Kerry issues war threat over Korea

By Alex Lantier, 13 April 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul yesterday, beginning a three-nation East Asian tour dominated by escalating US threats against North Korea.

European Union demands more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2013

Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has warned that Greece needed to “speed up its efforts” in order to comply with the troika’s austerity programme.

Hundreds of thousands of students march in Chile for education rights

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2013

An estimated quarter of a million students joined in demonstrations across Chile to press their demand for free and decent education for all.

Maduro prepares cutbacks for post-election Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 13 April 2013

With the special election to replace Hugo Chávez taking place on Sunday, Chávez’s chosen successor, Nicolás Maduro, has announced cuts in the face of worsening economic conditions.

Sharp decline in employer-sponsored health coverage in US

By Kate Randall, 13 April 2013

The number of Americans covered by employer-sponsored health plans has dropped 10 percent in a decade, while premiums charged by private insurers have more than doubled.

Washington state nuclear workers face layoffs after sequester cuts

By J.W. Noeli and Hector Cordon, 13 April 2013

Hundreds of workers involved in the critical cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been laid off, with thousands more to be furloughed.

European Union demands more austerity in Spain

By Alejandro López, 13 April 2013

A deepening of the austerity measures that have already devastated Spanish workers’ livelihoods is demanded by the EU.

Putin in Germany: Rising tensions between Moscow and Berlin

By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2013

The relationship between Moscow and Berlin is characterized simultaneously by growing economic cooperation and increasing political tensions.

French government law increases worker exploitation

By Pierre Mabut, 13 April 2013

With the consent of the trade unions, the French Socialist Party government has enacted a law increasing the exploitation of the working class.

Australia’s “border protection” not just about refugees

By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2013

The unstated purpose of Australia’s Border Protection Command is to monitor key Asian shipping lanes as part of the US preparations for war against China.

France launches military, propaganda offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 13 April 2013

Contrary to the French president’s claims that his country made a lightning response to a terrorist threat, the invasion of Mali was prepared long beforehand.

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Η κληρονομιά της Θάτσερ

Του Τζούλι Χάιλαντ και Κρις Μάρσντεν, 13 Απριλίου 2013

Οι περισσότεροι εργαζόμενοι πρόκειται να δεχθούν την αναγγελία του θανάτου της με ψυχρή αδιαφορία, περιφρόνηση, και, σε μερικές περιπτώσεις, με εορτασμούς.

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Cel de-al doilea mandat a lui Obama: o nouă etapă a contrarevoluţiei sociale

De Andre Damon, 13 aprilie 2013

Cel de-al doilea mandat al Preşedintelui Obama se caracterizează de la început printr-o intensificare a contrarevoluţiei sociale în SUA , a militarismului american în afara graniţelor ţării şi un asalt fără precedent asupra drepturilor democratice.

Industria auto din Europa de Est este în criză

De Markus Salzmann, 13 aprilie 2013

Ca urmare a faptului că salariile nu mai sunt suficient de scăzute, producătorii din industria auto mută fabricile în Africa de Nord.

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Le régime égyptien soutenu par les Etats-Unis attise la violence sectaire

Par Johannes Stern, 13 avril 2013

Le gouvernement impopulaire du président islamiste Mohamed Morsi cherche à canaliser le mécontentement populaire grandissant vers des conflits réactionnaires et sectaires.

Canada: Harper et Marois imposent l'austérité

Par Richard Dufour, 13 avril 2013

La commission sur l'assurance-emploi mise sur pied par le PQ a pour objectif de camoufler ses propres compressions budgétaires, qui frappent la classe ouvrière tout aussi durement que l'assaut conservateur sur les chômeurs.

Les intérêts économiques derrière la participation canadienne dans la guerre en Libye

Par Laurent Lafrance, 13 avril 2013

Des documents révèlent que le Canada avait lancé une campagne commerciale en Libye un mois avant la fin de la guerre dans ce pays en 2011, démasquant le prétexte d’une intervention «humanitaire» avancé par tous les partis politiques du Parlement canadien.

La législation du gouvernement français intensifie l'exploitation des travailleurs

Par Pierre Mabut, 13 avril 2013

Avec le consentement des syndicats, le gouvernement du Parti socialiste a promulgué une loi rendant l'industrie plus compétitive sur le marché mondial en intensifant l'exploitation de la classe ouvrière.

