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China’s property bubble reaches explosive levels

By John Chan, 31 January 2011

China has announced new curbs on property speculation, as total land values in Beijing alone surpass the US gross domestic product.

Australia: SEP Victorian election campaign meeting

By , 31 January 2011

The Socialist Equality Party is holding the first public meeting in its Broadmeadows by-election campaign this Wednesday evening.

The Obama administration and Egypt

By Barry Grey and David North, 31 January 2011

As the Obama administration confronts a growing revolutionary movement in Egypt, its tactics will flow from two overriding and inseparable strategic aims: defending the Egyptian capitalist state and maintaining the country as the linchpin of American imperialist operations in the Mediterranean, North Africa and throughout the Middle East.

Mass protests continue in defiance of Egypt’s government and military

By Chris Marsden, 31 January 2011

Protests involving hundreds and thousands continued in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez and other cities throughout Egypt on Sunday, as deaths from the police crackdown soared to at least 150.

WikiLeaks cable shows close US ties with new Egyptian vice president

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2011

The new vice president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, has long-standing ties with the United States and has collaborated closely in efforts to suppress oppositional struggles throughout the Middle East.

Massachusetts budget axes 900 jobs, cuts local aid

By John Marion, 31 January 2011

Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 on January 26, spelling out continuing attacks on public education and on public sector jobs, pensions, and health benefits.

Obama administration presses for law on Internet data retention

By Patrick Zimmerman, 31 January 2011

The Department of Justice is advocating new legislation at a House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday that would require Internet companies to retain data and records of user activity online.

An errand-boy for French imperialism: NPA’s Olivier Besancenot visits Tunisia

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2011

On January 25-26, New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) spokesman Olivier Besancenot made a perfunctory visit from France to Tunisia.

Regional divisions threaten to break Belgium apart

By Dietmar Henning, 31 January 2011

By stirring up regional chauvinism, Belgian politicians are driving the country to financial collapse and national fragmentation.

International demonstrations in support of Egyptian uprising

By our reporters, 31 January 2011

Rallies were held over the weekend in cities throughout the world in support of the mass demonstrations in Egypt against the US-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

This week in history: January 31 - February 6

By , 31 January 2011

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

Canada: Steelworkers struggle at a crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 31 January 2011

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (Canada) distributed a statement at last Saturday’s march in Hamilton, Ontario called in support of the 900 locked-out US Steel workers and their struggle to uphold the right to a decent pension.

Irish unions seek to end dispute at Aer Lingus

By Jordan Shilton, 31 January 2011

The trade union bureaucracy is working hand-in-glove with management to bring an end to the dispute developing at Ireland’s major airline, Aer Lingus.

Protests in London and Manchester against education cuts

By our reporters, 31 January 2011

Demonstrations took place in London and Manchester on Saturday against the rise in college student tuition fees and the axing of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for 16- to19-year-olds.

Bankers lay down the law at Davos

By Nick Beams, 31 January 2011

Two years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, having been bailed out, their bonuses and salary packages restored, and having taken the measure of governments, the bankers were back in force.

Australia: The socialist alternative in the Broadmeadows by-election

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 January 2011

The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our candidate Peter Byrne in the Victorian state by-election being held in Broadmeadows on February 19.

Canada: Mass rally in support of locked-out US Steel workers

By Carl Bronski, 31 January 2011

Ten thousand people marched through downtown Hamilton, Ontario last Saturday to show their support for 900 workers who have been locked out for 11 weeks by US Steel at the (former Stelco) Hilton Works complex.

Second-lowest US wage gain in three decades

By Barry Grey, 29 January 2011

The US Labor Department reported Friday that American workers' wages and benefits increased last year by 2 percent, the second lowest increase since Labor Department records began 28 years ago.

Australia’s floods: a failure of government and the profit system

By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 January 2011

The tragic loss of life and the destruction caused by the floods that have engulfed Queensland and other regions of Australia exposes the criminal indifference of every level of government for the lives and property of ordinary working people.

