Greek military prepares for mass repression

By Robert Stevens, 2 March 2013

Politicians have been in contact with military personnel over how to respond to an “explosion” of social unrest against government austerity measures.

Japanese PM calls for a “strong Japan”

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2013

Abe compared his stance in the island dispute with China with that of Margaret Thatcher during the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina.

Unemployment hits new record in euro zone, personal income plummets in US

By Barry Grey, 2 March 2013

The grim economic statistics coincide with new moves by the European Union and the Obama administration in the US to slash social spending and public-sector jobs and wages.

Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 2 March 2013

An emergency manager would have virtually dictatorial powers to void union contracts, cut services, sell city assets and privatize city functions.

Fight the bankers’ dictatorship over Detroit!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 2 March 2013

The problem is not the lack of resources, but the monopolization of society’s wealth by the rich.

Fourteen killed in stand-off between Philippine sultan and Malaysia

By Joseph Santolan, 2 March 2013

The sultan sent forces to stake his claim to Sabah, a claim that has the longstanding endorsement of the Philippine government.

Indian budget offers concessions to big business while slashing price subsidies

By Deepal Jayasekera, 2 March 2013

India’s last full budget before the next national election has provided domestic and foreign investors with fresh tax and other concessions, while slashing subsidies for working people and the rural poor.

German Left Party promotes SPD candidate Steinbrück

By Hendrick Paul, 2 March 2013

Leading Left Party figures have stated their readiness to support the Social Democratic Party's right-wing candidate Pier Steinbrück.

Swiss referendum against “rip-offs”

By Max Schneider and Ernst Wolff, 2 March 2013

The “rip-off” initiative is exclusively geared towards the rights of shareholders, i.e., strengthening the control exercised by the owners of capital over the boardroom.

UN hides its role in Haiti cholera outbreak

By John Marion, 2 March 2013

The United Nations has refused reparations to Haitian victims and survivors of cholera, which was brought to the island by its forces.

Sussex University students and staff oppose privatisation

By Joe Mount, 2 March 2013

Hundreds of students and staff at the University of Sussex are protesting the outsourcing of non-academic jobs to privately owned companies.

Australia: Union complicity in Rosella closure

By Gabriela Zabala, 2 March 2013

The AMWU has colluded with the company and its receivers to keep workers in the dark, police the closure and isolate the Rosella workers.

New in Arabic

من أجل حکم العمال في مصر

يوهان سترن و جوزيف كيشور ٣٠ يناير /كانون الثاني٢٠١٣

مع اقتراب الذكرى الثانية لخلع الدكتاتور حسني مبارك في ١١ فبراير عام ٢٠١١،تجد الطبقة العاملة المصرية نفسها مدفوعة باتجاه الكفاح الثوري.الاحتجاجات الضخمة ز المدن المصرية،تتحدى رافضت ًا قيام الشرطة وقطاعات من الجيش المصري يرأسها محمد مرسي الذي ينتمي لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين بفض الإضرابات و الإعتصامات بعنف دموي قاتل.

New in French

Manœuvres américaines en vue d'armer ouvertement l'opposition Syrienne

Par Chris Marsden, 2 mars 2013

Durant les préparatifs du sommet des Amis de la Syrie d'aujourd'hui (28 février) à Rome, les États-Unis et l'Europe pourraient commencer à fournir ouvertement des armes aux forces de l'opposition syrienne en quête d'un changement de régime.

En Grèce, le président Hollande défend l’austérité

Par Anthony Torres, 2 mars 2013

Le président français François Hollande s’est rendu en Grèce le 19 février pour rencontrer le premier ministre grec conservateur Antonis Samaras.

Licenciements de masse chez Caterpillar en Belgique

Par Christoph Dreier, 2 mars 2013

Jeudi 28 février, la direction de l’équipementier de chantier américain Caterpillar a annoncé le licenciement de 1.400 travailleurs dans son usine de Gosselies en Belgique.

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

New in Russian

Наука, общество и Челябинский метеор

Дон Барретт, 1 марта 2013 г.

Взрыв метеора над Челябинском, Россия, ознаменовал первое стечение частого и естественного явления — столкновения Земли с обломками, оставшимися от формирования Солнечной системы, с местонахождением современного мегаполиса.

New in German

Washington eskaliert Blutbad in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 2. März 2013

Die Entscheidung, die bewaffneten Milizen in Syrien direkt zu unterstützten, stellt eine schwere Eskalation des amerikanischen Blutbades in Syrien dar.

Bundestag beschließt Militäreinsatz in Mali

Von Johannes Stern, 2. März 2013

Am Mittwoch hat der deutsche Bundestag mit großer Mehrheit beschlossen, den französischen Kolonialkrieg in Mali mit Soldaten zu unterstützen.

Schweiz stimmt über Initiative „gegen die Abzockerei” ab

Von einem Korrespondenten, 2. März 2013

Ziel der Initiative ist es, die exorbitanten Gehälter der Manager von Banken und Großunternehmen zu beschränken.

Japanischer Premierminister signalisiert bei Staatsbesuch Aufrüstung des Militärs

Von Alex Lantier, 2. März 2013

Japans Premierminister Shinzo Abe versprach engste Zusammenarbeit mit den USA im Rahmen von Obamas aggressiver „Schwerpunktverlagerung auf Asien“, die sich gegen China richtet.

Bradley Manning erklärt sich der „Unterstützung des Feinds” unschuldig

Von Naomi Spencer, 2. März 2013

Whistleblower Bradley Manning gestand am Dienstag vor einem Militärgericht ein, er habe Regierungsdokumente weitergegeben, stritt aber ab, “dem Feind geholfen” zu haben.

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Perspective

Sequester cuts: A new stage in the assault on the US working class

2 March 2013

The across-the-board cuts in health care, housing, education, public transit, jobless benefits, nutrition assistance and other vital services establish a new base line for even deeper cuts to come.

Earlier Perspectives »

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

15th Anniversary page »

Commentary

Bradley Manning and the media

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.

Washington escalates Syrian bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2013

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

By Julie Hyland, 1 March 2013

The Italian election: A political watershed

By Peter Schwarz, 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

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Chief Minister threatens victimized Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar and Jai Sharma, 2 March 2013

Haryana’s Chief Minister has threatened to order further arrests of victimized Maruti Suzuki workers.

UAW sanctions elimination of the eight-hour day at Chrysler

By Jerry White, 2 March 2013

With its support for the so-called Alternative Work Schedule, the UAW is overseeing the destruction of basic protections won by autoworkers 75 years ago.

Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium

By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2013

More on auto workers struggles »

Arts Review

Van Cliburn, US pianist who achieved fame at Moscow competition, dead at 78

By Fred Mazelis, 2 March 2013

A musician who became world-famous more than half a century ago, Van Cliburn had a career that was noteworthy, even if he never achieved the potential that seemed possible in his youth.

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

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 March 2013

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: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 March 2013

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

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 »

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

2 March 2013

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