Tensions rise on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 12 March 2013

As US and South Korean troops began joint exercises yesterday, North Korea nullified the 1953 armistice ending the Korea War.

US defense secretary’s Afghanistan trip a debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2013

Obama’s newly confirmed defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, confronted suicide bombings, an “insider” attack and vitriolic criticism from the US-backed puppet, Hamid Karzai.

Guardian/BBC report lays out US policy of torture, murder in Iraq

By Naomi Spencer, 12 March 2013

David Petraeus and other top US officials were involved in developing “El Salvador-style” death squads that tortured and murdered thousands in US-occupied Iraq.

Sri Lankan president rejects fresh war crimes evidence

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 12 March 2013

New photos confirm that LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son was not killed in crossfire, as the military claimed, but shot in captivity.

Australian business, media step up campaign for austerity cuts

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 March 2013

The immediate aim is to pressure the Labor government ahead of the federal budget in May.

Former Detroit mayor convicted of racketeering and extortion

By Jerry White, 12 March 2013

After a five-month trial a jury on Monday found Detroit’s former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, guilty of 22 corruption charges.

Building, food service workers strike University of Illinois

By Marcus Day, 12 March 2013

Building and food service workers at University of Illinois voted down a proposed contract over the weekend and walked off the job Monday morning.

Maryland moves to repeal state death penalty

By Trent Novak, 12 March 2013

Last Wednesday, the Maryland State Senate voted in favor of repealing the state death penalty.

Corruption scandals engulf Spain’s monarchy

By Vicky Short, 12 March 2013

The Urdangarin scandal has raised questions over the future of the monarchy in Spain.

Berlin: Mass layoffs at energy firm Vattenfall

By Ernst Wolff and Johannes Stern, 12 March 2013

Workers protested in Berlin after the Swedish energy firm Vattenfall announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs by the end of 2014.

Hospital unions attempt sellout of British strike

By Barry Mason, 12 March 2013

The Unison and Unite unions are working to wind down a strike by National Health Service workers at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, with the aid of the pseudo-left.

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Il significato politico del Movimento Cinque Stelle di Beppe Grillo

Di Marc Wells e Peter Schwarz, 12 marzo 2013

Per capire l’ascesa di Beppe Grillo è necessario esaminare la profonda crisi del capitalismo europeo e la bancarotta dei partiti tradizionali di “sinistra”.

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Émeutes mortelles en Égypte après le verdict du tribunal de Port Saïd

Par Johannes Stern, 12 mars 2013

La colère contre le régime a été attisée par la décision d'acquitter sept officiers de police.

Les exigences d'austérité provoquent une crise du gouvernement grec

Par Robert Stevens, 12 mars 2013

La principale demande de la troïka est qu'il ne doit y avoir aucun recul sur les plans de licenciement des fonctionnaires.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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Guvernul grec curtează fasciştii de la Golden Dawn cu o lege anti-imigranţi

De Christoph Dreier, 12 martie 2013

În timp ce criza socială din Grecia se adânceşte, clasă de guvernământ curtează fasciştii de la Golden Dawn, deoarece are nevoie de ajutorul lor pentru a suprima opoziţia populară.

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Taxifahrer von Polizisten ermordet

Von Chris Marsden, 12. März 2013

Neun südafrikanische Polizeibeamte sind angeklagt, den Taxifahrer Mido Macia ermordet zu haben.

Griechische Regierung hofiert Faschisten

Von Christoph Dreier, 12. März 2013

Die herrschende Elite Griechenlands arbeitet daran, die Faschisten der Chrysi Avgi (Goldene Morgendämmerung) in die Regierung einzubinden und den Widerstand gegen ihre Politik brutal zu unterdrücken.

Mali: Ein „Krieg ohne Bilder”

Von Ernst Wolff, 12. März 2013

Die französische Armee hat Reporter und Journalisten seit Kriegsbeginn in Zusammenarbeit mit der malischen Armee systematisch an einer objektiven Berichterstattung gehindert.

