US food stamp use swells to a record 47.8 million

By Kate Randall, 29 March 2013

Enrollment in the food assistance program has increased by 70 percent since 2008, driven by a stagnating job market and rising poverty levels.

New law granting Detroit emergency manager sweeping authority goes into effect

By Jerry White, 29 March 2013

Powerful financial interests are using Detroit as a test case for imposing deeply unpopular measures in line with what is occurring in Cyprus, Greece and other European countries.

Agreement reached between Turkish government and Kurdish nationalist PKK

By Justus Leicht, 29 March 2013

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish nationalist leader, called for a ceasefire on March 21, the traditional Kurdish Newroz festival.

French President Hollande pledges austerity, war in prime time TV interview

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2013

In an hour-long television interview last night, French President François Hollande sought to outline his policies amid rising popular anger against his government.

Large neo-fascist vote in French by-election: A warning to the working class

Political crisis in Bulgaria continues

By Markus Salzmann, 29 March 2013

With protests continuing since the fall of the government last month, petty-bourgeois groups are seeking to push social questions into the background.

Canada’s Conservatives slash social spending, promise further tax cuts for the rich

By Keith Jones, 29 March 2013

In the name of eliminating the annual deficit, the Conservative budget intensifies the attack on public services and the jobs and wages of public-sector workers.

North Dakota enacts most restrictive abortion laws in US

By Naomi Spencer, 29 March 2013

Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday signed a ban on abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.

Protest against school closures in Chicago
Teachers union seeks to channel opposition behind Democratic Party

By Jeff Lusanne and Shane Feratu, 29 March 2013

The school closure plan—one of the largest in US history—is the direct outcome of the CTU's betrayal of the teachers strike.

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announces mass layoffs

By Zac Corrigan, 29 March 2013

Thousands face layoffs globally over the next three years.

Australian High Court approves “criminal organisation” laws

By Mike Head, 29 March 2013

Far from being confined to “bikie gangs,” these laws create a framework that could potentially be used to outlaw other organisations, including political parties.

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VSA se gesekwestreerde besnoeiinge en die bedrog van “politieke toeknoping”

Deur Andre Damon, 27 March 2013

Die VSA se President Barack Obama het Dinsdag ‘n nuwe wet onderteken wat $85 biljoen in gesekwestreerde besnoeiinge permanent maak, wat die weg baan vir die oplegging van verlofperiodes op a miljoen of meer federale werkers, so vroeg as volgende maand.

Mursi, weermag debateer die instelling van krygswet terwyl golf van stakings Egipte skud

Deur Thomas Gaist en Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

Voor die aanvang van ‘n moontlike broodstaking, en soos die stryd van werkers deur Egipte versprei, is die Egiptiese President Mohamed Mursi in samesprekinge met die weermag om krygswet in te stel.

New in French

Morsi et l'armée débattent de l'imposition de la loi martiale face à la vague de grèves qui secoue l'Égypte

Par Thomas Gaist et Alex Lantier, 29 mars 2013

En prévision d'une possible grève du pain, et avec la multiplication des luttes ouvrières dans tout le pays, le président Mohamed Morsi est en négociations avec l'armée pour imposer la loi martiale.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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New in German

IG Metall attackiert Opel-Arbeiter in Bochum

Von Dietmar Henning, 29. März 2013

Der Vorsitzende des Gesamtbetriebsrats Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug griff die Bochumer Opel-Beschäftigten frontal an. Er warf ihnen vor, sie hätten jeden Bezug zur Realität verloren.

Zypern droht Rezession und hohe Arbeitslosigkeit

Von Julie Hyland, 29. März 2013

Der zehn-Milliarden-Kredit der Europäischen Union wird dazu führen, dass das Land in drei Jahren zwanzig Prozent seines BIP verliert und die Arbeitslosigkeit sich verdoppelt.

Chinas neuer Präsident umwirbt Afrika

Von John Chan, 29. März 2013

Xi erklärte, China werde Afrika im Gegensatz zu den ehemaligen Kolonialmächten als „gleichberechtigten“ Partner behandeln.

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Perspective

The European Union’s looting of Cyprus

29 March 2013

The working class of Cyprus faces mass poverty and a doubling of unemployment as the result of the bailout imposed on the small Mediterranean island.

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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 2004

We publish today the seventh installment in the year-by-year Chronology, which reviews the course of the brutal US occupation of Iraq, the destruction of Fallujah and the significance of the Abu Ghraib torture photos. Accompanying the growth of militarism was the attack on democratic rights within the United States and in all the countries involved in the “global war on terror.”

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Workers Struggles

Spain: Sacked Delphi workers confront trade unions

By Vicky Short, 29 March 2013

Sacked Delphi workers in Cadiz clashed with trade union officials during an official celebration called by the Socialist Party-Communist Party regional government.

Caterpillar prepares confrontation with South Milwaukee workers

By Niles Williamson, 29 March 2013

Contract talks are scheduled to begin April 2 between Caterpillar Inc. and the United Steelworkers Union for a new contract covering 800 workers in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 March 2013

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

Mehring Books

Into the Maelstrom: The Invasion of Iraq and the Crisis of American Imperialism
New pamphlet available from Mehring Books

28 March 2013

This pamphlet contains three major statements from the World Socialist Web Site on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, including two essays by David North.

Fund Appeal

SEP National Secretary Joe Kishore: Support the WSWS!

26 March 2013

History

The British working class and the American Civil War: 150 years since London’s St. James’ Hall meeting

By Tom Mackaman, 26 March 2013

Arts Review

Kino Video’s Griffith Masterworks: Watching movies become art

By Charles Bogle, 28 March 2013

The Kino Video collection entitled Griffith Masterworks provides an opportunity to watch pioneer filmmaker D.W. Griffith invent much of what came to be known as the grammar of cinema.

Commentary

The trade unions and Michigan’s “right to work” law

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2013

Plans to vastly expand drones in US

By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013

Mursi, army debate imposing martial law as strike wave shakes Egypt

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

The CIA war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2013

25 years ago: Nationalist conflicts emerge in Soviet Armenia

This week in 1988, Soviet troops and helicopters were sent into the Armenian capital of Yerevan to enforce Moscow’s March 24 ban on demonstrations.

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50 years ago: New York city newspaper strike comes to an end

On March 31, 1963, 19,000 workers striking against eight leading New York City newspapers, including the New York Times, the Daily News, and the Herald-Tribune, ended their 114-day walkout.

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75 years ago: Military reverses for Republican Spain

The week beginning March 25, 1938, was marked by a series of defeats and reverses for Republican forces across the battlefronts of the Spanish Civil War.

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100 years ago: The Battle of Adrianople

On March 26, 1913, the Turkish city of Adrianople was seized by Bulgarian and Serbian armed forces, following a five-month siege of the city.

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