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German parliament approves increase in European bank bailout fund

By Christoph Dreier, 30 September 2011

The measure to support financial institutions of those states threatened by insolvency is the corollary to brutal austerity measures being implemented in Greece and throughout Europe.

Libya: “the jewel in the crown”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2011

In a recent teleconference with US businessmen, Washington’s ambassador to Libya let slip a telling phrase, referring to the North African nation’s oil reserves as “the jewel in the crown”.

Riots erupt in southern China over land sales to developers

By John Chan, 30 September 2011

Last week’s violent clashes are symptomatic of the escalating social tensions in rural China over land sales to benefit the wealthy elite spawned by the Beijing Stalinist regime.

The world at large and closer to home

By David Walsh, 30 September 2011

The recent 36th Toronto International Film Festival screened some 335 features and shorts from 65 countries.

Obama fundraising drive targets the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2011

The Obama reelection campaign is expected to raise and spend more than one billion dollars.

More evidence of criminality by Murdoch’s media empire

By Robert Stevens, 30 September 2011

Fresh evidence has emerged on the criminality surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid and its relations with London’s Metropolitan Police.

Obama administration seeks first death penalty via military tribunal at Guantánamo

By Kate Randall, 30 September 2011

The establishment of a parallel system of secret military courts, where the Bill of Rights and other democratic protections do not apply, and where the death penalty can be imposed, is a dire warning of things to come.

French teachers protest against savage reduction in teaching posts

By Pierre Mabut, 30 September 2011

165,000 teachers throughout France took to the streets Tuesday in opposition to the government policy of reducing the number of teaching posts.

Italy prepares “left” government of austerity

By Marc Wells, 30 September 2011

In order to continue the assault on workers, the Italian ruling class is looking to the formation of a more “left” government, not affected by Berlusconi’s sordid political and personal record.

Pope Benedict speaks to German parliament against majority rule and “ungodly” laws

By Justus Leicht, 30 September 2011

The address to the Bundestag (German federal parliament) by Pope Benedict XVI was an affront to basic democratic principles.