Germany, US push aggressive policies at Munich Security Conference

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 February 2014

At the Munich Security Conference, German officials moved to repudiate the restraints on German militarism that were imposed after World War II.

After failed Geneva talks, US steps up threats against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2014

Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed “humanitarian” concerns.

Thailand: Anti-government protests disrupt election

By Tom Peters, 3 February 2014

Yesterday’s blockades of voting stations demonstrated the government’s tenuous hold on power.

Obama names advocate of cyber-warfare to head NSA

By Eric London, 3 February 2014

By appointing Admiral Michael Rogers to head the NSA, President Obama will further entrench and expand the unconstitutional police state apparatus.

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Protests against cuts at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 3 February 2014

Nearly 1,000 students took part in a general assembly at Berlin’s Humboldt University last week to protest against impending job cuts.

New York’s “progressive” mayor de Blasio continues right-wing policies

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2014

De Blasio’s “reforms” add up to more of the same as far as the working class in the financial capital of the US is concerned.

US union membership remains near historic low

By Shannon Jones, 3 February 2014

The overall unionization rate is at its lowest level since 1916.

Quebec: Profit, deregulation and the L’Isle Verte tragedy

By Louis Girard, 3 February 2014

Even after a fire in L’Isle Verte killed 32 seniors, Quebec’s government has balked at requiring that all retirement homes be equipped with sprinklers.

Mass protests in Madrid against new abortion reform

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2014

Daily protests have been taking place across Spain since the reactionary draft law on abortion was passed in late December.

European governments stir up anti-Roma prejudice

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 3 February 2014

The impoverishment of the Roma is a direct result of the restoration of capitalism after 1989 in Eastern Europe.

Australia: New evidence of refugees being assaulted at sea

By Mark Church, 3 February 2014

Despite the Abbott government’s military secrecy, reports are starting to surface of asylum seekers being beaten, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed to force them back to Indonesia.

New in Turkish

Alman hükümeti askeri kısıtlamanın sona erdiğini ilan ediyor

Ulrich Rippert, 3 Şubat 2014

Yeni dış ve güvenlik politikasının bir ayağı, Fransız hükümet ile sıkı işbirliğidir.

PSG’nin Profesör Jörg Baberowski’ye açık mektubu

3 Şubat 2014

Robert Service’i biyografi konusunda bir seminer vermek üzere davet etmek, entelektüel bir provokasyondur.

New in French

Les turbulences sur les marchés monétaires indiquent une nouvelle phase de la crise économique mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 3 février 2014

Les racines de la crise des « marchés émergents » viennent de la politique lancée par la réserve fédérale américaine et d'autres banques centrales après la crise financière mondiale de 2008.

Le gouvernement allemand annonce la fin de la culture de retenue militaire

Par Ulrich Rippert, 3 février 2014

Un siècle après la Première Guerre mondiale et près de 70 ans après les crimes monstrueux commis par les nazis, les responsables allemands disent de nouveau que la taille et la force de l’Allemagne requièrent une politique d’intervention militaire.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in Italian

Renzi attacca il governo Letta da destra

Di Marianne Arens, 3 febbraio 2014

Renzi, il nuovo leader del PD, sta assillando il governo guidato dal suo collega di partito Enrico Letta con nuove richieste.

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Perspective

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

3 February 2014

The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.

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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

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

Low-income seniors facing eviction from the Griswold Building in downtown Detroit appeal for support.

As media pushes governor’s “rescue” fraud
Visitors to Detroit Institute of Arts discuss Workers Inquiry

By Tim Rivers, 3 February 2014

Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts have reacted with suspicion over the scheme by mediators to put the museum’s priceless collection into the hands of private foundations as part of a bankruptcy settlement.

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!

Detroit bankruptcy blueprint would gut pensions

By Thomas Gaist, 1 February 2014

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Arts Review

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

By Hiram Lee, 3 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the award-winning American film and stage actor, has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46.

Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski revisited: Camera Buff (1979)

By Dorota Niemitz, 3 February 2014

There are issues and problems associated with both periods—before and after Stalinism—of Kieślowski’s work. However, particularly in his earlier works one finds a sincere attempt to portray social reality.

The unknown women of Joan Fontaine (1917-2013)

By Hiram Lee, 1 February 2014

25 years ago: Soviet troops make final pullout from Afghan capital

On February 5, 1989, the last of the Soviet troops occupying Afghanistan pulled out of Kabul, leaving the capital city under martial law.

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50 years ago: Emilio Aguinaldo dead at 94

On February 4, 1964, Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Filipino independence struggle, died.

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75 years ago: Franco issues “Law of Political Responsibilities”

On February 9, 1939, with Catalonia almost completely conquered, General Francisco Franco retroactively criminalized any support for the Spanish Republic.

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100 years ago: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign Armenian Reform Agreement

On February 8, 1914, the Armenian Reform Agreement was signed between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, granting certain autonomous rights to Turkey’s Armenian population.

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Book Review

Murdoch’s Politics—An ex-Stalinist in awe of Rupert Murdoch, Part II

By Dave Hyland, 3 February 2014

A two-part review of Murdoch’s Politics—How one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, David McKnight, Pluto Press.

Commentary

Currency turmoil signals new phase of global economic crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 February 2014

German government announces the end of military restraint

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2014

Obama’s low-wage “recovery”

By Jerry White, 31 January 2014

Mehring Books

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014

Australian PM denounces Edward Snowden as a “traitor”

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014

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