With Syria talks in disarray, UN yanks invitation to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2014

Plans for talks on a political settlement of the three-year-old war in Syria were thrown into disarray Monday, just two days before the talks were set to open in Switzerland.

Global unemployment rises above 200 million

By Mike Head, 21 January 2014

The ILO noted the glaring disparity between the recovery on global financial markets and the worsening situation facing workers.

Ukraine opposition leader meets with president to defuse protests

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 January 2014

Having brought Ukraine to the brink of civil war, Berlin has advised the opposition to enter talks with the government.

Ex-UK minister of defence and former army chief of staff named in Iraq war crimes case

By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2014

Investigators have charged that the abuse of Iraqis was systematic.

Two workers confirmed dead in Omaha factory explosion

By Rafael Azul, 21 January 2014

Two workers were killed and more are missing and presumed dead in an animal feed plant explosion in Omaha, Nebraska.

Family of executed Ohio man plans lawsuit over his botched lethal injection

By Kate Randall, 21 January 2014

Witnesses described how death row inmate Dennis McGuire suffered for 25 minutes after injection of an untested combination of two drugs.

Problems remain as water is restored in West Virginia

By Clement Daly, 21 January 2014

Residents and parents of children in schools scheduled to reopen are worried about the safety of drinking water, two weeks after a chemical spill that entered the water supply.

Chinese economic growth slows

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2014

China’s falling growth rate could be the start of a long-term trend.

Tunisia: New prime minister installed amid rising social tensions

By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 January 2014

The Tunisian ruling elite is stepping up its “national dialogue.”

EU pressures Serbia to distance itself from Russia

By Ognjen Markovic, 21 January 2014

The EU has started accession negotiations with Serbia, using the membership talks as a form of blackmail to curb Russian influence.

Seventeen charter schools closed in Columbus, Ohio

By Sheila Brehm, 21 January 2014

The push for privatization of public education is producing effects that are the opposite of those promised by charter school advocates.

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SUK Cenevre görüşmelerine katılıyor

Alex Lantier, 21 Ocak 2014

ABD Dışişleri Bakanı John Kerry, SUK’un katılma yönünde oy kullanmasını “cesurca”, Cenevre II toplantısını da “nihayetinde daha iyi bir geleceğe giden bir yol” diye tanımladı.

Türkiye yükselen siyasi kriz ortasında Suriye politikasını değiştiriyor

Isaac Finn, 21 Ocak 2014

Gül ile Erdoğan arasında taktiksel farklılıklar ne olursa olsun, AKP’nin, rejimi mevcut krizden kurtarmak için ABD ve Batılı emperyalist güçlerin dış politikalarıyla uzlaşmaya giriştiğinin kesin belirtileri söz konusu.

Almanya: Sol Parti AB’yi savunuyor

Peter Schwarz, 21 Ocak 2014

AB’ye karşı koymanın tek yolu, Avrupa işçi sınıfının sosyalist bir program temelinde ortak seferberliğidir.

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Meeting en mémoire de la lutte politique de Dave Hyland

Par Robert Stevens, 21 janvier 2014

Le Socialist Equality Party de Grande-Bretagne a organisé un meeting le 18 janvier en mémoire de Dave Hyland, son secrétaire national décédé le 8 décembre 2013 à l'âge de 66 ans.

Il y a 75 ans, Barcelone tombait aux mains des franquistes

21 janvier 2014

Le 26 janvier 1939, la capitale républicaine espagnole, Barcelone, tombait devant les troupes fascistes du général Franco.

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

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Obama verteidigt Polizei- und Überwachungsstaat

Von Eric London und Barry Grey, 21. Januar 2014

Obamas Rede hat gezeigt, dass die Verfassung und die Bill of Rights für die herrschende Elite Amerikas praktisch keine Gültigkeit mehr haben.

Bundesregierung weitet Militäreinsatz in Afrika aus

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Januar 2014

Die militärische Unterstützung Frankreichs in Afrika dient dazu, der Hollande-Regierung bei ihren Angriffen auf die französischen Arbeiter den Rücken zu stärken.

Rede des französischen Präsidenten: EinAufruf zu Austerität und Militarismus

Von Alex Lantier, 21. Januar 2014

Bei seinem Versuch Rückendeckung in der Wirtschaft zu erhalten, versprach der französische Präsident Francois Hollande drakonische Sozialkürzungen, die er chauvinistisch mit der Notwendigkeit eines starken Militärs begründete.

Gedenkveranstaltung würdigt Dave Hylands politischen Kampf

Von Robert Stevens, 21. Januar 2014

Dave Hylands Leben war eng mit dem Kampf verbunden, das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale als Weltpartei der Sozialistischen Revolution aufzubauen.

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Perspective

The global plutocracy

21 January 2014

On the eve of the annual spectacle of parasitic wealth and power that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Oxfam charity has issued a report warning of the unprecedented growth of social inequality throughout the world.

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Socialist Equality Party

Dave Hyland: A life-long struggle for Trotskyism

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2014

Dave Hyland joined the Socialist Labour League at a crucial juncture in not just British, but world history, and it was world events that ultimately shaped him.

Memorial meeting pays tribute to Dave Hyland’s political struggle

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2014

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Emergency manager accelerates plans to “monetize” Detroit water department

By James Brewer, 21 January 2014

The plan to put the Detroit Water and Sewage Department under regional control is the first step towards privatization of one of America’s largest publicly owned water systems.

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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Commentary

Socialist Alternative councilwoman backs Democrats’ minimum wage maneuver

By Jerry White, 21 January 2014

Socialist Alternative conceives of an “independent” party as a political mechanism for applying pressure on the Democratic Party.

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

Chicago Teachers Union launches “independent” political organization

By Kristina Betinis, 20 January 2014

The Kellers and cancer

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2014

Democrats, Republicans back Obama’s police state spying

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014

Obama defends police state spying

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

“The government, courts and police are all stacked against us”—spokesman for victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 21 January 2014

Vicitimized Maruti Suzuki India worker Mahabir Dhimm spoke with the WSWS about the government-company frame-up of 148 of his co-workers and the speed-up and repressive regime at the Manesar assembly plant .

Australia: Car components workers speak on auto industry shutdown

By our reporters, 21 January 2014

Workers in the car components sector have been under relentless assault since the 2008 financial crash and global restructuring of the auto industry.

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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 January 2014

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

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

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

NHS Fightback

Bournemouth hospital review confirms warning by NHS FightBack campaign

By Ajanta Silva, 20 January 2014

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

21 January 2014

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014