16 February 2013

Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013

The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.

Greek strikes continue as unemployment, poverty hit record levels

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2013

In the face of a deepening slump and growing government repression, workers throughout Greece have continued strikes and protests ahead of a general strike February 20.

Senate handles Obama’s treasury pick with kid gloves

By Andre Damon, 16 February 2013

Jacob Lew, US President Barack Obama’s nominee for treasury secretary and an ex-Citigroup executive, breezed through his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing Wednesday.

France: Unemployed worker sets himself on fire outside job centre

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2013

An unemployed Algerian worker died by self-immolation in front of the state employment agency in Nantes following cancellation of his unemployment benefits.

State of the City speech
Detroit Mayor Bing defends layoffs, pay cuts

By Shannon Jones, 16 February 2013

In his annual State of the City address, the Detroit mayor defended the policies of his administration, which have left a trail of wreckage across the city.

Massive police mobilization ends in killing of Christopher Dorner

By Joseph Santolan, 16 February 2013

What is most significant in the Dorner case is the extraordinary police mobilization that led up to his killing.

Disabled cruise liner arrives in Alabama after days at sea

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 February 2013

Text messages and tweets received from passengers during the five days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico reported nightmarish conditions.

Australian government complicit in “Prisoner X’s” death in Israel

By Mike Head, 16 February 2013

The Labor government knowingly allowed one of its citizens to “disappear” into Israeli detention and die in solitary confinement.

Local government debts expose China’s financial instability

By John Chan, 16 February 2013

The surge of debt during 2012 is a sign of financial distress, as local governments struggle with a slowing economy, and borrow to repay existing loans.

Romanian auto workers face wage cuts and layoffs

By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2013

Major auto companies have moved their production to Eastern Europe in order to profit from low wages and poor working conditions.

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Восемьдесят лет с момента прихода Гитлера к власти

Петер Шварц, 16 февраля 2013 г.

За двенадцать лет своего существования гитлеровский режим совершил преступления, невиданные в истории человечества. Он разгромил организованное рабочее движение, установил в стране тоталитарную диктатуру, разрушил Европу в ходе неспровоцированной военной агрессии и уничтожил миллионы евреев, цыган и представителей других национальных и этнических меньшинств.

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La guerre des monnaies plane au-dessus de la réunion du G20

Par Nick Beams, 16 février 2013

La réunion des ministres des Finances du G20 et des gouverneurs des banques centrales se tiendra ces deux prochains jours à Moscou dans le contexte d’une profonde contradiction de l’économie capitaliste mondiale.

La grève des chauffeurs de bus scolaires de New York et la défense de l’éducation publique

Par Andre Damon, 16 février 2013

L’assaut du maire Michael Bloomberg contre les travailleurs des autobus de New York fait partie d’une campagne à grande échelle contre l’éducation.

Augmentation des problèmes de santé mentale chez les jeunes en Grande-Bretagne

Par Thomas Scripps, 16 février 2013

Un rapport publié deux ans après le krach économique, montre que les cas de dépression ont été multipliés par quatre ou cinq et que les 18-30 ans sont plus susceptibles d'en souffrir qu'aucune autre tranche d'âge

Les syndicats font taire l'opposition à la fermeture de l'usine Ford en Belgique

Par Dietmar Henning, 16 février 2013

Face à des cessations de travail spontanées des travailleurs, les syndicats ont réagi en intensifiant leur coopération avec Ford.

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Währungskrieg überschatten G-20-Treffen

Von Nick Beams, 16. Februar 2013

Das G-20-Treffen der Finanzminister und Zentralbanker in Moskau findet vor dem Hintergrund eines starken Widerspruchs in der kapitalistischen Weltwirtschaft statt.

Nach der Neuausschreibung der Busrouten:
New Yorker Schulbusstreik am Scheideweg

Von Bill Van Auken, 16. Februar 2013

Der Streik der New Yorker Schulbusfahrer hat einen kritischen Wendepunkt erreicht, nachdem die Schulbehörde am Dienstag 1.100 Schulbusrouten neu ausgeschrieben hat.

Fiat-Werk im polnischen Tychy vor dem Aus

Von Philipp Frisch, 16. Februar 2013

Der italienische Autobauer Fiat streicht im polnischen Tychy 1.450 von 4.900 Stellen. Damit fällt in einem der modernsten und produktivsten Werke jeder dritte Arbeitsplatz weg.

Gutachten stellt Kindergeld in Frage

Von Sybille Fuchs, 16. Februar 2013

Die Debatte über die Unwirksamkeit familienpolitischer Ausgaben ist ein Vorspiel zu umfangreichen Kürzungen.

Ed Koch: Rechtswende eines demokratischen Politikers

Von Fred Mazelis, 16. Februar 2013

Kochs politische Laufbahn spiegelt die scharfe Rechtswende einer breiten gesellschaftlichen Schicht wider, die in den 1970er Jahren ihren Anfang nahm.

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Perspective

Inequality and American democracy

16 February 2013

The latest figures on inequality in the US expose the vast transfer of wealth that has occurred during the first years of the “economic recovery.”

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Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2013

The 15th anniversary of the WSWS is a milestone of immense significance for the international socialist movement. Over the course of a decade-and-a-half, the WSWS has provided, with unequalled accuracy and insight, a daily analysis of political and cultural events.

Dragan, a refugee of the Yugoslavian civil war
“The war was always in the back of my mind; I wanted to know what happened”

A reader writes on the significance of the World Socialist Web Site’s internationalist perspective..

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Workers Struggles

Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education

By Sandy English, 16 February 2013

In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.

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Australian Education Union uses mass meeting to prepare sell-out agreement

By Susan Allan, 15 February 2013

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

16 February 2013

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

Commentary

The increasingly right-wing, pro-Democratic Party ISO

By David Walsh, 16 February 2013

The response of the International Socialist Organization to Barack Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address is telling about the group’s evolution.

Currency wars hang over G20 meeting

By Nick Beams, 15 February 2013

Euro zone economy posts worst contraction since 2009

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP meeting marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondents, 14 February 2013

Socialism and the defense of public education in Chicago

By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 February 2013

Arts Review

Steven Soderbergh to retire after Side Effects?: Problems of independent filmmaking

By Joanne Laurier, 15 February 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Canadian Auto Workers union reopens CAMI-GM contract

By Carl Bronski, 13 February 2013

IYSSE

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

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

NHS Fightback

UK government implements cuts in South East London Healthcare Trust

By Rick Wilson, 12 February 2013

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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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

16 February 2013

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