Obama administration claims right to assassinate citizens within the US

By Joseph Kishore, 7 March 2013

The administration claims the power to order extrajudicial assassination of citizens within the US under undefined “extraordinary circumstances.”

Operation Condor trial begins in Argentina

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2013

The trial is the first to deal with the coordinated state terror campaign launched by Latin America’s US-backed dictatorships.

New York City homeless population reaches Great Depression levels

By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2013

The Coalition for the Homeless reports an average nightly total of more than 50,000 in New York’s shelters, a record “since modern homelessness emerged three decades ago.”

US Vice President reinforces military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2013

Biden went out of his way to emphasise the Obama administration’s unalloyed support for the Zionist state across all issues.

Eastleigh by-election used to shift UK politics rightwards

By Dave Hyland, 7 March 2013

The results of last week's by-election in Eastleigh, England confirm the deep unpopularity of Conservative Party and Liberal Democrat coalition partners

German trade unions march in step with German army

By Sven Heymanns and Johannes Stern, 7 March 2013

The German Trade Union Federation is publicly backing the increasingly aggressive role of the German army.

Struggle against closure of Goodyear plant in Amiens, France at a crossroads

By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 March 2013

The six-year struggle of workers at Goodyear’s Amiens-Nord tyre plant against company threats of a plant closure and mass sackings is at a crossroads.

The occupation of Friern Barnet Library and the future of public services in Britain

By Peter Reydt, 7 March 2013

The establishment of a “community” library in Friern Barnet demonstrates how the politics of Occupy play into the hands of the ruling elite.

California governor prepares implementation of Obama health care bill

By Thomas Gaist, 7 March 2013

Deceptive claims of expanded coverage for poor and working class families are an attempt to cover over the real impact of the ACA.

Australia: Victorian premier removed as state slides into recession

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2013

Underlying Ballieu’s ouster is significant frustration within ruling circles over his government’s failure to implement harsher austerity measures.

Philippine typhoon victims storm government offices

By Dylan Lubao, 7 March 2013

The distribution of relief goods, under the control of the military, has been exploited to starve out supporters of the Maoist New Peoples Army.

New in Spanish

Sindicatos españoles confabulan en el desempleo masivo y los recortes salariales

Por Alejandro López, 7 Marzo 2013

En dos años, el gobierno del Partido Popular (PP) y su predecesor, el Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE), han acordado tres "reformas" laborales con los sindicatos.

New in Italian

Risultati elettorali iniziali in Italia indicano stallo

Di Peter Schwarz, 7 marzo 2013

Le elezioni italiane preannunciano lo scoppio di strenui conflitti sociali e sconvolgimenti politici.

New in French

L'aristocratie financière et l'accroissement des luttes ouvrières

Par Andre Damon et Joseph Kishore, 7 mars 2013

Pendant que les services sociaux sont démantelés dans tout le pays, l'aristocratie financière empile toujours plus haut les richesses.

La lutte contre la fermeture de l'usine de Goodyear d' Amiens en France à la croisée des chemins

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 7 mars 2013

La lutte des travailleurs de Goodyear Amiens-Nord, longue de six ans, contre les menaces de fermeture et de licenciements de masse est à la croisée des chemins

Bradley Manning plaide non coupable à l’accusation de «collusion avec l’ennemi»

Par Naomi Spencer, 7 mars 2013

Dans une déclaration faite devant un tribunal militaire, le soldat Bradley Manning a plaidé non coupable à l’accusation de « collusion avec l’ennemi ».

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

Année passée en revue : 1998

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Scheinheilige Debatte um Banker-Boni in Europa

Von Stefan Steinberg, 7. März 2013

Die zahlreichen neuen Fürsprecher des „kleinen Mannes“ sind selbst für die Umverteilung des gesellschaftlichen Reichtums zu Gunsten der Banken verantwortlich.

Venezuelas Präsident Hugo Chavez gestorben

Von Bill Van Auken, 7. März 2013

Nach vierzehn Regierungsjahren als Präsident Venezuelas ist der Ex-Offizier und Linksnationalist Hugo Chavez am Dienstagnachmittag in Caracas seinem Krebsleiden erlegen.

