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China: Bo Xilai expelled from the Communist Party

By John Chan, 29 September 2012

While an agreement in the top Chinese leadership has been made about Bo’s fate, none of the bitter inner-party factional differences have been resolved.

Austerity budgets imposed across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 29 September 2012

The French, Spanish and Greek governments all announced multibillion-euro austerity plans yesterday in the face of massive popular opposition.

AKP government moves against Turkish army

By Jean Shaoul, 29 September 2012

Several generals were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on charges of plotting a coup against the Islamist AKP government.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 September 2012

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Jerry White speaks to workers and students in Virginia

By our correspondents, 29 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a meeting at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Thursday.

Slovenia: Government and opposition join ranks to impose austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 29 September 2012

Slovenia’s conservative government is working closely with the opposition Social Democrats and the trade unions to impose another austerity package.

An exchange of letters on the Emancipation Proclamation

By , 29 September 2012

The WSWS posts a letter from a reader on “150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation” and a reply by the author, Tom Mackaman.

Australia: Union/Grocon collusion against building workers

By Terry Cook and Peter Symonds, 29 September 2012

The agendas of the CFMEU and the Grocon construction company are fundamentally opposed to the interests of building workers.

Letters from our readers

By , 29 September 2012

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

What is behind the global stock market rally?

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2012

Despite a string of disastrous economic figures, stock markets throughout the world are surging.

UN delegation snubbed by Pakistani officials as violence ravages Balochistan

By Ali Ismail, 29 September 2012

A United Nations team investigating the fate of thousands of alleged “disappeared” in Balochistan was snubbed by the military and other leading Pakistani institutions during a 10-day visit earlier this month .

Syria and the pro-imperialist “leftists” of the ISO

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2012

After more than a month-long silence on the events in Syria, the International Socialist Organization has resumed its depiction of a bloody sectarian civil war stoked by imperialist intervention as the “Syrian Revolution.”

Meeting in defense of Leon Trotsky at German Historians Conference

By our correspondents, 29 September 2012

David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, and Professor Mario Kessler, lecturer and researcher at the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, spoke at a well-attended meeting Thursday at the University of Mainz.

Witchhunt intensifies against anti-US protesters in Australia

By Mike Head, 29 September 2012

The “war on terrorism” is being revived as a mechanism for building up the state apparatus to be used against mounting discontent.

Harlan, Kentucky coal miner killed in roof fall

By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2012

A roof collapse in a Tennessee mine early Wednesday claimed the life of a Harlan, Kentucky, miner.

Report reveals deteriorating social conditions in Wisconsin

By Niles Williamson, 29 September 2012

A recent report released by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed the conditions faced by working people in the state.

Catalonia plans referendum on independence from Spain

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2012

On Thursday, the Catalan regional parliament passed a resolution to hold a referendum on self-determination.

14,000-strong New England janitors union authorizes strike action

By John Marion, 29 September 2012

Members of SEIU Local 615, representing 14,000 janitors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, have authorized a strike if cleaning companies do not reach an agreement with the bargaining committee by September 30.

US scuttles Syria negotiations, backs anti-Assad forces at UN

By Niall Green, 29 September 2012

Washington has used the UN General Assembly as a venue to plot with its allies refashioning the Middle East in line with US interests.

Israeli prime minister lays out path to war with Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2012

In a speech before the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program that would lead to military action in the spring or summer of next year.

Germany: Undercover state agents active on periphery of far-right terrorist cell

By Sven Heymann, 28 September 2012

For at least 10 years, the Berlin state police and federal secret service have had an undercover agent inside the periphery of the far-right National Socialist Underground.

Australia: Bankstown fire points to safety de-regulation

By Mark Church and Mike Head, 28 September 2012

A system of “private certification” and “self certification” allowed the Euro Terraces building to be certified as fit and safe for occupation.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 28 September 2012

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

US military brands Assange, WikiLeaks as “the enemy”

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2012

Secret US Air Force documents brand WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the “enemy,” placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda.

Sri Lanka suicide rate one of the world’s highest

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 September 2012

Poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems are rampant throughout the country.

Global crisis hits German auto manufacturers

By Dietmar Henning, 28 September 2012

The effects of the global economic crisis are now being felt by leading top-end German auto manufacturers such as Daimler and Porsche, with their respective workforces expected to pay the price for declining profits.

