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CGT union defends anti-worker reform of French ports

By Anthony Torres, 30 April 2011

The CGT has signed and praised a new national collective agreement attacking the social conditions of French port workers.

Bahraini military court sentences four protesters to die

By David Walsh, 30 April 2011

A Bahraini military court Thursday condemned four young anti-government protesters to death at the conclusion of a shameless frame-up trial. Three others were sentenced to life in prison.

Australia: Refugee protests continue as long-term detentions soar

By Will Morrow, 30 April 2011

The number of asylum seekers incarcerated in detention centres has almost trebled in the past year.

Obama, Congress renew push for austerity measures

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2011

Bipartisan talks are beginning on new spending cuts tied to a rise in the federal debt ceiling.

Outrage at inquest verdict on Dublin mother’s death from hypothermia

By Steve James, 30 April 2011

On April 6, Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” over the death of Rachel Peavoy, a 30-year-old woman who died January 11, 2010 of hypothermia in her flat in Dublin, Ireland.

Fatah, Hamas reconciliation part of broader strategic realignment by Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 30 April 2011

Egypt announced that Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, had agreed a “reconciliation deal” to form an interim unity government and fix a date for elections.

The implications of the Shanghai truckers’ strike

By John Chan, 30 April 2011

The three-day protest by truck drivers has once again raised fears in ruling circles in China and internationally about the prospect of a broader working class rebellion.

Syrian demonstrators shot in protests over crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2011

Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday, including in the capital of Damascus, defying the attempt to crush protests with police-military violence.

US South devastated by most destructive tornadoes on record

By Naomi Spencer, 30 April 2011

Three days after one of the most destructive storms in US history, the death toll has risen to 319 across six states.

Obama’s 2012 budget deepens attack on public education

By Isabelle Belanger, 30 April 2011

In its fiscal year 2012 budget, the White House continues its policy of forcing states to impose right-wing educational measures in order to compete for federal aid.

Deutsche Bank posts second highest ever quarterly profit

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 April 2011

Nearly three years on, Deutsche Bank and a number of the main players responsible for the finance crash of 2008 are bigger and more powerful than ever.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

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

Swedish automaker Saab nears collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011

Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Canada’s Globe endorses Conservatives, lauds Harper’s “bullheadedness”

By Keith Jones, 29 April 2011

A recent Globe and Mail editorial praises the Harper government’s readiness to disregard and defy public opinion and run roughshod over parliamentary norms and democratic rights.

Oil bosses rake in record profits as US economy stalls

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2011

Exxon-Mobil made nearly $11 billion in the first quarter

France Télécom employee immolates himself

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 29 April 2011

On April 26 a France Télécom worker burned himself to death, part of a spate of worker suicides at the company.

Michigan governor outlines assault on public education

By Jerry White, 29 April 2011

Governor Rick Snyder outlined his plan to “reinvent” education through a sweeping attack on teachers and public education in a speech in Detroit Wednesday.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 29 April 2011

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

Australia: Queensland flood inquiry exposes inadequate emergency services

By Richard Phillips, 29 April 2011

The inquiry is a mechanism to allow survivors to vent their frustration, while ensuring that the government and corporate interests responsible for the social catastrophe remain largely untouched.

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

By Kate Randall, 29 April 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

HBO’s Mildred Pierce: A Depression-era drama aimed at a contemporary audience

By Joanne Laurier, 29 April 2011

Based on the novel by James M. Cain, director Todd Haynes’s five-part miniseries is an account of an unhealthy mother-daughter relationship in 1930s southern California.

Southern California grocery workers authorize strike

By Jack Hood, 29 April 2011

A strike vote by 62,000 grocery workers in California is part of growing opposition to attacks on workers’ living standards throughout the US.

The Kabul airport killings: What are US troops dying for?

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2011

The execution-style slaying of eight US troops and a civilian contractor at a supposedly secure military facility at Kabul airport underscores the crisis of the nearly decade-old US war in Afghanistan.

Federal appeals court orders new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Shannon Jones, 29 April 2011

The Third District Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier ruling ordering a new sentencing hearing for death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal.

NATO bomb attack on Libya kills Misrata “rebel” fighters

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 April 2011

The “friendly fire” incident underscores the bogus character of the claims by Washington and Brussels that their “precision” bombing raids are aimed at protecting the Libyan people.

Tornadoes kill at least 290 in US South

By Naomi Spencer, 29 April 2011

Over 290 people were killed after dozens of huge tornadoes tore through the American Deep South Wednesday. Hundreds more were injured and many victims remain trapped.

