Britain and France seek end to arms embargo on Syria

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2013

The UK, France and various regional powers such as the Gulf monarchies and Turkey are taking their cue from Washington, which has worked behind the scenes for months to channel weapons into Syria

US officials announce formation of offensive cyber war units

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2013

US intelligence officials announced Tuesday that Washington is setting up military units to write destructive computer code to attack other countries.

New pope elected as Catholic Church tries to stem crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2013

The occasion is being used by ruling circles internationally to help ensure the survival of the Church, following the eruption of corruption, sexual abuse, and related scandals.

EU summit wants more austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2013

The summit attended by 27 leaders of the European Union in Brussels tonight resembles a besieged fortress.

Detroit City Council pledges more cuts in bid to avoid state takeover

By Lawrence Porter, 14 March 2013

Members of the Democratic-controlled Detroit City Council attempted to make the case against an emergency manager by pledging to impose the same cuts themselves.

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Parents, teachers and students oppose New York City school closings

By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013

More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.

Spain’s Iberia airline strike betrayed by unions

By Alejandro López, 14 March 2013

The five unions representing the majority of workers at Spanish airline Iberia have accepted a deal to end the three-month dispute.

British Labour Party steps up anti-immigrant rhetoric

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2013

To win support from the ultra-nationalist electoral constituency and from Murdoch, Labour has moved decisively in taking up anti-immigration propaganda.

Australian government imposes new anti-democratic electoral laws

By Mike Head, 14 March 2013

The more the political establishment becomes discredited, the more the parliamentary parties come together to shut out challengers.

Kurdish nationalists pursue US-backed talks with Turkey

By Isaac Finn, 14 March 2013

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is discussing a US-backed peace plan with the Turkish government.

France: PSA car workers’ strike at an impasse

By Pierre Mabut, 14 March 2013

Some 100 PSA Citroën car workers from the Aulnay plant near Paris occupied the Engineering Employers Federation’s Paris offices to protest plans to close their plant.

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Le gouvernement grec courtise le groupe fasciste Aube dorée avec des lois anti-immigrés

Par Christoph Dreier, 14 mars 2013

Alors que la crise sociale s’aggrave en Grèce, la classe dirigeante courtise le groupe fasciste Aube dorée pour l’aider à réprimer l’opposition populaire.

Trop gros pour les mettre en prison

Par Jospeh Kishore, 14 mars 2013

Lors d'une audition devant le Comité judiciaire du Sénat la semaine dernière, le ministre de la Justice des États-Unis Eric Holder a admis que la taille de certaines de ces institutions est trop grande pour les poursuivre en justice.

Opposition massive à l'austérité au Portugal

Par Paul Mitchell, 14 mars 2013

L'annonce que le Portugal pourrait se voir accorder une année supplémentaire pour rembourser 78 milliards d'euros intervient au milieu de craintes d'un effondrement économique et d'inquiétudes croissantes concernant l'ampleur de l'opposition populaire.

La monarchie espagnole frappée par les scandales de corruption

Par Vicky Short, 14 mars 2013

Le scandale Urdangarin a remis en question l’avenir de la monarchie en Espagne

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 1999
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Huelguistas de la aerolínea Iberia se enfrentan a la policía española

Por Alejandro López, 14 Marzo 2013

El lunes, trabajadores en huelga de la aerolínea española Iberia paralizaron el aeropuerto internacional de Barajas en la capital de Madrid.

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Hugo Chavez şi socialismul

De Bill Van Auken, 14 martie 2013

Retorica naţionalistă a lui Chavez şi folosirea veniturilor obţinute din petrol pentru programe de asistenţă socială i-au atras ura Washingtonului şi a unui strat din cadrul clasei conducătoare fasciste din Venezuela. Cu toate acestea însă, măsurile nu au reprezentat o cale înspre socialism.

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Stimmt mit Nein!
Der Opel-Mastervertrag leitet massive Angriffe ein und muss abgelehnt werden

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14. März 2013

Mit dem Mastervertrag soll die Schließung des Bochumer Opelwerks durchgesetzt werden. Deshalb muss er abgelehnt werden!

SPD bereitet Agenda 2020 vor

Von Ulrich Rippert, 14. März 2013

Ex-Kanzler Gerhard Schröder nutzte den zehnten Jahrestag der Agenda 2010, um unter dem Beifall der versammelten SPD-Führung die unsoziale Politik seiner rot-grünen Regierung zu rechtfertigen.

Nach Urteilsspruch von Port Said
Tödliche Zusammenstöße in ganz Ägypten

Von Johannes Stern, 14. März 2013

Der Freispruch von sieben Polizeibeamten schürt die Wut der Bevölkerung auf Präsident Mohamed Mursi und die Moslembruderschaft.

EU-Gipfel will Sparkurs verschärfen

Von Peter Schwarz, 14. März 2013

Der EU-Gipfel, der heute Abend in Brüssel beginnt, erinnert an eine belagerte Festung. Mehrere Teilnehmer befinden sich wegen der massiven Opposition gegen den Sparkurs der EU nur noch auf Abruf im Amt.

Europäische Wirtschaft schrumpft – die Aktienkurse steigen

Von Stefan Steinberg, 14. März 2013

Am 6. März wurden Zahlen veröffentlicht, die unterstreichen, dass sich die Rezession in Europa verschärft. Am selben Tag stiegen die europäischen Aktienmärkte auf den höchsten Stand seit August 2008.

63. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival
Raoul Pecks Tödlicher Beistand: Eine Anklage der westlichen Hilfe für Haiti, aber…
Teil 5

Von Stefan Steinberg, 14. März 2013

Der jüngste Film des aus Haiti stammenden Regisseurs Raoul Peck konzentriert sich auf die von den USA und anderen Westmächten inszenierte Hilfsaktion nach dem tödlichen Erdbeben, das Haiti im Januar 2010 traf.

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US budget debate targets Social Security and Medicare

14 March 2013

While the media is once again seeking to create the appearance of deep and fundamental conflicts—with endless talk of congressional “gridlock” and the “partisan divide”—there has never been greater bipartisan agreement on basic policy.

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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 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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Nationalism or socialism in Latin America
A reply to a supporter of Chavez

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2013

The kind of “alternative” that is envisioned here is one that is imposed from above, not arising from the politically independent movement of the working class itself, striving to establish its own organs of power.

Letters from our readers

14 March 2013

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

Special Announcement

WSWS launches new Afrikaans language section

14 March 2013

Afrikaans is the third most common home language in South Africa and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language.

Arts Review

One hundred years since the birth of John Garfield—charismatic, working class figure of postwar Hollywood films

By Joanne Laurier, 14 March 2013

The period in which John Garfield worked is one of the most compelling in Hollywood history.

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
“The Weimar Touch”: An interview with Rainer Rother, director of the 2013 Berlin film festival’s retrospective

By Stefan Steinberg and Berndt Reinhardt, 13 March 2013


The right-wing threat in Greece

By Cristoph Dreier, 13 March 2013

Too big to jail

By Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2013

Tensions rise on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 12 March 2013

Workers Struggles

Olympia, Washington health care workers strike

By Christien Schofelt, 13 March 2013

University of Illinois building and food service workers discuss strike issues

By WSWS reporting team, 13 March 2013

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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