Israel’s bombing of Syria escalates threat of wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2013

The bombing of a Syrian military site by Israeli warplanes has ratcheted up the danger that the Western-backed civil war in Syria will spill over into a broader regional conflagration.

US health care “individual mandate” will leave 30 million uninsured

By Kate Randall, 1 February 2013

Details released on the “individual mandate” show that Obama’s overhaul leaves millions without insurance, while disqualifying other low-income families from receiving federal subsidies.

Greek workers strike against austerity measures

By Christoph Dreier, 1 February 2013

On Thursday Greece witnessed numerous protests and strikes against the government’s austerity measures and its brutal crackdown against strikers.

UK economy on edge of triple dip recession

By Peter Reydt, 1 February 2013

Official GDP figures show the UK economy contracted in the last quarter of 2012 by 0.3 percent and is on course for a “triple-dip” recession.

Study exposes global recession’s heavy toll on girls and women

By Kristina Betinis, 1 February 2013

The global financial crisis has taken a heavier toll on the basic conditions of girls and women when compared to the world’s population as a whole.

Australian opposition leader commits to austerity election campaign

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 February 2013

Abbott declared that he “won’t shirk the hard decisions” and would find the necessary “savings” to fund the Liberal Party’s pro-business proposals.

UN sanctions prompt North Korea to threaten nuclear test

By John Chan, 1 February 2013

The US will exploit any North Korean nuclear test to further expand its aggressive “pivot” to Asia directed against China.

Bangladesh: Factory fire kills seven workers

By Wimal Perera, 1 February 2013

The latest disaster again exposes the brutal conditions prevailing in the clothing industry.

Deadly human cost of Ireland’s austerity measures

By Jordan Shilton, 1 February 2013

Billions of euros in social cuts are having tragic consequences for working people in Ireland.

Mass protests in Azerbaijan against oligarchs

By Clara Weiss, 1 February 2013

Large protests took place in the Azerbaijani town of Ismayilli on January 23 directed against the governor of the region, Nizami Alakbarov, and his family.

Czech president-elect calls for new parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 1 February 2013

The Czech Republic, long regarded as one of the more politically stable countries in Eastern Europe, faces increasing instability following the presidential election last Saturday.

Massachusetts governor releases budget proposal

By John Marion, 1 February 2013

Deval Patrick’s proposed budget targets the working class to fund public transit and education “reforms.”

New in French

Pour le pouvoir ouvrier en Egypte !

Par Johannes Stern et Joseph Kishore, 1 février 2013

Alors que le deuxième anniversaire de la chute du dictateur Hosni Moubarak approche, la classe ouvrière égyptienne est de nouveau poussée dans la lutte révolutionnaire.

Les syndicats français de Renault et de PSA tentent d'étouffer la lutte contre les fermetures d’usines

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 1 février 2013

La CGT et les autres syndicats sont en train de négocier avec Renault et PSA Peugeot-Citroën des arrangements sur les fermetures d’usines et des accords de compétitivité.

New in Turkish

Mısır Devrimi’nin iki yılı

Johannes Stern, 1 Şubat 2013

İşçi sınıfı, Komünist Manifesto’nun, “Bugüne kadar varolan bütün toplumların tarihi, sınıf mücadelelerinin tarihidir” savını canlı biçimde doğrulayarak, Mübarek’in devrilmesindeki belirleyici güç oldu.

Atina’daki metro grevinin siyasi dersleri

Christoph Dreier, 1 Şubat 2013

Atina’daki metro işçilerinin grevinin devlet tarafından vahşice bastırılması, uluslararası işçi sınıfına bir uyarıdır.

New in German

Für eine Arbeiterregierung in Ägypten

Von Johannes Stern und Joseph Kishore, 1. Februar 2013

Der Sturz des Diktators Hosni Mubarak jährt sich bald zum zweiten Mal, die ägyptische Arbeiterklasse wird wieder in einen revolutionären Kampf getrieben

New York: Streik der Schulbusfahrer am Scheideweg

Von der Socialist Equality Party, 1. Februar 2013

An diesem Kampf zeigt sich die grundlegende Klassenspaltung in den USA

Streiks und Proteste in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. Februar 2013

Am Donnerstag kam es in Griechenland zu zahlreichen Protesten und Streiks. Neben Ärzten und Pflegern legten Busfahrer, Hafenarbeiter und die Beschäftigten der Elektrizitätswerke die Arbeit nieder.

„Geschlossene Gesellschaft“
Eine Ausstellung über künstlerische Fotografie in der DDR

Von Francisca Vier und Bernd Reinhardt, 1. Februar 2013

In Berlin wurde die bisher umfassendste Schau ostdeutscher Fotografiekunst gezeigt. Es geht um eine Neubewertung von DDR-Kunst, die früher oft pauschal als staatstragend abgetan wurde.

Andy Durgan und En Lucha: Historische Verfälschungen zur Rechtfertigung des politischen Betrugs an den spanischen Arbeitern
Teil 2

Von Dave Hyland, 1. Februar 2013

Dies ist der zweite Teil eines dreiteiligen Artikels über die Verfälschungen der Lehren der spanischen Geschichte durch Andy Durgan von En Lucha.

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The stock market bubble

1 February 2013

In the fifth year of the economic depression, and amid signs of the worst global slowdown since 2008, world stock markets are booming the fastest since the late 1990s.

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Workers Struggles

Interview with a striking New York school bus driver: “We want an answer about what’s been going on”

By Sandy English, 1 February 2013

As the strike has entered its third week, the companies have cut off workers’ health care insurance and payments into their pension funds.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 February 2013

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

NHS Fightback

UK: Unite union appeals to Labour to save the National Health Service

By Richard Duckworth, 1 February 2013

At a public meeting in Bristol, England, the Unite trade union appealed to Labour, the party that initiated the privatisation of the National Health Service, to save it.

Staff strike at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust in England

By Barry Mason and Julie Hyland, 30 January 2013

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

By our correspondent, 29 January 2013

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Arts Review

Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet: Aging and the artist

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2013

The movie concerns itself with a group of retired opera singers and musicians housed in an elegant manor in pastoral Britain.

The Impossible: A narrow view of a major disaster

By George Marlowe, 31 January 2013

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

By David Walsh, 30 January 2013


PBS’s The Abolitionists: Remembering the political struggle against slavery

By Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2013

The Public Broadcasting System’s The Abolitionists is a reminder that the fight against slavery in the US was a hard-fought political struggle.


Revolutionary Socialists offer their services to the Egyptian bourgeoisie

By Chris Marsden, 31 January 2013

An answer to the Washington Teachers’ Union

By Nick Barrickman and Jerry White, 31 January 2013

US economy contracted in fourth quarter of 2012

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2013

For workers’ power in Egypt!

By Johannes Stern and Joseph Kishore, 30 January 2013

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

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

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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