Voyager spacecraft approaching interstellar space—35 years after launch

By Bryan Dyne, 28 September 2012

Voyager 1 and 2 have flown through the Solar System for 35 years and now Voyager 1 is on the verge of becoming humanity’s first interstellar spacecraft.

Chicago school nurses speak on shortage: “Our kids deserve better”

By Lawrence Porter, 28 September 2012

Chicago Public Schools nurses describe how the cuts in public education have affected nurse-student ratios, putting the health of students at risk.

South Africa’s strike wave hits whole mining sector, spreads to transport

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2012

The strike wave that began at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine is now engulfing South Africa’s platinum, gold and coal mining industries and has spread to transport and other sectors.

National Football League and referees reach tentative agreement

By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2012

NFL referee lockout caused mass anger over officiating mistakes.

Filmmakers respond to important events—but how they respond is also important …

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2012

The 2012 Toronto film festival screened numerous serious documentaries and docu-dramas, reflecting the impact of the current social crisis and the increasing resistance of the global working class.

Turkish government raises consumption taxes

By Isaac Finn, 28 September 2012

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced plans to raise consumption tax on automobiles, petroleum products, and alcoholic drinks to help pay off the budget deficit.

The terror of US drone warfare

By Ernst Wolff, 28 September 2012

A new study, “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan,” describes the terrorizing of Pakistan’s civilian population by US drone assaults.

Australian PM demands UN rubberstamp war on Syria and Iran

By James Cogan, 28 September 2012

Gillard’s statements on Iran were a declaration of Australian support for war.

Europe sees unprecedented social polarisation

By Julie Hyland, 28 September 2012

Two reports published in recent days on conditions in Britain and Germany reveal the sharp social polarisation underway in Europe’s “core”.

SEP presidential campaign comes to Virginia

By our correspondents, 28 September 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned in northern Virginia for a meeting Thursday with presidential candidate Jerry White.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

By , 27 September 2012

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

Millions of Greek workers join one-day general strike against austerity

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 September 2012

Millions of Greek workers stopped work and hundreds of thousands participated in demonstrations Wednesday to oppose the latest package of austerity measures introduced by the coalition government led by Antonis Samaras.

Letters from our readers

By , 27 September 2012

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

Early voting begins in US elections

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2012

Well over 30 percent of ballots will be cast before the November 6 election.

Humala government outlaws strikes by Peruvian teachers and doctors

By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012

A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.

Expo Chicago: Money and art mingle, with little benefit to art

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 September 2012

After a six-year hiatus, Chicago was once again host in 2012 to an international art fair, Expo Chicago. The event was held September 20-23 in the massive Festival Hall at Navy Pier.

US elections conceal preparations for war with Iran

By Barry Grey, 27 September 2012

In the midst of a presidential election campaign, the fact that plans for war against Iran are far advanced is being concealed from the American people.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks in South Carolina

By our reporter, 27 September 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, spoke at a public meeting held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday. The meeting was well attended by students and members of the community who were enthusiastic about a genuine alternative to the two big business parties.

Questions raised by BBC’s apology to queen over Abu Hamza

By Chris Marsden, 27 September 2012

The BBC issued an official apology to Buckingham Palace after its security correspondent revealed that the Queen had raised concerns with the government about why Abu Hamza al-Masri had not been arrested.

Japan’s new opposition leader promotes militarist agenda

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2012

Shinzo Abe, who was elected yesterday as LDP leader, is well known for his right-wing nationalist views.

Job cuts confirmed at New Zealand rail

By John Braddock, 27 September 2012

State-owned KiwiRail faces partial privatisation and further cutbacks to jobs and services in the wake of poor financial results.

Poverty grows in Washington DC suburbs

By Nick Barrickman, 27 September 2012

The Washington DC area, including 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States, has witnessed a growth of poverty in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.

Despite mass opposition, India pushes ahead with operationalizing nuclear plant

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 27 September 2012

Despite mass protests and numerous safety concerns, Indian authorities are pushing ahead with the loading of nuclear fuel into a newly-built nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.

Western Australian cuts highlight sharp turn to austerity

By Mike Head, 27 September 2012

Because of plunging commodity prices, the main mining states—WA and Queensland—have now joined the other states in unveiling severe public sector cuts.

Spain’s anti-cuts protest violently broken up by police

By Alejandro López, 27 September 2012

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday to surround the Spanish parliament.

Video: Chicago teachers speak on their strike and the defense of public education

By , 26 September 2012

On September 10, Chicago teachers struck against changes to public education demanded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and backed by the Obama administration. In these interview, Chicago teachers discuss their strike and the broader issues at stake.

