Mass strikes and protests shut down Port Said in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2013

Renewed strikes and protests have swept Egypt since January 25, the second anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Draconian White House immigration reform leaked to press

By Kate Randall, 19 February 2013

Undocumented immigrants would have to wait an estimated eight years for the chance to receive a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa.

Video: Chicago teachers, parents speak out on school closures

19 February 2013

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to shut down 129 schools this year, predominantly in working class neighborhoods.

French President Hollande presses for major arms deals in India

By Kumaran Ira, 19 February 2013

French President François Hollande made a two-day visit to India last week to promote large-scale military deals amid a growing arms race in Asia.

German Socialist Alternative group aids union sellout at Opel

By Christoph Dreier, 19 February 2013

The Socialist Alternative group is aiding IG Metall by attempting to sow illusions that the union can be transformed into a fighting organisation.

China presses Burma for Kachin peace deal

By John Roberts, 19 February 2013

Beijing has intervened to shore up its relations with Burma and to prevent the ethnic conflict from spilling into southern China.

Australian prime minister announces bogus jobs plan

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 February 2013

The new measures are centrally aimed at protecting one job, her own, as it appears increasingly likely that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will challenge for the leadership.

Deteriorating conditions in Illinois prisons lead to hunger strike

By Marcus Day, 19 February 2013

In response to overcrowding and deteriorating prison conditions, inmates at Pontiac Correctional Center have launched a hunger strike.

Two more US coal miners killed

By Clement Daly, 19 February 2013

Two more US coal miners were killed last week, bringing the nation’s coal mining fatalities to five this year.

SEIU union leader convicted on federal charges

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 19 February 2013

A federal court convicted the former president of an SEIU affiliate on 14 criminal counts, including embezzlement of thousands of dollars of union funds.

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اعتصاب عمومی و خیزش توده ای، رژیم اسلامی مورد حمایت آمریکا در تونس را به لرزه در آورد

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دهها هزار نفر در تونس با شرکت در تظاهرات و سوگواری مرگ سیاستمدار مخالف و سکولار شکری بلعید، خواهان برکناری دولت اسلامگرا تحت حمایت آمریکا شدند. 
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Lehren aus dem New Yorker Schulbusstreik

Von Jerry White, 19. Februar 2013

Dieser Arbeitskampf in der größten Stadt Amerikas und dem Zentrum des Finanzkapitals hat die Klassendynamik gezeigt, die in ganz Amerika und der Welt besteht.

Deutsche Industrie und Regierung planen Kriege um Rohstoffe

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. Februar 2013

In einem Interview mit dem Handelsblatt forderte der Geschäftsführer der Rohstoffallianz, Dierk Paskert, „eine strategisch ausgerichtete Außenwirtschafts- und Sicherheitspolitik“, um die Versorgung der deutschen Wirtschaft mit Rohstoffen zu gewährleisten.

Wirkungslose G-20-Erklärung gegen Währungskrieg

Von Nick Beams, 19. Februar 2013

Die jüngste G-20-Erklärung wird auf den eskalierenden Währungskrieg praktisch keine Auswirkungen haben.

Lehrer und Kita-Mitarbeiter demonstrieren in Berlin

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 19. Februar 2013

Am Montag haben in Berlin etwa dreitausend Lehrer und Kita-Mitarbeiter die Arbeit niedergelegt. Anlass war das Scheitern der zweiten Runde der Länder-Tarifverhandlungen für den öffentlichen Dienst in Potsdam.

Das Magazin The Nation und Obamas Mordprogramm

Von David Walsh, 19. Februar 2013

Das linksliberale Spektrum spielt die Gefahr für die Grundrechte herunter und unterstützt Obama und die Demokraten weiterhin.

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Le Pape démissionne au milieu d'une crise de plus en plus profonde de l'Église catholique

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 février 2013

La démission de Joseph Ratzinger de la tête de l'église catholique a provoqué des déclarations de surprise et d'inquiétude dans les cercles dirigeants du monde entier.

La guerre civile en Syrie déstabilise le Caucase

Par Clara Weiss, 19 février 2013

L’impérialisme américain profite des tensions sectaires pour promouvoir ses propres intérêts géostratégiques

Les travailleurs de l’automobile roumains confrontés à des réductions de salaires et des licenciements

Par Markus Salzmann, 19 février 2013

Les grandes entreprises automobiles ont délocalisé leur production vers l’Europe de l’Est afin de tirer profit des bas salaires et des conditions de travail médiocres.

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Brennan refuses to rule out drone assassinations within the US

19 February 2013

As Brennan’s written responses to the Senate Intelligence Committee underscore, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary democracy, the scaffolding of an American police state is well advanced.

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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.

Year in Review: 1999

The year 1999 saw the major imperialist powers engage in an unprecedented multilateral gang-up against a small country, as NATO rained bombs down on Serbia, the largest fragment of the former Yugoslavia.

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Billionaire views Scottish independence as a “management buy-out”
The anti-working class agenda promoted by the Scottish Socialist Party

By Steve James, 19 February 2013

The pseudo-left tendencies are committed to fraudulently promoting Scottish independence as a supposed means to alleviate the crisis caused by the bourgeoisie’s austerity policies.

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

By Jerry White, 18 February 2013

American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn

By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013

G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars

By Nick Beams, 18 February 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 19 February 2013

Thousands of workers participated in an “All-India Protest Day” to voice their support for victimized workers at Maruti Suzuki India’s car assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana.

Workers Struggles

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

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

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

By Susan Allan, 15 February 2013

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 February 2013

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


Science, society and the Chelyabinsk meteor

By Don Barrett, 18 February 2013

Socialist Equality Party

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

By our correspondents, 14 February 2013

Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 15 February 2013


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

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

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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Letters from our readers

19 February 2013

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