General strike, mass protests shake US-backed Islamist regime in Tunisia

By Barry Grey, 9 February 2013

The current political eruption in Tunisia, the most widespread since the events of late 2010 and early 2011, occurs just days before the second anniversary of the fall of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

French government prepares repression against workers

By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 9 February 2013

Interior Minister Valls has given instructions for the police to monitor companies where workers are in struggle to keep their jobs.

US government requests for Internet communications soar

By Don Knowland, 9 February 2013

A Google report released Monday shows a marked increase in government requests for private communications of Internet users.

US imposes new sanctions on Iran prior to international talks

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2013

The US is making an “offer” to Iran over its nuclear program that is only marginally different from the one rejected by Tehran last year.

Photographer Alessandro Penso, chronicler of “Fortress Europe,” speaks on the plight of migrant youth

By Paul Mitchell, 9 February 2013

Penso, winner of the Terry O’Neill award for his photographs of migrant youth in Greece, spoke to the WSWS on the European social crisis.

Qatar plays key role in US Middle East/North Africa plans

By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2013

Qatar has become a crucial US ally in securing its predatory interests throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Australian economy faces “painful” adjustment

By Nick Beams, 9 February 2013

Two leading economists have forecast a big “downward adjustment” in Australian incomes.

Philadelphia charter administrators mired in corruption charges

By Adam Sagitov, 9 February 2013

Former Philadelphia charter school administrators were charged with 67 counts in a federal fraud case.

Philippine performance artist jailed for “offending religious feelings”

By Joseph Santolan, 9 February 2013

It is impossible to overstate the pervasive reach of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, which is a key pillar of the country’s political establishment.

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Scandalurile bancare şi nevoia proprietăţi publice

De Nick Beams, 9 februarie 2013

Acuzaţiile aduse agenţiei de rating Standard şi Poor's de către Departamentul de Justiţie al SUA au subliniat imensa ilegalitate, conflictele de interese şi relaţiile corupte, care se află chiar în inima sistemului financiar american şi global.

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La reculade d’Obama sur la contraception et la séparation de l’Eglise et de l’Etat

Par Tom Carter, 9 février 2013

Les reculades répétées du président Obama devant les organisations religieuses sur la question du contrôle des naissances soulignent l’évolution droitière du libéralisme politique américain et son abandon des principes démocratiques fondamentaux.

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Bankenskandale und die Forderung nach Vergesellschaftung

Von Nick Beams, 9. Februar 2013

Die Klage des US-Justizministeriums gegen Standard & Poor’s beleuchtet erneut den Sumpf aus Gesetzlosigkeit, Interessenskonflikten und korrupten Beziehungen im Zentrum des Finanzsystems.

Anhörung John Brennans im Senat verteidigt amerikanisches Mordprogramm

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Februar 2013

Bei einer Anhörung vor dem US-Senat zur Bestätigung von John Brennan als CIA-Direktor wurde das Drohnenprogramm verteidigt. Die Verletzung grundlegender verfassungsgemäßer und demokratischer Rechte wurde größtenteils ignoriert.

Antwort auf einen SYRIZA-Verteidiger

Von Robert Stevens, 9. Februar 2013

Die WSWS antwortet auf eine Kritik an dem Artikel „SYRIZA, PASOK und Gewerkschaften weigern sich, ‚Goldene Morgenröte’ zu bekämpfen: Griechische Pseudolinke fungieren als Feigenblatt“.

Großdruckerei Prinovis in Itzehoe wird geschlossen

Von Ernst Wolff, 9. Februar 2013

In Itzehoe sollen 680 festangestellte Mitarbeiter, 20 Auszubildende und 300 Leiharbeiter im Sommer 2014 ihre Arbeitsplätze verlieren.

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The US drone assassination program and the threat of dictatorship

9 February 2013

Thursday’s confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director, provided a spectacle of the disintegration of democratic rights in the United States.

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Workers Struggles

Mobilize the working class to defend New York school bus strike

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 February 2013

The three-week-old strike by 9,000 New York City school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics has reached a crucial juncture.

WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter

9 February 2013

The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.

Video: Striking New York City bus workers speak on their struggle

6 February 2013

More on the New York school bus drivers strike »

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

9 February 2013

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


Ed Koch: The right-wing trajectory of a Democratic politician

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2013

Arts Review

Netflix’s US remake of House of Cards stands up despite weaknesses

By Christine Schofelt, 9 February 2013

Staring Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, the new production of House of Cards is a largely well-translated version of the UK original.

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.

An extraordinary cinematic event:
Tsar to Lenin to be screened Wednesday in Montreal

7 February 2013


Bank scandals and the case for public ownership

By Nick Beams, 8 February 2013

The police state implications of Obama’s assassination program

By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2013

Greek government imposes martial law on ferry strikers

By Christoph Dreier, 7 February 2013


A reply to a defender of SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2013

Letters from our readers

9 February 2013

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

Auto Workers Struggles

UK: Honda slashes nearly one third of jobs at Swindon

By Richard Duckworth, 8 February 2013

Goodyear France announces closure of its Amiens-Nord site

By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel, 6 February 2013

More on the struggle in auto »

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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