Miners’ strikes add to fears of South African economic downturn

By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2012

The African National Congress government has reaffirmed its determination to pursue right wing economic and social “reforms.”

Australia: Bankstown council shuts fire victims out of meeting

By Richard Phillips, 26 September 2012

Last night, the council posted security guards outside its closed-door meeting to prevent residents from attending.

Banks and money markets back plans for European banking union

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 September 2012

The purpose of a banking union is to increase European financial institutions’ access to public treasuries.

Japan and China face off in island dispute

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2012

Despite talks between Chinese and Japanese officials, tensions remain high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Birthplace of UK’s National Health Service targeted for cuts

By Tony Robson, 26 September 2012

The Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit at Trafford General Hospital in Greater Manchester, England is faced with closure along with the loss of its Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pakistani government breaks up protests against the US

By Sampath Perera, 26 September 2012

The protests in Pakistan last week were an expression of deepgoing anger among people against the American imperialism.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians ratify concessions contract

By James Brewer, 26 September 2012

Chicago Symphony musicians have gone back to work after ratifying a new contract proposal.

UAW to hold revote at Chrysler Dundee, Michigan engine plant

By Shannon Jones, 26 September 2012

The UAW will hold a revote on the local contract agreement overwhelmingly voted down last month by workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant.

A World Not Ours: Where do the Palestinians go from here?

By David Walsh, 26 September 2012

Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours, one of the most remarkable films presented at the Toronto festival this year, is both a personal memoir and a tracing out of the Palestinian history and condition.

Obama uses UN speech to threaten war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2012

President Obama postured before the UN as the champion of peace and democracy, while threatening war against Iran and demanding a crackdown against the wave of anti-US demonstrations that have swept the Middle East.

Workers at French auto plant speak out against job cuts

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2012

PSA workers oppose management plans, backed by the government and the union bureaucracy, for job cuts and the closure of the Aulnay plant.

Europe strengthens repressive powers of the state

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2012

The aim of the anti-Islamic campaign is to divide the working class, suppress opposition to imperialist war, whip up right-wing forces, and direct growing social tensions into reactionary, racist channels.

An interview with Mahdi Fleifel and Patrick Campbell, director and co-producer of A World Not Ours

By David Walsh, 26 September 2012

The WSWS spoke to Mahdi Fleifel, writer and director of A World Not Ours and Patrick Campbell, co-producer (along with Fleifel) of the film, during the recent Toronto film festival.

Mentally ill double amputee shot to death by Houston police

By Charles Abelard, 26 September 2012

Houston police fatally shot a mentally ill double amputee, a ward of the state of Texas, who was said to be waving a "silver object”—a pen—at a policeman while sitting in his wheelchair at his care facility.

In fourth date with death, Texas inmate executed by lethal injection

By Kate Randall, 26 September 2012

Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster was executed Thursday after the US Supreme Court refused to grant him a stay.

As Australian mining boom ends, new push for wage cuts

By Will Morrow, 26 September 2012

The Labor government and the unions are determined to satisfy the requirements of the mining companies.

California governor signs pension “reform” bill

By Julien Kiemle and Marc Wells, 25 September 2012

The legislation signed by Jerry Brown will create a two-tier system for pensions, setting back public sector workers in California by decades.

UN prepares French-backed intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 25 September 2012

The West African Economic Community and the government of Mali have agreed on the conditions of a military operation in northern Mali.

Australian budget figures mean major attacks on spending

By Nick Beams, 25 September 2012

To deliver a budget surplus, the Labor government must withdraw spending from the economy equivalent to 3 percent of gross domestic product.

Ford Canada workers ratify concessions deal

By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2012

After Ford’s campaign of plant closing and mass layoff threats, in partnership with the Canadian government and the Canadian Auto Workers union, CAW members in Ontario voted to ratify a concessions-laden contract.

Attack in Libya disrupted major CIA operation

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2012

The September 11 attack that claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans disrupted a major CIA operation in the North African country.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 September 2012

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

Thousands of Foxconn workers clash with security guards in China

By John Chan, 25 September 2012

In a sign of rising social tensions, the Chinese authorities deployed thousands of police to suppress the protest.

Romney’s “47 percent” video and the bipartisan assault on social reform

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2012

In all of their criticisms, the Democrats have carefully avoided the basic issue: Romney’s flat-out assertion that people do not have the right to food, health care and a roof over their heads.

