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Calls for European “growth” policies signal new attacks on workers

By Johannes Stern in Paris, 30 April 2012

Last week leading European officials called for a shift in European economic policies towards more “growth-oriented” measures.

New York City closes 24 more schools

By Sandy English, 30 April 2012

New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted last week to close 24 schools throughout New York City, the largest school district in the Untied States.

Ukraine bombings point to growing political tensions

By Niall Green, 30 April 2012

Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.

Wisconsin law curtails Planned Parenthood abortion services

By Gary Joad, 30 April 2012

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has announced its discontinuance of non-surgical medication abortions.

Who are the German Pirates?

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 April 2012

The Pirate Party has rapidly become a tool of Germany’s ruling elite to restrain the country’s increasingly disillusioned population within the framework of bourgeois politics.

Spanish debt crisis pushing global economy to the brink

By Nick Beams, 30 April 2012

Since the near-default of Greece threatened to set off a meltdown late last year, the eye of the financial storm has shifted to Spain.

The downfall of Bo Xilai in China

By John Chan, 30 April 2012

The case of Bo is so politically sensitive because it exposes the staggering levels of corruption at the top levels of the party and state apparatus.

Police shoot two Aboriginal youth in inner Sydney

By Zac Hambides, 30 April 2012

The growing numbers of deaths and injuries at the hands of police testify to the growing impunity with which they are unleashing potentially deadly force.

This week in history: April 30-May 6

By , 30 April 2012

This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week.

SEP vice presidential candidate campaigns in former mill town near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 30 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party members and Phyllis Scherrer campaigned in the former steel town of Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

UK local elections: Labour Party and trade unions facilitate government cuts

By Stephen Woodbridge, 30 April 2012

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in the May 3 local elections.

Ontario NDP enables savage austerity budget

By Carl Bronski, 30 April 2012

With the backing of the unions, the Ontario NDP has ensured passage of a Liberal austerity budget that attacks public services, jobs, worker living standards, and pensions.

Mass layoffs planned after French elections

By Johannes Stern, 30 April 2012

Politicians and trade union officials in France are discussing plans for a wave of mass layoffs after the May 6 second round of the presidential elections.

US and allies ramp up plans for military intervention in Syria

By Chris Marsden, 30 April 2012

Accusations that the Syrian government is either wholly or mainly responsible for breaches of the United Nations’ ceasefire are meant to provide a pretext for military intervention by the imperialist powers and their proxies.

US slowdown intensifies global economic crisis

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2012

The 2.2 percent rate of GDP growth means that job creation in the US will remain stagnant.

WSWS speaks to Tamil immigrants and refugees in France

By Athiyan Silva in Paris, 28 April 2012

Before the second round of the French presidential elections, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric is coming increasingly to the fore.

US and Pakistan restart talks on prosecuting AfPak War

By Ali Ismail, 28 April 2012

Official negotiations between Washington and Islamabad on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan War and the perpetuation of the US-Pakistani strategic alliance resumed this week.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs Socialist Party candidate in May 6 run-off

By Kumaran Ira, 28 April 2012

The NPA is backing pro-austerity PS candidate François Hollande against incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round of the French presidential elections.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 28 April 2012

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

California State University faculty to vote on possible strike

By Kevin Martinez, 28 April 2012

Members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) are voting on strike authorization if they are unable to reach a deal with the CSU administration over a contract dispute.

SEP campaigns against cuts in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 28 April 2012

A SEP campaign team spoke to workers and young people at a transit center in Detroit about the policies of SEP presidential candidate Jerry White.

SEP (UK) campaign among Peterborough youth

By our reporters, 28 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party members spoke to a number of students and young workers in Peterborough while campaigning for Stephen Woodbridge, candidate for Bretton North.

Worsening conflict between Sudan and South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 April 2012

The fiercest fighting since South Sudan seceded from Sudan last July has erupted over borders, sharing of the oil revenues, citizenship rights and security arrangements.

Australia: Elderly to pay much more for care

By Alex Messenger, 28 April 2012

Far from the “increased funding” promoted by the media, the changes will reduce the government’s contribution to the funding of home care from 84 percent to 76 percent.

Rupert Murdoch testimony: Routine denials of wrongdoing by UK’s political power-broker

By Julie Hyland, 28 April 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s two days of testimony before the Leveson Inquiry into press standards was all the more extraordinary because it was made under oath.

UK local elections: “The ill are being coerced, manipulated, into doing something they are not capable of”

By Stephen Woodbridge, 28 April 2012

Stephen Woodbridge, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Peterborough Bretton North ward, spoke to heart-attack victim John Cyngier.

