18 February 2013

G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars

By Nick Beams, 18 February 2013

The G20 declaration will have virtually no impact on the development of a currency war.

Majority of working Americans have no retirement savings

By Kate Randall, 18 February 2012

Struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis, a majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be worse off financially than their parents.

Mass opposition to school closures in Chicago, Illinois

By Kristina Betinis, 18 February 2013

Hundreds of parents, students and teachers have attended meetings in Chicago, Illinois on the imminent closure of over 100 schools.

US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unravelling

By Harvey Thompson, 18 February 2013

The US-puppet Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai is facing an increase in attacks by insurgents as the US/NATO occupation continues to unravel.

Spanish unions collude in mass unemployment and wage cuts

By Alejandro López, 18 February 2013

Spanish workers have suffered a steep rise in unemployment, lower wages and worsening labour conditions, while the employers have reaped the rewards.

Sri Lankan journalist shot by gunmen

By W.A. Sunil, 18 February 2013

The attack on the Sunday Leader journalist is another attempt to intimidate anyone who makes even limited criticisms of the government.

New Zealand government to take refugees from Australia’s detention camps

By Tom Peters, 18 February 2013

The New Zealand government has signed up to the Australian Labor government’s oppressive system of mandatory refugee detention.

Syria’s civil war destabilising the Caucasus

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2013

US imperialism is exploiting sectarian tensions to further its own geo-strategic interests.

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Les quinze ans du World Socialist Web Site : 1998-2013

Par David North, 18 février 2013

Le 15e anniversaire du WSWS marque une étape d'une immense importance pour le mouvement socialiste international. Au cours d'une décennie et demie, il a fourni, avec une précision et une compréhension sans pareilles, une analyse quotidienne des événements politiques et culturels.

La lutte pour la défense du Service National de Santé en Angleterre

Par Chris Marsden, 18 février 2013

En Angleterre, le Service National de Santé, un des acquis les plus essentiels de la période d’après-guerre, est en train d’être détruit par les innombrables coupes budgétaires qu’on lui fait subir et il est en danger d’être privatisé.

France: Un chômeur s’immole par le feu devant l'agence Pôle Emploi

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 18 février 2013

Un travailleur algérien au chômage est mort en s’immolant par le feu devant le siège de Pôle Emploi à Nantes après la suppression de ses indemnités de chômage.

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Războaiele monetare umbresc reuniunea G20

De Nick Beams, 18 februarie 2013

Reuniunea miniştrilor de Finanţe G20 şi a bancherilor centrali în Moscova, pe parcursul următoarelor două zile, are loc pe fondul unei contradicţii adânci în cadrul economiei capitaliste globale.

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Perspective

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

18 February 2013

This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.

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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.

Reader contributions: Why I read the WSWS

As part of the campaign making our fifteenth anniversary, we are asking our readers to submit essays on your experience with the WSWS.

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Workers Struggles

New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.

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

By Sandy English, 16 February 2013

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

By Susan Allan, 15 February 2013

Yesterday’s strike and mass meeting underscored the determination of the union bureaucracy to suppress any opposition to its plans for a deal that will further undermine wages, conditions and public education.

25 years ago: South Africa proscribes anti-apartheid activity

The South African apartheid regime outlawed the 2.5 million-member United Democratic Front, along with 16 other anti-apartheid organizations on February 24, 1988.

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50 years ago: Senate panel warns on Vietnam

On February 24, 1963, a US Senate panel warned that Washington’s military and financial effort to maintain the pro-western South Vietnamese regime was becoming an “American war.”

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75 years ago: Teruel falls for the last time to Franco’s forces

After a protracted and bitter fight, waged in the coldest Spanish winter for twenty years, the town of Teruel in Aragon fell once again to General Franco’s fascist forces on February 22, 1938.

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100 years ago: Mexican president assassinated

On February 18, 1913, Mexican president Francisco Madero and Vice-president José Pino Suárez were arrested by federal troops.

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Science

Science, society and the Chelyabinsk meteor

By Don Barrett, 18 February 2013

The meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia marks the first conjunction of a frequent and natural occurrence—the collision of the Earth with debris left over from the formation of the solar system—with a modern metropolis.

Commentary

American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn

By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013

A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.

The increasingly right-wing, pro-Democratic Party ISO

By David Walsh, 16 February 2013

Inequality and American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 16 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

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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