US shrugs off Syrian opposition’s chemical weapons use, presses for war

By Thomas Gaist, 8 May 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney summarily rejected the UN investigator’s report without offering a shred of evidence to refute her statement.

Worldwide outrage as Guantanamo hunger strike enters fourth month

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2013

Guantanamo inmates have reported that the feeding tubes, instead of being left in, are inserted twice daily for maximum pain and discomfort.

Trial of neo-Nazi terrorist group begins in Munich

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2013

The federal prosecutor and judges in the neo-Nazi NSU trial want to limit further revelations about state involvement in the group’s murders.

Australian military stages “anti-terrorist” exercise in Sydney

By Mike Head, 8 May 2013

The SAS operation in Martin Place was a highly-visible use of troops.

Seniors face eviction in Detroit gentrification plan

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 May 2013

Retired workers living in a rent-subsidized senior housing building in downtown Detroit are facing eviction.

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Mississippi death row prisoner granted reprieve, another executed in Texas

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2013

Mississippi death row prisoner Willie Jerome Manning was given a reprieve Tuesday, while Texas authorities proceeded with the execution of Carroll Joe Parr.

Patriot Coal bankruptcy threatens thousands of US miners, retirees

By Clement Daly, 8 May 2013

Patriot is attempting to use the bankruptcy court to rid itself of obligations owed to more than 1,650 active union miners and 13,000 retirees.

Detention of ex-dictator Musharraf adds to tensions in Pakistan

By Vilani Peiris, 8 May 2013

The former US-backed dictator of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, remains under house arrest, but the country’s interim government has balked at laying treason charges against him.

British imperialism’s return to “East of Suez”

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2013

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, got the full treatment on his state visit to Britain last week.

Russian authorities put opposition blogger Alexei Navalny on trial

By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2013

On April 17, the trial opened against blogger Alexei Navalny, who is charged with embezzlement.

Australian central bank cuts base interest rate to record low

By Nick Beams, 8 May 2013

Australia is becoming embroiled in the global currency wars being fuelled by the “quantative easing” programs of the world’s major central banks.

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Politiche di austerità in Europa intensificano le divisioni nazionali

Di Stefan Steinberg, 8 maggio 2013

Il dibattito ufficiale sull’austerità in Europa è esploso nel mezzo di una crescente crisi, malcontento e ostilità sociale da parte dei lavoratori.

New in Spanish

Encuestas muestran el colapso del apoyo a los partidos, los sindicatos y la monarquía en España

Por Alejandro López, 8 Mayo 2013

De acuerdo con las últimas encuestas, los principales pilares de la democracia española posfranquista -los partidos políticos, los sindicatos y la monarquía- han obtenido un declive masivo de apoyo.

New in French

L'Europe à la veille de luttes de classes massives

Par Ulrich Rippert, 8 mai 2013

Dans le contexte de la pire crise économique depuis les années 1930, l'Union européenne montre son vrai visage, c'est une dictature du capital financier sur l'Europe.

La faillite du capitalisme

Par Nick Beams, 8 mai 2013

L’effondrement de l’économie européenne marque la faillite de l’ordre économique capitaliste.

Lettres à Trotski : Une pièce remarquable donnée au Theaterlabor de Bielefeld en Allemagne

Par Sybille Fuchs, 8 mai 2013

Une nouvelle pièce de théâtre, montée par un ensemble experimental de Bielefeld, représente de façon saisissante les espoirs et les épreuves de la population soviétique au début des années 1920.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2003
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Europa am Vorabend gewaltiger Klassenkämpfe

Von Ulrich Rippert, 8. Mai 2013

Unter den Bedingungen der größten Wirtschaftskrise seit den 1930er Jahren zeigt die Europäische Union ihr wahres Gesicht als Diktatur des Finanzkapitals.

Lufthansa: Verdi vereinbart 30-prozentige Lohnkürzung

Von Ernst Wolff, 8. Mai 2013

SpiegelOnline meldet unter Berufung auf interne Konzerndokumente, dass Verdi bei Lufthansa der Gründung von drei neuen Billig-Gesellschaften zugestimmt hat.

