28 March 2015

US layoffs mount amid signs of economic slowdown

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2015

US steel companies announced thousands of layoffs this week.

Merger between Heinz and Kraft likely to destroy thousands of jobs

Growing warnings of another financial disaster

Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2015

Similar plans were passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate early Friday.

The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction

US political establishment hails bipartisan bill attacking Medicare

By Kate Randall, 28 March 2015

The bill is designed to effect a paradigm shift in health care, away from “fee for service” to a system that rewards doctors for rationing care and cutting costs.

US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

Dozens hurt and two missing after gas explosion and fire level buildings in Manhattan

By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015

The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.

Seven children die in New York house fire

Syriza government submits new list of austerity proposals to Greece’s creditors

By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2015

It is not certain that Syriza’s measures will go far enough to satisfy creditors demanding deeper cuts in workers’ living standards.

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

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US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2015

The crimes, committed under cover of a treaty granting the US military complete impunity, have gone unreported in the mass media.

Hungarian government works closely with fascist Jobbik party

By Markus Salzmann, 28 March 2015

In the most recent polls by the Ipsos Social Research Institute, the neo-fascist party Jobbik trails the ruling Fidesz party by only 3 percent.

As EU commissioner, former Socialist Party minister demands more austerity in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 28 March 2014

Pierre Moscovici, European economy commissioner, has demanded more austerity in France as part of the EU’s attacks on the working class across Europe.

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers oppose Glenugie estate witch-hunt

By M. Devarajah, 28 March 2015

The charges are a crude attempt to intimidate the workforce, following a three-day strike against increased work quotas.

Ohio man exonerated after almost four decades of wrongful imprisonment

By Evan Blake, 28 March 2015

A series of recent exonerations point to widespread misconduct by police and prosecutors in obtaining criminal convictions.

Food stamp cuts hit Wisconsin poor

By George Gallanis and Marcus Day, 28 March 2015

Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents are facing both steep reductions in monthly food aid and stricter eligibility requirements.

New in Russian

Столкновение олигархов сотрясает украинский режим

Билл Вэн Оукен, 28 марта 2015 г.

Конфронтация между президентом Петром Порошенко и олигархом Игорем Коломойским вскрыла подлинную социальную опору поддерживаемого Соединенными Штатами режима в Киеве.

New in French

Les États-Unis ramènent le peloton d'exécution

Par Barry Grey, 28 mars 2015

Le retour de méthodes d'exécution qui rappellent la barbarie du passé révèle l'état réel des rapports de classe aux États-Unis.

L'appel de John Bolton à la guerre contre l'Iran

Par Bill Van Auken, 28 mars 2015

Le militarisme psychotique de l'ambassadeur du gouvernement Bush à l'ONU est considéré par l'establishment politique comme une approche légitime de la politique étrangère américaine.

La perspective banqueroutière de « Blockupy »

Par Christoph Dreier et Peter Schwarz, 28 mars 2015

Les actions de protestation de Blockupy contre la Banque centrale européenne à Francfort-sur-le-Main ont servi de couverture à la politique droitière menée par Syriza et le parti Die Linke.

Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work: La biographie d’un acteur remarquable

Par Charles Bogle, 28 mars 2015

Se basant sur un examen de la vaste collection de livres, de scénarios de film, de matériel de recherche et de notes de film de l’acteur, Susan L. Mizruchi nous livre un Marlon Brando complexe et crédible.

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USA führen wieder Hinrichtung durch Erschießen ein

Von Barry Grey, 28. März 2015

Die Wiederbelebung von Hinrichtungsmethoden, die die meisten Menschen als Relikt einer barbarischen Vergangenheit betrachten, entlarvt die wahren politischen Verhältnisse und Klassenbeziehungen in Amerika.

Gesellschaftliche Ursachen der Eurowings-Katastrophe

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. März 2015

Um die Tat von Lubitz, der das Flugzeug zum Absturz brachte, zu begreifen, muss man nicht nur sein individuelles Krankheitsbild verstehen, sondern auch das der Gesellschaft, in der er lebte.

Bundestag verlängert Bundeswehreinsatz in Somalia

Von Johannes Stern, 28. März 2015

Die Verlängerung des Einsatzes ist Bestandteil der Bemühungen des deutschen Imperialismus auch in Afrika Fuß zu fassen.

