November 2003 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ Britain: Survey shows increase in social inequality http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/weal-n29.html A recent survey entitled “The Wealth of The Nation 2003” shows that over the last decade British society has undergone a significant social and economic polarisation. Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89d6aab7-a38b-42d9-987d-0c509133432E/weal-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n29.html Immigrant workers sacked for demanding correct pay in Thailand Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2fd16bb-e3e9-47e2-b9e6-2967c92f916P/labo-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government treads a fine line over the budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sril-n29.html The Sri Lankan government presented its budget last week under conditions of an acute political crisis triggered by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s autocratic moves in early November, including the suspension of parliament. The ruling United National Front (UNF) was due to bring down its budget on November 12 but was only able to do so on November 19, when parliament reconvened. Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18454fd3-426b-4115-ae06-b69cd284451C/sril-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z Britain: Blair’s relations with Europe deteriorate after Bush’s state visit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/brit-n29.html Prime Minister Tony Blair’s November 24 meeting with President Jacques Chirac of France was his first official engagement following the state visit of President George W. Bush to Britain. Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd33f5bc-7e24-46b0-a2aa-d0733ca3fc0B/brit-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z Bush’s PR stunt in Baghdad underscores US crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n29.html President Bush’s Thanksgiving Day visit to US troops in Baghdad, organized by the White House to shore up crumbling public support for the occupation of Iraq, only confirms the deepening crisis of the administration. Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/935ff874-74f1-47e9-901a-b30f4df2e6cJ/bush-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z Marking Time scriptwriter speaks with WSWS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/doyl-n29.html John Doyle, scriptwriter of Marking Time, a recent Australian television mini-series, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site early this week. Marking Time, Doyle’s second television drama, is about a 19-year-old Australian youth who meets and falls in love with an Afghan refugee on a temporary protection visa. (See: “Love and anti-refugee racism in rural Australia”) Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7084ea19-3a8d-4cfa-8910-e386eed624dH/doyl-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z California Governor Schwarzenegger launches right-wing agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/cali-n29.html Within the first two weeks of taking office, California’s recently elected replacement governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has unveiled a series of reactionary measures. In addition to laying out an initial $3.8 billion worth of cuts in social services, Schwarzenegger is calling for the implementation of a budgetary spending cap and a massive borrowing scheme that will ultimately lead to the gutting of public services of all kinds. Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6254359-194d-457f-a54a-d86d91cbc47P/cali-n29.html 2003-11-29T05:00:00Z 50 Years of the International Committee of the Fourth International http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/syd-n28.html Speaker: Nick Beams, WSWS International Editorial Board member and national secretary of the SEP (Australia) Fri, 28 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5b0a37a-a771-4c83-a296-a4163017de1G/syd-n28.html 2003-11-28T05:00:00Z US moves to silence Iraq’s most popular TV news channel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n28.html In another indication of the “freedom” and “democracy” that Washington is bringing to the people of Iraq, the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) shut down the Baghdad bureau of the country’s most watched television news channel on November 24. Without warning, more than 20 police and Interior Ministry officials arrived at the Al Arabiya facility, ordered its closure and seized its broadcasting equipment “until further notice”. Fri, 28 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f31a2072-e571-4e6d-bd2b-74866d4f37cD/iraq-n28.html 2003-11-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n28.html Greek public sector workers hold further day of protests Fri, 28 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d508fcde-4aa4-49b7-acc5-8ddb68268e1C/labo-n28.html 2003-11-28T05:00:00Z Makiko Tanaka returns to political prominence in Japan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jap-n28.html At the November 19 opening session of the newly elected Japanese parliament, the former foreign minister Makiko Tanaka formally aligned herself with the main opposition Democratic Party (DPJ) against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Fri, 28 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b2c7af2-ec6b-4e21-9798-f5234aeeb2aC/jap-n28.html 2003-11-28T05:00:00Z Britain: Queen’s speech outlines attack on students, immigrants and civil liberties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/quee-n28.html The Queen’s speech on November 26 outlined the Labour government’s legislative programme for the next year. Fri, 28 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ef1e8ae-1777-4f6b-876b-5b565500d9fH/quee-n28.html 2003-11-28T05:00:00Z Las raíces sociales y políticas de la crisis de la democracia en Estados Unidos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/span-n27.html WSWS : Español Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5002c8c5-2a50-456d-b927-082477e25edG/span-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z Letters from our readers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n27.html The following is a selection of recent letters to the WSWS. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00e57293-144a-4076-b9fe-85849286d2aK/corr-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z Afghanistan: escalating opposition to the US occupation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/afgh-n27.html A series of recent incidents in Afghanistan have highlighted the precarious position of the US military in the country. While the level of armed attacks is not the same as in Iraq, there is nevertheless growing resistance, to the military presence of the US and its allies in Afghanistan. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c63760c9-b0aa-4355-928a-773f5eb1df8L/afgh-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z New Zealand anti-terror legislation gives police sweeping new powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/newz-n27.html The New Zealand parliament voted last month to approve the Labour government’s so-called “Counter-Terrorism” Bill at its third and final reading. The only opposition in the house came from the Greens’ nine MPs, who voted against it. According to Foreign Minister Phil Goff, the passage of the bill was the government’s “final step in adopting United Nations conventions aimed at fighting global terrorism”. In reality, in New Zealand as elsewhere, the threat of “terrorism” is being used to enact previously unacceptable laws that establish the basis for sweeping attacks on basic democratic rights. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e638e0d-62fa-4f6b-b106-454f32236f8A/newz-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z The “war on terror” and American democracy—some ominous warnings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/warn-n27.html Three commentaries published recently in the US media, all by well-connected observers of the US military, have suggested that a major new terrorist attack within the United States could disrupt the 2004 elections and even result in military intervention on the streets of America as well as the suspension of the Constitution. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/147bac42-f5ce-441e-8873-296a41a21c2F/warn-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z Facts, but no framework http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/glas-n27.html Shattered Glass, written and directed by Billy Ray; Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher; screenplay by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d891a0f8-6f93-431b-878f-1085c8a19c3H/glas-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z Britain: Media and government use Istanbul bombings to intimidate antiwar dissent http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/terr-n27.html The terror attack on the British consulate and HSBC headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey last week is being used to justify a further clamp down on democratic rights and to vilify and intimidate all those who politically opposed the war against Iraq. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/58e6a590-b183-463b-a5ae-5446e064532I/terr-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z European Union to deport immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/immi-n27.html Plans by European Union interior ministers to establish a joint border protection authority were revealed earlier this month. Beginning in 2005, the new EU agency will coordinate the protection of European borders in a bid to block the entry of immigrants and refugees. In addition, the authority will be responsible for deporting immigrants and those seeking asylum who lack official residence status. Thu, 27 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/698305d8-4cd2-4c88-881b-fb71facb9fbJ/immi-n27.html 2003-11-27T05:00:00Z Political crackdown in China as leadership prepares mass privatisations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/chin-n26.html In recent months, the Chinese government has jailed dozens of workers, peasants and political dissidents on charges of “subverting the state power” or “disturbing the social order”. The police-state crackdown is probably the largest since the destruction of the China Democracy Party and the Falun Gong religious movement in 1998-99. Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e209d504-41df-4e96-9f86-ad70ae1626cA/chin-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z Bush, House Republicans rig vote to pass Medicare bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/vote-n26.html Flouting parliamentary norms and democratic procedures, the Bush White House and Republican leadership of the House of Representatives rammed through passage of the Republican Medicare bill in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 22. Without their recourse to parliamentary larceny, the business-backed legislation that paves the way for the privatization of the government-run health care program for seniors would have failed. Instead, it moved on to the Senate, where it was passed with significant Democratic support on Tuesday, November 25. Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2922173f-5688-4f4f-8be1-dfa284d7098I/vote-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z On “State scapegoats parents, workers in New Jersey child welfare scandal” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n26.html To the editorial board, Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/150470b2-de47-47f8-ac19-d49fcd239caB/corr-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z Northern Ireland election: An attempt to rescue the Good Friday Agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nire-n26.html Today’s second election for the Northern Ireland Assembly is another desperate effort to resuscitate the constitutional arrangements established under the power-sharing Good Friday Agreement of 1998 (Agreement). Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c84327c4-3fb6-4121-9cfa-53b92c5483cE/nire-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z The New York Times: a proposal for ethnic cleansing in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/gelb-n26.html With popular resistance mounting to its military occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration is casting about in increasing desperation for a new strategy to salvage the principal aims of its war—the seizure of oil resources and the establishment of a US client regime in a strategically vital region. Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30197161-4aa7-43b3-a326-5e005866acbE/gelb-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z Medicare bill marks major step in destruction of government health plan for US seniors http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/medi-n26.html The US Senate passed President Bush’s Medicare legislation Tuesday by a vote of 54 to 44. The measure, which provides partial coverage of prescription drugs for seniors, marks a significant step toward the privatization and ultimate destruction of government-sponsored health care for those over age 65. Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31f1b999-da9b-4ba2-befb-19b0936b43fA/medi-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z Police violence at Miami FTAA protest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/miam-n26.html Tens of thousands of demonstrators who came to Miami last week to protest the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) ministerial meetings met with police harassment, provocation, and brutality. More than 100 protesters were treated for injuries, 12 were hospitalized and an estimated 250 were arrested. The Bush administration provided $8.5 million to back up local police against protesters. Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f58d6784-1f7a-48ce-ac08-d02ed27baf8A/miam-n26.html 2003-11-26T05:00:00Z France: Elf verdicts reveal state corruption at highest levels http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/elff-n25.html The Elf corruption trial, whose verdict and sentences were delivered on November 12 by Judge Michel Desplan, presiding at the Paris Criminal Court, provides a chilling insight into the nature of the French state, French politics and French imperialism as a whole since the 1960s. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96b6d30b-da2c-4dca-b75d-a68646ad8e5C/elff-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lab-n25.html Peruvian strikers demand jobs Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/befad1a3-4824-46e6-834d-d46c342f252F/lab-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z US occupation authority tramples on Iraqi workers’ rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n25.html The legal and economic position of workers in Iraq gives the lie to the Bush administration’s avowed democratic intentions in the occupied country. Few reports on the subject have appeared in the establishment media. However, what information has filtered through demonstrates that the American government has no intention of protecting the democratic rights of the working population. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f762ca4-e617-4819-a48d-e8c8964c608I/iraq-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z Spain: Relatives of military plane crash victims met with official indifference http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/crsh-n25.html Families of Spanish servicemen killed when their plane crashed in May have accused the Aznar government of not taking due precautions when hiring the aircraft. They are petitioning the courts to see if negligence charges can be brought. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af1ee3fa-75b2-4c1e-b74c-564f27d53e4G/crsh-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z Whither the US dollar? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/doll-n25.html Will the fall in the value of the US dollar proceed gradually or will there be a financial crisis sparked by a rapid exit of funds from American financial markets? This is a question that is being asked more frequently in world financial centres as US indebtedness reaches new highs. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6c07f79-d326-4e69-bc1e-b9d03c32a25O/doll-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z Unemployment rate in Australia twice the official figure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jobs-n25.html Following the release earlier this month of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly labor force figures for October, Federal Treasurer Peter Costello declared they demonstrated that “nearly every Australian who wants to work can find an opportunity.” He went on to boast that “full employment” was now in sight. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5693c207-8365-4e5c-b8c1-62c75da3875P/jobs-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z Report exposes criminal connections of Lithuanian president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lith-n25.html The release at the end of October of a state security department report into corruption and breaches of national security by the president of Lithuania and his office has opened up a political crisis in the Baltic state. Tue, 25 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecf2b122-f95f-472b-bb41-18436852ec4J/lith-n25.html 2003-11-25T05:00:00Z An exchange on “Friedman of the Times declares war on France” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/exch-n24.html To the Editor, Mon, 24 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b145ad19-a761-41f2-bf80-fb28da5d30aN/exch-n24.html 2003-11-24T05:00:00Z Terrorism commission caves in to White House over 9/11 documents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/911-n24.html The independent commission charged with investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington has backed down in the face of White House intransigence and agreed to let the Bush administration determine what information it will turn over to the panel. Mon, 24 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3cff2f96-5693-453e-a31a-9f4eb2db7beD/911-n24.html 2003-11-24T05:00:00Z Britain: Police chief apologises to family of man shot dead by officers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ashl-n24.html The Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Ken Jones, has made an unprecedented apology to the family of an unarmed man shot dead by police officers during a raid five years ago. The family has continued to call for a public inquiry, both into the killing and also into its subsequent investigation by the police. Four officers were cleared of misconduct charges relating to the planning of the police raid. Murder charges were dropped against the officer who fired the fatal shot. Mon, 24 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9101468c-8292-4089-aaf2-385fc3c992eI/ashl-n24.html 2003-11-24T05:00:00Z International and corporate pressure for a political compromise in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sril-n24.html As the political crisis in Sri Lanka drags into its fourth week, heavy pressure is being brought to bear by the United States, the European Union (EU), India and Japan on President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to patch-up some sort of compromise. Mon, 24 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08b0a7b0-9c4f-459f-a22a-9b85608fdeaE/sril-n24.html 2003-11-24T05:00:00Z Indonesia: Trials underway into Suharto-era atrocities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/indo-n24.html Four trials have begun of 14 current and retired members of Indonesia’s armed forces (TNI) for a massacre carried out nearly 20 years ago, on September 12, 1984. Evidence emerging in the courts has the potential of becoming a political embarrassment, not only for the regime of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is closely aligned with the military, but with the American and Australian governments, both of which have moved to re-establish close ties with the TNI. Mon, 24 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fae016cc-dcf5-4493-bfd3-c00af1d0eb0J/indo-n24.html 2003-11-24T05:00:00Z Letters from our readers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n22.html Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4699fd3-62a2-4d0c-82d4-603b23f5d92G/corr-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/euro-n22.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by e-mailing information to: editor@wsws.org Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0eb4fba1-ade4-496c-8305-38bf366286eM/euro-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n22.html Riot police attack Cambodian garment workers Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/56098719-dc51-4928-ab36-5a64e3e6350D/labo-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z New York police assault fundraiser for anarchist group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nyc-n22.html New York City police launched a vicious attack on a private fundraising event for the group, Anarchist People of Color, at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 16. The benefit was being held in the Brooklyn offices of Critical Resistance, a California-based group that focuses on police brutality and the prison system. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6293672-5c23-4679-a8ec-e2534defb4bA/nyc-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Striking Los Angeles transit workers return to work without a contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tran-n22.html Los Angeles County’s mass transit system resumed operations this week after the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) ordered its 2,400 striking mechanics and service employees back to work on Monday evening. After 35 days on the picket lines, the workers have returned to their jobs without a final contract. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dcb7da65-2d8e-4dab-9c23-ef6c5981abdD/tran-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Paul Martin to be Canada’s new prime minister http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/mart-n22.html Former finance minister and multimillionaire businessman Paul Martin will be sworn in as Canada’s new prime minister December 12, replacing Jean Chrétien. At the same time Martin will unveil a new Liberal cabinet. In answer to corporate Canada’s call for a major change in the government’s course, Martin is expected to deny ministries to most of those serving in the current Chrétien cabinet. And to underscore his desire for much closer relations with the Bush administration, Martin may create a new cabinet post—minister for Canada-US relations. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0b184a5-053c-461a-b8b5-8c2ebd857e8B/mart-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Reflections on the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jfk-n22.html In November 1963, 37 years before George W. Bush was installed as president by means of a political conspiracy, the assassination of John F. Kennedy demonstrated how a man could be removed from the presidency by conspiratorial means. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c67c2509-c817-4fcd-8b71-3d9da250337H/jfk-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Sylvia Plath is hardly present http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sylv-n22.html Sylvia, directed by Christine Jeffs, screenplay by John Brownlow Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/079ec70a-3f94-492b-bce7-43b17c9712aD/sylv-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z “Meet the people”—Bush and Blair style http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n22.html One million pounds spent and 1,300 police officers invading a village of 5,000 residents—all so that US President George W. Bush and his host, Prime Minister Tony Blair, could fake a “meet the people” photo opportunity. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ec5b166-8843-46c5-8982-44b82f64f9dK/bush-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Uzbekistan: Britain’s ambassador embarrasses Bush administration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/uzbe-n22.html Last week, Baroness Symons, a Foreign Office minister, announced that Ambassador Craig Murray would go back to Tashkent. The Labour government hopes this will bring to a close one of the most embarrassing scandals to hit a British foreign mission in years. Sat, 22 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35eae412-1f6d-49b7-b151-8689775a685K/uzbe-n22.html 2003-11-22T05:00:00Z Britain: Massive turnout at demonstration against Bush and Iraq war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lond-n21.html Upwards of 150,000 people participated in a protest demonstration in London on November 20 against the state visit of US President George W. Bush. The turnout far exceeded the organisers’ predictions of 100,000. Throughout the day police and media had attempted to play down the scale of opposition to the Bush visit, but the police were begrudgingly forced to acknowledge the presence of at least 100,000 protesters. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c8c7125-8781-4bd4-96fd-507b9b030adE/lond-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Love and anti-refugee racism in rural Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/mark-n21.html Use this version to print| Send this link by email | Email the author Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22da8bcd-d7c4-49ae-9e56-03f2babf055A/mark-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z “Free trade lite” deal papers over US-Latin American conflict http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ftaa-n21.html In an attempt to stave off another humiliating public debacle like the recent collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Cancun, Mexico, the Bush administration has backed off from its drive to forge a sweeping agreement for a hemisphere-wide free trade zone at a ministerial meeting in Miami, Florida. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bcc1363-8f99-4c26-a9f0-35f76f3cf43N/ftaa-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Federal appeals court upholds Bush abuse of “material witness” statute http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/awad-n21.html On November 7, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Bush administration’s practice of arresting people not suspected of any crime, based on their designation as “material witnesses” whose testimony might assist a grand jury. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5dfa3db6-1dca-4659-9e93-8bb14a906c0A/awad-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Massachusetts high court rules in favor of same-sex marriages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/marr-n21.html The 4-3 ruling by Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday striking down a state ban on same-sex marriages is the affirmation of an elementary democratic right. The Supreme Judicial Court held, in the words of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, that “barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution.” Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0dad20bf-858e-43fa-859e-08265f0cf81D/marr-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Fissures deepen within Israeli political establishment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/isra-n21.html In an extraordinary move, four former leaders of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security force, gave a joint interview to Israel’s leading daily, Yedioth Aharanoth, criticising Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s suppression of the Palestinians. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/937e2997-5774-4893-92bc-104865aea64K/isra-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Terror blasts in Istanbul: atrocities aid Bush’s “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/turk-n21.html On Thursday, the Turkish capital of Istanbul with its 12 million inhabitants was rocked by violent explosions for the second time within the space of a few days. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bf835a0-1104-47b2-9fee-0c031111273K/turk-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z David North addresses Sri Lankan Trotskyists on the 50th anniversary of the ICFI http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/dnor-n21.html To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), David North, Chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board, addressed a meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka on November 16 in the capital Colombo. The gathering took place in the midst of a political crisis on the island provoked one week earlier by the president’s threat to invoke a state of emergency. Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fafa8e0-7e89-4a37-9629-fe8c5db151aL/dnor-n21.html 2003-11-21T05:00:00Z Washington demands “triggers” for attack on Iran http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iran-n20.html Even as its occupation of Iraq plunges further into disarray, the Bush administration is stepping up its drive for similar “regime change” in neighbouring oil-rich Iran. Ever since President Bush named Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, as an “axis of evil” in his January 2002 State of the Union address, the White House has maintained a barrage of allegations and threats against the Iranian regime, repeatedly accusing it of conducting a secret nuclear weapons program. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52e8585d-99f8-44c2-ac20-7a3188c49bdN/iran-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z Bush’s London visit highlights mass opposition to US and British governments http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lond-n20.html The day US President George W. Bush arrived in Britain at the start of his four-day state visit, the Guardian newspaper led with a headline declaring, “Protests begin but majority backs Bush visit as support for war surges.” Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f606d69-5cf9-4d54-a956-af07e711181B/lond-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z India: Tamil Nadu government launches far-reaching attack on the press http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nadu-n20.html In an unprecedented attack on the freedom of the press, the Legislative Assembly speaker in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu this month imposed 15-day jail terms on the main editorial staff of a leading Indian newspaper, the Hindu, for “breach of privilege” of the parliament. The decision is part of an escalating assault on democratic rights and workers’ conditions by the state government led by Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/621e8e70-c748-4719-ab6d-303a5f82ea2H/nadu-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z Bush’s London speech: A defense of aggression and lawlessness http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n201.html President Bush’s speech Wednesday to a London audience, the highlight of his three-day state visit to Great Britain, was an uncompromising defense of the conquest of Iraq and Afghanistan. He made it clear the US would not hesitate to employ whatever level of violence was necessary to suppress the Iraqi resistance, and left no doubt that his administration remained opposed to ceding political control of the occupied country to the United Nations. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/084795d1-0664-482f-8477-12dd12acdc2C/bush-n201.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z Spain: Investigation into death at sea of 36 African migrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/immi-n20.html On November 12, Spain’s national ombudsman, Enrique Mugica, announced that an inquiry would be launched into the horrifying events of October 25 when 36 immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa drowned after their motorboat sank in high seas off the coast off Cadiz. The inquiry will concentrate on why it took 52 minutes for rescue services to leave the shore after the motorboat had been reported to be in severe difficulties. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86ddc7ee-59ed-4088-982f-05591414338P/immi-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z Arson destroys Indiana Holocaust museum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/cand-n20.html A museum dedicated to the victims of the Nazi Holocaust in Terre Haute, Indiana, was set on fire and its contents destroyed Tuesday. The Candles Museum was torched after a wall of the building was spray-painted with an homage to Timothy McVeigh, the right-wing terrorist who was convicted in 1995 for the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. McVeigh was executed at the federal prison near Terre Haute in 2001. The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1201b006-77dc-4802-8da7-bb6c76121b9N/cand-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z US: 21,000 Verizon workers accept buyout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/veri-n20.html More than 21,000 Verizon workers have accepted an early retirement package as the corporation, the largest telephone company in the US, seeks to cut costs, boost its falling stock price and trim some of the massive debt accumulated over the past few years. Thu, 20 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22e106ca-9416-4770-ac2d-100ffae7590M/veri-n20.html 2003-11-20T05:00:00Z Letters from our readers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n19.html Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f23f5d0-c77a-4591-877c-3bbbf9f2029G/corr-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Jessica Lynch criticizes government-backed lies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lync-n19.html Over the last 10 days, the story of Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch has been the focus of a media blitz. On Sunday, November 9, NBC broadcast the made-for-TV film Saving Jessica Lynch. The following Tuesday, the book I Am A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, by Rick Bragg, was released. That evening, ABC aired its much-hyped interview with the former soldier conducted by Diane Sawyer. Lynch made the rounds on the morning talk shows last week, climaxed by an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” Friday night. Her picture graced the cover of Time magazine’s November 17 issue. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dff47cf6-9444-40c0-98ee-4ed049c4c5aK/lync-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z The New York Times “sours” on Bush’s new plan for Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n19.html In its lead editorial of November 16, entitled “Iraq Goes Sour,” the New York Times decries the decision of the Bush administration to move up its time-table for handing over political power to a US puppet regime in Iraq. Voicing the fear that American forces might be pulled out of Iraq “prematurely,” the newspaper advances its own recommendations for salvaging the US occupation. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9554e28e-6f68-4da9-badb-56a1055c184J/iraq-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Conservatives and Greens form coalition government in Upper Austria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/aust-n19.html Only weeks after regional elections in Upper Austria, the conservative Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) and the Green Party have agreed to form a local coalition government. This decision will accelerate these parties joining forces on a national level. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35a509e4-4279-4f94-bfae-2abe0091042P/aust-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Arizona sheriff introduces female chain gangs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/gang-n19.html A recent newspaper item provides a horrifying glimpse into an aspect of modern life in the US that is not generally publicized. It describes the phenomenon of female chain gangs. This practice occurs not in a rural southern American town, but Maricopa County, Arizona, which covers an area that includes the 3 million residents of metropolitan Phoenix, one of the country’s largest urban centers. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f42de90-b65f-410c-9529-fb98211587bI/gang-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Election fraud induces political crisis in Georgia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/geog-n19.html Ongoing political unrest in Georgia in the southern Caucasus region is threatening to get out of control. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8934f6fc-0b87-4e06-b1e8-bec1a2c1172P/geog-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z An international socialist strategy to oppose militarism and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n19.html The following statement is being distributed by the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) at demonstrations taking place in London to protest the state visit of President George W. Bush. The statement has also been posted as a PDF file. We urge our readers and supporters to download and distribute it as widely as possible. Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91a990b8-df45-4c4f-8421-57f8757785eP/bush-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z US: 21,000 Verizon workers accept buyout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/veri-n19.html Use this version to print | Send this link by email | Email the author Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5137a922-de83-4777-a7db-2519ab90ed1F/veri-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Thousands of workers in South Korea strike against repressive labour laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/kore-n19.html Over 150,000 South Korean workers participated in a one-day strike and large demonstrations on November 12 to protest at the government’s repressive labor legislation. Called by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the protests involved workers from car making, metals, textile and chemicals industries across South Korea demanding the withdrawal of existing legislation and opposing a raft of new laws aimed at giving even greater powers to employers. Strikers also called for measures to protect the rights and conditions of “irregular workers” (casual labourers). Wed, 19 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/92f5e197-ebbe-4e4a-83b4-1de09bab596L/kore-n19.html 2003-11-19T05:00:00Z Bush aboga por décadas de guerra para establecer la "democracia" en el Oriente Medio http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/span-n18.html WSWS : Español Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c4a34c5-e206-4652-9417-e5667e92894G/span-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Briefly noted http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/film-n18.html Love Actually, directed by Richard Curtis; Intolerable Cruelty, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater; The Matrix Revolutions, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/94c965c1-ac8a-4343-a807-9ef5ab65d78A/film-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z US: State scapegoats parents, workers in New Jersey child welfare scandal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nj-n18.html The discovery of four badly malnourished boys in a foster home in Collingswood, New Jersey—a working-class inner suburb of Camden—has plunged the state child welfare agency, the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), into a crisis that has received national attention. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37e57ba5-8fb7-42d1-be68-306620d2badH/nj-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Japanese government holds power, but with reduced majority http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/japa-n18.html The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi retained control of Japan’s lower house of parliament in the November 9 elections, but with its majority substantially cut. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d561f565-46b7-48fc-8273-9e1dce23d64P/japa-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labr-n18.html National strike in Dominican Republic Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/876af73b-8411-4230-b318-cad9fa63f8cP/labr-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Los Angeles County and public employees union reach tentative contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/laco-n18.html The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 660, which represents over half of the county’s 90,000 workers, have announced a tentative labor agreement covering the next three years. Most county employees have been working without an agreement since September. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/654297a9-c4c7-44e3-93b3-ab89030c3d7L/laco-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Bush’s visit to London: Is a state provocation being prepared? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n18.html Unprecedented security measures are being put in place for President George W. Bush’s visit to London this week. