US threatens North Korea while signaling possible talks

By Alex Lantier, 6 April 2013

Tensions remained high in Korea after revelations Thursday that the US is following a pre-set “playbook” of escalations drafted by the Obama administration.

UK Prime Minister Cameron stokes fires of war against North Korea

By Chris Marsden, 6 April 2013

Once again the UK is providing the lies necessary to justify military aggression by US imperialism, as Washington pursues plans to secure its global dominance.

US jobs growth slows to a crawl
Hundreds of thousands drop out of the workforce

By Andre Damon, 6 April 2013

The US economy created 88,000 jobs in March, far less than had been expected, as $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts began to take effect.

Japan announces “new dimension” in quantitative easing

By Nick Beams, 6 April 2013

The Bank of Japan has unveiled a government bond-buying program of unprecedented proportions.

Australian PM’s China trip prepared by top-level, secret committee

By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2013

The committee’s purpose is to refocus all aspects of the Australian state apparatus on China as an integral part of Washington’s confrontational policies toward Beijing.

Renewed US pressure for increased Australian military spending

By James Cogan, 6 April 2013

The military expansion will inevitably be at the expense of the living standards of the working class.

Health study: Austerity is costing lives in Europe

By Dietmar Henning, 6 April 2013

Large sections of the European population are paying with their health, or even their lives, for EU-dictated austerity measures.

US-backed Central African Republic coup leaders seek international support

By Thomas Gaist, 6 April 2013

The imperialist-backed Seleka rebels who took power in CAR in a coup last month are re-establishing diplomatic ties with other African countries.

Oil spills in Minnesota and Arkansas

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 April 2013

Two spills occur while the Obama administration considers the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

School districts across New York face cuts

By Steve Filips, 6 April 2013

State aid to public schools has not increased at a rate that will prevent many districts from laying off staff.

Disney shuts down video game developer LucasArts, lays off 150 staff

By Kevin Martinez, 6 April 2013

Following the $4 billion acquisition of the parent company Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Company, all current projects and staff at Lucas Arts have been suspended.

New in Romanian

Somajul în Europa creşte continuu de 22 de luni

De Stefan Steinberg, 6 aprilie 2013

Cele mai recente date de la biroul de Statistică Eurostat confirmă că aprofundarea recesiunii economice pe continent se materializează tot mai mult într-o creştere a somajului şi într-o scădere a nivelului de trai.

New in French

Washington intensifie l’intervention en Syrie

Par Bill Van Auken, 6 avril 2013

Les militaires américains et jordaniens ont renforcé un programme pour l’entraînement de milliers de combattants armés destinés à être envoyés en Syrie dans le but d’assurer une zone tampon dans le Sud du pays.

Un rapport révèle la paupérisation rapide de la classe ouvrière espagnole

Par Alejandro Lopez, 6 avril 2013

Des rapports récents publiés par plusieurs organisations de statistiques révèlent à quel point la paupérisation de la classe ouvrière espagnole a été massive et rapide.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2000
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New in German

Obamas „Regieanweisung“ und die Gefahr eines Atomkriegs in Asien

Von Peter Symonds, 6. April 2013

Obamas Provokationen gegen Nordkorea heizen die Spannungen an und erhöhen die Kriegsgefahr. Das nordkoreanische Regime wird verteufelt, und die eigene Aufrüstung als „rein defensiv“ hingestellt.

Washington eskaliert Intervention in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. April 2013

Das amerikanische und jordanische Militär haben ihr Ausbildungsprogramm für tausende von bewaffneten Kämpfern verstärkt, die nach Syrien geschickt werden sollen, um im Süden des Landes eine Pufferzone einzurichten.

CERN bestätigt Higgs-Entdeckung

Von Bryan Dyne, 6. April 2013

Physiker der Europäischen Organisation für Kernforschung (CERN) gaben bekannt, dass es sich bei dem im vergangenen Jahr neu entdeckten Elementarteilchen um das langgesuchte Higgs-Boson handelt.

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Perspective

Obama attacks Medicare and Social Security

6 April 2013

The new Obama budget will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from vital programs on which millions of retired and disabled people depend.

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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 2005

We publish 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

Multi-billionaire Dan Gilbert seeks to cash in on Detroit’s financial dictatorship

By Lawrence Porter, 6 April 2013

Dan Gilbert, the multi-billionaire owner of Quicken Loans, has unveiled a plan to gentrify downtown Detroit with the aid of the newly installed emergency manager.

UK: The political fraud of the “anti-bedroom tax” campaign

By Steve James, 6 April 2013

The pseudo-left parties in the UK are using opposition to the introduction of the “bedroom tax” to help the trade unions, Labour Party and Scottish National Party posture as opponents of austerity.

Obama’s “playbook” and the threat of nuclear war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2013

Atlanta testing scandal exposes fraud of anti-public school “reform”

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 3 April 2013

Correspondence

Letter from Washington, DC
Teacher opposes assault on public schools

5 April 2013

History

Understanding Lincoln: An interview with historian Allen Guelzo

3 April 2013

Leading Abraham Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo recently spoke with Tom Mackaman of the World Socialist Web Site.

Detroit in Crisis

Wayne State University IYSSE holds meeting opposing financial dictatorship in Detroit

By Bryan Dyne, 6 April 2013

SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore spoke to an audience of students, retirees and workers at a public meeting called to oppose the appointment of a financial manager in Detroit.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 April 2013

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

One month after victimization of Alex Wassell
UAW breaks silence on Chrysler firing skilled tradesman

By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2013

Arts Review

The Gatekeepers from Israel and a film version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

By Joanne Laurier, 4 April 2013

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

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 March 2013

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

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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