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Australian State Coroner reports on three refugee suicides

By Will Morrow, 30 December 2011

The suicides are a tragic consequence of the Labor government’s refugee policy of compulsory detention.

Schweppes Australia locks out workers

By Chris Sadlier, 30 December 2011

The pre-emptive lockout of the Schweppes workers in response to limited industrial action follows similar action recently taken by Qantas management and POAG stevedoring.

Strikes escalate in China

By John Chan, 30 December 2011

Industrial action by workers at Shenzhen Hailiang Storage Products is a sign that the recent strikes in China are taking more militant forms.

US menaces Iran over Strait of Hormuz

By Peter Symonds, 30 December 2011

The growing tensions in the Persian Gulf are the result of provocative steps by the US and its European allies towards blocking Iranian oil exports.

House fire caused by space heater kills three in Ohio

By Naomi Spencer, 30 December 2011

A Columbus, Ohio family was killed in a house fire on Christmas Eve after a space heater ignited the mattress they were sleeping on.

Poverty in Germany persists despite economic growth

By Dietmar Henning, 30 December 2011

Poverty in Germany remained at “a record level of over 14 percent for the past six years”, a new report reveals.

UK poverty entrenched and deepening

By Robert Stevens, 30 December 2011

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation survey, “Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2011”, reveals the terrible scale of entrenched poverty in the UK.

Sparrows Point, Maryland mill suspends steelmaking operations

By Kate Randall, 30 December 2011

RG Steel handed out pink slips to over 700 workers at its Sparrows Point, Maryland steel mill last Friday as the company suspended its steelmaking operations.

France prepares ban on denying a Turkish genocide of Armenians

By F. Dubois, 30 December 2011

The National Assembly’s passage on December 22 of a law banning the public denial of the Armenian genocide has provoked a major diplomatic crisis between France and Turkey.

75 years since the Flint sit-down strike

By Barry Grey, 30 December 2011

Today marks the 75th anniversary of a momentous chapter in the history of the American and international working class—the beginning of the Flint sit-down strike.