5 March 2015

Obama Justice Department: No charges against Ferguson killer cop

By Andre Damon, 5 March 2015

The decision not to bring charges against Darren Wilson exposes the fraud of the Obama administration’s supposed sympathy for the victims of police violence.

In wake of latest atrocity
Obama administration whitewashes police killings

The police killing in Los Angeles

Cleveland court filing alleges Tamir Rice caused his own death

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Dozens killed in fatal methane blast at east Ukraine coal mine

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2015

The deaths at the Zasyadko mine underscore yet again the bloody price that workers living in the former Soviet Union are paying for the restoration of capitalism.

As federal trial opens
Judge limits evidence on role of main perpetrator of Boston Marathon bombings

By Barry Grey, 5 March 2015

The ruling indicates the government’s intention to exclude questions relating to contacts between the FBI and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

One year since the Boston Marathon bombing

Petraeus gets slap on the wrist in state secrets case

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2015

The former top military commander and CIA chief gave notebooks containing an array of closely guarded state secrets to his mistress and lied to investigators about doing so.

New York State prison guards take plea deal to avoid jail for brutal beating

By Fred Mazelis, 5 March 2015

The news from Attica reveals the reality of prisons in America and shows how little has changed since the prison rebellion of 1971.

Georgia woman’s execution postponed for second time in a week

Target announces layoff of several thousand workers in US

By Matthew MacEgan, 5 March 2015

The retail giant Target announced this week that it is cutting jobs in order to save $2 billion, which will be invested in its online business.

New York City mayor bids out final school bus routes without job protections

By Sandy English, 5 March 2015

More than 4,000 additional school bus workers will either lose their jobs or see their pay cut in half under the bids now being organized under Democratic Party Mayor de Blasio.

US-Iran nuclear talks hint at a possible deal

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2015

As far as Washington is concerned, a deal over Iran’s nuclear programs has always been bound up with broader geo-political considerations.

Netanyahu delivers anti-Iran tirade to US Congress

German, Romanian officials plan further escalation against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 5 March 2015

In a visit to Berlin, the Romanian president demanded a stronger NATO presence in Romania and the entire Black Sea region in response to the Ukraine crisis.

Australian union rallies seek to divert anger over attacks on wages and services

By our reporters, 5 March 2015

The ACTU staged a “National Day of Action” yesterday to try to head off the intense hostility among workers to the mounting assault on wages, working conditions and social services.

Australian workers denounce budget cuts and austerity drive

By our correspondents, 5 March 2015

Saskatchewan Fire Department refuses to answer call; two children die

By Ashley Tseng, 5 March 2015

Two aboriginal children died in a house fire on a Saskatchewan reservation after the fire department in the neighbouring, off-reserve village refused to respond due to an outstanding bill.

New in French

La capitulation de Syriza devant les banques démasque le Nouveau Parti Anti-capitaliste

Par Alex Lantier, 5 mars 2015

La publication par le NPA, au nom du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, d'une déclaration soutenant la politique de droite de Syriza est une provocation politique.

Le gouvernement PS annonce une nouvelle série de réformes libérales

Par Kumaran Ira, 5 mars 2015

Après avoir fait voter la loi Macron sur la dérégulation, le gouvernement PS est en train de préparer une nouvelle série de mesures d’austérité et de réformes structurelles drastiques.

New in German

„Jihadi John“, der Imperialismus und der Islamische Staat

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. März 2015

Der britische Geheimdienst MI5 hat „Jihadi John“ nicht nur sorgfältig überwacht, sondern auch aktiv versucht, ihn als Informanten und verdeckten Agenten zu rekrutieren.

Bundestag beschließt Rüstungsdeal in Milliardenhöhe

Von Johannes Stern, 5. März 2015

Die Anschaffung von mindestens 168 Hubschraubern für die Bundeswehr ist das erste große Rüstungsgeschäft von Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen (CDU).

Bundesregierung will Wehretat erhöhen und massiv aufrüsten

Von Philipp Frisch und Johannes Stern, 5. März 2015

Die Bundesregierung will den Wehretat ab 2017 erhöhen und die Bundeswehr massiv aufrüsten. Das verkündete Finanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble am Wochenende in einem Interview mit der Bild am Sonntag.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung wirbt für Konfrontation mit Russland

Von Peter Schwarz, 5. März 2015

Die Konferenz „Die Ukraine, Russland und Europa“ bestand aus vier Stunden geifernder Kriegshetze gegen Russland.

