Washington fabricates chemical weapons pretext for war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2013

Seeking to pave the way for a predatory war, Washington, its NATO allies and Israel are all fabricating charges that Syria used chemical weapons.

Sectarian warfare grips Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2013

Escalating violence in Iraq has led to the deaths of at least 179 people since Tuesday, the highest death toll since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011.

Border tensions between India and China escalate

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2013

India has alleged that a platoon of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intruded 10 kilometers into Indian territory.

Military conducts urban warfare exercises in Chicago area

By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 27 April 2013

The US Department of Defense conducted urban warfare training drills in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Parkon this week, including the use of explosives to train soldiers in the raiding of homes and other structures.

Report on US economic growth points to continuing stagnation

By Barry Grey, 27 April 2013

A growth rate of 2.5 percent in the country’s GDP is too weak to significantly impact the jobs crisis.

Average US student debt tops $20,000

By Zac Corrigan, 27 April 2013

The percentage of 25-year-olds with student debt has grown by nearly one third, and the average amount owed has risen by 91 percent.

Detroit residents face eviction as officials gentrify downtown region

By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2013

Elderly and handicapped residents of a apartment complex near downtown have been told to leave within a month, and police have begun transporting the homeless outside of city limits.

More on the Crisis in Detroit »

Chicago food service and retail workers protest low wages

By Shane Feratu, 27 April 2013

About 500 fast food and retail workers in downtown Chicago walked out in a one-day protest.

Danish government forces teachers to work longer hours without pay

By Christoph Dreier, 27 April 2013

The Danish parliament passed a special law Friday stipulating that school teachers must work extra hours and accept more flexibility, without pay.

At Opel plant in Bochum, Germany, Maoists provide key support for union leadership

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2013

The Maoist “Marxist–Leninist Party of Germany” (MLPD) has leapt to the side of the union bureaucracy to prevent a rebellion against the IG Metall trade union.

Germany: Federal Constitutional Court legitimises anti-terrorism database

By Johannes Stern, 27 April 2013

Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the court has legitimised an expansion of the powers of the police and intelligence agencies to spy on the population.

Spanish government announces more austerity as unemployment soars

By Alejandro López, 27 April 2013

The Spanish government has announced the first in a series of new austerity measures to be presented to the European Union.

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Atentatele din Boston şi rădăcinile terorii

De Bill van Auken, 27 aprilie 2013

La câteva zile după atentatul din Boston au apărut contradicţii masive legate de modul în care acestea au fost realizate.

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Washington droht mit Intervention in Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. April 2013

Die Behauptungen der USA, die syrischen Regierungskräfte würden Chemiewaffen einsetzen, treiben beide Länder an den Rand eines Krieges.

Dänemark: Regierung zwingt Lehrer zu Mehrarbeit ohne Lohnausgleich

Von Christoph Dreier, 27. April 2013

Am Freitag hat das dänische Parlament im Eilverfahren ein Sondergesetz verabschiedet, das den rund 70.000 Gesamtschullehrer des Landes schlechtere Arbeitsbedingungen aufzwingt.

Hunderttausende protestieren in Bangladesch wegen Fabrikeinsturz

Von Patrick O’Connor, 27. April 2013

Wegen dem Einsturz des Hochhauses einer Textilfabrik in der Nähe von Dhaka, der Hauptstadt von Bangladesch, sind Massenproteste ausgebrochen. Es hat in den letzten Jahren in dem verarmten Land eine ganze Serie von Industriekatastrophen gegeben.

Barack Obama würdigt George W. Bush bei Eröffnung der Präsidentenbibliothek

Von David Walsh, 27. April 2013

Die Einweihungsfeier für das George-W.-Bush-Präsidentenzentrum bot der gesamten amerikanischen politischen Elite eine Gelegenheit, ihre Übereinstimmung in wesentlichen Fragen und ihre gemeinsame Zielsetzung deutlich zu machen.

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Die Boston bomaanvalle en die wortels van terreur

Deur Bill van Auken, 24 April 2013

Binne dae na die bomaanval in Boston het massiewe teenstrydighede na vore gekom in die amptelike weergawes wat deur die Obama administrasie, die FBI en ander staatsagentskappe oor die wyse waarop die terroriste aanval plaasgevind het, gegee is.

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The Bangladesh factory collapse and the drive for profit

27 April 2013

The tragedy is one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, but it will not be the last, as global corporations sacrifice workers’ safety to the requirements of profit.

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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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Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

SEP campaigns to put D’Artagnan Collier on the ballot for Detroit mayor

By an SEP campaign team, 27 April 2013

SEP supporters campaigned throughout the week to put D’Artagnan Collier on the Detroit mayoral ballot, collecting petition signatures at many locations around Detroit.

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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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party to contest Australian federal election: A socialist program to fight the drive to war

The central objective of our campaign is to develop a broad, international anti-war movement among workers and young people on the basis of a socialist and internationalist program.

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

Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE to hold May Day meeting

24 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Opposition grows to Australian Education Union sell-out in Victoria

By Frank Gaglioti and Patrick O’Connor, 27 April 2013

The teachers’ union is seeking to bureaucratically suppress all discussion and speedily ram through the agreement.

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the Victorian teachers’ betrayal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 April 2013

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


Washington’s threat to invade Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2013

Barack Obama pays tribute to George W. Bush at presidential library opening

By David Walsh, 26 April 2013

Arts Review

Finks dramatizes the 1950s anti-communist blacklist

By Fred Mazelis, 26 April 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

Victimized Detroit Chrysler worker reinstated

By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2013

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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

27 April 2013

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