Clashes in Ukraine signal escalation of US-EU intervention

By Oliver Campbell and Peter Symonds, 19 February 2014

The bloody scenes in Kiev are the direct outcome of the campaign waged by the US and Germany to oust Ukrainian President Yanukovych.

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014

Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.

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Thai political crisis worsens as four killed in clashes

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2014

What is underway—anti-government protests, legal challenges and a looming constitutional crisis—parallels the lead-up to the 2006 military coup.

University of Illinois faculty members strike in Chicago

By our reporters, 19 February 2014

On Tuesday, more than one thousand faculty members of the University of Illinois at Chicago went on strike for the first time in the school’s history.

Department of Homeland Security invests $6.9 million to spy on Boston commuters

By Mike Ingram, 19 February 2014

The MBTA is installing hundreds of cameras on buses that will provide live video streams to transit police cruisers.

FEMA cuts aid to West Virginians affected by chemical spill

By Nick Barrickman, 19 February 2014

The Obama administration has done everything in its power to shelter negligent energy corporations as they move to defend their profits in the wake of disasters caused by their own policies.

Cameron appeals to “quiet patriots” to save the United Kingdom

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 19 February 2014

Central to the campaign for Scottish independence is the endlessly repeated lie that the brutal austerity being imposed by Westminster can only be alleviated by separation from England.

German Left Party defends the European Union at party conference

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2014

At its party conference on Europe held in Hamburg, the Left Party signaled its readiness to defend the European Union against growing popular opposition.

Delhi’s AAP government resigns

By Kranti Kumara, 19 February 2014

Seeking to become a player in Indian national politics, the now ex-AAP Chief Minister of Delhi is urging big business “to tell us what to do.”

Refugees killed and maimed in Australian detention camp on Manus Island

By Mark Church, 19 February 2014

The horrific incident underscores the barbarism of the “border protection” regime defended by the entire Australian political establishment.

Alcoa Australia announces smelter closure, sacking 1,000 workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 February 2014

The Point Henry closure forms part of a ruthless global restructuring of the aluminium industry.

Hundreds of thousands evicted in Spain since 2008 crash

By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 19 February 2014

Evictions have provoked widespread protests in defence of those unable to pay their rents or caught in the mortgage trap.

Gautier-Sauvagnac affair reveals employer payoffs to French unions

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2014

French employers’ leader Denis Gautier-Sauvagnac was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding the unions.

New in Russian

Девять вопросов Роберту Сервису

Партия Социалистического Равенства Германии, 19 февраля 2013 г.

Немецкая Партия Социалистического Равенства (Partei fuer Soziale Gleichheit) сформулировала следующие девять вопросов, обращенных к Роберту Сервису, автору биографии Троцкого, которая представляет собой образчик злобного памфлета, нарушает базовые стандарты научного исследования и наполнена историческими фальсификациями и антисемитскими мотивами.

New in Spanish

Un homenaje a Dave Hyland

Por David North, 19 Febrero 2014

Estamos publicando aquí el tributo a Dave Hyland, ex secretario nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad de la Gran Bretaña, a cargo de David North.

Foro Reddit pone en lista negra al WSWS

Por la Junta Editorial del WSWS, 19 Febrero 201

En un flagrante acto de censura política, los moderadores del foro r/socialismo del sitio de enlace Reddit han colocado unilateralmente al World Socialist Web Site en su "lista negra" por un período de un mes.

Decisión de Corte Internacional sobre frontera entre Perú y Chile no logra calmar rivalidades nacionalistas

Por César Uco y Bill Van Auken, 19 Febrero 2014

La sentencia por la Corte Internacional de Justicia que establece una larga disputa sobre fronteras marítimas entre Chile y Perú no ha podido calmar las tensiones nacionalistas entre los dos países.

