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US economy stalls as growth rate drops to 1.3 percent

By Andre Damon, 30 July 2011

Commerce Department figures released Friday showed a further decline in the growth rate of US GDP.

General's killing sparks crisis in Western-backed Libyan TNC

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2011

The assassination of a former Gaddafi official who became military chief of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council has raised the specter of a civil war within the Western-backed Libyan "rebels."

New moves by British parliament to shield the Murdochs

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2011

On Friday, members of Parliament’s Commons Culture Select Committee voted against recalling News Corporation Chairman James Murdoch to give more evidence on phone hacking and police corruption.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 30 July 2011

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Dominique Strauss-Kahn accuser goes public

By David Walsh, 30 July 2011

The 32-year-old Guinean-born chambermaid who has accused French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault at a New York City hotel has gone public with her charges over the past week.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 4: A conversation with Shelly Kraicer about Chinese independent cinema

By Richard Phillips, 30 July 2011

Beijing resident and film festival programmer Shelly Kraicer discusses developments in the Chinese independent cinema.

Jack Layton’s right-wing record

By Richard Dufour, 30 July 2011

Jack Layton, who has had to temporarily step as leader of Canada’s social-democratic party due to ill health, has been instrumental in the transformation of the NDP from a party of parliamentary protest into a right-wing bourgeois party.

US-backed forces launch military offensive in Somalia as aid is used as a weapon of war

By Susan Garth, 30 July 2011

The African Union is propping up the Transitional Federal Government that was installed in Somalia by the US-backed Ethiopian invasion of December 2006.

The Israeli protests and the unity of Arab and Jewish workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2011

The growing protest movement of Israeli workers and youth against worsening economic hardship is a development of enormous political significance for the working class throughout the Middle East and internationally.

Sri Lanka: University teachers union sells out wage campaign

By Kapila Fernando, 30 July 2011

The union leaders explicitly rejected any political struggle against the government, paving the way for their complete capitulation on the wage demands.

Australian High Court prepares to hear Julian Moti appeal

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2011

The High Court will next week hear the appeal of the former Solomon Islands attorney general, who has waged a five year battle against the Australian government’s attempt to prosecute him on what he alleges are “politically motivated” statutory rape allegations.

The ideological roots of the Oslo atrocity

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2011

The political and media reaction to the terrorist atrocity carried out in Oslo a week ago reflects a social order in a profound state of political and ideological decay.

US-China rivalry drives corruption scandal in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 29 July 2011

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been charged on five counts of plundering the economy during her tenure as president and with election fraud.

Australian government moves to confiscate book royalties from former Guantánamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2011

The Labor government has begun legal action to seize all proceeds from David Hicks’s book Guantanamo: My Journey.

Mass protests sweep Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2011

Thousands are taking to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest the high cost of housing.

Singer Amy Winehouse dead at 27

By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2011

With the death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, aged just 27, the world lost a genuine and original talent.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Africa & Middle East

By , 29 July 2011

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

Democratic mayor rolls out Detroit downsizing plan

By Jerry White, 29 July 2011

Detroit Mayor David Bing revealed further details Wednesday of his plan to shrink the city by forcing residents out of neighborhoods deemed too poor or underpopulated.

Obama and the debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2011

The House Republicans have been able to use the debt ceiling as a political lever to force spending cuts because Obama embraced this stratagem as well.

French neo-fascist officials endorse Norway atrocities

By Kumaran Ira, 29 July 2011

Members of far-right parties across Europe have endorsed the mass killing last Friday carried out by a right-wing anti-Islamic extremist in Norway, Anders Breivik.

Thai parliament to convene next week

By John Roberts, 29 July 2011

Prime Minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra has not yet named her cabinet, with the entire process fraught with the intense tensions that have marked Thai politics over the past five years.

Workers struggle in “boom” state of Western Australia

By Joe Lopez and James Cogan, 29 July 2011

Official figures disguise the immense contradictions and regressive social impact of the mining boom.

Imperialist powers seek exit from Libyan war

By James Cogan, 28 July 2011

After five months of raining death and destruction on the people of Libya, the major powers are now offering a settlement with Gaddafi and his regime.

Anti-Assad protests enter fifth month in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 28 July 2011

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has deployed tens of thousands of troops to quell the growing protest movement, now in its fifth month.

Legal victory for victimised German nurse

By Sofia Staubach, 28 July 2011

Following years of struggle a Berlin nurse, who had exposed the abuses in her workplace and was subsequently sacked, has won a significant legal victory at the European Court of Human Rights.

Rising corporate dissatisfaction with Australian Labor government

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 July 2011

Former Telstra chief executive Ziggy Switkowski declared that Julia Gillard’s government has a “whiff of illegitimacy.”

