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Papua New Guinea: Rival ex-prime ministers unite in bid to form new government

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2012

Michael Somare and Peter O’Neil spent the previous 12 months locked in a bitter power struggle that split the military, police force and state apparatus.

Signs of a North Korean power shift

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2012

The abrupt removal of Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho has been interpreted as a move by Kim Jong-un to tighten his grip over the country’s military.

Spanish unemployment nears 25 percent

By Alejandro López, 30 July 2012

Newly published figures show unemployment at a record high in Spain.

Syrian ethnic, sectarian conflicts deepen as US plots to install client regime

By Niall Green, 30 July 2012

While Washington and its allies plot how to advance their predatory interests in Syria, the country is descending into mass sectarian bloodshed.

Widespread support as SEP concludes Wisconsin petition drive

By Niles Williamson and Nicholas Russo, 30 July 2012

In just eight days the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign to gain access to the presidential ballot in Wisconsin has garnered more than 3,000 signatures.

Book on Mossad confirms Israel assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2012

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars states unequivocally that Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, assassinated five of Iran’s top scientists in that country’s nuclear programme.

The unions’ role in isolating the Caterpillar strike

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 30 July 2012

Workers at Caterpillar’s Joliet plant have confronted not only the determination of management, but also the isolation of their struggle by the IAM and the other major unions.

Union accepts major concessions according to leaked summary of Con Ed agreement

By Philip Guelpa, 30 July 2012

An unofficial, leaked summary of the proposed contract with Con Ed indicates the union has agreed to significant wage and benefit concessions, including changes in pensions for new-hires.

WSWS interviews tortured Tamil political refugee

By Athiyan Silva, 30 July 2012

The WSWS recently interviewed a former Tamil political prisoner, beaten and tortured in so-called rehabilitation centres by the Sri Lankan army and intelligence.

French unions sign concession deal with automaker PSA

By Kumaran Ira, 30 July 2012

On July 26 trade unions accepted sweeping concessions proposed by the French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën at its Sevelnord plant.