Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013

Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.

US senators unveil draconian immigration “reform”

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2013

A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced an “enforcement first” plan for dealing with what they termed a “broken” US immigration system.

Jordan on the brink of disaster

By Jean Shaoul, 29 January 2013

Last week’s elections in Jordan resulted in a large majority for tribal leaders, pro-monarchy loyalists and businessmen.

The human cost of Italian austerity

By Paul Bond, 29 January 2013

As the social catastrophe deepens, all parties in Italy’s general election have agreed to impose further austerity measures.

Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroën workers in joint protest against factory closures

By Antoine Lerougetel and Pierre Mabut, 29 January 2013

Striking workers from the PSA car factory in Aulnay near Paris—which have been occupying the plant slated to be shut in 2014—joined workers at the Renault plant in Flins that is also threatened with closure

University of Western Sydney victimises Professor Steve Keen

By Mark Church, 29 January 2013

By charging the well-known economics professor with “serious misconduct”, UWS is sending a threatening message to all staff and students regarding opposition to its course and job cuts.

Four dead in severe floods across eastern Australia

By Mike Head, 29 January 2013

The latest floods, generated by ex-Cyclone Oswald, have inundated hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

Philadelphia Theatre Company stagehands’ strike in second week

By Trent Novak, 29 January 2013

Strikers are demanding PTC management establish a health and welfare fund for each employee.

Push to dismantle public education behind plan to close another 28 Detroit schools

By Walter Gilberti, 29 January 2013

Detroit has been ravaged by a decades-long campaign of school closings, job destruction, and the unfettered spread of charter schools.

Slovenia: Nationwide public sector strike intensifies government crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 29 January 2013

A nationwide public sector strike largely paralyzed Slovenia on Wednesday last week.

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¡Movilizar a la clase obrera en apoyo a los conductores de autobuses escolares de Nueva York!

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 29 Enero 2013

El Partido Socialista de la Igualdad urge a todos los obreros de Nueva York a que apoyen a los 9,000 conductores de autobuses, tutores/ayudantes y mecánicos que reclaman una huelga para defender su derecho a un trabajo digno y un servicio seguro para los niños en oposición a los dictados del multimillonario alcalde de la ciudad Michael Bloomberg.

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Italia: l'inesorabile slittamento a destra di Beppe Grillo

Di Marianne Arens e Peter Schwarz, 29 gennaio 2013

Il Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) di Beppe Grillo è considerato l'organizzazione di protesta con le migliori possibilità di successo.

New in French

La guerre monétaire du Japon

Par Peter Symonds, 29 janvier 2013

Le nouveau gouvernement Abe est en train de poursuivre sur deux fronts un programme nationaliste agressif : la remilitarisation et une politique monétariste unilatérale.

New in Russian

Непреходящее значение жизни и работы товарища Кирти Баласурия

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала, 29 января 2013 г.

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала (МКЧИ) и Мировой Социалистический Веб Сайт в декабре 2012 года отмечают 25-летнюю годовщину смерти товарища Кирти Баласурия (Keerthi Balasuriya), генерального секретаря Революционной Коммунистической лиги (РКЛ — Revolutionary Communist League), предшественницы Партии Социалистического Равенства (ПСР) Шри-Ланки.

New in German

Japans Währungskrieg

Von Peter Symonds, 29. Januar 2013

Die neue Abe-Regierung verfolgt an zwei Fronten ein aggressiv nationalistisches Programm: Sie betreibt Remilitarisierung und eine unilaterale Währungspolitik.

Proteste in Ägypten eskalieren
Mursi ruft Notstand aus

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 29. Januar 2013

Wegen Massenprotesten zum zweiten Jahrestag der ägyptischen Revolution hat Präsident Mohamed Mursi am Sonntag in drei Städten für 30 Tage den Notstand ausgerufen.

