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Protesters rally in Melbourne, Australia after police violence

By Will Morrow, 31 October 2011

Large numbers of police gathered again on Saturday in a provocative show of force, and protestors were barred from establishing a new protest site in central Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens.

Church and City move to evict Occupy London camp

By Julie Hyland, 31 October 2011

Legal moves to evict the Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest camp from outside St Paul’s Cathedral, central London are to start today.

Police victimise London protest against deaths in custody

By Paul Bond, 31 October 2011

A protest by the United Families and Friends Campaign against deaths in police custody was held in London on Saturday.

Ten years on: The SIEV X tragedy and the assault on democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 October 2011

The sinking of the SIEV X was not an isolated incident, but part of a fundamental political shift in Australia and around the world, marked by the abandonment of any adherence to democratic and legal norms.

Occupy Bristol, UK: Mounting threats to clear camp

By our reporter, 31 October 2011

There are growing threats to clear the Occupy Bristol from local authorities, MP’s and officials of the church, which is the freeholder of the land where the occupation is taking place.

Qantas Airways grounds fleet to impose far-reaching restructuring

By James Cogan, 31 October 2011

Qantas is operating with a thoroughly worked-out global strategy that enjoys the full backing of the financial and corporate establishment, the Labor government and the courts.

This week in history: October 31-November 6

By , 31 October 2011

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

A portrait of America in decline

By Patrick Martin, 31 October 2011

A series of reports over the past ten days—on poverty, wages, income inequality and social mobility—have painted a portrait of America starkly at odds with the official mythology of the United States as the land of unlimited economic opportunity.

Who owns Qantas?

By James Cogan, 31 October 2011

The executives serve as the direct representatives of finance and carry out their dictates.

Betrayed: An American liberal looks at the disaster he helped bring about in Iraq

By Richard Adams, 31 October 2011

Journalist George Packer’s play considers the fate of three Iraqi translators and collaborators with the American occupation.

US plans buildup in Persian Gulf to offset Iraq withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2011

The Obama administration and the Pentagon are preparing for a major military buildup in the Persian Gulf to offset the troop withdrawal from Iraq and prepare for new wars in the region.

Police attack Occupy protests in Denver, Colorado

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2011

Police action in Colorado’s capital city, which included several injuries and 20 arrests, was part of a wave of repression in the US over the weekend, including in Nashville, Portland, Oregon, Rochester, New York and Austin, Texas.

Fresh protests in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 31 October 2011

More than 40,000 people took part in a mass rally in central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to demand social justice.

Occupy London protesters: “This is a global movement”

By our reporters, 31 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters involved in the Occupy London protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Social deprivation led to UK riots, figures show

By Julie Hyland, 29 October 2011

Social deprivation was the main factor in the disturbances that broke out in London and other cities in August, government statistics confirm.

Letters from our readers

By , 29 October 2011

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

Documents reveal how UK backed Gaddafi’s repression

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2011

Documents found in the abandoned residence of the British ambassador in Tripoli reveal the extent of the British government’s intimate relationships with the former Gaddafi government in Libya.

Occupy Portland threatened by Oregon’s leading newspaper

By Hector Cordon, 29 October 2011

The Oregonian makes undisguised threat against anti-Wall Street protesters.

Australian government aligns with Washington’s anti-China stance in Asia

By James Cogan, 29 October 2011

Gillard’s paeans to the Obama administration were clearly motivated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sweeping outline of the global strategy of US imperialism in the latest edition of Foreign Policy magazine.

Sri Lankan SEP campaign to release political prisoners: Plantation detainee and relatives speak to WSWS

By M. Vasanthan, 29 October 2011

Political prisoners and their parents in the central plantation areas of Sri Lanka denounced the parliamentary parties and trade unions for doing nothing to free detainees.

Record low mobility reflects US social crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 29 October 2011

Geographical mobility has fallen to the lowest level on record dating back to 1948, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau on Thursday.

Notes on the social crisis in America

By Naomi Spencer, 29 October 2011

Relentless budget cuts are felt in public education, the justice system, and in health care programs for the poor.

Occupy Pittsburgh: “The rich own both the Democrats and Republicans”

By Samuel Davidson, 29 October 2011

Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are in their second week of mobilization against the massive inequality and the damage being done by the elite who rule America.

Half a million students strike over education law in Colombia

By Luis Arce, 29 October 2011

Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Colombia’s major cities Wednesday to demand the rescinding of a proposed university “reform” that they say will benefit the country’s wealthiest at the expense of the majority of Colombian youth.

