Media rush to judgment in Boston Marathon bombing

By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013

At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.

Australian think tank outlines US plans for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2013

“The Pentagon has started to ‘think about the unthinkable’: a military strategy for fighting and winning a potential war against China.”

Narrow victory for Maduro in Venezuelan elections

By Rafael Azul, 16 April 2013

Nicolás Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela by a razor-thin margin that reflected mounting social discontent.

Syrian opposition militia declares allegiance to Al Qaeda

By Niall Green, 16 April 2013

The leading fighting group in the US-backed war against the Syrian government has announced its loyalty to Al Qaeda.

Emergency manager to impose contract on Detroit firefighters

By WSWS reporting team, 16 April 2013

Detroit firefighters will have a new contract imposed on them by emergency manager Kevyn Orr starting July 1.

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US Head Start preschool program hit with sequester cuts

By Danielle DeSaxe, 16 April 2013

The Obama administration has announced that Head Start, a federally funded program that provides preschool for low-income families, will face cuts.

German Defence Minister prevented from speaking at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Ernst Wolff, 16 April 2013

Protesting students in Berlin prevented Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas from delivering a lecture.

British banks engulfed in new scandals

By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2013

The Parliamentary Commission on Banking declared that HBOS crashed after a lack of risk controls, rapid and aggressive expansion and poor management amounting to a “colossal failure” on the part of bank executives

Health workers in southern England forced to sign new low-pay contracts

By Ajanta Silva, 16 April 2013

TQtwentyone, a large National Health Service provider operating in southern England, is seeking to cut workers’ pay, terms and conditions.

Australian government guts university funding, promotes private schools

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 April 2013

Gillard is slashing university budgets to fund school “reforms” that will lead to public school closures and accelerate the shift of students into private schools.

Union seeks to divert New Zealand teachers’ protests

By our reporters, 16 April 2013

The demonstrations were designed to head off an emerging rebellion among teachers against the union by putting on a hypocritical show of “opposing” the government’s policies.

New in Italian

Bersani e Berlusconi discutono la formazione di un governo di coalizione

Di Marianne Arens e Peter Schwarz, 16 aprile 2013

Sette settimane dopo le recenti elezioni politiche, il Partito Democratico e il Popolo della Libertà discutono un governo di grande coalizione.

New in Spanish

Revaloración del yen japonés intensifica las guerras monetarias

Por Nick Beams, 16 Abril 2013

La semana pasada el Banco de Japón (BOJ) decidió duplicar, durante los próximos dos años, el dinero en circulación del país por medio de enormes compras de bonos gubernamentales de largo plazo.

Cientos de miles de estudiantes chilenos marchan en defensa del derecho a la educación

Por Bill Van Auken, 16 Abril 2013

Aproximadamente un cuarto de millón de estudiantes participaron en manifestaciones por todo Chile el jueves pasado para exigir la buena educación gratis para todos.

New in German

Japans Geldschwemme verschärft Währungskrieg

Von Nick Beams, 16. April 2013

Die Verdoppelung der Geldreserven durch die japanische Zentralbank wird sowohl zu einer weiteren Verschärfung der Weltwirtschaftskrise, als auch zu heftigen Angriffen auf die japanische Arbeiterklasse führen.

Berlin: Euro-Gegner gründen Partei

Von Ulrich Rippert, 16. April 2013

Die Alternative für Deutschland ist ein Versuch, den wachsenden Widerstand gegen die unsoziale Politik der EU in rechte nationalistische Bahnen zu lenken.

Programmparteitag der SPD

Von Christoph Dreier, 16. April 2013

Von dem Wahlprogrammparteitag der SPD in Augsburg ist ein deutliches Signal ausgegangen: die SPD stimmt in allen wesentlichen Fragen mit der Bundesregierung überein und verspricht, die sozialen Angriffe in Europa im Wahlkampf nicht zu thematisieren.

US-Außenminister erpresst China mit Nordkorea

Von John Chan, 16. April 2013

Peking soll Nordkorea von seinem Atomprogramm abbringen. Andernfalls, so US-Außenminister Kerry, würden die USA weiter hochmoderne Waffen in die Region schaffen.

Durchgesickerter Bericht enthüllt Folterungen und Morde der Armee in ägyptischer Revolution

Von Johannes Stern, 16. April 2013

Der britische Guardian veröffentlichte vergangenen Mittwoch einen ausführlichen Beitrag unter dem Titel “Das ägyptische Militär nahm während der Revolution an Folterungen und Tötungen teil“.

