Obama, Republicans plot sweeping attack on Medicare

By Fred Mazelis, 30 March 2013

The plan that is being discussed would restructure Medicare to impose major increases in deductible payments on millions of beneficiaries.

US deployment of stealth bombers escalates military standoff in Korea

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2013

On Thursday, US officials announced that B-2 stealth bombers had flown from Whiteman Air Force Base in the United States to South Korea.

After Cyprus, more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2013

Fresh from its financial looting of Cyprus, the European bourgeoisie is threatening to withhold funds from Greece unless it complies with mass sackings in the public sector.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on gay marriage

By Barry Grey, 30 March 2013

There is a clear issue of democratic rights in the same-sex marriage question. Having said that, claims that recognition of same-sex marriage signifies a new flowering of democratic rights lack any credibility.

Convicted Ponzi schemer Madoff accuses US government of stonewalling on bank prosecutions

By Andre Damon, 30 March 2013

Bernard Madoff, who admitted in 2009 to running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, has charged that the government-appointed trustee for his firm’s investors is ignoring evidence of major banks’ complicity in his activities.

Detroit’s emergency manager keeps mayor, city council on payroll

By Bryan Dyne and Shannon Jones, 30 March 2013

Kevyn Orr’s first act as Detroit’s emergency financial manager was to restore the wages of the mayor and the city council.

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UK health regulator reports on poor care of the elderly

By Ajanta Silva, 30 March 2013

The UK’s Care Quality Commission has produced a report documenting the severe deterioration in the quality of care for elderly people.

Quebec’s Option Nationale: An aspiring party of big business

By Richard Dufour, 30 March 2013

At its first full convention, Option Nationale—a party courted by the ostensibly leftwing Québec Solidaire— paraded its support for capitalism and indifference to poverty.

Residents face bitter winter in New Zealand’s quake-hit city

By John Braddock, 30 March 2013

Two years after earthquakes devastated the country’s second biggest city, agencies in Christchurch are bracing themselves for worsening health problems and social distress.

Illinois House approves pension cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 March 2013

The Illinois House of Representatives has approved a bill all but eliminating cost-of-living increases and raising the retirement age for state workers.

New Jersey governor announces state takeover of Camden schools

By Elliott Vernon, 30 March 2013

Camden, among the poorest cities in the US, became the fourth city in New Jersey to see its public schools fall under state control.

New in French

Le pillage de Chypre par l’Union européenne

Par Julie Hyland, 30 mars 2013

La classe ouvrière chypriote est confrontée à une pauvreté de masse et à un doublement du chômage comme conséquence du sauvetage imposé à la petite île méditerranéenne.

Dans un entretien télévisé en prime time, le président français Hollande promet l’austérité et la guerre

Par Alex Lantier, 30 mars 2013

Dans un entretien télévisé d’une heure jeudi soir, le président français François Hollande a cherché à exposer sa politique dans un contexte de colère grandissante à l’encontre de son gouvernement.

Les tentatives de former un gouvernement italien échouent

Par Marianne Arens, 30 mars 2013

Un mois après que les élections italiennes ont produit un parlement sans majorité absolue, les dernières tentatives de former un gouvernement ont échoué dans un contexte d’opposition de masse à l’austérité.

Ce qui se cache derrière le coup politique manqué contre la dirigeante du gouvernement australien

Par Peter Symonds, 30 mars 2013

L’actuelle crise politique du Parti travailliste est étroitement liée à l’aggravation de la crise économique mondiale et à l’augmentation des tensions géopolitiques.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2000
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Die Plünderung Zyperns durch die EU

Von Julie Hyland, 30. März 2013

Die Arbeiterklasse von Zypern ist durch die EU-"Rettungsaktion" des Bankensystems der Mittelmeerinsel von Armut und Verdoppelung der Arbeitslosigkeit bedroht.

Präsident Hollande verspricht Sparpolitik und Krieg

Von Alex Lantier, 30. März 2013

Frankreichs Präsident Francois Hollande versuchte angesichts der wachsenden Wut der Bevölkerung auf seine Regierung in einem einstündigen Fernsehinterview seine Politik zu erläutern.

Mitglieder der Piratenpartei marschieren mit rassistischer Pro NRW

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 30. März 2013

Die rechtsextreme „Bürgerbewegung Pro NRW“ warb für eine so genannte „Volksinitiative gegen Asylmissbrauch“. Ihre Forderung nach einem Straftatbestand „Asylbetrug“ erhielt dabei Unterstützung von Mitgliedern der Piratenpartei.

Die CDU-Debatte über die Homoehe

Von Konrad Kreft, 30. März 2013

Gleichgeschlechtliche Paare sollten rechtlich gleichgestellt werden, doch die Auseinandersetzung innerhalb der CDU/CSU hat wenig mit demokratischen Grundsätzen zu tun.