Support the struggle of Sri Lankan university teachers

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2012

The SEP warns that the union leaders are fundamentally opposed to a political struggle against the Rajapakse government and are preparing to sell out the strike.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha commemorative lecture

By , 25 September 2012

The SEP speaker will answer the recent post-modernist misrepresentation of Piyaseeli’s writings and explain her revolutionary Marxist standpoint.

Unions leading race to bottom for British car workers

By Trevor Johnson, 25 September 2012

Britain’s trade unions have enabled significant cuts to car workers’ pay at the same time as enormous hikes in productivity.

Britain: Vast cover-up of Hillsborough football disaster

By Robert Stevens, 25 September 2012

More evidence has emerged of the vast scale of the cover-up of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in Sheffield, England, in which 96 people were killed.

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford Canada workers

By Shannon Jones, 25 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White travelled to Windsor, Ontario Sunday with a campaign team to speak to Ford Canada workers voting on the concessions-laden contract negotiated by the Canadian Auto Workers. The four-year agreement accepted all of the major take-away demands of the auto companies including an expanded two-tier wage structure, cuts to pension, the elimination of cost of living allowances and a freeze on wages.

Study: Recession punishes West Virginia workers

By Clement Daly, 25 September 2012

A new study shows how the recession has exacerbated more than three decades of stagnation and decline faced by workers in the Appalachian state.

Letters from our readers

By , 25 September 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site

How Germany’s Left Party supports the war in Syria

By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2012

The Left Party is deeply implicated in the imperialist actions against Syria and collaborates to this end with the German government via numerous channels.

A balance sheet of the Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2012

The Obama administration has withdrawn 33,000 troops, but more than twice as many still remain in Afghanistan.

Melting ice in the Arctic unleashes race for profits

By Ernst Wolff, 24 September 2012

Arctic sea ice reached its lowest recorded levels on September 16, leading to speculation by international oil conglomerates about a massive expansion of drilling in the region.

Socialist Equality Party (US) Congress resolutions now available as pamphlet and ebook

By , 24 September 2012

The resolutions from the Socialist Equality Party (US) Second National Congress are now available in pamphlet form.

Australia: Devastating cuts to Queensland public sector jobs and services

By Mike Head, 24 September 2012

From the outset, however, the trade unions have sought to limit the protests and to channel the widespread anger into re-electing a Labor government.

France’s Socialist Party government bans protests against anti-Muhammad cartoons

By Kumaran Ira, 24 September 2012

The ban on protests against anti-Muhammad cartoons is a frontal attack on democratic rights in France.

Britain: Ian Tomlinson’s family denounce police misconduct trial as a whitewash

By Sally Smith, 24 September 2012

An internal hearing sacked a police officer for “misconduct” for his attack of a newspaper vendor during the 2009 G20 protest, but refused to rule on whether his death resulted from the attack.

Squatting now a criminal offence in the UK

By Dennis Moore, 24 September 2012

In England and Wales from September 1, squatting in a residential building is now a criminal offence. It is estimated that there are up to 50,000 people currently squatting in empty properties across the UK.

This week in history: September 24-30

By , 24 September 2012

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

Australia: Brisbane workers and youth denounce austerity budget

By our correspondents, 24 September 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers and young people about the slashing of jobs and services in Queensland.

Australia: Funeral ceremony held for Bankstown fire victim

By Richard Phillips, 24 September 2012

Family, friends, students and teachers attended the service for a Chinese student who was killed in a Sydney apartment fire.

UN human rights officials visit Sri Lanka

By Sampath Perera, 24 September 2012

The government’s invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a message to Washington that it wants closer ties to the US.

Russian parliament expels Putin adversary

By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012

The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.

Currency war warnings follow US Fed’s “quantitative easing”

By Nick Beams, 24 September 2012

One of the consequences of the Fed’s actions is to push down the value of the US dollar, thus worsening the competitive position of other major countries.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses SEP campaign, Chicago strike at California meetings

By our reporters, 24 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer concluded her West Coast tour with a meeting in Huntington Park, in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles workers speak on social crisis

By an SEP campaign team, 24 September 2012

Prior to Saturday’s meeting in Los Angeles, Scherrer and SEP supporters campaigned among working class and youth in the area.

Chicago Symphony musicians walk out

By Kristina Betinis, 24 September 2012

Chicago Symphony Orchestra players have struck over management’s concessions demands.