NSA spying poses “direct threat to journalism,” watchdog group warns

By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014

The Committee to Protect Journalists is warning that the spy agency’s dragnet of communications data threatens to make it “next to impossible for journalists to keep sources confidential.”

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Toyota registers record profit through ruthless restructuring

By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014

The restructuring of Toyota’s operations, within Japan and internationally, is aimed at driving down wages and increasing exploitation.

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Clashes in Venezuela leave three dead

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2014

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left at least three people dead in Venezuela amid sharpening social and economic tensions.

Chinese navy conducts exercises in east Indian Ocean

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2014

Australian reportage of the event makes clear that the Chinese naval presence was regarded as an unwelcome intrusion.

More than 100,000 gallons released in West Virginia coal slurry spill

By Clement Daly, 14 February 2014

More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry—a toxic liquid mixture of cleaning chemicals and coal refuse—contaminated about six miles of a stream in Kanawha County.

British government attempts to stamp out student protests

By Zach Reed, 14 February 2014

Students protesting against the attacks on education have been met with police assaults, arrests and suspension.

National schools inspectorate to be overhauled by UK government

By Jo March, 14 February 2014

A brutal inspection regime has been used by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to force schools to become academies as a step towards privatisation.

Calls for expanded European Union intervention in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2014

Protests over the last week in Bosnia and Herzegovina have led to the resignation of four cantonal government heads and various other officials.

Hungarian government exploits Holocaust Memorial Year to revise history

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014

The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.

Australian Labor Party defends its “heartfelt” celebration of Ariel Sharon

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 February 2014

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek denounced the insinuation that her praise for the Israeli war criminal was not genuine.

Interview with director of homeless shelter in Long Beach
California’s homeless: Casualties of class warfare

By our correspondents, 14 February 2014

WSWS reporters recently visited a Long Beach, California homeless shelter.

New in French

La visite d’Etat de Hollande à Washington: la France adhère à la guerre néocoloniale mondiale

Par Alex Lantier, 14 février 2014

L’impérialisme français adopte en tant que partenaire minoritaire le programme américain de domination mondiale illustré il y a plus d’une décennie par l’invasion américaine de l’Irak.

Le Parlement européen supprime un appel à la protection d'Edward Snowden

Par Bill Van Auken, 14 février 2014

Sous une pression intense du gouvernement Obama et des gouvernements nationaux en Europe, une commission du Parlement européen a supprimé toute référence à Snowden dans un rapport sur l'espionnage pratiqué par la NSA.

L’affaire Gautier-Sauvagnac dévoile la criminalité des politiques d’austérité et des syndicats

Par Anthony Torres et Alexandre Lantier, 14 février 2014

La condamnation du dirigeant patronal démontre que le « dialogue social » entre les syndicats et le patronat pour négocier l’austérité est une activité criminelle.

Cinquantième anniversaire du procès d’Auschwitz à Francfort

Par Sybille Fuchs, 14 février 2014

Nous publions ici un article paru initialement en trois parties sur le World Socialist Web Site il y a dix ans à l’occasion du quarantième anniversaire du Procès d’Auschwitz à Francfort.

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

New in German

SYRIZAs Oppositionspose gegen die griechische Austeritätspolitik entlarvt sich

Von Robert Stevens, 14. Februar 2014

Griechenland befindet sich inzwischen im sechsten Jahr harter Kürzungsmaßnahmen, die einen großen Teil seiner Bevölkerung zu Armut verdammen.

Großbritannien: Konservative in der Krise wegen EU-Referendum

Von Julie Hyland, 14. Februar 2014

Premierminister David Cameron droht damit, den Parliament Act von 1911 anzuwenden, um ein Referendum zur EU gesetzlich zu verankern.

Weißes Haus erwägt Drohnenmord an Amerikaner

Von Bill Van Auken, 14. Februar 2014

Hintergrund der Informationen, die die Obama-Regierung an AP hat durchsickern lassen, ist die Absicht, dem verschwörerischen und verfassungswidrigen staatlichen Mordprogramm den Anschein von „Transparenz“ und Legalität zu geben.

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Perspective

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

14 February 2014

On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Service’s public lecture was canceled and moved to a secret location from which all critics were barred.

Nine questions for Robert Service

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 11 February 2014

On February 12, British author Robert Service will speak at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his internationally discredited biography of Leon Trotsky. The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has formulated nine questions for Service.

The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification
IYSSE meeting at the Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

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

24 January 2014

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Reddit forum blacklists WSWS

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014

In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As Detroit water department faces threats
Water privatization in England: 25 years on

By Jean Shaoul, 14 February 2014

The history of the privatization of the water system in Britain 25 years ago exposes the claims that “free enterprise” can improve the functioning of a publicly owned and operated water system.

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and 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.

Obama’s corporate education model
What is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority?

By Nancy Hanover, 13 February 2014

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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

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 February 2014

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

Rail unions betray London Underground strike

By Robert Stevens, 13 February 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

By James Cogan, 13 February 2014

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

European Parliament kills call to protect Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2014

Australian attorney-general accuses Snowden of “endangering lives”

By Mike Head, 13 February 2014

Former NSA chief Hayden praises Obama for “doubling down” on Bush-era spying

By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014

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Commentary

How the German Left Party defends the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2014

Hollande’s state visit to Washington: France embraces global neo-colonialist war

By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2014

Australian documentary reveals Israeli torture of Palestinian youth

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014

Growing unease in Iran over rapprochement with Washington

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2014

The state assassination of a US citizen foretold

By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014

Canada: Religious accommodation request sparks political furor

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 12 February 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party European election campaign finds support in German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

Arts Review

Book review
James Cuno’s Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2014

The book polemicizes against the postmodern view that museums are mere institutions of ideological control imposing Western and state supremacy.

25 years ago: Bush proposes continued Reagan-style spending cuts

During the week of February 10, 1989, press reports gave the details of the cuts in social spending proposed by US President George H.W. Bush in his first budget.

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50 years ago: Johnson proposes US health plan for elderly

In what was called a “special health message to Congress,” US President Lyndon Johnson proposed a system of national health insurance for those over 65.

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75 years ago: Catalonia falls to Franco

On February 10, 1939, the last part of the province of Catalonia fell to the military forces of General Franco.

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100 years ago: Constitutional crisis in Sweden over military build-up

On February 10, 1914, the Swedish government resigned, with more than 100 Liberal members of parliament issuing a joint statement warning that the actions of King Gustav V threatened to put an end to parliamentary rule.

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