US Congress unveils austerity budget as Senate delays extension of jobless benefits

By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2014

Developments this week have underscored the commitment of both parties to the war against the working class and further exposed the bogus character of the Obama administration’s “campaign against inequality.”

Hundreds drown fleeing continued fighting in South Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2014

As many as 300 people drowned when an overloaded ferry that they had boarded to flee fighting in the city of Malakal sank Tuesday in the White Nile.

French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2014

Hollande tried to rally support in the business community, pledging draconian social cuts justified with chauvinist rhetoric on the need for a strong military.

Germany: The Left Party defends the EU

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2014

The Party of the European Left recently held an event in Berlin in preparation for the upcoming European Parliament elections.

German social democrats pursue law-and-order policies in Hamburg

By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2014

Over the past week, Hamburg police declared entire areas “danger zones” where basic democratic rights were curtailed, citing violence against police officers.

Desert Hot Springs, California, declares “fiscal emergency”

By Juan Verala Luz, 15 January 2014

Desert Hot Springs declared a “fiscal emergency,” paving the way for attacks on pensions and salaries as well as an increase in taxes.

Tongan cyclone leaves thousands homeless

By John Braddock, 15 January 2013

Cyclone Ian is the worst storm to hit the tiny impoverished Pacific country in more than 50 years.

Australia: Broadmeadows workers speak on car industry crisis

By our reporters, 15 January 2014

Ford’s planned shutdown in 2016 will see nearly 1,000 jobs destroyed in Broadmeadows.

Brazil’s Petrobrás sells off Peruvian stake to China

By César Uco, 15 January 2014

Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.

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Έκθεση αποκαλύπτει το νέο πρόσωπο της φτώχιας στη Βρετανία

Του Τομ Πηρς, 15 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Στοιχεία για το 2011-2012 δείχνουν ότι 13 εκατομμύρια στη Βρετανία είναι φτωχοί.

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Die Katastrophe, die der US-Imperialismus im Nahen Osten entfesselte

Von Bill Van Auken, 15. Januar 2014

Der US-Imperialismus verübte Kriegsverbrechen in Dimensionen, die lediglich mit denen verglichen werden können, die im Zweiten Weltkrieg vom Dritten Reich verübt worden sind.

Die Linkspartei verteidigt die EU

Von Peter Schwarz, 15. Januar 2014

Die Europäische Linke hat am Sonntag in der Berliner Volksbühne eine Veranstaltung zur Vorbereitung der kommenden Europawahl durchgeführt.

PSG sammelt Unterschriften für die Teilnahme an den Europawahlen

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 15. Januar 2014

In Leipzig und Berlin diskutierten Mitglieder der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit vor Jobcentern, Einkaufszentren und Universitäten über das Europa-Programm der PSG und der britischen Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

Neue bewaffnete Kämpfe um Falludscha im Irak

Von Bill Van Auken, 15. Januar 2014

Vergangenen Donnerstag wurden neue Gefechte aus der belagerten Stadt Falludscha gemeldet, während die Obama-Regierung dem Maliki-Regime mit neuer Militärhilfe gewährt.

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La catastrophe déclenchée par l'impérialisme américain au Moyen-Orient

Par Bill Van Auken, 15 janvier 2014

Alors que les États-Unis poursuivent les négociations sur la Syrie et le programme nucléaire iranien pour faciliter leur « pivot vers l'Asie, » la catastrophe que Washington a déclenché au Moyen-Orient menace de métastaser en une guerre régionale.

Ne touchez pas au Detroit Institute of Arts ni aux retraites!

Par Larry Porter, 15 janvier 2014

Cette déclaration a été publiée par Larry Porter, secrétaire national adjoint du Socialist Equality Party et président de l'Enquête ouvrière sur la faillite de Detroit et les attaques contre le DIA et les retraites.

Virginie occidentale: 300.000 personnes privées d'eau

Par Clement Daly, 15 janvier 2014

Près de 17 pour cent de la population de la Virginie occidentale aux États-Unis sont sans eau potable.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Лев Троцкий и защита исторической правды

Дэвид Норт, 15 января 2013 г.

Продолжение критики биографии Троцкого, написанной Робертом Сервисом, в лекции Дэвида Норта, председателя Партии Социалистического Равенства США и председателя международной редакционной коллегии МСВС, с которой он выступил 16 марта 2012 года в Лейпцигском университете.

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Perspective

The West Virginia chemical disaster

15 January 2014

The release of a toxic coal-treatment chemical into the drinking water in West Virginia is only the latest disaster resulting from the dismantling of corporate regulation.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Suburban Detroit teachers, support staff protest wage-cutting

By Walter Gilberti and Shannon Jones, 15 January 2014

Teachers and other public education workers in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale picketed a school board meeting Monday to protest pay cuts.

Hands off the Detroit Institute of Arts and pensions!

By Larry Porter, 14 January 2014

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge has rubber-stamped plans to steal the pensions of Detroit workers and sell off the city's cultural heritage. Now it's time for the working class to expose and fight this conspiracy.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

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Socialist Equality Party

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!
Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

German Socialist Equality Party members collect signatures for European elections

By our correspondent, 15 January 2014

In Berlin and Leipzig, campaign teams spoke to workers and youth at job centers, shopping centers and universities, discussing a socialist and internationalist program in the European elections.

Condolence messages on the death of Dave Hyland from India, Europe and the United States

15 January 2014

We publish below a selection of condolences sent by some of Dave’s comrades from India, Europe and the US.

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Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Arts Review

Her: A lonely man falls in love with his computer

By David Walsh, 15 January 2014

The new film, Her, is writer-director Spike Jonze’s fourth feature film, following Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002) and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 4

By Sybille Fuchs, 15 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany, in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the fourth part of a series.

Commentary

Socialist Alliance and the destruction of Australian car industry jobs

By James Cogan, 15 January 2014

A prominent Socialist Alliance member, Tim Gooden, is actively assisting the closure of the Ford plant in Geelong.

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.

Workers Struggles

South Korean rail union sellout paves way for privatization

By Ben McGrath, 15 January 2014

The stoppage was the longest rail strike in country’s history, but the unions channeled the hostility of workers into negotiations with KORAIL and the government.

Britain: Rail unions betray London Overground conductors

By Michael Barnes, 15 January 2014

In December rail unions facilitated the elimination of 130 safety-critical conductor jobs on London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL). The biggest union involved, the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT), is now threatening a dispute over agreements made, in an attempt to justify that betrayal to its members.

Obituary

Ariel Sharon, war criminal (February 26, 1928-January 11, 2014)

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2014

Sharon is justly reviled by millions for his policies of provocation, murder and ethnic cleansing.

25 years ago: Framed Kentucky miners’ appeal denied

After a federal court denied the appeal of four framed-up Kentucky miners, the January 13, 1989 issue of the Bulletin newspaper, published by the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, called for an all-out defense campaign in the labor movement.

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50 years ago: Army revolt in Tanganyika

On January 20, 1964, an army revolt was launched in Tanganyika against President Julius K. Nyerere and his cabinet.

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75 years ago: IRA bombs British cities

On Monday January 16, 1939, a series of five bombs planted by operatives of the Irish Republican Army exploded in London and Manchester.

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100 years ago: Police frame up IWW songwriter Joe Hill

On January 13, 1914, Joe Hill was arrested in connection with two murders in Salt Lake City.

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