US over the weekend, cutting power to tens of thousands and stranding holiday travelers.

An interview with jazz and blues singer Mose Allison

By James Brewer, 29 December 2010

Renowned blues musician Mose Allison recently spoke to WSWS reporter James Brewer about his career and his music.

British women workers’ 1968 strike treated, more or less, in Made in Dagenham

By Joanne Laurier, 29 December 2010

Made in Dagenham, directed by Nigel Cole, is a lively film about a British working class struggle in 1968, but plays fast and loose with the historical truth in pursuit of its quasi-feminist message.

Oil tycoon Khodorkovsky convicted in Moscow trial

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2010

The politically manipulated proceedings targeted Khodorkovsky, a Russian oil tycoon who has attracted the support of all the major imperialist powers, particularly the United States.

Malaysian opposition leader suspended from parliament

By John Roberts, 29 December 2010

Through Anwar’s suspension the government has regained the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to change the country’s constitution at will.

The attack on press freedom in Hungary

By Peter Schwarz, 29 December 2010

A new media law gives the Hungarian government sweeping powers to regulate the press.

Letters from our readers

By , 28 December 2010

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

Critics of UK cuts warn that National Health Service “could collapse”

By Barry Mason, 28 December 2010

Senior figures in the UK’s National Health Service have warned that the government proposals to reform health care could lead it to “implode” or face a “train crash”.

Ivory Coast general strike call portends further foreign intervention

By Ann Talbot, 28 December 2010

Alassane Dramane Ouattara has called a general strike in an attempt to oust incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and end the stand-off following the presidential election in the West African country of Ivory Coast.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 28 December 2010

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

CIA drone strikes kill 25 in Pakistan

By Joseph Kishore, 28 December 2010

The latest slaughter took place in the North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan and has been targeted by the majority of US missiles fired from unmanned aircraft over the past year.

Spending cuts exacerbate weather chaos in Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 28 December 2010

The unusually cold winter at a time when many governments are introducing spending cuts has resulted in chaotic conditions and numerous deaths in wide parts of Europe.

Sri Lanka: Thousands of shanty dwellers to be evicted from central Colombo

By , 28 December 2010

Over 70,000 families or more than 50 percent of central Colombo’s population are to be removed and their homes demolished by the Sri Lankan government.

The Tourist, an artist on vacation from serious work

By Hiram Lee, 28 December 2010

The Tourist is the latest film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose The Lives of Others won international acclaim in 2007.

Pakistan president appeals to opposition to support IMF austerity measures

By Sampath Perera, 28 December 2010

Pakistan’s president has personally appealed to the head of the country’s largest opposition party to help his Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led government impose a series of IMF diktats, including punishing tax increases.

The media and Obama: Image and reality

By Barry Grey, 28 December 2010

For the past two weeks the US media has been pumping out admiring commentaries on the “comeback” of Barack Obama.

Students protest collective punishment at New York City high school

By Dwight Stoll and Sandy English, 28 December 2010

Students left their classrooms at Murry Bergtraum High School in New York City earlier this month in reaction to a school-wide suspension of bathroom privileges and other repressive measures.

Italian students protest university austerity legislation

By Marianne Arens, 28 December 2010

Student demonstrations in Italy last Wednesday were aimed against austerity legislation recently passed by the senate.

Australia: NSW Labor premier prorogues parliament to block power sale inquiry

By Terry Cook, 28 December 2010

Even on its deathbed, the state Labor government remains determined to do the bidding of the financial markets and ride roughshod over any opposition to its socially destructive pro-business policies.

Australia: Union shuts down picket of locked out meatworkers

By Margaret Rees and Patrick O’Connor, 28 December 2010

The National Union of Workers shut down a picket of 140 cold storage workers at a JBS Swift meatworks plant in the western Melbourne suburb of Brooklyn on December 22.

