UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014

The UN’s catalogue of horrors is designed to stampede public opinion behind stepped-up US provocations against Pyongyang and intensify the pressure on China.

US intensifies pressure on Iran as talks on permanent nuclear pact begin

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2014

In the four weeks since an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P-6 came into force, Washington has ratcheted up its pressure on Iran, including threatening war.

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014

The petition has gathered support from throughout Brazil and around the world, providing a powerful expression of popular support for Snowden and hostility to the global spying operations of the NSA.

Polk Awards honor Greenwald, other journalists who broke Snowden revelations

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014

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Germany: Duisburg state prosecutor discloses charges in Love Parade disaster

By Dietmar Henning, 18 February 2014

The state prosecutor is proceeding from the premise that those at the top should walk free while people lower down on the chain of command are punished.

Jobs disaster looms in Australian car components industry

By James Cogan, 18 February 2014

At least 44,000 car component jobs are under threat.

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Australia: Labor Party promoted at protest against Medicare cuts

By Oliver Campbell, 18 February 2014

The pseudo-left organisations that organised the rally are seeking to divert opposition to cuts to social spending behind the Labor Party, Greens, and trade unions.

Australian government woos Fijian military regime

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 February 2014

The normalisation of relations with the junta is aimed at undercutting Fiji’s ties with China.

French unions, pseudo-left seek to block opposition to Hollande’s cuts

By Kumaran Ira, 18 February 2014

Even as unions insist that they do not oppose Hollande’s reactionary program of cuts, the pseudo-left parties are calling for unity with them.

Alzheimer’s sufferer died in handcuffs at UK immigrant detention centre

By Ajay Prakash, 18 February 2014

Every year, around 30,000 asylum-seekers are detained in Britain, nearly one-third of them women and children.

Rejecting mediator’s proposal, New York’s transit agency insists on a wage freeze

By Alan Whyte, 18 February 2014

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has rejected a non-binding mediator’s proposal that Long island Railroad employees receive a wage increase.

New in Turkish

Edward Snowden ve Avrupa sahte-solu

Robert Stevens, 18 Şubat 2014

Avrupalı hükümetler, aralarında 700 milyon Avrupalı’nın da yer aldığı tüm dünyadaki insanların her etkinliğini izlemeye yönelik yaygın bir gözetleme faaliyetinin sürdürülmesinde bütünüyle hemfikirler.

AB Hırvatistan’a sert kemer sıkma politikaları dayatıyor

Ognjen Markovic, 18 Şubat 2014

Avrupa Birliği (AB) maliye bakanları, birliğe geçtiğimiz Temmuz ayında katılmış olan Hırvatistan’a “aşırı bütçe açığı kuralları” koydu.

Robert Service’in Berlin toplantısı fiyaskoyla sonuçlandı

Peter Schwarz, 18 Şubat 2014

Bu özel olay, Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’nin (PSG) müdahalesi sayesinde, Baberowski ve Service adına küçük düşürücü bir fiyasko ile sonuçlandı.

New in French

Le voyage de Kerry en Asie et l'intensification des préparatifs de guerre contre la Chine

Par Pater Symonds, 18 février 2014

Ayant délibérément attisé de dangereux points chauds en Asie, les États-Unis tentent de profiter de leur avantage, quelles qu'en soient les conséquences.

Le gouvernement allemand intensifie ses opérations militaires

Par Ulrich Rippert, 18 février 2014

La politique étrangère d’après-guerre de la retenue militaire de l’Allemagne est abandonnée alors qu’elle se prépare à rejoindre une nouvelle « ruée vers l’Afrique ».

Suisse: Une initiative pour restreindre l’immigration est acceptée par votation

Par Marianne Arens, 18 février 2014

L’initiative confie au gouvernement le mandat de renégocier l’accord sur la libre circulation avec l’UE d'ici trois ans.

