Bomb blasts kill over 120 in Pakistan

By K. Ratnayake, 12 January 2013

The highest number of deaths occurred in Quetta where a double bombing targeting the Shiite Hazara community killed at least 90 people.

Obama-Karzai talks set stage for post-2014 US troop presence

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2013

White House talks between Obama and Karzai were aimed at laying the foundations for a continuing US military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal deadline.

American Express to cut 5,400 jobs

By Bryan Dyne, 12 January 2013

The thousands of layoffs at financial services companies American Express and Morgan Stanley were joined by job cuts across a wide range of US economic sectors.

US consumer financial board issues pro-bank mortgage rules

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2013

In return for continuing to do what they are already doing, the banks have received protection from law suits by victimized borrowers or holders of mortgage-backed bonds.

Japan, Philippines boost ties as tensions with China escalate

By Joseph Santolan, 12 January 2013

The meeting was calculated to defuse long-standing historical objections to Japanese expansionism throughout the South East Asian region.

Eight workers killed in Turkish mining disaster

By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2013

Eight coal miners were killed January 7 by a methane gas leak in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Zonguldak.

Britain: Labour promotes anti-immigrant chauvinism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 January 2013

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s anti-immigrant stance is based on a declared “one nation” vision borrowed from the Tories.

Canadian unions’ chauvinist campaign against “temporary foreign worker” expansion

By Vic Neufeld, 12 January 2013

A union-instigated law suit is challenging a government decision to allow a mining company to import two hundred Chinese workers.

Hurricane lays bare social misery in New York’s public housing complexes

By Philip Guelpa, 12 January 2013

Tens of thousands living in New York’s public housing projects were effectively abandoned in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy last fall.

House fires kill 11 in US south

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2013

The past two weeks have seen a host of residential fires across the country resulting in multiple deaths, including many children.

National Hockey League lockout ends with concessions contract

By Alexander Fangmann, 12 January 2013

The National Hockey League and its players’ union have come to a deal on the concessions players will be forced to give up under the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Europa în anul 2013

De Peter Schwarz, 12 ianuarie 2013

Europa este prinsă în cea mai profundă criză economică şi socială de la al Doilea Război Mondial încoace.

După afacerea cu impozitul, agenda Washingtonului este dominată de reduceri

De Patrick Martin, 12 ianuarie 2013

În spatele atitudinii unor aparente diferenţe între democraţi şi republicani, cele două partide sunt de acord atunci când declară că cea mai bogaţă ţară de pe planetă nu îşi mai poate permite să plătească pensiile sau o îngrijire medicală adecvată.

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La nomination de Brennan : un gouvernement de tortionnaires et d'assassins

Par Bill Van Auken, 12 janvier 2013

La nomination de Brennan souligne la continuité avec la « Guerre contre le terrorisme » de Bush.

Trois militantes nationalistes kurdes assassinées à Paris

Par Kumaran Ira, 12 janvier 2013

Trois militantes nationalistes kurdes ont été découvertes jeudi matin abattues à la manière d'une exécution sommaire au Centre d’information du Kurdistan à Paris.

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Milliardären geht es immer besser
– während der allgemeine Lebensstandard sinkt

Von Patrick Martin, 12. Januar 2013

Während der Lebensstandard der arbeitenden Bevölkerung stagniert oder sinkt, vermehrt sich der Reichtum der reichsten Personen dieser Welt.

Hauptresolution des Parteikongresses der Socialist Equality Party (Großbritannien):
„Die politischen Aufgaben der Socialist Equality Party“

Von der Socialist Equality Party (GB), 12. Januar 2013

Dies ist die Hauptresolution, die vom Ersten Parteitag der Socialist Equality Party (GB), der vom 17. bis 19. November 2012 stattfand, einstimmig angenommen wurde.

Jakob Augstein als Antisemit diffamiert

Von Justus Leicht, 12. Januar 2013

Dass Augstein auf der Liste der zehn führenden Antisemiten gelandet ist, dürfte er dem deutschen Publizisten Henryk M. Broder verdanken, der vom Simon Wiesenthal Center ausdrücklich als Zeuge angeführt wird.

Drei kurdische Nationalistinnen in Paris ermordet

Von Kumaran Ira, 12. Januar 2013

Am Donnerstagmorgen wurden drei Aktivistinnen der kurdischen nationalistischen Bewegung tot im Kurdistan-Informationszentrum in Paris gefunden. Sie wurden wie bei einer Hinrichtung erschossen.

Steven Spielbergs Lincoln und der amerikanische Bürgerkrieg

Von Tom Mackaman, 12. Januar 2013

Steven Spielbergs Lincoln ist eine starke cineastische Darstellung des Kampfs der Lincoln-Regierung im letzten amerikanischen Bürgerkriegsjahr 1865, als es darum ging, einen Verfassungszusatz zur Aufhebung der Sklaverei einzuführen.

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The Middle East in 2013

12 January 2013

The despatch of six batteries of Patriot missiles to the Turkish-Syrian border is the clearest indication yet that the world is on the brink of a military intervention by the United States and its NATO allies.

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Recent climate change research points to a growing global crisis

By Bryan Dyne, 12 January 2013

Recent climate models show that only a complete reversal of current carbon emission trends, with the target of zero carbon emissions globally, will halt the current global warming trends.

Arts Review

The impact of drawing: Two exhibitions of master drawings in New York

By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2013

The two extraordinary shows are reminders that drawings offer a pleasure quite distinct from that represented by the grander mediums of painting and sculpture.

2013 Academy Award nominations: Extraordinary and glaring contradictions, even greater than usual

By David Walsh, 11 January 2013

Hitchcock: Small change, for the most part

By Joanne Laurier, 10 January 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

12 January 2013

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

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South African police fire on striking farm workers

By Joshua Lumet, 11 January 2013

Ontario government threatens teachers with fines in bid to thwart walkout

By Carl Bronski, 11 January 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Why the SEP (Germany) rejects a state ban of the neo-fascist NPD

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG), 10 January 2013

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds First National Congress

By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2013


Billionaires gain as living standards fall

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2013

US life expectancy lowest among industrialized countries

By Kate Randall, 11 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Witch-hunt continues against Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013

Bankstown Fire

Bankstown apartment fire survivor tells media how blaze began

By Richard Phillips, 11 January 2013

Yinuo “Ginger” Jiang has explained how her apartment caught fire, forcing her and another Chinese student to jump from a fifth-floor window.

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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

12 January 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site