An exchange on the strike-breaking role of the trade unions at a French refinery

By , 28 December 2010

A letter and reply on “How France’s unions aided police strike-breaking at Grandpuits refinery”

Leon Trotsky’s Literature and Revolution now available

By , 28 December 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to make Literature and Revolution by Leon Trotsky available to readers of the World Socialist Web Site.

The New York Times backs the attack on WikiLeaks

By Alex Lantier, 28 December 2010

With a brief Christmas Day editorial, “Banks and WikiLeaks,” the New York Times editorial page finally broke its silence on the official campaign targeting WikiLeaks.

Why the FCC can’t protect net neutrality

By Mike Ingram, 28 December 2010

Federal Communication Commission members voted 3 to 2 to accept so-called net neutrality rules which will do nothing to defend the freedom of the internet.

This week in history: December 27-January 2

By , 27 December 2010

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

British working class families forced to rely on charity food handouts

By Simon Whelan, 24 December 2010

As the poverty and hardship imposed by the British government’s austerity package begin to bite into already meagre budgets, thousands of British families and individuals are increasingly reliant upon charitable food parcels.

ISSE/SEP meetings in Germany defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party held two meetings in Germany in defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

WSWS posts program of Socialist Equality Party (US) in Spanish

By , 24 December 2010

The World Socialist Web Site today continues the publication of the program of the Socialist Equality Party, The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the United States—El derrumbe del capitalismo y la lucha por el socialismo en EE.UU. in Spanish.

New species of lemur discovered in Madagascar

By Frances Gaertner, 24 December 2010

What is thought to be a new species of fork-marked lemur has been discovered in the forests of Madagascar.

Australia: Union lifts work bans at Macquarie University

By our reporters, 24 December 2010

Union officials are seeking to contain the anger of university workers and prevent them from developing a political struggle in defence of public education against the Gillard government.

New York suit charges Lehman auditor Ernst & Young with collusion in fraud

By Barry Grey, 24 December 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a civil suit Tuesday charging the accounting firm Ernst & Young with complicity in massive fraud committed by Lehman Brothers in the months leading up to the investment bank’s September 2008 collapse.

Greek parliament approves further austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2010

The Greek parliament passed its 2011 budget early Thursday morning, at the end of the final session of the five-day parliamentary debate.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 24 December 2010

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

Red Star Over Russia by David King wins Banister Fletcher Award

By , 24 December 2010

The photo-documentary book Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the Soviet Union by David King is the winner of this year’s prestigious Authors’ Club Banister Fletcher Award.

150 years ago: The election of Abraham Lincoln touches off secession crisis

By Shannon Jones, 24 December 2010

On December 20, 1860, six weeks after voters of the United States elected Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president, South Carolina seceded from the union. Other Southern states soon followed, leading within little over five months to the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in US history, and ultimately to the freeing of 4 million slaves.

Hailing 111th Congress, Obama prepares further shift to the right

By Joseph Kishore, 24 December 2010

The media and the Obama administration marked the end of the 111th congressional session with an orgy of self-congratulation, proclaiming its supposedly “historic” achievements, while setting the stage for even deeper attacks on the working class.

WikiLeaks cables expose France’s collaboration with US imperialism

By Kumaran Ira, 24 December 2010

Cables leaked to WikiLeaks expose how the entire French political establishment supports the illegal US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraqi cabinet established nine months after election

By James Cogan, 24 December 2010

After months of intense US pressure, the new “national unity” government broadly conforms to the Washington’s demands.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 24 December 2010

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

Report on collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland to be published

By Jean Shaoul, 24 December 2010

The chair of the Financial Services Authority has announced the publication of a report on the events that led to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Sri Lankan SEP holds a public meeting to defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The meeting unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the campaign against Assange as “a political witch-hunt” and calling for the working class to defend WikiLeaks.

Striking DSO musicians perform for Detroit homeless

By , 24 December 2010

In the eleventh week of their strike against the DSO, symphony musicians visited three homeless shelters in the city of Detroit to perform Christmas music concerts. The WSWS interviewed musicians and residents about the experience.

