Obama’s NSA “reform” defends illegal spying

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014

The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

US government signals it will not sign no-spying agreement with Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014

NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

US appeals court strikes down “net neutrality” rules

By Thomas Gaist, 16 January 2014

The Open Internet regulations prohibited the selective blocking of slowing of legal Internet content by Internet providers.

Low turnout as Egypt’s US-backed junta holds constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2014

The referendum is intended to provide a pseudo-legal cover for the junta’s July 3, 2013 coup and the restoration of authoritarian military rule as it existed under Mubarak.

The Alex Rodriguez affair

By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 16 January 2014

A great deal of hypocrisy surrounds the season-long exclusion of professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez for allegedly using banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Outrage over acquittal of California police who beat homeless man to death

By John Andrews, 16 January 2014

The acquittal of two officers captured on video beating to death a homeless, mentally ill man in Orange County, California has been met with widespread anger.

Japanese PM’s aggressive diplomatic push in Africa

By John Watanabe, 16 January 2014

The trip was aimed at expanding Japanese influence in Africa and curbing China’s presence in this strategically vital region.

London: Fire station closures endanger lives

By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 16 January 2014

This month has seen the closure of 10 fire stations across London, with the loss of 552 firefighters and 14 fire engines.

UK Environment Agency warns of job cuts

By Paul Mitchell, 16 January 2014

Severe flooding across Britain has led to the loss of seven lives and massive damage to property.

Australian government’s audit commission foreshadows deep spending cuts

By Mike Head, 16 January 2014

Big business is pressing for savage austerity measures amid indications of a further deterioration of the Australian economy.

Australia’s construction industry claims another life

By Terry Cook, 16 January 2014

While the causes of the death remain unclear, the circumstances raise questions about poor conditions and safety standards on construction sites.

New in Russian

Историки на службе у «Большой лжи»: Анализ биографии Троцкого, написанной профессором Робертом Сервисом

Дэвид Норт, 16 января 2013 г.

Критика биографии Льва Троцкого, написанной британским профессором Робертом Сервисом.

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Suriye üzerine Paris konferansı
ABD ve Avrupalı müttefikleri rejim değişikliği yönündeki baskıyı yeniliyorlar

Alex Lantier, 16 Ocak 2014

Görüşmeler, ABD yetkililerinin Suriyeli İslamcı muhalefet güçlerine yeniden malzeme sevkiyatına hazırlandığına ilişkin haberlerin ortasında gerçekleşti.

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Les funérailles de Sharon rendent hommage à un criminel de guerre

Par Mike Head, 16 janvier 2014

La dissimulation du vrai bilan de Sharon est lié au fait que les méthodes criminelles qu’il a employées ont été ouvertement adoptées par Washington et ses alliés.

Allemagne: Le parti Die Linke défend l’Union européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 janvier 2014

Le Parti de la Gauche européenne a organisé dernièrement à Berlin une réunion en prévision des prochaines élections parlementaires européennes.

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

New in German

US-Regierung verweigert Anti-Spionage-Abkommen

Von Christoph Dreier, 16. Januar 2014

Die Obama-Regierung ist nicht bereit, sich schriftlich zu verpflichten, auf die Bespitzelung deutscher Regierungsvertreter und umfangreiche Überwachungsmaßnahmen in Deutschland zu verzichten.

USA schließen Iran von Syrienkonferenz aus

Von Keith Jones, 16. Januar 2014

Kurz nach einer vorläufigen amerikanisch-iranischen Annäherung kam es am Montag erneut zu Streitigkeiten zwischen den USA und Russland über den Ausschluss des Irans von der Genfer Konferenz.

Korruptionsskandal bedroht Fortbestand der türkischen Regierung

Von Jean Shaoul, 16. Januar 2014

Mehr als 20.000 Menschen nahmen am Samstag an Demonstrationen in Ankara teil, um gegen die AKP Regierung von Ministerpräsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan zu protestieren.

Die NPA unterstützt Frankreichs Kriege in Afrika

Von Kumaran Ira und Alex Lantier, 16. Januar 2014

Die NPA sieht sich nicht als Gegner des Imperialismus, sondern rät zu einer anderen, vielleicht intelligenteren Politik, um zunehmend unpopuläre Kriege fortzusetzen.

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Perspective

With Iran accord, US shifts tactics, not predatory aims

16 January 2014

Obama’s claim that he aims to “give peace a chance” is a lie. Washington has not retreated one inch from its rapacious drive to assert hegemony in the Middle East and Asia.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit retirees denounce pension, health care cuts

By WSWS reporters, 16 January 2014

Facing the loss of their pensions and health benefits, thousands of retired Detroit city workers attended an event January 14 called by the union-affiliated Detroit Retired City Employees Association.

Meeting January 23 at Wayne State University: Exposing the bankers’ conspiracy
A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting on January 23 at Wayne State University to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

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!

Suburban Detroit teachers, support staff protest wage-cutting

By Walter Gilberti and Shannon Jones, 15 January 2014

Hands off the Detroit Institute of Arts and pensions!

By Larry Porter, 14 January 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Socialist Equality Party

The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party-Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) is standing candidates in the European election due to take place on May 25, 2014.

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

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.

More letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

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

Minnesota Orchestra musicians forced to accept massive cuts

By Eric London, 16 January 2014

The new three-year contract cuts pay by 15 percent and raises health care payments by up to $2,300 each year.

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 5

By Sybille Fuchs, 16 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 fifth and final part of a series.

Her: A lonely man falls in love with his computer

By David Walsh, 15 January 2014

Commentary

The West Virginia chemical disaster

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2014

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

By Thomas Gaist, 15 January 2014

French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2014

Germany: The Left Party defends the EU

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2014

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

Socialist Alliance and the destruction of Australian car industry jobs

By James Cogan, 15 January 2014

Australia: Broadmeadows workers speak on car industry crisis

By our reporters, 15 January 2014

More on auto workers struggles »

Workers Struggles

South Korean rail union sellout paves way for privatization

By Ben McGrath, 15 January 2014

Britain: Rail unions betray London Overground conductors

By Michael Barnes, 15 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

European Parliamentary rapporteur denounces NSA/GCHQ spying as illegal

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2014

Obama administration moves to freeze lawsuit challenging spying programs

By Eric London, 13 January 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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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