Obama budget slashes Social Security, Medicare

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2013

US President Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal Wednesday, calling for a historic attack on Medicare and Social Security.

Newark, New Jersey students protest education cuts

By Dan Brennan, 11 April 2013

Hundreds of high school students in Newark, New Jersey walked out of class Tuesday to protest millions of dollars in education cuts.

British parliament unites in praise of Margaret Thatcher

By Julie Hyland, 11 April 2013

The recall of Britain’s parliament was the occasion for the government and opposition Labour Party to applaud Margaret Thatcher’s right-wing nostrums and assault on the working class.

US inflames North Korean missile scare

By Joseph Santolan, 11 April 2013

Washington has set in motion a regional game of geopolitical brinkmanship in which the stakes are the possibility of nuclear war.

Australian PM visits China amid sharpening regional tensions

By Peter Symonds, 11 April 2013

Gillard’s trip has only heightened the dilemma confronting Australian capitalism because of its economic dependence on China and its strategic reliance on US imperialism.

Japan’s Fukushima plant leaking radioactive water

By John Watanabe, 11 April 2013

TEPCO and the government are, as always, trying to downplay the significance of the leakages.

Brazil’s economy beset by inflation, lagging production

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013

The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.

The attack on UK health care and the case of Leeds General Infirmary

By Liz Smith, 11 April 2013

The ongoing crisis of Leeds General Infirmary, in which child heart surgery provision was suspended, reveals the grave consequences of the deliberate running down of National Health Service resources.

Germany: Bundestag allows police access to private PINs and passwords

By Johann Müller, 11 April 2013

Revisions to the German Telecommunication Act legalise the monitoring of private data stored on mobile phones and in the Internet.

What is the Common Core US education initiative?

By Allison Smith and Phyllis Scherrer, 11 April 2013

Common Core standards are being implemented in K-12 classrooms across the US this year. They have been promoted by the Obama administration, corporations and teachers’ unions.

Common Core: A California kindergarten teacher’s experience

By our reporter, 11 April 2013

A kindergarten teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District in Southern California spoke with the WSWS about the impact of the Common Core curriculum.

US states de-fund public education through expanded voucher schemes

By Zac Corrigan, 11 April 2013

Various state programs divert an ever-increasing amount of funding from the public education system to private schools.

New in Italian

Mentre la crisi di governo si protrae
Presidente Napolitano nomina commissioni di esperti

Di Marianne Arens, 11 aprile 2013

La classe dirigente italiana sta disperatamente tentando di vanificare i risultati delle elezioni del 25 febbraio e di costruire un meccanismo politico che faccia continuare le politiche di austerità respinte dall'elettorato.

New in Romanian

Moştenirea lui Thatcher

De Julie Hyland şi Chris Marsden, 11 aprilie 2013

Cei mai mulţi muncitori au salutat anunţul dispariţiei ei cu o indiferenţă rece, cu dispreţ, şi, în unele cazuri, sărbătorind.

New in Turkish

ABD olası görüşmeler için işaret verirken Kuzey Kore’yi tehdit ediyor

Alex Lantier, 11 Nisan 2013

Hem ABD hem de Kuzey Kore tarafından düzenlenen tatbikatların ortasında, krizin, ABD tarafından tırmandırılmasına ilişkin Obama yönetimince aylar öncesinden hazırlanmış bir “senaryo”yu izlediği yollu açıklamaların ardından, Kore Yarımadası’ndaki savaş korkusu sürüyor.

Obama’nın ikinci dönemi: Toplumsal karşı-devrimde yeni bir aşama

Andre Damon, 11 Nisan 2013

Obama yönetiminin ikinci dönemdeki faaliyetleri, ilk dönemde zaten belli olan şeylerin doğrulanmasıdır: ABD’deki siyasi sistem, başında ister Demokratlar isterse Cumhuriyetçiler olsun, halkın büyük çoğunluğunu oluşturan işçi sınıfının ihtiyaçlarına ve çıkarlarına kulak asmamaktadır. O, bütünüyle şirketlerin ve mali sektörün seçkinlerinin taleplerine tabi bir sistemdir.

New in French

La face brutale du néocolonialisme en Afghanistan

Par Bill Van Auken, 11 avril 2013

La tentative d'exploiter la mort d'une jeune fonctionnaire du ministère des Affaires étrangères pour présenter la guerre en Afghanistan comme un exercice d'altruisme américain est démentie par les meurtres et l'oppression continus infligés à la population civile.

Crise de l’industrie automobile en Europe de l’Est

Par Markus Salzmann, 11 avril 2013

Les bas salaires ne sont plus assez bas et les entreprises automobiles délocalisent de plus en plus souvent la production vers l’Afrique 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

Zypern und die EU

Von Christoph Dreier, 11. April 2013

Mit der Zypernkrise zeigt sich die EU als Arena, in der die herrschenden Eliten um die Vorherrschaft in Europa kämpfen, und als wichtigstes Instrument, um die sozialen Rechte der Arbeiter zu zerschlagen.

Chinas Dilemma wegen der Korea-Krise

Von John Chan, 11. April 2013

In den herrschenden Kreisen Chinas ist eine Debatte um das langjährige Bündnis mit Nordkorea entstanden.

Putin auf der Hannover Messe: wachsende Spannungen zwischen Berlin und Moskau

Von Clara Weiss, 11. April 2013

Das ambivalente Verhältnis zwischen Moskau und Berlin wird durch wachsende wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und zunehmende politische Differenzen geprägt.

Das brutale Gesicht des Neokolonialismus in Afghanistan

Von Bill Van Auken, 11. April 2013

Die USA versuchen nach dem Tod einer jungen Beamtin ihres Außenministeriums, den Krieg in Afghanistan als einen Akt amerikanischer Selbstlosigkeit darzustellen. Dem aber stehen die andauernde Unterdrückung und das Abschlachten der Zivilbevölkerung entgegen.

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The Cypriot bailout marks a new stage in the euro crisis

11 April 2013

Fifty-five years after the founding of the European Economic Community, the project of unifying Europe on a capitalist basis has been irrevocably shattered by the global economic crisis.

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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 2006

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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Arts Review

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

By Christine Schofelt, 11 April 2013

Untold History is a 10-part documentary series that premiered on Showtime in November 2012. Its stated aim is to shed light on little known or deliberately obscured aspects of American history.

Remembering Cleotha Staples and the Staple Singers

By Hiram Lee, 10 April 2013

SXSW Music Festival 2013—Part 1

By Zac Corrigan, 9 April 2013

Detroit in Crisis

Detroit area gas explosion reveals deadly state of pipeline infrastructure

By James Brewer, 11 April 2013

Utility company Consumers Energy released an interim report that covers up its responsibility in a recent lethal explosion.

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

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Auto Workers Struggles

General Motors in drive to cut skilled trades jobs in US plants

By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2013

GM is seeking to eliminate skilled and high seniority workers in order to slash costs.

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Stalinist daily l’Humanité defends French government in Cahuzac scandal

By Olivier Laurent, 11 April 2013

The Stalinist daily’s April 3 editorial on ex-budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s confession to tax evasion defends the Socialist Party government.

The brutal face of neocolonialism in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2013

Obama on gun control: An exercise in concealing harsh social truths

By David Walsh, 10 April 2013

Thatcher’s legacy

By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden, 9 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.

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.

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

11 April 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site