US Senate votes to slash $8.7 billion in food assistance

By Andre Damon, 5 February 2014

The US Senate voted Tuesday to make $8.7 billion in cuts to food stamps, as part of the Farm Bill package of agricultural legislation.

Deflationary tendencies intensify in Europe as unemployment remains at record levels

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 February 2014

The human misery resulting from the policies of the European elite finds its sharpest expression in the growth of mass unemployment and resulting poverty.

Tech company “transparency reports” reveal massive NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014

The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.

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Congressional report: Obamacare to reduce workforce by two million

By Kate Randall, 5 February 2014

Low-wage workers are most likely to be affected, as some reduce their working hours to qualify for government subsidies to purchase health coverage on the ACA exchanges.

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Obama meets generals on Afghanistan as troop deal remains stalled

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2014

The White House convened an emergency meeting on Afghanistan Tuesday as Washington’s puppet president, Hamid Karzai, delayed signing a security deal.

Japanese government promotes militarism in media and schools

By John Watanabe, 5 February 2014

The government stacked the NHK’s board with right-wing appointees to shift the public broadcaster’s political orientation.

US increases pressure on Sri Lankan government over war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 5 February 2014

Washington will move a third resolution on Sri Lanka at next month’s UN Human Rights Council meeting.

Fifty-five bodies found at Florida’s former reform school

By Jake Dean, 5 February 2014

The team leading the excavation at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys has found, so far, that a minimum of 98 boys died at the school, some presumably killed by the guards.

Australian government SPC decision signals broad assault on wages and conditions

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 February 2014

The government has rejected calls for a subsidy for SPC and vilified workers for their “extraordinary” wages and conditions.

Australia Post workers face further restructuring and privatisation

By Keith Morgan, 5 February 2014

Whatever the Abbott government’s final plans, there will be another wholesale attack on jobs, wages and conditions, as well as the slashing of mail services.

UK “bedroom tax” leads to record requests for emergency assistance

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 5 February 2014

As a result of the coalition government’s tax on unoccupied bedrooms, many are faced with eviction, forced to downsize or seek emergency assistance.

New in Turkish

AB ve Washington Ukrayna üzerindeki baskıyı arttırıyor

Peter Schwarz, 5 Şubat 2014

Avrupa Birliği ve ABD, Ukrayna üzerindeki baskıyı büyük ölçüde arttırmak için geçen hafta sonu düzenlenen Münih Güvenlik Konferansı’ndan yararlandı.

Almanya ve ABD Münih Güvenlik Konferansı’nda saldırgan politikalar için bastırıyor

Stefan Steinberg, 5 Şubat 2014

Kerry, konuşmasında, asıl olarak, Rusya’dan, Ukrayna’nın ABD destekli Avrupa Birliği’nin koruyuculuğunda Alman emperyalizminin etki alanına sokulmasını kabul etmesini istedi.

Başarısız Cenevre görüşmelerinin ardından ABD Suriye’ye yönelik tehditleri arttırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 5 Şubat 2014

Washington ve müttefikleri, kimyasal silahlar ve sözde “insani” kaygılar konusunda Suriye üzerindeki baskıları arttırıyorlar.

New in Italian

Attacco a salari e posti di lavoro alla Electrolux

Dai nostri corrispondenti, 5 febbraio 2014

La compagnia svedese di elettrodomestici Electrolux minaccia la chiusura degli stabilimenti al nord e il trasferimento in Polonia, se non si verifica una drammatica riduzione dei costi del lavoro.

New in French

La faillite de Detroit et la contre-révolution sociale internationale

Par Jerry White, 5 février 2014

Le « plan d'ajustement » de la ville décrit un assaut féroce qui établira un précédent à l'escalade des tensions contre la classe ouvrière partout aux États-Unis et dans le monde.

Rejet des recours de la famille de la jeune fille rom de revenir en France

Par Pierre Mabut, 5 février 2014

Le 28 janvier, le tribunal administratif de Besançon a rejeté la demande d’obtention d’un titre de séjour pour la famille de Leonarda Dibrani.

