Striking Athens subway workers defy court ruling

By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2013

The strike by Athens subway workers continued into its seventh day yesterday in defiance of a court ruling declaring the work action illegal.

Israel’s elections augur deepening political instability

By Jean Shaoul, 24 January 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing electoral alliance, Likud-Beiteinu, and his religious coalition partners won a much-reduced majority in Tuesday’s elections, resulting in a hung parliament.

Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013

Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.

Canada to expand support for French imperialism’s war on Mali

By Louis Girard and Keith Jones, 24 January 2013

Canadian armed forces are deeply implicated in the French invasion of Mali.

Italy: Beppe Grillo’s inexorable move to the right

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2013

The Five-Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo is regarded as the protest organisation with the best chance of success in the Italian elections.

Los Angeles expands school policing in wake of Newtown shooting

By Allison Smith, 24 January 2013

One aim of the police build-up in the schools is to accustom children from a very early age to the constant presence of police and an atmosphere of fear.

Federal Circuit Court upholds Wisconsin anti-worker law

By Niles Williamson, 24 January 2013

A US appeals court upheld the unpopular 2011 Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill (also known as Act 10) that sparked mass protests in the spring of 2011.

Australian prime minister reaffirms alignment with US against China

By James Cogan, 24 January 2013

Gillard’s decision to start the election year with a speech putting “national security” at the top of her government’s agenda reflects the enormous weight exerted by the US over Australian politics.

Australian hospital funding cuts cause bed closures

By Will Morrow, 24 January 2013

While being presented as accounting corrections, these cutbacks are entirely in line with the federal Labor government’s so-called health care reform program.

British MPs feign indignation over university links to warmongers

By Simon Whelan, 24 January 2013

All the major universities now have extensive ties with business and not a few with the arms industry and security services.

Romanian government announces new round of austerity measures

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 24 January 2013

Social Democratic Prime Minister Victor Ponta has announced new austerity measures, likely to include a freeze of public-sector wages and the resumption of mass layoffs in public administration.

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Începe cel de-al doilea mandat a lui Obama

De Barry Grey si David North, 24 ianuarie 2013

Depunerea de către Obama a jurământului pentru cel de-al doilea său mandat este un moment potrivit pentru a ne reaminti ce a însemnat primul său mandat şi ce aşteptări se pot avea de la acesta pe parcursul celui de-al doilea mandat.

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Imperialismus plant in Afrika „Krieg über Jahrzehnte hinweg“

Von Bill Van Auken, 24. Januar 2013

Die französische Intervention in Mali und der blutige Überfall in Algerien sind ein Wendepunkt im neuen imperialistischen Wettlauf um Afrika.

Netanjahu erleidet Rückschlag durch hohe Wahlbeteiligung

Von Jean Shaoul, 24. Januar 2013

Netanjahu versucht, den Aufstieg neuer säkularer Rechtsparteien auszunutzen, um für 2013 einen Sparhaushalt durchzusetzen.

Opel Bochum: Betriebsrat lehnt Kampfmaßnahmen ab

Von Dietmar Henning, 24. Januar 2013

Unter dem Titel „Solidarität statt Armut“ organisierte die Linkspartei in Bochum eine Veranstaltung, um dem Opel-Betriebsrat und der IG Metall den Rücken zu stärken.

Verteidigt den National Health Service!
Aufruf der (britischen) Socialist Equality Party

24. Januar 2013

Die Socialist Equality Party führt in Großbritannien eine landesweite Kampagne zur Verteidigung des National Health Service.

New in French

L’Asie en 2013

Par Peter Symonds, 24 janvier 2013

Les lignes de faille d’un monde nouveau ne sont nulle part plus visibles qu’en Asie tandis que le « pivot » d’Obama exacerbe les tensions et les rivalités.

Les fondations pourries des politiques américaines au Moyen-Orient

Par Bill Van Auken, 24 janvier 2013

La mort de 13 travailleurs migrants dans l’incendie d’un camp de travail au Bahreïn est survenue tout juste après la décapitation d’une domestique sri lankaise.

New in Persian

خاور میانه در سال ۲۰۱۳

۱۲ ژانویه ۲۰۱۳ کریس مارسدن

کارگران و ستمدیده گان خاورمیانه با چشمانداز جنگ فرقه ای، سرکوب دولتی و گسترش فلاکتبارانه فقرمواجه هستند. همه چیز در گرو تجدید حیات خیزش انقلابیاست که در سال ۲۰۱۱ متولد شد. این تجدید حیات اما این بار باید بر پایههای برنامهای استوار باشد که بیانگر منافع سیاسی مستقل طبقه ی کارگر است.

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Why the New York Times backs Bloomberg’s assault on school bus drivers

24 January 2013

The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.

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Imperialism plans “decades of war” in Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2013

Lance Armstrong and the world of professional sports

By David Walsh, 23 January 2013

ILO report: Global unemployment to hit record high in 2013

By Kate Randall, 23 January 2013

Inaugural demagogy

By Barry Grey and David North, 22 January 2013

Obama’s second inauguration

By Barry Grey and David North, 21 January 2013

Arts Review

Vadim: German documentary chronicles a family destroyed by immigration authorities

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 January 2013

The tragic story of Vadim K. and his family documents the callous inhumanity of Germany’s immigration authorities and politicians and refugee law.

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

By Hiram Lee, 21 January 2013

Workers Struggles

School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week

By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

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Auto Workers Struggles

GM Brazil strike

By Jerry White, 23 January 2013

Thousands of auto workers in Brazil carried out a 24-hour strike Tuesday at General Motors’ São José dos Campos plant, 50 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.


Baseball great Stan Musial dead at 92

By Alan Gilman, 23 January 2013

During his career Musial won seven batting titles, three World Series titles, was voted the National League’s most valuable player three times and was named to a record-tying 24 All-Star teams.

NHS Fightback

Fightback needed to defend the UK’s National Health Service

21 January 2013

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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.

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

24 January 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.