Ucrania y los intelectuales pro-imperialistas

Por Alex Lantier, 19 Febrero 2014

La "Carta abierta sobre el futuro de Ucrania", emitida por un grupo de académicos y operarios de la política extranjera occidental, es una vil defensa de las actuales protestas de extrema derecha en Ucrania, las cuales son apoyadas por Washington y la Unión Europea (UE).

New in Turkish

Kerry’nin Asya gezisi ve Çin ile savaş tehlikesinin artması

Peter Symonds, 19 Şubat 2014

Geçtiğimiz dört yıl boyunca Asya’daki parlama noktalarını alevlendirmiş olan ABD, sonuçlarına aldırmaksızın, kendi yararına saldırı peşinde koşuyor.

ABD Suriye müdahalesini tırmandırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 19 Şubat 2014

Washington, bir kez daha doğrudan askeri müdahaleye yöneliyor.

New in French

Québec solidaire défend la logique anti-démocratique de la «charte de laïcité» du PQ

Par Louis Girard et Richard Dufour, 19 février 2014

Khadir s'érige en conseiller politique du PQ sur la meilleure façon de faire passer la pilule de sa charte anti-démocratique.

Les syndicats et la pseudo-gauche français cherchent à bloquer l'opposition aux coupes de Hollande

Par Kumaran Ira, 19 février 2014

Alors même que les syndicats insistent sur le fait qu'ils ne sont pas opposés au programme de coupes réactionnaire de Hollande, les partis de la pseudo-gauche appellent à l'unité avec eux.

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

New in German

Das Debakel der UAW in Tennessee

Von Jerry White, 19. Februar 2014

An der Abstimmung zeigt sich das Urteil der Arbeiter über die UAW, in der sie ein Werkzeug der Autokonzerne sehen.

UN-Bericht über Nordkorea zielt gegen Pjönjang und Peking

Von Peter Symonds, 19. Februar 2014

Ein neuer UN-Menschenrechtsbericht über Korea zeigt, dass die amerikanische Regierung das Regime in Pjöngjang am liebsten beseitigen möchte.

Drei Tote bei Unruhen in Venezuela

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Februar 2014

Bei Zusammenstößen in Caracas, Venezuela, kamen am Mittwoch drei Menschen ums Leben.

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Perspective

The Comcast-Time Warner merger: The case for public ownership

19 February 2014

The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is a case in point for the necessity of putting major corporations under public ownership.

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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

Report to the Workers Inquiry
The Social and Historical Context of the Detroit Bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 19 February 2014

This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Jerry White, a writer for the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 US presidential election.

Decades of budget cuts behind Detroit water main breaks

By James Brewer, 19 February 2014

Water main breaks in Detroit are causing flooding, stranded motorists, damaged basements and a backlog of repairs for the water department.

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 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.

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.

Arts Review

A review of David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves from Uruguay
“The Permanent Revolution in film criticism”

By Marcelo Arias Souto, 19 February 2014

A comment on WSWS arts editor David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves, written by Marcelo Arias Souto from Uruguay.

David Walsh to conduct book tour on The Sky Between the Leaves

19 February 2014

Walsh will be delivering remarks in Illinois and Wisconsin later this month, and on the East Coast and West Coast in April and May.

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.

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

The UAW debacle in Tennessee

By Jerry White, 18 February 2014

Ireland’s Socialist Workers Party promotes strikebreaker David Norris

By Jordan Shilton, 18 February 2014

UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014

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

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2014

Workers Struggles

University of California workers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Norisa Diaz, 19 February 2014

Patient care and service workers voted by 96 percent to authorize strike action throughout the ten University of California (UC) campuses.

St. Paul public school teachers to vote for strike authorization

By Gary Joad, 19 February 2014

Teachers in Minnesota’s largest urban public school district will decide whether 3,200 will strike.

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

By Alan Whyte, 18 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2014

Polk Awards honor Greenwald, other journalists who broke Snowden revelations

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014

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

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Auto Workers Struggles

Jobs disaster looms in Australian car components industry

By James Cogan, 18 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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