27 March 2015

US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare

By Kate Randall, 27 March 2015

The coming together of the Republican and Democratic parties behind the overhaul underscores the unanimity within the ruling class on the need for massive cuts in health care spending.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

US warplanes attack targets in center of Tikrit

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2015

The air strikes followed a direct request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, and the withdrawal of the Iranian official who was directing the ground assault on the city.

Canada plans dramatic expansion of its role in Mideast war

French prosecutor says copilot deliberately crashed Germanwings flight

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015

According to French prosecutors in Marseille, the German copilot of the Airbus A320 deliberately flew the jetliner into a mountain in the Alps.

Notes on police violence in America
Dashboard camera captures shocking beating of Detroit-area auto worker

By Tom Hall, 27 March 2015

Floyd Dent was grabbed from his car and savagely beaten during a routine traffic stop in January.

Philadelphia police shot nearly four hundred people over the past eight years

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US armored convoy: A military provocation in Eastern Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015

A long convoy of US armored Stryker vehicles is traveling from Estonia on a trip transversing Eastern Europe via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and ending in Germany.

Clash of oligarchs shakes Ukrainian regime

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Merger between Heinz and Kraft likely to destroy thousands of jobs

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2015

H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods announced Wednesday that they would merge to form the world’s fifth-largest food company.

Boston School Committee approves austerity budget, school closures

By John Marion, 27 March 2015

Virtually no aspect of children’s education will be left untouched by the budget unanimously approved Wednesday.

White House announces pro-corporate fracking rules

By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2015

The Obama administration’s newly announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will allow oil companies to continue endangering human health and the environment.

Labor plays anti-Chinese race card in NSW election

By Mike Head, 27 March 2015

Labor and trade union leaders are trying to incite fears that China could take over Australia’s most sensitive electricity networks.

India bans BBC documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 March 2015

In a blatant attack on free speech, India’s Hindu supremacist BJP government has banned India’s Daughter, a BBC documentary on a notorious 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi.

Students occupy University of Cape Town building in anti-Cecil Rhodes campaign

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 March 2015

Students have called for nearly three weeks for the removal from the campus of a statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

New in Persian

پشت پرده تنش های اوباما و نتانیاهو

بیل ون اوکن
24 مارس 2015

یک هفته پس از پیروزی نتانیاهو از حزب دست راستی لیکود در انتخابات اسرائیل، تنش های بین واشنگتن و تل اویو به مرحله ای رسیده که دهه ها قابل رویت نبود.

New in French

La lutte contre l’austérité et les leçons de la grève étudiante de 2012
Réunion publique à l’Université de Montréal

27 mars 2015

Les Étudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale (EJIES) organisent une réunion publique pour discuter de ces questions cruciales et préparer la mobilisation politique indépendante des travailleurs et des jeunes.

New in German

Die bankrotte Perspektive von Blockupy

Von Christoph Dreier und Peter Schwarz, 27. März 2015

Die Blockupy-Proteste gegen die EZB in Frankfurt dienten dazu, der rechten Politik von Syriza und der Linkspartei einen Deckmantel zu verschaffen.

Bundeswehr vergrößert die U-Boot-Flotte

Von Denis Krassnin, 27. März 2015

Anfang dieser Woche stellte die Bundesmarine ihr neues U-Boot „U 35“ in Dienst. Die Vergrößerung der U-Boot-Flotte ist Bestandteil einer umfassenden Aufrüstung der Bundeswehr.

USA unterstützen saudische Luftschläge gegen Houthi-Rebellen im Jemen

Von Niles Williamson, 27. März 2015

Saudi-Arabien bombardiert Houthi-Stellungen und hat an seiner Südgrenze zum Jemen schwere Artillerie in Stellung gebracht. Präsident Hadi ist offenbar vor den Rebellen geflohen.

Streit zwischen Oligarchen erschüttert ukrainisches Regime

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. März 2015

Die Konfrontation zwischen Präsident Petro Poroschenko und dem Oligarchen Igor Kolomoiski entlarvt die soziale Basis des amerikanischen Marionettenregimes in Kiew.