New York governor picks right-wing Republican to head transit agency

By Alan Whyte, 29 October 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his nomination last week of Joseph J. Lhota, a former New York City deputy mayor and Wall Street banker as chairman of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Brussels summit intensifies national conflicts in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 29 October 2011

At the root of Europe’s debt crisis is a more fundamental problem. Despite having founded a European Union, Europe remains divided into separate states with each ruling elite intent on pursuing its own national interests.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 October 2011

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Whirlpool cuts 5,000 jobs, other US companies prepare for economic slowdown

By David Walsh, 29 October 2011

Whirlpool, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer, announced plans Friday to cut 5,000 jobs and close its plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Some 26 million Americans are already out of work or working part-time involuntarily.

New York City Mayor steps up harassment of Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 29 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg escalated harassment of the anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17.

Police raid Occupy San Diego, make 51 arrests

By our reporters, 29 October 2011

Police carried out a raid early Friday morning on Occupy San Diego, making 51 arrests and clearing out protesters who had been maintaining their encampment for three weeks.

Twenty thousand displaced as Philippine government bombs Mindanao

By Joseph Santolan, 29 October 2011

The ‘lawless elements’ whom President Aquino has ordered attacked, are the primary hurdle to a US-backed ‘peace’ process in the southern Philippines.

Occupy Atlanta: Protesters speak after forcible eviction from park

By Kranti Kumara, 28 October 2011

Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed unleashed hundreds of police in the middle of the night early Wednesday morning to evict tens of Occupy Atlanta protesters who have been peaceably occupying the downtown Troy Davis Park (formally named Woodruff Park) for over three weeks, since October 7.

Massive security for Commonwealth meeting in Western Australia

By Joe Lopez and Will Morrow, 28 October 2011

The purpose of the CHOGM security measures is to suppress and intimidate protesters and prepare public consciousness for a permanent expansion of police powers.

Occupy Oakland votes for general strike

By Jack Hood, 28 October 2011

About three thousand people gathered in Oakland, California Wednesday voted to call for a general strike on November 2 in response to the police crackdown on protesters.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 28 October 2011

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

Sri Lankan Supreme Court rejects petitions against new anti-democratic laws

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 28 October 2011

The judiciary’s rejections of petitions against the Prevention of Terrorism Act regulations courts will strengthen the Rajapakse government’s police-state measures.

Occupy Wall Street: The ISO promotes the unions against workers’ interests

By David Walsh, 28 October 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.

Thomas S. Kuhn, post-modernism and materialist dialectics

By William Whitlow, 28 October 2011

William Whitlow replies to a reader’s inquiry about sociologist Thomas S. Kuhn, author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Islamists claim victory in Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly elections

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 28 October 2011

Tunisia held elections Sunday to elect a 217-member Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting a new constitution after mass protests toppled President Ben Ali this January.

The UAW and the “reincarnation” of the US auto industry

By Jerry White, 28 October 2011

The new four-year labor agreements signed by the UAW with GM, Ford and Chrysler will lead to a rollback in the wages and conditions of workers throughout the global auto industry.

Germany: Kickbacks for union bureaucrats at Opel

By Dietmar Henning, 28 October 2011

A recent report in a German newspaper reveals the extent of the bribery of trade union officials at the Opel auto company.

Spain: Basque separatist ETA declares end of armed struggle

By Alejandro López, 28 October 2011

The Basque separatist group Basque Homeland and Freedom (Euskadi ta Askatasuna, ETA) last week declared “the definitive end to its armed activity”.

Moneyball, and the uneven playing field of professional sports

By Hiram Lee, 28 October 2011

Filmmaker Bennett Miller turns a critical eye on the American professional sports industry in Moneyball.

Solomon Islands: Australian police accused of bribing witnesses

By Will Morrow, 28 October 2011

There are obvious parallels between the failed prosecutions of Dausabea, Ne’e, and Bartlett and the continued efforts of the Australian government to convict former attorney general Julian Moti.

Canada: Steelworkers union imposes pension cuts to end Hamilton lockout

By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2011

US Steel has lifted an eleven-month lockout at its Hamilton, Ontario complex, after the United Steelworkers union forced through a contract imposing sweeping concessions.

Growing anger over state repression of anti-Wall Street protests

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2011

The near-fatal attack by Oakland, California police on a young Iraq war veteran during an anti-Wall Street protest is part of a wave of nationwide repression that has provoked anger over the assault on democratic rights.

Poverty and hunger on the rise in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2011

A social catastrophe is looming in Hungary due to the latest austerity program adopted by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban and dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Video: Warren, Michigan Chrysler workers speak on contract vote

By , 27 October 2011

Chrysler workers voting on the proposed contract Wednesday spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.

Unite’s strike ballot for UK electricians only covers Balfour Beatty

By Paul Bond, 27 October 2011

Unite has announced a ballot of fewer than one-third of the electricians threatened by the proposed ripping up of existing employment agreements.

