US, NATO prepare Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2013

The top US commander in Europe told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the US and NATO are drawing up plans for direct military intervention in Syria.

US retirement confidence at 23-year low

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2013

Confidence in a secure retirement is at a 23-year low in the US, as workers struggling to pay for basic necessities are unable to put aside adequate savings.

New report on CIA: Rendition and torture on a global scale

By Jeff Lincoln, 20 March 2013

The US has utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents, and interrogation and torture centers to send detainees to without any legal protections.

China’s new premier to enforce “painful” market restructuring

By John Chan, 20 March 2013

Premier Li Keqiang has now joined the new CCP leadership as it prepares to implement a sweeping pro-business agenda.

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers file affidavits documenting their torture

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 20 March 2013

Thirteen of the jailed Maruti Suzuki workers have filed affidavits in court accusing Haryana state police and senior management personnel of colluding in their torture and threatening to kill them.

Germany: Resignation of ThyssenKrupp boss heralds new attacks on workforce

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 20 March 2013

Gerhard Cromme announced his resignation March 8 as chair of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp AG.

Australian Labor government embroiled in leadership crisis

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2013

The immediate trigger has been the government’s attempt to push through media regulation bills that have provoked fierce opposition from Australia’s media barons.

State clampdown in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 20 March 2013

A wave of arrests in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have serious consequences for democratic rights.

Massachusetts: One state through the sequester lens

By John Marion, 20 March 2013

The sequester cuts will hit research jobs as well as a wide range of social welfare programs.

Kodak ends retiree benefits to emerge from bankruptcy

By Steve Filips, 20 March 2013

For nearly 63,000 people covered under the Kodak pension plan, the company's plan to survive bankruptcy means an uncertain future.

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Die Irak Oorlog tien jaar later: ‘n Keerpunt vir VSA imperialisme

Deur Bill Van Auken en David North, 19 Maart 2013

Tien jaar gelede het die wêreld met “skok en afrgryse” dopgehou hoe die bomaanvalle die naglig van Bagdad opgehelder het met wolke van vlamme en rook sigbaar.

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Hugo Chavez et le socialisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 20 mars 2013

La rhétorique nationaliste de Chavez, l'allocation par son gouvernement d'une partie des revenus tirés de la manne pétrolière à des programmes d'aide sociale lui ont valu la haine à la fois de Washington et d'une couche de la classe dirigeante fasciste au Venezuela, mais n'ont pas cependant représenté un chemin vers le socialisme.

Des archives du WSWS
La crise du capitalisme américain et la guerre contre l'Irak

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

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Zehn Jahre nach Beginn des Irakkrieges
Ein Wendepunkt des US-Imperialismus

Von Bill Van Auken und David North, 20. März 2013

Planung und Ausführung dieses Krieges waren in höchstem Maße kriminell. Es war ein vorsätzlicher Angriffskrieg, der durch Lügen gerechtfertigt wurde.

Autoindustrie: Gewerkschaften setzen Werksschließungen durch

Kommentar von Ulrich Rippert, 20. März 2013

In Europa und weltweit spielen die Gewerkschaften eine Schlüsselrolle dabei, Massenentlassungen, Lohnsenkungen und die Stilllegung ganzer Werke durchzusetzen.

Linkspartei übt Schulterschluss mit Verfassungsschutz

Von Johannes Stern, 20. März 2013

Die Linkspartei hat den Präsidenten des Verfassungsschutzes, Hans-Georg Maaßen, zu einem öffentlichen Diskussionstreffen in Berlin eingeladen.

Europas Regierende schüren einwandererfeindlichen Chauvinismus

Von Julie Hyland, 20. März 2013

Europäische Union missachtet Rechte rumänischer und bulgarischer Bürger.

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The American media, ten years after the Iraq war

20 March 2013

Multiple car bomb attacks hit Shiite targets across Iraq yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, killing 65 and wounding at least 200.

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From the WSWS Archive

Into the maelstrom: The crisis of American imperialism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 20 March 2013

This report was delivered March 29, 2003 to the SEP conference “Socialism and the Struggle against Imperialism and War: The Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement” in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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.

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The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.

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

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013

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

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2013

Cyprus banks close as bailout terms spark Europe-wide crisis

By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden, 19 March 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

European trade unions oversee auto industry restructuring

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 March 2013

Across Europe, trade unions are playing a key role in imposing mass layoffs, wage cuts and the closure of auto plants.

At mass meeting in Rüsselsheim
German auto union splits GM-Opel workforce

By our correspondent, 20 March 2013

Workers spoke of an atmosphere of intimidation at recent IG Metall meetings to discuss the future of GM-Opel.

Socialist Equality Party

David North to address public meeting in London on May 5: Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

20 March 2013

David North, chairman of the WSWS international editorial board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, will speak at a public meeting in London on the political significance of the site’s 15th anniversary.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the privatisation of education

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Britain), 20 March 2013

Public education in Britain is being eliminated and handed over to the private sector.

Special Announcement

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh to introduce Tsar to Lenin at Toronto’s York University

20 March 2013

World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor David Walsh will introduce a special screening of Tsar to Lenin at York University in Toronto on Thursday, March 28.

Workers Struggles

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013

More on the New York school bus strike »

Teachers, school staff continue strike in Cleveland, Ohio suburb

By Phyllis Scherrer, 18 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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