Gesamtvermögen der Milliardäre weltweit auf über sieben Billionen Dollar gestiegen

Von Joseph Kishore, 5. März 2015

Nichts könnte den parasitären Charakter des Weltkapitalismus deutlicher zeigen als die ständige Bereicherung der Ultrareichen inmitten wirtschaftlicher Stagnation.

Der Film Mr. Turner zeigt ein lebendiges Bild des großen Malers

Von Fred Mazelis, 5. März 2015

Timothy Spall verkörpert wunderbar den schwierigen, genialen Charakter des Malers, der einen so großen und dauerhaften Einfluss auf die Entwicklung der Malerei hatte.

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Perspective

Defend the US oil workers!

5 March 2015

Encouraged by the treachery of the United Steelworkers union, global oil giant Shell has announced that it will train strikebreakers to resume full production at its Texas and Louisiana plants.

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US Oil Workers Strike

The US oil strike: Contractor describes conditions inside refineries

By Jerry White, 5 March 2015

A contractor with extensive experience in oil refineries speaks on the long hours, dangerous conditions and other issues that have led to the largest strike in the oil industry since 1980.

As strike passes one-month mark
The way forward for oil workers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 March 2015

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Featured Commentary

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

By David North, 3 March 2015

The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state.

WSWS Interview

Former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 5 March 2015

Hicks discusses the overturn of his 2007 “terrorism” conviction, the response of the Australian government and media and his concerns about escalating attacks on basic democratic rights.

The Crisis in Greece

German Left Party backs Schäuble and European austerity policies

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2015

By agreeing to “Greek aid,” the Left Party is backing the German government, the European Union, the banks and their brutal austerity policies in Greece and Europe as a whole.

Syriza’s Left Platform in crisis over Greek austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 4 March 2015

Syriza’s surrender to the banks exposes France’s New Anti-capitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2015

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

By David North, 24 February 2015

The anti-Marxism of Yanis Varoufakis

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

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Arts Review

Philip Levine (1928–2015): A poet of working class life and struggle

By Dorota Niemitz and Matthew Brennan, 5 March 2015

The appeal of the Detroit native, who won a Pulitzer Prize and was named Poet Laureate of the US, was due in part to the accessibility and directness of his poems.

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Two stories of German resistance: The Resistors “their spirit prevails ...” and 13 Minutes

By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 March 2015

House of Cards collapses

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2015

Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall: An honest artistic effort, or something else?

SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Another fatal police shooting in Australia

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 4 March 2015

SEP candidates in NSW election campaign against war and austerity

NSW election: The fraud of Labor’s opposition to privatisation and austerity

Vote Socialist Equality Party in the New South Wales election
Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights! For a workers government and socialist policies!

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History

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

By Tom Mackaman, 4 March 2015

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Australia: Griffith University obstructs IYSSE campaigns

By our correspondents, 4 March 2015

This is a politically-motivated attack, directed against the only student club opposing the drive to war, austerity and overturning of basic democratic rights.

Socialist Equality Party

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in German

By Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2015

David North’s book is essential in providing a political orientation and formulating a socialist response to the global crisis of capitalism.

Commentary

Wealth of world’s billionaires surges past $7 trillion

By Joseph Kishore, 4 March 2015

US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings

By Thomas Gaist, 4 March 2015

Cuts to pensions of Detroit retirees go into effect

Italy threatens military intervention in Libya

Chinese economy under downward pressure

India’s “growth” budget coddles business while punishing working people

25 years ago: Iran-Contra trial of Admiral Poindexter begins

Poindexter served as national security advisor from late 1985 through late 1986, when the Iran-Contra crisis was at its height.

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50 years ago: Police assault Selma-to-Montgomery March

On March 7, 1965, Alabama state police and Dallas County Sheriff deputies carried out a bloody attack against civil rights demonstrators on the outskirts of Selma.

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75 years ago: Finland capitulates to Soviet Union

On March 5, 1940, the government of Finland notified the Soviet Union that it would accept Moscow’s terms to end the Winter War.

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100 years ago: Greek prime minister resigns over war policy

On March 6, 1915, Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos resigned following a conflict over the nation’s involvement in World War I.

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