Europe in crisis as Cyprus faces national bankruptcy

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 21 March 2013

The collapse of Cyprus’s financial system is being avoided only by the continued closure of the banks, which may be kept shut until next Tuesday.

On eve of emergency manager take-over
Unions move to ram through concessions against Detroit workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2013

The sweeping concessions demanded from teachers and the city’s municipal employees give a picture of the draconian measures planned for the entire working class.

US Senate budget bill makes sequester cuts permanent

By Andre Damon, 21 March 2013

The US Senate passed a “continuing resolution” bill to fund the US government through September, while paving the way for the implementation of furloughs for about 1 million federal government employees.

Osborne’s “Aspiration Nation” budget signals more UK austerity

By Paul Bond, 21 March 2013

Chancellor George Osborne’s budget speech has set out more money for British banks, speculators and major corporations, while workers face a continued wage freeze and greater cuts in social provision.

Australian PM fends off leadership challenge

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013

Gillard remains in office with the backing of the same forces that installed her in 2010—powerful sections of the corporate elite and the Obama administration in Washington.

Unions approve closure of PSA’s Aulnay plant in France

By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 March 2013

On Monday, the unions voted to accept the closure the PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory at Aulnay, cutting 3,000 jobs directly and 11,214 jobs throughout France.

US intensifies pressure on China over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013

China has warned that the US boosting of anti-ballistic missile systems in the Asia Pacific will only intensify geo-political antagonisms.

Severe drought threatens new recession in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 21 March 2013

New Zealand’s worst drought in 70 years is already hitting the agricultural dependent economy hard.

D.C. Fire Department investigation highlights underfunding

By Adam Sagitov and Nick Barrickman, 21 March 2013

An audit by the emergency worker’s union exposed yet another attempt by the city government to undercut safety funding.

Los Angeles election results in May runoff between pro-business candidates

By Dan Conway and Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2013

Regardless of which candidate wins the May election, they will play an instrumental role in crafting the next austerity budget, as they have been in implementing brutal cost-cutting measures in the past.

New in Afrikaans

Die Amerikaanse media, tien jaar na die oorlog in Irak

Deur Alex Lantier, 21 March 2013

Veelvuldige motor-bom aanvalle het gister Shiite teikens regoor Irak getref, op die tiende herdenking van die VSA se inval van Irak; 65 mense het gesterf en ten minste 200 is beseer.

New in Chinese

世界社会主义网站十五周年(1998-2013)

作者:大卫 • 诺斯 ,2013年3月21日

世界社会主义网站的十五周年是国际社会主义运动的一个具有重大意义的里程碑。在过去15年来,世社网以无与伦比的准确性和洞察力,去每天分析政治和文化事件。

New in French

La guerre d'Irak dix ans après : un tournant pour l'impérialisme américain

Par Bill van Auken et David North, 21 mars 2013

Cette guerre, démesurée par la criminalité de sa préparation comme de son exécution, a marqué un tournant essentiel dans l'histoire de l'impérialisme américain.

Les syndicats européens supervisent la restructuration de l’industrie automobile

Par Ulrich Rippert, 21 mars 2013

A travers toute l’Europe, les syndicats jouent un rôle clé en imposant des licenciements de masse, en réduisant les salaires et en fermant des usines automobiles.

La loi de financement américaine va rendre permanentes les coupes du séquestre

Par Andre Damon, 21 mars 2013

Alors que le gouvernement américain se prépare à mettre des centaines de milliers de fonctionnaires fédéraux au chômage partiel, le Congrès s'apprête à rendre permanentes des coupes budgétaires de 1,2 mille milliards de dollars dans le cadre du processus de séquestre.

Démission d'un responsable local britannique qui a dit que les enfants handicapés devraient être “ euthanasiés ”

Par Mark Blackwood, 21 mars 2013

Le commentaire fait par un conseiller du comté de Cornouailles en dit long sur la nature des discussions qui se tiennent au sein de l'élite politique au sujet des coupes budgétaires

Des archives du WSWS
La crise du capitalisme américain et la guerre contre l'Irak

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

New in German

USA und Nato bereiten Intervention in Syrien vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. März 2013

Der Oberbefehlshaber der US-Truppen in Europa erklärte am Dienstag vor dem Senat, dass die USA und die Nato Pläne für eine direkte Militärintervention in Syrien entwerfen.

Deutscher Verteidigungsminister de Maizière in Mali

Von Ernst Wolff, 21. März 2013

Der Krieg in Mali wird länger dauern, als bisher angekündigt, und in Zukunft mit noch mehr Soldaten auf einem größeren Territorium als bisher geführt werden.

