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Australian opposition leader under pressure after accusing PM of criminality

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 November 2012

Abbott failed in his attempt to use a union scandal to force the prime minister to resign and hold an early election.

Egypt’s proposed constitution enshrines dictatorial powers and military rule

By Chris Marsden, 30 November 2012

The rushing through yesterday of Egypt’s new constitution by the Constituent Assembly is an aggressive move by the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Mursi.

New Japanese party formed to capitalise on anti-nuclear sentiment

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2012

The establishment of the Japan Future Party is another sign of deepening political crisis in the lead up to the December 16 election.

After the elections: Obama escalates war drive in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2012

The Obama administration is escalating its intervention in Syria as part of a broader strategy of neocolonial conquest.

UAW sanctions “alternative” work schedule at Chrysler

By Jerry White, 30 November 2012

In an effort to pump ever-greater productivity and profits out of auto workers, Chrysler is implementing a so-called Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) at its stamping, assembly and parts plants throughout the country.

Detroit bankruptcy threats escalate as bonds are downgraded

By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2012

A major credit rating agency further downgraded Detroit’s debt as city officials advance new proposals for cuts.

Bradley Manning testifies on his detention

By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012

Bradley Manning took the stand to speak on his pre-trial detention Thursday. It was the first public statement from the accused whistleblower in over two years.

Psychiatrists testify on military mistreatment of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012

Psychiatrists testified Wednesday that recommendations to end Manning’s solitary confinement were ignored.

Brandenburg teachers protest state education policies

By Ernst Wolff, 30 November 2012

Teachers in Brandenburg staged a protest against the education policies of the state’s administration—a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Left Party.

Comet failure highlights UK retail jobs crisis

By Julie Hyland, 30 November 2012

Comet’s 6,600 workers could all be laid off by Christmas and the entire business closed. The UK electrical retailer had 236 stores when it went into administration at the start of the month. Some 1,000 workers have been laid off so far, with 41 stores closed and redundancies at its Hertfordshire HQ and its Somerset call centre.