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Beaverton, Oregon school district cuts 10 percent of its teachers

By Christine Schofelt, 31 July 2012

Beginning July 26, principals in Beaverton, Oregon began notifying 204 teachers that they were out of a job.

Reports reveal City of London lobbyists have carte blanche

By Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2012

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has produced a series of reports on London’s financial sector, its lobbyists, and their relations with the political establishment.

Waste Management brings in strikebreakers against Seattle drivers

By Hector Cordon, 31 July 2012

Waste Management, the largest waste collection company in the US, is seeking to break a week-long strike by recycling and garbage truck drivers in Seattle, Washington.

Massive police deployment against Anaheim, California protests

By our reporters, 31 July 2012

Police in Anaheim, California deployed huge numbers of officers in military fashion over the weekend, in response to several hundred protesters demonstrating against the killing of Manuel Diaz.

Letters from our readers

By , 31 July 2012

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

Sri Lankan SEP candidate speaks to WSWS

By Panini Wijesiriwardene, 31 July 2012

Ananda Daulagala has a record of more than three decades of fighting for the program of international socialism.

New report shows rising US child poverty

By David Brown, 31 July 2012

Due to the economic crisis millions more children in the US are living in poverty.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 31 July 2012

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

Ex-TARP overseer denounces US government cover-up of Wall Street crimes

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 31 July 2012

Neil Barofsky, the former inspector general for the $700 billion US bank bailout program, has in recent days denounced Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Obama administration for covering up criminal activity by major banks.

Australian government forcibly deports Tamil asylum seeker

By Will Morrow, 31 July 2012

The government is clearly seeking to exploit the case to intimidate Tamil asylum seekers in Australia and deter others thinking about fleeing Sri Lanka.

Chinese regime indicts wife of fallen party leader

By John Chan, 31 July 2012

The indictment of Bo Xilai’s wife indicates that the CCP leadership is seeking to end damaging factional rifts ahead of the party congress later this year.

South West England hospitals seek to slash wages

By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2012

Nineteen National Health Service Trusts in South West England, covering 60,000 hospital workers have formed a Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium.

Germany participates in war preparations against Syria

By Christoph Dreier, 31 July 2012

Behind the scenes, the German government has long been active in the civil war in Syria and in the preparations for a military intervention.

SEP campaign team visits striking Caterpillar workers in Joliet

By our reporters, 31 July 2012

The presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Socialist Equality Party, Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer, visited striking Caterpillar workers on the picket line in Joliet, Illinois on Monday afternoon

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens Syria, Iran in Middle East tour

By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2012

Beginning his week-long Middle East tour yesterday, Panetta called for regime change in Syria and threatened Iran with sanctions and war.

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.

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.

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.

This week in history: July 30-August 5

By , 30 July 2012

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

“Save Our Schools” webinar: ISO shills for the AFT bureaucracy

By Walter Gilberti, 30 July 2012

Union officials and black Democratic Party operatives join forces with the backing of the International Socialist Organization.

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.

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.

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.

Thousands demonstrate to save children’s heart surgery in Leeds

By our reporters, 30 July 2012

Some 3,000 people gathered in Millennium Square, Leeds on July 23, to protest the proposal to end paediatric heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

Spanish unemployment nears 25 percent

By Alejandro López, 30 July 2012

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

The jobs crisis and the 2012 elections

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2012

The latest Obama administration review of the US economy admits that workers who are now unemployed face a disastrous labor market for the next decade.

Oliver Stone’s Savages and the war on drugs

By Hiram Lee, 30 July 2012

Veteran director Oliver Stone sets his sights, superficially, on the “war on drugs” in his new film Savages.

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.

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.

Australian TV program exposes Assange frame-up

By Mike Head, 28 July 2012

“Four Corners” pieced together what happened in the three crucial weeks after the WikiLeaks editor arrived in Sweden in mid-August 2010.

SEP ballot drive in Wisconsin surpasses signature requirement

By our reporter, 28 July 2012

In the course of seven days, campaigners in Wisconsin have gathered more than the 2,000 signatures required to put Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the ballot.

Underfunded California pensions stoke calls for benefit cuts

By Rafael Azul, 28 July 2012

Both Democrats and Republicans are determined to implement sharp cuts in payouts to workers, as the major pension funds confront sharp declines in annual returns.