Führendes Mitglied der Linkspartei preist Agenda 2010

Von Hendrik Paul, 21. März 2013

Dietmar Bartsch, der stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Bundestagsfraktion der Linkspartei, lobte bei Diskussionstreffen mit Unterstützern der Agenda 2010 deren „positiven Aspekte“.

GEW-Führung setzt Mitglieder unter Druck

Von Ute Reissner, 21. März 2013

In einem in drohendem Ton gehaltenen Brief an die Mitglieder versucht GEW-Verhandlungsführerin Ilse Schaad die Lehrer zur Zustimmung zu einem Tarifvertrag zu bewegen, der ihre Interessen ausverkauft.

Lehrer machen ihrer Wut über GEW Luft

Von Ute Reissner, 21. März 2013

Auf der Website der GEW finden sich mittlerweile insgesamt rund 60 Seiten Kommentare zur Tarifeinigung. Die überwiegende Mehrheit äußert sich wütend und enttäuscht.

Chinas neuer Premier will “schmerzhafte” Markt-Umstrukturierung

Von John Chan, 21. März 2013

Die angekündigten Marktreformen werden “so schmerzhaft sein, als ob man sich in den Finger schneidet”, – so der neue chinesische Premier Li Keqiang.

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Perspective

Hands off Syria!

21 March 2013

Ten years after the launching of a criminal war against Iraq, Washington is once again preparing military aggression in the Middle East.

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From the WSWS Archive

Into the maelstrom: The crisis of American imperialism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 20 March 2013

This report was delivered March 29, 2003 to the SEP conference “Socialism and the Struggle against Imperialism and War: The Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement” in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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 2003

We publish today the sixth installment in the year-by-year Chronology, which reviews the  preparation and launching of the US-led invasion of Iraq, a turning point in world history. Defying the will of the majority of the world’s population—millions of whom took to the streets in protest—the imperialist powers, driven by insoluble economic contradictions, escalated a campaign of military predation and world conquest.

15th Anniversary page »

Commentary

Germany’s Left Party closes ranks with German intelligence

By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2013

The German Left Party is holding public meetings with top German intelligence officials in the wake of the NSU neo-Nazi scandal.

The American media, ten years after the Iraq war

By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2013

US, NATO prepare Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Iraq War ten years on: A turning point for US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013

US funding bill to make sequester cuts permanent
Hundreds of thousands face unpaid furloughs

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2013

Arts Review

Michel Gondry’s The We and the I: A complicated bus ride in the Bronx

By Robert Fowler, 21 March 2013

It is the last day of school, and more than 30 boisterous Bronx teenagers are taking a city bus home one last time before summer vacation.…

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
No holds barred: Two German documentaries— I Will Not Lose and Metamorphoses

By Bernd Reinhardt, 18 March 2013

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.

Obituary

An Appreciation of Juanita Tyler
December 13, 1932-November 5, 2012

By Helen Halyard, 18 March 2013

The mother of Louisiana frame-up victim Gary Tyler, Juanita Tyler embodied the best qualities of the working class and never wavered in the fight for her son’s freedom.

Auto Workers Struggles

European trade unions oversee auto industry restructuring

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 March 2013

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers file affidavits documenting their torture

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2013

Socialist Equality Party

David North to address public meeting in London on May 5: Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

20 March 2013

David North, chairman of the WSWS international editorial board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, will speak at a public meeting in London on the political significance of the site’s 15th anniversary.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the privatisation of education

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Britain), 20 March 2013

Public education in Britain is being eliminated and handed over to the private sector.

Special Announcement

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh to introduce Tsar to Lenin at Toronto’s York University

20 March 2013

World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor David Walsh will introduce a special screening of Tsar to Lenin at York University in Toronto on Thursday, March 28.

Workers Struggles

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013

More on the New York school bus strike »

Video Report

Video: Parents and students speak out against school closures in Chicago

16 March 2013

25 years ago: Noriega defies continued US attempts at ouster

In meetings on March 19, 1988 with US state department officials in Panama City, General Manuel Noriega rejected a US offer of amnesty on drug charges in exchange for relinquishing his rule and leaving the country.

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50 years ago: US Supreme Court upholds right to counsel, one-man one-vote

On March 18, 1963, the US Supreme Court handed down two decisions safeguarding democratic rights.

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75 years ago: Hitler justifies annexation of Austria

Adolf Hitler told a world audience that the military annexation of Austria and the subsequent incorporation (Anschluss) of that former nation state into a Greater Germany was a move towards ethnic German self-determination.

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100 years ago: King George I of Greece assassinated

On March 18, 1913, King George I of Greece was assassinated in Thessaloniki.

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