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Australia: Union isolates striking Victorian nurses

By Richard Phillips, 1 March 2012

As nurses continued rolling stoppages, the ANF pledged to call off all action if the Victorian government agreed to “voluntary arbitration,” as proposed by federal workplace minister Bill Shorten.

Further evidence of secret US indictment of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 1 March 2012

The Stratfor emails undoubtedly reflect sentiments in the Obama administration to exact revenge on Assange and destroy WikiLeaks for having exposed US war crimes.

New political turmoil over post of Australian foreign minister

By James Cogan, 1 March 2012

A second controversy within a week over who holds the position of Australian foreign minister points to worsening upheaval in the Labor government as US-China tensions intensify.

Obama, UAW revel in auto workers’ impoverishment

By Shannon Jones, 1 March 2012

President Barack Obama’s speech before the United Auto Workers legislative conference Tuesday exposed the indifference of both the White House and the union officials to the social disaster facing auto workers.

Prosecution abruptly rests case in Philippine impeachment trial

By Joseph Santolan, 1 March 2012

The decision to cut the prosecution short reflects the rising tide of popular discontent with the trial.

Support for Quebec student strike swells

By Eric Marquis, 1 March 2012

Seventy thousand university and college students have joined a two week-old strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plans to dramatically increase university tuition fees. And thousands more may soon join the strike.

New York police defend illegal spying operation against Muslims

By Ali Ismail, 1 March 2012

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the New York City Police Department’s spying activities against Muslims.

Hamas aligns itself with US imperialism against Syria, Iran

By Sahand Avedis, 1 March 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya delivered a speech in Cairo endorsing Syria’s Western-backed opposition and thereby confirming speculation that the Palestinian Islamist movement has found new patrons among the Middle East’s most reactionary regimes.

Polish government plans new attacks on the working class

By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2012

Despite modest economic growth, the Polish government led by Donald Tusk is preparing renewed attacks on workers.

A4e scandal highlights looting of UK social spending by private companies

By Julie Hyland, 1 March 2012

The scandal surrounding the welfare-to-work firm A4e (Action for Employment) has again exposed how large swathes of public funds have been handed over to private corporations, under both Labour and the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.