Christmas in America

By Jerry White, 24 December 2010

Three years since the onset of the recession in December 2007, the majority of the US population is facing staggering levels of unemployment, home foreclosures, hunger and poverty.

The demolition of press freedom in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 24 December 2010

Without any significant protest from the European Union or the European press, Hungary’s Fidesz party has won overwhelming parliamentary support to pass a new media law that will effectively deprive the country of freedom of the press.

Iran imposes huge increases in fuel and food prices

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2010

Iran’s government has imposed massive hikes in the prices of subsidized goods and services, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electricity, water and flour. The price hikes, which came into effect last Sunday, are the first stage in what is now expected to be a two-step elimination of the government’s more than $100 billion price-subsidy program.

WikiLeaks cables: Spanish socialist government plans to renege on election pledges

By Paul Mitchell, 24 December 2010

Cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) did not expect to win the March 14, 2004 election and were was seeking to renege on their manifesto pledges within hours of coming to power.

WSWS/ISSE meeting discusses New Zealand mine disaster

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

Meeting told that last month’s Pike River coal disaster constitutes a devastating indictment of the company’s safety procedures and of the profit system itself.

Detroit Symphony striker: “I now realize this is a big fight … a fight for what’s right”

By David Walsh, 23 December 2010

The WSWS recently spoke to violist Caroline Coade, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which has been on strike for nearly 11 weeks.

Two firefighters killed, 17 injured in Chicago building collapse

By Clement Daly, 23 December 2010

At least two Chicago firefighters have died and another 17 were injured battling a massive fire in an abandoned building on the city’s South Side Wednesday morning.

The political significance of the WikiLeaks revelations

By Nick Beams, 23 December 2010

The following report was delivered by Nick Beams, SEP (Australia) national secretary to SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on December 20 and 21.

Secret cables reveal Washington intervened in Italy to defend CIA kidnappers

By David Walsh, 23 December 2010

Secret diplomatic dispatches, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how US authorities put pressure on the Italian government to protect CIA agents responsible for kidnapping and torture.

More than 30 die in Bangladesh ferry disaster

By Wasantha Rupasingha, 23 December 2010

At least 37 people—all women and children—have drowned after a ferry collided with a sand-laden cargo vessel and sank in north-eastern Bangladesh on December 19.

Backed by Washington, South Korea stages further military provocations

By John Chan, 23 December 2010

Today’s live-fire drill further demonstrates the reckless determination of the South Korean regime and its chief backer, the Obama administration, to intensify pressure on North Korea and China, regardless of the danger of war.

US, EU prepare military action against Ivory Coast

By Ann Talbot, 23 December 2010

The situation in the West African country of Ivory Coast continues to deteriorate after November’s disputed election between incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Outtara.

The Australian refugee boat disaster and the Labor government’s “border protection” regime

By Patrick O'Connor, 23 December 2010

The deaths of an estimated 50 men, women, and children in the December 15 refugee boat disaster off the coast of Australia, is the latest devastating consequence of the Labor government’s militarised “border protection” regime.

WSWS posts program of Socialist Equality Party (US) in Spanish

By , 23 December 2010

The World Socialist Web Site today begins the publication of the program of the Socialist Equality Party, The Breakdown of Capitalism and the Fight for Socialism in the United States—El derrumbe del capitalismo y la lucha por el socialismo en EE.UU. in Spanish.

Letters from our readers

By , 23 December 2010

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

Britain assured US its interests would be protected in Iraq war inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal that the British government informed a US official it had “put measures in place” to protect American interests in advance of the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war.

US Senate ratifies nuclear arms treaty with Russia

By Tom Eley, 23 December 2010

The US Senate on Wednesday approved the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, which was heavily backed by the US military and foreign policy establishment.

Obama administration preparing executive order to authorize indefinite detentions

By John Burton, 23 December 2010

The executive order would pave the way for permanent detention without charge of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and on US soil.

UK austerity measures to throw 1 million into poverty

By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2010

The British Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s austerity measures will throw almost 1 million more people into poverty over the next three years, including hundreds of thousands of children.