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f34a6802-ee52-4881-a52b-5674449d2a1I/bush-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Teenager’s death highlights terrible toll in Australian workplaces http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/joel-n18.html The tragic death of 16-year-old Joel Exner on a construction site in Sydney’s western suburbs has again focused attention on the high rate of industrial deaths and accidents in Australia. The teenager died on October 15 when he fell 15 metres from the roof of a building on an Australand project. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69d97da6-0e9a-4aee-a26b-e1ca8432945D/joel-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z The Maher Arar case: Washington’s practice of torture by proxy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/arar-n18.html Maher Arar’s poignant account of his treatment by US, Jordanian and Syrian authorities constitutes a devastating exposure of the illegal, arbitrary and barbaric methods Washington is employing in the name of combating terrorism. It also raises vital questions as to the role that the Canadian government and its police and intelligence agencies played in delivering Arar into the hands of his torturers. (See: Canadian authorities complicit in Arar’s illegal detention and torture.) Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c45193b-7302-46a0-b0d1-6d1af81b8e4I/arar-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z Canadian authorities complicit in Arar’s illegal detention and torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/can-n18.html Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien has condemned US authorities for their treatment of Maher Arar—the Syrian-born Canadian citizen whom the US deported to Syria so he could be detained without charge and tortured. “It is completely unacceptable and deplorable,” declared Chrétien the day after Arar had held a press conference to explain how US officials had deported him to Syria over his vehement objections and how in Syria he had been held in a tiny cell and savagely beaten. Tue, 18 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f200d4e-a816-47f7-b30f-93810965571B/can-n18.html 2003-11-18T05:00:00Z US media sanctions campaign of atrocities in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n17.html The visible disarray of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy, in the wake of a series of military-political disasters—the shooting down of helicopters, suicide bombings, the mortar attacks on US occupation headquarters in the “Green Zone” in central Baghdad—is a turning point in the war in Iraq. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/081ada57-0110-4d0d-be99-ccabc4b493bP/iraq-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z European Social Forum: French LCR seeks to channel popular opposition to official left parties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/foru-n17.html Over 40,000 delegates gathered in Paris between November 12 and 15 for the second European Social Forum (ESF). The majority were in their teens and twenties, but others were veterans of the protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/753b1a8c-0d07-4ac6-8450-5070bffdcbaC/foru-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z Why are retirement pensions under attack? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/pens-n17.html Under the guise of reform, pensions are under attack in virtually every industrialised country in the world. As a result, millions of workers face appalling poverty and isolation in their last years and pensions are fast becoming one of the most bitterly contested political issues. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec156800-1038-422f-9952-ebaf4961bb2C/pens-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z Provocateurs and criminals in the employ of the Brandenburg intelligence service http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bran-n17.html German undercover agents known as “V-men” have been regularly recruited or infiltrated by the intelligence services on a state and national level into groups and organisations the secret services regard as politically dubious. The official function of such agents is to acquire firsthand information about the groups. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01bd6eff-5a8a-4905-b8a5-55a34b52c50E/bran-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z Australian government flouts international law to eject Kurdish refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/refu-n17.html During the past two weeks, the Australian government has stooped to new lows in its violation of international law and its assault on the basic democratic and legal rights of refugees. Its latest act has been to deny a boatload of Kurdish refugees the right to apply for asylum and instead force them back to Indonesia. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e45f4a40-6191-4090-b56e-c04d21155b4M/refu-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z Sinhalese extremist thugs attack arts festival in Colombo http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sinh-n17.html In the days leading up to the Sri Lankan president’s grab for power on November 4, various Sinhala extremist groups were stepping up pressure on the government, denouncing its attempts to restart peace talks with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) as a betrayal of the country. As part of the campaign, Sihala Urumaya (SU) organised a vicious attack on a two-day cultural festival in Colombo. Mon, 17 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/624c3ac6-1e16-462a-a3d7-268951d97a3L/sinh-n17.html 2003-11-17T05:00:00Z Mother of US soldier: “Bush killed my son” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sold-n15.html The mother of one of the US soldiers who died when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Iraq earlier this month has sharply condemned the Bush administration, and blames George W. Bush for her son’s death. First Lt. Brian Slavenas, 30, an Illinois National Guardsman, was the pilot of the helicopter that crashed November 2, resulting in 16 soldiers’ deaths and 20 injuries. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cadd0107-f99d-43a3-ab9c-2dc9c41cfb7I/sold-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n15.html Bangladeshi employers forced to compensate workers for police shootings Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d6ac17b-06b3-4b42-bbe4-0d7697be183G/labo-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z US “turning point” in Iraq—deeper into the abyss http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n15.html Seven months after Baghdad fell to US troops, Washington is unveiling a crisis strategy that combines the attempt to consolidate an Iraqi puppet regime with the unleashing of a redoubled military onslaught against the Iraqi people. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c9747db-5623-4b11-933c-6ab559f835bL/iraq-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Britain: New government attack on asylum seekers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/asyl-n15.html The latest government proposals relating to asylum seekers arriving in Britain are the most prohibitive introduced to date and represent a deepening attack on democratic rights. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceb99bec-28d0-400d-98aa-4df13af13a1C/asyl-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z No resolution to Sri Lankan political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sril-n15.html Just a week after plunging the country into an acute political crisis, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday to discuss ways of ending the current standoff. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eae9aa4e-7b7e-41aa-9359-a60335ff927N/sril-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Israel: Histadrut suspends general strike against pension reform http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/isra-n15.html Israel’s Histadrut trade union federation and the finance ministry headed by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have agreed a deal that brings the government’s plans to severely undermine workers pension rights significantly closer. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/591cb88e-eb94-49a1-8a12-72f0699b4c2G/isra-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Chapter 17: The Split in the Fourth International http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/her1-n15.html It is hardly surprising that the renegade Michael Banda centers his denunciation of the International Committee on the document which summoned Trotskyists all over the world to fight a revisionist cancer which threatened to destroy the world party of socialist revolution. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f72828c-ba36-4489-bbcc-ccf8108c253F/her1-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Chapter 18: James P. Cannon’s “Open Letter” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/her2-n15.html For all the vehemence of Banda’s denunciation of the “Open Letter,” the readers of his “27 Reasons” will search in vain for any analysis of this document. He vilifies it as the “epistle from the philistines of ‘orthodox Trotskyism,’” an “arrogant ultimatum,” an “opportunist response” and an “equivocal and undignified maneuver.” But he says nothing about the political content of the “Open Letter.” He does not say whether he agrees or disagrees with its summation of the principles of Trotskyism, its characterization of Pablo’s line as revisionist, or even its assertion that irreconcilable differences exist between Trotskyism and Pabloism. Nor does Banda explain why he personally supported the “Open Letter” in 1953. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c07debe-d6f7-434e-82fb-e35ee46762aG/her2-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z The entanglement with life http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/huma-n15.html The Human Stain, directed by Robert Benton, screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, based on the novel by Philip Roth Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c87b380-5132-4868-9b69-aedf4a974aaJ/huma-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z WSWS republishes extracts from The Heritage We Defend by David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/icfi-n15.html On the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), the World Socialist Web Site is proud to republish two key chapters from The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International, by David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board and national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States. Sat, 15 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/10f13b9f-c8f1-4080-9eda-b0c0429882aK/icfi-n15.html 2003-11-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe and Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-14n.html Metal workers hold mass demonstration in Rome Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/366d6d09-40ba-4cb4-aac3-da5b5dddda0B/labo-14n.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Netherlands: Trade unions agree to two-year wage freeze http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/neth-n14.html The so-called Dutch “Polder Model” has been praised throughout Europe as an example of how to modernise an economy on the basis of social consensus. The “Agenda 2010” recently introduced by the German government is to a large extent based on the Dutch model. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/344c4e44-30ef-4b5c-a838-bc053b8d0ffP/neth-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z The political economy of the Sri Lankan “peace process” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sri2-n14.html This is the concluding section of a two-part article. The first part was published on November 13. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fb6c49e-c0ee-44ef-a916-7465697c21eB/sri2-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z The political economy of the Sri Lankan “peace process” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sri2-14n.html This is the concluding section of a two-part article. The first part was published on November 13. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec0d12a8-0206-4531-a917-cbe4fe7f09fF/sri2-14n.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Can Hollywood be subversive? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/dirt-n14.html Dirty Pretty Things, directed by Stephen Frears, written by Steve Knight Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c897632-dce9-4059-9702-c42d5e7b104N/dirt-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z The political origins and outlook of Jemaah Islamiyah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ji3-14n.html Below we are publishing the concluding section of a three-part series on Jemaah Islamiyah. Part 1 was posted on November 12 and Part 2 on November 13. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb712032-28cb-403f-9de4-ba5be561af4N/ji3-14n.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z The political origins and outlook of Jemaah Islamiyah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ji3-n14.html Below we are publishing the concluding section of a three-part series on Jemaah Islamiyah. Part 1 was posted on November 12 and Part 2 on November 13. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/271c9dcf-63f2-4404-bf2d-68e9e1822a7C/ji3-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z War on terror methods for Miami anti-globalization protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/miam-n14.html Thousands of anti-globalization demonstrators are expected in Miami, Florida this weekend to participate in a series of protests against a meeting of trade ministers from throughout the western hemisphere, gathered to prepare the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA). The officials from 34 countries—the entire hemisphere with the exception of Cuba—will meet November 17-21. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/985a89ca-0d36-4d36-a263-e1acfd77066I/miam-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Protesting textile workers killed by Lesotho police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/leso-14n.html Two workers were killed and more than 100 were injured when police opened fire on a 20,000-strong demonstration of striking textile workers in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, on November 10. The marchers, who were on a one-day strike, were heading for the offices of the Employers’ Association of Lesotho to deliver a petition protesting against the 5.5 percent wage offer made by the employers in response to their demand for a 15 percent increase. Lesotho Mounted Police (LMPS) intercepted the march, which was organised by the Factory Workers’ Union (FAWU), and opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad7c22c0-53f3-4640-87dc-5584227598cL/leso-14n.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Germany: MP’s anti-Semitic speech exposes ugly face of the CDU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/hohm-n14.html The virulently anti-Semitic speech given by conservative MP Martin Hohmann on October 3, the bank holiday marking German reunification, reflects the outlook of the extreme right wing within the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), post-war Germany’s traditional conservative party. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89a754bc-4edb-4a7e-a1bd-910ce6a98d5P/hohm-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Protesting textile workers killed by Lesotho police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/leso-n14.html Two workers were killed and more than 100 were injured when police opened fire on a 20,000-strong demonstration of striking textile workers in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, on November 10. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a35ea3b6-fdc3-4d72-be8f-de53f4b287eF/leso-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe and Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n14.html Metal workers hold mass demonstration in Rome Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9df77de8-3406-473a-8a2a-c802b06c692G/labo-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z The crisis of American democracy: its social and political roots http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/cbs-n14.html Last week’s decision by the CBS television network to withdraw its mini-series on the Reagans was another milestone in the dissolution of American democracy. All it took was a quickly organized campaign of letters, e-mails and protests from right-wing media commentators and the Republican National Committee to convince CBS executives and their superiors at the corporate giant Viacom to pull the television film less than two weeks from its scheduled broadcast date. It marked the first time a major US network removed a completed project from its schedule due to political pressure. Fri, 14 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/345f2a82-ecc8-4421-a8fd-dcec45b4f7cO/cbs-n14.html 2003-11-14T05:00:00Z Liberia: US puts a bounty on Charles Taylor’s head http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tayl-n13.html In a provocative move the Bush administration has made available a $2 million reward for the capture of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor and for bringing him before the Special Court on war crimes that is being set up in Sierra Leone. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54951a84-c810-4568-bba6-b143eb49d52M/tayl-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z Letters from families of US soldiers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n13.html Below we post two recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site sent by families of US soldiers. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/814e6473-43f2-4eee-a0c4-008435ea831A/corr-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z Washington Post shrugs its shoulders over torture victim case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/arar-n13.html The response of the Washington Post to the case of Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar sheds additional light on the indifference to democratic rights that prevails within the American political and media establishment. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cbabb925-c055-41dc-9513-866a16ebc64F/arar-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z Israel’s crisis opens rift within Sharon government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/isra-n13.html The last week has seen unprecedented outbursts within Israel’s political establishment, reflecting divisions over how to deal with the intractable military, political, economic and social crisis that confronts it. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/88ef75e0-67ce-4da3-ba9b-87f2d56e94aH/isra-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z The political economy of the Sri Lankan “peace process” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/srl1-n13.html This is the first of a two-part series. The second in the series will be published tomorrow, Friday November 14. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c31424f-9869-4cf2-abd7-543959c16bfI/srl1-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z The political economy of the Sri Lankan “peace process” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/srl1-n17.html If events surrounding President Kumaratunga’s attempted constitutional coup last week tended, at times, to assume something of a comic opera character, the reason is not to be found primarily in the conduct of the principal political actors. Rather, it lies in profound changes within the world economy and Sri Lanka’s relationship to them. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24ec426e-888f-46bb-996c-780841ac199P/srl1-n17.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z The political origins and outlook of Jemaah Islamiyah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ji2-n13.html Below we are publishing the second in a three-part series on Jemaah Islamiyah. Part 1 was published on November 12 and the final section will be published tomorrow. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f094dbe-e35b-46f3-81cc-802219d8a11P/ji2-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z Heinrich Hannover defends WSWS against slanderous attack by Brandenburg intelligence service http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/hann-n13.html Below we are publishing a letter by Dr. Heinrich Hannover dealing with the attacks made by the Brandenburg intelligence service against the World Socialist Web Site and an article by Lena Sokoll, which was published by the WSWS on February 24, 2001. The intelligence service accused the article (“The deadly consequences of Germany’s refugee policy”) of being the intellectual driving force behind a violent assault on the immigration office in the city of Frankfurt/Oder carried out by unknown culprits on September 16, 2003. [See “Germany: Brandenburg intelligence service slanders the World Socialist Web Site”] Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/252b5ade-b578-494a-a21b-95aa573f13cH/hann-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z The Saudi bombing—who benefits from this atrocity? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/saud-n13.html The November 8 terrorist bombing in the Saudi capital of Riyadh was an atrocity carried out with wanton disregard for human life and motivated by utterly reactionary political ends. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/09f26e17-453a-44b5-8949-6770c27448cM/saud-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z Congress strips profiteering penalties from $87.5 billion Iraqi occupation bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sena-n13.html The United States Senate’s “stealth vote” giving final approval to the $87.5 billion emergency appropriation bill for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan—with only six senators present, and by voice vote rather than roll call—provides an object lesson in the degenerate state of the US political system. Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a53ce78a-dc03-412f-b47f-092c2162087K/sena-n13.html 2003-11-13T05:00:00Z New evidence of official lies on Iraq’s “nuclear program” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-12n.html Further evidence has emerged about the fraudulent nature of the Bush administration’s pre-invasion allegations about Iraq’s so-called nuclear weapons program, as well as the eager part played by the Australian government in backing them. On October 27, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program “Spinning the Tubes” revealed that Australian intelligence agencies first alerted Washington to Iraq’s attempted importation of aluminium tubes, which were later alleged to be a critical component in the building of nuclear weapons. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35f7752f-6cde-4bf2-84d6-b99caa33e2aB/iraq-12n.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z New evidence of official lies on Iraq’s “nuclear program” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n12.html Further evidence has emerged about the fraudulent nature of the Bush administration’s pre-invasion allegations about Iraq’s so-called nuclear weapons program, as well as the eager part played by the Australian government in backing them. On October 27, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program “Spinning the Tubes” revealed that Australian intelligence agencies first alerted Washington to Iraq’s attempted importation of aluminium tubes, which were later alleged to be a critical component in the building of nuclear weapons. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5605696b-51c4-4aa2-a37f-e46eef19683D/iraq-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z Canada’s social democrats court “progressive” Tories http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ndp-n12.html Jack Layton, the federal leader of the New Democratic Party, has issued a public appeal to “progressive” Tories and disaffected Liberal politicians to join the ranks of Canada’s social democratic party. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ba5d443-af14-4baa-99e0-a397785c3b9P/ndp-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z Britain: Blair’s apologia for Iraq war on eve of Bush visit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/blai-12n.html Every year Britain’s serving prime minister delivers a speech dealing with foreign policy to the Lord Mayor of London’s official banquet, dressed in white tie and tails. This year Tony Blair’s thoughts were immediately focused on an event closer to home—the upcoming state visit by US President George W. Bush taking place November 19-21. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13f7c552-de7f-4065-a03f-a994346bef0N/blai-12n.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z Britain: Blair’s apologia for Iraq war on eve of Bush visit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/blai-n12.html Every year Britain’s serving prime minister delivers a speech dealing with foreign policy to the Lord Mayor of London’s official banquet, dressed in white tie and tails. This year Tony Blair’s thoughts were immediately focused on an event closer to home—the upcoming state visit by US President George W. Bush taking place November 19-21. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f85508f-a82b-49f4-9db0-50962b1d6b6B/blai-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z The political origins and outlook of Jemaah Islamiyah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ji-12n.html If asked the question: “What is Jemaah Islamiyah?” just 18 months ago, most people would have been unable to reply. But since the Bali bombings in October 2002, “JI” has become a virtual household word, synonymous with Islamic extremism and terrorist violence throughout South East Asia. Despite its notoriety, however, almost nothing of any genuine substance has been written on the organisation. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75dfc383-b4ad-434e-81a6-84f34d0cea7O/ji-12n.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z Gore issues warning over “Big Brother” regime in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/gore-n12.html In his second major speech in three months, former vice president Al Gore criticized the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism,” accusing the White House of exploiting the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to assume quasi-dictatorial powers. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/824a8d98-9200-40c9-930c-35776a329edH/gore-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z US high court to hear Guantanamo appeal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/guan-n12.html The US Supreme Court announced November 10 that it will hear a case challenging the Bush administration’s indefinite detention without charges and in violation of US constitutional protection and international law of nearly 700 prisoners held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87f99a84-e2cb-4122-a1d9-bcb3d248c1aP/guan-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z US: Gunpoint police raid at South Carolina school http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/raid-n12.html Over a dozen police officers in the town of Goose Creek, S.C., stormed into a crowded high school hallway on the morning of November 5, forcing 107 students down on their stomachs at gunpoint. