The real face of the economic “recovery”
Mass layoffs hit North America, Europe and Japan

By Kate Randall, 7 February 2014

Despite stagnant revenues, companies are reporting booming profits on the basis of a relentless assault on jobs, wages and working conditions.

US regime-change operation in Ukraine exposed in leaked diplomatic phone call

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014

US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.

US Senate fails to pass bill to extend unemployment benefits

By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2014

The Democrats' proposal would pay for a three-month extension of benefits by allowing companies to cut back on pension contributions, thereby boosting corporate profits and taxable income.

US threatens French companies with sanctions over Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2014

The Obama administration has reacted to the arrival of a major French business delegation in Tehran with barely disguised hostility.

Texas executes Suzanne Basso, despite claims of mental incompetency

By Gabriel Black, 7 February 2014

Suzanne Basso was executed Wednesday despite last-minute appeals to the US Supreme Court arguing she was not mentally competent.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick glosses over the economic crisis

By John Marion, 7 February 2014

As income inequality and homelessness grow, the governor promotes big business in his final State of the Commonwealth address.

South Africa: Mamphela Ramphele’s planned merger with Democratic Alliance collapses

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 February 2014

The exigencies of class interests are the real key to understanding the evolving membership profile of the Democratic Alliance.

Ford Australia brings forward 300 job cuts

By James Cogan, 7 February 2014

The unions have moved immediately to suppress any opposition by bitter Ford workers.

Delhi’s AAP government teeters after month in office

By Kranti Kumara, 7 February 2014

Barely a month after taking office, Delhi’s Aam Admi Party government is mired in a spate of political controversies.

Danish government loses coalition partner

By Sybille Fuchs, 7 February 2014

The cause for the collapse of the coalition was the proposed sale of close to 20 percent of the state energy firm Dong to US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

IMF increases pressure on Slovenia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2014

The IMF is demanding layoffs in the public sector, cuts to social spending and the privatisation of state companies.

Quebec Liberals stoke PQ’s anti-democratic Charter of Values campaign

By Richard Dufour, 7 February 2014

While posing as proponents of democracy and inclusion, the Liberals are advocating a counter-proposal that, in many respects, more explicitly targets Quebec’s Muslim minority.

Philippine typhoon survivors stage protests

By Dante Pastrana, 7 February 2014

Typhoon Haiyan and the lack of government assistance have compounded the social crisis in some of the country’s poorest areas.

New in Spanish

Trabajadores portuarios chilenos finalizan su huelga de un mes

Por César Uco y Armando Cruz, 7 Febrero 2014

Una huelga que había paralizado los puertos de Chile desde Diciembre fue terminada el sábado después que los líderes sindicales alcanzaran un acuerdo temprano en la mañana con el gobierno del presidente Sebastián Piñera.

Escándalo de corrupción militar-policial desata crisis en gobierno peruano

Por Armando Cruz, 7 Febrero 2014

El destape de un ilegal resguardo policial a un individuo—Oscar López Meneses—previamente condenado por corrupción, ha estremecido al gobierno peruano de Ollanta Humala así como las instituciones militares y policiales.

Fraudulenta campaña sindical a favor de huelguistas despedidos por Ansell en Sri Lanka

Por W. A. Sunil, 7 Febrero 2014

IndustriAll Global Union, con sede en Ginebra, y su Sindicato General de Empleados de Servicios y de Zonas de Libre Comercio (SCGESZLC) afiliado en Sri Lanka se encuentran realizando una campaña de protesta para defender a trabajadores despedidos de Ansell Lanka.

New in French

Le retour du militarisme allemand

Par Ulrich Rippert, 7 février 2014

70 ans à peine après l’effondrement du Troisième Reich et 25 ans après la chute du Mur de Berlin, l’impérialisme allemand révèle une fois de plus ses racines historiques.

Le CSTC et le gouvernement Harper s’attribuent le droit d’espionner les Canadiens

Par Keith Jones, 7 février 2014

Le CSTC a sèchement déclaré qu’il a le droit absolu de recueillir et d’analyser systématiquement les métadonnées électroniques des communications des Canadiens.

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

New in German

USA: Drohungen gegen Journalisten und Ed Snowden

Von Patrick Martin, 7. Februar 2014

US-Republikaner Mike Rogers will Journalisten, die über die illegalen NSA-Praktiken schreiben, vor Gericht zerren.

Autozulieferer Johnson Controls kündigt Teilschließung in Bochum an

Von Dietmar Henning, 7. Februar 2014

Johnson Controls will bis zum Ende des Jahres in Bochum 220 Arbeitsplätze abbauen, einen Drittel der Belegschaft. Der Abbau ist eine direkte Folge der Schließung des Bochumer Opelwerks.

Arbeitslosenzahlen verharren auf Rekordniveau, Deflationstendenzen in Europa nehmen zu

Von Stefan Steinberg, 7. Februar 2014

Gemäß den jüngsten Zahlen des statistischen Dienstes der Europäischen Union, dem Eurostat, verbleibt die Arbeitslosigkeit in der aus siebzehn Ländern bestehenden Eurozone auf Rekordhöhen, während zugleich Deflationstendenzen stärker werden.

New in Turkish

Alman militarizminin dönüşü

Ulrich Rippert, 7 Şubat 2014

Almanya’daki yeni büyük koalisyon hükümetinin ülkenin önceki askeri kısıtlama politikasının sonunu ilan etmesi, tarihsel bir dönüm noktasına işaret ediyor.

Ukrayna ve emperyalizm yanlısı aydınlar

Alex Lantier, 7 Şubat 2014

Onlar, insan haklarına ilişkin birkaç yakarma ile birlikte, faşistlerin bile arkasına geçebilirler.

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Perspective

Social inequality and the war against the working class

7 February 2014

Today, President Obama will sign a bill to cut $8.7 billion from the food stamp program.

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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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

New hockey arena in Detroit: A gift to the super-rich amid social misery

By Thomas Gaist, 7 February 2014

The new Red Wings hockey stadium, which will receive government subsidies of at least $285 million, is only the latest in a long line of corporate giveaways in Detroit.

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

Tony Blair whitewashes imperialism’s role in the Middle East

By Jordan Shilton, 7 February 2014

The former Labour prime minister’s pronouncement that the roots of war lie in extremist religion is an attempt to obscure his own responsibility for sectarian tensions in the Middle East.

The return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014

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

US CEOs made tens of billions on stock market rally

By Andre Damon, 6 February 2014

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 6 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Pseudo-left groups silent on rail unions’ effort to call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 7 February 2014

Britain’s pseudo-left groups are covering up for the Rail Maritime and Transport union’s role in betraying rail workers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

7 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US threats mount against journalists, Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014

Canada’s government curtly dismisses concerns over blanket spying

By Keith Jones, 6 February 2014

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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

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