The Occupy movement and the rightward lurch of musician Billy Bragg

By Dave Hyland, 27 October 2011

Billy Bragg, the British musician and political activist, has posted an article on his web site opposing any political development of the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

UAW imposes contract on Chrysler workers

By Jerry White, 27 October 2011

The United Auto Workers International Executive Board voted to impose a new-four year labor agreement on 26,000 Chrysler workers Wednesday, despite a 56 percent ‘no’ vote by skilled trades workers and widespread opposition from production workers.

Obama offers a drop in the bucket for student loan crisis

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2011

Despite the fanfare, the plan leaves millions of students facing onerous debt payments for the majority of their working life.

Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq: Prelude to wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2011

While promoted by Obama and his apologists as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and a turn toward peace, the US military’s forced withdrawal from Iraq only sets the stage for new and bloodier conflicts.

Debt crisis splits Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2011

The leaders of the European Union emerged from their meeting without anything resembling the “ambitious and comprehensive response” to the European debt crisis that had been pledged.

New Zealand: Students protest against university cuts

By Tom Peters, 27 October 2011

Hundreds of university students have protested against cuts to courses and staff.

Amidst police crackdown, widespread public support for Occupy movement

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2011

Recent polls show widespread popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic aims, centered on opposition to inequality and corporate domination of politics. The growth of support comes as local governments, implicitly backed by the Obama administration, are moving to shut down demonstrations―in some cases, violently.

Thousands march to denounce police brutality against Occupy Oakland

By Fred Williams, 27 October 2011

Protests spread Wednesday night in Oakland, California and throughout the country, a day after police attacked unarmed demonstrators with tear gas, flash grenades, wounding several. Over one hundred were arrested, and there were several injuries.

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters

By a reporting team, 27 October 2011

The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

Government report says richest 1 percent doubled their share of US national income

By Barry Grey, 27 October 2011

A study released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that the richest 1 percent of US households nearly tripled their income between 1979 and 2007 and doubled their share of the national income.

Thousands flee flooding in Thailand

By John Roberts, 27 October 2011

Public holidays have been declared to enable some of Bangkok’s 12 million residents to evacuate and allow others to prepare last-ditch sandbag defences.

Occupy Detroit: “People will possibly be killed if this keeps up”

By Shannon Jones, 27 October 2011

Members of the Occupy Detroit encampment spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on their protest

Business leaders oppose Thai government’s rice price scheme

By John Roberts, 27 October 2011

Amid the country’s worsening flood crisis, industry chiefs and economists have urged the government to abandon its election promises.

Germany’s Left Party holds its congress: Verbal radicalism combined with calls for a strong state

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 October 2011

The Left Party in Germany is being groomed to prevent the emergence of a new extra-parliamentary opposition and contain future struggles of the working class.

Sinn Fein’s McGuinness stands for Irish presidency

By Steve James, 27 October 2011

Ireland goes to the polls today to elect a new president. Alongside the minor celebrities and political nonentities putting themselves forward for the largely ceremonial role is Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness.

Official report confirms growing inequality in Australia

By Alex Messenger, 26 October 2011

The statistics indicate that the wealthy have been able to exploit the global financial crisis to profit at the expense of ordinary people.

UK bakery workers union ignores ballot for strike

By Danny Richardson, 26 October 2011

Bakery workers at two factories in Oldham and Bolton voted for strike action against plans by Park Cakes to hire new workers in at far lower wages and subject them to poorer conditions.

Riots erupt over Pakistan’s chronic electricity cuts

By Vilani Peiris, 26 October 2011

Popular anger over chronic electricity load-shedding erupted earlier this month, producing violent clashes in many Pakistani cities.

Violent crackdown on Occupy protesters in Oakland, California

By Fred Williams and Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2011

Police violently attacked hundreds of demonstrators in Oakland, California on Tuesday night, in part of a coordinated attempt to disperse occupy encampments in several cities throughout the US.

Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: Equality and the Fight for Socialism

By , 26 October 2011

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings throughout the United States on the political significance and implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

US-backed Kenyan forces invade Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 26 October 2011

Kenya sent military forces into Somalia last week, vowing to fight al-Shabaab militants it blamed for a spate of abductions of foreign nationals.

Death toll rises in Turkish earthquake

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 October 2011

The principal reason for the high rate of casualties following Sunday’s earthquake is the lack of proper building standards.

Floods threaten Mexico and Central America with famine

By Rafael Azul, 26 October 2011

Two weeks of torrential rains have created an environmental crisis that threatens the food supplies of Mexico, Central America and Colombia.

Sacramento, California: “Democrats are tied to the corporations that caused the crash”

By Jack Hood, 26 October 2011

Nearly 100 protesters filled downtown Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park this past Saturday to voice their opposition to Wall Street

The defense of Iranian filmmakers, and their artistic decline

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 26 October 2011

The recent Toronto film festival screened several films from Iran—including This is Not a Film, about the house arrest of filmmaker Jafar Panahi, co-directed by Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, and Good Bye from Mohammad Rasoulof.