WikiLeaks exposes US complicity in murder, torture by Egyptian government

By Tom Eley, 29 January 2011

A new release of WikiLeaks documents, diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Cairo from 2009 and 2010, make clear that the Obama administration was well aware that the Mubarak regime held onto power by terrorizing the population.

Detroit cuts funding for homeless warming centers

By Naomi Spencer, 29 January 2011

Budget cuts carried out on the quiet have prevented emergency warming centers in Detroit from opening their doors all winter, leaving thousands of homeless and poor residents in the bitter cold.

The United States, Egypt and the fight for socialist revolution

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 29 January 2011

The uprising yesterday in Egypt, coming after mass demonstrations in Tunisia and other countries in the region, marks a new stage in the class struggle in the Middle East and internationally.

Egypt shuts down internet access

By Andre Damon, 29 January 2011

The Egyptian government shut down most internet traffic in the country shortly after midnight Thursday morning. The shutdown came after the Associated Press published a camera-phone video of a demonstrator being shot to death by police.

US commander in Afghanistan boasts of inflicting “enormous losses”

By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2011

Petraeus’s letter was pitched at justifying the Obama administration’s surge of troops to Afghanistan, which has taken a terrible human toll—both of Afghans and foreign troops alike.

US, interim government conspire against Tunisian masses

By Ann Talbot, 29 January 2011

The interim Tunisian government has announced a ministerial reshuffle in an effort to maintain its hold on power in the face of continuing protests.

Britain’s MI6 trained Abbas in suppression of Palestinian opposition

By Jean Shaoul, 29 January 2011

Secret documents show that Britain’s intelligence service, MI6, and civil servants played a key role in crushing all opposition by militant groups to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

FBI, UK police carry out raids against WikiLeaks supporters

By David Walsh, 29 January 2011

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out 40 raids January 27 as part of the ongoing campaign to suppress WikiLeaks and its supporters. Also on Thursday British police arrested five young men in connection with the same case.

Hundreds of thousands across Egypt defy police attacks to demand ouster of Mubarak

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 29 January 2011

The regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Murbarak was shaken by mass demonstrations across the country Friday that overwhelmed security forces, leading to the mobilization of the army in an attempt to contain the mass uprising.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 January 2011

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

Human Rights Watch condemns US prison system, immigration policy

By Kate Randall, 28 January 2011

The Human Rights Watch annual world report condemns the United States on its prison system, immigration policy, and the treatment of suspects in the “war on terror.”

US Postal Service to close 2,000 offices

By Hector Cordon, 28 January 2011

The United States Postal Service announced plans this week to close 2,000 post offices nationwide starting in March.

Egyptian government deploys police, shuts down Internet ahead of mass demonstrations

By Johannes Stern and Stefan Steinberg, 28 January 2011

A mass demonstration is planned for Friday, with official opposition figures, including Mohamed El-Baradei and the Muslim Brotherhood, seeking to participate in order to smother the mass movement against unemployment, poverty and government repression.

ISSE meetings in Germany defend WikiLeaks

By our correspondents, 28 January 2011

The International Students for Social Equality and the WSWS last week held meetings in the German cities of Darmstadt and Leipzig to discuss the issues arising from the revelations made by WikiLeaks.

Stop US torture of Bradley Manning!

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2011

Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks.

Australia: Labor’s NSW power privatisation—a no-lose deal for big investors

By Terry Cook, 28 January 2011

The proceeds from the New South Wales government’s current sale of the state’s electricity assets, after costs, could be as low as $400 million, setting a new benchmark for pro-investor privatisations.

Unemployed Detroit woman dies in house fire

By Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2011

An unemployed nurse died in a house fire on Detroit’s east side Thursday morning. Irene Smith Spencer, 49, was using space heaters.

Job crisis drives rise in US home foreclosures

By Jerry White, 28 January 2011

In a week during which President Obama boasted in his State of the Union address that he had “broken the back of the recession,” data on home foreclosures and first-time unemployment claims painted the opposite picture.

