Obama administration denies Congress drone assassination memos

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2013

The administration has worked out a cynical strategy to keep the documents secret while assuring Senate confirmation of its nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan.

Massive car bomb hits Syrian capital, killing 53 and wounding 235

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2013

Amid a wave of attacks on Syrian government facilities in Damascus, a massive car bomb hit a security checkpoint in the Mazraa neighborhood.

German government decides on long-term military deployment in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 February 2013

According to the terms of the mandate, 180 armed soldiers are to be deployed to Mali as part of a European Union “training mission”.

Spain’s Popular Party makes U-turn on eviction petition

By Alejandro López, 22 February 2013

Last week, Spain’s ruling Popular Party executed an about-face over foreclosures and evictions.

Prime Minister Cameron’s India tour highlights UK’s weakening global position

By Julie Hyland, 22 February 2013

Cameron said that there was “no thinking” that a partnership with India “is ours for the taking”. He was right.

Protests erupt over lack of emergency medical care in Chicago

By Jeff Lusanne, 22 February 2013

The recent spate of violence in Chicago has prompted protests calling for the reinstatement of adult trauma care at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Billionaires pour cash into campaign to dismantle public education in Los Angeles

By Dan Conway, 22 February 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several high-profile donors are spending millions of dollars to elect “pro-reform” candidates to the board of education in Los Angeles.

Boeing professional workers split on contract

By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 22 February 2013

Engineers voted to accept Boeing’s offer while technicians voted to reject.

Nearly 100 perish in latest Australian refugee disaster

By Mike Head, 22 February 2013

The deaths in the Indian Ocean highlight the terrible plight of people trying to flee persecution throughout Asia and globally.

Philippine reproductive health bill continues to illegalize abortion

By Dante Pastrana, 22 February 2013

While various Stalinists and liberals present the legislation as a progressive step, it will do little to address the dire situation confronting millions of working class women.

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Rifondazione Comunista si presenta alle elezioni come partito borghese

Di Marc Wells, 21 febbraio 2013

Le imminenti elezioni del 24-25 febbraio in Italia segnano una pietra miliare per il Partito della Rifondazione Comunista (Rifondazione Comunista).

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L’inégalité et la démocratie aux États-Unis

Par Joseph Kishore, 22 février 2013

Les plus récentes statistiques sur l’inégalité sociale aux États-Unis montrent le vaste transfert de richesse qui a pris place durant les premières années de la «reprise économique».

Les travailleurs indiens ont besoin d'un programme socialiste

Par le comité de rédaction du WSWS, 22 février 2013

Des dizaines de millions de travailleurs dans toute l'Inde vont participer à une grève générale de deux jours aujourd'hui et demain contre les politiques socio-économiques du gouvernement dirigée par le Parti du congrès.

Allemagne: L’industrie et le gouvernement planifient des guerres de ressources

Par Peter Schwarz, 22 février 2013

L'Alliance pour la sécurisation des matières premières (Rohstoff-Allianz) appelle à recourir à l’armée.

New in Romanian

Zece ani de la protestele internaţionale împotriva războiului din Irak

De Joseph Kishore, 22 februarie 2013

Aproximativ 10 milioane de oameni din marile oraşe ale lumii au participat în weekend-ul din 15-16 februarie 2003 împotriva războiului din Irak.

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USA bedrohen China unter Vorwand des Hackings

Von Barry Grey, 22. Februar 2013

Die USA verschärfen ihre Drohungen gegen China und benutzen gezieltes Hacking dafür als Vorwand. Dies ist Teil einer breiteren amerikanischen Offensive gegen China.

Italien vor der Wahl

Von Peter Schwarz, 22. Februar 2013

Trotz der sozialen Katastrophe findet sich unter den mehreren Dutzend Parteien und Listenverbindungen auf dem Wahlzettel nicht eine, die ernsthaft die sozialen Interessen der arbeitenden Bevölkerung vertritt.

Gegen den Angriff der herrschenden Klasse
Die indischen Arbeiter brauchen ein sozialistisches Programm

Von der Redaktion der WSWS, 22. Februar 2013

Dutzende Millionen Arbeiter in ganz Indien nahmen am Mittwoch und Donnerstag an einem zweitägigen Generalstreik teil, um gegen die Sozialkürzungen und wirtschaftsfreundlichen Reformen der Regierung der Kongresspartei zu protestieren.

Massenproteste bringen bulgarische Regierung zu Fall

Von Anna Rombach, 22. Februar 2013

Aufgrund der anhaltenden Massenproteste musste der bulgarische Ministerpräsident seinen Rücktritt einreichen. Gewerkschaften und Sozialistische Partei versuchen die Situation zu stabilisieren.

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Perspective

The corporate buyout surge and economic parasitism

22 February 2013

These financial manipulations are the means by which the ruling class redistributes wealth from the bottom to the top of society.

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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

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

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Commentary

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

The release of Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained in the latter part of 2012 ignited an intense and still ongoing media debate on the films’ respective merits and related historical issues.

The return of German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013

US uses hacking allegations to escalate threats against China

By Barry Grey, 21 February 2013

Obama calls for more spending cuts to prevent “sequestration”

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2013

SYRIZA censures deputy for questioning Greek claims of disputed islands

By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013

Workers Struggles

Many workers replaced by strikebreakers
Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 February 2013

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

Tens of millions of Indian workers join general strike

By Arun Kumar, 21 February 2013

Workers mount 24-hour national strike against social attacks in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013

Science

Study finds mammals diversified only after the extinction of dinosaurs

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

A major study using both fossil and genetic data has produced a detailed reconstruction of the ancestral placental mammal and supports the interpretation that the great adaptive radiation of mammals took place only after the extinction of dinosaurs.

Arts Review

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Unresolved issues in today’s filmmaking

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 February 2013

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

By David Walsh, 20 February 2013

Video Report

Video: Chicago teachers, parents speak out on school closures

19 February 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 19 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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