US moves towards open arming of Syrian opposition

By Chris Marsden, 28 February 2013

In advance of today’s Friends of Syria meeting in Rome, US and Europe could begin openly providing arms to opposition forces in pursuit of regime-change.

Right-wing Supreme Court justices attack US Voting Rights Act

By Ed Hightower, 28 February 2013

The tenor of the outright reactionaries on the court suggested the existence of a five-vote majority to either overturn or eviscerate the key enforcement provisions of the law.

US Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit challenging secret wiretaps

By John Burton, 28 February 2013

In dismissing the suit, the Supreme Court majority adopted the positions urged by Obama administration lawyers in their briefs and at oral argument last October.

Pope ends reign amid rising scandals

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2013

Joseph Ratzinger made his last appearance as Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday, delivering a farewell oration.

Fed chairman reassures markets on dollar-printing “quantitative easing” program

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2013

The real beneficiaries of the policy Bernanke reaffirmed was reflected in the surge of share values on global stock markets.

Talks on Iran’s nuclear program reach no agreement

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2013

Even if Iran agreed to the latest US-backed offer in full, it would only open the door to further American demands and threats.

France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2013

Tensions between France and its Qatari ally are rising amid accusations that Qatar is funding Al Qaeda-linked militants fighting France in Mali.

Quebec: PQ imposes annual hikes in university tuition fees

By Keith Jones, 28 February 2013

Using a phony “national” Education Summit as a backdrop, Quebec’s Parti Québecois government announced Tuesday that henceforth university tuition fees will rise annually by at least 3 percent.

Four perish in Maryland house fire

By Adam Sagitov, 28 February 2013

A house fire claimed the lives of three children and one adult Thursday in a Washington, DC suburb.

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Alegătorii italieni resping măsurile de austeritate ale Uniunii Europene

De Peter Schwarz, 28 februarie 2013

Alegătorii italieni au respins fără echivoc politica guvernului Monti şi a Uniunii Europene.

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Dix ans depuis les manifestations internationales contre la guerre en Irak

Par Joseph Kishore, 28 février 2013

Il y a dix ans, des manifestations internationales de masse dénonçaient la guerre qui se préparait contre l’Irak.

Les électeurs italiens rejettent les mesures d'austérité de l'Union européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 28 février 2013

Les électeurs italiens ont rejeté sans ambiguïté les politiques du gouvernement Monti et de l'Union européenne.

La voie pour aller de l’avant dans la lutte contre la fermeture de l’usine Opel de Bochum

Par Ulrich Rippert, 28 février 2013

La déclaration suivante du Parti de l’Egalité sociale (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit) en Allemagne a été distribuée aux travailleurs de l’automobile de l’usine GM-Opel de Bochum, confrontés à la fermeture de leur usine.

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

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Wahl in Italien: Eine politische Zäsur

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. Februar 2013

Die italienische Parlamentswahl vom vergangenen Wochenende kennzeichnet eine Zäsur in der politischen Entwicklung Europas.

Das Basiskomitee der New Yorker Schulbusbeschäftigten und die Verschärfung des Klassenkampfs

Von Jerry White, 28. Februar 2013

Während der Kampf der Arbeiter beginnt, der Kontrolle der Gewerkschaften zu entgleiten, wächst zusammen mit der Militanz auch die Empfänglichkeit für die Perspektive des Sozialismus.

Stilllegung von Opel Bochum: Ein abgekartetes Spiel

Von Dietmar Henning, 28. Februar 2013

In der nächsten Woche wollen die IG Metall, der Betriebsrat und das Management von Opel die endgültige Schließung des Bochumer Opel-Werks besiegeln. Die Opel-Arbeiter müssen ihnen das Recht dazu absprechen.

Linkspartei signalisiert Unterstützung für Steinbrück

Von Hendrik Paul, 28. Februar 2013

Führende Politiker der Linkspartei haben angekündigt, den rechten Sozialdemokraten Peer Steinbrück zum Kanzler zu wählen.

Moody’s Bonitätsherabstufung verschärft britische Wirtschaftskrise

Von Chris Marsden, 28. Februar 2013

Die Herabstufung des britischen Kreditratings durch Moody’s ist ein wohlbegründetes negatives Urteil über die britische Wirtschaft.

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The Italian election: A political watershed

28 February 2013

The Italian general election last weekend is a watershed event in the political development of Europe.

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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.

15th Anniversary page »

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.

Year 2000 of the WSWS »

Arts Review

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall

By Fred Mazelis, 28 February 2013

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is an ensemble that brings together Palestinian and Israeli musicians in concert halls around the globe.

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
The Plague: The “loneliness, strength, humanity and beauty” of ordinary people

By Francisca Vier, 27 February 2013

Set for Life: The effects of recession on an older generation

By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2013

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

By David Walsh, 26 February 2013

Workers Struggles

Union calls off Western Australian nurses’ strike

By Joe Lopez, 28 February 2013

Industrial action by nurses, drawing support from other workers, threatened to raise uncomfortable questions for the Liberal government, the Labor opposition and the union.

Twin Cities security guards slated for one-day strike

By Rob Jorgenson, 27 February 2013

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

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

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Workers rebel against right-wing unions

By Jerry White, 27 February 2013

Obama combines sequester cuts with demagogy

By Andre Damon, 27 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

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NHS FightBack

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

By Dave Hyland, 26 February 2013

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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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Letters on the Academy Awards

28 February 2013

A selection of letters in response to “The 2013 Academy Awards: Mediocrities by and large, and at their worst.”

Letters from our readers

28 February 2013

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