Afghan regime accuses US forces of torturing, murdering civilians

By Alex Lantier, 25 February 2013

The Afghan government asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak and Logar provinces after reviewing reports that they tortured and murdered Afghan civilians.

Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2013

Germany has more than doubled its arms exports to the reactionary Arab Gulf monarchies.

New prime minister in Tunisia

By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 February 2013

The bourgeois media is seeking to endow ex-Prime Minister Hamad Jebali with democratic credentials, despite his role in betraying the aspirations of the workers and youth who overthrew the dictator Ben Ali and repressing social protests.

Social counterrevolution in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2013

Mass unemployment exists in Greece, with many “working poor” unable to meet their basic needs.

German government report threatens cuts to welfare benefits

By Sybille Fuchs, 25 February 2013

Targeted are the child allowance, health insurance, parental benefits, pension benefits, and funding to help with housing and education.

Social cleansing of London
Camden Council plans to move out 761 families

By Paul Bond, 25 February 2013

Local councils—with Labour-run administrations in the lead—are implementing a policy of social cleansing by trying to relocate families up to 200 miles away.

Mexican government prepares a dirty war

By Rafael Azul, 25 February 2013

Mexico is heading increasingly toward a dirty war, as the US collaborates in the militarization of its society.

US auto union chief addresses Australian union conference

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2013

The UAW worked closely with the Obama administration in restructuring the US auto industry, destroying thousands of jobs, slashing wages and dismantling conditions.

Seattle anarchists imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury

By Michael Stapleton, 25 February 2013

Three witnesses in a grand jury investigation into May Day protests in Seattle last year remain incarcerated for refusing to answer questions about the political activities of people they know.

Los Angeles mayoral candidates offer no choice for the working class

By Kevin Martinez and Don Knowland, 25 February 2013

The leading candidates in the Los Angeles mayoral race have sought to outdo each other in promising pension reform and other cuts for workers.

Quebec’s education summit: A cover for university tuition fee hikes

By Keith Jones, 25 February 2013

Today and tomorrow, Quebec’s Parti Québecois government will hold an education summit to provide political cover for imposing annual university tuition fee hikes.

Australia: Still no inquest into student deaths in Melbourne fire

By Margaret Rees, 25 February 2013

Five years after three Indian students died in a house fire, the Coroners Court is still considering whether to hold an inquest.

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La defensa de la educación pública en Chicago y el socialismo

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, 25 Febrero 2013

El PSI demanda la movilización de toda la clase obrera contra los cierres de escuelas públicas de Chicago.

Quince años desde el establecimiento del World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2013

Por David North, Presidente de la Junta Editorial Internacional, 25 Febrero 201

Este 15 aniversario del World Socialist Web Site significa muchísimo para el movimiento socialista mundial. Se cumplen 15 años en que el WSWS ha traído análisis diarios excepcionales sobre acontecimientos políticos y culturales.

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Pregătirile americane pentru un război cibernetic cu China

De Peter Symonds, 25 februarie 2013

Administraţia Obama, lucrand mână în mână cu mass-media americană, a deschis un nou front în campania sa agresivă împotriva Chinei.

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Opel: Wie weiter im Kampf gegen die Werksschließung?

Von Ulrich Rippert, 25. Februar 2013

Um die Arbeitsplätze zu verteidigen, muss ein Aktionskomitee aufgebaut werden, das einen Besetzungsstreik vorbereitet.

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Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année en revue : 1998

L'intensification des rachats d'entreprises et le parasitisme économique

Par Andre Damon et Barry Grey, 25 février 2013

Ces manipulations financières sont le moyen par lequel la classe dirigeante redistribue la richesse du bas vers le haut de la société.

Les Etats-Unis bloquent une résolution de l’ONU condamnant les bombardements terroristes de Damas

Par Alex Lantier, 25 février 2013

Les responsables américains ont bloqué une résolution parrainée par la Russie au Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU, qui condamnait les nombreux bombardements terroristes survenus jeudi dans la capitale syrienne, Damas.

SYRIZA sanctionne un député pour avoir remis en cause la revendication grecque d’un groupe d’îles contesté

Par Christoph Dreier, 25 février 2013

La Coalition de la Gauche radicale grecque (SYRIZA) a expulsé de son groupe parlementaire l’un de ses membres après que celui-ci s'est distancé du chauvinisme anti-turc et de l’armée grecque.

Le sommet de l’éducation du Québec : une manœuvre pour hausser les frais de scolarité universitaires

Par Keith Jones, 25 février 2013

Aujourd’hui et demain, le gouvernement du Parti québécois présidera le sommet de l’éducation : une manœuvre politique pour imposer une hausse des frais de scolarité universitaires et subordonner encore plus directement l’éducation postsecondaire aux exigences de la grande entreprise.

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Sequester to spearhead historic assault on US social programs

25 February 2013

Whatever the outcome of the political theatrics in advance of the March 1 deadline, the sequester crisis marks a new stage in the ruling class assault on the social conditions of working people in America.

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Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2013

The WSWS is posting a year-by-year Chronology, selected from its archive of more than 45,000 articles, to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the critical events of years 1998 to 2013.

We urge our readers to study the Chronology and review how the great events, political issues, social processes, and cultural and intellectual controversies of the last 15 years were reported on and analyzed by the WSWS.

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25 years ago: Growing crisis over US bid to oust Panama’s strongman

The president of Panama, Eric Arturo Delvalle, was forced into hiding by the military-controlled National Assembly on February 26, 1988, the day after failing in a bid to remove military strongman General Manuel Noriega.

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50 years ago: China, Pakistan sign border deal

On March 2, 1963, Pakistani Foreign Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto signed an agreement in Beijing ceding to China 2,700 square miles of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir in return for 750 square miles from China.

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75 years ago: Third Moscow frame-up trial begins

On March 2, 1938, the third Stalinist show trial began in Moscow with 21 defendants in the dock.

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100 years ago: Suffragettes stage protest in Washington

On March 3, 1913, 5,000-8,000 suffragettes marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

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Arts Review

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master: The limits of making it up as you go along

By Joanne Laurier, 25 February 2013

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie, The Master, a World War II US Navy veteran facing an uncertain future is attracted to a quasi-religious movement and its charismatic leader.

A comment from a reader in Uruguay on Lincoln, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

25 February 2013

A reader notes the comments of certain South American critics, part of a global phenomenon, in praise of Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013


Share sell-off points to further instability in global financial markets

By Nick Beams, 25 February 2013

The share sell-off in reaction to concerns over the Fed’s quantitative easing program shows that markets are floating on a sea of liquidity created by central banks.

US preparations for cyber war against China

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2013

US deploys troops, drones to Niger

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2013

US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings

By Alex Lantier, 23 February 2013

Workers Struggles

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

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

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Study finds mammals diversified only after the extinction of dinosaurs

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013