Peugeot in Aulnay bei Paris:
Französische Gewerkschaften unterstützen Werkschließung

Von Anthony Torres, 8. Mai 2013

Der Gesamtbetriebsrat des französischen Autobauers PSA Peugeot-Citroën genehmigte einen Entlassungsplan und die Schließung des Autowerks in Aulnay bei Paris.

Wachsende Spannungen im indisch-chinesischen Grenzstreit

Von Deepal Jayasekera, 8. Mai 2013

Die Armeeeinheiten, die sich an der indisch-chinesischen Grenze gegenüberstehen, sind Ausdruck der explosiven Spannungen, die sich durch Obamas „Trendwende nach Asien“ aufbauen.

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Perspective

Global corporations and the Bangladesh building collapse

8 May 2013

The world’s retailing giants are engaged in a cynical PR exercise to distance themselves from the tragedy that has taken the lives of more than 700 people.

Earlier Perspectives »

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 2010

The events of 2010 made clear that the economic slump stemming from the 2008 financial crash was not merely a cyclical downturn. Rather, it represented a fundamental breakdown of the world capitalist system and a turning point in class relations on a global scale.

15th Anniversary page »

Socialist Equality Party

David North addresses London meeting on the 15th anniversary of the WSWS

By our reporters, 8 May 2013

The chairman of the World Socialist Web Site’s international editorial board and national chairman of the SEP (US) addressed a well attended meeting in London on the significance of 15 years of the WSWS.

Australian SEP launches 2013 election campaign

By our correspondents, 7 May 2013

Youth and workers comment on the SEP election campaign

By our correspondents, 7 May 2013

Workers Struggles

Steelworkers union exposes workers to lockout threat as talks resume at South Milwaukee Caterpillar plant

By Niles Williamson, 8 May 2013

Having rejected strike action, the United Steelworkers is seeking to impose a sellout agreement with the heavy equipment maker.

Australian Education Union convenes delegates’ meeting to ram through sell-out agreement

By our reporters, 8 May 2013

Union officials attempt to impose a new enterprise deal on Victorian public school teachers.

Commentary

Left Front’s offer to serve in France’s pro-austerity government unnerves NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 8 May 2013

The NPA fears that Mélenchon’s willingness to work under Hollande will expose the anti-working class politics of the entire pseudo-left.

Europe on the eve of mass working class struggles

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2013

The Israeli strikes on Syria

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2013

Australian Defence White Paper commits to US “pivot”

By James Cogan, 6 May 2013

Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

Campaign teams for D’Artagnan Collier exceed signature goal in Detroit mayoral race

By an SEP campaign team, 6 May 2013

Stop the mass evictions in Detroit!

By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 3 May 2013

More on SEP Detroit mayoral campaign »

Science

A decade of infrared space astronomy comes to a close
The end of the Herschel Space Observatory mission

By Don Barrett, 7 May 2013

Book Review

America’s revolutionary founding document
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2013

A book that seriously considers the impact the Declaration of Independence is most welcome reading in 2013, a year which has seen an intensifying assault on the most basic principles of America’s founding document.

Arts Review

HBO’s Phil Spector: David Mamet’s mythological tale

By James Brewer, 4 May 2013

25 years ago: Mitterrand wins French presidential election

In the second round of the French presidential election held on May 8, 1988, François Mitterrand of the Socialist Party (PS) gained 54 percent of the vote.

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50 years ago: Massacre of Buddhists in South Vietnam

On May 8, 1963, the Hue Vesak killings took place when the South Vietnamese army opened fire and threw grenades at peacefully protesting Buddhists in Hue.

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75 years ago: Right-wing Brazilian dictator foils fascist coup

On May 11, 1938, the anti-communist Brazilian dictator Getulo Dornelles Vargas suppressed the country’s indigenous “Integralist” fascist movement.

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100 years ago: Ottoman Turks driven out of Al-Hasa

On May 9, 1913, fighters led by the King of Najd, Ibn Saud, annexed Al-Hasa from the Ottoman Empire, expanding the territory that is now called Saudi Arabia.

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