31 January 2015

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

By Niles Williamson, 31 January 2015

Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

EU foreign ministers toughen sanctions against Russia

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Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in London

By Julie Hyland, 31 January 2015

Any examination of the role of Britain’s security services, and whether they could have prevented the former Russian spy's killing, has been ruled out.

New England blizzard blamed for numerous deaths

By Mike Ingram, 31 January 2015

A number of deaths have been attributed to the storm that dumped record levels of snow across much of New England this week.

Politically driven hysteria over the New York City snowstorm that wasn’t

US Senator McCain calls police on anti-Kissinger protesters

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2015

Official Washington can defend the crimes of US imperialism only with repression.

Obama administration moves to open US coastlines to offshore drilling

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2015

In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time.

Drug Enforcement Administration tracks movements of millions of Americans

By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015

Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country.

WikiLeaks considers legal action over Google’s compliance with US search orders

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Maryland’s new Republican governor unveils austerity budget

By Trent Novak, 31 January 2015

In his first move since taking office last week, Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Republican Larry Hogan, unveiled an austerity budget aimed at eliminating a $750 million shortfall.

Germany to send troops into northern Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2015

In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State.

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Fate of ISIS’s Japanese and Jordanian captives uncertain

By Ben McGrath, 31 January 2015

The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes.

Target CEO’s “golden parachute” exceeds total severance for 17,600 Canadian workers

By Carl Bronski, 31 January 2015

Steinhafel was forced by Target’s Board of Directors to resign after he had spearheaded the expansion of Target stores into Canada, which turned into a fiasco.

Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2015

The affair has underscored the enormous weight wielded by Murdoch personally and his ability to manufacture crises to effect right-wing political shifts.

UK’s first privatised hospital fails

By Ajanta Silva, 31 January 2015

The NHS now has to step in and clear up the financial and patient care disaster created by the private health care operator at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

New Zealand Internet and Mana Parties split following electoral debacle

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 31 January 2015

The pro-business alliance, which was actively supported by various pseudo-left groups, collapsed after it failed to win a single seat in parliament.

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Setenta años desde la liberación de Auschwitz

Por Bill Van Auken, 31 enero 2015

Este aniversario de la liberación de Auschwitz es un presagio lúgubre y alarmante de crímenes venideros en el contexto de nuevos amagos a la guerra mundial.

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Syriza révèle son caractère de classe

Par Robert Stevens, 31 janvier 2015

L’alliance de Syriza avec le parti nationaliste de droite ANEL (Grecs indépendents) révèle clairement le caractère bourgeois du nouveau gouvernement grec.

L'Union européenne durcit les sanctions contre la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 31 janvier 2015

La première décision en matière de politique étrangère du gouvernement Syriza en Grèce a été de se ranger derrière la guerre économique euro-américaine contre Moscou.

L'Inde et les États-Unis intensifient leur campagne militaire et stratégique contre la Chine

Par Keith Jones, 31 janvier 2015

Le président Obama revient d'une visite de trois jours en Inde avec une série d'accords qui renforcent radicalement le «partenariat stratégique mondial» entre les États-Unis et l'Inde.

Les marchés financiers secoués par l'envolée du franc suisse

Par Nick Beams, 31 janvier 2015

La décision des autorités suisses d'abandonner la relation fixe du franc à l'euro a mené à l'une des appréciations monétaire les plus rapides de l'histoire.

Le président allemand se sert d’Auschwitz pour justifier le militarisme

Par Ulrich Rippert, 31 janvier 2015

Avec un cynisme consommé, le président allemand Joachim Gauck a utilisé les terribles crimes passés de l'impérialisme allemand pour en préparer de nouveaux.

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Syriza zeigt ihren Klassencharakter

Von Robert Stevens, 31. Januar 2015

Syrizas Bündnis mit der rechts-nationalistischen Partei der Unabhängigen Griechen (Anel) zeigt, dass es sich bei Syriza um eine völlig bürgerliche Partei handelt.

Bundestag schickt Truppen in den Nordirak

Von Johannes Stern, 31. Januar 2015

Bereits im Februar sollen sogenannte Ausbilder der Bundeswehr zu den kurdischen Peschmerga aufbrechen, um sie für den Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat fit zu machen.

Deutschland gleitet in Deflation ab

Von Nick Beams, 31. Januar 2015

Die potenziellen Folgen von sinkenden Verbraucherpreisen und dem Fluten der Anleihemärkte könnten sogar die Folgen der Finanzkrise 2008 in den Schatten stellen.

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Perspective

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

31 January 2015

The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism.

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Arts Review

The controversy surrounding American Sniper

By David Walsh, 31 January 2015

The campaign in defense of Clint Eastwood’s film is the latest means by which the political and media establishment in the US is promoting its war-mongering agenda.

The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night: Who should pay for the present situation?

By Joanne Laurier, 29 January 2015

Inherent Vice: Thomas Pynchon’s novel adapted for the screen

Mr. Turner brings the great painter to life

Mehring Books

New pamphlet on police killings from Mehring Books

By Shannon Jones, 31 January 2015

The War Comes Home: Race, Class and Police Violence in America examines the connection between the growth of police violence and the erection of a repressive military/intelligence apparatus.

The Greek Election

The class character of Syriza revealed

By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2015

Syriza hands Greek defence ministry to right-wing nationalist

By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2015

Australian pseudo-left group hails Syriza’s victory in Greece

By James Cogan, 29 January 2015

Syriza’s electoral success and the pseudo-left

Who are the Independent Greeks?

The significance of the election of Syriza in Greece

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

31 January 2015

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

University of California doctors hold one-day strike

By our reporters, 30 January 2015

Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting in Dublin, Ireland: The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland

31 January 2015

The Socialist Equality Group is holding a public meeting in Dublin on February 3.

Commentary

Income inequality soars in every US state

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2015

German president uses Auschwitz commemoration to justify militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 January 2015

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Court sentences two Chileans, indicts US in the 1973 murder of Charles Horman

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2015

Notes on police violence in America
Police shoot and kill teenage girl in Longview, Texas police station

30 January 2015

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Texas, Georgia execute intellectually disabled death row inmates

By Kate Randall, 30 January 2015

Six million hit with Obamacare penalties for being uninsured

By Jerry White, 30 January 2015

Germany moves into deflation as global bond prices point to deepening slump

By Nick Beams, 30 January 2015

Obama’s State of the Union and the fraud of Kshama Sawant

Koch brothers pledge to spend nearly $900 million on 2016 US elections

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

Science

Experimental data supports the interactive development of language and technology

By Philip Guelpa, 29 January 2015

25 years ago: Haitian strongman lifts state of siege

The state of siege declared in Haiti by Lt. General Prosper Avril was ended on January 30, 1990.

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50 years ago: Mass arrests in Selma, Alabama

On February 1, 1965, Selma Sheriff James G. Clark arrested 770 people, among them Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who were protesting Alabama’s stringent voter registration requirements.

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75 years ago: United Mine Workers leader denounces President Roosevelt

On February 1, 1940, a break between John L. Lewis, Congress of Industrial Organizations president and leader of the United Mine Workers, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt exploded into public view.

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100 years ago: British authorities brutally suppress African uprising

This week in January 1915, British colonial authorities launched a brutal crackdown following an uprising in Nyasaland, modern-day Malawi, that had begun on January 23.

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