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a13d0c8-87c8-40f6-bb20-32d036433b4L/raid-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z The political origins and outlook of Jemaah Islamiyah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jis1-n12.html If asked the question: “What is Jemaah Islamiyah?” just 18 months ago, most people would have been unable to reply. But since the Bali bombings in October 2002, “JI” has become a virtual household word, synonymous with Islamic extremism and terrorist violence throughout South East Asia. Despite its notoriety, however, almost nothing of any genuine substance has been written on the organisation. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4d91fb3-d3f8-45c6-a192-bb54824ac23K/jis1-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z A convenient vagueness http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/elep-n12.html Elephant’s general subject matter is the massacre that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in April 1999, in which 15 people were killed and 23 wounded, and other school shootings in the US over the past several years. Filmed in an Oregon high school, Gus Van Sant’s work follows several students whose paths cross on a fateful and tragic day. The film considers some of the same brief and ordinary encounters from a number of points of view. Wed, 12 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a068a808-bc2b-4529-89c5-3a0313ac429F/elep-n12.html 2003-11-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lab-n11.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by e-mailing information to: editor@wsws.org Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f0fbaf1-52fa-4170-933d-cef8835ed4cM/lab-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z US extends its military influence in Eastern Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/euro-n11.html In the run up to America’s assault on Iraq US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld identified the former Stalinist states of Eastern Europe as part of a “new” Europe in contrast to the “old” Europe of France and Germany. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3db7dff7-841e-417e-8f40-bdd72a3650eM/euro-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z Swiss elections: End of political consensus? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/swit-n11.html The parliamentary elections of October 19 have severely shaken the long-standing so-called concordance-democracy in Switzerland. The rise of the right-wing Swiss Peoples Party (SVP) to the biggest fraction in parliament threatens to break up the system of collective party government that has been in practice since 1959. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec73ecd3-e3ee-4be5-827c-dead08b49f9M/swit-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z Arguments of an authoritarian state: Brandenburg intelligence service slanders the WSWS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bran-n11.html In the early morning hours of September 16, the windows of the immigration office in Frankfurt-Oder were broken. Only a few hours later, the web site of the Brandenburg intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz) published an article characterising the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) as part of the “left-wing extremist milieu.” The article bristled with distortions, half-truths, insinuations and false claims. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/873db7ca-c017-457e-9cc2-97627bed0aaM/bran-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z US unleashes renewed bombing raids on Iraqi towns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tikr-n11.html The US military launched bombing strikes against Iraqi civilians last weekend for the first time since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1. The air campaign, involving F-16 bombers, targeted two towns, Tikrit and Fallujah, which have become centres of popular resistance to the US occupation. It was aimed at terrorising the Iraqi people in response to the escalating number and sophistication of attacks on American troops in the last weeks. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8cd1da13-d01e-4c20-a8e1-fc2527a53fcN/tikr-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z Quentin Tarantino’s playful violence and high body count http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/kill-n11.html Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Kill Bill: Volume 1, is cynical and self-involved. It is also, of course, ultra-violent and juvenile, as were his earlier hits Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3098300-2554-44fa-92aa-6b3a4d0919bN/kill-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z The Milosevic Trial: Last prime minister of Yugoslavia breaks 12-year silence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/milo-n11.html The last prime minister of Yugoslavia has broken his 12-year long silence to speak in public about events during the breakup of his country in the 1990s. Tue, 11 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5728522d-c61f-41d4-83e0-764be3f90caD/milo-n11.html 2003-11-11T05:00:00Z Letters on “The New York Times’ Friedman libels the Iraqi resistance” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n10.html WSWS : Correspondence Mon, 10 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2aa53e9b-5968-45a0-8929-a0ea2372a56P/corr-n10.html 2003-11-10T05:00:00Z The political issues in the Sri Lankan constitutional crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sril-n10.html The crisis that erupted last week in Colombo marks another critical turning point in Sri Lankan politics. While personal idiosyncrasies and rivalries play their role, the latest political turmoil is a product of a series of international economic and strategic shifts that have compelled the Sri Lankan bourgeoisie to make a far-reaching and abrupt change in their basic orientation. Mon, 10 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28bb2c04-13a3-4b9c-aed6-05b60bb86aaE/sril-n10.html 2003-11-10T05:00:00Z US mutual fund industry hit by fraud scandal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/fund-n10.html The latest scandal to hit Wall Street and corporate America centers on the mutual fund industry. Several mutual fund firms, investment banks and hedge funds have been implicated in “market timing” and illegal late trading of mutual fund shares. These practices have benefited an elite group of investors and fund managers at the expense of millions of small investors. Mon, 10 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b65172e7-429a-42ee-aff8-6294912cb63I/fund-n10.html 2003-11-10T05:00:00Z Michigan: Borders workers strike in Ann Arbor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bord-n10.html Workers at the Borders Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mich., went on strike Saturday, November 8, to protest the company’s unfair labor practices. Also at issue are low wages and poor health benefits for employees. The Ann Arbor bookstore is the original Borders, which has grown into one of the largest bookstore chains in the country with more than 400 shops. Mon, 10 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41638b24-4bcf-48c7-9045-54b15b30da3H/bord-n10.html 2003-11-10T05:00:00Z Revelations about Australia’s former immigration minister http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/refu-n10.html After seven and half years as Australia’s immigration minister, Philip Ruddock was last month elevated to the position of attorney-general by Prime Minister John Howard. Just prior to his promotion, a series of revelations emerged about the conduct of the Immigration Department while he was in charge. Although quickly buried by the media, they paint a graphic picture of fraud, duplicity and hypocrisy. Mon, 10 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41a4ce13-371c-47ba-8866-105b637c57aB/refu-n10.html 2003-11-10T05:00:00Z Michigan: Two construction workers killed when crane hits electrical wire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/cons-n08.html An accident at a construction site northeast of Detroit took the lives of two young workers Wednesday, November 5. The incident was described by a visitor to the site of the tragedy as an “accident waiting to happen,” with a construction boom under way in the largely unregulated housing industry. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd2c06aa-bad6-4c09-89bd-8570aad159cO/cons-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Ohio newspaper uncovers Vietnam war crimes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tole-n08.html In late October, the Toledo [Ohio] Blade published a four-part series detailing horrendous and widespread atrocities committed against civilians in Vietnam in 1967 by an elite US army unit. The revelations about the 35-year-old war crimes, discovered in long-buried American government files, appear at a particularly significant moment in the ongoing US occupation of Iraq. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6569d01d-830d-42c1-919d-09aa7d089fbE/tole-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Los Angeles transit strikers vote down management’s “final offer” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tran-n08.html Striking mechanics and service workers at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency (MTA) on Friday overwhelmingly voted down management’s “final” contract offer by a vote of 1,267 to 87. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89d5d30e-411f-45dd-ac88-bf56995c463B/tran-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Britain: Anti-terror legislation opens up broad attack on civil liberties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/terr-n08.html Two court verdicts last month have not only highlighted the anti-democratic nature of the legislation passed on the basis of supposedly fighting terrorism post-September 11, but added significantly to the draconian powers the Labour government and the police have accrued to themselves. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32dfed06-cae7-46c1-9493-1cf8416c480A/terr-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z European poll identifies Israel and US as greatest threats to world peace http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/isra-n08.html A recent European Commission public opinion poll has found that 59 percent of respondents believe Israel represents a threat to world peace. This put Israel at the head of the poll with the US, North Korea and Iran in joint second place at 53 percent, followed by 52 percent for Iraq, and 50 percent for Afghanistan. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/533c4fd5-b4e1-4352-9550-0c6714d4b90K/isra-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/labo-n08.html Bangladeshi knitwear workers fired on by police Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7fe44ff5-af85-4bcc-9d70-390c90999a1N/labo-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Bush vows decades of war for “democracy” in the Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/bush-n08.html In a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Thursday President Bush portrayed the military occupation of Iraq as only the first stage in a US crusade for “democracy” in the region that will continue “for decades to come.” Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7604dd8a-0c5b-4fdb-b04d-6919e00d3fdJ/bush-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Hanson verdict short-circuits political frame-up http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/hans-n08.html An Australian Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the jailing of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge, co-founders of the right-wing populist One Nation Party, concluding that there was no legal foundation whatsoever for their conviction on fraud charges. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1aa3d036-21ed-4b38-82ed-d62f5493547K/hans-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z US: Job cuts mount amid signs of upturn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jobs-n08.html Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures released Friday show that employment in the US rose by 126,000 in October, while the official jobless rate stood at 6 percent (down from 6.1 percent in September). Manufacturing employment continues to decline, although at a slower rate than earlier in the year. Factory jobs decreased by 24,000 in October, below the average of 53,000 for the prior 12 months. Sat, 08 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/268572a0-0b1e-4f9c-9028-bed2b5325eaO/jobs-n08.html 2003-11-08T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lab-n07.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by emailing information to: editor@wsws.org Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40bcbe72-fbd9-47da-84e2-4f0c6983b1cD/lab-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z US: Democrats lose two more governorships in off-year elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/vote-n07.html Following its debacle in last month’s California recall election, the Democratic Party lost two more state governorships in off-year elections November 4. Republican candidates ousted the incumbent Democratic governor in Mississippi and defeated the Democratic state attorney general in Kentucky in the race to succeed outgoing Democratic Governor Paul Patton. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d7d91244-3312-453f-b3e5-7de2dec678aD/vote-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Letters from our readers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/corr-n07.html Below we post a selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/752b18cc-74d1-4f76-8272-f19bd8e8371G/corr-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Washington rejected sweeping Iraqi concessions on eve of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n07.html On the eve of its invasion of Iraq, carried out without United Nations sanction and in violation of international law, Washington brushed aside Baghdad’s offer of sweeping concessions that would have realized nearly all of the Bush administration’s publicly stated war aims without the massive loss of life that followed. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b363563-3817-4b6f-b86f-be22f8bdde7L/iraq-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Confusion surrounds Sri Lanka’s state of emergency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sri-n07.html Extraordinary confusion has surrounded Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision on Wednesday to impose a state of emergency on the island. Coming in the wake of Kumaratunga’s sacking of three key ministers—defence, interior and information—and her proroguing of parliament, it constitutes a further step toward the establishment of a military junta. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d54d420c-5111-4a7a-a799-d3712d4f36dL/sri-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Northern Ireland: Adams offers to disband IRA as new elections are called http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/irel-n07.html More than a year after the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly and six months after scheduled elections were cancelled, new elections have finally been called by the British government for November 26, 2003. It is highly unlikely that those elected will immediately take up their seats, as no clear Agreement has been reached between the various contending parties and governments to allow the assembly to be revived. Rather, the vote will be a trial of strength before the planned review of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement due to begin in December. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/782cefc2-6199-4b1b-99a0-1f7024e3415F/irel-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z New York Times on the Reagan series controversy: in praise of cowardice http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nyt-n07.html Executives at television network CBS acted spinelessly this week when they canceled their four-hour miniseries “The Reagans” scheduled to be broadcast November 16 and 18, following protests from the Republican Party and the ultra-right. The program’s liberal producers had dared to include references in the program to Reagan’s well-known indifference to the AIDS crisis and to his wife’s manipulative and demanding behavior. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2d5e1b8d-1c30-482c-9d98-3d05ba4822cA/nyt-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Interview with US soldier who refused to abandon children and return to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/holc-n07.html A 30-year-old US soldier faces charges after choosing to look after her children in Colorado rather than returning to duty in Iraq. Simone and Vaughn Holcomb, the parents of seven children, were both serving in Iraq when a family crisis forced them to take emergency leave and return home to Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs. Fri, 07 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3963b2dd-732c-44a4-8f0d-73f79cfc059I/holc-n07.html 2003-11-07T05:00:00Z Relatives of US soldiers killed in Iraq denounce Bush policy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sold-n06.html Opposition to the war and occupation in Iraq is being voiced by the families of a number of US soldiers who have been killed there. Some relatives of the 15 soldiers who died as a result of last Sunday’s missile attack on a Chinook helicopter have openly denounced the Bush administration’s war policy. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/124d3c79-2f78-447c-8ba4-1aa276757a9L/sold-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z In wake of helicopter attack—Washington prepares for mass killing in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n06.html The Bush administration is preparing a major escalation of repressive violence in Iraq following the November 2 guerrilla attack that downed a Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, claiming the lives of 15 US soldiers. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00159c58-6459-4375-8653-9901ed7ec48P/iraq-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Britain: Union sells out postal strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/post-n06.html Nearly 30,000 postal workers returned to work on November 3 after a two-week unofficial strike was ended following a deal struck between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Royal Mail. In an expression of gratitude to the CWU for its work in ending the strike, Royal Mail has said that it recognises that the CWU did not instigate the unofficial action and that they will not make any legal claims on the union. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aeee22bc-f2c3-4232-838e-a6785e6c73aK/post-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Australian central bank lifts interest rate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/rba-n06.html The Reserve Bank of Australia has lifted its official interest rate by 0.25 percentage points in a move that could be the start of a series of interest rate escalations. The rise in the cash rate from 4.75 percent to 5 percent is expected to be followed by a further 0.25 percentage point increase next month and a similar rise early next year. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d1c5d204-bfc3-417f-93b0-c340bf48bb9C/rba-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Taiwan’s president outlines pro-independence election strategy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/taiw-n06.html At a mass pro-Taiwanese independence rally of over 200,000 people on October 25, the president of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian, pledged to establish the legislative framework for a referendum on declaring the island a separate nation-state. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7dbc3a2b-28e6-4345-97ac-c9dd3178dc0A/taiw-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Iraqi police to be trained in Jordan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/jord-n06.html The puppet regime of the United States occupation in Iraq has agreed with King Abdullah II that tens of thousands of Iraqi police officers are to be trained in Jordan over the next 18 months. The deal was apparently sealed during talks between the king and George W. Bush in Washington in September. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66a2bc22-cf94-40ba-a53f-c906fe86a21I/jord-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z German parliament expands army mandate in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/kabu-n06.html It was hardly a coincidence. On October 24, the Bundestag (parliament)—with the votes of the Social Democratic Party-Green Party coalition government and sections of the Christian Democratic opposition—agreed to expand the mandate of the Bundeswehr (armed forces) in Afghanistan. Three days later, the UN had to withdraw its personnel in some southern provinces of the country due to constantly increasing attacks on Afghan government troops and US occupation forces. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a8ce289-b3d9-4e3d-b962-9a6d7ecf0ebI/kabu-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Socialist Equality Party condemns Sri Lankan president’s constitutional coup http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sep-n06.html The Socialist Equality Party (SEP), Sri Lankan section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), strongly condemns the anti-democratic seizure of power by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Her actions in taking control of three crucial ministries—Defence, Interior and Information—followed by the declaration of a state of emergency amount to a creeping constitutional coup. Relying directly on the army, Kumaratunga has taken the first steps to the imposition of a military dictatorship. Thu, 06 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/444e6ad0-c1db-43d1-9e7d-3709924464dH/sep-n06.html 2003-11-06T05:00:00Z Israel intensifica guerra contra palestinos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/spa1-n05.html WSWS : Español Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba19dcf6-f7d6-417f-8207-9ef78c261e9C/spa1-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z En Italia: 10 millones se van en huelga general en contra de las reducciones de las pensiones http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/spa2-n05.html WSWS : Español Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7215faf5-ea0d-4555-996e-3ebf7277bc5F/spa2-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka plunges into constitutional crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sri-n05.html Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga precipitated an acute political crisis yesterday when she used her substantial executive powers to summarily strip three United National Front (UNF) ministers of key responsibilities and prorogue the parliament until November 19. Kumaratunga made her move against the government while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in Washington and due to meet with US President Bush today. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c418b34-b9e4-46c3-b369-e1dac0304caM/sri-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Spain: Popular Party accused of stealing Madrid election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/madr-n05.html An election for the municipal region of Madrid on October 26 gave an overall majority to the governing right-wing Popular Party (PP). This overturned the previous May 25 result, which had given a majority of seats to the two left parties combined, the Socialist Party (PSOE) and the Izquierda Unida (United Left—IU). Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c72646fc-2f49-44e9-88cd-214cb21bac1L/madr-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z New York City officials scapegoat captain in Staten Island ferry disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ferr-n05.html The captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed into a wooden and concrete pier on the afternoon of October 15, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers and dozens of injuries, has been vilified by New York City authorities and the media for not testifying to city and federal investigators. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86535e12-d6f0-470d-85ca-dd030a0c8faC/ferr-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Atlantic City, New Jersey: 4 workers killed, 21 injured in construction collapse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/atla-n05.html Four construction workers were killed and twenty-one hurt, three of them critically, when the top five floors of a 10-story parking garage they were working on suddenly collapsed at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, trapping at least 30 people in the wreckage of twisted steel and concrete. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85e60246-a17c-4f4f-9a41-ec031155910F/atla-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Linda Tripp to collect bonanza from Pentagon: $595,000 payoff for Clinton tapes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/trip-n05.html The former White House aide who played a critical role in the right-wing campaign to destabilize the Clinton administration, Linda Tripp, will collect a substantial payoff from the Bush administration, her lawyers announced November 3. Tripp will receive a one-time payment of $595,000 from the Department of Defense, as well as a retroactive pay increase for 1998, 1999 and 2000, in returning for dropping two lawsuits against the Pentagon. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/293ed544-fe07-41fd-bb07-b238c835a2fN/trip-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Zionists try to prevent Hanan Ashrawi receiving the Sydney Peace Prize http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/syd-n05.html The unanimous decision by the Sydney Peace Foundation, functioning under the auspices of the University of Sydney, to present the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize to Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi, has resulted in an avalanche of intimidation, coercion and bullying by Zionists and other right-wing layers in Australia intent on forcing a retraction. Behind their scurrilous campaign is an attempt to equate any criticism of the criminal policies of the Sharon regime with a defence of terrorism. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/954ea266-41ce-48a3-870e-118e65f3dc3E/syd-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z The probability of dissent http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/pram-n05.html The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, New York, Hyperion, 2002. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be24aae7-4b9f-4074-98bd-6db047ba6e6M/pram-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z Union moves to weaken California grocery workers’ struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/ufcw-n05.html On October 31, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) pulled more than 18,000 workers off picket lines at Ralphs supermarkets in southern California. This back-stabbing action by the UFCW leadership was designed to further isolate striking and locked-out workers and pave the way for a contract settlement containing sweeping concessions in health and pension benefits, work rules and compensation. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55baabea-312a-4563-8ed8-b0bab47cbf7O/ufcw-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z US television network caves in to right wing over Reagan mini-series http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/reag-n05.html Executives at the CBS television network announced November 4 that they were canceling a two-part series, “The Reagans,” scheduled to be broadcast November 16 and 18. Instead they will license the program’s exhibition rights to cable television’s Showtime (like CBS, a division of Viacom), which has a much smaller audience. Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae169e55-6f8a-41ea-990f-687aaaea2c1J/reag-n05.html 2003-11-05T05:00:00Z More sensational “terror cell” claims: but where is the evidence? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/asio-n04.html Over the past week, the Australian media and leading politicians have made sensationalised claims that a major Al Qaeda or Jemaah Islamiah “terror cell” is operating in Sydney. The allegations centre on Willie Brigitte, a 35-year-old former French social worker born in the Caribbean, who was secretly deported from Australia last month for breaching tourist visa conditions. Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc191295-1212-413e-bfb7-f64a20d2e58C/asio-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z The New York Times’ Friedman libels the Iraqi resistance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nyt-n04.html The New York Times’chief foreign policy commentator, Thomas Friedman, who has assumed the role of leading “liberal” defender of the American occupation of Iraq, published a particularly venomous column on October 30 under the headline “It’s No Vietnam.” Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9bbb1ca4-9373-49a6-bfca-de1910f5758L/nyt-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z Pakistan intensifies military operations in Afghan border areas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/pak-n04.html Responding to pressure from Washington, Pakistan has been engaged in extensive military operations for the last month to prevent groups of armed fighters crossing its border into Afghanistan. Both the US military and the Afghan government had accused Pakistan of failing to take sufficient measures to prevent anti-US forces from conducting hit-and-run raids inside Afghanistan. Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9bf121c9-1c48-49b2-a86b-9a796da8095B/pak-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z Khodorkovsky’s arrest and the defenders of billionaires’ “democracy” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/russ-n04.html On October 25, Russian billionaire oil mogul Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested on charges of tax evasion and corruption dating back to the wholesale theft of state property that constituted the privatization process of the early 1990s. Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b635aba-dc42-409d-987f-f2abbf52f95F/russ-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z Review of Gil Courtemanche’s A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/rwan-n04.html Gil Courtemanche, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, ISBN: 1400041074, Canongate Books Ltd., 2003, Patricia Claxton (trans.). Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c2043cb-5bdb-40be-894a-af28eb9c66aA/rwan-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lab-n04.html Auto workers strike in Brazil Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28da1a7a-a95b-4a72-bb32-03eeb358084F/lab-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z 100,000 demonstrate in Berlin against Schröder’s Agenda 2010 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/berl-n04.html An estimated 100,000 marched Saturday in Berlin against the German government’s programme for drastic cuts in the welfare state known as “Agenda 2010.” Those who called the demonstration, including welfare organisations and groups representing the unemployed and pensioners, together with a number of left radical groups, expressed their surprise at the size of the protest. Over the previous week, the demonstration had come under fire from government representatives and had been largely boycotted by the trade unions. In advance of the rally, the organisers were prepared to consider any attendance in excess of 10,000 to be a success. Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e75b03ba-9413-4fc5-917e-1f6f344be66E/berl-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z A political answer to social cuts and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/germ-n04.html The following statement, issued by the World Socialist Web Site and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG—Socialist Equality Party of Germany), was distributed at the November 1 nationwide demonstration in Berlin against cuts in social benefits. Tue, 04 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdf2b970-70c1-4fb2-9d5f-fc13eaf2c51F/germ-n04.html 2003-11-04T05:00:00Z Iraqi guerrillas shoot down US helicopter, killing 16 soldiers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/iraq-n03.html The shooting down on Sunday of a CH-47 transport helicopter, in which sixteen US soldiers died and 20 others were wounded, many of them horribly burned, was a stark demonstration of the mounting cost of the US occupation of Iraq. It was the single bloodiest incident, in terms of US casualties, since Bush began the war against Iraq last March 20. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5f990988-578b-4b95-9b0a-c58e9745354P/iraq-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z Clint Eastwood, the critics and the “heart of darkness” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/myst-n03.html Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood, is another terribly poor American film that has been widely and highly praised. Indignation, however, is out of place. One hardly expects anything else from the vast majority of critics at present. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82a9b4d1-8136-43da-b58d-5ee184fa6fbJ/myst-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z Closer Sri Lanka-India economic and defence ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/sri-n03.html The recent visit by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India points to the broader economic and strategic interests involved in the current attempts to restart negotiations to end the country’s longrunning civil war. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2907b5f5-0ca5-4670-a82f-b129245be4aM/sri-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z Britain’s Conservatives ditch their leader http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/tory-n03.html Britain’s Conservative Party faces its fourth leadership contest in 13 years, after Iain Duncan Smith was unseated on October 29 in a confidence vote of Tory MPs. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fc13d80-5325-4ce7-af8b-afd96340fa3L/tory-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z Australian government prepares to revive “blackbirding” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/blac-n03.html One aspect of the Australian government’s neo-colonial policy toward the island nations of the South Pacific is a proposal to exploit the region’s people as a source of cheap labour—a practice which has a long and sordid history. In the second half of the 19th century, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were dragooned to Australia to work as cheap labour on sugar cane plantations in the tropical north east of the continent. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d02de771-1eb0-45fb-ad51-a7db6f716f4N/blac-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z Canada’s right-wing parties to unite http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/cana-n03.html The Progressive Conservatives (PC) and the Canadian Alliance—the two self-professed right-wing parties in Canada’s parliament—have an agreement in principle to merge into a new party, the Conservative Party. The proposed merger is a shotgun marriage, the result of a deal negotiated in secret by a small cabal of party leaders and in response to extraordinary pressure from Canada’s corporate elite. Mon, 03 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/24854507-8889-4834-98d7-2cb73303b86E/cana-n03.html 2003-11-03T05:00:00Z 50 Years of the International Committee of the Fourth International http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/mtng-n01.html Speakers: Peter Schwarz, secretary of the ICFI Chris Marsden, national secretary of the SEP (Britain) Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77913867-601b-461f-a1c6-155bfba76c8B/mtng-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z California wildfires raise social questions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/fire-n01.html Since October 21, huge wildfires—fueled by thick, dry foliage and fanned by hot Santa Ana winds blowing over the mountain passes linking the desert to the coastal plain—have incinerated about 750,000 acres of Southern California countryside, an area larger than the State of Rhode Island. As of October 31, 20 people were confirmed dead, including one firefighter, and over 3,500 structures, including 2,600 homes, have been destroyed. Losses are estimated at more than $2 billion. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69b652dc-1687-4723-8301-6d66505496bI/fire-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Duranty’s Pulitzer and the hypocrisy of the New York Times http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/nyt-n01.html The New York Times confirmed last week that a Columbia University professor whom the newspaper hired to assess the reporting of Walter Duranty, the Times Moscow correspondent in the 1930s, has concluded that the Pulitzer Prize Duranty received during that period should be rescinded. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d2aac28-3d5f-43a3-8005-b44311bc435J/nyt-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z London: Royal Mail provokes unofficial postal strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/post-n01.html An unofficial strike, which began with a handful of London, England, postal workers taking action, has spread throughout the capital and to other parts of the country. Two major sorting offices are on strike in Essex, and parts of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Kent, Yorkshire and Scotland are now affected. In total, 20,000 workers are on strike. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7281aa36-06cc-4db6-906d-f6600cdb4cbA/post-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Brandenburg intelligence service slanders the WSWS: What really took place in Frankfurt-Oder? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/germ-n01.html Six weeks ago the Brandenburg intelligence service (Verfassungsschutz) seized on an attack on the immigration office in the town of Frankfurt-Oder to accuse the World Socialist Web Site of promoting violence and being a part of a milieu of violent “left extremism.” Since the attack, little light has been shed on the actual events on the night in question. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22257427-33ba-470c-922f-5c6e43979ccG/germ-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Quebec Liberal government plans sweeping privatization http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/queb-n01.html With the opening of the fall session of the Quebec National Assembly, the province’s six month-old Liberal government has reiterated its resolve to “redefine the role of government” and “re-engineer the state.” Between now and the tabling of the 2004-05 provincial budget, the Liberals have pledged to create mechanisms to radically restructure the provincial government and the provision of public, social and municipal services, including education and health care. “Everything is on the table,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest has repeatedly declared. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab0b6b98-2abe-4bb9-84ef-689f935faddD/queb-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/lab-n01.html Workers clash with riot police in South Korea Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/343f5b8d-42ab-4c85-a79a-00f1c379866M/lab-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Two films at the Montreal World Film Festival http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/mont-n01.html Komrades, directed by Steve Kokker, and Babi Yar, directed by Jeff Kanew, presented at the Montreal World Film Festival, August 27-September 7 Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53c75502-b6d1-4de8-b4d9-e64e554cd9cH/mont-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan opposition launches anti-government campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2003/11/slfp-n01.html On October 24, the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP), the main component of the opposition Peoples Alliance (PA), conducted the first of a series of planned protests, as part of a campaign aimed at capitalising on growing disaffection with the United National Front (UNF) government. Its stated aims were to oppose the government’s “involvement in the peace process” and “inability to take action to prevent the spiraling cost of living”. Sat, 01 Nov 2003 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cedabd9d-c3d7-4b09-913f-0d977ff12f8G/slfp-n01.html 2003-11-01T05:00:00Z