Obama’s speech and the bankruptcy of identity politics

By Tom Eley, 28 January 2011

One of the more striking omissions from the president’s speech was any reference, even in a tangential way, to the desperate conditions facing the majority of the nation’s 37 million African-Americans, or the closely related social crisis overtaking the cities.

Anti-government protests erupt in Yemen

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2011

At least 16,000 and, according to some reports, many more protested in Yemen calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 28 January 2011

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

Egypt, Tunisia, and the fight against US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2011

Two weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Arab leaders that their region’s “foundations are sinking into the sand”, the growing revolutionary upsurge of the masses has revealed that the pillars of Washington’s own policy in the Middle East are rotten and crumbling.

Socialist Equality Party and ISSE hold conference in Australia

By our reporter, 28 January 2011

A conference held in Sydney by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) from January 19 – 23 assessed the deepening crisis of world capitalism, marked by escalating geo-strategic tensions between the major powers and mounting class tensions in every country.

Financial crisis commission defends Wall Street criminals

By Andre Damon, 28 January 2011

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the body set up by the Obama Administration to investigate the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, released its 633-page findings report Thursday morning.

Smallest rocky planet outside our solar system discovered

By Chris Talbot, 28 January 2011

NASA has confirmed this month that its Kepler space observatory has now identified the smallest yet planet outside our solar system, exoplanet Kepler-10b.

Thirteen-year-old in Pennsylvania could face life in prison

By Hiram Lee, 28 January 2011

A 13-year-old boy to be tried for murder as an adult in Pennsylvania could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if his attorneys do not win an appeal to move his case to the juvenile court system.

Tony Blair’s testimony before Iraq inquiry: One war criminal amongst many

By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2011

The former British prime minister’s second appearance before the Chilcot inquiry last week again branded him as a war criminal.

Russia to step up repression after Moscow bombing

By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2011

The Russian government has promised to increase state repression in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly terror attack at Moscow’s international airport.

Obama’s State of the Union address

By Jerry White, 27 January 2011

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday demonstrated the insular, sclerotic and reactionary character of the American political system.

Human rights report cites Brazil for torture, police killings

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2011

A report released this week by Human Rights Watch cited Brazil for widespread torture, police killings and a continuing amnesty for crimes carried out under the military dictatorship.

ASEAN transport links boost economic integration with China

By John Chan, 27 January 2011

Amid growing rivalry with the US, China is building a network of roads, railways and pipelines, designed to protect its access to energy imports and bring South East Asia further into its economic orbit.

US pursues two-track policy to suppress protests in Egypt and Tunisia

By Barry Grey, 27 January 2011

The United States is working intensively to suppress mass protests in both Tunisia and Egypt and prop up the local ruling elites that are entirely subordinate to American imperialism.

Lebanese conflict threatens civil war, Israeli-US intervention

By Jean Shaoul, 27 January 2011

On Tuesday, President Michel Suleiman called on Najib Mikati, who is backed by the Shia Islamist group Hezbollah and its allies, to form a new government.

British GDP fell in fourth quarter

By Julie Hyland, 27 January 2011

News that UK Gross Domestic Product fell by 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 sent sterling and share prices falling on Tuesday.

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated conflict of interest law

By Tom Eley, 27 January 2011

For years Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated a law requiring justices reveal their spouse’s income and employers, during which time his wife, Virginia Thomas, received hundreds of thousands dollars from right-wing and pro-corporate groups.

Australia: Gillard announces aid for business, nothing for flood victims

By James Cogan, 27 January 2011

The entire relief package consists of just $5.6 billion—compared with estimated damage of $20 billion—and will be spent overwhelmingly on the restoration of infrastructure necessary for the major mining conglomerates.

Sri Lankan government intensifies Colombo evictions

By Vilani Peiris, 27 January 2011

The Rajapakse government has sped up its drive to evict 66,000 families and clear large areas of the capital in order to benefit developers, boost tourism and transform the city into a business hub for the Asian region.

Three killed in protests in Albania

By Markus Salzmann, 27 January 2011

The entire political establishment of Europe is terrified that the protests last week could spread beyond Albania’s borders to its highly politically unstable neighbours in the Balkans.