3,700 US post offices targeted for closure

By Kate Randall, 28 July 2011

The United States Postal Service on Tuesday announced a downsizing plan targeting 3,700 post offices across the country for closure.

Unanswered questions in Norway terror attack

By Susan Garth, 28 July 2011

The media and politicians are working assiduously to obscure the political motives of the killer, his connections to far-right and fascist organizations, and the political and moral responsibility borne by establishment parties and politicians.

More than 5 million households had their wealth wiped out since 2005

By Andre Damon, 28 July 2011

The typical US household lost 28 percent of its wealth during the economic crisis, with one third of these being totally wiped out.

WikiLeaks cables detail US military designs on Haiti

By John Marion, 28 July 2011

Newly released embassy cables reveal the US government’s interest in maintaining a UN military force for the occupation of Haiti.

Fascist war crime trial in Hungary ends in acquittal

By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2011

A Budapest district court has acquitted the 97-year-old Nazi war criminal, Sandor Kepiro.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 3: Global warming, village life, and other documentaries

By Richard Phillips, 28 July 2011

A diverse range of subjects were examined in the more than thirty documentaries screened at this year’s festival.

UK Arts Council slashes poetry funding

By Jackie Warren, 28 July 2011

One of the less well-known victims of the British coalition government’s cuts in cultural funding is the Poetry Book Society, which does important work publishing new poets.

Deadly crash raises question mark over China’s bullet trains

By John Chan, 28 July 2011

The deadly accident last Saturday is connected to a frantic rush to build the world’s largest high-speed rail network in the shortest possible time.

Born This Way and the Lady Gaga phenomenon

By Hiram Lee, 27 July 2011

Pop singer and media sensation Lady Gaga has returned with her third album, Born This Way.

Italy: Centre-left opposition supports austerity measures

By Marianne Arens, 27 July 2011

Significant sections of big business are now pushing for an early change of government.

Union seeks to ram through pro-market deal at Australia’s Macquarie University

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 July 2011

Like agreements struck by the NTEU at more than 30 universities nationally so far, its purpose is to facilitate the Gillard government’s radical pro-market restructuring of tertiary education.

Michigan Education Association complicit in passage of anti-teacher law

By Charles Bogle, 27 July 2011

The MEA blocked any struggle by teachers against the passage of a new law that will gut tenure rights and further dismantle public education.

The political establishment and the Oslo massacre

By Peter Schwarz, 27 July 2011

There is a clear link between the campaign of incitement against Muslims, which has been supported by all of the parties of the US and European bourgeois establishment and by the media, and the political motives of the fascist who murdered 76 people in Oslo last Friday.

Australian government signs punitive refugee deal with Malaysia

By Will Morrow, 27 July 2011

Labor’s policy will send at least 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia, a country notorious for its mistreatment of refugees.

Scottish public services face profound cuts and privatisation

By Stephen Alexander, 27 July 2011

Barely two months have passed since the Scottish National Party took office, yet their electoral pledges to protect frontline services and universal benefits have already been exposed as lies.

WikiLeaks documents shed light on US-backed intervention in Libya

By Robert Morgan, 27 July 2011

Washington has had only one objective—the installation of a regime that better serves the interests of the US and international oil and gas companies.

Wall Street steps up pressure for deal on budget cuts

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2011

The financial institutions are demanding an agreement that raises the federal debt ceiling and slashes trillions from social spending.

Hunger strikes spread in Montenegro

By Ante Dotto, 27 July 2011

Since the beginning of the year many people have gone on hunger strikes throughout Montenegro, the smallest of the states emerging after the breakup of Yugoslavia, with a population of around 620,000.

Fears of China’s “imbalances” add to concerns in Australian corporate elite

By Mike Head, 26 July 2011

The banks, the Treasury and the media have expressed concern about the precariousness of the Australian economy, stepping up the pressure for deeper austerity measures.

James Murdoch’s evidence to British parliamentary committee challenged

By Susan Garth, 26 July 2011

Two former News of the World executives have challenged the evidence that James Murdoch gave to a House of Commons select committee last week.

Obama returns to the fraud of “equal sacrifice”

By Patrick Martin, 26 July 2011

The so-called budget debate in Washington is a political fraud, premised on an agreement that massive cuts in social programs must be inflicted on the American people.

