4 February 2013

Munich Security Conference endorses US call for expansion of neo-colonial wars

By Christoph Dreier, 4 February 2013

The tone was set by US Vice President Joseph Biden, who delivered a bellicose speech singling out as targets of US and NATO aggression nations ranging from Syria, Iran and Yemen to Somalia, Mali and the rest of North Africa.

Further cave-in by Obama on contraceptives

By Kate Randall, 4 February 2013

The Obama administration has caved in once again to religious critics on requirements that employers provide their employees with free access to contraceptives as part of their health insurance packages.

Record unemployment adds to Spain’s social crisis

By Michael Gardner and Paul Mitchell, 4 February 2013

Six million workers are now unemployed in Spain, a huge increase on the 1.7 million unemployed in 2007.

Germany: A new capitulation by the IG Metall union to Opel management

By Philipp Frisch, 4 February 2013

IG Metall union functionaries are betraying workers for the sake of their own advancement on Opel’s management board.

Murder charges dropped in Pakistani factory fire

By Sampath Perera, 4 February 2013

The dangerous working conditions in the Ali Enterprises garment factories are the norm across Pakistan and in neighbouring countries competing for export orders and foreign investment.

UK prime minister boasts of “busting open” state education

By Julie Hyland, 4 February 2013

The UK Conservative/Liberal government is pushing ahead with the privatisation of state education.

UK Conservatives and Lib Dems open for business

By Barry Mason, 4 February 2013

The UK’s coalition government is expanding its “strategic relations”, giving selected multinational companies direct access to ministers.

Detroit to close 51 parks

By Shannon Jones, 4 February 2013

The cuts to parks are just the latest in a series of attacks on jobs and basic services such as firefighting, street lighting and bus transportation.

Australian union ramps up nationalist campaign against guest workers

By Terry Cook, 4 February 2013

The CFMEU is making “foreign” workers the scapegoat for the massive job destruction that has taken place under the Labor government, with union support.

New in French

Il y a quatre-vingt ans, Hitler prenait le pouvoir

Par Peter Schwarz, 4 février 2013

Léon Trotsky tira de la défaite désastreuse de la classe ouvrière allemande en 1933 des conclusions d’une grande portée

La bulle boursière

Par Andre Damon, 4 février 2013

Au cours de la cinquième année de marasme économique et dans le contexte du pire ralentissement mondial depuis 2008, les marchés boursiers mondiaux sont en train d’enregistrer leur plus rapide essor depuis la fin des années 1990.

Une manne financière pour les compagnies automobiles américaines

Par Jerry White, 4 février 2013

Les profits de plusieurs milliards de dollars annoncés par Chrysler et Ford sont en premier lieu le résultat d’une réduction des coûts du travail et de l’augmentation de l’exploitation des travailleurs de l’automobile.

New in Italian

Il costo umano dell'austerità in Italia

Di Paul Bond, 4 febbraio 2013

La corsa alle elezioni politiche italiane del prossimo mese è dominata dalla discussione sulla messa in opera di ulteriori misure di austerità.

New in Spanish

Fuego casero mata a infante de nueve meses de edad

Por Dyne Brian y Porter Larry, 4 Febrero 2013

Fuego casero acaba con la vida de una bebé de nueve meses de edad bajo condiciones sociales deplorables.

New in Romanian

Optzeci de ani de la preluarea puterii de către Hitler

De Peter Schwarz, 4 februarie 2013

Cu optzeci de ani în urmă, pe 30 ianuarie 1933, președintele Paul von Hindenburg l-a numit pe liderul naziştilor, Adolf Hitler, drept cancelarul Germaniei. În următorii doisprezece ani, regimul lui Hitler a comis crime la care omenirea nu mai asistase niciodată până atunci.

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Perspective

White House zeros in on Medicare

4 February 2013

Both President Obama and a top economic adviser said this week that the administration would propose significant cuts in Medicare.

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Workers Struggles

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”
Striking New York City school bus workers speak out

By our reporters, 4 February 2013

Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.

Alabama school bus driver shot and killed while defending schoolchildren

By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2013

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25 years ago: Forty-year sentence for striking coal miners

On February 4, 1988, four Kentucky miners, victims of one of the most blatant frame-ups ever orchestrated by the federal government against workers, were sentenced.

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50 years ago: Ba’ath Party launches Iraq bloodbath with CIA backing

On February 8, 1963, the Iraqi wing of the pan-Arabist Ba’ath Party launched a coup that brought down the government of Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim.

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75 years ago: Italian Fascist government introduces anti-Semitic policies

On February 7, 1938, the Italian fascist regime of Benito Mussolini put in place a spate of new anti-Semitic laws.

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100 years ago: Protests force resignation of Japanese prime minister

On February 4, 1913, the government of Prime Minister Katsura Tarō was censured by Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, after mass protests broke out.

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Commentary

Eighty years since Hitler’s coming to power

By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2013

Sri Lankan ex-lefts and the impeachment crisis

By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 2 February 2013

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

By Barry Grey, 2 February 2013

The stock market bubble

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2013

Socialist Equality Party

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka),

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.

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers continue to protest

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 2 February 2013

Profit bonanza for US auto companies

By Jerry White, 2 February 2013

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Arts Review

Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet: Aging and the artist

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2013

History

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

By Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2013

NHS Fightback

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

By Richard Duckworth, 1 February 2013

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