Western powers, opposition step up pressure on Ukrainian regime

By Stefan Steinberg, 31 January 2014

The regime of Yanukovych and his cronies is being pressured out of office to make way for a regime more aligned on US and EU interests.

US attorney general seeks death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2014

In seeking the death penalty, US authorities are creating the best conditions for extracting a plea deal that would prevent unwanted testimony from ever being heard in an open court.

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014

Among those who attacked Snowden this week was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who, as a result of the NSA leaks, has been shown to have committed perjury.

Australian PM denounces Edward Snowden as a “traitor”

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014

Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.

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Thai government to hold election amid ongoing crisis

By Tom Peters, 31 January 2014

The ruling Puea Thai party will almost certainly win a majority of seats, but the election will not end the country’s political turmoil.

Japan: New political alignment emerges in Tokyo election

By John Watanabe, 31 January 2014

The election is being held amid growing public opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.

New scandals rock US nuclear command

By Bill Van Auken, 31 January 2014

The Pentagon has been forced to pull one out of every five of its nuclear launch officers from their posts as a result of spiraling drugs and cheating scandals.

US Supreme Court lifts stay, allows Missouri execution to proceed

By Kate Randall, 31 January 2014

Herbert Smulls died by lethal injection with pentobarbital on Wednesday after the high court lifted a stay of execution.

Cold weather fires kill 10 children in Kentucky, Georgia

By Matthew MacEgan, 31 January 2014

The widespread use of space heaters has caused more fires and deaths as cold weather has gripped the country.

Winter storm paralyzes Atlanta, Georgia, stranding thousands

By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2014

Drivers on major highways were trapped in their cars for up to two days without food or water.

Billionaire-backed lawsuit tries to abolish California teacher tenure

By Gabriel Black, 31 January 2014

A trial in Los Angeles that began this week would, in the name of education “reform,” make it far easier for districts across the state to fire teachers, preparing other states to follow suit.

Funeral held for eight-year old Rochester, New York boy killed in trailer fire

By Jason Melanovski, 31 January 2014

At the root of the tragedy were the impoverished conditions in which the household was living.

New chief executive calls for “opening up” of Britain’s National Health Service

By Ben Trent, 31 January 2014

Incoming National Health Service chief executive Simon Stevens has called for the “opening up” of healthcare and “reshaping our care system”.

Italy: Democratic Party chief Renzi attacks Letta government from the right

By Marianne Arens, 31 January 2014

Most recently, Renzi teamed up with Silvio Berlusconi to put Letta under pressure, whom he would like to replace as government leader.

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Le Parti de l’égalité sociale d’Allemagne publie une lettre ouverte au Professeur Jörg Baberowski

31 janvier 2014

Le Parti de l’égalité sociale d’Allemagne écrit au professeur Jörg Baberowski qui dirige le Département d’histoire d’Europe orientale à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin.

Une manifestation de l'extrême-droite à Paris réclame la démission du président Hollande

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 31 janvier 2014

Des milliers de personnes ont participé à la manifestation de l'extrême-droite “Jour de colère” dimanche dernier à Paris réclamant la démission du président Hollande

Mélenchon et le NPA émettent des critiques en trompe-l’œil de l’austérité d’Hollande

Par Anthony Torres, 31 janvier 2014

La pseudo-gauche essaie de se distancer du programme du président qu’ils ont aidé à faire élire et de se poser faussement en alternative au Parti socialiste (PS).

Québec: le profit, la déréglementation et la tragédie à l’Isle-Verte

Par Louis Girard, 31 janvier 2014

La lourde perte de vies humaines est due à l'absence de gicleurs dans la partie la plus vieille de la résidence.

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

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Kriegsgefahr in Asien

Von Peter Symonds, 31. Januar 2014

Asien im Jahr 2014 weist eine beängstigende Ähnlichkeit mit 1914 in Europa auf.

