Child poverty in US among the highest in developed world

By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2013

A new report by the United Nations details the growing levels of poverty facing children in the major capitalist countries, with the US ranking near the bottom on all metrics.

Taiwan holds military exercises amid rising US-China tensions

By John Chan, 18 April 2013

Taiwan launched live-fire exercises this week, based on the premise of countering a Chinese attack on islands in the Taiwan Strait.

Media hysteria grows over Boston bombing

By Barry Grey, 18 April 2013

While the nation, including the people of Boston, have remained calm, deeply saddened and shocked by the bombings as they are, the media and their leading personnel present a picture of disorientation and panic.

IMF slashes world growth outlook

By Andre Damon, 18 April 2013

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its 2013 outlook for the world economy Tuesday amid mounting signs that the global slump is intensifying.

Sequestration cuts hit Michigan

By Lawrence Porter, 18 April 2013

As a result of the sequester cuts signed by President Obama, $150 million will be cut from programs that particularly affect the poor in Michigan.

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German SPD conference approves election program

By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2013

The Social Democratic Party Augsburg conference sent a clear message that the party agrees with the Merkel government’s austerity policy.

Australian PM dismisses refugee hunger strike over ASIO bans

By Mark Church, 18 April 2013

Prime Minister Gillard has defended the powers of the domestic intelligence agency, which are being used to keep 55 refugees in indefinite detention.

Britain’s involvement in assassination of Congo’s Lumumba confirmed

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2013

A senior British politician has revealed Britain’s involvement in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister.

Floods devastate Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2013

Torrential storms and floods affected 450,000 people and killed 58 in Argentina.

New York stop-and-frisk trial bares massive police abuse

By Sandy English, 18 April 2013

Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.

Homeless in San Diego, California
Life on the street in “America’s Finest City”

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013

San Diego, California ranks third in the nation for the number of homeless, with estimates of 10,000.

Mass layoffs in Illinois

By Shane Feratu and Jeff Lusanne, 18 April 2013

A large number of companies in Illinois have announced closures and job cuts.

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Caída del precio del oro indica deflación mundial

Por Nick Beams, 18 Abril 2013

La rápida caída del precio del oro durante los últimos días—la peor en más de 30 años—indica que tendencias deflacionarias ahora toman fuerza por toda la economía mundial.

New in French

Kerry menace d’aller en guerre à propos de la Corée

Par Alex Lantier, 18 avril 2013

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères américain John Kerry est allé dans la capitale Sud-coréenne, Séoul le week-end dernier pour la première partie d'une tournée de trois pays en Asie orientale. Cette visite est placée sous le signe des menaces de guerre américaines de plus en plus nettes contre la Corée du Nord.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2001
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Ein weiteres gutes Jahr für Hedgefond-Milliardäre

Von Andre Damon, 18. April 2013

Trotz Massenarbeitslosigkeit, wachsender Armut und sinkenden Löhnen haben die Betreiber von Hedgefonds an der Wall Street auch im letzten Jahr wieder astronomisch hohe Gehaltspakete kassiert.

Opel-Aufsichtsrat beschließt Werkschließung in Bochum

Von Ulrich Rippert, 18. April 2013

Ende 2014 wird die Produktion in dem 50 Jahre alten Bochumer Opel-Werk, das in seinen besten Zeiten bis zu 20.000 Arbeiter beschäftigte, endgültig eingestellt.

Gipfeltreffen in Dublin: EU-Finanzminister fordern mehr Austerität

Von Stefan Steinberg, 18. April 2013

Obwohl die Rezession in Europa anhält, haben sich die europäischen Finanzminister am Wochenende in Dublin auf weitere Sparpakete geeinigt.

OLG München verschiebt NSU-Prozessauftakt

Von Sven Heymanns, 18. April 2013

Die Verschiebung stellt einen Affront gegen die Angehörigen der Opfer des Nationalsozialistischen Untergrunds (NSU) dar, von denen 77 in dem Prozess als Nebenkläger auftreten.

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Perspective

Thatcher’s funeral: Pomp in the service of political reaction

18 April 2013

The sole reason that a lavish funeral could be held for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the most hated political figure in contemporary British history, was the absence of an outlet for oppositional sentiment.

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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 2007

We publish 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.

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Commentary

The US Justice Department brief for the assassination of US citizens
Part one

By Tom Carter and Eric London, 18 April 2013

Since the publication of the white paper, leading figures in the US political establishment have declared that the asserted power to assassinate includes the power to kill US citizens on US soil.

Another bumper year for hedge fund billionaires

By Andre Damon, 17 April 2013

New report documents US war crimes over three administrations

By Ed Hightower, 17 April 2013

More than 10 million Americans among the working poor

By Kate Randall, 17 April 2013

Gold price fall points to global deflation

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Locked-out American Crystal workers narrowly pass concessions contract

By Michael Stapleton, 18 April 2013

The ratification ended the 20-month lockout by American Crystal Sugar Company.

Australia: Victorian teachers’ union shuts down industrial campaign

By Will Marshall, 17 April 2013

Socialist Equality Party

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

April 21, 2pm - Toronto, Ontario

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May 11, 3pm - Berlin, Germany

WSWS 15th anniversary meeting held in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 16 April 2013

Arts Review

The Place Beyond the Pines: Fathers and sons

By David Walsh, 18 April 2013

The new film from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, 2010), set in and around Schenectady, New York, is made up of several interconnected stories that take place over the course of fifteen years.

Correspondence

Observations from a visit to Cuba

18 April 2013

Wealth and poverty coexist on this island as in any other country in the region.

Letters from our readers

18 April 2013

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

Detroit in Crisis

Emergency manager to select former law firm as Detroit’s “restructuring counsel”

By Bryan Dyne, 17 April 2013

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE challenges unions, Greens at Australian student protests

By our correspondents, 18 April 2013

IYSSE members spoke at rallies in Sydney and Melbourne against the Labor government’s huge cutbacks to university funding.

Fight Labor’s cuts! For a socialist perspective to defend education!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) Australia, 17 April 2013

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.

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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