Imperialist powers unveil their proposed Syrian military strongman

By Chris Marsden, 28 July 2012

This week, Syrian General Manaf Tlass was mooted as head of a proposed interim national unity government following the overthrow of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Conflict between Pakistan’s Supreme Court and government intensifies

By Sampath Perera, 28 July 2012

The power struggle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government in Pakistan reflects the deep divisions within the country’s ruling elite.

Court rules on Toronto construction worker deaths

By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2012

Despite having committed numerous safety violations, a Toronto construction company and its sole owner have received only modest fines for their role in an accident that killed four building workers.

Consumer spending slowdown hits US economy

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2012

Long-term unemployment and job insecurity have undermined consumer and business confidence.

Devastating US drought heralds global food inflation

By Naomi Spencer, 28 July 2012

Severe drought spread rapidly across the central US this week, further damaging staple crops and heightening the risk of a global food crisis.

Scottish National Party lurches right on social care and militarism

By Jordan Shilton and Steve James, 28 July 2012

The Scottish National Party administration in Edinburgh is pushing “reforms” through the Scottish parliament that will undermine the public provision of social care.

Another Australian auto parts maker collapses

By Will Morrow, 28 July 2012

Car component manufacturer CMI Industrial will shut down two plants in Melbourne destroying 119 jobs, accelerating the crisis of the car industry in Australia.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 28 July 2012

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

Video: Which way forward for the Quebec student strike?

By Andre Damon, 28 July 2012

Five months after students in Montreal, Quebec launched a strike against tuition increases, the movement stands at a political crossroads.

UK in double-dip recession

By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2012

Britain is mired in its second official recession since the global financial meltdown of the autumn of 2008.

Australia: Caltex announces closure of Kurnell refinery

By Oliver Campbell, 27 July 2012

The Labor government and the trade unions are presiding over a vast restructuring of manufacturing in line with the demands of the corporate elite.

Tensions at China-Africa summit

By John Chan, 27 July 2012

Sensitive to criticism of “Chinese neo-colonialism”, President Hu Jintao insisted that “a new type” of strategic partnership between China and Africa had been established.

Union agrees to Con Ed demands to end lockout in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2012

New York power utility Con Edison ended a nearly four week lockout of over 8,000 workers in advance of a major storm after the union makes major contract concessions.

Britain: Closure of hospital heart units will cost more children’s lives

By Simon Whelan and Ajanta Silva, 27 July 2012

A decision to close three paediatric heart hospital units, made in early July following a National Health Services “Safe and Sustainable” review, will cost more children’s lives.

South Milwaukee Caterpillar workers speak out in support of Joliet strikers

By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 27 July 2012

Workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about record profits for Caterpillar, and in solidarity with workers on strike for three months in Joliet, Illinois.

The Caterpillar strike and the impoverishment of the American working class

By Joseph Kishore, 27 July 2012

The strike at heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s plant in Joliet, Illinois is indicative of the ruthless determination of the ruling class to impoverish US workers.

New bankruptcy law strengthens German employers

By Ernst Wolff, 27 July 2012

Since March 1, a revised bankruptcy law has been in operation in Germany that significantly weakens the position of workers in the event of a company insolvency.

Hundreds killed and wounded in Iraq bombings, ambushes

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2012

Monday, July 23 was the bloodiest single day of sectarian fighting in Iraq in more than a year.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 27 July 2012

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

East Timorese election bolsters ruling party

By Mariano Cardoso, 27 July 2012

Gusmao’s CNRT nearly secured an absolute majority of parliamentary seats and plans to form a coalition government with two smaller parties.

Greek government, European officials plan billions in new social cuts

By Alex Lantier and John Vassilopoulos, 27 July 2012

Greek officials met with European Commission (EC) President José Manuel Barroso and international financial officials yesterday to discuss a new round of budget cuts.

Overcrowding, budget cuts strain Illinois prisons

By Marcus Day, 27 July 2012

A near-riot broke out at a minimum-security penitentiary in the Illinois Quad-Cities last Thursday shortly after the prison lost both power and running water.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks in Ypsilanti, Michigan

By our reporter, 27 July 2012

Jerry White spoke Wednesday at a campaign meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan attended by local students, workers and their families.

