US threats mount against journalists, Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee suggested that journalists who have reported on illegal NSA surveillance should be prosecuted.

Canada’s government curtly dismisses concerns over blanket spying

By Keith Jones, 6 February 2014

Canada’s Conservative government and its intelligence agencies are vigorously defending the state’s arrogation of the power to spy on Canadians’ electronic communications.

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London Underground strike shuts down capital

By Michael Barnes, 6 February 2014

A two-day strike beginning Tuesday evening by London Underground workers brought the capital to a standstill.

US CEOs made tens of billions on stock market rally

By Andre Damon, 6 February 2014

The heads of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies made billions of dollars due to a surge in stock values.

“No company will hire full-time anymore”
Deindustrialization and unemployment in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 6 February 2014

Economic conditions in Syracuse, in the center of upstate New York, reveal the real state of the Obama “recovery."

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 6 February 2014

The Philippine president denounced China’s role in the South China Sea as akin to Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia.

Trust bailout highlights massive growth of China’s “shadow banking”

By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2014

The bailout of a Chinese trust fund could be the prelude to a financial crisis that would have international ramifications.

Democratic rights under attack in Scotland

By Steve James, 6 February 2014

Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.

Australian rich list: “A billionaire bounty”

By Will Morrow, 6 February 2014

The wealth of the top 50 Australians increased by 49 percent over the past three years.

Australian union leader backs government drive to lower wages

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 February 2014

Howes appealed for a new “Grand Compact” between unions, business and government.

Puerto Rico steps up austerity after cut in credit rating

By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2014

Puerto Rico’s government ordered across-the-board budget cuts of 2 percent and promised more austerity measures after the island’s credit rating was downgraded to junk status.

New in Greek

Κατά της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, υπέρ των Ενωμένων Σοσιαλιστικών Πολιτειών της Ευρώπης!
Ανακοίνωση του Partei für Soziale Gleichheit και το Socialist Equality Party (UK) (Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα Ισότητας στη Γερμανία και τη Βρετανία) για τις ευρωπαϊκές εκλογές τον Μάϊο του 2014.

6 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Το Partei für Soziale Gleichheit και το Socialist Equality Party (UK) επιδιώκουν να κινητοποιήσουν ένα μαζικό πολιτικό και κοινωνικό κίνημα της ευρωπαϊκής εργατικής τάξης ενάντια στο μεγάλο κεφάλαιο, τα κόμματα τους και τις κυβερνήσεις τους.

New in French

L'Ukraine et les intellectuels pro-impérialistes

Par Alex Lantier, 6 février 2014

La « lettre ouverte sur le futur de l'Ukraine » publiée par un groupe d'universitaires et d'acteurs de la politique étrangère occidentaux est une basse défense des manifestations d'extrême-droite qui se poursuivent en Ukraine.

Les tendances déflationnistes s’amplifient en Europe mais le chômage persiste à un niveau record

Par Stefan Steinberg, 6 février 2014

La misère humaine provoquée par la politique des élites européennes trouve son expression la plus forte dans l’accroissement du chômage de masse et la pauvreté qui s’ensuit.

Le gouvernement australien et la chasse-aux-sorcières contre Edward Snowden

Par Patrick O’Connor, 6 février 2014

Les attaques d’Abbott et de Bishop sur Snowden démontrent la servilité du gouvernement australien envers Washington.

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

New in German

Die Wiederkehr des deutschen Militarismus

Von Ulrich Rippert, 6. Februar 2014

Die Ankündigung der neuen Bundesregierung, die bisherige Politik der militärischen Zurückhaltung sei zu Ende, bedeutet eine historische Zäsur.

Die Ukraine und die pro-imperialistischen Intellektuellen

Von Alex Lantier, 6. Februar 2014

Der offene Brief "zur Zukunft der Ukraine", den eine Gruppe von westlichen Akademikern und außenpolitischen Verantwortlichen veröffentlicht hat, ist eine üble Verteidigung der andauernden extrem rechten Proteste, die von Washington und der Europäischen Union unterstützt werden.

Portugal versteigert 85 Werke von Joan Miró

Von Sybille Fuchs, 6. Februar 2014

Wie in der insolventen Stadt Detroit sollen auch in Portugal Kunstwerke versteigert werden, um die staatliche Haushaltskasse aufzufüllen.

Fortsetzung der „großen Lüge“
Eine Besprechung der Trotzki-Biographie von Robert Service

Von David North, 6. Februar 2014

Am 12. Februar spricht der britische Autor Robert Service auf Einladung Professor Jörg Baberowskis an der Humboldt Universität Berlin über seine international diskreditierte Trotzki-Biographie.

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Perspective

The return of German militarism

6 February 2014

Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.

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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.

Obituary

Lou Renfrow (1925-2014)

By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2014

Lou Renfrow played an important role in the party’s intervention among auto workers in Dayton, Ohio.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit City Council approves land transfer for billionaire’s sports stadium

By Thomas Gaist, 6 February 2014

The deal will transfer 39 parcels of land to Mike Ilitch’s Olympia Development for one dollar.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the global social counterrevolution

By Jerry White, 4 February 2014

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

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.

Commentary

Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2014

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

By David Walsh, 5 February 2014

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

By Jordan Shilton, 5 February 2014

Arts Review

Pianist Menahem Pressler, refugee from Nazism, performs at the Berlin Philharmonic

By Verena Nees, 6 February 2014

Seventy-five years after his flight from the Nazis, pianist Menahem Pressler played for the first time with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

By Hiram Lee, 3 February 2014

Workers Struggles

AFSCME members to hold strike vote at University of California campuses

By Norisa Diaz, 5 February 2014

Portland teachers to vote on strike

By Katie Hughes and Hector Cordon, 5 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Tech company “transparency reports” reveal massive NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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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Correspondence

An exchange of letters on “NY Times calls JPMorgan CEO’s pay raise ‘laudable’”

By Barry Grey, 6 February 2014

We are posting here a letter from a reader on “NY Times calls JPMorgan CEO’s pay raise ‘laudable’” and a reply by one of the co-authors of the article, Barry Grey.