Letters from our readers

By , 27 January 2011

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

Detroit Symphony management steps up campaign for concessions with threat to cancel season

By David Walsh, 27 January 2011

Striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are coming under immense pressure to accept major concessions, as symphony management holds over them the threat of canceling the entire season.

The Bavarian state bank’s corruption scandal

By Michael Schneider and Markus Salzmann, 26 January 2011

Caught in a whirlpool of corruption, businessmen and politicians involved in the BayernLB scandal are conspiring to make the working class pay for the state-owned bank’s losses.

图森枪击事件之后

By David North, 26 January 2011

周六发生在图森的暴力事件,造成六人死亡,14人受伤,其中包括现正在垂死挣扎的女众议员,是谁的责任呢?

Ex-Washington, DC schools chief escalates campaign against public education

By Fred Mazelis, 26 January 2011

Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, DC school system, has founded a new organization, StudentsFirst, to continue the crusade against public education she began in the US capital.

Education crisis in California

By David Brown, 26 January 2011

California’s schools are in a “state of financial emergency,” and can expect significant losses to quality of education under the proposed state budget.

Berlusconi’s scandals and the proposed “left”-right coalition in Italy

By Marc Wells, 26 January 2011

The scandals involving Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi are being used to divert attention from the crisis engulfing Italy, and also to resolve conflicts within the ruling elite over how to pursue further attacks against the working population.

US drone attacks provoke fury in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 26 January 2011

Sunday’s three attacks took the number of Predator strikes in the first weeks of 2011 to at least 10, making clear there will be no letup in the US carnage inside Pakistan.

Evidence of intensifying climate change grows

By Dan Brennan, 26 January 2011

Global surface temperatures for 2010 matched record highs, with the past decade the hottest ever recorded.

Murdoch’s News of the World phone hacking forces resignation of Andy Coulson

By Dave Hyland, 26 January 2011

It was announced last week that Andy Coulson had resigned from his job as Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications.

Detroit house fire injures five

By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2011

Early Monday morning, fire destroyed a home on the west side of Detroit where both the gas and electricity had been shut off.

Wigan, UK: Unite union secures vote for wage deal at Heinz

By Danny Richardson, 26 January 2011

Workers at the Heinz Kitt Green plant in Wigan, England, voted to accept the latest pay offer put forward by the company.

Obama outlines right-wing, pro-corporate agenda in State of the Union speech

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2011

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama embraced the Republican agenda of austerity and tax cuts for big business.

Stranded migrant workers protest in Saudi Arabia

By Joseph Santolan, 26 January 2011

The plight of the Filipino contract workers demonstrating outside Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh is typical of the plight of thousands of migrant workers from numerous countries who are trapped in Saudi Arabia.

The Palestine papers and the dead-end of nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2011

The so-called Palestine papers provide documentary confirmation of what is becoming plain to millions of Palestinians: the nationalist project of building an independent Palestinian state has become transformed into a new means of oppression.

FBI infiltrator prepared government raid on antiwar groups in Minneapolis and Chicago

By Ron Jorgenson, 26 January 2011

Posing for years as a prominent member, an FBI agent infiltrated the Minneapolis anti-war groups that on September 24 were raided by police alleging “material support of terrorism.”

Tens of thousands march in Egypt against Mubarak regime

By Johannes Stern and Stefan Steinberg, 26 January 2011

The thirty-year-old US-backed dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak was shaken by an unprecedented wave of mass demonstrations Tuesday demanding an end to the regime.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations—the worst of times, the best of times

By David Walsh, 26 January 2011

The Academy Awards process, like a good many social events in the US at this point, has a largely ritualistic character. Very little is left to chance, either in the nomination process or the ceremony itself.

Chinese police shoot protesting construction workers

By John Chan, 25 January 2011

Police fired on construction workers and violently attacked garment workers in the past week, underscoring the rising social tensions in China.