German government attacks long-term unemployed

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 29 April 2011

Germany’s Federal Employment Agency has announced a 14 percent increase in penalties designed to force unemployed welfare recipients into low-wage jobs.

Sri Lankan government denounces UN war crimes findings

By K. Ratnayake, 29 April 2011

A UN panel report accusing Sri Lankan government of crimes against humanity has become the target of vilification by the Colombo political establishment.

SEP candidate visits picket line at Sheffield College, Hillsborough

By our reporters, 29 April 2011

Socialist Equality Party candidate Simon Walker visited the picket line of lecturers at Sheffield College Hillsborough site, close to the Walkley ward where he is standing in the local council elections.

Scientists find evidence of cannibalism in Palaeolithic Britain

By Joan Smith, 29 April 2011

The alternation of glacial and warmer periods conditioned the prehistory of what is now Britain.

The royal wedding and the myth of national unity

By Julie Hyland, 29 April 2011

A royal wedding is a sure indicator of hard times, at least for the broad mass of the population not invited to the ceremony but expected to foot the bill.

“Surge” in support for social-democratic NDP changes campaign dynamic

By Keith Jones, 28 April 2011

According to opinion polls, support for Canada’s social-democratic party has surged in recent weeks. The New Democratic Party is now poised to win a more than 25 percent share of the popular vote in next Monday’s election and possibly displace the Liberals as the second largest party in parliament.

Racist politician Thilo Sarrazin remains in the SPD

By Dietmar Henning, 28 April 2011

Racism and eugenics are compatible with the basic values ​​of the German Social Democratic Party. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the decision made by the SPD last Thursday to drop proceedings to expel Thilo Sarrazin from its ranks.

25 years ago—The first US attempt to murder Gaddafi

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2011

The Obama administration is reprising the methods of the Reagan administration.

Bolivian unions end strike against Morales government

By Luis Arce, 28 April 2011

Faced with the danger of the strike turning into a political confrontation with the government of President Evo Morales, the union leadership hurried to reach an agreement and bring the struggle to an end.

Federal Reserve chairman outlines class war policy

By Andre Damon, 28 April 2011

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, held a press conference Wednesday where he signaled an intensification of the US ruling class's predatory economic policy: the devaluation of the US dollar, high unemployment, and an expanding attack on the working class.

Australian PM tours North East Asia as mouthpiece for Washington

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2011

While publicly emphasising economic issues, Gillard’s unmistakeable message was that her government was an unswerving American ally.

US, NATO defend policy of targeting Gaddafi

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2011

Assassination of the Libyan ruler is now the barely disguised policy of the Western powers.

UN Gaza report co-authors reject Goldstone’s capitulation to Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 28 April 2011

The co-authors of the United Nations Gaza report, known as the Goldstone Report, have issued a statement vigorously defending their findings.

Franco-Italian summit calls for suspending European accords, closer corporate ties

By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2011

Tuesday’s Franco-Italian summit highlighted the growing tensions inside Europe amid the continuing pursuit of war and social austerity.

Nine US military personnel killed in Afghanistan airport shooting

By Naomi Spencer, 28 April 2011

An Afghan pilot opened fire on NATO forces at a Kabul air base Wednesday, killing eight US soldiers and an American contractor. It is the deadliest attack of its kind in the nearly ten-year-old occupation.

Letters from our readers

By , 28 April 2011

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

Chavez deports opposition journalist back to Colombia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2011

The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez summarily deported Colombian journalist Joaquin Perez Becerra back to Colombia Monday, igniting angry protests in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America.

The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd: Guest lecture by Prof. Alexander Rabinowitch in Vienna

By , 28 April 2011

The American historian Alexander Rabinowitch will present his book The Bolsheviks in Power―The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd in Vienna on 6 June.

Guantánamo dossiers confirm Australian government criminality

By James Cogan, 28 April 2011

The WikiLeaks dossiers add weight to the demand for the prosecution of senior members of the Howard government for their collaboration with the illegal imprisonment and torture of Australian citizens.

iPhone secretly records location of users

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 28 April 2011

Mobile phones and tablets made by Apple Computer have been secretly recording every place that their owner has been since June 2010, according to research findings presented April 20.

General Petraeus and the CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2011

The appointment of Petraeus to the head of the CIA signals the further militarization of an agency that has already arrogated to itself immense power both at home and abroad.

Los Angeles: Budget crisis used to press attack against city workers

By Dan Conway, 27 April 2011

The Los Angeles, California city government, headed by Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is working with the trade unions to enforce drastic cuts in pay and benefits on its 19,000-member workforce.

