20 February 2013

German industry, government planning for resource wars

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2013

The Resource Alliance, tasked with securing raw materials for its shareholders and corporate members, is calling for the use of military force.

Iberia airline strikers clash with Spanish police

By Alejandro López, 20 February 2013

On Monday, striking workers at the Spanish airline Iberia paralysed Barajas international airport in the capital Madrid.

Teachers demonstrate in Berlin

By our correspondent, 20 February 2013

German unions are seeking to defuse anger and prevent united action by teachers.

UK gay marriage bill: An undemocratic fraud

By Paul Bond, 20 February 2013

The passage through the House of Commons of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill is being depicted as a democratic triumph. It is no such thing.

The health care crisis in the US prison system

By Gary Joad, 20 February 2013

More than 800,000 incarcerated persons in the US suffer from a chronic health problem needing regular attention, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and HIV.

Australian Greens “break” with Labor, but pledge “stability”

By James Cogan, 20 February 2013

Having propped up the minority Labor government for two years, the Australian Greens have decided to jump the sinking ship prior to this year’s election.

Western Australia election campaign paves way for spending cuts

By Joe Lopez and Patrick O’Connor, 20 February 2013

Both major parties—Labor and Liberal—are preparing ruthless austerity measures.

Rafael Correa wins third presidential term in Ecuador

By Rafael Azul, 20 February 2013

For all his left rhetoric, Correa depends on the profitability of transnational capital and on the health of mining companies and agribusiness to sustain the Ecuadorean economy.

Death of pensioner highlights crisis of UK care for elderly

By Peter Reydt, 20 February 2013

An 81-year-old woman died after being left alone in her house without any medicine, food or drink.

Oakland, California: FBI foils another fake terror plot

By Karl Eisner, 20 February 2013

Federal authorities have charged a mentally ill man with attempting to blow up an Oakland bank branch, the latest example of the FBI thwarting a terrorist conspiracy that it concocted.

US coal companies shed 7,700 jobs in 2012

By Clement Daly, 20 February 2013

US coal mining jobs dropped by 8.5 percent last year.

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Le danger de guerre en Asie

Par Peter Symonds, 20 février 2013

Des parallèles sont maintenant établis entre les disputes maritimes acerbes en Asie et les violentes rivalités dans les Balkans qui ont provoqué l’éruption de la Première Guerre mondiale il y a u siècle.

Le président François Hollande cherche à conclure des accords d’armement en Inde

Par Kumaran Ira, 20 février 2013

Le président français, François Hollande, a fait la semaine dernière une visite de deux jours en Inde pour promouvoir des transactions militaires à grande échelle dans un contexte de course croissante à l’armement en Asie.

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Inegalitate şi democraţie americană

De Joseph Kishore, 20 februarie 2013

Marţea trecută, Preşedintele Obama şi-a început discursul privind starea naţiunii declarând că redresarea economică este în plină desfăşurare.

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Brennan schließt Drohnenmorde in den USA nicht aus

Von Tom Carter und Barry Grey, 20. Februar 2013

Brennans Antworten an den Senatsausschuss unterstreichen, dass die Vorbereitungen auf einen Polizeistaat in Amerika schon weit fortgeschritten sind.

Syriza bekennt sich zu Armee und Nationalismus

Von Christoph Dreier, 20. Februar 2013

Die griechische Koalition der Radikalen Linken (SYRIZA) hat einen Funktionsträger abgesetzt, weil er sich vom antitürkischen Chauvinismus und der Armee distanziert hat.

Ägypten:
Massenstreiks und Proteste legen Port Said lahm

Von Johannes Stern, 20. Februar 2013

Seit dem 25. Januar, dem zweiten Jahrestag des Beginns der ägyptischen Revolution, finden in ganz Ägypten neue Streiks und Proteste statt.

Warnstreiks im öffentlichen Dienst

Von Dietmar Henning, 20. Februar 2013

Verdi und GEW unternehmen alles, um eine breite Mobilisierung zu vereiteln und einem faulen Kompromiss den Weg zu bahnen.

Berlin: Zwangsräumung mit polizeilichem Großeinsatz

Von Emma Bode, 20. Februar 2013

Die Berliner Polizei setzte 815 Beamte und einen Hubschrauber ein, um eine türkischstämmige Familie mit deutschem Pass aus ihrer Mietwohnung in Kreuzberg zu vertreiben.

Parlamentswahlen in Italien:
Rifondazione Comunista im bürgerlichen Lager

Von Marc Wells, 20. Februar 2013

Rifondazione hat sich einem Wahlbündnis von Staatsanwälten und Richtern angeschlossen, der so genannten Bürgerrevolution (Rivoluzione Civile) von Antonio Ingroia.

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Perspective

Ten years since the global protests against war in Iraq

20 February 2013

On the weekend of February 15-16, 2003, some 10 million people participated in coordinated anti-war protests in major cities of 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.

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.

Why I read the WSWS: February 20

A selection of letters from readers on the 15th anniversary of the World Socialist Web Site.

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Video Report

Video: Chicago teachers, parents speak out on school closures

19 February 2013

Workers Struggles

To defeat ruling class assault,
Indian workers need a socialist program

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 20 February 2013

Tens of millions of workers across India will join a two-day general strike today and Thursday to protest against the Congress Party-led government’s social spending cuts and pro-investor “reforms.”

Australia: Union sells out NSW public sector workers

By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2013

The betrayal has particular significance because it was carried out by the new “progressive” PSA leadership, which includes the pseudo-lefts organisations.

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

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

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Arts Review

Not Fade Away: “Oh! Pleasant exercise of hope and joy”

By David Walsh, 20 February 2013

In David Chase’s film, a young man and his friends pursue various dreams, or fail to, in suburban New Jersey in the mid-1960s.

Commentary

Brennan refuses to rule out drone assassinations within the US

By Tom Carter and Barry Grey, 19 February 2013

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

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

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 19 February 2013

Science

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

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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