28 February 2015

US economy in deflation and slump

By Andre Damon, 28 February 2015

The latest figures belie claims that the US is a counterbalance to the overall slump and deflation that now encompass most of the world.

Record global stock prices reflect growth of financial parasitism

German parliament endorses Syriza’s proposed austerity measures

By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2015

The Left Party and the Green Party backed a new round of austerity in Greece in the vote in Germany’s Bundestag.

Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement

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As US oil strike reaches one month, companies sit on billions in profits

By Kevin Martinez, 28 February 2015

The companies are among the most profitable multinational corporations in the world, with deep ties to the Obama administration and the federal government.

USW blocks way forward for striking oil workers

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

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Governor compares Wisconsin protesters to terrorists

By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2015

The remarks by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker demonstrate the ferocious hostility of the entire US ruling elite, Democrat as well as Republican, towards the working class.

Judge in Detroit bankruptcy calls for dismantling public employee pensions nationwide

By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2015

Judge Steven Rhodes said he regretted that the Detroit bankruptcy did not eliminate defined benefit pensions altogether for the city’s retirees.

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Clinton Foundation raked in cash from right-wing regimes, corporations

By Tom Hall, 28 February 2015

Persian Gulf regimes and huge military contractors gave tens of millions of dollars to the foundation, which functions as an auxiliary institution in American imperialist foreign policy.

Missouri Republican candidate, apparent target of anti-Semitic comments, commits suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 28 February 2015

According to a spokesperson for Schweich, he had been preparing to go public with allegations of anti-Semitism against state Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock.

Canada invokes “jihadi threat” to pursue agenda of war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 28 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is steamrolling through parliament legislation that tramples on core democratic rights and dramatically augments the power of the state.

Anti-Muslim actions rise sharply in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Anthony Torres, 28 February 2015

As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children.

Sri Lankan opposition parties seek to bring back Rajapakse

By W.A. Sunil, 28 February 2015

Racked by political instability and economic crisis, both wings of the ruling elite are preparing for deep attacks on the working class.

Two cyclones devastate areas of northern and eastern Australia

By Will Morrow, 28 February 2015

Thousands of people have been left to fend for themselves, with little or no government support, and been forced to turn to charities, friends and family to survive.

New in Russian

Капитуляция «Сиризы» и уроки для рабочего класс

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала, 28 февраля 2015 г.

Не прошло и месяца, как правительство «Сиризы» в Греции отказалось от своей предвыборной программы, построенной на осуждении мер строгой экономии, и предало, целиком и полностью, обедневших трудящихся, голоса которых привели ее к власти.

New in Turkish

Obama yönetimi Batı Yakası liman işçilerine beş yıllık sözleşme için baskı yapıyor

Dan Conway, 28 Şubat 2015

Bu arada, söylentilere göre, Obama yönetimi, Irak’ta ABD önderliğindeki savaşı tırmandırırken, aynı zamanda, komşu ülke Suriye’de rejim değişikliğini destekleme, yani Cumhurbaşkanı Beşar Esad yönetimini devirme stratejisini değiştirmeyi tartışıyor.

Yunan Maliye Bakanı Yanis Varoufakis’in kapitalizmi kurtarma misyonu

Chris Marsden, 28 Şubat 2015

Britanya’daki Guardian gazetesi, Yunanistan Maliye Bakanı Yanis Varoufakis’in “Nasıl sapkın bir Marksist oldum” başlıklı bir makalesini yayımladı.

Polonyalı sendikalar madenciler grevini bitirdi

Markus Salzmann, 28 Şubat 2015

Önümüzdeki dönemde işlere ve ücretlere yönelik saldırıyı yoğunlaştırmasına olanak sağlayacak şekilde hükümetle anlaşmaya varan Polonya’daki sendikalar, iki haftalık madenciler grevini sona erdirdiler.

New in French

Abou Ghrib à Chicago

Par Andre Damon, 28 février 2015

Le journal britannique The Guardian a révélé l'existence d'un « site noir » dans un quartier de Chicago, West Side, où la police détient, bat et torture des prisonniers.

