27 February 2015

Record global stock prices reflect growth of financial parasitism

By Nick Beams, 27 February 2015

The emergence of negative bond yields signifies that the international bond market is being transformed into a gigantic Ponzi scheme.

In testimony before US Congress, Fed chair signals likely delay in interest rate hike

Capitalism and the global plutocracy

Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015

The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto.

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USW blocks way forward for striking oil workers

By Jerry White, 27 February 2015

In a “Letter to USW Oil Workers,” USW President Gerard made no attempt to explain the union’s selective strike policy or present a strategy against the intransigence of the oil giants.

The US oil strike and the international struggles of the working class

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Obama Justice Department: No federal charges to be filed in Trayvon Martin slaying

By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015

Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.

Parents of Trayvon Martin speak to the WSWS

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Three New York men charged in alleged terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015

As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.

Federal prison regulations violate constitutional rights

By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015

New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys.

Notes on police violence in America:
Independent autopsy finds Zambrano-Montes was shot twice from behind

By Evan Blake, 27 February 2015

The ongoing revelations of the killing in Pasco, Washington have renewed protests against police brutality and wanton killings of unarmed people across the US.

Chicago Police Department operates “black site” interrogation compound

Guantanamo in America

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Top British politicians caught in cash for access sting

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015

Former ministers Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were caught on camera in a Channel 4 television broadcast attempting to peddle their political influence to business contacts.

German trade union approves 1,400 layoffs at Karstadt department store

By Dietmar Henning, 27 February 2015

The job and wage cuts at the German department store are proceeding with the full support of the United Services Union (Verdi) and the joint works council.

Germany and Austria discriminate against Kosovo refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2015

In the course of the past six months, 50,000 people have fled Kosovo due to catastrophic economic and social conditions.

Opposition to Japanese government’s lies on “comfort women”

By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2015

The revision of history is bound up with the government’s plans to remilitarize and to end constitutional restrictions on operations of the Japanese military.

Mass layoffs shake India’s IT industry

By Jai Sharma, 27 February 2015

Indian IT companies have fired over 15,000 workers in the past year as they attempt to offload the impact of the global capitalist crisis.

East Timorese government promotes new “free trade zone”

By John Lucas, 27 February 2015

Former bitter rivals within the Timorese ruling elite have come together on the basis of establishing the country as a cheap labour platform.

New in Greek

Η συνθηκολόγηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και τα διδάγματα για την εργατική τάξη

Διεθνής Επιτροπή της Τέταρτης Διεθνούς, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Πήρε λιγότερο από ένα μήνα για την κυβέρνηση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην Ελλάδα, κάτω από την ηγεσία του Αλέξη Τσίπρα, για να αποκηρύξει το αντιμνημονιακό της πρόγραμμα και να προδώσει, πέρα για πέρα, τους φτωχοποιημένους εργαζόμενους που την έφεραν στην εξουσία με την ψήφο τους.

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Der Ölstreik und die internationalen Kämpfe der Arbeiterklasse

Von Jerry White, 27. Februar 2015

Die Kämpfe der amerikanischen Öl- und Hafenarbeiter, sowie die Lokführer- und Eisenbahnerauseinandersetzungen in Deutschland und Australien zeigen die Notwendigkeit einer internationalen Strategie der Arbeiterklassse

Augsteins Heldenkult für Syriza

Von Peter Schwarz, 27. Februar 2015

Nach ihrer Kapitulation vor dem Diktat der EU verklärt Spiegel-Kolumnist Jakob Augstein „den athletischen Varoufakis und den jungenhaften Tsipras“ zur Wiedergeburt des antiken Helden Odysseus.

Dokumentation: „Macht ohne Kontrolle – die Troika“

Von Christoph Dreier, 27. Februar 2015

Der Film zeigt eindrücklich, wie die Troika eine soziale Katastrophe angerichtet und zugleich die Spekulanten bereichert hat. Es fehlt aber an jedem tieferen Verständnis der Ursachen.

Ein Brief aus Griechenland
Wachsende Wut über Syrizas Verrat

27. Februar 2015

Der folgende Brief wurde der World Socialist Web Site von einem Leser aus Athen geschickt.

Pentagon provoziert an russischer Grenze

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Februar 2015

Eine amerikanische Militärkolonne näherte sich der russischen Grenze bis auf wenige hundert Meter, und ein führender US-Kommandant drohte Moskau mit nuklearen Waffen.

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Perspective

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

27 February 2015

The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.

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Arts Review

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
Every Thing Will Be Fine from Win Wenders, Taxi from Jafar Panahi, and other films

By Hiram Lee, 27 February 2015

New films from veteran German director Wim Wenders and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
Haiti and Romania: Drama and social life in Murder in Pacot and Why me?

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 February 2015

87th Academy Awards: A more intriguing event than in recent years

By David Walsh, 24 February 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Nick Beams retires as Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 February 2015

Nick Beams, a founding member and long-time leader of the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, announced last Sunday he was stepping down as national secretary.

SEP Australia to stand in New South Wales state election
Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 February 2015

The Crisis in Greece

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015

Letter from Greece
Mounting outrage over Syriza betrayal

26 February 2015

Letter from Greece
A comment on Syriza's “back-flips” over austerity

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

By David North, 24 February 2015

This 2012 report by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North provides the critical theoretical and historical background to the events in Greece, where the pseudo-left Syriza has risen to state power and rapidly capitulated to the European banks.

German Left Party votes for austerity measures in Greece

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

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US Oil Workers Strike

A photo essay on the US oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 26 February 2015

Some 6,500 oil workers are on strike at refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Washington state. This is a new collection of photos taken on the picket lines.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 February 2015

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

Commentary

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine

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Child poverty at devastating levels in US cities and states

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2015

Half a million children in poverty in Michigan

US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement

By Peter Symonds, 26 February 2015

Amid low voter turnout
Chicago mayor forced into runoff election

By Kristina Betinis, 26 February 2015

Unions demobilize Canadian railway workers

By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2015

Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel

By Mike Head, 26 February 2015

The UAW and the GM share buy-back scheme

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2015

Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

White House economic report calls for cutting corporate taxes

In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters

Governor, legislature move to pass right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose political censorship at Griffith University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 21 February 2015

No to war and austerity! Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

25 years ago: Sandinistas defeated in Nicaragua election

Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front conceded defeat in national elections held on February 25, 1990.

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50 years ago: Madrid students revolt against Franco

On February 24, 1965, Spanish police wielding truncheons broke up a peaceful student march of some 5,000 in Madrid, arresting hundreds.

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75 years ago: Stalinist massacre of Polish officers at Katyn Forest

On March 1, 1940, between 15,000 and 22,000 Polish Army offices, along with a number of intellectuals, were taken from three Soviet detention camps and executed by the Soviet NKVD.

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100 years ago: Ohio coal strikers appeal for support

Coal miners in eastern Ohio’s Jefferson and Belmont counties issued an urgent appeal on February 16, 1915 to the entire working class to come to their aid.

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