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Germany: PSG holds meetings in defence of Greek workers

By Marianne Arens, December 22, 2012

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) recently held a series of meetings in Germany under the slogan “Defend Greek workers.”

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

December 22, 2012

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

Rice abandons bid for secretary of state nomination

By Bill Van Auken, December 15, 2012

Dropping the bid to name Susan Rice as secretary of state reflects the administration’s desire to avoid both a protracted debate on Benghazi and a partisan fight with the Republicans.

Australian foreign minister visits Sri Lanka to tighten anti-refugee measures

By Mike Head, December 14, 2012

Gillard’s government is stepping up its partnership with the autocratic Sri Lankan regime to prevent refugee boats sailing from the island.

The extortionate operations of NML Capital

By Ernst Wolff, December 11, 2012

A New York court ordered Argentina to settle debts totalling $1.33 billion with hedge fund NML Capital by December 15.

Peabody closes Illinois mine after miner’s death, laying off 400

By Clement Daly, December 10, 2012

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy has announced it will permanently close its Willow Lake Mine in southern Illinois, laying off 400 miners after a miner was crushed to death last month.

Protests continue in Australian refugee detention camps

By Mark Church, December 8, 2012

Detainees are protesting against the barbaric conditions in the Pacific island camps, as well as the uncertainty surrounding their asylum claims.

Papua New Guinea PM pledges fealty to Australian government, mining investors

By Patrick O’Connor, December 6, 2012

As well as emphasising the centrality of PNG’s relations with Canberra and Washington, O’Neill used his Australian trip to curry favour with the mining giants.

Dangerous Remedy: Bertram Wainer and the struggle for abortion rights

By Richard Phillips, December 3, 2012

New Australian telemovie falsely marketed as crime drama.

Rebel soldiers advance in Congo

By Ernst Wolff, November 27, 2012

Rebel soldiers attached to the Movement M 23 are continuing to advance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Obama administration pushes ahead with drone killings

By Patrick Martin, November 26, 2012

The New York Times estimates that US drone strikes have killed more than 2,500 people.

An exercise in myth-making

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History by Jenny Hocking

By Nick Beams, November 26, 2012

Whitlam's demise is presented as the downfall of a social reformer, almost totally ignoring the global context in which the 1975 Canberra Coup took place.