Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election

By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2013

The Italian election result presages fierce social conflicts and political upheavals.

Japanese premier signals military buildup during US visit

By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2013

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo pledged the closest collaboration with the US as Obama pursues his aggressive “pivot to Asia” against China.

Pakistan transfers strategic Gwadar port to China

By Sampath Perera, 26 February 2013

Indian opposition to the transfer of the Pakistani port to China points to the explosive geo-political tensions triggered by the US “pivot to Asia.”

Cyprus poses danger for euro zone stability

By Jordan Shilton, 26 February 2013

As the new Cypriot government of Nikos Anastasiades pledges further austerity, the financial crisis gripping the island threatens the stability of the euro zone.

American NGOs pull out of Russia

By David Levine, 26 February 2013

A series of events over the past two months point to a marked deterioration in US-Russian relations.

New York City homelessness continues to set new records

By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.

Australian corporate chief calls for major welfare cuts

By James Cogan, 26 February 2013

Don Argus, former chairman of BHP Billiton and the National Australia Bank, declared that public spending in Australia, especially on welfare, was “unsustainable.”

Australian court upholds patent for breast cancer gene

By Frank Gaglioti, 26 February 2013

The decision serves to entrench the rights of biotech companies as they scramble to obtain, enforce and profit from patents on genetic material.

Union scuttles strike against New Zealand school closures

By Tom Peters, 26 February 2013

The NZ government plans to shut at least 13 schools in quake-devastated Christchurch by the end of 2013.

Over four billion people worldwide lack adequate sanitation

By Bryan Dyne, 26 February 2013

Lack of sewerage treatment contributes to contamination problems for the majority of the world’s population.

New in French

Préparatifs des États-Unis pour une guerre informatique contre la Chine

Par Peter Sysmonds, 26 février 2013

La diabolisation de la Chine comme menace informatique mondiale suit un mode opératoire bien établi : elle vise à créer un climat de peur et d'hystérie dans le public en préparation d'un nouvel acte d'agression.

Un nouveau premier ministre en Tunisie

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 26 février 2013

Les médias bourgeois cherchent à conférer à l’ancien premier ministre Hamad Jebali une légitimité démocratique malgré le rôle qu’il a joué dans la trahison des aspirations des travailleurs et des jeunes qui ont renversé le dictateur Ben Ali et dans la répression des protestations sociales.

Québec: Le sommet sur l'éducation et la faillite de la politique de l'ASSÉ

Déclaration des Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale (Canada)

Le sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur est une opération politique du PQ visant à forger un semblant de «consensus national» pour l'introduction d'augmentations annuelles dans les frais de scolarité post-secondaire.

New in Chinese

希特勒上台八十年后

作者:彼得 • 施瓦茨,2013年2月26日

托洛茨基从德国工人阶级在1933年的灾难性失败中得出了深远的结论。

New in Romanian

Protestele de masă din Bulgaria înlătură de la putere guvernul

De Anna Rombach, 26 februarie 2013

Ca urmare a protestelor de masă, premierul bulgar Boiko Borisov a anunţat miercuri demisia guvernului.

New in Turkish

İspanyol İberia havayolları grevcileri polisle çatıştı

Alejandro López, 26 Şubat 2013

İspanyol İberia havayollarında grev yapan işçiler, 18 Şubat Pazartesi günü, başkent Madrid’deki Barajas uluslararası havaalanını felç ettiler.

New in German

USA bereiten Cyberkrieg gegen China vor

Von Peter Symonds, 26. Februar 2013

In der amerikanischen Presse wird China als Cyber-Bedrohung verteufelt. Dies dient als Vorwand für neue amerikanische Aggression.

Mögliches Patt in der italienische Parlamentswahl

Von Peter Schwarz, 26. Februar 2013

Das Ergebnis der italienischen Parlamentswahl vom Sonntag und Montag war am Montag Abend noch offen, obwohl die Wahllokale bereits um 15 Uhr geschlossen hatten.

New Yorker Schulbusfahrer gründen Basiskomitee

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Februar 2013

Mehr als 50 New Yorker Schulbusbeschäftigte haben sich vor ihrer Rückkehr an die Arbeit getroffen, um über den Verrat an ihrem Streik zu diskutieren und ein Basiskomitee zu gründen.

Demonstration gegen Prinovis-Schließung in Itzehoe

Von Ernst Wolff, 26. Februar 2013

Mit der mehrheitlich zum Bertelsmann-Konzern gehörenden Druckerei Prinovis soll einer der größten Arbeitgeber im schleswig-holsteinischen Kreis Steinburg 2014 den Betrieb einstellen.

Der intellektuelle Bankrott der Verteidiger von Django Unchained und Zero Dark Thirty

Von David Walsh, 26. Februar 2013

Das Anlaufen von Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty und Django Unchained in der zweiten Jahreshälfte von 2012 provozierte eine intensive, noch andauernde Mediendebatte über die jeweiligen Verdienste der Filme und damit zusammenhängende historische Fragen

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Perspective

US troops to Niger: A new stage in the scramble for Africa

26 February 2013

With the deployment of US troops and drones to Niger, a new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.

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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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New today: The year in review 2000

We publish today the third installment in the year-by-year Chronology, covering the stolen election of 2000, a deepening world economic crisis and other major developments.

Arts Review

The 2013 Academy Awards: Mediocrities by and large, and at their worst

By David Walsh, 26 February 2013

The 2013 Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night was one of those public events that diminishes virtually everyone involved, including the more or less “innocent bystanders.”

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

By Joanne Laurier, 25 February 2013

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

25 February 2013

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

The way forward in the fight against the closure of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 February 2013

The following statement from the Socialist Equality Party (PSG) in Germany is being distributed to auto workers at the GM-Opel plant in Bochum who are facing the shutdown of their factory.

US auto union chief addresses Australian union conference

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2013

More on auto workers struggles »

NHS FightBack

UK: Rotherham Hospital workers face further attacks on jobs and conditions

By Dave Hyland, 26 February 2013

Attacks on workers being prepared by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in South Yorkshire, England also threaten medical care in this working class area.

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Workers Struggles

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

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

More on the New York school bus drivers strike »

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 February 2013

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

Commentary

Sequester to spearhead historic assault on US social programs

By Andre Damon, 25 February 2013

Afghan regime accuses US forces of torturing, murdering civilians

By Alex Lantier, 25 February 2013

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

By Nick Beams, 25 February 2013

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

26 February 2013

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