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

New in German

Edward Snowden und die europäischen Pseudolinken

Von Robert Stevens, 18. Februar 2014

Die Entwicklungen im Europaparlament haben gezeigt, dass die pseudolinken Organisationen Bestandteil der bürgerlichen Politik sind. Für sie ist das Schicksal des Whistleblowers Edward Snowden ohne Belang.

Hollandes Staatsbesuch in Washington: Frankreich unterstützt weltweiten neokolonialen Krieg

Von Alex Lantier, 18. Februar 2014

Der französische Imperialismus hat sich zum Juniorpartner der USA bei deren Streben nach Weltherrschaft gemacht. Beispielhaft für diese Agenda der USA war der Einmarsch im Irak vor über zehn Jahren.

Die Linke stellt sich hinter die Europäische Union

Von Johannes Stern, 18. Februar 2014

Auf ihrem Europaparteitag in Hamburg signalisierte Die Linke ihre Bereitschaft, die EU gegen den wachsenden Widerstand der Bevölkerung zu verteidigen.

Arbeiteruntersuchungsausschuss befasst sich mit politischer Verschwörung hinter Insolvenz von Detroit

Von Kate Randall, 18. Februar 2014

Der Untersuchungsausschuss hat eine politische Verschwörung enthüllt, deren Ziel es ist, die Renten und Sozialleistungen der städtischen Beschäftigten zu plündern, das DIA zu privatisieren und die Stadt im Interesse der Reichen umzugestalten.

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Perspective

The UAW debacle in Tennessee

18 February 2014

The vote was a verdict on the UAW, which is correctly seen by workers as a tool of the auto companies.

Earlier Perspectives »

Announcement

David North to speak at the New School in NYC
The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Philosophy and Politics of Historical Falsification

At this public meeting, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North will examine the philosophical premises and political impulses that find expression in the falsification of the history of the “unfinished” twentieth century. In particular, he will focus on disturbing tendencies in historiography in Germany, where leading historians are relativizing and legitimizing the crimes of Hitler’s Third Reich.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Workers Inquiry discussion focuses on political strategy to oppose Detroit bankruptcy

By our reporter, 18 February 2014

Workers, students and youth discussed the central political issues at stake in the Detroit bankruptcy at the Workers Inquiry on February 15.

“We need to educate more people. We have to know who we are fighting here.”
Workers, youth speak on the significance of the Detroit Inquiry

By WSWS reporters, 18 February 2014

Workers, retirees and youth spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after the Workers Inquiry.

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 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.

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.

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.

Commentary

Ireland’s Socialist Workers Party promotes strikebreaker David Norris

By Jordan Shilton, 18 February 2014

Based on an explicit rejection of socialism, the United Left Alliance has promoted the illusion that Irish capitalism can be saved through a reformist programme carried out by the state.

Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014

US escalates Syrian intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2014

German government steps up military operations

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 February 2014

White House sued for covering up crimes of JPMorgan

By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2014

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

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

By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014

Arts Review

Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco

By Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who is being sued by the National Francisco Franco Foundation for offending the honour of the fascist dictator.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

More Snowden documents expose US-Australian spying on Indonesia

By Mike Head, 17 February 2014

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 15 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 »

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

25 years ago: Iran-Contra trial reopens

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist removed his stay on the criminal trial of Lt. Col. Oliver North and allowed the trial to reopen on February 21, 1989.

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50 years ago: France crushes coup in former African colony

On February 19, 1964, French soldiers crushed a coup d'état in the former colony of Gabon.

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75 years ago: Nazis showcase Volkswagen Beetle at auto show

On February 17, 1939, the Nazi regime held its German International Motor Show in Berlin. Hitler arrived to open the show escorted by a fleet of racing cars and motorcycles.

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100 years ago: Rosa Luxemburg convicted of sedition by German authorities

On February 20, 1914, German Marxist leader Rosa Luxemburg was convicted of sedition charges and sentenced to a year imprisonment by the Frankfurt Criminal Court.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

18 February 2014

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.