New in Afrikaans

VSA se gesekwestreerde besnoeiinge en die bedrog van “politieke toeknoping”

Deur Andre Damon, 27 March 2013

Die VSA se President Barack Obama het Dinsdag ‘n nuwe wet onderteken wat $85 biljoen in gesekwestreerde besnoeiinge permanent maak, wat die weg baan vir die oplegging van verlofperiodes op a miljoen of meer federale werkers, so vroeg as volgende maand.

Mursi, weermag debateer die instelling van krygswet terwyl golf van stakings Egipte skud

Deur Thomas Gaist en Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

Voor die aanvang van ‘n moontlike broodstaking, en soos die stryd van werkers deur Egipte versprei, is die Egiptiese President Mohamed Mursi in samesprekinge met die weermag om krygswet in te stel.

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Perspective

Stock markets and food stamps at record highs
The two sides of the US economic “recovery”

30 March 2013

The growth of social inequality since the 2008 financial crash is the product of definite policies pursued first under Bush and then under the Obama administration.

Earlier Perspectives »

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 2004

We publish today the seventh installment in the year-by-year Chronology, which reviews the course of the brutal US occupation of Iraq, the destruction of Fallujah and the significance of the Abu Ghraib torture photos. Accompanying the growth of militarism was the attack on democratic rights within the United States and in all the countries involved in the “global war on terror.”

15th Anniversary page »

Auto Workers Struggles

IG Metall union joins offensive against GM-Opel workers

By Dietmar Henning, 30 March 2013

The executive of the IG Metall trade union unanimously voted in Frankfurt-Main in favor of the so-called “Opel Master Contract”, sealing the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.

Spain: Sacked Delphi workers confront trade unions

By Vicky Short, 29 March 2013

More on auto workers struggles »

Mehring Books

Into the Maelstrom: The Invasion of Iraq and the Crisis of American Imperialism
New pamphlet available from Mehring Books

28 March 2013

This pamphlet contains three major statements from the World Socialist Web Site on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, including two essays by David North.

Socialist Equality Party

David North to speak at WSWS anniversary meetings in San Diego and Toronto

30 March 2013

These meetings, on April 11 and April 21, will review the political and theoretical basis for the WSWS and its roots in the struggle for revolutionary socialism. In reviewing this history, they will address the most fundamental question in contemporary politics: the struggle to build a socialist movement of the working class in a new epoch of war and revolution.

Public meeting at Wayne State University
A financial dictator for Detroit - How to fight the emergency manager

30 March 2013

The IYSSE at Wayne State University will hold a meeting on April 3 the way forward to fight the attack on workers and young people in the city of Detroit.

Fund Appeal

SEP National Secretary Joe Kishore: Support the WSWS!

26 March 2013

Science

Two cases of a “functional cure” for HIV/AIDS

By Shane Feratu, 30 March 2013

Researchers have been able to neutralize the HIV virus from causing harm in two separate studies.

Arts Review

Letters to Trotsky: A remarkable play at Bielefeld’s Theaterlabor in Germany

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 March 2013

A new play, staged by an experimental ensemble in Bielefeld, movingly recreates the hopes of and hardships suffered by the Soviet population in the early 1920s.

Kino Video’s Griffith Masterworks: Watching movies become art

By Charles Bogle, 28 March 2013

Workers Struggles

Protest against school closures in Chicago
Teachers union seeks to channel opposition behind Democratic Party

By Jeff Lusanne and Shane Feratu, 29 March 2013

Caterpillar prepares confrontation with South Milwaukee workers

By Niles Williamson, 29 March 2013

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 March 2013

Commentary

The European Union’s looting of Cyprus

By Julie Hyland, 29 March 2013

The trade unions and Michigan’s “right to work” law

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2013

25 years ago: Nationalist conflicts emerge in Soviet Armenia

This week in 1988, Soviet troops and helicopters were sent into the Armenian capital of Yerevan to enforce Moscow’s March 24 ban on demonstrations.

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50 years ago: New York city newspaper strike comes to an end

On March 31, 1963, 19,000 workers striking against eight leading New York City newspapers, including the New York Times, the Daily News, and the Herald-Tribune, ended their 114-day walkout.

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75 years ago: Military reverses for Republican Spain

The week beginning March 25, 1938, was marked by a series of defeats and reverses for Republican forces across the battlefronts of the Spanish Civil War.

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100 years ago: The Battle of Adrianople

On March 26, 1913, the Turkish city of Adrianople was seized by Bulgarian and Serbian armed forces, following a five-month siege of the city.

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Correspondence

A letter from a former J.C. Penney worker

28 March 2013

A reader responds to “US retailer J.C. Penney cut 43,000 jobs last year . ”