Il faut refuser la dictature des banquiers à Detroit !

Par le Parti l'égalité socialiste, 13 avril 2013

Pour une période indéfinie, l'administrateur d'urgence peut édicter des règlements, remplacer tous les représentants élus, déployer la police, rompre des contrats et prendre à son compte tous les pouvoirs du conseil municipal. Il se servira de ces pouvoirs dictatoriaux pour attaquer la classe ouvrière.

Les partisans en banqueroute intellectuellede Django Unchained et Zero Dark Thirty

Par David Walsh, 13 avril 2013

La sortie de Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty et Django Unchained vers la fin 2012 a déclenché un débat médiatique intense et toujours en cours au sujet des mérites respectifs de ces films et des questions historiques qui leurs sont associées.

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Ägyptisches Regime schürt sektiererische Gewalt

Von Johannes Stern, 13. April 2013

Die unpopuläre Regierung des islamistischen Präsidenten Mohammed Mursi versucht, die wachsende Unzufriedenheit der Bevölkerung in reaktionäre und sektiererische Bahnen zu lenken.

Linkspartei bekennt sich zu Schuldenbremse

Von Hendrik Paul, 13. April 2013

Mit der Zustimmung zur Schuldenbremse in Sachsen signalisieren Vertreter der Linkspartei ihre Bereitschaft, die Politik der sozialen Kürzungen auch auf Bundesebene zu unterstützen.

Regierungszeugen dürfen beim Prozess gegen Bradley Manning anonym aussagen

Von Naomi Spencer, 13. April 2013

Eine Militärrichterin hat der Regierung gestattet, Zeugen im Prozess gegen den mutmaßlichen Informanten Bradley Manning anonym aussagen zu lassen.

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Perspective

Japan’s monetary boost to escalate currency wars

13 April 2013

The Bank of Japan’s “quantitative easing” policy will both fuel the deepening global economic crisis and stimulate further attacks on the Japanese working class.

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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 2006

In 2006, the bloody war in Iraq entered its fourth year, with the eruption of full-scale inter-communal civil strife between Sunni and Shi’ite-based militias, stoked by the US occupation. As the US began to ramp up threats against Iran, it also encouraged brutal wars by its allies, including the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

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Mehring Books

Mehring Books Spring Sale ends Saturday

13 April 2013

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the launch of a one-week Spring Sale. We are offering discounts of up to 50 percent on a wide range of titles. Take advantage of this sale to build up your Marxist library or introduce your friends to socialism.

Commentary

Sri Lankan pseudo lefts back bogus US calls for human rights

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 13 April 2013

The NSSP has joined the right-wing UNP to appeal to the Rajapakse government to implement the recent UN resolution on human rights abuses.

Obama’s budget

By Joseph Kishore, 12 April 2013

The petty-bourgeois “left” promotes the CIA war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers stage fresh protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 April 2013

Victimized workers from the Maruti Suzuki car assembly plant at Manesar, Haryana continue to mount protests against their arbitrary dismissal and the jailing of almost 150 workers on grave, trumped-up criminal charges.

General Motors in drive to cut skilled trades jobs in US plants

By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2013

GM is seeking to eliminate skilled and high seniority workers in order to slash costs.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 April 2013

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

Arts Review

No from Chile and The Sapphires from Australia

By Joanne Laurier, 12 April 2013

Remembering Cleotha Staples and the Staple Singers

By Hiram Lee, 10 April 2013

Detroit in Crisis

Detroit area gas explosion reveals deadly state of pipeline infrastructure

By James Brewer, 11 April 2013

A Call to Action
Oppose the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013

For an indefinite period of time, Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, can enact laws, replace all elected officials, deploy the police, rip up contracts and assume all the powers of government.

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Crisis in Education

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

25 years ago: Thousands of Pakistani casualties on eve of Afghanistan accord

A massive explosion at a supply depot in the capital region of Pakistan killed an undetermined number of people on April 10, 1988.

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50 years ago: Diefenbaker loses Canada election amidst US intervention

On April 8, 1963, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was defeated by the Liberal Party led by Lester Pearson.

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75 years ago: Popular Front government falls in France

Leon Blum’s second French Popular Front ministry collapsed on April 10, 1938.

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100 years ago: Belgium paralyzed by general strike

Beginning on April 14, 1913, Belgium was convulsed by a mass strike that mobilized up to 400,000 workers.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

13 April 2013

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