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Australian government slashes spending as global crisis deepens

By Mike Head, 30 November 2011

Treasurer Wayne Swan made clear the government’s acceptance of the dictates of the banks and finance houses that are imposing austerity measures on governments across Europe.

WikiLeaks wins top Australian journalism prize

By Richard Phillips, 30 November 2011

The Walkley Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Journalism” flies in the face of a vicious US-led attack on WikiLeaks and indicates the depth of support for Assange among serious journalists.

Sri Lankan government imposes austerity budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 30 November 2011

Amid a worsening global crisis, the budget has inflicted new burdens on working people, while giving tax breaks to business.

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

By Kate Randall, 30 November 2011

American Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, is the last major legacy air carrier to seek Chapter 11 protection.

Article sheds light on the fabrication of charges against Strauss-Kahn

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2011

A lengthy article by long-time investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of Books, sheds new light on the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, last May in New York City on bogus rape charges.

West Yorkshire, UK parents and teachers march against school privatisation

By Barbara Slaughter, 30 November 2011

More than 200 parents, teachers and residents of Otley, West Yorkshire, marched Saturday to oppose the transformation of their local senior school into a privately run academy.

First round of Egyptian parliamentary elections begins

By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2011

Voting in parliamentary elections began Monday and continued yesterday in nine of Egypt’s 27 governorates.

An exchange: More on the contemporary assault on Shakespeare

By David Walsh, 30 November 2011

A reader has written to the WSWS complaining that our recent review of Anonymous was an “emotional rant” that did nothing more than “parrot the shop-worn clichés of the multibillion dollar Shakespeare establishment.”

An exchange on the union’s role in the Australian nurses’ dispute

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2011

The WSWS replies to a letter that reflects the current thinking of many nurses who are determined to defend staffing and pay, but do not yet understand the union’s role in facilitating the Victorian government’s agenda.

Germany: The referendum on the “Stuttgart 21” rail project

By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 30 November 2011

Voters in the state of Baden-Württemberg rejected the referendum on the controversial rail project “Stuttgart 21” Sunday.

For a general strike to bring down the Cameron government!

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 30 November 2011

More than two million workers across the public sector in the UK are taking part in today’s Day of Action against the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s attack on their pensions.

Euro crisis deepens amid warnings of depression

By Nick Beams, 30 November 2011

Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels have again failed to come up with any solution to the deepening euro crisis amid warnings that the increasingly likely break-up of the single currency will have catastrophic consequences for the European and world economy.

Strikes rock manufacturing centres in southern China

By Ben McGrath, 29 November 2011

Many factory workers face wage cuts and harsher conditions as companies struggle to survive amid falling demand for Chinese exports in Europe and the US.

The US-Australia military agreements: Preparations for war with China

By , 29 November 2011

Australia has been placed on the frontline of a potential confrontation between nuclear-armed states.

US Census: One third of US population poor or near-poor

By Debra Watson, 29 November 2011

Census Bureau figures show that one-third of the US population live in households that are poor or near poor.

New York: CUNY students denounce police attacks

By Sandy English, 29 November 2011

Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.

Sri Lankan SEP/ISSE holds public meeting on JVP crisis

By our correspondents, 29 November 2011

In a well-attended meeting in Colombo, the SEP and ISSE explained the roots of the JVP’s political break-up and the necessity for a Trotskyist party.

Students protest tuition hikes and police violence at UC Davis

By our reporters, 29 November 2011

Several hundred students at the University of California, Davis participated in protests on Monday in opposition to tuition increases and the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters.

Australian banks sound alarm over euro-zone fallout

By Mike Head, 29 November 2011

Banking CEOs have voiced fears that the European credit crisis could have a more devastating impact than the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008.

Outrage spreads in Pakistan over NATO bombings

By Alex Lantier, 29 November 2011

US and Pakistani officials held intensive talks as outrage grew in the Pakistani population and army over the NATO bombing of two Pakistani border posts on Saturday.

Massive increase in UK wage inequality

By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2011

New figures published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal the enormous gulf in pay between the vast majority of workers and the super-rich in the UK.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 29 November 2011

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

Mass layoffs in Germany highlight new stage in global slump

By Christoph Dreier and Barry Grey, 29 November 2011

Last week, two major German industrial firms announced mass layoffs and a third filed for bankruptcy.

UK academies pay managers up to £280,000

By Harvey Thompson, 29 November 2011

Reports show that privately controlled Academy schools are using a significant slice of public funds to pay senior staff six-figure salaries.

Letters from our readers

By , 29 November 2011

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

Protesters in Philadelphia and Los Angeles resist attempts to end occupations

By our reporters, 29 November 2011

Officials in Los Angeles, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—both headed by Democratic Party mayors—are seeking to end occupations in their cities, part of a nationwide campaign to shut down the protests against inequality.

