US funding bill to make sequester cuts permanent
Hundreds of thousands face unpaid furloughs

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2013

As the US government prepares to furlough hundreds of thousands of federal employees, Congress is moving to make $1.2 trillion in spending cuts implemented under the sequester process permanent.

Cyprus banks close as bailout terms spark Europe-wide crisis

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 19 March 2013

Terms attached to the European Union bailout for Cypriot banks triggered heavy losses on financial markets.

The managed bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler: A model for the assault on Detroit

By Jerry White, 19 March 2013

Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager is considering a “managed bankruptcy” to slash jobs, wages and pensions.

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Plans for military surveillance of Americans’ financial records

By Ed Hightower, 19 March 2013

The Treasury’s proposal represents yet another front in the escalating attack on democratic rights, especially the rights to privacy and freedom of association.

Italy: Bridgestone wants to close plant in Bari

By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.

Germany: Inquiry committee posts interim report on neo-Nazi terrorist group

By Sven Heymann, 19 March 2013

The report exposes how the police and secret service directly aided the extreme right in Thuringia.

Head of Canada’s NDP auditions before US elite

By Graham Beverley, 19 March 2013

Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair made a trip to Washington and New York last week to assure US business and political leaders that an NDP government would be a dependable ally of American imperialism.

Australian government triggers furore over media laws

By Mike Head, 19 March 2013

If the government thought its media legislation would appease the media moguls, it miscalculated badly.

India manoeuvres over UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 March 2013

The Indian government is under pressure from Tamil Nadu parties over its stance on a US-backed resolution at UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.

Fifth West Virginia miner killed in as many weeks

By Naomi Spencer, 19 March 2013

The latest fatality comes in the wake of a statewide “safety standdown” called by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the eruption of a fire in another mine.

New in Afrikaans

JPMorgan en die kriminilarisering van die VSA se heersersklas

Deur Barry Grey, 18 March 2013

Skaars ‘n week nadat die Prokureur-generaal Eric Holder voor ‘n senaatskomitee erken het dat die Obama administrasie die groot Wall Street banke as te magtig beskou om te vervolg, het die Senaat se Permanente Subkomitee op Ondersoeke ‘n 300-bladsye lange dokument vrygestel waarin die grootskaalse bedrog en wetteloosheid van JPMorgan Chase, die VSA se grootste bank en die wêreld se grootste handelaar in deriviteite, uitgewys is.


Die “Vuil Oorlog” Pous

Deur Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2013

Vir meer as ‘n week het die media die publiek onderwerp aan ‘n vloedgolf van euforiese banaliteite oor die Rooms-Katolieke Kerk se verkiesing van ‘n nuwe pous.

New in Turkish

Kürt milliyetçileri Türkiye ile ABD destekli görüşmeler sürdürüyor

Isaac Finn, 19 Mart 2013

Ne AKP ne de Öcalan, Türkiye’deki Kürt sorununa demokratik bir çözüm için çaba harcıyor. Onlar, bunun yerine, ABD’nin bir dizi yeni sömürgeci savaşı eliyle yıkıma uğramakta olan Ortadoğu’da, kendi konumlarını iyileştirmek için ABD emperyalizmi ile gizlice anlaşıyorlar.

New in French

Le sommet de l’UE déclenche une ruée sur les banques chypriotes

Par Stefan Steinberg et Chris Marsden, 19 mars 2013

La décision du sommet de l’Union européenne de prélever une taxe sur les dépôts bancaires pour payer un plan de sauvetage a résulté en une ruée pour des retraits de fonds aux distributeurs automatiques des banques.

Les dirigeants européens attisent le chauvinisme contre les immigrés

Par Julie Hyland, 19 mars 2013

Les droits des citoyens bulgares et roumains sont la cible des grandes puissances européennes.

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

New in German

Ein Papst des „schmutzigen Kriegs“

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. März 2013

Der neue Papst war in Argentinien direkt an dem „schmutzigen Krieg“, einem der größten Verbrechen nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, beteiligt.

