Greek government mobilizes riot police to break Athens subway strike

By Christoph Dreier, 26 January 2013

The use of dictatorial laws and state violence amounts to the criminalization of any form of collective resistance by workers.

Greek pseudo-left leader Tsipras auditions for State Department, IMF

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2013

With Greece’s government in deepening crisis, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the SYRIZA opposition party, came to the US to meet with State Department and IMF officials and make a series of public appearances.

Mass protests against Mursi mark second anniversary of Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 26 January 2013

On the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, workers and youth took to the streets all over Egypt to demand the ouster of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama names ex-federal prosecutor with Wall Street ties to head SEC

By Barry Grey, 26 January 2013

The appointment of Mary Jo White, far from signaling a crackdown on the banks, points to a continuation of the de facto amnesty for the financial elite.

Federal Reserve transcripts show top US policymakers vastly underestimated crisis

By Andre Damon, 26 January 2013

In the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, top regulators and monetary policy officials were largely blind to the impending financial collapse, according to Federal Reserve transcripts released last week.

Germany: Deutsche Telekom cuts a further 1,200 jobs

By Dietmar Henning, 26 January 2013

The firm aims to save €100 million annually through the destruction of jobs in marketing, management and administration.

UK Probation Service to be privatised

By Paul Veevers, 26 January 2013

The budget of £4 billion for prisons and Probation Services represents rich pickings for the corporate sector.

Floods kill 21 in Indonesian capital

By John Roberts, 26 January 2013

As in previous major floods, government aid has failed to reach many of the worst affected people.

New report details explosive growth of poverty among Detroit children

By James Brewer, 26 January 2013

A report issued this week entitled “State of the Detroit Child” quantifies the city’s catastrophic social crisis.

Junior Seau’s family sues National Football League over brain trauma

By Bryan Dyne, 26 January 2013

The family of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Chargers football star, is suing the NFL for negligence.

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Zwei Jahre ägyptische Revolution

Von Johannes Stern, 26. Januar 2013

Die Arbeiterklasse muss die historischen Probleme der politischen Führung und Perspektive lösen, die ihr die ägyptische Revolution stellt.

Griechenland: Polizei geht gegen streikende U-Bahnarbeiter vor

Von Christoph Dreier, 26. Januar 2013

Bisher hatte es die griechische Regierung nicht gewagt, Blockaden von Arbeitern derart brutal zu durchbrechen, wie es jetzt am Metro-Depot Sepolia geschehen ist.

Oberstes Gericht will Pakistans Ministerpräsidenten verhaften

Von Vilani Peiris und Sarath Kumara, 26. Januar 2013

Pakistans Oberstes Gericht hat seinen Haftbefehl gegen den Premierminister offensichtlich zeitlich mit Armee-freundlichen Protesten koordiniert.

Slowenien: Landesweiter Streik im Öffentlichen Dienst verschärft Regierungskrise

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. Januar 2013

Am Mittwoch legte ein landesweiter Streik von rund 100.000 Beschäftigten des Öffentlichen Diensts Slowenien weitgehend lahm.

Israel:
Wahlen deuten auf zunehmende politische Instabilität hin

Von Jean Shaoul, 26. Januar 2013

Likud-Beitenu, das rechte Wahlbündnis von Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu und seine Koalitionspartner, die religiösen Rechtsparteien, haben die Wahlen am letzten Dienstag mit einer stark verringerten Mehrheit gewonnen. Damit herrschen im Parlament unklare Mehrheitsverhältnisse.

Italien schiebt Flüchtlinge illegal nach Griechenland ab

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 26. Januar 2013

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch dokumentiert, dass Italien systematisch Flüchtlinge nach Griechenland abschiebt und dabei gegen international bindende Rechtsabkommen verstößt.

Renault streicht 7500 Stellen in Frankreich

Von Antoine Lerougetel, 26. Januar 2013

Der französische Autokonzern Renault kündigte am letzten Dienstag umfangreichen Arbeitsplatzabbau und Lohnsenkungen an, da die Autoindustrie ihre Produktion zurückfährt.

„Möge es doch öfter Hauptmanns Weber geben“
Anmerkungen zum Gerhart-Hauptmann-Jubiläum – Teil 2

Von Sibylle Fuchs, 26. 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.

Klimawandel kündigt wachsende Weltkrise an

Von Bryan Dyne, 26. Januar 2013

Jüngste Klimamodelle zeigen, dass nur eine völlige Umkehrung der momentanen Kohlendioxid Emissionstrends mit dem Ziel von Null Kohlenstoffemissionen den gegenwärtigen Trend zur Erderwärmung aufhalten kann.

New in French

L'impérialisme prévoit « des décennies de guerre» en Afrique

Par Bill Van Auken, 26 janvier 2013

L'intervention française au Mali, suivie du siège sanglant en Algérie, représente un tournant dans ce qui se présente comme une nouvelle ruée impérialiste vers l'Afrique.

La France envoie des troupes pour sécuriser les mines d’uranium au Niger

Par Bill Van Auken, 26 janvier 2013

Après avoir envahi le Mali, la France envoie des forces spéciales pour sécuriser les mines d’uranium du Niger voisin, gérées par Areva, le groupe nucléaire détenu par l’Etat français.

Lupe Fiasco viré de la scène lors des célébrations pour l'investiture d'Obama alors qu'il chantait une chanson anti-guerre

Par Andre Damon, 26 janvier 2013

La décision de l'artiste d'interpréter cette chanson se fait aussi l'écho des sentiments de millions de gens s'opposant à la politique du gouvernement Obama.

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Perspective

Japan’s currency war

26 January 2013

The new Abe government is pursuing an aggressive nationalist program on two fronts: remilitarisation and a unilateralist monetary policy.

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Commentary

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013

In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.

UK Socialist Party backs Len McCluskey reelection in UNITE union

By Paul Stuart, 26 January 2013

The UK Socialist Party web site boasted of a meeting with Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union UNITE.

Two years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2013

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

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Union membership in US hits lowest level in nearly a century

By Jerry White, 25 January 2013

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

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013

Workers Struggles

New York school bus walkout continues amid injunction and strikebreaking threats

By Dan Brennan, 26 January 2013

Approximately 8,800 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics continued their strike Friday, braving the chilling temperatures on picket lines across New York City.

Letter from a school bus driver

25 January 2013

More on the New York school bus drivers strike »

South Carolina board authorizes strikebreaking against school bus drivers

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 26 January 2013

South Carolina’s Board of Education has voted unanimously to allow Durham School Services to hire scabs from other states in the event of a strike by bus drivers and monitors in two school districts.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 January 2013

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

Socialist Equality Party

OFL and NDP complicit in Liberal attacks
Workers need a new perspective and new organizations to mount class political struggle

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 26 January 2013

Thousands of workers and young people will march today on the Ontario Liberal leadership convention to voice their opposition to the brutal austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights being implemented by the provincial Liberal government.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns defence ministry ban on Jaffna meeting

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

SEP holds meeting in Jaffna despite military threats

By our correspondent, 25 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Forced overtime at Dundee, Michigan Chrysler plant as layoffs hit

By Shannon Jones, 26 January 2013

Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant continue to face forced overtime after narrowly ratifying a sellout local contact.

GM Brazil strike

By Jerry White, 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

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

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

26 January 2013

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