Huge death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse

By Sarath Kumara and Wimal Perera, 25 April 2013

At least 149 workers were confirmed dead as of Thursday morning, but the figure is likely to rise as more bodies are recovered.

Democratic Party’s Enrico Letta will try to form Italian government

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2013

After two months of crisis following February’s elections, recently reinstalled Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Enrico Letta with forming a government.

New report finds increase in social inequality during US “recovery”

By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2013

A Pew report found that the poorest 93 percent of US households saw a four percent decline in net worth between 2009 and 2011, while the wealthiest seven percent saw a 28 percent increase.

The Boston lockdown and the Bill of Rights

By Tom Carter, 25 April 2013

A simple comparison of the words of the Bill of Rights with the recent events in Boston underscores the advanced stage of the historical process that is shattering centuries-old democratic forms of rule.

The New York Times and the state of siege in Boston

By David Brown and Barry Grey, 25 April 2013

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US finalises arms deals with Israel, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

By Jean Shaoul, 25 April 2013

The United States is flooding the Middle East with armaments, a further sign that the preparations for military intervention against Syria are ultimately aimed at Iran.

Germany extends military mission in Afghanistan and arms Qatar

By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2013

On April 18, German ministers announced that at least 800 soldiers would be kept in Afghanistan beyond the official date for the withdrawal of NATO combat troops.

Protest strike by teachers in Berlin

By Ute Reissner, 25 April 2013

Some 8,000 teachers were called out on a one-day protest strike in Berlin on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan corporate profits soar as workers face poverty

By Saman Gunadasa, 25 April 2013

The government has helped boost profits by keeping the maximum corporate tax rate low and imposing austerity measures on working people.

Australian youth pushed into unpaid work

By Zac Hambides and Mark Church, 25 April 2013

A Fair Work Ombudsman’s report seeks to provide a legal and political framework to legitimise de facto forced labour.

California defies court-ordered prison population reduction

By Kevin Kearney, 25 April 2013

Federal court judges threatened to hold the governor of California in contempt for ignoring US Supreme Court ruling almost two years ago.

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Lehren aus der Aussperrung in Dänemark

Von Christoph Dreier, 25. April 2013

Für die Aussperrung zehntausender dänischer Lehrer ist nicht nur die sozialdemokratische Regierung, sondern auch die pseudolinke Einheitsliste verantwortlich.

Anschläge von Boston und die Wurzeln des Terrors

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. April 2013

Die unwahrscheinlichste aller möglichen Erklärungen für den Anschlag von Boston ist die offizielle Behauptung, der Hauptverdächtige sei der Überwachung durch das FBI entwischt.

Opel Bochum: Wie die MLPD die IG Metall und den Betriebsrat stützt

Von Ulrich Rippert, 25. April 2013

Weil IG Metall und Betriebsrat das Aus des Bochumer Werks besiegeln, stoßen sie unter den Arbeitern auf Ablehnung. Die Opel-Betriebsgruppe der MLPD ist dadurch alarmiert und eilt der Gewerkschaft zu Hilfe.

Trotz Neuauszählung der Stimmen: Maduro als neuer Präsident Venezuelas vereidigt

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. April 2013

Der von Hugo Chávez persönlich zu seinem Nachfolger bestimmte Nicolás Maduro wurde letzten Freitag als Venezuelas Präsident vereidigt, obwohl der nationale Wahlausschuss zuvor einer Neuauszählung der Stimmen zugestimmt hatte.

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Les attentats à la bombe de Boston et les raciness du terrorisme

Par Bill Van Auken, 25 avril 2013

De toutes les explications fournies pour les attentats à la bombe de Boston, la moins plausible est l’affirmation officielle que le principal suspect était sorti des écrans radar du FBI.

Les États-Unis développent leurs plans pour une intervention militaire en Syrie

Par Joseph Kishore, 25 avril 2013

L'objectif des manœuvres américaines est de s'assurer de la chute du président Syrien Bashar el-Assad.

Le gouvernement du Canada dévoile un «complot terroriste» au moment d’adopter une nouvelle loi draconienne

Par Keith Jones, 25 avril 2013

Les autorités canadiennes ont annoncé lundi après-midi qu’elles avaient contré un complot terroriste, au même moment où la Chambre des communes s’apprêtait à débattre d’une nouvelle loi antiterroriste pour donner à l’État de nouveaux pouvoirs draconiens.

70.000 enseignants empêchés de travailler

Par Helmut Arens et Christoph Dreier, 25 avril 2013

Dans un geste historiquement sans précédent, le gouvernement danois interdit, depuis plus de trois semaines, à 70.000 enseignants du secondaire l’accès à leur lieu de travail.

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Political issues in the teachers’ lockout in Denmark

25 April 2013

The lockout of tens of thousands of Danish teachers by the state marks a new stage in the class struggle in Europe.

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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 2008

In 2008, the crisis of world capitalism, long developing beneath the surface, erupted in the biggest financial upheaval since the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression. Among the major political developments of the year was the election of Barack Obama and the founding congress of the SEP in the US.

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Workers Struggles

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the Victorian teachers’ betrayal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative functions as a prop for the trade unions and an accomplice of the federal Labor government.

Reject the Australian Education Union’s sellout agreement!
For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 24 April 2013

One-day Lufthansa strike grounds flights in Germany

By Ernst Wolff, 24 April 2013

350 working without a contract at Master Lock in Milwaukee

By Niles Williamson, 23 April 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Victimized Detroit Chrysler worker reinstated

By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2013

Alex Wassell returned to work last week after more than one month off the job.

Arts Review

42: A tribute to integrating baseball falls short

By Alan Gilman, 25 April 2013

One of baseball’s most iconic moments, the breaking of baseball’s color line in 1947 by Jackie Robinson as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is at the center of Brian Helgeland’s new film.

The Flat: A family examines a Nazi-Zionist friendship

By Fred Mazelis, 22 April 2013

Support D'Artagnanon Collier for Detroit Mayor

SEP mayoral campaign in Detroit wins strong support in first week

By Lawrence Porter, 24 April 2013

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

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Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE to hold May Day meeting

24 April 2013

David North to address public meetings:
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The Boston bombings and the roots of terror

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2013

A tale of two cities

By Barry Grey, 23 April 2013

American democracy in shambles

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2013

Canadian government unveils “terror plot” as it adopts draconian new law

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2013

US ramps up plans for military intervention in Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 24 April 2013

German Left Party supports imperialist intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013

25 years ago: Polish strikes shake Stalinist regime

Transport workers in the cities of Bydgoszcz and Ironoclaw walked out on April 25, 1988, beginning a strike wave that spread throughout Poland.

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50 years ago: NLF inflicts damage on South Vietnamese government forces

Forces fighting for the National Liberation Front (NLF) killed more than 40 US-backed government forces on April 28, 1963.

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75 years ago: Nazis order liquidation of Jewish property

On April 27, 1938, Field Marshall Hermann Goering ordered that all Jews living in “Great Germany,” citizens or not, report all property valued at more than 5,000 marks.

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100 years ago: Capture of Scutari ends First Balkan War

On April 22, 1913, after a six-month siege, Montenegro took the Albanian city of Scutari, which had declared independence from Ottoman rule in November 1912.

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Letters from our readers

25 April 2013

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