Obama’s mortgage relief fraud

By Andre Damon, 26 October 2011

President Obama unveiled another toothless economic proposal Monday, as he pursues his 2012 election campaign.

Saab nears bankruptcy as restructuring plan collapses

By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2011

Saab faces the prospect of bankruptcy after its plans to restructure fell apart last week.

Grounded ship threatens to break-up off New Zealand coast

By John Braddock, 26 October 2011

Evidence makes it clear that not only was an incident such as this likely to happen, the authorities were completely unprepared to deal with it.

India: Maruti and Suzuki workers discuss their two-week strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 October 2011

Maruti workers described the brutal conditions prevailing in India’s new industrial zones, which are triggering explosive struggles.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Occupation targets banks

By our reporter, 26 October 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown Minneapolis, targeted banks in the past week to protest student debt and home foreclosures.

Britain’s Conservatives suffer worst ever back-bench revolt over Europe

By Julie Hyland, 26 October 2011

The rebellion by almost half of the Conservative Party backbench MPs over a motion for a referendum on the conditions of Britain’s membership of the European Union is the largest ever faced by a Tory leader.

Occupy Wall Street movement at a crossroads

By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2011

Attempts to channel mass political discontent back within the political system have been combined with a growing wave of arrests, including a brutal crackdown on protesters in Oakland, California.

Resignation of UK defense secretary reveals links between ministers and military firms

By Julie Hyland, 25 October 2011

The scandal over the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox typifies the way government operates today.

Sri Lankan NSSP repudiates socialism and the October Revolution

By Socialist Equality Party Sri Lanka, 25 October 2011

The NSSP of Sri Lanka has declared its hostility to Trotskyism and socialist revolution.

Letters on the murder of Gaddafi

By , 25 October 2011

Letters from readers on the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

Mayor steps up intimidation of Occupy Atlanta protesters

By Kranti Kumara, 25 October 2011

In a palpable display of hostility towards Occupy Atlanta protesters, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has started to get more aggressive towards protesters. Over the last several days, the Democratic mayor has taken several steps to signal his intention to eventually evict the protesters who are camped out in a downtown park in Atlanta, Georgia.

London Occupation in second week

By Zach Reed, 25 October 2011

The occupation begun on October 15 of the area surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral is nearly two weeks old, with up to 500 camped out.

Philippine gunboat rams Chinese fishing vessel in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 25 October 2011

Behind the confrontation and escalating tensions in the South China Sea is the provocative role being played by Washington in the region.

Occupy Boston: Noam Chomsky speaks, but offers no way forward

By John Marion, 25 October 2011

MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s proscriptions alternated between reformist measures and pessimism about the ignorance of “the population.”

The way forward in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2011

Greek trade unions are doing all they can to sabotage a movement of workers against the government.

Professor Cole gloats over Gaddafi’s murder

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2011

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole claims the revolting murder of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as “vindication” for the imperialist war against Libya that he championed.

Turkey launches anti-Kurdish raids into northern Iraq

By I.K. Karlsson, 25 October 2011

Turkey has launched a major incursion into northern Iraq after Turkish soldiers were killed in a raid by Kurdish PKK militants in the Turkish-Iraqi border region.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 October 2011

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

Widespread opposition as voting on UAW-Chrysler deal concludes

By Jerry White, 25 October 2011

Workers at the Warren Truck plant in suburban Detroit denounced the sellout by the UAW Monday afternoon.

Stepped-up repression against anti-Wall Street protesters

By Barry Grey, 25 October 2011

The response of the US government to the spread of anti-Wall Street protests in the US and internationally has been a marked increase in police repression and intimidation.

Mass killings, arbitrary detention under new Libyan regime

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2011

The barbaric conclusion to the NATO military campaign in Libya underscores the fraud of the declared “liberation.”

US government panel recommends an end to prostate cancer screening

By Gary Joad, 25 October 2011

A government panel has recommended against PSA screening for men in all age groups to detect prostate cancer.

New questions raised over 2001 anthrax attacks

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2011

Two new investigations have challenged the official claim that scientist Bruce Ivins was the lone author of the attacks which killed five people.

Chicago police arrest over 130 occupy protesters

By our reporting team, 24 October 2011

The mass arrests, carried out under the direction of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel, represent a significant escalation of attempts by the state to disperse or intimidate protesters.

Obama announces US troop withdrawal from Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2011

The announced withdrawal of US troops is not a victory for “peace,” but a redeployment of American forces to new war zones.

Finance minister proposes “Swedish model” to solve European debt crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2011

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg has spoken out in favour of a “Swedish solution” to resolve the deepening debt crisis gripping the European continent.