Obama to approve drone assassination manual

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2013

The Obama administration is institutionalizing the process of White House-sanctioned remote killings.

Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloodbath

By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2013

On Saturday, Algerian troops stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where over 30 Al Qaeda-linked fighters were holding hostages.

Further strikes in China as economy slows

By John Chan, 21 January 2013

China’s growth rate slowed to 7.8 percent in 2012, putting pressure on employers to cut costs.

UK: Parents and staff demonstrate against closure of Sheffield children’s centres

By Liz Smith, 21 January 2013

Up to 19 of the city’s 36 Sure Start centres are to close, with the loss of up to 150 fully trained staff.

European Union demands further attacks on Ireland’s public sector

By Jordan Shilton, 21 January 2013

The European Commission has issued a stark warning to the government on its implementation of austerity measures.

Air Berlin cuts 900 jobs

By our correspondents, 21 January 2013

Chief Executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer has demanded that the workforce accept pay cuts.

US attorney downplays vendetta against Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz

By Eric London, 21 January 2013

The US attorney whose office led the prosecution against Internet activist Aaron Swartz has issued the government’s first official response to the young man’s suicide.

Report documents mass poverty in California

By Thomas Gaist and Marc Wells, 21 January 2013

The social situation of working people in California is even worse than the picture painted in a recent report.

Boeing rejects engineering union contract extension amidst 787 crisis

By Angelo Bosworth, 21 January 2013

Boeing’s professional union offers support to Boeing while its new Dreamliner jet is grounded.

Australian mining giant ramps up pressure on PNG

By Mike Head, 21 January 2013

The PNG prime minister accused BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, of having a “colonial era mentality”.

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L'impasse se poursuit au sujet de la crise des otages en Algérie

Par Alex Lantier, 21 janvier 2013

L’impasse sur le site de traitement de gaz naturel de Tinguentourine en Algérie se poursuit au milieu d’une escalade des tensions internationales concernant la guerre menée par la France au Mali.

Le parti allemand Die Linke défend son soutien pour la guerre contre la Syrie

Par Johannes Stern, 21 janvier 2013

Le journal du parti allemand Die Linke, Neues Deutschland, a publié un commentaire défendant la déclaration du parti: « Syrie: la liberté a besoin d’aide, » et qui réclame l’intervention de l’Occident en Syrie.

New in Romanian

Aspecte politice din lupta împotriva mişcării fasciste Golden Dawn

De Chris Marsden, 21 ianuarie 2013

Zeci de mii de oameni se vor întoarce astăzi în Piaţa Syntagma din Atena pentru a-şi exprima opoziţia faţă de organizaţia fascistă Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi).

New in German

Opel-Bochum: Die Arbeitsplätze können nur im Kampf gegen Betriebsrat, IG Metall und Linkspartei verteidigt werden

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 21. Januar 2013

Anstatt von der Regierung Merkel Unterstützung und Almosen zu erbetteln, ist es notwendig, die Verteidigung der Arbeitsplätze bei Opel Bochum zum Ausgangspunkt für ein breite politische Bewegung der Arbeiterklasse zu machen.

New in Greek

Πολιτικά ζητήματα στον αγώνα ενάντια στη φασιστική Χρυσή Αυγή

Συντακτική Επιτροπή του Παγκόσμιου Σοσιαλιστικού Ιστότοπου, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Δεκάδες χιλιάδες θα συγκεντρωθούν σήμερα στην Πλατεία Συντάγματος στην Αθήνα για να εκδηλώσουν την αντίθεση τους στη φασιστική Χρυσή Αυγή και τις επιθέσεις της ενάντια στους μετανάστες, τους αριστερούς και τους ομοφυλόφιλους.

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Obama’s second inauguration

21 January 2013

The second inauguration is an appropriate occasion to consider what Obama’s first term reveals about the office of US president in the 21st century, as well as the man who currently occupies it.

Earlier Perspectives »

25 years ago: Results of Haitian “gunpoint election” released

On January 25, 1988, one week after rescheduled Haitian presidential elections, Leslie F. Manigat was named the winner by the Provisional Electoral Council.

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50 years ago: US longshoremen’s strike ends

On January 26, 1963, 65,000 longshoremen ended their 34-day strike and picketing campaign against shippers along the US East and Gulf coasts after acceptance of a deal brokered by a federal panel appointed by President John Kennedy.

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75 years ago: Romanian regime persecutes Jewish population

This week in 1938, the Romanian government stepped up its repression and propaganda campaign against the nation’s large Jewish population.

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100 years ago: Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs arrested

On January 24, 1913, Eugene V. Debs was arrested in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Workers Struggles

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013

Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.

Unions abruptly shut down “indefinite” public sector strike in Kerala

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 19 January 2013

NHS Fightback

Fightback needed to defend the UK’s National Health Service

21 January 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has taken the initiative in launching a national campaign to defend the National Health Service.

Arts Review

Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables: Social misery, with a vengeance

By Hiram Lee, 21 January 2013

Director Tom Hooper returns with a film version of the well-known musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel.

Director Kathryn Bigelow defends her indefensible Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 18 January 2013


Political issues in the fight against the fascist Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2013

The Australian pseudo-left and the NSW public sector union

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2013

Bradley Manning denied whistleblower defense

By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2013

Mehring Books

New from Mehring Books
The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

18 January 2013

This report by David North was delivered at the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party.