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi’s past: Police repression in Greece, FBI spying in the US

By Jack Hood, 28 November 2011

The UC Davis chancellor who ordered police action against peaceful protesters is a prime example of the growing nexus between corporate CEOs, academic administrators and the police-intelligence apparatus.

Labour routed in New Zealand election

By John Braddock, 28 November 2011

Labour gained just 27 percent of the vote, its worst result since 1928, despite the unpopularity of the National government’s austerity measures.

Mexican teachers fight to defend public education

By Rafael Azul, 28 November 2011

Tens of thousands of teachers in 14 Mexican states carried out strikes and protests on November 22 to oppose the government’s attack on public education.

The Occupy London movement at the crossroads

By Julie Hyland, 28 November 2011

Having initially maintained their distance from the protest outside St. Paul’s cathedral in central London, the political establishment now claims to share its concerns over social inequality.

French petty-bourgeois “left” plots military intervention in Syria

By Kumaran Ira, 28 November 2011

As the Western powers move to destabilize and foment armed rebellions against the Syrian regime of Bashir al-Assad, France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party is supporting and helping to plan military action against Syria.

Former owner GM blocks Saab takeover

By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2011

The future of Swedish automaker Saab remains undecided following a decision by former owner General Motors to block a proposed takeover by two Chinese firms.

Joint military exercise highlights growing Pakistan-China relations

By Vilani Peiris, 28 November 2011

The joint military exercise by Pakistan and China began as US-China rivalries in Asia intensify.

“Robert Service has written a diatribe, not a scientific polemic!”

By , 28 November 2011

Professor Hermann Weber spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the reasons for his opposition to the publication by Suhrkamp Verlag of a German translation of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky.

South Korea ratifies free trade deal with US

By Ben McGrath, 28 November 2011

The vote in South Korea’s National Assembly underscored the sharp divisions within the political establishment over the FTA, which was first agreed in 2007.

This week in history: November 28-December 5

By , 28 November 2011

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

The Australian trade unions and the betrayal of the Victorian nurses’ struggle

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2011

The shutdown of the nurses’ struggle underscores the critical role of the unions in enforcing the regressive, pro-business measures being advanced by the federal Labor government in collaboration with its state counterparts.

NATO raid kills two dozen Pakistani soldiers

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2011

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are near breaking point after a US airstrike early Saturday morning killed more than 25 Pakistani soldiers stationed at two army posts located near the Afghan border.

Unite the working class to defend public education and democratic rights!

By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011

The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.

Germany: The Nazi terrorist cell and the poison of anti-communism

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 November 2011

New facts about the involvement of the German security agencies with the far-right scene are dealing a blow to the ideological cement that has long obscured the class character of German society.

Australia: Refugees narrowly survive another boat disaster

By Mark Church, 28 November 2011

Refugees aboard a stricken boat almost crashed onto rocky cliffs in stormy weather off Christmas Island, an Australian outpost in the Indian Ocean, on the evening of November 20.

The Egyptian revolution turns against the military

By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2011

The renewed revolutionary upsurge in Egypt is the working class’s verdict on the Egyptian military’s claims to be leading a “democratic transition” away from the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak.

Detroit mayor cuts jobs, threatens state takeover

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2011

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing threatened a state takeover of the city if unions do not grant massive concessions.

International statements of support for UC Davis protests

By , 26 November 2011

Members and supporters of the International Students for Social Equality discuss the political and international significance of the attack on Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis.

Former Sri Lankan presidential candidate jailed for three years

By Wije Dias, 26 November 2011

The Rajapakse government, which instigated the court case, is determined to stifle any opposition to its rule, no matter how limited.

Mother of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2011

Christine Assange discusses the US-led frame-up campaign against WikiLeaks and her son Julian, the role of the Gillard Labor government, and the political implications for basic democratic rights.

Russia, Germany launch Nord Stream pipeline

By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2011

On November 8, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched the first line of the new Nord Stream pipeline.

The civil war in Syria and the fate of the Middle Eastern revolution

By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2011

The passing of the Arab League deadline for the regime of Bashir al-Assad to meet its terms brings military intervention in Syria’s escalating civil war by the region’s powers one step closer.

Inequality in Boston

By John Marion, 26 November 2011

A recent report measuring poverty in Boston concludes that the city is in one of “the most unequal counties in the nation.”

Members of 20 UK unions vote to join strike over pensions

By Tony Hyland, 26 November 2011

Some two million workers are expected to take part in the November 30 Day of Action against attacks on public sector pensions.

Millions demand downfall of US-backed Egyptian junta

By Johannes Stern, 26 November 2011

On Friday millions of workers and youth protested against military rule in Egypt and demanded the downfall of the US-backed Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta.

