31 March 2015

EU, demanding deeper cuts, rejects Syriza’s austerity list

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2015

Among the austerity measures demanded by the Brussels Group are anti-working class changes to Greece’s labour laws and further cuts to the pension system.

Syriza continues immigration policy of previous Greek government

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

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Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

South Korea joins Chinese-led investment bank

By Ben McGrath, 31 March 2015

Seoul’s decision was welcomed by China and came in defiance of US pressure.

The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank

Further blow to US as Australia signs up to China-backed bank

Labour offers itself to business backers to kick off UK election campaign

By Julie Hyland, 31 March 2015

Labour took out a full-page advert in the Financial Times featuring quotes from the heads of six of the largest corporations in Britain over the dangers of leaving the EU.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

German army expands its submarine fleet

By Denis Krasnin, 31 March 2015

A current strategy paper states that the German navy is preparing to militarily defend “free and unhindered world trade as the basis for the welfare of Germany and Europe.”

Poland integrates paramilitary groups into the army

By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2015

Paramilitary groupings have strengthened right-wing forces within the police and army while intensifying the confrontation with Russia.

Indiana governor signs bill allowing for discrimination on religious grounds

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2015

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a reactionary attack on democratic rights and a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

Judge boasts of his “political” role in Detroit bankruptcy conspiracy

By Shannon Jones, 31 March 2015

Recent remarks by Judge Steven Rhodes further underscore the anti-democratic character of the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings.

Judge in Detroit bankruptcy calls for dismantling public employee pensions nationwide

Cuts to pensions of Detroit retirees go into effect

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Los Angeles rail accident exposes decaying state of public transit in the US

By Dan Conway, 31 March 2015

The crash revealed the lack of effective safety provisions in Los Angeles public transportation due to years of cost-cutting and budget cuts.

Death of Louisiana refinery worker exposes USW treachery in oil strike

By Tom Hall, 31 March 2015

The death at Valero’s St. Charles refinery occurred as the United Steelworkers began winding down the strike at Motiva’s Norco refinery, which lies directly across the street.

BP workers in Indiana denounce USW isolation of oil workers strike

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

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Working class voters in NSW denounce the parliamentary parties

By our correspondents, 31 March 2015

At polling booths last Saturday, the prevailing sentiment was contempt for Liberal, Labor and other parliamentary parties.

Australia: Liberals hold power in NSW election

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Opposition celebrates anti-immigrant New Zealand First’s by-election victory

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2015

The opposition Labour, Green and Mana parties have embraced NZ First’s anti-Chinese xenophobia.

New in Arabic

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بيان اللجنة الدولية للمؤتمر الدولي الرابع
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Alors que les bombardements se multiplient au Yémen
La Ligue arabe approuve la création d’une armée régionale

Par Niles Williamson, 31 mars 2015

Alors que s’intensifie au Yémen la campagne aérienne, menée par l’Arabie saoudite et appuyée par les Etats-Unis, contre les rebelles chiites Houthis, la Ligue arabe a annoncé la création d’une force armée régionale.

France: nouvelle défaite du Parti socialiste au second tour des élections départementales

Par Alex Lantier, 31 mars 2015

Le parti de droite Union pour un mouvement populaire a gagné 67 des 101 départements français. Les électeurs ont sanctionné le Parti socialiste pour les attaques qu’il a menées contre l’emploi et les salaires.

Chez le sidérurgiste ThyssenKrupp Stahl à Duisbourg
Des travailleurs forcent le comité d’entreprise dominé par l’IG Metall à démissionner

Par Dietmar Henning, 31 mars 2015

Les travailleurs soutenant une liste d’opposition au comité d’entreprise de l’usine sidérurgique ThyssenKrupp Stahl de Duisbourg ont obtenu gain de cause devant le tribunal régional du travail de Düsseldorf.

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Der Krieg im Jemen und Amerikas Streben nach Weltherrschaft

Von Niles Williamson, 31. März 2015

Die USA verfolgen mit der Unterstützung für den von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Angriff auf den Jemen ihre eigenen Pläne, den Nahen Osten, Eurasien und letztlich die ganze Welt mit militärischer Gewalt zu kontrollieren.