Siemens streicht im Industriesektor 4.000 Arbeitsplätze

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16. April 2013

Siemens will im Industriesektor weltweit 4.000 Arbeitsplätze streichen, um bis 2014 1,1 Milliarden Euro einzusparen und die Rendite auf 14 Prozent zu steigern.

New in French

La "gauche" petite-bourgeoise fait la promotion de la guerre de la CIA en Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 16 avril 2013

La « gauche » petite-bourgeoise a réagi à la publication de rapports détaillés sur le rôle de la CIA et son soutien aux forces islamistes dans la guerre par procuration menée par les États-Unis en Syrie, en intensifiant son soutien à cette guerre.

Les câbles de WikiLeaks confirment les collusions entre le Vatican et des dictateurs

Par Marc Wells, 16 avril 2013

Les documents de WikiLeaks confirment les liens entre le Vatican et les dictatures, du Chili d'Augusto Pinochet à l'Argentine de Jorge Rafael Videla ou à l'Espagne de Francisco Franco.

Il y a 75 ans: La chute du gouvernement français de Front populaire

16 avril 2013

Le deuxième gouvernement de Front populaire de Léon Blum s'effondra le 10 avril 1938.

Il y a 100 ans : La Belgique paralysée par une grève générale

16 avril 2013

A partir du 14 avril 1913, la Belgique fut secouée par une grève de masse qui mobilisa jusqu'à 400 000 travailleurs.

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Perspective

Moscow calls Obama’s human rights bluff

16 April 2013

If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.

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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 2007

We publish today the tenth installment in the year-by-year Chronology. The events of 2007 demonstrated that it was impossible to fight the growth of militarism, in the United States and internationally, through the old political parties and the machinery of bourgeois democracy.

15th Anniversary page »

Socialist Equality Party

WSWS 15th anniversary meeting held in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 16 April 2013

David North, WSWS international editorial board chairman and SEP (US) national chairman, addressed the meeting, drawing attention to the programmatic and theoretical foundations of the WSWS.

David North to address public meetings:
15 Years of the World Socialist Web Site

April 21, 2pm - Toronto, Ontario

May 5, 2pm - London, England

May 11, 3pm - Berlin, Germany

Commentary

Cahuzac affair exposes bankruptcy of French petty-bourgeois “left”

By Anthony Torres, 16 April 2013

The scandal over tax evasion by former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac, which has destabilised the government of President François Hollande, exposes the entire French political establishment.

The great unmentionable: Mass unemployment in America

By Andre Damon, 15 April 2013

WikiLeaks cables confirm collusion between Vatican and dictators

By Marc Wells, 15 April 2013

Japan’s monetary boost to escalate currency wars

By Nick Beams, 13 April 2013

Sri Lankan pseudo lefts back bogus US calls for human rights

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 13 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan plantation unions sign secret wage deal

By M. Thevaraja and W. A. Sunil, 16 April 2013

The agreement was the result of a coordinated effort by the unions, employers and the government to pre-empt any struggle of workers for a wage increase.

US Postal Service announces new attacks on workers

By James Brewer, 16 April 2013

The USPS Board of Governors announced its intention to reopen the contracts of postal workers in order to impose new wage and benefit concessions.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 April 2013

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

Arts Review

SXSW Music Festival 2013—Part 2

By Zac Corrigan, 16 April 2013

South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas has grown from a local independent music showcase into one of the largest music festivals in the world. This is the second article on the 2013 festival.

Auto Workers Struggles

Chrysler Canada intensifies shop floor harassment

By Carl Bronski, 15 April 2013

India: Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers stage fresh protests

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 April 2013

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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.

Detroit in Crisis

Detroit Mayor Bing proposes $300 million cut in city budget

By Bryan Dyne, 15 April 2013

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013

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Crisis in Education

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

25 years ago: Israeli death squad murders PLO leader

In an April 16, 1988 pre-dawn raid on his home in Tunis, Palestinian leader Abu Jihad was shot to death by an Israeli assassination team.

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50 years ago: King issues “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. issued his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

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75 years ago: Britain signs deal with Italian fascism

In the Italian capital on April 16, 1938, the British and Italian governments signed a series of agreements that saw the government in London acknowledge Italy’s imperialist control of Ethiopia.

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100 years ago: Racist Alien Land Act passed in California

On April 16, 1913, the Webb-Heney Alien Land Act was passed in California’s House of Representatives.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

16 April 2013

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