US deploys troops, drones to Niger

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2013

The action announced by Obama marks a major escalation of the drive by the United States and the other imperialist powers to recolonize Africa and gain direct control of its strategic natural resources.

US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings

By Alex Lantier, 23 February 2013

US officials blocked a Russian-sponsored resolution at the UN Security Council condemning Thursday’s multiple terror bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Forecasting more recession and unemployment, the EU demands more austerity

By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2013

The European Commission warned that Europe’s unemployment crisis is a desperately serious problem, but offered prescriptions for more austerity that will make the situation worse.

Mass protests bring down Bulgarian government

By Anna Rombach, 23 February 2013

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced his government’s resignation Wednesday in response to ongoing mass protests.

Indian general strike ends with no demands met

By Arun Kumar, 23 February 2013

By calling the strike, the trade unions sought to let off steam, and prevent workers from launching any independent struggle to defend jobs and living standards.

Italy before the elections

By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2013

Regardless of the result, the Italian election on Monday will mark a further stage in the intensification of the class struggle.

Unrest breaks out again in South Africa’s mining sector

By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2013

The 18 February events could easily have escalated into a second Marikana massacre, when police killed 34 striking miners in August of 2012.

Leadership speculation surrounds Australian prime minister

By James Cogan, 23 February 2013

Journalists are being fed leaks by “unnamed” Labor sources that Gillard will face a leadership challenge, possibly as soon as March 12, when parliament resumes.

Ontario NDP and unions support Liberal austerity policies

By Carl Bronski, 23 February 2013

With the unions’ full support, the NDP will vote for Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s maiden Throne Speech, which pledged to extend and deepen the big business austerity measures of her predecessor.

US Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misuse of campaign funds

By Alexander Fangmann, 23 February 2013

As part of Jackson’s plea deal, he agreed to give up his congressional seat in return for an end to further federal investigation into his finances.

String of police shootings in San Diego, California

By Juan Verala Luz, 23 February 2013

Since the start of the new year, local San Diego police officers have been involved in four separate shooting incidents.

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Le retour de l’impérialisme allemand

Par Johannes Stern, 23 février 2013

Pour s’assurer des ressources, l’Allemagne est en train de procéder à des préparatifs intensifs pour mener de nouvelles guerres.

New in Romanian

Reîntoarcerea imperialismului german

De Johannes Stern, 23 februarie 2013

Dintr-un articol publicat în Handelsblatt reiese că după decenii întregi de pauză, Germania se pregăteşte din nou pentru războie care să îi asigure accesul la resurse.

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Die Übernahmewelle und der Wirtschaftsparasitismus

Von Andre Damon und Barry Grey, 23. Februar 2013

Mit diesen Finanzmanipulationen verlagert die herrschende Klasse den Reichtum von unten nach oben an die Spitze der Gesellschaft.

Deutschland rüstet Golfmonarchien auf

Von Johannes Stern, 23. Februar 2013

Deutschland hat im vergangenen Jahr seine Waffenexporte in die reaktionären arabischen Golfmonarchien mehr als verdoppelt.

Lufthansa kündigt Entlassungen an

Von Ernst Wolff, 23. Februar 2013

Die Lufthansa kündigte Anfang der Woche die Schließung der Kölner Hauptverwaltung mit 365 Arbeitsplätzen und der Buchhaltungstochter Lufthansa Revenue Services in Norderstedt mit 407 Arbeitsplätzen an.

Fraktionskämpfe in der Socialist Workers Party

Von Chris Marsden, 23. Februar 2013

Die Politik der führungsfeindlichen Fraktion ist in der SWP selbst ausgebrütet worden. Diese Kräfte vertreten Positionen, die die Partei jahrelang selbst vertreten hat.

Rafael Correa gewinnt dritte Präsidentschaftswahl in Ecuador

Von Rafael Azul, 23. Februar 2013

Das Funktionieren der ecuadorianischen Wirtschaft hängt von den Gewinnen des transnationalen Kapitals und der Gesundheit von Bergbauunternehmen und Agrarunternehmen ab.

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Perspective

US preparations for cyber war against China

23 February 2013

The demonisation of China as a global cyber threat follows a well-established modus operandi: it is to establish the pretext for new US acts of aggression.

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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.

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.

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Workers Struggles

New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.

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

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 February 2013

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

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

By Christoph Dreier, 21 February 2013

Commentary

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

The corporate buyout surge and economic parasitism

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 22 February 2013

The return of German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013

Arts Review

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange

By Matthew Brennan, 23 February 2013

Channel Orange, the debut from Frank Ocean, was one of the more intriguing albums released in 2012.

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

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 February 2013

Science

Study finds mammals diversified only after the extinction of dinosaurs

By Philip Guelpa, 22 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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