US sequester cuts target jobs, vital social services

By Kate Randall, 15 March 2013

The sequester will result in hundreds of thousands of layoffs, benefit cuts to the long-term unemployed, cuts to nutrition and mental health services, and reduced funding for research, disease prevention and national parks.

German social democrats prepare a new austerity agenda

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 March 2013

The Social Democratic Party is proposing to wipe out what remains of the European welfare state in the name of international competitiveness.

Pakistan begins construction of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline

By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 15 March 2013

Amid US threats of sanctions, Pakistan began construction of its portion of a pipeline supplying natural gas from neighbouring Iran.

At union summit, Australian PM promotes phony jobs campaign

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 March 2013

Gillard and the trade unions have worked hand in hand with big business to spearhead a sweeping restructuring of the Australian economy.

France’s defense minister visits French troops in Mali

By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013

The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.

Ireland’s top trade union bureaucrat warns of a “tipping point”

By Steve James, 15 March 2013

David Begg, leader of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, has warned of the social consequences of European Union austerity policies.

Police shooting of 16-year-old provokes protests in New York

By Sandy English, 15 March 2013

For a third night on Wednesday, protesters confronted police in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn following the police killing of 16-year-old Kimani Gray.

Partner of deceased Internet activist Aaron Swartz denounces US attorney general

By Kevin Reed, 15 March 2013

The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a gifted and courageous technology pioneer and critic of the profit system, was a product of the Obama administration’s assault on democratic rights.

Brutal exploitation of immigrant labor in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 March 2013

A Human Rights Watch report documents the exploitation of immigrant workers employed in the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

New Zealand government launches asset sales

By Tom Peters, 15 March 2013

Backed by the Mana Party and various pseudo-lefts, Maori capitalists have sought to profit from the privatisation of power companies.

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La menace droitière en Grèce

Par Christoph Dreier, 15 mars 2013

Près de 68 ans après la fin du régime nazi en Europe, des organisations fascistes font de nouveau partie de la politique officielle, et des groupes ethniques entiers sont déportés et humiliés.

L’armée française bloque l’information sur la guerre au Mali

Par Ernst Wolff, 15 mars 2013

L’armée française empêche systématiquement les journalistes de faire des reportages objectifs sur la guerre au Mali

France: la grève des travailleurs de l’automobile chez PSA se trouve dans une impasse

Par Pierre Mabut, 15 mars 2013

Une centaine de travailleurs de l’usine de construction automobile PSA Peugeot-Citroën d’Aulnay près de Paris ont occupé les locaux de l’UIMM, le patronat de la métallurgie, pour protester contre les projets de fermeture de leur usine.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 1999
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in Spanish

Hugo Chávez y el socialismo

Por Bill Van Auken, 15 Marzo 2013

Cientos de miles de venezolanos llenaron las calles de Caracas para acompañar el ataúd del Presidente Hugo Chávez en camino a la academia militar donde comenzó su carrera y sus restos yacían.

New in Turkish

Mali aristokrasi ve işçi sınıfı mücadelesinin büyümesi

Andre Damon ve Joseph Kishore, 15 Mart 2013

ABD’nin sosyalist dönüşümü, uluslararası hareketin bir parçası olmak zorundadır. Dünyanın dört bir yanında, aynı temel sorunlarla karşılaşıyoruz. Bu talepler konusunda bizimle hemfikir olan herkesi Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi ile bağlantı kurup ona katılmaya ve bu programı çalışanlar ve gençler arasında yaymaya çağırıyoruz.

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Großbritannien und Frankreich wollen Waffenembargo gegen Syrien aufheben

Von Chris Marsden, 15. März 2013

Großbritannien, Frankreich und Nahostmächte wie die Golfmonarchien und die Türkei handeln in Übereinstimmung mit den USA, die schon seit Monaten hinter den Kulissen Waffen nach Syrien hineinschmuggeln.

Neuer Papst soll Krise der katholischen Kirche in den Griff bekommen

Von Patrick O’Connor, 15. März 2013

Die herrschenden Kreise in aller Welt nutzen die Gelegenheit, um dem organisierten Römischen Katholizismus nach den zahlreichen Korruptionsaffären und Sexskandalen zum Überleben zu verhelfen.