Oppose university tuition fee hikes

By Simon Walker, 27 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party opposes the decision of the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to charge the near maximum tuition fees for students starting their studies in 2012.

European powers discuss sanctions against Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2011

Britain, France, Germany and Portugal are drawing up a resolution for the United Nations Security Council condemning the crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad on opposition protests in Syria.

More violent storms kill seven in Arkansas

By James Brewer, 27 April 2011

Violent storms brought tornadoes and flash flooding in the South on Monday, killing seven people in Arkansas.

White House, US media stonewall on Guantanamo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2011

The US government seeks to bury the revelations of ongoing human rights violations at the detention camp.

500 Afghan insurgents escape from high-security Kandahar prison

By David Walsh, 27 April 2011

In an audacious operation, some 500 Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders, escaped to freedom from an Afghan prison early Monday morning.

Dirk Lütter’s The Education: what today’s youth face

By Bernd Reinhardt, 27 April 2011

Dirk Lütter’s debut film The Education is a moving exposé of coldly impersonal operations and spying in the contemporary business world.

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

By Kate Randall, 27 April 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

Australian Labor government crisis deepens over carbon tax

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 April 2011

The government’s key constituency—finance capital and big business—has expressed growing reservations over the tax, while powerful sectional corporate interests, such as the mining giants, are campaigning for billions more in “compensation”.

Detroit parents and teachers denounce school closings

By Jerry White, 27 April 2011

Under the plan of emergency financial manager Robert Bobb, seven schools in Detroit will be shut by June and another 45 sold off to privately run charter outfits.

Australian government announces new laws to punish refugees

By Will Morrow, 27 April 2011

The amendments will introduce new temporary protection visas and pave the way for the deportation of refugees who join protests inside Australia’s detention centres.

Renewed fighting on Thai-Cambodian border

By John Roberts, 27 April 2011

Clashes erupted last Friday near two ancient temples, about 160 kilometres west of the Preah Vihear temple where fighting took place in early February.

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting on Libyan war

By our correspondents, 27 April 2011

The SEP’s campaign revealed a growing interest among workers and youth in international developments and particularly the imperialist bombing of Libya.

US, UK plot Libya war escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2011

The civilian and uniformed chiefs of the US and British military machines met in Washington Tuesday to plot a further escalation of the imperialist intervention in Libya.

Letters from our readers

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

Hungarian parliament passes authoritarian constitution

By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2011

Hungary’s right-wing government led by Viktor Orban has used its two-thirds majority to adopt a new constitution that will abandon democratic principles and establish the basis for authoritarian rule.

Body of Idaho silver miner recovered

By Naomi Spencer, 26 April 2011

On Sunday, rescuers located the body of an Idaho silver miner killed in a cave-in 10 days earlier.

US steps up pressure against Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2011

The US and European powers are working to exploit unrest and protests in Syria to advance their own interests in the region.

One year since the BP oil spill: Obama “claims czar” provides no relief for the people of the Gulf

By Tom Eley, 26 April 2011

The Obama administration’s Gulf “claims czar,” Kenneth Feinberg, has blocked the vast majority of those hurt by the BP Gulf oil disaster from compensation.

Enterprise Zones introduced across England

By Stephen Alexander, 26 April 2011

Amongst the generous handouts to big business outlined in last month’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government’s 2011-12 budget were proposals for the introduction of 21 new Enterprise Zones across England.

Japan’s nuclear crisis far from over

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2011

The Japanese government and TEPCO are attempting to reassure a sceptical public that the dangers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are receding.

Manchester spending cuts hit most vulnerable

By our reporters, 26 April 2011

The WSWS spoke to residents at Newbury House, an alcohol project in Ardwick that is threatened with closure due to public spending cuts. Robert Skelton is the SEP’s candidate in local elections.

Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness

By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2011

WikiLeaks has released new evidence of wrongful imprisonment and torture by the US military and intelligence agencies.

US, NATO attempt assassination of Gaddafi

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2011

With the attack Monday morning on the Bab al-Azizyah complex in Tripoli, the US-NATO war on Libya has entered a criminal new phase that incorporates the policy of assassination.

Recordsetting homelessness in New York City

By Dan Brennan, 26 April 2011

The homeless population in New York City has risen to never before seen levels, according to a recent report published by the Coalition for the Homeless.

India’s corruption scandals and the clamor for a “Jan Lokpal” Bill

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 26 April 2011

The numerous corruption scandals engulfing the Indian establishment have justifiably generated popular outrage. But working people should beware of the “anti-corruption campaign” being led by Kisan Hazare and promoted by much of India’s corporate elite.

