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Australian government, unions, business collaborate in job destruction

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 August 2011

This is the process that the unions want extended to the entire manufacturing sector—a never-ending onslaught on jobs and conditions to drive up productivity, and “orderly closures” where that is no longer possible.

Conferences on the Fight for Socialism Today held in Sydney and Melbourne

By our correspondents, 30 August 2011

Socialist Equality Party conferences discussed the new stage in the breakdown of global capitalism, and the fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective for the working class to answer the intensifying social counter-revolution.

New Japanese PM pledges austerity measures

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2011

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday won the leadership of the DPJ but takes over a party deeply divided on fundamental economic and foreign policy issues.

The failure of capitalism and the fight for socialism today

30 August 2011

Every section of the international working class confronts an intensifying assault against their living standards, social conditions and democratic rights.

Tripoli faces humanitarian crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2011

Tripoli is on the brink of a severe humanitarian crisis, its 2 million residents facing a lack of water, electricity, food and medical care while fighting continues in parts of the capital and elsewhere in Libya.

Hurricane Irene and the decay of US infrastructure

By Kate Randall, 30 August 2011

The massive power outages resulting from Hurricane Irene serve as a stark reminder of the decrepit state of the US infrastructure.

Germany: Foreign Minister Westerwelle under fire for abstention in Libya war

By Peter Schwarz, 30 August 2011

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has come under heavy attack following the conquest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by NATO-backed rebels.

Canada: The death of Jack Layton and the myth of national solidarity

By Richard Dufour, 30 August 2011

To understand why the late social-democratic politician Jack Layton is being made into an object of national adulation it is necessary to examine his political record as NDP leader and the state of class relations.

Outsourcing education: The rise of virtual schools

By Nancy Hanover, 30 August 2011

There are a growing number of American young people for whom “going to school” is now logging in at the family computer.

Gulf slick matches oil from BP spill

By Hiram Lee, 30 August 2011

Scientists confirm that oil observed in the Gulf of Mexico last week is a chemical match to oil from BP's Macondo well.