US threatens war with North Korea, demands China cut off support

By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2013

Over the weekend, US officials continued to threaten North Korea with war, demanding that China cut off its support to the North Korean regime in Pyongyang.

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program fail

By Peter Symonds, 8 April 2013

The collapse of the talks heightens the danger of rising tensions, further sanctions and US-led military attacks on Iran.

NATO strike kills 10 Afghan children after week of bloody fighting

By Thomas Gaist, 8 April 2013

A NATO airstrike killed 20 people in eastern Afghanistan during the weekend, including at least one woman and 10 children ages 1 to 12.

Steubenville, Ohio: Portrait of a rust belt city

By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 8 April 2013

Steubenville recently gained notoriety because of a tragedy last August which resulted in the conviction of two teenage boys for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Kansas anti-abortion bill defines life as beginning “at fertilization”

By Kate Randall, 8 April 2013

Kansas legislation defining life as a beginning “at fertilization” imposes new restrictions on abortion providers and women’s reproductive rights.

US infrastructure dilapidated, underfunded

By Clement Daly, 8 April 2013

The American Society of Civil Engineers assessed US infrastructure as “poor” and “at risk.”

UK politicians, media exploit children’s deaths to demand further attack on welfare

By Julie Hyland, 8 April 2013

Politicians in the UK have responded to the tragic deaths of six children in a house fire to demand even further cuts in welfare spending.

Hundreds of workers at Goss International France lose their jobs

By Gustav Kemper, 8 April 2013

Web offset giant Goss International intensifies its redundancy program, laying off 430 workers.

Indian building collapse kills 75

By Shree Haran and John Watanabe, 8 April 2013

The tragedy exposes the abysmal living conditions facing millions of working people in Mumbai, the country’s financial centre.

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Le scandale sur la fraude fiscale de Cahuzac et ses liens avec les néo-fascistes terrasse le Parti socialiste français

Par Alex Lantier, 8 avril 2013

Cahuzac a démissionné alors que le taux d'approbation d'Hollande atteignait de nouveaux records vers le bas, autour de 30 pour cent.

Affaire Cahuzac: L’Humanité défend le gouvernement français

Par Olivier Laurent, 8 avril 2013

Dans son éditorial du 3 avril, le quotidien stalinien utilise les aveux de Jérôme Cahuzac pour se lancer dans une défense du Parti socialiste.

SYRIZA fait un pacte politique avec la droite nationaliste

Par Christoph Dreier, 8 avril 2013

L’alliance avec les nationalistes d’extrême droite montre clairement le caractère de classe de SYRIZA.

Une étude sur la santé : l’austérité coûte des vies humaines en Europe

Par Dietmar Henning, 8 avril 2013

De vastes sections de la population européenne payent de leur santé, si ce n'est de leur vie, les mesures d’austérité dictées par l’UE.

Venezuela: La campagne de droite de Maduro annonce l’austérité

Par Alexander Fangmann, 7 avril 2013

Nicolás Maduro, le politicien choisi pour succéder à Chávez, mène une campagne de droite en tentant de s’attirer l’appui de l’armée et de l’Église catholique et en préparant des coupes sociales et l’austérité.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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Obama’s second term: a new stage in the social counterrevolution

8 April 2013

In the first three months of his second term in office, Barack Obama has presided over an assault on the social rights of the US working class unparalleled in its scope and ferocity.

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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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Detroit in Crisis

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

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.

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

By Lawrence Porter, 6 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers

By Jerry White, 8 April 2013

A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.

New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer

By our reporters, 8 April 2013

School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.

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

By Shannon Jones, 5 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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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


Obama attacks Medicare and Social Security

By Kate Randall, 6 April 2013

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

By Steve James, 6 April 2013


Letter from Washington, DC
Teacher opposes assault on public schools

5 April 2013


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.

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.