Renewed calls for Medicare cuts

By Kate Randall, 26 November 2011

The recent failure of the congressional deficit-reduction “supercommittee” to reach an agreement has prompted calls from both Democrats and Republicans for major cuts to the Medicare health care program.

Australia: Union shuts down nurses’ industrial action

By Will Morrow and Patrick O’Connor, 26 November 2011

The ANF decision is an abject capitulation to the federal Labor government’s industrial relations regime and the state government’s agenda of slashing wages and conditions.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 26 November 2011

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Australian government “delivers” on mining tax

By Mike Head, 26 November 2011

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax delivers the immense concessions that Julia Gillard pledged to the big mining companies in June 2010, just after she was installed as prime minister.

NPA responds to debt crisis by promoting alliances with French bourgeois “left”

By Anthony Torres, 26 November 2011

The NPA has responded to the growing debt crisis in France by trying to channel the workers’ opposition behind the bourgeois “left” and its political hangers-on.

Berlin city government: SPD and CDU agree on a coalition

By Emma Bode, 25 November 2011

The new administration will slash spending, cut jobs and wages and scale back social provisions in order to balance the budget and meet its debt repayments to the banks.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 25 November 2011

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

Nearly half of US Congress members are millionaires

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2011

Two studies published this month point to the transformation of the United States into a plutocracy.

Corruption-plagued NYPD tramples on democratic rights

By Ali Ismail, 25 November 2011

The draconian response of the New York Police Department to the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests in the city is part of a stepped-up attack on democratic rights.

Beijing considers response to US diplomatic offensive

By John Chan, 25 November 2011

Last weekend’s summit in Bali represented a major blow to China’s diplomatic efforts over the past decade to expand its influence in South East Asia.

The Greens: Adjuncts of US and Australian militarism

By James Cogan, 25 November 2011

Behind his party’s pacifist facade, Greens’ leader Bob Brown is an advocate of the “option” of military action against China.

Yemeni president signs deal to step down

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2011

The GCC agreement is a cynical arrangement patched together by the government and the opposition parties under Washington’s tutelage in a bid to end protests demanding an end to the pro-US regime.

Working people disenfranchised in New Zealand election

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 25 November 2011

All parties are committed to a program of austerity designed to make workers pay for the global economic breakdown.

Australian nurses rally in defence of wages and conditions

By Will Morrow, 25 November 2011

The nurses are maintaining industrial action within Victoria’s public hospitals in defiance of a ban imposed by the federal Labor government’s Fair Work Australia industrial relations tribunal.

Squalid manoeuvre gives extra vote to minority Australian Labor government

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2011

Every section of the media is now demanding that Gillard utilise her enhanced numbers in parliament to implement pro-business economic “reform” measures.

Labour’s new president promotes “Irishness” to cover austerity

By Steve James, 25 November 2011

Irish President Michael D. Higgins made clear in his inauguration address that the large numbers of working people who voted for him will be immediately betrayed.

Police evict Occupy Toronto protesters

By Carl Bronski, 25 November 2011

Wednesday’s eviction of protesters from Toronto’s St. James Cathedral Park is part of a concerted effort by state authorities to bring an end to the Occupy protests across Canada.

UK bakers union calls off strikes at Park Cakes

By Danny Richardson, 25 November 2011

Workers at Park Cakes Bakeries in Bolton and Oldham face the prospect of a reversal of their wages and conditions after the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union called off strikes.

The crisis of the euro

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2011

Since this year began, hardly a month has passed without a major summit to decide on new measures to save the euro.

As euro crisis worsens, new signs of world downturn

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2011

Yields on government debt soared Wednesday after an failed auction of German bonds, even as new new figures pointed to a renewed global economic downturn.

Obama’s aggressive turn to Asia

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2011

On every front—diplomatic, economic and strategic—the US president has set course for a confrontation with China in order to reassert American dominance in the world’s fastest growing region.

Video: Michigan residents denounce DTE Energy’s “Customer Assistance Day”

By , 24 November 2011

Residents seeking home heating assistance at the Cobo Hall event in Detroit spoke out on the lack of help available and the event itself.

Greek police make first raid on university since fall of military junta

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2011

Last Thursday, the newly imposed Greek government utilized PASOK’s abolition of the Academic Asylum law to authorise the police entry into a public university for the first time since 1982.

Social crisis in America: Thanksgiving 2011

By Naomi Spencer, 24 November 2011

Millions of Americans face extraordinarily grim circumstances this holiday.

Former Libyan PM exposes US-NATO machinations

By Oliver Campbell, 24 November 2011

Jibril’s remarks confirm that far from being a humanitarian mission to “save the Libyan people,” the war to oust Muammar Gaddafi was aimed at seizing control of the country’s oil wealth

The Occupy protests in Australia, the unions and the pseudo-left

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 November 2011

The pseudo-left organisations—Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, and the Socialist Party—have insisted that the key task of the Occupy movement is to secure the support of senior trade union bureaucrats.