UAW, Detroit carmakers prepare new attacks on US auto workers

By Jerry White, 26 July 2011

The United Auto Workers opened up formal negotiations Monday for a new labor contract with Chrysler, the first of the Big Three Detroit automakers whose four-year agreements expire on September 14.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 July 2011

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

US imperialism and the South China Sea crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 July 2011

Previously localised border disputes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines now intersect with the wider breakdown of the international order established by US imperialism in the previous period.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 26 July 2011

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

A new wave of factory closures threatened in China

By John Chan, 26 July 2011

Chinese economic commentators have compared the Soyea and Dingjia closures to those of toy plants in Dongguan in 2008, which signalled the beginning of a wave of factory closures.

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 2: An eclectic selection with a few valuable moments

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2011

Festival competition movies varied widely in their range of cinematic styles and artistic sensitivity.

New York students hit with tuition hikes

By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2011

Bills passed at the end of the New York State legislative session include tuition hikes for students at the state’s two major public university systems.

Notes on the US social crisis

By Naomi Spencer, 26 July 2011

As state and local government budget crises deepen, working class living conditions are unraveling.

Sydney Film Festival: Filmmaker Ivan Sen speaks to WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2011

Writer/director Ivan Sen spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about Toomelah, his latest feature, during the Sydney film festival.

Fascist killer appears in Norwegian court

By Robert Stevens and Susan Garth, 26 July 2011

The right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court yesterday and confessed to the mass murder of 76 people in Norway, many of them children.

Democrats, Republicans push for deeper US spending cuts

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2011

The latest turn in the Washington talks on slashing social spending sets the stage for an even more right-wing outcome.

Bombardier protesters speak to WSWS

By our correspondent, 25 July 2011

A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those who attended the demonstration in Derby to protest the loss of 1,400 jobs and possible closure of the Bombardier works.

Hundreds wounded in crackdown against antigovernment protests in Egypt

By our reporter, 25 July 2011

Thousands of protesters opposed to the US-backed military regime of General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt clashed with pro-government thugs during demonstrations on Saturday.

Germany: One year after the Love Parade disaster

By Dietmar Henning, 25 July 2011

While municipal authorities, state politicians and business representatives continue to evade responsibility for last year’s concert disaster, the Duisburg Greens are bolstering their support for the despised city mayor.

Sharp decline in income of Germany’s low-wage earners

By Dietmar Henning, 25 July 2011

The gap between rich and poor in Germany is steadily increasing. In particular, those surviving on low incomes have suffered a dramatic fall in income.

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders underway in Cambodia

By John Roberts, 25 July 2011

What is taking place is a show trial designed to close the book on the Khmer Rouge genocide while covering up the responsibility of the major powers, including the US and China, for the atrocities.

The slaughter in Oslo

By Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2011

The murder of at least 92 people in Oslo signals the emergence of fascist terrorist violence animated by a hatred of Marxism and the working class.

Australia: Inquest told that authorities could have prevented Christmas Island refugee disaster

By Will Morrow, 25 July 2011

Further testimony points to the Labor government being culpable, whether through negligence, indifference or deliberate action, for the fate of the refugees swept onto the island’s rocky cliffs.

Why the Scottish Socialist Party is opposed to reopening the case of Tommy Sheridan

By Steve James, 25 July 2011

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is under investigation by Strathclyde Police into “allegations that witnesses gave perjured evidence in the trial of Tommy Sheridan and into alleged breaches of data protection and phone hacking,” Chief Constable George Hamilton has confirmed.

This week in history: July 25-July 31

By , 25 July 2011

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

UK: Thousands protest in Derby against job cuts at Bombardier

By our correspondent, 25 July 2011

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Derby in England’s East Midlands on Saturday to protest the elimination of 1,400 jobs at Bombardier and the threatened closure of its works.

Saving Bombardier jobs means mobilising against Britain’s Tory-Lib Dem government

By Socialist Equality Party, 23 July 2011

Almost 1,500 jobs are set to go at the Bombardier factory in Derby, England.

Executions this week in Arizona, Texas and Georgia

By Kate Randall, 23 July 2011

Three men were executed this week in the US, one each in the states of Arizona, Texas and Georgia.

Bombing, mass shooting kill at least 87 in Norway

By Mike Head, 23 July 2011

A right-wing anti-Islamic extremist is being held over a terror bombing in downtown Oslo that killed seven people and an automatic weapons attack on youth at a Norwegian Labour Party camp that killed at least 80.

US heat wave preys on poor

By Gary Joad, 23 July 2011

The heat wave that has spread across the central and eastern part of the US is disproportionately hurting the poor.

The crisis of the Murdoch empire and its implications for the working class

By , 23 July 2011

What has been exposed by the Murdoch scandal is the putrefaction of an entire social and political system.

Obama steps up campaign for “tough choices” on Medicare, Social Security

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2011

Negotiations continue between the White House and House Republicans on a plan to raise the federal debt ceiling tied to $3 trillion in cuts in social spending.

