2 February 2013

US stocks near record highs
Dismal jobs report sparks Wall Street surge

By Barry Grey, 2 February 2013

The enthusiastic response of the financial markets to the jobs report underscores the stark divergence between the fortunes of the financial elite and the broad mass of working people.

Profit bonanza for US auto companies

By Jerry White, 2 February 2013

The multi-billion-dollar profits announced by Chrysler and Ford are primarily the result of a reduction in labor costs and the heightening of the exploitation of auto workers.

Explosion at Mexico City PEMEX headquarters kills 33

By Rafael Azul, 2 February 2013

Thirty-three are dead and 121 wounded from a mysterious explosion at the headquarters of the state-owned oil company.

US Defense nominee Hagel bows to right on Israel, Iran and militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2013

The confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel assumed the tone of an inquisition, with Obama’s nominee for defense secretary recanting previous positions critical of Israel and affirming his support for US militarism.

Britain makes its own military push into Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2013

Britain is to send at least 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa in a direct challenge to French efforts to dominate the region.

Increasing mental health problems among Britain’s young people

By Thomas Scripps, 2 February 2013

One in ten young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life.

Germany’s Commerzbank to cut up to 6,000 jobs

By Konrad Kreft, 2 February 2013

Germany’s second largest bank will achieve its billion-dollar “income and growth objectives” by laying off 10 percent of its workforce.

UFCW disavows aim of organizing Walmart workers

By David Walsh, 2 February 2013

The United Food and Commercial Workers union, in the face of charges by Walmart that it had violated the National Labor Relations Act, has made an abject climb-down.

Notes on the social crisis in America

By Naomi Spencer, 2 February 2013

The homeless suffer from cold exposure, a Wisconsin man robs a bank to get a reprieve from student loans and a Michigan college faculty offered access to a food bank in lieu of paychecks.

New Zealand government announces new austerity measures

By Tom Peters, 2 February 2013

In 2013, the Key government plans to push thousands of people off welfare, restrict access to medical procedures and close schools.

New in French

L’armée française supervise un accord de partage du pouvoir en République centrafricaine

Par Patrick O’Connor, 2 février 2013

Le réalignement politique actuellement en cours est dicté par la France qui vise à réaffirmer son contrôle sur son ancienne colonie riche en ressources et à contrer l’influence grandissante de la Chine.

Tsipras, chef de la pseudo-gauche grecque, passe un entretien d’embauche devant le ministère des Affaires étrangères américain et le FMI

Par Bill Van Auken, 2 février 2013

Avec l’aggravation de la crise grecque, le chef du parti d’opposition SYRIZA est venu aux Etats-Unis pour des réunions avec les représentants du Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du FMI.

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Lecţiile politice ale grevei muncitorilor de la metroul din Atena

De Christoph Dreier, 2 februarie 2013

Suprimarea brutală a grevei muncitorilor de la metroul din Atena este o avertizare clară pentru clasa muncitoare internaţională.

Guvernul elen extinde spargerea grevelor

De Christoph Dreier, 2 februarie 2013

Guvernul grec a apelat la represiunea de stat pentru a opri grevele de simpatie. Înainte a utilizat ordonanţe de urgenţă şi violenţa poliţiei pentru a sparge o grevă la metroul din Atena.

New in German

80 Jahre seit Hitlers Machtergreifung

Von Peter Schwarz, 2. Februar 2013

Der Schlüssel, Hitler zu stoppen, lag in den Händen der Kommunistischen Partei. Doch diese verfolgte unter dem Einfluss Stalins eine zutiefst irrige Politik.

Opel: IG Metall und Betriebsrat bieten weitere Zugeständnisse an

Von Philipp Frisch, 2. Februar 2013

Die IG Metall verhandelt nicht mehr über den Erhalt der Autoproduktion bei Opel Bochum, sondern nur noch über „Ersatzarbeitsplätze“.

New in Spanish

Huelga de conductores de autobuses de Nueva York en la encrucijada

Por Partido Socialista de la Igualdad, 2 Febrero 2013

La huelga de los 9,000 conductores, tutores/ayudantes y mecánicos de autobuses escolares de la ciudad de Nueva York ha llegado, en su tercera semana, a un punto crítico.

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Perspective

Eighty years since Hitler’s coming to power

2 February 2013

Leon Trotsky drew far-reaching conclusions from the disastrous defeat of the German working class in 1933.

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Workers Struggles

After NLRB rules strike legal
New York mayor steps up attack on school bus workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 2 February 2013

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is pressing ahead with his campaign to strip school transportation workers of job and wage protections after the NLRB failed to rule their two-and-a-half week strike illegal.

Alabama school bus driver shot and killed while defending schoolchildren

By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2013

The death of Charles Pollard illustrates the dedication of school bus drivers at a time when striking drivers and matrons are being demonized by big business politicians and the media in New York.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 February 2013

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

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers continue to protest

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 February 2013

Victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers staged a rally last Sunday to demand their reinstatement and the immediate release of 150 workers who have been jailed on frame-up charges.

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Commentary

Sri Lankan ex-lefts and the impeachment crisis

By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 2 February 2013

Throughout this political crisis, the NSSP and USP have intervened to subordinate workers and youth to the United National Party, a right-wing bourgeois party.

The stock market bubble

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2013

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

For workers’ power in Egypt!

By Johannes Stern and Joseph Kishore, 30 January 2013

Arts Review

Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet: Aging and the artist

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2013

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

History

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.

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.

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

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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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

2 February 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site