IG Metall spaltet Opel-Belegschaft

Von einem Korrespondenten aus Rüsselsheim, 19. März 2013

Die Betriebsversammlung im Opel-Stammwerk Rüsselsheim war Teil einer Kampagne, die Schließung des Opelwerks in Bochum durchzusetzen und einen gemeinsamen Kampf zur Verteidigung der Arbeitsplätze zu verhindern.

Sturm auf Banken nach EU-Gipfel

Von Stefan Steinberg und Chris Marsden, 19. März 2013

Nach der Entscheidung der Europäischen Union, eine Steuer auf zypriotische Bankeinlagen zu erheben, um für ein Rettungspaket zu bezahlen, zogen Anleger in erheblichem Umfang Geld aus den Banken des Landes ab.

Rücktritt von Cromme leitet neue Angriffe auf ThyssenKrupp-Arbeiter ein

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 19. März 2013

Am 8. März kündigte Gerhard Cromme seinen Rücktritt vom Aufsichtsratsvorsitz der ThyssenKrupp AG und aus dem Kuratorium der Krupp-Stiftung an.

63. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival
Ungelöste Fragen im heutigen Filmschaffen
Teil 7

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 19. März 2013

Einer der beiden Dokumentarfilme untersucht das Sportförderprogramm der ehemaligen DDR und der andere die schrecklichen Folgen des Atomunfalls von Kyshtym 1957 in der UdSSR.

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The Iraq War ten years on: A turning point for US imperialism

19 March 2013

This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.

Earlier Perspectives »

From the WSWS Archive

The crisis of American capitalism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 19 March 2013

This article was originally published on March 21, 2003, two days after the onset of the US assault on Iraq.

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 2003

We publish today the sixth installment in the year-by-year Chronology, which reviews the  preparation and launching of the US-led invasion of Iraq, a turning point in world history. Defying the will of the majority of the world’s population—millions of whom took to the streets in protest—the imperialist powers, driven by insoluble economic contradictions, escalated a campaign of military predation and world conquest.

15th Anniversary page »

Workers Struggles

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013

As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.

More on the New York school bus strike »

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 March 2013

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

Teachers, school staff continue strike in Cleveland, Ohio suburb

By Phyllis Scherrer, 18 March 2013

San Francisco Symphony musicians strike against concessions

By David Brown, 16 March 2013


JPMorgan and the criminalization of the US ruling class

By Barry Grey, 18 March 2013

The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013

Europe’s rulers whip up anti-immigrant chauvinism

By Julie Hyland, 18 March 2013

The “Dirty War” Pope

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2013


An Appreciation of Juanita Tyler
December 13, 1932-November 5, 2012

By Helen Halyard, 18 March 2013

The mother of Louisiana frame-up victim Gary Tyler, Juanita Tyler embodied the best qualities of the working class and never wavered in the fight for her son’s freedom.

Arts Review

63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
No holds barred: Two German documentaries— I Will Not Lose and Metamorphoses

By Bernd Reinhardt, 18 March 2013

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.

Video Report

Video: Parents and students speak out against school closures in Chicago

16 March 2013

25 years ago: Noriega defies continued US attempts at ouster

In meetings on March 19, 1988 with US state department officials in Panama City, General Manuel Noriega rejected a US offer of amnesty on drug charges in exchange for relinquishing his rule and leaving the country.

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50 years ago: US Supreme Court upholds right to counsel, one-man one-vote

On March 18, 1963, the US Supreme Court handed down two decisions safeguarding democratic rights.

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75 years ago: Hitler justifies annexation of Austria

Adolf Hitler told a world audience that the military annexation of Austria and the subsequent incorporation (Anschluss) of that former nation state into a Greater Germany was a move towards ethnic German self-determination.

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100 years ago: King George I of Greece assassinated

On March 18, 1913, King George I of Greece was assassinated in Thessaloniki.

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Letters from our readers

19 March 2013

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