Government charges low-level BP employee in Gulf oil spill

By Tom Hall, 28 April 2012

The prosecution will be aimed not at exposing the real culpability for the BP disaster, but at covering it up. This has been the role of the Obama administration from the beginning.

Germany’s ISSE, SEP denounce attacks on meetings in defence of Günter Grass

By , 28 April 2012

The International Students for Social Equality has issued a statement to the German press denouncing the attacks on their meetings held in defence of Günter Grass

Greek elections: Workers have no voice

By Christoph Dreier, 28 April 2012

Despite the plethora of parties contesting the Greek elections on 6 May, workers have no voice.

Russia prepares for a US-Israeli military strike against Iran

By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2012

Russia has undertaken intensive preparations during the past few months for a possible military strike by Israel and the United States on Iran.

Sri Lanka: “Resettled” Tamils in Vanni live in poverty

By Subash Somachandran, 28 April 2012

WSWS reporters recently visited the war-ravaged Vanni to speak with Tamil refugees.

Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin: The historical issues

By Fred Mazelis, 27 April 2012

In the two months since the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin there have been numerous attempts to equate his killing to the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Detroit students walkout against school closures and deteriorating conditions

By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2012

Over 200 students at two high schools in Detroit’s southwestern neighborhood walked out of class on Wednesday to protest school closures, poor conditions, and the growth of charter schools.

Distressed Rhode Island municipalities face bankruptcy

By John Marion, 27 April 2012

Like Central Falls before them, local Rhode Island governments are seizing on the financial crisis and the threat of bankruptcy as a pretext to tear up municipal workers’ contracts.

Workers must rally to the defense of Quebec’s striking students

By Keith Jones, 27 April 2012

The Canadian elite has been so implacable in its opposition to the Quebec student strike because it recognizes that the students’ insistence that education should be a social right is an implicit challenge to their entire class strategy.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 27 April 2012

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

Sri Lankan ex-lefts issue phony call for a hartal

By Vilani Peiris, 27 April 2012

The United Socialist Party (USP) has issued an appeal to opposition parties for a hartal—a general strike and shutdown of businesses—to fight for wages rises.

Australia: Anzac Day and the promotion of militarism

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 April 2012

More and more openly, the occasion is being used to justify current military interventions by Australian imperialism and to prepare the ground for new ones.

Clichy-sous-Bois residents speak on French elections, social conditions

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 27 April 2012

WSWS reporters visited Clichy-sous-Bois, the scene of mass riots against police in October-November 2005.

Letters in defense of the German Socialist Equality Party

By , 27 April 2012

The following is a selection of readers’ letters on “Hands off the Socialist Equality Party in Germany!”

Former UK home secretary faces legal action over rendition

By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2012

Information published by the Sunday Times has revealed how the Labour government of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown facilitated the deportation and torture of opponents of the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

US steps up drone war in Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2012

Dozens have been killed by US drone-fired missiles in Yemen, in addition to the hundreds slaughtered in Pakistan.

SEP candidate Jerry White takes campaign to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By our reporters, 27 April 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, spoke at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, reviewing the basis of his campaign and the experiences of the 2011 protests against budget cuts.

Workers put on trial after police massacre in Kazakhstan

By Clara Weiss, 27 April 2012

More than three dozen workers and political activists have been put on trial following a brutal intervention by police on December 16 in the Kazakh city Zhanaozen, which left at least 17 striking oil workers dead and hundreds wounded.

UK local elections: Record unemployment in St. Helens

By Danny Dickinson, 27 April 2012

Statement of SEP (UK) candidate Danny Dickinson on joblessness in St. Helens, one of the many towns and cities in the northwest of England hit by the decline of traditional manufacturing industries.

French President Sarkozy appeals to neo-fascist vote

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 April 2012

President Nicolas Sarkozy is desperate to win the votes of the 6.5 million people who voted for the third placed candidate, the neo-fascist Marine Le Pen.

Military judge rejects motions to reduce charges against Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 27 April 2012

An Army judge rejected a motion to dismiss the charge of “aiding the enemy” and combine other charges against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Former head of CIA operations defends torture, obstruction of justice

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2012

In a book coming out next week, Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s clandestine operations directorate, delivers an unequivocal defense of torture and of his destruction of tapes recording the agency’s crimes.

China and Russia hold joint naval exercises in North East Asia

By John Chan, 27 April 2012

Both China and Russia are deeply concerned at the aggressive US military build up in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Bewildered Herd in Los Angeles: “Making the puppets jump”

By Richard Adams, 26 April 2012

Cody Henderson’s new play takes on the would-be manipulators of public opinion and their personal and family relations.

