Obama names head of drone assassination program to lead CIA

By Barry Grey, 8 January 2013

In choosing John Brennan to lead the spy agency, Obama gave a clear signal that he intends to expand the illegal program of drone assassinations.

Greek government parties, opposition call joint demonstration

By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2013

The alliance calling for a protest demonstration on January 19 against the Chrysi Avgi has no intention of conducting a serious struggle against the fascists.

Island dispute continues to fuel China-Japan tensions

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2013

While the latest incidents have not escalated into a dangerous diplomatic row, each had the potential to do so.

UK council leaders warn of social unrest

By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2013

The leaders of three Labour Party-controlled city councils have warned that savage cuts will lead to a societal breakdown.

Corporate sponsors underwrite Obama’s inauguration extravaganza

By Eric London, 8 January 2013

Major business interests, including Microsoft, AT&T and American Airlines, are bankrolling the events surrounding President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Transocean settles for $1.4 billion in criminal and civil charges

By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2013

Transocean is being required to pay a modest fine, over the course of five years, for its part in the 2010 explosion.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

By Sandy English, 8 January 2013

School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.

California jobs report underscores deepening inequality

By Karl Eisner, 8 January 2013

The most populous state in the US, with the largest number of billionaires, is plagued by joblessness and poverty.

Slovenian unions drop opposition to government austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 8 January 2013

Following a wave of protests that began at the end of November, the Slovenian trade unions are openly moving to support the right-wing program of the Janez Janša coalition government.

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L’industrie automobile française prépare une attaque contre les emplois et les conditions de travail

Par Pierre Mabut, 8 janvier 2013

En 2013, les suppressions d’emplois dans l’automobile menacent les 10 pour cent des travailleurs employés directement ou indirectement dans cette industrie.

Le président français soutient les intérêts patronaux et la guerre au Mali durant sa visite en Algérie

Par Alex Lantier, 8 janvier 2013

Les 19-20 décembre, le président français François Hollande a fait une visite de 36 heures en Algérie, pour étendre les liens militaires et commerciaux entre la France et son ancienne colonie.

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Sindicatos conspiran contra los obreros de la Pizzería Palermo

Por Nicolás Russo and Williamson Niles, 8 Enero 2013

Los obreros de la pizzería industrial Palermo’s Villa han estado en pie lucha en Milwaukee, Wisconsin por más de un año.

Peña Nieto propone privatización de petróleo mexicano

Por Rafael Azul, 8 Enero 2013

En una visita a Brasil en setiembre, Peña Nieto indicó que apoyaba lo que se conoce como el “modelo de Petrobrás”.

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The world economy 2013: Illusions and reality

8 January 2013

The past year has seen the destruction of a series of fictions assiduously promoted by the spokesmen of the ruling elites in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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Workers Struggles

Australia: Victorian paramedics protest over poor conditions

By Margaret Rees, 8 January 2013

A dispute over unsafe working conditions in a 40-year-old building has become a focal point for wider anger and concern among ambulance crews.

Unions undermine struggle of Palermo’s Pizza workers

By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 5 January 2013

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 January 2013

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

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “The SEP and the struggle against imperialist war”

8 January 2013

Published here is the second resolution, “The SEP and the struggle against imperialist war”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

Main resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “The political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party”

7 January 2013

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds First National Congress

By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2013


After tax deal, spending cuts dominate Washington agenda

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2013

US, allies step up military backing for Syria’s sectarian insurgency

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2013

Obama administration blocks information request on assassination of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2013

Arts Review

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

By David Walsh, 5 January 2013

Best films of 2012

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 29 December 2012

Favorite music of 2012

By Matthew Brennan and Hiram Lee, 29 December 2012

Auto Workers Struggles

French auto industry prepares assault on jobs, working conditions

By Pierre Mabut, 7 January 2013

GM-Opel: German Left Party leader contacts US ambassador

By Dietmar Henning, 4 January 2013

NHS Fightback

UK: Hospitals across Greater Manchester under threat of closure

By Tony Robson, 4 January 2013


On the death of German SPD leader Peter Struck (1943-2012)

By Sven Heymann, 7 January 2013


Astronomers confirm fundamental relationship in atomic physics

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2013

The Bankstown Fire

Australia: Owners Corporation Network spokesman discusses building safety

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2013

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25 years ago: Second Kentucky coal miners’ frame-up trial opens

The trial of miner Paul Smith opened on January 11, 1988 in a federal district court in London, Kentucky.

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50 years ago: Togo president assassinated

On January 13, 1963, Togo President Sylvanus Olympio was assassinated in a military coup d’état.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republican forces take strategic town of Teruel, Aragon

Republican forces finally took the town after a weeks-long battle on January 7, 1938.

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100 years ago: Tibet and Mongolia sign defense treaty

On January 11, 1913, Tibet and Mongolia signed a mutual defense treaty in which they proclaimed their independence from China.

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Letters from our readers

8 January 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site