European Union demands cuts after Portuguese court rules bailout unconstitutional

By Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2013

The Portuguese Constitutional Court’s ruling against EU budget cuts reveals the politically criminal and illegal basis of the pan-European onslaught on the working class.

Obama defends plan to cut Medicare and Social Security

By Andre Damon, 9 April 2013

After media reports that the Obama administration plans to slash Medicare and Social Security in its latest budget proposal due to be released Wednesday, government officials have been seeking to diffuse popular opposition to the cuts.

Communities across US feel impact of sequestration cuts

By Kate Randall, 9 April 2013

The effects of the sequestration order signed by President Obama on March 1 began to be felt in earnest beginning April 1.

Obama’s dangerous “counter-provocation” plan against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2013

Washington is not simply responding to Pyongyang’s threats, but is engaged in reckless provocations of its own that risk the outbreak of war.

South Korea prepares for war amid US-China stand-off

By Ben McGrath, 9 April 2013

As the US escalates tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean bourgeoisie has moved to aggressively implement its own militaristic agenda.

European Union imposes austerity bailout on Cyprus

By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2013

The terms dictated to Cyprus by the European Union in exchange for a bailout are predicated on the destruction of the pay and conditions of the working class.

Britain: South West NHS Pay Cartel publishes plans to cut wages and conditions

By Ajanta Silva, 9 April 2013

The final business plan of the National Health Service management in the south west of England serves as a blueprint for reducing the pay and conditions for workers throughout the NHS.

Thousands of scientists protest US cuts to medical research

By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2013

Up to 15,000 scientists from around the country attended Monday’s rally, which was called by the American Association for Cancer Research.

AT&T workers reject contract, face déjà vu betrayal by union

By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013

AT&T West workers resoundingly rejected a proposed contract that would have capped wages at $22 an hour and offered paltry health care plans.

California union supports Democratic-sponsored attack on teachers

By Juan Verala Luz and Marc Wells, 9 April 2013

Proposed California Assembly Bill 375, sponsored by Democrats and supported by the union, expedites the firing of teachers.

General Motors-Holden to eliminate 500 more jobs in Australia

By James Cogan, 9 April 2013

The sackings will take the number of job losses in the Australian car industry to close to 2,000 in the past 12 months alone.

New in French

Le scénario préconçu d’Obama et la menace de guerre nucléaire en Asie

Par Peter Symonds, 9 avril 2013

Les Etats-Unis ont délibérément envenimé les tensions dans la péninsule coréenne, l’une des plus dangereuses poudrières d’Asie et accentué le danger de guerre.


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

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USA drohen mit Krieg und fordern China auf, Unterstützung einzustellen

Von Alex Lantier, 9. April 2013

Am Wochenende drohten Vertreter der US-Regierung Nordkorea erneut mit Krieg und forderten China auf, seine Unterstützung für das Regime in Pjöngjang einzustellen.

Cameron schürt Kriegsstimmung gegen Nordkorea

Von Chris Marsden, 9. April 2013

Großbritannien liefert wieder einmal die notwendigen Lügen, um eine militärische Aggression des US-Imperialismus zu rechtfertigen, mit der Washington seine weltweite Vorherrschaft sichern will.

Italiens Präsident begnadigt wegen CIA-Entführung verurteilten US-Oberst

Von Stefan Steinberg, 9. April 2013

Ende vergangener Woche begnadigte der italienische Präsident Giorgio Napolitano einen US-Oberst, der in einen Entführungsfall der CIA in Italien verwickelt war.

Die Krise der europäischen Autoindustrie

Von Markus Salzmann, 9. April 2013

Die Europäische Autokrise hat Osteuropa voll erfasst. Die Niedriglöhne der einstigen Wende-Staaten sind nicht mehr niedrig genug. Die Konzerne verlagern Teile der Produktion nach Nordafrika.

Japan kündigt “neue Dimension” bei quantitativer Lockerung an

Von Nick Beams, 9. April 2013

Die japanische Zentralbank hat den „massiven“ Ankauf von Staatsanleihen angekündigt.

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Thatcher’s legacy

9 April 2013

Most working people will have greeted the announcement of her demise with cold indifference, contempt, and, in some cases, celebration.

Earlier Perspectives »

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 2006

We publish today the eighth installment in the year-by-year Chronology. 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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Socialist Equality Party

David North addresses meetings in Australia on 15 years of the WSWS

By our correspondents, 9 April 2013

The WSWS international editorial board chairman outlined the historical method underlying the site, and drew special attention to the dangers of war in the Asia-Pacific region.

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 April 2013

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

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

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

By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2013

Arts Review

SXSW Music Festival 2013—Part 1

By Zac Corrigan, 9 April 2013

South by Southwest in Austin, Texas has grown from a local independent music showcase attracting some 700 registered attendees in 1987 into one of the largest music festivals in the world.

The Gatekeepers from Israel and a film version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

By Joanne Laurier, 4 April 2013


Obama’s second term: a new stage in the social counterrevolution

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2013

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

By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2013

Steubenville, Ohio: Portrait of a rust belt city

By Phyllis Scherrer and Samuel Davidson, 8 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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Letters from our readers

9 April 2013

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

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.