Türkei: Chaos auf Devisenmärkten lässt Zinssätze ansteigen

Von Nick Beams, 31. Januar 2014

Die massiven Zinserhöhungen waren eine Reaktion auf Warnungen vor finanziellen Unruhen und wachsender Sorge um die Stabilität der Schwellenmärkte

Europäische Regierungen hetzen gegen Roma

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 31. Januar 2014

Das Elend der Roma ist ein direktes Ergebnis der kapitalistischen Restauration in Osteuropa nach 1989.

Workers World Party deckt Gewerkschaften bei Detroits Insolvenz

Von Thomas Gaist und Jerry White, 31. Januar 2014

Die Workers World Party verschleiert die Zusammenarbeit der Demokratischen Partei und der Gewerkschaften mit dem Detroiter Insolvenzverwalter Kevyn Orr und dem Insolvenzgericht.

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Perspective

Obama’s low-wage “recovery”

31 January 2014

US corporations had another windfall year for profits in 2013, thanks to low wages spearheaded by the Obama administration.

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

David North’s In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Through a detailed historical analysis,‭ ‬this book,‭ ‬by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North,‭ ‬exposes the campaign of historical falsification‭ ‬pursued by means of recent Trotsky biographies,‭ ‬including that of Robert Service.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts agrees to pay $100 million as part of “grand bargain”

By Thomas Gaist, 31 January 2014

The grand bargain being spearheaded by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder would transfer legal titles to all DIA assets “free and clear” to a private corporation.

Detroit transit officials say fare hike coming, abysmal service continues

By Mitch Marcus and Debra Watson, 31 January 2014

At public meetings held by the Detroit Department of Transportation last week, city officials made it clear that fare hikes are coming and that further massive service cuts are being demanded by Detroit’s creditors

Defend Detroit water workers’ jobs!

By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2014

The fraud of Governor Snyder’s “rescue package” for Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 29 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

A tribute to Dave Hyland

By David North, 23 January 2014

We are posting here the tribute to Dave Hyland, former national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain, delivered by David North, national chairman of the SEP of the US and chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, to a memorial meeting held January 18 in honor of Comrade Hyland.

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

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Arts Review

The Invisible Woman: Moralizing about Charles Dickens

By Joanne Laurier, 31 January 2014

The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes, sets out to treat the relationship between 45-year-old novelist Charles Dickens, then at the height of his fame in the late 1850s, and his 18-year-old mistress Ellen Ternan.

American folksinger Pete Seeger dead, at 94

By David Walsh, 30 January 2014

In a career that lasted almost three quarters of a century, Seeger wrote, co-wrote or was identified with a number of the most popular folk or protest songs of the second half of the twentieth century.

Mehring Books

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

Commentary

Pseudo-left offer their services to rail unions before London Underground strikes

By Michael Barnes, 31 January 2014

In response to a massive vote for strikes by London Underground workers, the Rail Maritime Transport workers union formed an organisation called Hands off London Transport.

State of the Union: A bankrupt ruling class talking to itself

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2014

US House of Representatives votes to slash $8.7 billion from food stamps

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2014

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014

As Ukrainian regime totters, oligarchs call for talks with right-wing opposition

By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

31 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

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

New report reveals
NSA, GCHQ mapping “political alignment” of cellphone users

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

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SEP European Election Campaign

European election: SEP (Germany) collects signatures in Leipzig and Halle

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

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25 years ago: Criminal trial of Iran-Contra conspirator opens

After months of legal wrangling, the trial of Lt. Col Oliver North was set to open on January 31, 1989.

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50 years ago: Dr. Strangelove opens

On January 29, 1964, the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb opened in US theaters.

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75 years ago: Kremlin announces end to mass purges

On February 1, 1939, a statement from the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party declared that party membership was to be thoroughly reorganized.

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100 years ago: Mass teachers strike in England

On January 31, 1914, teachers went on strike at 80 of the 178 schools in Herefordshire in the west midlands of England.

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