US states’ opt-out of Medicaid expansion could deny coverage to six million

By Kate Randall, 27 July 2012

Last month’s US Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could result in 6 million fewer Americans obtaining health care coverage under an expansion of Medicaid.

Global elite descend on East London for Olympics

By Paul Stuart, 27 July 2012

The Royal Dock complex, adjacent to London’s financial district at Canary Wharf, is hosting up to one hundred super yachts, including twenty of the world’s most opulent, as the Olympic Games begin.

Cortland, New York residents discuss jobs crisis

By Bryan Dyne, 26 July 2012

The WSWS spoke to residents of Cortland, a small town characteristic of upstate New York: poor living conditions, no decent jobs, and a deteriorating infrastructure.

Protests, police repression continue in Anaheim, California

By Kimie Saito, 26 July 2012

At least two dozen people were arrested on Tuesday night, as police responded to protests over the shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim, California with bean bag guns, batons and pepper balls.

New York Times’ David Brooks: Aurora tragedy has nothing to do with American society

By David Walsh, 26 July 2012

David Brooks of the New York Times produced an especially stupid column July 23 on the mass killing in Aurora, Colorado, denying that the crime had anything to do with the state of society.

Brutal police attack on steel strike in Greece

By Katerina Selin, 26 July 2012

Last Friday police began a violent intervention to break the picket line at the Halyvourgia Ellados steel plant in Greece.

New Pennsylvania budget cuts education, social programs

By Samuel Davidson, 26 July 2012

While cutting programs and services needed by the vast majority of Pennsylvanians, the budget provides massive tax breaks for corporations, especially Shell Oil.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 July 2012

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

A new stage in the euro crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2012

Despite the billions in bailouts and trillions injected by the European Central Bank, as well as round after round of austerity measures, the euro stands closer to the abyss than ever before.

SEP campaign team speaks with students and workers at Milwaukee Area colleges

By Eric London, 26 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party continued to gather signatures to gain ballot access in the general election as it campaigned in the Milwaukee area.

Police violence in Anaheim: The class issues

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012

Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.

US uses WMD pretext to push for war against Syria

By Chris Marsden, 26 July 2012

A military intervention against Syria is being prepared, utilising the “weapons of mass destruction” pretext that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

UK: Sheffield recycling workers strike sold out

By Peter Reydt, 26 July 2012

At the beginning of this month, workers at five recycling centres in Sheffield voted to suspend their indefinite strike action and to resume normal work from Monday July 9.

Tensions heighten in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2012

While the US media has blamed China for the friction in the South China Sea, Washington is responsible for inflaming the dangerous flashpoint.

Caterpillar announces record profits

By Tom Eley, 26 July 2012

Caterpillar, which is seeking massive concessions from striking workers at its Joliet, Illinois plant, recorded huge second quarter profits.

Forecasters warn of end to Australia’s mining boom

By Mike Head, 26 July 2012

The predictions indicate that wider sections of the economy could be dragged into the slump already gripping major industries, notably construction, manufacturing, retail and tourism.

World social inequality more pronounced than ever

By Ernst Wolff, 26 July 2012

The super-rich are currently hiding away between $21 trillion and $32 trillion in tax havens such as Switzerland or the Cayman Islands.

US: National Football League officials locked out

By Alan Gilman, 26 July 2012

With the National Football League set to open training camps later this month, the league’s on-field officials remain locked out.

EU representatives discuss withdrawal of Greece from the euro zone

By Christoph Dreier, 25 July 2012

European and international financial officials are threatening to force a state bankruptcy if Athens does not impose further austerity measures.

Australia: Union shuts down warehouse strike, imposes sell out

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 July 2012

After deliberately isolating the workers, the NUW rammed through a regressive enterprise agreement that meets none of the workers’ central demands.

Anaheim, California residents speak out on police killing

By Toby Reese, Kimie Saito and D. Lencho, 25 July 2012

Protests in Anaheim, California continued on Tuesday amidst mass anger over the police killing of an unarmed man. The WSWS spoke to several residents.