Sri Lanka: Slowing economy sharpens government austerity drive

By Saman Gunadasa, 26 April 2012

The living conditions of the working people and the rural poor are deteriorating, and the reduced growth forecast means that the social distress will intensify.

PSA auto workers speak out on French presidential elections

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Auto workers at the PSA plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, spoke to WSWS reporters about the French presidential elections.

Union-dominated 99 Percent Spring holds protest stunt in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2012

The 99 Percent Spring, a front group for the trade unions and other pro-Democratic Party organizations, held a rally in Detroit Wednesday morning to protest a shareholders meeting of GE.

Arizona anti-immigrant law argued before US Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 26 April 2012

The oral arguments yesterday before the US Supreme Court over Arizona’s anti-immigrant act are chiefly remarkable for the refusal of the Obama administration to mount any serious opposition to the unprecedented and authoritarian provisions of the law.

Pentagon creates new spy unit aimed at Iran, China

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2012

The Pentagon’s creation of a new intelligence agency, the Defense Clandestine Service, is aimed at preparing for new and wider military confrontations, particularly with Iran and China.

US-Philippine military exercises directed against China

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2012

The Balikatan exercises, provocatively staged adjacent to the South China Sea, can only heighten US tensions with China.

Oppose the US-Australia war preparations against China

By , 26 April 2012

Through the military agreements with the Obama administration, the Gillard Labor government has unconditionally aligned itself with US war preparations against China.

Forced resignation hits at heart of Cameron government after Murdoch testimony

By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2012

Testimony by James Murdoch has led to the resignation of one ministerial adviser and forced Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to defend himself in parliament against allegations of collusion with News Corporation.

Protests continue against New York school closings

By Steve Light, 26 April 2012

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close 26 schools have provoked a series of angry protests in New York City.

Leon Trotsky and the defense of historical truth

By , 26 April 2012

David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site editorial board, will speak in Ithaca, New York on the enduring significance of the life and thought of Leon Trotsky, one of the greatest revolutionary figures of the 20th Century.

Hands off the Socialist Equality Party in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2012

The assault on three meetings of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany in defence of Günter Grass represent an enormous intensification of the attacks on democratic rights.

What was French Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign?

By Alex Lantier in Paris, 26 April 2012

Left Front presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon received 11 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections.

Letters from our readers

By , 26 April 2012

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

British local elections: National Health Service under threat

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 April 2012

None of the major British parties are telling the truth in their campaign for the May 5 local elections: That the passage into law of the Health and Social Care Act presages the ending of free and universal state-funded health care in the UK.

Germany and France demand the reintroduction of border controls

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2012

The interior ministers of France and Germany are seeking to reintroduce border controls inside the European Union.

Right-wing Zionist provocateurs and student council representative close down Leipzig meeting to defend Günter Grass

By our correspondents, 26 April 2012

As with previous meetings in Frankfurt and Berlin, a meeting in Leipzig held Tuesday was met with a huge and coordinated provocation.

Anders Breivik and the Guardian: Suzanne Moore’s “sympathy for the devil” moment

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2012

UK columnist Suzanne Moore has produced an opinion piece that expresses her understanding towards the xenophobic sentiments that ultimately gave rise to the mass murder committed by Anders Breivik.

The Breivik trial

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 25 April 2012

The trial of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been dominated by the testimony of the 33-year-old right-wing terrorist.

Withdraw US, NATO troops from Afghanistan!

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 25 April 2012

The Obama administration and its Afghan puppet Hamid Karzai have codified the long-term presence of American forces in the country, until at least 2024.

Yemeni president announces cosmetic changes to military

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2012

The reshuffle leaves the military hierarchy intact and relatives of former President Saleh in charge of key sections of the security apparatus.

The Deep Blue Sea: Love and emotional truth in post-war Britain

By Ruby Rankin and Richard Phillips, 25 April 2012

The Deep Blue Sea, with its flawed individuals, living through the depths of despair but finding the strength to behave with personal integrity, has been revived on film by Terence Davies.

Major daily publishes fascist diatribe against Quebec student strike

By Eric Marquis, 25 April 2012

One of Quebec’s principal dailies has published a commentary from a senior Quebec government official that openly calls for fascist-type violence to be employed against striking students.

Spanish government proceeds with the destruction of health care and education

By Alejandro López, 25 April 2012

Not a day passes in Spain without further cuts at the local, regional or national level being announced, or measures imposed curtailing democratic rights.

Kentucky universities to hike tuition

By Ryan Rahilly, 25 April 2012

The University of Kentucky announced Friday it is planning to raise tuition by 6 percent and suspend raises for faculty and staff.

