US secures drone base in Northwest Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2013

Washington has secured an agreement with the government of Niger to establish a US military base in the Northwest African country, which borders Mali.

Australian PM announces unprecedented seven-month election campaign

By James Cogan, 30 January 2013

The announcement is a direct response to the demands of the corporate elite that the government and opposition unveil policies to deal with the worsening global economic breakdown.

Obama announces his immigration “reform” plan

By Kate Randall, 30 January 2013

Obama outlined a proposal involving the further militarization of the US-Mexico border and implementation of enhanced verification of immigrants’ status.

US Treasury rubber-stamps bonus requests from bailed-out firms

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 30 January 2013

The special inspector general’s report underscores the cynicism and duplicity that underlay the creation of the “pay czar” post from the outset.

COSATU calls off farm workers strike in South Africa

By Joshua Lumet, 30 January 2013

The strike, which has led to the death of at least three workers, was ended last week pending a government announcement on a new minimum wage.

Western push to oust Syrian regime escalates

By Oliver Campbell, 30 January 2013

The danger of regional conflict deepened as NATO anti-missile batteries become operational on the Syrian border.

Germany acquiring drones for military use

By Johann Müller, 30 January 2013

The German government wants to procure armed drones for missions abroad and use re-engineered military reconnaissance drones domestically.

Youth poverty rises in Germany’s Ruhr region

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 January 2013

Recent studies show that despite the relatively low unemployment rate in Germany, poverty rates have increased sharply.

Another Detroit child dies in house fire

By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2013

Early Tuesday morning, a six-year-old child died in a house fire on Detroit’s southwest side. His brother, 4, was hospitalized in critical condition.

Downgrade of Illinois credit rating prelude to attack on retired workers

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 January 2013

The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s dropped Illinois’ credit to worst in the US, paving the way for Democrats to launch an assault on retired workers’ pensions and health care plans.

Sacramento moves to close 11 public elementary schools

By Julien Kiemle, 30 January 2013

The closing of 11 elementary schools in Sacramento is part of a broader assault on the right to education.

California’s NUHW nurses union affiliates with CNA ahead of vote at Kaiser hospitals

By David Brown, 30 January 2013

Despite the conflicts between the SEIU, the NUHW and the CNA, all three organizations are dedicated to their political alliance with the Democratic Party.

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Les leçons politiques à tirer de la grève des employés du métro d’Athènes

Par Christoph Dreier, 30 janvier 2013

L’invocation des pouvoirs exceptionnels et le recours à la violence d’Etat pour briser la grève des employés du métro d’Athènes a anéanti toutes les prétentions selon lesquelles il est possible de faire changer la politique de l’Etat grâce à une pression de masse venue d’en bas.

Des protestations de masse marquent le second anniversaire de la révolution égyptienne

Par Johannes Stern, 30 janvier 2013

A l’occasion du second anniversaire de la révolution égyptienne, les travailleurs et les jeunes sont descendus dans la rue à travers toute l’Egypte pour demander l’éviction des Frères musulmans.

Les travailleurs de Renault et de PSA Peugeot-Citroën manifestent ensemble contre les fermetures d’usines

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Pierre Mabut, 30 janvier 2013

Les travailleurs en grève de l’usine automobile PSA d’Aulnay près de Paris, qui occupent l’usine dont la fermeture est prévue en 2014, ont rejoint les travailleurs de l’usine Renault de Flins (Yvelines) qui est elle aussi menacée de fermeture.

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Războiul monetar al Japoniei

De Peter Symonds, 29 ianuarie 2013

Noul guvern a lui Abe urmăreşte un program naţionalist agresiv pe două fronturi: remilitarizarea şi o politică monetară unilateralistă.

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Jordanien am Rande des Abgrunds

Von Jean Shaoul, 30. Januar 2013

Die Wahlen in Jordanien in der vergangenen Woche erbrachten eine große Mehrheit für Stammesführer, Anhänger der Monarchie und Wirtschaftsvertreter.

Streik bei GM Brasilien

Von Jerry White, 30. Januar 2013

Am 22. Januar beteiligten sich Tausende von brasilianischen Autoarbeitern an einem eintägigen Streik im General Motors-Werk von Sao Jose dos Campos, 80 Kilometer nordöstlich von Sao Paulo.

Tschechien: Politische Krise nach Präsidentenwahl

Von Markus Salzmann, 30. Januar 2013

Milos Zeman hat sich in der Präsidentschaftswahl nach einem äußerst schmutzig geführten Wahlkampf mit rund 55 Prozent der Stimmen gegen den rechtsliberalen Außenminister Karel Schwarzenberg durchgesetzt.

Drohnen für Deutschland

Von Johann Müller, 30. Januar 2013

Die Bundesregierung rüstet auf. Sie will sowohl bewaffnete Drohnen für Auslandseinsätze anschaffen, als auch bislang militärisch genutzte Aufklärungsdrohnen im Inland nutzen.

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For workers’ power in Egypt!

30 January 2013

As the second anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak approaches, the Egyptian working class is again being driven into revolutionary struggle.

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Workers Struggles

Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike

By Sandy English, 30 January 2013

Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.

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Arts Review

A reply to Michael Moore’s defense of Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 30 January 2013

Bigelow’s deplorable pro-CIA film has provoked criticism and outrage, including in the Hollywood film community itself.


Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis: The way forward for workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 January 2013

The SEP calls for the broadest campaign by workers, the rural poor and youth to defend democratic rights on the basis of a revolutionary socialist program.

ISO offers sophistry in the service of the trade union bureaucracy

By Jerry White and Barry Grey, 29 January 2013

Political lessons of the Athens subway strike

By Christoph Dreier, 29 January 2013

Chinese media on war footing

By a correspondent from China, 28 January 2013

NHS Fightback

Staff strike at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust in England

By Barry Mason and Julie Hyland, 30 January 2013

Administration workers and clerical staff at three hospitals began a five-day strike on Monday.

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

By our correspondent, 29 January 2013

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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

Book Review

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

By Vince Ostroweicz, 29 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

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

By Arun Kumar, 28 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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