Issues involved in the National Basketball Association lockout

By Matthew Brennan, 24 November 2011

The high profile labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement between National Basketball Association (NBA) team owners and players appears to have reached an impasse.

Auto workers denounce police attack on California students

By Jerry White, 24 November 2011

Last week’s attack on the UC Davis students has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.

Mass protests intensify against Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2011

Clashes continued yesterday in cities across Egypt, on the fifth day of mass protests demanding the overthrow of the US-backed Egyptian military junta.

Obama’s move on Burma

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 24 November 2011

Clinton’s upcoming visit to Burma is a further step in US efforts to draw the country out of China’s orbit and into closer alignment with Washington.

UN lines up behind Arab League-Turkey action against Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 24 November 2011

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee voted on Tuesday to “strongly condemn” Syria’s crackdown on opposition protests.

Obama, Congress make new austerity plans

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2011

The official demise of the congressional deficit-reduction “supercommittee” has become the starting point for the next round of austerity demands from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Millions protest to demand overthrow of US-backed Egyptian junta

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2011

On Tuesday millions of workers and youth staged protests and strikes all over Egypt, demanding the downfall of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the US-backed Egyptian junta.

Letter from historians to German publisher Suhrkamp on Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky

By , 23 November 2011

Below is the text of a letter sent in July by noted European historians to the German publishing house Suhrkamp opposing its planned publication of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky.

Spain: Inequality soars to record levels

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 23 November 2011

The victory of Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing Popular Party in Sunday’s general election is set to dramatically worsen the ongoing pauperisation of much of Spain’s population.

Australia: The political issues facing Victorian nurses

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 23 November 2011

Tens of thousands of public hospital nurses confront an assault on their jobs, wages, and conditions that is being coordinated between the state Liberal government of Ted Baillieu and the federal Labor government of Julia Gillard.

Inquiry hears evidence of extent of phone hacking at Murdoch’s News International

By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2011

The first week of the inquiry by Judge Lord Leveson into the “culture, practices and ethics” of the UK media revealed further evidence pointing to the massive extent of phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

Anonymous: An ignorant assault on Shakespeare

By David Walsh, 23 November 2011

The premise of Roland Emmerich’s film is that dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was not the author of the three dozen or so plays attributed to him, rather they were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

Thousands line up for heating assistance in Detroit

By Shannon Jones and Lawrence Porter, 23 November 2011

Thousands of people lined up in Detroit Monday at utility monopoly DTE Energy’s Customer Assistance Day

Thousands rally at UC Davis against police brutality and education cuts

By Jack Hood, 23 November 2011

Over 5,000 students gathered on the University of California, Davis quad to protest police brutality, social inequality, and tuition hikes. During a general assembly, the students voted in favor of a university strike, to be held on November 28.

David Harvey and the Occupy Movement

By Nick Beams, 23 November 2011

Harvey is using his reputation as an analyst of Marxist political economy and a critic of capitalism to try to emasculate the Occupy movement and subordinate it to the present political order.

European historians oppose publication by Suhrkamp of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography

By Wolfgang Weber, 23 November 2011

Fourteen prominent historians, political scientists and publicists from Germany and Austria have sent a letter to the German publishing house Suhrkamp opposing the publication of Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky. The letter cites “a host of factual errors,” the “repugnant connotations” of the passages in which Service deals with Trotsky’s Jewish origins, and Service’s recourse to “formulas associated with Stalinist propaganda” for the purpose of discrediting Trotsky.

New York police beat and arrest students protesting tuition increase

By Sandy English, 23 November 2011

Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department, arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The police assault at University of California, Davis

By Jerry White, 23 November 2011

The November 18 police assault on protesting students at University of California, Davis has exposed the reactionary and brutal character of political, social and economic relations in the United States.

What the Gleision mining tragedy reveals about Britain’s trade unions

By , 23 November 2011

The Gleision mining tragedy has shone a harsh light on the conditions of super-exploitation now rife in what remains of the UK’s mining industry.

Obama administration defends unlimited warrantless GPS surveillance before Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 23 November 2011

The Obama administration’s position, in the words of one justice, is that “there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States.”

Australia: Elderly patients die in Sydney nursing home fire

By Mark Church, 23 November 2011

The tragedy highlight the appalling conditions in the commercial aged care industry, which are primarily the responsibility of the federal Labor government, which controls the funding of the nursing home system.

Detroit residents: “There is nothing here for the people but a struggle”

By , 23 November 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to those attending DTE Energy’s Customer Assistance Day in Detroit.

Australia: Qantas imposes arbitration to enforce restructuring

By Terry Cook, 23 November 2011

By sending the dispute into arbitration, the airline has obtained precisely what it wanted when it took the unprecedented step of grounding its entire fleet.