Democrats, Republicans back Obama’s police state spying

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014

Leading congressmen of both parties have applauded the speech Obama gave Friday defending mass spying by the National Security Agency.

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Opposition Syrian National Coalition to attend Geneva talks

By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2014

With their Islamist proxies facing defeat on the battlefield, Washington and its allies are trying to impose a neo-colonial regime on Syria through diplomacy.

Spain: Fascists intimidate plaintiffs in Franco-era crimes case

By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 20 January 2014

Two hundred plaintiffs and their lawyers have been forced to fly to Argentina to give evidence in a lawsuit seeking an investigation of torture, executions and abductions.

Company responsible for West Virginia chemical spill declares bankruptcy

By Clement Daly, 20 January 2014

On Friday, Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the chemical leak which poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Thirteen arrested at California protest against acquittal of police who murdered homeless man

By John Andrews, 20 January 2014

The protest was directed against the January 13 not guilty verdicts in favor of two former Fullerton officers charged with killing 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

JC Penney and Intel announce massive layoffs and closures

By Gabriel Black, 20 January 2014

Last week, retailer JC Penney and computer-chip manufacturer Intel announced mass layoffs, demonstrating that the real economy continues to stagnate.

Japanese Communist Party signals regroupment with bourgeois “left” parties

By John Watanabe, 20 January 2014

The JCP is seeking to channel popular discontent by forming a new alliance that would posture as the only viable opposition to the Abe government.

Germany: Daimler works council pits contract workers against permanent staff

By Philipp Frisch, 20 January 2014

The IG Metall union and the Daimler works council are cooperating with management to increase the proportion of poorly paid employees on a contracted tenure.

US threatens international probe into Sri Lankan war crimes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 January 2014

Support for an international inquiry would mark a significant shift by the US, which until now has gone along with the official government cover-up.

Australian teachers’ union backs new “performance pay” regime

By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2014

The AEU withdrew its court case and reached a secret deal with the Victorian state government.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says city “booming” despite record unemployment

By Carl Bronski, 20 January 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called a news conference in his ongoing effort to rehabilitate his tattered image as he heads into an election year.

Austerity and shift to privatization leave Philadelphia schools in tatters

By Paavo Grant, 20 January 2014

Massive budget cuts are decimating the Philadelphia public school system.

New in French

La défense de la culture et la crise à Detroit

Par David Walsh, 20 janvier 2014

Nous publions aujourd'hui une version adaptée d'un exposé présenté par le rédacteur culturel du WSWS, David Walsh, le 13 juin 2013, lors d'une réunion concernant la menace planant sur le Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA, l'institut des Beaux-arts de Detroit).

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

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Perspective

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

20 January 2014

The real content of Obama’s “reform” of the NSA was made clear Sunday when politicians of both parties followed his lead and renewed the witch-hunt of Edward Snowden.

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Socialist Equality Party

Memorial meeting pays tribute to Dave Hyland’s political struggle

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party of Britain held a memorial meeting on January 18 in honour of Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, 2013, aged 66.

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Commiserations from Australia on the death of Dave Hyland

17 January 2014

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The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

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Meeting at Toronto’s York University on implications of Snowden/CSEC spying revelations

20 January 2014

SEP (Canada) National Secretary Keith Jones will speak Thursday, January 23 on the implications of the global police-state spying operations.

Commentary

Chicago Teachers Union launches “independent” political organization

By Kristina Betinis, 20 January 2014

With the collaboration of other unions and pseudo-left organizations, the CTU has formed a new organization aimed at preventing a break with the big business political establishment.

The Kellers and cancer

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2014

New York Times columnist Bill Keller and his journalist wife wrote on the case of a terminal cancer patient to argue against ordinary people receiving life-extending medical care.

Obama defends police state spying

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

SEP and IYSSE teams campaign for February 15 meeting
Workers speak on Detroit bankruptcy inquiry

By Tim Rivers, 20 January 2014

Workers and young people responded strongly last week to the campaign for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA and Pensions.

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!

Public meeting at the University of Michigan
Exposing the Bankers’ Conspiracy: A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, February 5 to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

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25 years ago: US President George H.W. Bush sworn in

On January 20, 1989, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st US president.

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50 years ago: 24th Amendment bans poll taxes in US

On January 23rd, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting the imposition of poll taxes for federal elections, was ratified.

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75 years ago: Barcelona falls to Franco

On January 26, 1939, the Spanish Republican capital Barcelona fell to General Franco’s fascist troops.

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100 years ago: US intervenes in response to revolt in Haiti

This week in 1914, a nationwide revolt in Haiti developed against the rule of President Michael Oreste.

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NHS Fightback

Bournemouth hospital review confirms warning by NHS FightBack campaign

By Ajanta Silva, 20 January 2014

The CQC findings prove that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s funding cuts and privatisation policies have created a significant shortage of staff, beds and resources.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Canada’s spy agencies lied to the courts

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 18 January 2014

UK police demand Channel 4 hand over whistle-blower’s footage

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2014

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Arts Review

2014 Academy Award nominations: Very few bright spots

By David Walsh, 18 January 2014

Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet, playwright, black nationalist

By Fred Mazelis, 18 January 2014

The career and legacy of Amiri Baraka reveal, above all, the dead end of black nationalism, as well as communalism and ethnic-based cultural exclusivism of every kind.

Correspondence

An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014

Workers Struggles

London Underground workers to strike against ticket office closures

By Michael Barnes, 18 January 2014

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