Französische Linksfront unterstützt Krieg in Mali

Von Kumaran Ira, 29. Januar 2013

Die französische Linksfront unterstützt die Entscheidung von Präsident Francois Hollande, in Mali Krieg zu führen, gleichzeitig übt sie zurückhaltende Kritik an seiner Politik.

Die konterrevolutionäre Rolle der ägyptischen Pseudo-Linken

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 29. Januar 2013

Anlässlich des zweiten Jahrestags der Ägyptischen Revolution veröffentlichen wir eine Analyse der konterrevolutionären Rolle der Pseudolinken in Ägypten, die am 21. November 2011 in englischer Sprache auf der WSWS erschien.

Aserbaidschan: Massenproteste gegen Oligarchen-Familie

Von Clara Weiss, 29. Januar 2013

In der aserbaidschanischen Kleinstadt Ismailly sind am Mittwoch vergangener Woche Massenproteste gegen den Gouverneur der Region, Nisami Alakbarow, ausgebrochen.

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Political lessons of the Athens subway strike

29 January 2013

The invocation of emergency powers and use of state violence to smash the Athens subway strike has shattered all claims that it is possible to shift the policy of the state by mass pressure from below.

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Workers Struggles

New York school bus companies threaten to bring in scabs

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 29 January 2013

New York City’s school bus companies have threatened to begin using scabs to break the two-week-old strike in defense of jobs and decent transportation for 150,000 school children.

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Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 January 2013

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

NHS Fightback

Thousands march in London against threat to close Lewisham Hospital Accident & Emergency unit

By our correspondent, 29 January 2013

Around 25,000 people marched through the South East London borough of Lewisham on Saturday to protest the threat to close the hospital’s Accident & Emergency unit and to downgrade its maternity ward.

The fight to defend Britain’s National Health Service

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2013

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ISO offers sophistry in the service of the trade union bureaucracy

By Jerry White and Barry Grey, 29 January 2013

The passage of right-to-work legislation in Michigan was a debacle not just for the unions, but also for the host of liberal and pseudo-left organizations that promote these corporatist organizations.

Former CIA agent responsible for torture revelations sentenced to prison

By Tom Carter, 28 January 2013

Forty years after Roe v. Wade: Abortion rights under sustained attack

By Matthew MacEgan, 28 January 2013

Japan’s currency war

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2013

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

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2013

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

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to mark 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 January 2013

The memorial meeting to be held February 10 will discuss Keerthi Balasuriya’s political and theoretical contribution to the struggle for socialist internationalism and its significance for the working class today.

No to all school closures! For action committees to defend public education!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 29 January 2013

The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers, teachers, students, youth and residents of Philadelphia to form action committees to organize the defense of public education.

Book Review

The Green Corn Rebellion: 1935 novel about an episode in the American class struggle

By Vince Ostroweicz, 29 January 2013

William Cunningham’s The Green Corn Rebellion offers a fictionalized account of an August 1917 uprising in Oklahoma against conscription during the First World War.

Auto Workers Struggles

Union limits Indian auto workers to “go-slow” campaign over wages

By Arun Kumar, 28 January 2013

Arts Review

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

By Phillip Guelpa and Julien Kiemle, 25 January 2013

25 years ago: Massive FBI spying on US antiwar groups

On January 28, 1988, the New York Times reported on the public release of documents exposing a wide-ranging spying campaign against American organizations opposed to US policy in Central America.

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50 years ago: France blocks UK from Common Market

On January 29, 1963, France vetoed the United Kingdom’s application to join the European Economic Community (EEC), also known as the Common Market.

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75 years ago: Nazis reveal grandiose plans for rebuilding of Berlin

On January 31, 1938, Professor Albert Speer, speaking on behalf of the Nazi regime, announced plans to rebuild Berlin.

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100 years ago: Balkan War negotiations break down following Young Turk coup

On February 3, talks between the antagonists in the Balkan War broke down, and hostilities on all fronts resumed.

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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.


Letters from our readers

29 January 2013

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