Saudi-Arabien und Ägypten bereiten mit amerikanischer Unterstützung Invasion im Jemen vor

Von Niles Williamson, 28. März 2015

Wie das Außenministerium erklärte, werden die USA Saudi-Arabien bei seiner Invasion im Jemen durch den Austausch von Geheimdienstinformationen, der Unterstützung bei der Suche nach Zielen und durch logistische Betreuung unterstützen.

Bewaffneter US-Panzerkonvoi: Militärische Provokation in Osteuropa

Von Stefan Steinberg, 28. März 2015

Ein langer Konvoi gepanzerter US-Fahrzeuge ist zu einer Fahrt durch Osteuropa aufgebrochen. Von Estland aus wird er durch Lettland, Litauen, Polen und die Tschechische Republik bis nach Deutschland fahren.

Syriza setzt erbarmungslose Migrationspolitik der Vorgängerregierung fort

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 28. März 2015

Trotz ihrer hohlen Phrasen über einen menschlicheren Umgang mit Flüchtlingen arbeitet die Syriza-Regierung bei ihrer Abwehr und Verfolgung aufs engste mit der EU-Kommission zusammen.

65. Berlinale
Haiti und Rumänien: Drama und soziales Leben in Mord in Pacot und Warum ich?
Teil 5

Von Stefan Steinberg, 28. März 2015

Unter den fesselndsten Werken beim 65. Internationalen Filmfestival in Berlin waren die Filme von Raoul Peck und Tudor Giurgiu.

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Perspective

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

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Commentary

The social and political context of the Germanwings disaster

By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2015

To understand the actions of Andreas Lubitz, who plunged Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside, one must consider not only his individual illness, but also the society in which he lived.

John Bolton’s call for war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2015

The bankrupt perspective of Blockupy

By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2015

Notes on police violence in America
Dashboard camera captures shocking beating of Detroit-area auto worker

US armored convoy: A military provocation in Eastern Europe

India bans BBC documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape

The firing squad returns to America

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

At bargaining convention in Detroit
UAW president insists auto workers must “face the facts” of global competition

Arts Review

FICUNAM 2015: Part 4
Tackling life head on: The films of Uzbek-Soviet director Ali Khamraev

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 28 March 2015

One of the genuine contributions of the recent FICUNAM film festival in Mexico City was its presentation of the works of veteran film director Ali Khamraev.

FICUNAM 2015
I Remember You: A comment on the history of his film by director Ali Khamraev

28 March 2015

Filmmaker Ali Khamraev explains the difficulties surrounding the making of his remarkable film I Remember You in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 1
A remarkable film festival in Mexico City

Science

New discoveries show that Mars may have once been habitable

By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2015

Recent evidence of nitrogen in the soil and of an ancient Martian ocean increases the likelihood that Mars once housed life.

SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW election
Against war, austerity and repression. For a socialist solution to the capitalist crisis

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
27 March 2015

Revealing candidates forum in NSW election

By Zac Hambides, 26 March 2015

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 March 2015

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

Toronto university strikes: Workers reject another sell-out contract

Toronto university strikes:
A socialist strategy to defeat austerity and defend education

IYSSE

Quebec Liberals respond to student anti-austerity strike with repression and threats

By Keith Jones, 26 March 2015

The Quebec student strike and the fight against austerity: A socialist perspective is necessary

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 26 March 2015

US oil workers strike

BP workers in Indiana denounce USW isolation of oil workers strike

By George Marlowe, 26 March 2015

Striking US oil workers explain issues at stake in their struggle

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 March 2015

Reject USW-Shell sellout deal!
For a general strike to defend jobs, safety and living standards!

More on the US oil workers strike »

Obituary

Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015): A political assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

History

250 years since the Stamp Act
The Coming of the American Revolution

By Tom Mackaman, 24 March 2015

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one
“Labor celebrated as the highest value”

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two
“History has to engage the whole public”

In Defense of Historical Truth

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

By David North, 17 March 2015

Hundreds attend lecture introducing German edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

25 years ago: Australian Labor government narrowly survives election

The Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke barely remained in office for its fourth term after the general election held on March 24, 1990.

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50 years ago: Civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo murdered

On March 25, 1965, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan near Lowndesboro, Alabama.

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75 years ago: Ali Jinnah advocates separate state for Indian Muslims

At the Muslim League conference in Lahore on March 24, 1940, the group’s President Muhammad Ali Jinnah publicly advocated the division of the Indian subcontinent along religious lines.

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100 years ago: Karl Liebknecht mustered into the German army

On March 25 1915, Karl Liebknecht, a leader of the revolutionary wing of German Social Democracy, was mustered into the German army and assigned to the eastern front.

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