South Korea’s threats heighten danger of military conflict

By Peter Symonds, 2 April 2013

The South Korean military revealed it had an “active deterrence” plan that would authorise a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

Costs of Iraq, Afghanistan wars could rise to $6 trillion

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2013

The costs of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will total $4 trillion to $6 trillion, according to a new research paper published by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Greek parliament overturns right to free, universal education

By Robert Stevens, 2 April 2013

The cynically-named Athena Plan, calling for mass closures of universities and technical institutions, was passed in flagrant violation of the Greek constitution.

Approval of Stockton, California bankruptcy paves way for new assault on workers’ pensions

By Gabriel Black, 2 April 2013

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled on Monday that the city of Stockton, California could proceed with the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.

In Qatar, US-backed Afghan President Karzai makes overtures to Taliban

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2013

US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai travelled to Doha to make political overtures to the Taliban, as Taliban officials open an office in the Qatari capital.

Reports reveal rapid pauperisation of the Spanish working class

By Alejandro López, 2 April 2013

Recent statistical surveys attest to the massive drop in working class living standards in Spain since the onset of the global financial crisis.

Venezuela’s Maduro runs right-wing campaign in preparation for austerity

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2013

Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, has run a right-wing campaign with overtures to the military and Catholic Church in preparation for cutbacks and austerity.

Russia presses ahead with the rebuilding of its military forces

By Clara Weiss, 2 April 2013

President Vladimir Putin and other senior officials have repeatedly stressed that the upgrading of Russia’s military capacity is a top priority of Kremlin policy.

Sri Lankan Buddhist extremists attack Muslim-owned businesses

By W.A. Sunil and Dehin Vasantha, 2 April 2013

The Rajapakse government is fostering provocative Sinhala-Buddhist organisations in an attempt to divide the working class.

Tenants angry over New York Housing Authority’s plans to sell to developers

By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013

Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.

New in French

Un vétéran de l'armée américaine à l'agonie dénonce la guerre "illégale" en Irak

Par David Walsh, 2 avril 2013

Le vétéran de la guerre d'Irak Tomas Young, actuellement en soins palliatifs dans sa ville de Kansas City, au Missouri, a écrit une « dernière lettre » dévastatrice publiée sur Truthdig.com à l'attention de l'ex-président George W.Bush et du Vice-président Dick Cheney.

Le nouveau président chinois courtise l'Afrique

Par John Chan, 2 avril 2013

La Chine cherche à établir sa place dans la ruée des grandes puissances vers l'Afrique pour contrôler ses vastes ressources et ses marchés potentiels .

Le syndicat IG Metall se joint à l’offensive contre les travailleurs de GM-Opel

Par Dietmar Henning, 2 avril 2013

A Francfort-sur-le-Main, le bureau exécutif de l’IG Metall a voté à l’unanimité en faveur du soi-disant « Contrat cadre d’Opel », scellant ainsi la fermeture de l’usine GM-Opel à Bochum.

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

New in German

Aktienkurse und Zahl der Lebensmittelmarkenbezieher auf Rekordhoch:
Die zwei Seiten des „Aufschwungs“ in Amerika

Von Kate Randall, 2. April 2013

Die zunehmende soziale Ungleichheit seit dem Börsenkrach von 2008 ist das Ergebnis einer vorsätzlichen Politik der Bush- und später der Obama-Regierung.

Korea:
Verlegung von Tarnkappenbombern bringt Konfrontation zur Eskalation

Von Alex Lantier, 2. April 2013

Am Donnerstag gaben Vertreter der US-Regierung bekannt, dass B2-Tarnkappenbomber von der Whiteman Air Force Base in den USA nach Südkorea geflogen sind.

Opfer des Massakers von Kundus klagen auf Schadensersatz

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 2. April 2013

In dem Kundus-Prozess geht es um die Frage, ob die Bundeswehr bei dem Angriff gegen das Völkerrecht verstoßen hatte, da der dutzendfache Tod ziviler Opfer bewusst in Kauf genommen worden war. Es geht also letztlich darum, ob Bundeswehrsoldaten auch zukünftig ungestraft ähnliche Aktionen durchführen dürfen.

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Perspective

Three years since West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster
Sequester cuts pose new threat to US mine safety

2 April 2013

Three years after the West Virginia tragedy, cuts threaten to further undermine mine safety, inevitably leading to more deaths.

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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 2005

We publish today the eighth installment in the year-by-year Chronology. The year 2005 unfolded under the impact of two great natural disasters that exposed the failure of world capitalism: The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which killed nearly 300,000 people, and Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, inundating New Orleans and killing more than 1,800.

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Commentary

The drive to dismantle Medicare

By Andre Damon, 1 April 2013

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

By Kate Randall, 30 March 2013

US Supreme Court hears arguments on gay marriage

By Barry Grey, 30 March 2013

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.

World Socialist Web Site 15th Anniversary Meeting in Detroit
Mobilizing the working class against the bankers’ dictatorship

We call on workers and young people throughout the region to attend this important April 14 meeting on the 15th anniversary of the WSWS

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.

Fund Appeal

SEP National Secretary Joe Kishore: Support the WSWS!

26 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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 April 2013

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

Arts Review

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

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 March 2013

Science

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

By Shane Feratu, 30 March 2013

25 years ago: Honduran protesters killed at US embassy

On April 7, 1988, five protesters were shot to death outside of the US embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

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50 years ago: Mass arrests in Mississippi, Alabama civil rights struggles

On April 3, 1963, 19 blacks were arrested in Greenwood, Mississippi, where they were marching in a demonstration led by the comedian Dick Gregory in support of a voter registration drive.

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75 years ago: Lerida falls to Franco

On April 3, 1938, the Republican-held town of Lerida, capital of the west Catalan province of the same name, fell to General Yague’s Moroccan Army Corp.

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100 years ago: First trial run of the auto assembly line

On April 1, 1913, the moving assembly line, which revolutionized production in the United States and throughout the world, was first tested at the Ford Highland Park Factory in Michigan.

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