As Geneva talks open, US advances trumped-up torture charges against Syria

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2014

With talks on the Syrian war opening today, the US political and media establishment ratcheted up tensions with the Syrian regime yesterday.

Thai government imposes state of emergency

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2014

Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has declared an emergency, but it is unclear whether it will be able to enforce its measures.

German government extends its military mission in Africa

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2014

The grand coalition government in Berlin is preparing a massive enlargement of the German mission in the African country of Mali.

Omaha factory where fatal accident occurred had record of safety violations

By Sean West, 22 January 2014

The International Nutrition plant, where two workers were killed in an explosion and partial building collapse Monday, has been repeatedly cited for safety infractions.

US states turn to unregulated compounding facilities to make drugs for lethal injections

By Nick Barrickman, 22 January 2014

In the face of numerous manufacturers’ refusal to produce drugs used in executions, many US states have begun relying on chemicals formulated in unregulated compounding facilities.

Purdue University placed on lockdown after fatal shooting of teaching assistant

By Gabriel Black, 21 January 2014

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed at Purdue University Tuesday, in what the police are describing as a targeted attack.

Workers, community fight Brooklyn hospital closures

By Dan Brennan, 22 January 2014

Hospital workers occupied part of Interfaith Medical Center last Friday in response to the diversion of ambulances away from the financially troubled hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Khobragade affair exposes deep-rooted Indo-US tensions

By Kranti Kumara, 22 January 2014

India remains deeply dissatisfied with American treatment of diplomat Devyani Khobragade and, in both New Delhi and Washington, there is concern that the row could put new strains on Indo-US ties.

Australian government prepares sweeping welfare cuts

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 January 2014

The review is part of the preparations for an austerity budget but has a longer term agenda involving the elimination of entire welfare programs.

UK housing benefit changes threaten mass evictions

By Eileen Rose, 22 January 2014

The New Year saw one of the largest landlords in Kent, Fergus Wilson, announce he will no longer rent his houses to benefit recipients and plans to evict 200 tenants.

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Küresel zenginerki

Andre Damon ve Barry Grey, 22 Ocak 2014

Bankalar ve şirketler özel ellerden alınmalı, kamu mülkiyeti ve demokratik denetim altına sokulmalıdır.

Suriye görüşmeleri karmaşa içinde; BM İran’a daveti geri çekti

Bill Van Auken, 22 Ocak 2014

Birleşmiş Milletler (BM), İran’ın, Suriye’deki üç yıllık çatışmaya siyasi bir çözüm bulmak amacıyla büyük devletler tarafından düzenlenen görüşmelere katılmasına yönelik daveti aniden iptal etti.

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Tunisie: Le nouveau premier ministre mis en place dans le contexte de tensions sociales accrues

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 22 janvier 2014

Trois ans après que le dictateur de longue date Zine Abedine Ben Ali a été chassé, l'élite dirigeante tunisienne cherche à surmonter sa profonde crise économique et politique et à former un nouveau gouvernement afin d'intensifier la politique anti-ouvrière et pro-impérialiste du précédent régime.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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NSA-Verteidiger verdoppeln Hetzkampagne gegen Edward Snowden

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. Januar 2014

Wie sich zeigt, gipfelt Obamas NSA-"Reform" in einer neuen Hetzkampagne gegen Edward Snowden, und Politiker beider Parteien folgen seinem Beispiel.

Drohende Deflation stellt die Weltwirtschaft vor neue Gefahren

Von Nick Beams, 22. Januar 2014

Es hat nicht lange gedauert bis die optimistischen Neujahrs-Prognosen für ein anziehendes Wachstum der Weltwirtschaft im Jahr 2014 einen schweren Schlag erlitten haben.

Problematische Syrien-Gespräche
UN zieht Einladung an Iran zurück

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. Januar 2014

Zwei Tage vor Beginn der Syrien-Gespräche in der Schweiz geraten die Vorbereitungen auf eine Verhandlungslösung erneut ins Stocken.

Januarkonzert mit Mozart und Schostakowitsch
Historischer Moment in der Berliner Philharmonie

Von Verena Nees, 22. Januar 2014

75 Jahre nach seiner Flucht aus Deutschland musizierte der Pianist Menahem Pressler erstmals mit den Berliner Philharmonikern.

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Perspective

The horror in Ohio’s death chamber

22 January 2014

The execution of Dennis McGuire’s in Ohio Thursday, and details of the gruesome manner in which authorities carried out his death sentence, have evoked revulsion in the US and internationally.

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Socialist Equality Party

David Hyland and the fight for socialist consciousness

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2014

Dave Hyland’s political strength came from his understanding that the revolutionary energy of the working class can only be developed on the basis of a socialist and internationalist perspective, and through the building of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Dave Hyland: A life-long struggle for Trotskyism

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2014

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

“Who can argue about a tree?”
Detroit’s “urban farming” scheme: A cover for a corporate land grab

By Zac Corrigan, 22 January 2014

Hantz Farms, a company owned by wealthy investors, has bought 1,500 abandoned lots on Detroit’s lower-east side for half a million dollars.

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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Arts Review

August: Osage County and Lone Survivor: Sound and fury signifying not too much…and a celebration of the US military

By Joanne Laurier, 22 January 2014

John Wells’s film is a star-studded, “timeless” family drama set in rural Oklahoma; Peter Berg’s effort is a reprehensible tribute to American military death squads.

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

Care workers strike against Glasgow, Scotland City Council

By Stephen Alexander, 22 January 2014

The council’s introduction of a new 12.5-hour shift pattern will result in a pay cut of around 7 percent for 182 workers.

Commentary

The global plutocracy

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 21 January 2014

Socialist Alternative councilwoman backs Democrats’ minimum wage maneuver

By Jerry White, 21 January 2014

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

Correspondence

An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 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

Australia: Car components workers speak on auto industry shutdown

By our reporters, 21 January 2014

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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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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