Bombing suspect captured after military-police lockdown of Boston

By Alex Lantier and Kate Randall, 20 April 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, was captured yesterday after a massive manhunt by law enforcement agencies.

Presidential vote heightens political crisis in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2013

The election of Italy’s president, like the previous general election, has exposed deep divisions and bitter power struggles within the ruling elite.

Reports detail CIA war crimes in Pakistan

By Tom Carter, 20 April 2013

A series of recent articles by journalist Mark Mazzetti published in the New York Times have shed further light on the criminal activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan.

Maduro sworn in as Venezuela sets vote recount

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2013

Hugo Chávez’ handpicked successor was sworn in as Venezuela’s president Friday, just one day after the government ceded to demands of the right-wing opposition for an audit of the April 14 vote.

Dozens of bombings in run-up to today’s Iraq provincial elections

By Jean Shaoul, 20 April 2013

This last week has seen a spate of bombings across Iraq and the execution of 21 men on terrorism charges.

Israel renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2013

The Israeli government’s aim appears to be, in the first instance, to pressure the Obama administration into setting a deadline for a US-led attack on Iran.

Pakistan’s interim government to seek IMF loan

By Vilani Peiris, 20 April 2013

While Pakistan is in the midst of an election campaign, key decisions regarding the country’s acute economic crisis and the AfPak war are being taken behind the backs of the people.

Kuwait cracks down on political dissent

By Jean Shaoul, 20 April 2013

The five-year sentence handed out by a Kuwaiti court against opposition leader and former legislator Mussallam al-Barrak is an attempt to silence growing political dissent.

Chinese defence paper warns of US “hegemonism”

By John Chan, 20 April 2013

Confronted by Obama’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at encircling China, Beijing has been forced to rethink its military doctrine.

Bochum Opel plant to close

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 April 2013

The supervisory board of GM-Opel officially decided on Wednesday to close its plant in Bochum.

Union isolates Australian glass workers as plant closures loom

By Mike Head, 20 April 2013

CSR Viridian workers face a concerted operation by the AWU and the Labor government to block any resistance to the shutdowns and job losses.

GE Transportation announces 950 layoffs in Erie, Pennsylvania

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 April 2013

After record 2012 profits, GE Transportation has announced the layoff of 20 percent of its workforce at its facility in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Obama proclamă atentatele din Boston “acte de teroare”

De Bill Van Auken, 20 aprilie 2013

Preşedintele Barack Obama s-a folosit marţi de un briefing pentru a declara că atentatele cu bombă, care au avut loc cu o zi înainte la Maratonul din Boston, sunt un "act de teroare," deşi FBI-ul şi poliţia nu aveau încă nici suspecţi, nici motive pentru atacuri.

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Москва принимает вызов Обамы в ходе обмена обвинениями в нарушении гражданских прав

Билл Вэн Оукен, 20 апреля 2013 г.

Попытка администрации Обамы надеть на себя судейскую мантию и занять позу порицания российского правительства за нарушение гражданских прав Магницкого является откровенным лицемерием.

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Encore une année exceptionnelle pour les milliardaires des fonds spéculatifs

Par Andre Damon, 20 avril 2013

Dans un contexte de chômage, de taux de pauvreté en hausse et de salaires en baisse, les opérateurs de fonds spéculatifs de Wall Street ont une fois de plus engrangé l’année dernière des rémunérations astronomiques.

Québec : les syndicats mènent une campagne nationaliste sur l’assurance-emploi

Par Éric Marquis et Richard Dufour, 20 avril 2013

La campagne des syndicats contre la réforme de l’assurance-emploi n’a rien à voir avec une mobilisation des travailleurs contre les coupes draconiennes du gouvernement Harper.

La chute du prix de l'or indique une déflation globale

Par Nick Beams, 20 avril 2013

La chute rapide du prix de l'or pointe vers une déflation.

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

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Obama in Boston

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. April 2013

In seiner fünften Rede nach einem Massaker in Amerika verfuhr Obama nach altbekanntem Muster: Er berief sich auf die Bibel, beklagte das Böse und erklärte - nichts.

Italien: Präsidentenwahl ohne Ergebnis

Von Peter Schwarz, 20. April 2013

Die politischen Lager in Italien kämpfen nicht nur gegeneinander, sondern zerfleischen sich auch selbst.

Dresden: Jugendpfarrer König im Visier der Staatsanwaltschaft

Von Martin Nowak, 20. April 2013

Die Dresdner Staatsanwaltschaft verfolgt systematisch Nazi-Gegner in einem Bundesland, das als Zentrum der rechtsradikalen Szene gilt.

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Texas plant explosion highlights gutting of health and safety rules

20 April 2013

Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show that the last time the agency inspected the plant was 28 years ago.

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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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April 21, 2pm - Toronto, Ontario

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Attend the SEP campaign launch on May 5
Public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne

20 April 2013

The SEP’s election campaign will expose the accelerating drive to war and give the widespread opposition to militarism a powerful voice and the means for its conscious political expression.

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!

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!

the Socialist Equality Party, 8 April 2013

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Obama comes to Boston

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2013

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

By Tom Carter and Eric London, 18 April 2013

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

US deploys troops to Jordan, prepares to invade Syria

By Alex Lantier, 19 April 2013

The reactionary nationalism of the “Alternative for Germany”

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2013

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

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 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

The Place Beyond the Pines: Fathers and sons

By David Walsh, 18 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 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

Ontario Liberals to keep raising post-secondary tuition fees

By Dylan Lubao, 19 April 2013

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!

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

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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Letters from our readers

20 April 2013

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