France launches war in northern Mali

By Ernst Wolff and Alex Lantier, 14 January 2013

French forces bombed northern Mali on Friday and over the weekend, while hundreds of French troops arrived in the capital Bamako.

Sri Lankan president removes country’s chief justice

By W.A. Sunil and S. Jayanth, 14 January 2013

The president’s action, which flouts court rulings, has set the stage for a constitutional and political crisis.

Benefit cuts to impoverish millions in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2013

Many benefit payments, including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Maternity Allowance, and Sick Pay, will be cut.

UK: Peterborough National Health Service Trust deepens attacks on workers and services

By Steve Woodbridge and Danny Westwood, 14 January 2013

National Health Service provision in Peterborough, England is being further eroded, with more jobs and services under threat.

Widespread influenza outbreak in 47 US states

By Kate Randall, 14 January 2013

There have been at least 28,747 cases of influenza reported nationwide and 20 children have died from confirmed cases of the flu.

Columbia geophysicist Klaus Jacob on Hurricane Sandy
“Disasters always amplify pre-existing inequities”

By Daniel de Vries, 14 January 2013

The WSWS spoke with Columbia research scientist Klaus Jacob about the lessons of his research into climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Chinese media censorship sparks protest

By Will Morrow, 14 January 2013

Southern Weekend journalists protested against the re-writing of the paper’s New Year’s Eve editorial by a local propaganda official.

Thousands line up for aid
Police shut down housing voucher distribution in Detroit suburb

By Shannon Jones, 14 January 2013

Thousands seeking housing assistance overwhelmed the human services center in the Detroit suburb of Taylor early Saturday morning.

Wall Street Journal demands “discipline” for Stockton, California “deadbeats”

By Kevin Kearney, 14 January 2013

A recent article by the Wall Street Journal demands deeper cuts in Stockton workers’ pensions and benefits as part of municipal bankruptcy proceedings.

Pittsburgh teachers accused of fixing test scores

By Phyllis Scherrer, 14 January 2013

Two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania teachers have been reprimanded after being accused of changing student answers to boost scores on state examinations.

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Orientul Mijlociu în 2013

De Chris Marsden, 14 ianuarie 2013

Dislocarea a şase baterii de rachete Patriot la graniţa siriano- turcă este cel mai clar indiciu că lumea se află la un pas de o intervenţie militară a Statelor Unite şi a aliaţilor săi din NATO în războiul civil sectar, pe care ei l-au provocat în mod deliberat.

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2013 başlarken: Egemen çevrelerde kaygı havası

Nick Beams, 14 Ocak 2013

Yeni yıl başlarken, egemen çevrelerde dünya ekonomisinin durumuna, artan jeo-politik gerilimler ve olası büyük toplumsal mücadelelere ilişkin bir kaygı var. Britanya’da yayımlanan Economist’in belirttiği gibi, “İran’ın nükleer tesisleri konusundaki hesaplaşmadan Avro Bölgesi’nin felaket getiren bir dağılmasına kadar, dünyayı 2013’te vurabilecek felaketleri düşünmek zor değil.”

Suriye insanlık felaketiyle karşı karşıya

Bill Van Auken, 14 Ocak 2013

Suriye halkı, kızışan iç savaşın ikinci yılında, nüfusun tahminen yüzde 20’sini oluşturan dört milyon kadar insanın yeterince beslenme ve barınma olanağından yoksun olduğu bir insanlık felaketiyle karşı karşıya.

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Obama’s cabinet of austerity and war

14 January 2013

Obama’s cabinet selections demonstrate that his second term will be focused on social cutbacks at home and violent aggression abroad.

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German Left Party defends its support for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2013

The German Left Party newspaper Neues Deutschland has published a comment defending the statement “Syria: Freedom Needs Assistance,” which calls for Western intervention in Syria.

The Middle East in 2013

By Chris Marsden, 12 January 2013

Billionaires gain as living standards fall

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2013

US life expectancy lowest among industrialized countries

By Kate Randall, 11 January 2013

Arts Review

Opposition emerges in film industry to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 14 January 2013

Emmy-award winning actor David Clennon has issued a statement indicating that he will not vote for Zero Dark Thirty “in any Academy Awards category.”

The impact of drawing: Two exhibitions of master drawings in New York

By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2013

25 years ago: More than 100 killed during Philippine local elections

By the completion of the Philippine local elections on January 18, 1988 more than 100 people had been shot to death.

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50 years ago: Alabama governor calls for “segregation forever”

In his inaugural address on January 14, 1963, George Wallace called for the perpetual upholding of racial segregation in the southern state.

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75 years ago: Barcelona suffers heavy bombing

At noon on January 19, 1938, the Catalonian city of Barcelona suffered its worst bombing raid of the Spanish Civil War.

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100 years ago: Major European powers issue ultimatum to the Ottoman Empire

On January 17, 1913, the six major European powers sent a collective note to the Ottoman Empire advising it to surrender Adrianople and the Aegean Islands.

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Recent climate change research points to a growing global crisis

By Bryan Dyne, 12 January 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Why the SEP (Germany) rejects a state ban of the neo-fascist NPD

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG), 10 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Witch-hunt continues against Maruti Suzuki workers in India

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 10 January 2013

Bankstown Fire

Bankstown apartment fire survivor tells media how blaze began

By Richard Phillips, 11 January 2013

Yinuo “Ginger” Jiang has explained how her apartment caught fire, forcing her and another Chinese student to jump from a fifth-floor window.

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