Proteste in Bulgarien: Die politischen Fragen

Von Christoph Dreier, 7. März 2013

Die Proteste in Bulgarien wenden sich gegen die bittere Armut, doch unter den Organisatoren dominieren kleinbürgerliche Kräfte, die selbst an die Fleischtöpfe wollen.

Brandenburger Lehrer schildern unhaltbare Zustände

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 7. März 2013

Einen Tag vor der dritten Runde der Tarifverhandlungen im öffentlichen Dienst der Länder riefen die beteiligten Gewerkschaften zu Arbeitsniederlegungen und Kundgebungen auf.

Russland rüstet auf

Von Clara Weiss, 7. März 2013

Präsident Wladimir Putin hat mehrfach betont, dass die Aufrüstung des Militärs oberste Priorität der Kreml-Politik sei.

63. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival
La Plaga: “Einsamkeit, Stärke, Humanität und Schönheit” einfacher Leute
Teil 2

Von Francisca Vier, 7. März 2013

Der spanische Beitrag The Plague (La Plaga), unter der Regie von Neus Ballús, war einer der interessantesten Filme auf der 63. Berlinale.

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The collapse of Detroit: An indictment of American capitalism

7 March 2013

Wall Street’s financial elite celebrated a new record Dow Jones Industrial Average this week, even as the city of Detroit plunged towards bankruptcy.

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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 2001

We publish today the fourth installment in the year-by-year Chronology, covering the first year of the Bush administration, 9/11 and its aftermath, the war in Afghanistan and other major developments.

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Auto Workers Struggles

Chrysler victimizes Detroit-area auto worker

By Shannon Jones, 7 March 2013

The victimization of Alex Wassell is an attempt by Chrysler management to intimidate opposition to the new Alternative Work Schedule.

India: Chief Minister threatens victimized Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar and Jai Sharma, 2 March 2013

UAW sanctions elimination of the eight-hour day at Chrysler

By Jerry White, 2 March 2013

More on auto workers struggles »

Workers Struggles

Teachers, school staff strike in Cleveland suburb

By Phyllis Scherrer, 7 March 2013

The Strongsville, Ohio school board is seeking the elimination of seniority protections and changes to pension and health care plans.

Las Vegas taxi drivers continue strike

By Therese Leclerc, 5 March 2013

Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers

4 March 2013


French government promotes pseudo-left opposition parties in Tunisia

By Kumaran Ira, 7 March 2013

After Chokri Belaïd’s assassination, Paris is seeking to advance the petty-bourgeois Popular Front to advance its imperialist interests in Tunisia.

The stock market bonanza

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2013

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dead

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2013

Arts Review

Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker detained at Los Angeles airport

By Kevin Martinez, 7 March 2013

Emad Burnat, co-director of 5 Broken Cameras, was detained and threatened with deportation by US immigration officials on arrival in Los Angeles before last week’s Oscar ceremony.

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance: An indictment of Western aid to Haiti, but…

By Stefan Steinberg:, 6 March 2013

Socialist Equality Party

David North to address public meetings in Australia
Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

6 March 2013

In the 15 years since the World Socialist Web Site began publication on February 14, 1998, it has established itself as the most widely read and authoritative socialist publication in the world, accessible in 19 different languages.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Quebec’s Education Summit and the failure of ASSE’s protest perspective

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 5 March 2013


National Health Services in London under sustained attack

By Paul Stuart, 4 March 2013

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25 years ago: Palestinian uprising enters fourth month

The uprising in occupied Palestine, known by its Arabic name as the intifada, entered its fourth month on March 9, 1988.

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50 years ago: French coal miners defy de Gaulle

Striking coal miners of France’s nationalized coal industry defied two back-to-work orders from the government of President Charles de Gaulle.

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75 years ago: Third Moscow frame-up trial hears confessions from defendants

During the week beginning March 4, 1938, the third Moscow show trial continued with a cavalcade of lies and “evidence” that was fabricated and at times contradictory.

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100 years ago: Mother Jones and strikers charged with murder

On March 10, 1913, 80-year-old Mary Harris Jones, known as “Mother Jones,” was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

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Letters from our readers

7 March 2013

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