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Mental health charity warns of “nightmare scenario” for North East England

By Mark Blackwood, December 22, 2012

A report reveals that when compared to the London area, the UK’s poorest region in the North East has almost three times the rate of self-harm/attempted suicide hospital admissions.

Obama nominates John Kerry as secretary of state

By Bill Van Auken, December 22, 2012

President Obama has nominated John Kerry, the richest individual in the US Senate and a trusted defender of the interests of the US ruling establishment, as Secretary of State.

Michigan legislature enacts new attacks on workers, democratic rights

By Lawrence Porter, December 22, 2012

The Republican-controlled state legislature has passed a series of reactionary measures in its “lame duck” session.

Former Thai prime minister charged with murder

By John Roberts, Peter Symonds, December 22, 2012

The decision to prosecute Abhisit is another indication that the bitter political feuding in the Thai ruling elites has not abated.

Obama, Boehner pledge to continue talks on social cuts

By Barry Grey, December 22, 2012

Whether a budget deal is worked out before the New Year or after, it will initiate an assault on all that remains of the social reforms enacted in the last century.

UN Security Council approves military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, Alex Lantier, December 22, 2012

On Thursday the UN Security Council authorized foreign intervention in Mali, under the pretext of freeing northern Mali from occupation by Islamist forces.

Thousands affected by floods in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, December 22, 2012

Most of those affected are poor farmers, fishermen and workers, who received no official forewarning.

Privatisation agenda behind government threats against UK teachers

By Julie Hyland, December 22, 2012

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition intends to roll out the conditions that exist in academies to all public schools, in preparation for the handing over of education to the private sector.

Twenty-four dead in Mexican prison riot

By Rafael Azul, December 22, 2012

The death of 24 people in the course of an escape attempt at a Mexican prison shines a light on the deterioration of Mexican society during the drug war.

Australian government abandons budget surplus pledge

By Patrick O’Connor, December 21, 2012

Next year’s election is shaping up as a conspiracy against the working class—all the parliamentary parties are committed to a savage austerity agenda, but none will discuss it publicly.

UN admits Syria wracked by sectarian civil war

By Chris Marsden, December 21, 2012

A United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry has finally admitted that a sectarian civil war is raging in Syria.

State Department officials sanctioned for Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, December 21, 2012

The disciplining of four State Department officials and the report issued by the inquiry into the attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya amount to an official coverup of the real issues involved.