DSO support concert broadcast live via webcast

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2011

Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed at a sold-out strike support concert Saturday broadcast live via webcast to audiences globally.

Moscow airport bombing kills 35

By Niall Green, 25 January 2011

An apparent suicide bombing in Moscow’s main international airport Monday killed at least 35 people and injured at least another 130.

The Guerilla Orchestra and the struggle to defend the arts from funding cuts

By Jackie Warren, 25 January 2011

Heather Bird, a Manchester, England-based classical double bassist, created the “Guerilla Orchestra” in response to the savage cuts being made in music performance and education.

Australian floods crisis continues

By Mike Head, 25 January 2011

As the human and economic costs mount, damaging flooding is still occurring in the southern state of Victoria, and floodwaters are threatening towns and farms in parts of Queensland and New South Wales.

Amnesty International opposes US abuse of Private Manning

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2011

The human rights group said Manning is a victim of “inhumane treatment”

Tunisian popular revolt exposes France’s middle-class “left”

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2011

Mass protests that forced out Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have dealt a blow to the pretensions of middle-class “far left” groups in France such as the New Anti-Capitalist Party.

Oppose Brown’s cuts in California! Education must be a social right!

By International Students for Social Equality, 25 January 2011

This statement is being distributed by members of the ISSE in the US state of California as the new college semester begins.

UK National Health Service faces wholesale privatization

By Stephen Alexander, 25 January 2011

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government’s Health and Social Care Bill, introduced to Parliament last Wednesday, aims to dismantle the National Health Service (NHS) and hand over its profitable components to private corporations.

Student homelessness at all-time high in Washington state

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 25 January 2011

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction reported in December that 21,826 of Washington state’s 1.04 million school children were homeless in 2009-2010.

Police crackdown in Tunisia meets resistance

By Ann Talbot, 25 January 2011

Tunisian police used tear gas against protesters gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi on Monday morning.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 January 2011

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

A letter on the Denisova discovery

By , 25 January 2011

The World Socialist Web Site received this letter in response to “The Denisova discovery: Ancient genomics shed new light on human origins,” published January 17, 2011.

True Grit, a revenge tale from the Coen brothers

By Hiram Lee, 25 January 2011

The Coen brothers have returned with a remake of the 1969 western True Grit.

Secret Palestine documents expose sham “peace process”

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2011

The release of some 1,700 secret documents has exposed the so-called peace process as a criminal farce, part of a permanent US-Israeli conspiracy against the basic rights of the Palestinian people.

New York mayor moves to shut public schools while promoting charters

By Steve Light and Sandy English, 25 January 2011

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has escalated an assault on public education in New York City by proceeding with plans to close at least 26 public schools this year while adding more than 100 private charter schools.

The White House’s corporate agenda

By Tom Eley, 25 January 2011

Obama will use this evening’s State of the Union speech to outline a deepening of his pro-corporate agenda

Irish election called: Fianna Fail and Greens facing wipe-out

By Steve James, 25 January 2011

The Irish government, led by Brian Cowen, has called a general election following the resignation of government ministers and the departure of the Green Party from the ruling coalition.

Teachers and students speak out against New York school closings

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 January 2011

The WSWS spoke to students and teachers attending demonstrations against New York City school closings.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 January 2011

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

Sri Lanka: Terror campaign against Tamils reemerges

By S. Jayanth, 25 January 2011

Death squads operating in collusion with the military have once again begun to terrorise Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

More evidence of US war crimes

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2011

Military documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provide important new evidence of American war crimes.

Keith Olbermann leaves MSNBC: Another rightward lurch in US media

By Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2011

MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann abruptly announced his departure on Friday, the week before the formal transfer of NBC to its new corporate owner, Comcast.

Egyptian opposition warns of an “explosion of the masses”

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2011

Egypt stands at the center of fears among the imperialist powers and the Arab bourgeoisie that the revolutionary turmoil in Tunisia could spread.

Sri Lanka: Military discipline for university students

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 24 January 2011

The government has taken another unprecedented step in the militarisation of society by imposing military “leadership training” for all university students.