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Australian government pledges to slash billions from budget

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 March 2012

Labor’s budget preparations are centrally directed towards satisfying the demands of the international financial markets.

Millions join general strike in Spain

By Vicky Short, 30 March 2012

Yesterday’s general strike against new labour laws imposed by the right-wing Popular Party government was joined by up to 80 percent of Spain’s workforce.

Sham election in Hong Kong reveals sharp social tensions

By John Chan, 30 March 2012

The outcome of chief executive “election” was largely determined by backroom manoeuvres in collusion with Beijing.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

US House of Representatives approves plan to destroy Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2012

The budget, drafted by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, is part of a bipartisan campaign to slash spending on social programs upon which millions of people depend.

Trade unions in Italy play crucial role in the abolition of workers’ rights

By Marianne Arens, 30 March 2012

Italian prime minister Mario Monti knows he has nothing to fear from the unions and Italy’s pseudo-leftist organisations as he introduces his new labour reform.

Ireland pushes for debt restructuring to avoid second bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 30 March 2012

Dublin is pushing for an agreement with the “troika” of the European Central Bank, European Union and International Monetary Fund to allow it to restructure a portion of its debt.

Tamil separatists lobby imperialist powers against Sri Lankan government at UN

By Athiyan Silva, 30 March 2012

Tamil nationalist groups are appealing to US imperialism and its allies to investigate war crimes by the Sri Lankan government during the Sri Lankan civil war.

India’s government orients towards privatizing water

By Ajay Prakash and Kranti Kumara, 30 March 2012

Under the guise of providing a solution to the country’s acute water crisis, India’s Congress Party-led Union government has issued a policy document that advocates the wholesale privatization of water delivery and sanitation.

Pope Benedict backs market measures in Cuba

By Rafael Azul, 30 March 2012

Pope Benedict spent three days in Cuba, supporting the turn toward private property and foreign capital by the government of Raúl Castro.