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

New in German

Unruhen auf Devisenmärkten läuten neue Phase der weltweiten Wirtschaftskrise ein

Von Nick Beams, 5. Februar 2014

Die Wurzeln der Krise in den Schwellenmärkten liegen in der Politik der amerikanischen Federal Reserve und anderer Zentralbanken nach der internationalen Finanzkrise 2008.

Die Insolvenz von Detroit und die globale soziale Konterrevolution

Von Jerry White, 5. Februar 2014

Mit dem „Sanierungsplan“ für die bankrotte Stadt Detroit werden die Angriffe auf Arbeiter in ganz Amerika und weltweit weiter eskalieren.

Dänische Regierung verliert Koalitionspartner

Von Sybille Fuchs, 5. Februar 2014

Anlass des Scheiterns der Koalition ist der beabsichtigte Verkauf eines knappen Fünftels des staatlichen Energiekonzerns Dong an die US-Investmentbank Goldman Sachs.

IWF erhöht Druck auf Slowenien

Von Markus Salzmann, 5. Februar 2014

Der IWF fordert Entlassungen im öffentlichen Dienst, Kürzungen bei den Sozialausgaben und die Privatisierung öffentlicher Unternehmen.

Dave Hyland und die Rolle der Persönlichkeit in der Geschichte

Von Nick Beams, 5. Februar 2014

Bei verschiedenen Gelegenheiten sprach Trotzki von der “physischen Kraft des Denkens.” Ich konnte die Fleischwerdung dieses Gedankens beobachten, als Genosse Dave seinen Kampf innerhalb der WRP führte.

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Perspective

Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

5 February 2014

The “Open letter on the future of Ukraine” issued by Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine.

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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.

February 8 meeting in Berlin
Baberowski’s invitation to Service: The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

Wolfgang Weber of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany will elaborate the critique of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography and discuss the philosophical and political foundations of the post-Soviet school of historical falsification.

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.

Commentary

In latest “human rights” crusade, NY Times’ Kristof promotes allegations against Woody Allen

By David Walsh, 5 February 2014

The alliance of self-satisfied media pundits, “human rights” activists, pseudo-lefts, feminists and openly right-wing elements, which periodically inundates the US with its moralizing in the service of political reaction, is at it again.

The Irish trade unions, the pseudo-left and the Dublin lockout centenary

By Jordan Shilton, 5 February 2014

A series of events has been staged over the last months to mark a century since the great Dublin lockout, which began August 26, 1913, and ended January 18, 1914.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the global social counterrevolution

By Jerry White, 4 February 2014

EU and Washington step up pressure on Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2014

NY Times calls JPMorgan CEO’s pay raise “laudable”

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 4 February 2014

The roots of South Africa’s Workers and Socialist Party and its political role

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 February 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit water department workers angry at layoff plans

By our reporters, 5 February 2014

Workers at the wastewater treatment facility in southwest Detroit spoke to the WSWS about conditions at the plant.

After Detroit bankruptcy ruling, Chicago mayor leads charge on pension cuts

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 February 2014

Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is escalating the attack on retiree benefits on the city and state level.

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 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.

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.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

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Mehring Books

New pamphlet on Detroit bankruptcy
Exposing the Bankers Conspiracy
For a Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

4 February 2014

This new SEP pamphlet examines the financial swindles behind the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Workers Struggles

AFSCME members to hold strike vote at University of California campuses

By Norisa Diaz, 5 February 2014

The union representing over 21,000 workers at the University of California (UC) has decided to negotiate separately the contracts for its patient care and service workers.

Portland teachers to vote on strike

By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 5 February 2014

After ten months of negotiations, 2,900 teachers in Portland, Oregon will be taking a strike authorization vote against the Portland Public School District today.

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

CSEC and Harper government assert right to spy on Canadians

By Keith Jones, 4 February 2014

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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

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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