British media quick to dismiss death in Murdoch phone hacking case

By Robert Stevens, 23 July 2011

The Independent published an article Wednesday dismissing any notion that the death of Murdoch whistleblower Sean Hoare was suspicious.

Malaysian government cracks down on opposition protesters

By John Roberts, 23 July 2011

The fact that the government has whipped up a communist scare campaign reflects deeper fears in Malaysia’s ruling circles of growing social tensions and the potential for unrest.

Murdoch’s News Corporation scrambles to defend its media interests in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2011

Murdoch is attempting to secure permission to take over rival pay-television network Austar, and is pressuring the Labor government to approve its bid for control of the publicly-funded Australian Network that airs in Asia and the South Pacific.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 23 July 2011

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Connecticut governor, unions to make state workers revote on concessions deal

By Dorian Griscom, 23 July 2011

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and state employee unions are preparing to force a re-vote.

Profits soar amid mass layoffs

By Andre Damon, 23 July 2011

As dozens of major corporations announced increased second-quarter profits this week, the US working class was hit with a disastrous new round of mass layoffs.

The Shaw Festival’s 50th Season: George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House

By Joanne Laurier, 23 July 2011

Heartbreak House is the featured work this year at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011.

The Philippine ex-left and the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 23 July 2011

As tensions between China and the United States mount over the disputed South China Sea, the various parties of the Philippine ‘left’ have been thoroughly exposed as lackeys of different sections of the local bourgeoisie.

An interview with Christopher Newton, director of the Shaw Festival’s Heartbreak House

By Joanne Laurier, 23 July 2011

The director of the current production of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, speaks to Joanne Laurier of the WSWS.

Europe’s crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 23 July 2011

The Brussels euro summit has not solved the crisis, but merely postponed it and even exacerbated the underlying problems.

Financial markets fear Chinese economic instability

By John Chan, 22 July 2011

The reasons for concern about China are obvious—the global economy is now dependent on China to an unprecedented extent.

Pakistan Peoples Party budget imposes further IMF-dictated austerity

By Ali Ismail, 22 July 2011

The austerity budget that Pakistan’s PPP-led coalition government is implementing in the 2011-12 fiscal year is a conspiracy against the country’s workers and toilers.

Australian TV mini-series provides glimpse into refugee experience

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2011

“Go back to where you came from” gave audiences—continually bombarded with anti-refugee propaganda by the media and politicians—an insight into the hardships faced by asylum seekers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 22 July 2011

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

Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 1: Social complexity versus the trivial

By Richard Phillips, 22 July 2011

This is the first in a series of articles on the 2011 Sydney film festival.

Egyptian military delays election as opposition mounts

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2011

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is seeking to remain in control of the Egyptian government.

Washington steps up confrontation with China in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 22 July 2011

As US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to meet with Asian foreign ministers for talks at the ASEAN Regional Forum, Washington is stepping up its aggressive assertion of its interests in the South China Sea.

Deaths mount in US heat wave

By Shannon Jones, 22 July 2011

High heat and humidity are spreading over a large section of the United States, increasing the risk of death among the poor, the young, the sick and the elderly.

New York State employee union surrenders to layoff threat

By Philip Guelpa, 22 July 2011

The two largest state worker unions are pushing for ratification of contracts that include drastic concessions.

The Murdoch scandal

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 July 2011

In recent days, the British public has been told that parliament has reasserted authority over Rupert Murdoch’s media empire and called the multibillionaire to order.

Ferndale, Michigan residents speak on power outages

By Shannon Jones, 22 July 2011

A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents of Ferndale, Michigan gathered at a cooling center set up by the city to help those who have lost electrical service.

Tunisian police attack anti-government protests

By Kumaran Ira, 22 July 2011

In recent days Tunisian security forces have violently attacked a new wave of anti-government protests across the country.

Canada blocks UN from declaring asbestos a “hazardous” substance

By Jake Silver, 21 July 2011

Canada’s Conservative government has prevented asbestos—a notorious carcinogen responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year—from being listed as a hazardous substance under the United Nations’ Rotterdam Convention.

New York City slashes aid to homeless

By Dan Brennan, 21 July 2011

New York City’s homeless population is poised to skyrocket further as fifteen thousand families face elimination of rent subsidies.

Democrats, Republicans vow trillions in US spending cuts

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2011

Led by the White House, Washington is engaged in a bipartisan conspiracy against the American population to cut trillions from Medicare, Social Security and other federal programs.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, residents in shock over Borders’ imminent closure

By our reporters, 21 July 2011

Residents spoke on the bankruptcy and imminent shuttering of the flagship bookstore of the Borders Book Group.