US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 15 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in the region as part of its “pivot to Asia”, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.

Change of government in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2014

Matteo Renzi has organised what amounts to a palace coup to overthrow his party colleague, Enrica Letta.

US Congress lifts federal debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2014

The swift passage of the bill through the House and Senate this week demonstrates that Wall Street holds the whip hand, not the Tea Party faction.

White House sued for covering up crimes of JPMorgan

By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2014

The complaint alleges that the Obama administration illegally sought to bypass judicial review to ensure a favorable deal for the bank.

US ready to do business with Hindu supremacist candidate for Indian PM

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2014

The US ambassador to India met Thursday with Narendra Modi, ending a nine-year diplomatic boycott that was imposed because of Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim pogrom.

Bangladeshi government appeals for military backing

By Sarath Kumara, 15 February 2014

The government’s immediate target is the official opposition, but its main concern is rising discontent in the working class.

Thai government to end rice subsidy

By Tom Peters, 15 February 2014

The subsidy scheme, which supports millions of farmers, will expire at the end of the month, further destabilising the Yingluck government.

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline stalled

By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014

Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.

EU imposes harsh austerity on Croatia, its newest member

By Ognjen Markovic, 15 February 2014

The continent-wide austerity imposed by the EU is having a devastating effect on Croatia, which joined the bloc as its 28th member last July.

Report details housing crisis in Minnesota

By Mike Stapleton, 15 February 2014

Sequestration and other budget cuts have created a housing crisis for low- income Minnesotans.

Australia: Ten years since Aboriginal youth TJ Hickey killed in police chase

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2014

None of the underlying social issues bound up with TJ’s life and death have been resolved in the last decade.

New in Turkish

Avustralya otomobil sektöründe işyeri kapatmaları İşçilere uluslararası bir uyarı

James Cogan, 15 Şubat 2014

Ulusötesi mali kuruluşların ve şirketlerin küresel stratejileri, yalnızca uluslararası işçi sınıfının çıkarlarına uygun küresel bir siyasi stratejiyle (dünya sosyalizmi) yenilgiye uğratılabilir.

Almanya’daki Sol Parti Avrupa Birliği’ni nasıl savunuyor

Peter Schwarz, 15 Şubat 2014

Sol Parti içinde hiç kimse AB’ye karşı çıkmıyor ya da onun feshedilmesi çağrısı yapmıyor.

New in Russian

Появление Роберта Сервиса в Берлине заканчивается фиаско

Петер Шварц, 15 февраля 2013 г.

Публично объявленная лекция Роберта Сервиса в Берлине, автора дискредитировавшей себя биографии Льва Троцкого, была отменена в последнюю минуту без объяснения причин, что равнозначно признанию в интеллектуальном банкротстве.

New in French

Comment le parti allemand Die Linke défend l’Union européenne

Par Peter Schwarz, 15 février 2014

Bien que l’opposition populaire à l’Union européenne soit généralisée et continue de croître, le parti Die Linke ne demande qu'à se présenter en loyal défenseur de l’UE.

American Hustle de David O. Russell: Presque tous s’en tirent à bon compte

Par Joanne Laurier, 15 février 2014

Le nouveau film de David O. Russell est inspiré librement de l’opération policière «Abscam» menée par le FBI à la fin des années 1970 qui mena à la condamnation d’un sénateur et de six membres de la Chambre des représentants ainsi que du maire de la ville de Camden au New Jersey.

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

New in German

Der Arbeiteruntersuchungsausschuss zur Insolvenz von Detroit

Von der Redaktion, 15. Februar 2014

Am Samstag veranstaltet die amerikanische Socialist Equality Party einen Untersuchungsausschuss, um die sozialen und politischen Wurzeln der Insolvenz von Detroit zu enthüllen und den Arbeitern die Informationen zu liefern, die sie brauchen, um sich zu wehren.

Bundesregierung verstärkt Militäreinsätze

Von Ulrich Rippert, 15. Februar 2014

Die Bundesregierung hat die Politik der militärischen Zurückhaltung für beendet erklärt und will eine neue Afrikastrategie entwickeln.

Regierungswechsel in Italien

Von Marianne Arens, 15. Februar 2014

Der im Dezember gewählte Parteisekretär Matteo Renzi hat am Donnerstag eine Art Palastrevolution organisiert, um seinen Parteifreund Letta zu stürzen.

Loveparade-Katastrophe: Staatsanwaltschaft Duisburg erhebt Anklage

Von Dietmar Henning, 15. Februar 2014

Die Staatsanwaltschaft geht nach dem Grundsatz vor: „Die Kleinen hängt man, die Großen lässt man laufen.“

Wütende Proteste von Arbeitern und Jugendlichen gegen die Sparpolitik in Bosnien

Von Ognjen Markovic, 15. Februar 2014

In den letzten Tagen hat sich in Bosnien und Herzegowina (BiH) die Wut von Arbeitern und Jugendlichen über die miserablen wirtschaftlichen Bedingungen und die ethnischen Spaltungen in wütenden Protesten entladen.

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Perspective

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

15 February 2014

Developments in the European Parliament have demonstrated that the pseudo-left organisations are part of bourgeois politics. For them, the fate of whistle-blower Edward Snowden is of no consequence.

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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

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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

By <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> Editorial Board, 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.

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.

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

By Jean Shaoul, 14 February 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

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.

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.

Workers Struggles

One year since the betrayal of the NYC school bus workers strike

By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014

The ATU’s betrayal of the New York City school bus strike a year ago has exposed the workers to savage attacks and revealed the utter bankruptcy of the trade union bureaucracy.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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

By Kate Randall, 14 February 2014

European Parliament kills call to protect Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Auto Workers Struggles

Toyota registers record profit through ruthless restructuring

By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014

Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

By James Cogan, 13 February 2014

More on the end of auto production in Australia »

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

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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