Obama defends drone assassinations in State of the Union address

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2013

The real question, completely evaded in Obama’s demagogic and dishonest speech, is what in the state of the American union gives rise to the accelerating movement toward police state forms of rule.

North Korea tests third nuclear device

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2013

The Obama administration has exploited the nuclear test to push for new sanctions and apply pressure to China.

Pope resigns amid deepening crisis for Catholic Church

By Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2013

The resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as head of the Catholic Church provoked expressions of surprise and concern within ruling circles internationally.

Irish debt deal means decades of austerity to cover bank bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 13 February 2013

Ireland’s Fine Gael-Labour coalition announced an agreement with the European Central Bank last week, ostensibly designed to remove the “promissory note” payments to bail out the failed Anglo Irish Bank.

Stafford Hospital report points to decimation of Britain’s National Health Service

By Julie Hyland, 13 February 2013

Up to 1,200 patients are estimated to have died as a result of the poor care they received at Stafford Hospital.

Foxconn stages union elections: A trap for Chinese workers

By John Chan, 13 February 2013

The move—backed by the Chinese regime and Western corporate giants—is an attempt to avert a social explosion.

Los Angeles manhunt ends in shoot-out, inferno

By Joseph Santolan, 13 February 2013

The manhunt for ex-police officer Christopher Dorner ended Tuesday after a fire consumed the cabin he was hiding in.

Los Angeles/Long Beach longshore clerks vote down sell-out contract

By Rafel Azul, 13 February 2013

The overwhelming rejection by Southern California dock workers of a union-endorsed tentative contract exposes the class divide between ILWU members and their leadership.

Two West Virginia coal miners killed

By Clement Daly, 13 February 2013

Two West Virginia coal miners were killed in as many days last week, bringing the nation’s coal mine fatalities to three this year.

Unpaid furlough days dictated for 600 Detroit city workers

By James Brewer, 13 February 2013

More drastic measures were announced by the unelected financial advisory board in Detroit.

Chevron fined for “willful violations” in California refinery fire

By Henry Allan, 13 February 2013

Chevron was fined $963,200 by Cal/OSHA for state safety standard violations related to the August 6, 2012, fire at its Richmond, California, refinery.

New in French

Le programme américain d'assassinats ciblés et le danger de la dictature.

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 février 2013

L'audience de confirmation de John Brennan, choisi par Barak Obama comme nouveau chef de la CIA, a été une démonstration publique de la désintégration des droits démocratiques aux Etats-Unis.

New in Spanish

Ochenta años de la llegada de Hitler al poder

Por Peter Schwarz, 13 Febrero 2013

El 30 de enero 2013 se cumplieron 80 años desde que Hitler tomó el poder en Alemania.

New in Romanian

Programul de asasinare cu drone şi pericolul unei dictaturi

De Bill Van Auken, 13 februarie 2013

] Audierea care a avut loc pentru confirmarea lui John Brennan, nominalizat de Preşedintele Barack Obama pentru funcţia de director al CIA-ului din SUA, a oferit un spectacol revelator şi sumbru al dezintegrării a ceea ce a mai rămas din drepturile democratice în Statele Unite.

New in German

Die wachsende Kriegsgefahr in Asien

Von Peter Symonds, 13. Februar 2013

Es gibt deutliche Parallelen zwischen den derzeitigen scharfen Spannungen in den Seegebieten Asiens und den wütenden Rivalitäten auf dem Balkan, die den Ersten Weltkrieg auslösten

ThyssenKrupp streicht 3.800 Arbeitsplätze im Stahlbereich

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13. Februar 2013

Jeder siebte Arbeitsplatz bei ThyssenKrupp Steel in Europa fällt dem angekündigten Sparprogramm des Unternehmensvorstands zum Opfer.

Sparkurs in Italien fordert hohen sozialen Preis

Von Paul Bond, 13. Februar 2013

Alle Parteien, die am 24. und 25. Februar an den italienischen Wahlen teilnehmen, sind bereit, die Sparorgie der Monti-Regierung fortzusetzen.

Rumänische Autoarbeiter unter Druck

Von Markus Salzmann, 13. Februar 2013

Die Geschichte von Dacia ist beispielhaft dafür, wie europäische Konzerne in Osteuropa auf Kosten der Arbeiter ihren Profit maximieren.

Katar spielt eine wichtige Rolle in Amerikas Plänen für Nordafrika und den Nahen Osten

Von Jean Shaoul, 13. Februar 2013

Katar unterstützt die USA als wichtiger Verbündeter bei der Sicherung ihrer räuberischen Interessen im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika.

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Perspective

The New York bus strike and the defense of public education

13 February 2013

The assault on New York City school bus workers by Mayor Michael Bloomberg is part of a nation-wide campaign to dismantle public education.

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Workers Struggles

New York City bus strike in danger
City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections

By Jerry White, 13 February 2013

The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.

Why the unions refuse to mobilize support for striking New York City bus drivers

By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2013

The New York City school bus strike and the for-profit student transportation industry

By Dan Brennan, 12 February 2013

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

6 February 2013

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Australia: Victorian teachers prepare for mass meeting and third one-day strike

By Patrick O’Connor, 13 February 2013

The union bureaucracy has driven teachers into an impasse in the campaign for a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) resolution to AEU mass meeting

13 February 2013

Commentary

The Nation magazine and Obama’s assassination program

By David Walsh, 13 February 2013

The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2013

In the Italian elections, Rifondazione Comunista emerges as a bourgeois party

By Marc Wells, 12 February 2013

A legal lynching: Indian government executes Afzal Guru

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 12 February 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Canadian Auto Workers union reopens CAMI-GM contract

By Carl Bronski, 13 February 2013

The Canadian Auto Workers union has pressured workers at the CAMI-GM assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to reopen their contract so as to impose further concessions.

IYSSE

Australia: Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 13 February 2013

Students and working class youth are struggling to survive on the poverty-level dole, education allowances and in poorly paid casual jobs.

Socialist Equality Party

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

7 February 2013

On Wednesday, February 13, the Socialist Equality Party will be hosting a showing of Tsar to Lenin at the Université de Montréal.

NHS Fightback

UK government implements cuts in South East London Healthcare Trust

By Rick Wilson, 12 February 2013

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Arts Review

Donald Byrd, extraordinary jazz trumpeter, dies at 80

By John Andrews, 11 February 2013

Donald Byrd, a trumpet master associated with the post-bebop jazz that emerged in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s, died last week at the age of 80.

25 years ago: Ford hit by strikes in UK and worldwide

Auto workers at all 22 of Britain’s Ford plants entered the second week of their strike on February 15, 1988.

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50 years ago: Italian metal strike ends

On February 17, 1963, 800,000 Italian metal and auto workers returned to the job having won shorter working hours and higher wages.

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75 years ago: GPU assassinates Trotsky’s son Leon Sedov

On the February 16, 1938, Leon Sedov, the eldest son of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his second wife Natalya, was murdered in Paris by Stalin’s agents.

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100 years ago: Austrian socialist leader assassinated

On February 11, 1913, Franz Schuhmeier, a leader and parliamentary representative of the Austrian socialist movement, was assassinated at a railway station in Vienna.

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