Memorial for Christopher Hitchens in New York City: A gathering of the unprincipled and politically clueless

By David Walsh, 25 April 2012

Vanity Fair magazine hosted a memorial in New York City April 20 for the late journalist Christopher Hitchens, a political scoundrel of the first order, who died of cancer in December.

Obama invokes Holocaust to ratchet up war threats on Iran, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2012

President Obama used a speech at Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum Monday to unveil a set of new sanctions against Iran and Syria and to promote the administration’s use of “human rights” as a pretext for aggressive war and regime change.

Dick Clark, longtime host of American Bandstand, dead at 82

By Hiram Lee, 25 April 2012

Broadcaster and entrepreneur Dick Clark, host of the long-running teen dance show American Bandstand, died April 18.

University authorities and police seek to prevent Berlin meeting in defense of Günter Grass

By our correspondent, 25 April 2012

The Technical University of Berlin and the police tried Monday to prevent a meeting called by the International Students for Social Equality in defense of Günter Grass. The meeting was held at a nearby cafe.

Hungarian parliament to select new president

By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012

The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.

Deteriorating economy and deepening austerity in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 25 April 2012

The Key government is imposing a sweeping program of privatisation, job cuts and attacks on welfare and education.

Padilla torture case comes before US Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 25 April 2012

“It is hard to conceive of a more profound constitutional violation than the torture of a US citizen on US soil,” wrote lawyers for Jose Padilla, who was illegally “disappeared,” imprisoned and tortured by the US government for four years.

The British Greens: A party of cuts and austerity

By of Danny Dickinson and Socialist Equality Party (UK) candidate in St. Helens Town Centre ward, 25 April 2012

The Greens claim to represent an alternative to the parties of cuts and austerity. Their record proves otherwise

US Medicare and Social Security forecasts prompt new calls for cutbacks

By Kate Randall, 25 April 2012

Reports by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees state that trust funds for the government programs are both on “unsustainable paths”—prompting bipartisan calls for new cutbacks.

Political issues in the French presidential election

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2012

The first round of the French presidential election starkly exposed the political crisis in France and throughout Europe and the immense dangers facing the working class.

Falling tax revenues deepen Australian budget cuts

By Mike Head, 24 April 2012

Treasurer Wayne Swan declared that the government would have “work much harder to find extra savings” after a further $2 billion fall in revenue since February.

New Detroit budget proposal contains deeper cuts

By Shannon Jones, 24 April 2012

A detailed budget proposal by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing contains deeper cuts than a preliminary budget presented earlier this month, including 2,566 layoffs

UK: SEP candidate condemns rising child poverty in Peterborough

By Stephen Woodbridge, 24 April 2012

The following statement has been issued by Stephen Woodbridge, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in local elections on May 3.

SEP election supporters campaign in several Michigan cities

By a reporting team, 24 April 2012

Supporters of the SEP presidential campaign spoke to workers in Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan about the issues in the 2012 elections.

Netherlands government falls over austerity budget

By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2012

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte resigned on Monday after his government failed to get backing for austerity measures agreed with the European Union.

Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election set for June 5

By Niles Williamson, 24 April 2012

From the outset, the trade union and liberal and “left” supporters of the recall campaign have used it to divert popular opposition and keep workers tied to the Democratic Party.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 24 April 2012

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

Mexico to hold elections in midst of social catastrophe

By Rafael Azul, 24 April 2012

The July 1 elections in Mexico will take place in the midst of a social crisis of historic proportions.

US college grads confront the dead end of the profit system

By Andre Damon, 24 April 2012

More than half of all four-year college graduates under 25 in the US are either unemployed or underemployed

China widens trading range of the yuan

By John Chan, 24 April 2012

After tying itself to the American financial system for the past two decades, the Chinese ruling elite has discovered there is no easy way to resolve the worsening economic contradictions.

Argentina partially re-nationalizes YPF oil company

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2012

The announced expropriation of a 51 percent share in YPF is only the latest episode in a protracted, politically driven looting and manipulation of the formerly state-owned oil company.

Oakland, California: Charter school head investigated for fraud

By Russell Roller, 24 April 2012

Against the recommendations of the city’s own charter school board, the Oakland school board voted to renew the license for American Indian Public School II.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012

The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.

Australian parliamentary speaker steps down amid sex, corruption allegations

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 April 2012

The Labor government could now immediately collapse if it loses a single parliamentarian, through a forced resignation or any other mechanism.

Letters from our readers

By , 24 April 2012

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

US makes a pact with its Afghan puppet

By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2012

The purpose of the deal is the clear the way for a NATO summit at which the Obama administration will pressure its European allies to cough up more money and manpower for the Afghanistan war.