Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium

By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2013

On Thursday the management of the US construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar announced that it was laying off 1,400 workers at its plant in Gosselies, Belgium.

Bradley Manning pleads not guilty to “aiding the enemy” charge

By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2013

In a statement in military court Thursday, accused whistleblower Bradley Manning admitted leaking government files, but pleaded not guilty to “aiding the enemy.”

US judge orders release of two anarchists held for five months without charges

By David Brown, 1 March 2013

Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran spent five months in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, for refusing to testify on the political opinions of their acquaintances.

Conflict erupts on West Bank over death of Palestinian in detention

By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2013

More than 150 people have been injured in clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank between the Israeli army and Palestinians protesting the death of Arafat Jaradad in Israeli custody.

Head of Mexican teachers union arrested

By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2013

Mexican teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo was arrested on charges of embezzling and money laundering .

Former dictator’s daughter takes over South Korean presidency

By Ben McGrath, 1 March 2013

Park Geun-hye’s installation marks a turn to the right by the South Korean ruling elite amid growing social discontent at home and rising tensions across East Asia.

Pressure mounts on Sri Lanka over human rights abuses

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 1 March 2013

A UN Human Rights Commissioner’s report last month criticised the Sri Lankan government and called for an international investigation into war crimes.

IG Metall union seeks to finalize closure of GM-Opel Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, 1 March 2013

In the next week, the IG Metall, the works council and management at Opel want to seal the final closure of the Bochum Opel plant. Opel workers must not let this happen.

New York to use public housing and school property for luxury high-rises

By Sandy English, 1 March 2013

The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City

Scandal-plagued Los Angeles County police head named US “Sheriff of the Year”

By Alan Gilman, 1 March 2013

The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department is notorious for abuse, racism, gang activity, and corruption.

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Les élections italiennes : un moment politique décisif

Par Peter Schwartz, 1 mars 2013

Les législatives italiennes du week-end dernier sont un événement décisif des évolutions politiques en Europe.

Le PDG du fabricant américain de pneus insulte les travailleurs français de Goodyear

Par Pierre Mabut et Antoine Lerougetel, 1 mars 2013

Dans une lettre où il s'engage à exploiter les travailleurs asiatiques sous-payés, le PDG de Titan insulte les travailleurs de l’usine Goodyear d'Amiens-Nord en proie à un conflit social.

Set for Life : Les effets de la récession sur une génération vieillissante

Par Nick Barrickman, 1 mars 2013

Ce documentaire examine la vie de plusieurs travailleurs américains de plus de 50 ans qui ont perdu leur emploi après l'effondrement économique de 2007-2008.

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

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US-Truppen in Niger: Neues Stadium im Wettrennen um Afrika

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. März 2013

Mit der Entsendung amerikanischer Truppen nach Niger tritt die imperialistische Rekolonialisierung Afrikas in ein ganz neues Stadium ein.

USA bereiten Waffenlieferungen an syrische „Rebellen“ vor

Von Chris Marsden, 1. März 2013

Vor dem Treffen der Freunde Syriens in Rom könnten die USA und Europa beginnen, die Opposition, die in Syrien einen Regimewechsel durchführen soll, offen mit Waffen zu beliefern.

Massenentlassung bei Caterpillar in Belgien

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. März 2013

Am Donnerstag kündigte die Geschäftsführung des Baumaschinenherstellers Caterpillar in Belgien an, 1.400 der 3.700 Arbeiter des traditionsreichen Werks in Gosselies zu entlassen.

Wachsende politische und soziale Spannungen in Russland

Von Clara Weiss, 1. März 2013

In den letzten Monaten haben mehrere Duma-Abgeordnete der Kreml-Partei Einiges Russland ihre Mandate abgegeben, was Spekulationen über vorgezogene Neuwahlen der Duma auslöste.

Die Oscar-Verleihung 2013: Weitestgehende Mittelmäßigkeit in ihrer schlimmsten Form

Von David Walsh, 1. März 2013

Die Oscar-Verleihung 2013 Samstagnacht in Los Angeles war eine jener öffentlichen Veranstaltungen, die praktisch jeden Beteiligten demütigen, mehr oder weniger „unschuldige Zuschauer“ eingeschlossen.

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Perspective

Washington escalates Syrian bloodbath

1 March 2013

The decision announced by the new US secretary of state, John Kerry, to directly aid armed militias marks a major escalation of the US-backed bloodletting in Syria.

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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.

New Feature: Timeline of World Events

This interactive timeline reviews some of the main events of the year, with links to articles from the WSWS.

The year in review 2000

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Commentary

British trade union mounts witch-hunt based on accusations of “rape denial”

By Julie Hyland, 1 March 2013

The resolution passed by the UNISON trade union women’s conference denying a public platform to what it terms “rape deniers” is thoroughly reactionary and anti-democratic.

The Italian election: A political watershed

By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2013

US moves towards open arming of Syrian opposition

By Chris Marsden, 28 February 2013

Right-wing Supreme Court justices attack US Voting Rights Act

By Ed Hightower, 28 February 2013

Workers rebel against right-wing unions

By Jerry White, 27 February 2013

Arts Review

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
What Ken Loach makes of The Spirit of ’45

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 March 2013

The veteran British filmmaker’s new documentary deals with the nationalisation of sections of industry carried out by the Labour government following the Second World War.

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

By Fred Mazelis, 28 February 2013

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

By David Walsh, 26 February 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 March 2013

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

Union calls off Western Australian nurses’ strike

By Joe Lopez, 28 February 2013

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

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

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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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