US debt ceiling maneuver sets stage for new cuts

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2013

The Republican-controlled House pushed back the debt ceiling deadline by three months, as the two parties work to implement deep cuts in social programs.

UK Prime Minister Cameron commits to 2017 referendum on EU membership

By Julie Hyland, 25 January 2013

Cameron’s commitment to a referendum on EU membership was met with criticism from various European governments.

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2013

After invading Mali, France has dispatched special forces troops to secure uranium mines in neighboring Niger run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva.

Australia: Government and media endorse French intervention in Mali

By Richard Phillips, 25 January 2013

Media editorials have openly pointed to Australian mining investments in Africa as the reason for supporting the military operation.

Japan’s finance minister: Old people should “hurry up and die”

By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2013

Aso is seeking to cultivate a political constituency for a far-reaching assault on the most vulnerable sections of the working class.

German trade unions reject action to defend GM-Opel plant

By Dietmar Henning, 25 January 2013

A “solidarity evening” in Bochum, organised by the German Left Party, was aimed at covering up the role of the trade unions in the closure of the city’s GM-Opel auto plant.

Union membership in US hits lowest level in nearly a century

By Jerry White, 25 January 2013

Following a decades-long trend, the percentage of overall union membership fell to only 11.3 percent last year, the lowest level since 1916.

Mass opposition to Philadelphia school closures

By our reporters, 25 January 2013

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party received an enthusiastic response at a public meeting of about 300 when they called for opposition to all school closures.

Johnson & Johnson knowingly sold faulty hip implants

By Naomi Spencer, 25 January 2013

Although the company was aware that 40 percent of metal hip replacements would fail in five years, it sold the devices anyway.

Italy plunges deeper into recession as general election approaches

By Paul Mitchell, 25 January 2013

Italy’s recession will be worse than previously expected this year, the Bank of Italy said last week as it cut its 2013 estimate for economic growth.

Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission resumes hearings into contract rigging and political kickbacks

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 January 2013

Quebec’s political elite has been rattled by revelations about a vast network of collusion, contract rigging, and political kickbacks.

New in German

SYRIZA, PASOK und Gewerkschaften weigern sich, „Goldene Morgenröte“ zu bekämpfen
Griechische Pseudolinke fungieren als Feigenblatt

Von Chris Marsden und Christoph Dreier, 25. Januar 2013

Die Vorspiegelung einer “Einheitsfront” gegen die faschistische “Goldene Morgenröte” (Chrysi Avgi) in Griechenland zielt darauf ab, etablierte Parteien und Gewerkschaften als Bollwerk gegen Faschismus hinzustellen

Großbritannien:
Labour verbreitet ausländerfeindlichen Chauvinismus

Von Jordan Shilton, 25. Januar 2013

Die britische Labour Party bewegt sich deutlich nach rechts. Dies belegen zwei ausländerfeindliche Reden ihres Vorsitzenden Ed Miliband.

Fast jeder vierte Jugendliche im Ruhrgebiet lebt von Hartz IV

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 25. Januar 2013

Trotz Wirtschaftswachstum und im europäischen Vergleich relativ niedriger Arbeitslosigkeit nimmt die Armut in Deutschland stark zu.

„Möge es doch öfter Hauptmanns Weber geben“
Anmerkungen zum Gerhart-Hauptmann-Jubiläum – Teil 1

Von Sibylle Fuchs, 25. Januar 2013

Ende letzten Jahres wurde in den deutschen Feuilletons der 150. Geburtstag des Dichters Gerhart Hauptmann gefeiert und an die Nobelpreisverleihung an den Dichter vor 100 Jahren im Dezember 1912 erinnert.

Lance Armstrong und die Welt des Profisports

Von David Walsh, 25. Januar 2013

Armstrong hat scheinbar eine Art Miniatur-Radsport-Mafia betrieben und die übelsten Facetten des räuberischen amerikanischen Unternehmertums in den Radsport eingebracht.

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Le Canada va accroître son appui à l’impérialisme français au Mali

Par Louis Girard et Keith Jones, 25 janvier 2013

Le gouvernement et les forces armées du Canada sont fortement impliqués dans l’invasion française au Mali.

Le Front de Gauche promeut la guerre au Mali

Par Kumaran Ira, 25 janvier 2013

Tout en formulant des critiques d’ordre tactique contre la politique du président François Hollande, le Front de Gauche soutient sa décision de lancer une guerre contre le Mali.

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Perspective

Two years of the Egyptian Revolution

25 January 2013

The working class must resolve the historic problems of political leadership and perspective which are posed by the Egyptian revolution.

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP condemns defence ministry ban on Jaffna meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 January 2013

The SEP organised a public meeting in Jaffna to introduce its perspectives, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, published recently in book form.

SEP holds meeting in Jaffna despite military threats

By our correspondent, 25 January 2013

The advertised venue had been closed by the management, citing “an order of the defence ministry”.

Workers Struggles

Striking New York school bus drivers face government and media gang up

By Sandy English, 25 January 2013

As they enter the second week of their strike, school bus drivers have faced increasing pressure from the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media.

Letter from a school bus driver

25 January 2013

A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

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Striking Athens subway workers defy court ruling

By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2013

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

25 January 2013

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

Commentary

Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.

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

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013

Israel’s elections augur deepening political instability

By Jean Shaoul, 24 January 2013

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

Arts Review

Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land: A deal with the devil?

By Phillip Guelpa and Julien Kiemle, 25 January 2013

The film portrays the conflict between a fictional energy company and residents of a small Pennsylvania town over whether “fracking” will be allowed in their community.

Vadim: German documentary chronicles a family destroyed by immigration authorities

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 January 2013

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

By Hiram Lee, 21 January 2013

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.

Obituary

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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