Former aide to British PM criminally charged in Murdoch phone-hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 25 July 2012

Former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both closely tied to Prime Minister David Cameron, are among eight people facing criminal prosecution for their involvement in the Murdoch phone hacking scandal.

Mass opposition to austerity deepens power struggle in Romanian ruling elite

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 25 July 2012

The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.

German state premier functions as marionette of Morgan Stanley

By K. Nesan, 25 July 2012

German prosecutors are investigating a deal between the former premier of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Stefan Mappus, and the investment bank, Morgan Stanley.

Layoffs mount in slumping US economy

By Kate Randall, 25 July 2012

US corporations are announcing cost-cutting measures on a daily basis, with layoffs hitting manufacturing, banking, technology, energy, retail and other economic sectors.

Spain’s regional governments seek bailouts

By Alejandro López, 25 July 2012

Unable to pay the interest on their debts, Spain’s regional governments are seeking bailouts from the central government.

The SEP campaigns at Master Lock: The reality behind Obama’s “insourcing”

By Eric London, 25 July 2012

Presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke with Master Lock workers and neighborhood residents about conditions in the factory.

US Food and Drug Administration spies on scientists to shield GE

By E. P. Bannon, 25 July 2012

What allegedly began as an inquiry into the possible leak of confidential information quickly grew into a hunt to identify and silence internal critics of the agency’s medical review policy.

Netanyahu government in crisis over drafting orthodox Jews

By Jean Shaoul, 25 July 2012

Shaul Mofaz has pulled his Kadima party out of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government over the Likud leader’s refusal to force Israel’s orthodox Jews to carry out military or some other form of national service.

US demands greater Australian military spending

By James Cogan, 25 July 2012

Washington is sending a blunt message to Canberra that having signed up as a key ally of the US against China, it must ramp up the size and capabilities of its armed forces.

Crime, punishment and hypocrisy in the Penn State scandal

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2012

The NCAA is neither an impartial judge nor an innocent bystander.

Beijing floods kill at least 37

By John Chan, 24 July 2012

Despite feverish property development over the past decade, Beijing’s drainage system was only able to absorb one fifth of last weekend’s deluge.

Fourteen immigrants killed in Texas highway accident

By Naomi Spencer, 24 July 2012

A horrific crash Sunday in southern Texas claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 9 others. All were reportedly immigrants.

Quebec students seek to broaden strike, but CLASSE leaders capitulate to union opposition

By Keith Jones, 24 July 2012

Tens of thousands of striking students and their supporters marched through downtown Montreal Sunday in a demonstration called by CLASSE, the student association that has spearheaded the five-month strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plan to drastically raise university tuition fees.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial council election

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party will contest the Kegalla District of Sabaragamuwa Province in provincial council elections to be held on September 8.

ISO complicit in drive to strangle New York Con Ed workers’ struggle

By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012

The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.

Germany: Karstadt department store to shed 2,000 jobs

By Sybille Fuchs, 24 July 2012

Once again, Karstadt department store employees must fear for their future; the company is planning massive job cuts by 2014.

Ex-prime minister joins Japanese anti-nuclear protest

By Mike Head, 24 July 2012

Hatoyama’s gesture is a further sign of a deepening government crisis over the intense popular opposition to its policies.

Georgia Supreme Court grants stay of execution to mentally disabled prisoner

By Kate Randall, 24 July 2012

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday afternoon granted a last-minute stay of execution to mentally disabled death row prisoner Warren Hill.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 24 July 2012

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

SEP candidates speak to workers at Caterpillar plant in South Milwaukee

By Eric London, 24 July 2012

After just three days of campaigning, volunteers for the Socialist Equality Party have collected over half of the required 2,000 signatures for ballot-access in Wisconsin.

Global markets fall as fears grow over Spanish debt crisis

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2012

Global equity markets experienced a significant sell-off yesterday amid fears that the Spanish crisis is rapidly worsening and Greece may soon be forced out of the euro zone, setting off a new round of financial turmoil.

Letters on the Aurora, Colorado shooting

By , 24 July 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site on the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Australian PM pledges further spending cuts as Rudd prepares challenge

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 July 2012

Gillard’s statement was aimed at shoring up support for her leadership in business circles, amid obvious signs that another challenge is being prepared within the Labor Party.