US moves to expand Internet wiretaps

By Andre Damon, 30 April 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to force companies such as Google, Dropbox and Facebook to create backdoors for wiretapping users’ communications.

More mass layoffs in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 30 April 2013

The Greek parliament has voted to dismiss 15,500 public service workers and slash the minimum wage.

Amid jobs collapse, French President Hollande backs austerity in Europe

By Alex Lantier, 30 April 2013

With 26 million workers unemployed in Europe, Hollande is signaling that he will keep supporting social cuts that are devastating the French and European economies.

Explosion at Detroit oil refinery raises danger of wider disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 30 April 2013

The explosion of a diesel fuel tank at the Marathon Detroit Refinery raises the specter of a larger industrial disaster in the Detroit area.

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Study finds nearly half of New Yorkers living in or near poverty

By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013

A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.

US student loan interest rates expected to double

By Trent Novak, 30 April 2013

Beginning on July 1, interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for college undergraduates are expected to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

Teachers’ struggles escalate across Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 30 April 2013

Tens of thousands of Mexican teachers are mobilizing against education reforms that attack job security and subordinate public education to corporate interests.

UK base carrying out Afghan drone strikes

By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2013

A specially created mission base in Lincolnshire, England is directing drone strikes on Afghanistan.

Australian PM declares “grave” budget crisis as cuts prepared

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 April 2013

Gillard’s pre-budget speech underscores the fact that she heads a pro-business government committed to making working people bear the burden of the economic crisis.

Australian university union seeks to divert anger over Labor’s cuts

By Mike Head, 30 April 2013

Far from fighting the funding cutbacks, the NTEU is urging university managements to find ways to implement them.

New Zealand government to extend spy agency’s powers

By John Braddock, 30 April 2013

A report into illegal activities by the Government Communications Security Bureau is being used to make further inroads into democratic rights.

University of California’s medical workers to hold strike vote

By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2013

Thirteen-thousand patient care workers in the University of California’s medical system will vote on a possible strike starting April 30.

New in Turkish

Boston’daki bombalamalar ve terörün kökleri

Bill Van Auken, 30 Nisan 2013

Boston’daki bombalamaların ardından geçen günler içinde, Obama yönetimi, FBI ve diğer devlet kurumları tarafından bu terörist saldırının nasıl gerçekleştiğine ilişkin yapılan resmi açıklamalarda çok sayıda çelişki gözler önüne serilmiş durumda.

Çin, Kore krizinde açmazla karşı karşıya

John Chan, 30 Nisan 2013

Devlet Başkanı Xi Jinping önderliğindeki Çin Komünist Partisi (ÇKP) yönetimi, Kore Yarımadası’nda artan gerilimle nasıl baş edeceği konusunda bir açmaza düştü. Çin egemen çevreleri içinde, Çin’in Kuzey Kore ile olan uzun süreli ittifakı konusunda bir tartışma başladı.

New in Greek

Η κατάρρευση του εργοστάσιου στο Μπανγκλαντές και το κυνήγι του κέρδους

Του Κ. Ρατναγιάκε, 30 Απριλίου 2013, 30 Απριλίου 2013

Η τραγωδία είναι μια από τις χειρότερες βιομηχανικές καταστροφές στον κόσμο, αλλά δεν θα είναι η τελευταία, καθώς υπερεθνικές εταιρείες θυσιάζουν την ασφάλεια των εργατών στις ανάγκες του κέρδους.

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Un gouvernement de grande coalition pour l’austérité en Italie

Par Chris Marsden, 30 avril 2013

La formation d’un gouvernement de grande coalition en Italie montre à quel point l’oligarchie financière mondiale domine la vie politique.

Le grand tabou : le chômage de masse aux États-Unis

Par Andre Damon, 30 avril 2013

Les médias n’en ont que pour la reprise boursière et les profits records, détournant l’attention sur la plus importante crise de l’emploi depuis la Grande Dépression.

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Una grande coalizione per austerità in Italia

Di Chris Marsden, 30 aprile 2013

La formazione di un governo di grande coalizione mette in chiaro fino a che punto l'oligarchia finanziaria domini la vita politica.

New in Romanian

Părbuşirea fabricii din Bangladesh şi tendinţa spre profit

De K. Ratnayake, 29 aprilie 2013

Tragedia din Bangladesh nu este prima şi nu va fi nici ultima, deoarece tendinţa corporaţiilor globale este înspre profituri mai mari, pe care le vor obţine prin exploatarea muncii şi neglijarea normelor de siguranţa muncii.