Israel spionierte USA-Iran Verhandlungen aus um sie zu blockieren

Von Patrick Martin, 27. März 2015

Israelische Geheimdienste spionierten die Atomgespräche mit dem Iran aus und übermittelten Details an Demokraten und Republikaner im Kongress, um ein mögliches Abkommen zu torpedieren.

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Perspective

John Bolton’s call for war on Iran

27 March 2015

The psychotic militarism of the Bush administration’s ambassador to the UN is seen by the political establishment as a legitimate approach to US foreign policy.

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SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the NSW election
Against war, austerity and repression. For a socialist solution to the capitalist crisis

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
27 March 2015

The working class can only overcome the crisis produced by the failure of the capitalist profit system by taking up the fight for the socialist and internationalist perspective.

Revealing candidates forum in NSW election

By Zac Hambides, 26 March 2015

Key historical issues discussed at SEP’s final New South Wales election meeting

Youth, students and workers discuss SEP’s socialist perspective

NSW election: Greens strike vote-swapping deal with Labor

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Commentary

The bankrupt perspective of Blockupy

By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2015

The Blockupy protest against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, was a political cover for the right wing politics of Syriza and the Left Party.

The firing squad returns to America

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2015

Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America

Bowe Bergdahl, former POW critical of war in Afghanistan, charged with desertion

By Zaida Green, 26 March 2015

At bargaining convention in Detroit
UAW president insists auto workers must “face the facts” of global competition

By Jerry White, 26 March 2015

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015

Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge “cooperation” in imposing austerity

Official endorsements reveal Kshama Sawant’s close ties with Democratic Party

Growing warnings of another financial disaster

Israel spied on US-Iran talks in effort to block deal

Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu

Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign: Turkish elite commemorates imperialist bloodbath

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 March 2015

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

Toronto university strikes: Workers reject another sell-out contract

By Dylan Lubao, 24 March 2015

Toronto university strikes:
A socialist strategy to defeat austerity and defend education

IYSSE

Quebec Liberals respond to student anti-austerity strike with repression and threats

By Keith Jones, 26 March 2015

The Quebec student strike and the fight against austerity: A socialist perspective is necessary

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 26 March 2015

US oil workers strike

BP workers in Indiana denounce USW isolation of oil workers strike

By George Marlowe, 26 March 2015

Striking US oil workers explain issues at stake in their struggle

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 March 2015

Reject USW-Shell sellout deal!
For a general strike to defend jobs, safety and living standards!

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Arts Review

FICUNAM 2015: Part 3
Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, Jean-Marie Straub’s “leftism” and other problems

By David Walsh, 25 March 2015

FICUNAM 2015: Part 2
The rule and the exceptions—three good films: Court, National Gallery and The Gold Bug

FICUNAM 2015
An interview with Alejo Moguillansky, co-director of The Gold Bug

FICUNAM 2015: Part 1
A remarkable film festival in Mexico City

Bleakness without respite: Atticus Lish’s novel Preparation for the Next Life

By Sandy English, 24 March 2015

Philistinism and crime in the German art market

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 March 2015

Obituary

Malcolm Fraser (1930–2015): A political assessment

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2015

History

250 years since the Stamp Act
The Coming of the American Revolution

By Tom Mackaman, 24 March 2015

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one
“Labor celebrated as the highest value”

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two
“History has to engage the whole public”

In Defense of Historical Truth

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

By David North, 17 March 2015

Hundreds attend lecture introducing German edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

25 years ago: Australian Labor government narrowly survives election

The Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke barely remained in office for its fourth term after the general election held on March 24, 1990.

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50 years ago: Civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo murdered

On March 25, 1965, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan near Lowndesboro, Alabama.

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75 years ago: Ali Jinnah advocates separate state for Indian Muslims

At the Muslim League conference in Lahore on March 24, 1940, the group’s President Muhammad Ali Jinnah publicly advocated the division of the Indian subcontinent along religious lines.

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100 years ago: Karl Liebknecht mustered into the German army

On March 25 1915, Karl Liebknecht, a leader of the revolutionary wing of German Social Democracy, was mustered into the German army and assigned to the eastern front.

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