Ägyptisches Verwaltungsgericht:
Parlamentswahlen erst nach Urteil von Port Said

Von Johannes Stern, 12. März 2013

Kurz vor dem umstrittenen Urteilsspruch in Port Said hat das Verwaltungsgericht von Kairo die ägyptischen Parlamentswahlen verschoben.

Dresden: Drastisches Urteil gegen Neonazi-Gegner

Von Sven Heymanns, 12. März 2013

Der Prozess gegen Tim H. wirft ein Schlaglicht auf das Vorgehen der Dresdner Justiz gegen antifaschistische Demonstranten.

Lehrer empört über Tarifabschluss im öffentlichen Dienst

Von Ernst Wolff, 12. März 2013

Die 800.000 Beschäftigten der Bundesländer erhalten in diesem Jahr nur 2,65 Prozent und im kommenden Jahr 2,95 Prozent mehr Lohn, statt der geforderten 6,5 Prozent in diesem Jahr.

63. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival
Ein rechtschaffender Mensch: Dolgaya Schastlivaya Zhisn von Boris Chlebnikow
Teil 4

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 12. März 2013

Der Film beschreibt den ohnmächtigen Kampf eines kleinen Agrarunternehmers in der russischen Provinz gegen die örtlichen korrupten staatlichen Behörden.

New in Turkish

Hugo Chavez ve sosyalizm

Bill Van Auken, 11 Mart 2013

Chavez’siz bir yeni Chavismo oluşturma yönünde sürmekte olan çabaların doğrudan yazgısı ne olursa olsun, Venezuela’daki ve tüm Latin Amerika’daki sınıf mücadelesi, derinleşen küresel kapitalist krizin etkisi altında yoğunlaşacaktır.

Detroit’in çöküşü: Amerikan kapitalizminin iflasının açık bir işareti

Jerry White, 11 Mart 2013

1 Mart günü, Michigan’ın eski girişimci kapitalist ve milyoner Cumhuriyetçi valisi Rick Snyder, Detroit’te “mali acil durum” ilan etti.

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Too big to jail

12 March 2013

At a Senate Judiciary Committee last week, US Attorney General Eric Holder declared that major financial institutions engaged in criminal activity are too big to prosecute.

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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.

New today: The year in review 2002

We publish today the fifth installment in the year-by-year Chronology, covering the war in Afghanistan, the drive to war in Iraq, the post-9/11 attack on democratic rights and other major world developments.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 March 2013

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

Teachers, school staff strike in Cleveland suburb

By Phyllis Scherrer, 7 March 2013


The New York Times defends drone murder

By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013

Wall Street turns profit in student loan debt

By Nancy Hanover, 11 March 2013

Police murder in South Africa

By Chris Marsden, 9 March 2013

The political significance of Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement

By Marc Wells and Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2013

ISO whitewashes role of Chicago Teachers Union in school closures

By Kristina Betinis, 9 March 2013

Arts Review

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6
Gold by Thomas Arslan: Always on the move—but why, and where?

By Bernd Reinhardt, 11 March 2013

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.

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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.

25 years ago: Reagan deploys troops against Sandinistas

On March 17, 1988, the same day as four defendants in the Iran-Contra scandal were indicted by a US grand jury, the Reagan administration dispatched US airborne and infantry forces into Honduras, north of the Nicaraguan border.

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50 years ago: Baathists visit Cairo after Syria, Iraq coups

Delegations of Baathists Party members from Syria and Iraq, fresh from successful military coups in the two Middle Eastern states, arrived in Cairo for “unity” discussions with the Pan-Arabist Egyptian regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser on March 15, 1963.

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75 years ago: Old Bolsheviks executed at conclusion of third Moscow frame-up trial

As the judicial monstrosity of the third Moscow frame-up trial reached its foregone conclusion, 18 of the 21 defendants were executed March 15, 1938, shot to death through the head and neck.

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100 years ago: Mass demonstration against conscription in France

On March 16, 1913, a crowd estimated at more than 100,000 people rallied in Pré-Saint-Gervais, just outside Paris, in opposition to militarism, and moves to expand compulsory active military service from two to three years.

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Letters from our readers

12 March 2013

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