Gewerkschaftskonferenz „Erneuerung durch Streik”

Von Markus Salzmann und K. Nesan, 15. März 2013

Die Konferenz hatte vor allem ein Ziel: Die Stärkung der gewerkschaftlichen Apparate, um den wachsenden Widerstand der Arbeiter unter Kontrolle zu halten.

Lufthansa kündigt noch härteren Sparkurs an

Von Ernst Wolff, 15. März 2013

Nachdem die Kürzungen im vergangenen Jahr mit 618 Millionen Euro doppelt so hoch wie erwartet ausgefallen sind, will die Lufthansa ihre Ausgaben im Rahmen des Score-Programms 2013 um weitere 740 Millionen Euro reduzieren.

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Perspective

A financial dictator for Detroit

15 March 2013

The new financial manager, bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn Orr, will have vast powers and one essential task: to escalate the attack on the working class.

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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.

The year in review 2002

We publish today the fifth installment in the year-by-year Chronology, covering the war in Afghanistan, the drive to war in Iraq, the post-9/11 attack on democratic rights and other major world developments.

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Auto Workers Struggles

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany (PSG) and the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site
Opel workers: Vote no on the contract!

15 March 2013

The agreement reached between GM-Opel management, IG Metall and the joint works council is aimed at pitting workers at different plants against each other and carrying out the closure of the Bochum factory.

Chrysler fires worker for protest

By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2013

Chrysler has fired a skilled trade worker at the Warren Stamping plant north of Detroit for involvement in a protest against the widely despised Alternative Work Schedule.

Auto workers denounce victimization of Chrysler worker

By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2013

France: PSA car workers’ strike at an impasse

By Pierre Mabut, 14 March 2013

More on the struggle in auto »

Workers Struggles

One month after strike
New York school bus drivers face new threats

By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013

Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.

Spain’s Iberia airline strike betrayed by unions

By Alejandro López, 14 March 2013

Olympia, Washington health care workers strike

By Christien Schofelt, 13 March 2013

University of Illinois building and food service workers discuss strike issues

By WSWS reporting team, 13 March 2013

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 March 2013

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

Correspondence

Nationalism or socialism in Latin America
A reply to a supporter of Chavez

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2013

The kind of “alternative” that is envisioned here is one that is imposed from above, not arising from the politically independent movement of the working class itself, striving to establish its own organs of power.

Arts Review

One hundred years since the birth of John Garfield—charismatic, working class figure of postwar Hollywood films

By Joanne Laurier, 14 March 2013

The period in which John Garfield worked is one of the most compelling in Hollywood history.

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
“The Weimar Touch”: An interview with Rainer Rother, director of the 2013 Berlin film festival’s retrospective

By Stefan Steinberg and Berndt Reinhardt, 13 March 2013

Commentary

US budget debate targets Social Security and Medicare

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2013

New pope elected as Catholic Church tries to stem crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2013

The right-wing threat in Greece

By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013

Too big to jail

By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2013

Tensions rise on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 12 March 2013

Special Announcement

WSWS launches new Afrikaans language section

14 March 2013

Afrikaans is the third most common home language in South Africa and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language.

25 years ago: Reagan deploys troops against Sandinistas

On March 17, 1988, the same day as four defendants in the Iran-Contra scandal were indicted by a US grand jury, the Reagan administration dispatched US airborne and infantry forces into Honduras, north of the Nicaraguan border.

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50 years ago: Baathists visit Cairo after Syria, Iraq coups

Delegations of Baathists Party members from Syria and Iraq, fresh from successful military coups in the two Middle Eastern states, arrived in Cairo for “unity” discussions with the Pan-Arabist Egyptian regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser on March 15, 1963.

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75 years ago: Old Bolsheviks executed at conclusion of third Moscow frame-up trial

As the judicial monstrosity of the third Moscow frame-up trial reached its foregone conclusion, 18 of the 21 defendants were executed March 15, 1938, shot to death through the head and neck.

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100 years ago: Mass demonstration against conscription in France

On March 16, 1913, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 people rallied in Pré-Saint-Gervais, just outside Paris, in opposition to militarism, and moves to expand compulsory active military service from two to three years.

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