New in German

Große Koalition für Austerität in Italien

Von Chris Marsden, 30. April 2013

Die Bildung einer Großen Koalition in Italien zeigt, wie sehr die globale Finanzoligarchie das politische Leben schon dominiert.

Washington konstruiert Vorwand für Krieg gegen Syrien

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. April 2013

Um eine geplante Militärintervention gegen Syrien zu rechtfertigen, unterstellen Washington, seine Nato-Verbündeten und Israel dem Regime Assad den Einsatz von Chemiewaffen.

Weitere Massenentlassungen in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 30. April 2013

In Griechenland verabschiedete das Parlament am Sonntag im Eilverfahren die Entlassung von 15.500 Beschäftigten des öffentlichen Dienstes.

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Braying for war against Syria

30 April 2013

A campaign of lies and propaganda about the alleged use of chemical weapons is steadily escalating in preparation for a US war against Syria.

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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.

New today: The year in review 2009

The year 2009 was dominated by the spreading worldwide economic slump ushered in by the Wall Street collapse of September 2008. Unemployment and poverty soared in North America, Europe and increasingly in the “emerging economies” of Asia.

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The New York Times and terrorism

By Joseph Kishore, 30 April 2013

The attitude of the New York Times to terrorist attacks is entirely determined by the relationship of such attacks to the operations of US military and intelligence agencies.

Nation magazine, ISO silent on Boston lockdown

By Tom Mackaman and Barry Grey, 30 April 2013

One searches the and in vain for an article seriously addressing—much less condemning—the police-military lockdown.

New questions on Boston bombing suspects’ ties to US intelligence

By Andrea Peters, 29 April 2013

More on the Boston bombings »

A Grand Coalition for austerity in Italy

By Chris Marsden, 29 April 2013

84 million US adults lack adequate health care coverage

By Kate Randall, 29 April 2013

Bangladesh: Death toll nears 400 in building collapse

By Sarath Kumara, 29 April 2013

Workers Struggles

Reject the USW sellout of S. Milwaukee Caterpillar workers! For an independent struggle by the working class!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 29 April 2013

The SEP is distributing the following statement to the 800 workers at Caterpillar’s Global Mining plant in South Milwaukee who are voting today on a six-year concessions contract approved by the United Steelworkers (USW).

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 April 2013

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

After strike vote against wage-cutting demands
IAM agrees to contract extension at New York Air Brake

By Steve Filips, 29 April 2013

Opposition grows to Australian Education Union sell-out in Victoria

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

Arts Review

David Mamet’s Race in Toronto

By Jack Miller, 30 April 2013

In Race, a wealthy white man is accused of raping a black woman. He turns to a law firm run by two male partners—one white and one black—and asks them to defend him.

Country music legend George Jones dead at 81

By Hiram Lee, 29 April 2013

Legendary country singer George Jones died in Nashville on April 26. A remarkable performer, Jones was a significant figure in American popular music during the second half of the 20th century.

Finks dramatizes the 1950s anti-communist blacklist

By Fred Mazelis, 26 April 2013

Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier near signature goal in Detroit mayoral race

By an SEP campaign team, 29 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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Genome sequencing of “living fossil” fish sheds light on the evolution of land animals

By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013

Decoding of the full genetic sequence of the coelacanth, a member of a group known as lobe-finned fish, has helped to explain some of the key genetic mechanisms associated with the evolution of life.

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

Television Review

PBS Frontline’s “The Retirement Gamble”

By Fred Mazelis, 29 April 2013

25 years ago: Gdansk shipyard strike provokes Polish state repression

The 12,000 workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk went on strike May 2, 1988 in solidarity with striking steelworkers in southern Poland.

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50 years ago: Birmingham police turn attack dogs on children.

This week in 1963 the world’s attention was drawn to the barbarism of Jim Crow segregation in the American South

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75 years ago: Nazis burn books in Austria

On May 1,1938, in the newly annexed Austrian part of greater Germany, the “Aryanization” of social, cultural and economic life by the Nazis continued.

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100 years ago: New Haitian president elected amid political turmoil

On May 4, 1913, Michel Oreste was elected president of Haiti, amid political turmoil and infighting within the country’s ruling elite.

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Letters from our readers

30 April 2013

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