Frankreich: Neue Niederlage für Sozialistische Partei in der zweiten Runde der Departementswahlen

Von Alex Lantier, 31. März 2015

In der zweiten Runde der französischen Departementswahlen am Sonntag erlitt die amtierende Sozialistische Partei (PS) eine weitere schwere Niederlage. Prognosen zeigten, dass die PS in der Hälfte der 60 Departements, in denen sie davor stärkste Kraft war, die Mehrheit verliert.

Tarifeinigung im öffentlichen Dienst: Angestellte Lehrer erneut ausverkauft

Von Dietmar Henning, 31. März 2015

Der Tarifabschluss für die 800.000 Beschäftigten der Länder zementiert ungleiche Löhne für gleiche Arbeit.

Krieg im Jemen:
Arabische Liga beschließt Aufbau einer regionalen Armee

Von Niles Williamson, 31. März 2015

Die Arabische Liga hat beschlossen, eine regionale Armee aufzubauen, während Saudi-Arabien schon seit Tagen militärisch gegen die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen vorgeht.

Polen: Regierung bindet paramilitärische Gruppen in Armee ein

Von Markus Salzmann, 31. März 2015

Am 21. März schlossen sich in Polen Freiwilligen-Milizen, Bürgerwehren, paramilitärische Verbände sowie Schulen mit sogenanntem Wehrkundeunterricht zu einem Verband zusammen.

Srilankischer Präsident bildet “Regierung der nationalen Einheit”

Von K. Ratnayake, 31. März 2015

Um die Regierung zu stabilisieren, vergab Präsident Sirisena 26 Kabinettsposten und hohe Regierungsämter an Abgeordnete seiner Sri Lanka Freedom Party

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Perspective

Twelve years after Iraq invasion
Middle East engulfed by war

31 March 2015

With the entire region engulfed by war, Washington’s pursuit of seemingly contradictory policies in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere has provoked charges of “strategic incoherence.”

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Arts Review

Exhibition in Berlin: Rediscovery of a Russian revolutionary art school

By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 31 March 2015

“VKhUTEMAS: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity—Architectural Designs 1920-1930,” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, December 5, 2014 to April 6, 2015.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 4
Tackling life head on: The films of Uzbek-Soviet director Ali Khamraev

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 28 March 2015

FICUNAM 2015
I Remember You: A comment on the history of his film by director Ali Khamraev

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

IYSSE

IYSSE Meeting in Montreal:
The struggle against austerity and the lessons of the 2012 Quebec student strike

31 March 2015

Quebec’s striking students must make their anti-austerity strike a catalyst for the independent political mobilization of the working class in Quebec and across Canada.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2015

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

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers oppose Glenugie estate witch-hunt

By M. Devarajah, 28 March 2015

Commentary

The vendetta against Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2015

The social and political context of the Germanwings disaster

By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2015

Iran nuclear talks in countdown to US-imposed deadline

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2015

UAW president open to discuss new lower pay scale for auto workers

By Jerry White, 30 March 2015

Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2015

US political establishment hails bipartisan bill attacking Medicare

By Kate Randall, 28 March 2015

US layoffs mount amid signs of economic slowdown

US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children

The firing squad returns to America

Science

New discoveries show that Mars may have once been habitable

By Bryan Dyne, 28 March 2015

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: Bundesbank plan to impoverish East German workers

On March 31, 1990, the Bundesbank’s proposal for a two-for-one exchange for East German marks was made public.

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50 years ago: East Germany shuts down Berlin Autobahn

On April 5, 1965, East German authorities closed the 110-mile highway linking the Federal Republic of Germany with West Berlin.

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75 years ago: CIO leader Lewis attacks Roosevelt

On April 1, 1940, United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis attacked the Roosevelt administration and threatened to organize labor in opposition.

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100 years ago: Militarist celebrations of Bismarck centenary in Germany

On April 1, 1915, German authorities organized major public commemorations of the centenary of the birth of Otto Von Bismarck.

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