Allemagne: Die Linke vote pour les mesures d’austérité en Grèce

Par Peter Schwarz, 28 février 2015

Les dirigeants du parti Die Linke se sont donné beaucoup de mal pour justifier la capitulation du gouvernement conduit par Syriza qui, en moins de quatre semaines, a trahi toutes ses promesses électorales.

Des conférences de l'EJIES en Allemagne condamnent la falsification de l'histoire dans les universités

Par nos correspondants, 28 février 2015

Dans le cadre de sa campagne électorale pour le Parlement étudiant, la dernière réunion des Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale (EJIES) de l'Université Humboldt a eu lieu le 19 janvier.

New in German

„Die Russische Revolution und das unvollendete Zwanzigste Jahrhundert“ in Deutsch erschienen

Von Peter Schwarz, 28. Februar 2015

Das Buch von David North ist unverzichtbar, um sich politisch zu orientieren und eine sozialistische Antwort auf die globale Krise des Kapitalismus zu geben.

Christine Buchholz (Marx 21) spricht in der DGAP

Von Johannes Stern, 28. Februar 2015

Dass ein führendes Mitglied der Linken und von Marx 21 in der DGAP zur deutschen Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik referiert, macht deutlich, wie tief die Linkspartei in den deutschen Imperialismus integriert ist.

Rekordhoch der weltweiten Aktienkurse verdeutlicht wachsenden Finanzparasitismus

Von Nick Beams, 28. Februar 2015

Das Aufkommen negativer Kapitalmarktzinsen zeigt, dass der internationale Anleihenmarkt in ein riesiges Schneeballsystem verwandelt wird.

Nick Beams tritt als Nationaler Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (Australien) zurück

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 28. Februar 2015

Nick Beams, seit 30 Jahren Nationaler Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (Australien) gab am letzten Wochenende auf der Sitzung des Nationalen Komitees der Partei formell seinen Rücktritt von diesem Amt bekannt.

Großbritannien, USA und Polen schicken Militärausbilder in die Ukraine

Von Jean Shaoul, 28. Februar 2015

London schließt sich der amerikanischen und polnischen Regierung in der Unterstützung der Ukraine an und riskiert damit einen offenen Krieg mit Russland.

65. Berlinale
Scheuklappen blenden Wirklichkeit aus - Teil 1

Von Stefan Steinberg, 28. Februar 2015

Während mitten in Europa ein Krieg tobt, die soziale Ungleichheit auf eine seit den 1930er Jahren nicht bekannte Höhe steigt und das Elend in der Gesellschaft zunimmt, findet keines dieser Themen Eingang in viele der hier gezeigten Filme.

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Perspective

“Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS

28 February 2015

Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.

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The Crisis in Greece

The anti-Marxism of Yanis Varoufakis

By Nick Beams, 28 February 2015

Varoufakis completely distorts Marx’s analysis of capitalism in order to justify his program of trying to save capitalism from itself.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

German television documentary on the troika and Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 28 February 2015

While the film shows how the troika engineered a social catastrophe, it promotes the policies of Syriza and other bourgeois critics who support the EU austerity program.

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

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.

More on the crisis in Greece »

NHS Fightback

Sell-off: The abolition of your NHS
A revealing exposure of the destruction of health care in the UK

By Joan Smith, 28 February 2015

The documentary exposes the extent to which Britain’s National Health Service has been privatised.

Visit NHS FightBack.org »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 February 2015

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

Arts Review

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

By Hiram Lee, 27 February 2015

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

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.

More on the US oil workers stike »

Commentary

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015

Federal prison regulations violate constitutional rights

By Ed Hightower, 27 February 2015

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

By Evan Blake, 27 February 2015

More on police violence in America »

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

By Thomas Gaist, 27 February 2015

More on the Trayvon Martin case »

Top British politicians caught in cash for access sting

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2015

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

By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2015

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

Child poverty at devastating levels in US cities and states

US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement

Amid low voter turnout
Chicago mayor forced into runoff election

Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel

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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