Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013

Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.

Lupe Fiasco kicked off US inaugural stage while performing anti-war song

By Andre Damon, 22 January 2013

The artist’s decision to perform the song echoes the sentiments of millions of people in their opposition to the policies of the Obama administration.

US covers up Islamist involvement in Aleppo bombing

By Oliver Campbell, 22 January 2013

The Aleppo atrocity highlights Washington’s hypocritical response to terrorist atrocities elsewhere, such as the Algerian hostage crisis.

Christian Democrats ousted in German state election

By Lena Sokoll and Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2013

In the state election in Lower Saxony on Sunday, the Left Party lost more than half its vote.

“Green-on-blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 22 January 2013

All eight deaths among British soldiers on the current tour have been the result of attacks by uniformed Afghan security forces.

US inflames island dispute between Japan and China

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2013

Clinton’s comments were a thinly-disguised warning that the US could intervene if China continued to challenge Japanese control over the contested islands.

1,000 attend New York memorial for Aaron Swartz

By Clare Hurley, 22 January 2013

A memorial service for Aaron Swartz in New York City Saturday heard denunciations of the government for hounding the open-access Internet activist to his death.

Philadelphia parents and teachers reject school closures

By a reporting team, 22 January 2013

Community members expressed outrage at a public forum on the plan of the Philadelphia school board to consolidate schools.

Chicago records over 500 homicides in 2012

By Shane Feratu and Alexander Fangmann, 22 January 2013

Over 506 people were killed in Chicago in 2012, three in four of them youth.

Three UK retail chains collapse

By Julie Hyland, 22 January 2013

Three major UK retailers collapsed in the space of just one week, wiping out 10,000 jobs and up to 1,000 stores.

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Europa en el 2013

Por Peter Schwarz, 22 Enero 2013

Europa sigue atascada en la crisis económica y social más grave desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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L'Italia prima delle elezioni

Di Peter Schwarz, 22 gennaio 2013

Le elezioni italiane si terranno il 24 e 25 febbraio, in un contesto di profonda crisi economica e sociale.

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Obamas zweite Amtszeit beginnt

Von Barry Grey und David North, 22. Januar 2013

Obamas zweite Amtseinführung ist ein guter Anlass, um darüber nachzudenken, was seine erste Amtszeit über das Amt des US-Präsidenten im 21. Jahrhundert und über den derzeitigen Amtsinhaber sagt.

Landtagswahl in Niedersachsen: Linkspartei verliert mehr als die Hälfte ihrer Stimmen

Von Lena Sokoll und Ulrich Rippert, 22. Januar 2013

Die niedersächsische Landtagswahl vom Sonntag galt als Testwahl für die Bundestagswahl im Herbst.

WAZ-Gruppe schließt Redaktion der Westfälischen Rundschau

Von Sybille Fuchs, 22. Januar 2013

Die Schließung der Lokalredaktion der Dortmunder Traditionszeitung betrifft 120 Beschäftigte und 180 freie Mitarbeiter.

Geiseldrama in Algerien endet in Blutbad

Von Alex Lantier, 22. Januar 2013

Am Samstagabend stürmten algerische Sicherheitskräfte die Gasförderanlage Tinguentourine in Ain Amenas, wo al-Qaida-nahe Kämpfer zahlreiche Geiseln hielten.

Asien 2013

Von Peter Symonds, 22. Januar 2013

Die Konfliktlinien eines drohenden neuen Weltkriegs sind nirgends deutlicher erkennbar als in Asien.

Mobilisiert die Arbeiterklasse zur Unterstützung der New Yorker Schulbusfahrer!

Von der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 22. Januar 2013

Die SEP fordert die Arbeiterklasse auf, die fast 9000 Schulbusfahrer, Aufseher und Mechaniker zu unterstützen, die in den Streik getreten sind, um ihr Recht auf angemessene Arbeitsplätze und eine sichere Umgebung für Kinder zu verteidigen.

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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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Inaugural demagogy

22 January 2013

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech was a calculated attempt to assuage mounting social tensions with a thoroughly demagogic evocation of democracy and equality.

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French Left Front promotes war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013

France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.

Obama’s second inauguration

By Barry Grey and David North, 21 January 2013

US attorney downplays vendetta against Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz

By Eric London, 21 January 2013

Political issues in the fight against the fascist Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2013

Workers Struggles

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

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

India: Union calls off Chennai air cargo strike

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 22 January 2013

The airport workers had demanded regularisation of their jobs, higher wages, and basic medical and canteen facilities.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 January 2013

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

NHS Fightback

Fightback needed to defend the UK’s National Health Service

21 January 2013

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Arts Review

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

By Hiram Lee, 21 January 2013

Director Kathryn Bigelow defends her indefensible Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 18 January 2013

Mehring Books

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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.

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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Letters from our readers

22 January 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site