Fertilizer plant explosion kills up to 20, wounds 160 in Texas

By Naomi Spencer, 19 April 2013

A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant obliterated part of the small town of West, Texas Wednesday evening.

US deploys troops to Jordan, prepares to invade Syria

By Alex Lantier, 19 April 2013

US forces deployed by the Obama administration to Jordan will plan for a rapid build-up of 20,000 or more US troops, preparing an invasion of Syria.

EU, Greek government plan more mass layoffs, privatisations

By Robert Stevens, 19 April 2013

Under terms agreed with the “troika” some 15,000 public sector workers will lose their jobs by the end of 2014, including 4,000 jobs this year.

Dozens of migrant farmworkers shot in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 19 April 2013

Thirty or more migrant workers have been wounded in a shooting on a strawberry farm in southern Greece. Eight of the workers remain in critical condition.

GM and German metal workers union collaborate against Opel workers

By Dietmar Henning, 19 April 2013

The closure of Opel’s factory in Bochum is central to GM’s strategy and a prelude to a fundamental restructuring of its European operations.

US leaves door ajar for talks with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2013

Washington’s intention all along had been to manipulate the Korean crisis, despite the danger of precipitating a conflict, to extract concessions from Beijing.

Australian big business launches campaign for austerity, market “reform”

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 April 2013

The Business Council of Australia has outlined pre-election demands aimed at boosting corporate profits and productivity at the expense of workers.

Mississippi man arrested in ricin mailings to officials

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2013

The arrest came after the Capitol was shut down for hours Wednesday, amid reports that poisoned envelopes had been mailed to US officials.

Ontario Liberals to keep raising post-secondary tuition fees

By Dylan Lubao, 19 April 2013

Ontario’s NDP-backed minority Liberal government has announced plans to raise university tuition fees to $8,000 by 2016.

California’s alarming demographic trends

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 19 April 2013

The demographic trends of the past eight years point to a staggering level of social distress in California.

Germany’s Left Party pledges support for debt ceiling

By Hendrik Paul, 19 April 2013

The Left Party has endorsed constitutional amendments that will commit federal and state governments to brutal austerity policies.

German state court defers trial of neo-Nazi gang

By Sven Heymann, 19 April 2013

The deferment of the trial of the National Socialist Underground is an affront to the families of the victims of the neo-Nazi murder gang.

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Obama proclame que les attentats de Boston sont un « acte de terrorisme »

Par Bill Van Auken, 19 avril 2013

Le président Barack Obama a utilisé, mardi 16 avril, une séance d’information pour qualifier les attentats à la bombe perpétrés la veille au Marathon de Boston, d’« acte de terrorisme » et ce bien que le FBI et la police n’ont toujours ni suspect ni motif pour ces attentats

Une milice de l'opposition syrienne prête allégeance à Al-Qaïda

Par Niall Green, 19 avril 2013

le principal groupe combattant de l'opposition syrienne a ouvertement juré sa loyauté à Al-Qaïda.

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

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Linksparteikonferenz unterstützt imperialistische Intervention in Syrien

Von Johannes Stern, 19. April 2013

Die Linkspartei reagiert auf die Verschärfung der imperialistischen Intervention in Syrien, indem sie immer offener mit rechten islamistischen Kräften und dem US-Imperialismus zusammenarbeitet.

Fall des Goldpreises deutet auf globale Deflation hin

Von Nick Beams, 19. April 2013

Der plötzliche Rückgang des Goldpreises ist ein deutliches Anzeichen für deflationäre Tendenzen in der Weltwirtschaft.

Zunehmende Medienhysterie um Anschläge in Boston

Von Barry Grey, 19. April 2013

Während die Bevölkerung der USA mit Trauer und Abscheu auf die Bombenanschläge reagiert und Ruhe bewahrt, versuchen die Medien, die Menschen zu desorientieren und Panik zu verbreiten.

Venezuela: Knapper Wahlsieg für Maduro

Von Rafael Azul, 19. April 2013

Nicolás Maduro gewann die Präsidentschaftswahlen in Venezuela mit einem hauchdünnen Vorsprung: ein klarer Ausdruck der wachsenden sozialen Unzufriedenheit.

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Perspective

Obama comes to Boston

19 April 2013

In this, his fifth speech in the wake of an incident of mass violence in America, Obama followed what is by now a tired template, invoking scripture, blaming evil and explaining nothing.

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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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Detroit in Crisis

Support D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for mayor of Detroit!
Throw out the emergency manager! End the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit!

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 April 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (US) is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit. The following is his statement announcing the campaign.

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013

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Socialist Equality Party

David North to address public meetings:
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Commentary

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

By Tom Carter and Eric London, 19 April 2013

The Obama administration has accelerated the drive toward dictatorship initiated by the Bush administration.

The reactionary nationalism of the “Alternative for Germany”

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2013

The emergence of a right-wing, anti-euro party in Germany is the logical consequence of Berlin’s European policy, which has the full support of the bourgeois “left.”

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

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 18 April 2013

Child poverty in US among the highest in developed world

By Nick Barrickman, 18 April 2013

Featured Interview

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

By Jake Dean and Toby Reese, 18 April 2013

Arts Review

Old Hats from Bill Irwin and David Shiner: An evening with the clowns

By Robert Fowler, 19 April 2013

Old Hats is a highly entertaining night out at the theater for people of all ages. Veteran performers Bill Irwin and David Shiner splendidly bounce off each other for the one hour and 50 minute show.

The Place Beyond the Pines: Fathers and sons

By David Walsh, 18 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 April 2013

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE challenges unions, Greens at Australian student protests

By our correspondents, 18 April 2013

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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