Shanghai truck drivers strike over rising costs

By John Chan, 26 April 2011

Three days of strikes and protests by Shanghai truckers last week shocked the Chinese government, provoking new fears that social discontent over inflation will ignite a broader movement of the working class.

California governor campaigns for budget cuts, regressive taxes

By Jack Hood and Oliver Richards, 26 April 2011

Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has launched a statewide campaign to promote his proposals to extend regressive taxes as part of a budget-cutting plan that includes deep cuts in social programs.

Burkina Faso shaken by widespread protests

By William Whitlow, 26 April 2011

The West African country of Burkina Faso has been hit by growing popular protests as well as dissent in the army.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 26 April 2011

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

Indiana: Notre Dame university appeals state fine in death of student worker

By our correspondent, 26 April 2011

The administration at the University of Notre Dame has formally appealed the fine charged to the university in the job-related death of student football videographer Declan Sullivan last October.

Human rights groups condemn repression in Bahrain

By Niall Green, 25 April 2011

Physicians for Human Rights issued a declaration on Friday condemning the abuse and intimidation of protesters and medical workers in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.

Britain: Most universities to charge maximum tuition fees

By Zach Reed, 25 April 2011

Following the parliamentary vote to triple the cap on student tuition fees from £3290 to £9000 a year, there has been a stampede of universities indicating that they will charge the maximum.

New effort to force Yemeni president from office

By Niall Green, 25 April 2011

Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has reportedly accepted a deal to leave office, handing over power to his deputy and a new coalition government.

Pakistan: IMF demands brutal restructuring in return for further funding

By Ali Ismail, 25 April 2011

A Pakistani delegation returned home from Washington last week after failing to win approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the sixth tranche of an $11 billion loan.

Syrian regime extends crackdown on protests

By Jean Shaoul, 25 April 2011

Syrian security forces followed up Friday’s brutal assault on demonstrations by intensifying the crackdown and firing on funeral processions held Saturday for the victims.

Portugal’s intelligence chief accused Australia of “fomenting unrest” in East Timor

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2011

The Australian government, then led by John Howard, targeted Alkatiri because of his perceived alignment with rival powers, especially Portugal and China.

Britain: Bristol riots provoked by police

By our reporters, 25 April 2011

Thursday’s night of violent confrontations with the police in Bristol’s Stokes Croft area was triggered by the attempted forced eviction of a small, long-standing squat, revealing profound political resentments.

Education policy of SPD and Left Party in Berlin: A devastating balance sheet

By Clara Weiss, 25 April 2011

The education “reforms” introduced by the Berlin Senate are leading to a two-tier education system.

This week in history: April 25-May 1

By , 25 April 2011

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

Democrats and Republicans escalate campaign against health care programs

By Joseph Kishore, 25 April 2011

Despite their phony war of words, all factions of the political establishment are united in their determination to cut trillions of dollars in government health care spending.

Australia: Villawood riot sparks protests at other immigration detention centres

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2011

One hundred asylum seekers at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre rioted last week over their lengthy detention and rejected asylum claims.

Japan’s nuclear evacuees face bleak future

By John Chan, 25 April 2011

Tens of thousands of residents forced to leave their homes in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant are unlikely to return for years.

UAW sets benchmark for wage-cutting in global auto industry

By Jerry White, 25 April 2011

Having eliminated a quarter of a million jobs in the US over the past decade, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are now planning to hire 35,000 new workers for their American plants by 2015, a leading industry analyst recently reported.

US senators call for Gaddafi’s assassination

By James Cogan, 25 April 2011

Senior leaders of the US Congress yesterday called for the assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a major escalation of air strikes.

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

Britain’s national debt: Where did the money go?

By Jean Shaoul, 23 April 2011

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, the Labour opposition and media commentators are all agreed that public expenditure has become unaffordable, unsustainable and a drain on the economy.

Letters from our readers

By , 23 April 2011

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

Thai government prepares for early election

By John Roberts, 23 April 2011

None of the divisions within the ruling elites that led to last year’s military crackdown has been resolved.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 23 April 2011

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

Obama pushes budget-cutting plan in California tour

By Joseph Kishore, 23 April 2011

In a trip to the West Coast, Obama held public events to promote his plan to cut trillions in government spending followed by private fundraisers at which he collected millions from wealthy backers.

Question mark over role of US dollar

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2011

Anxiety about the US dollar’s role is being fuelled by the fact that far from being resolved, the global financial crisis that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers two and half years ago, has simply mutated.

“I spend all my time worrying how to make ends meet”

By our reporters, 23 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party is standing Simon Walker for local authority elections in the Walkley ward of Sheffield.