Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport
UK ruling against David Miranda escalates assault on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014

The High Court judgement against David Miranda gives legal sanction to the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

By Steve James, 20 February 2014

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US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014

Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.

GM axes more auto jobs in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 February 2014

GM Korea plans to slash 1,100 jobs from its Gunsan factory, part of an overall assault on auto workers in Korea and internationally.

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100 years since founding of the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office

By Alan Gilman, 20 February 2014

In 2014, the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office marks a century since its founding, amid unprecedented attacks on the right to counsel.

Plant closings, layoffs hit Michigan workplaces
741 Delta workers face job cuts at Detroit airport

By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2014

The nation’s third largest air carrier is contracting out ground worker jobs to low wage service providers.

Verizon Wireless to close five service centers, affecting 5,200 workers

By Samuel Davidson, 20 February 2014

The largest mobile network operator in the US announced last week that it would close five customer service centers in May 2014, located in Connecticut, California and Pennsylvania.

West Virginia law firm accused of “cutthroat approach” to fighting black lung claims

By Clement Daly, 20 February 2014

Numerous reports and studies have documented the alarming resurgence of black lung throughout the coal mining industry.

The hazardous race for petroleum profits in North Dakota

By Gary Joad, 20 February 2014

The explosive growth of hydrofracturing for oil and gas exposes workers and the public to dangers.

Ontario Conservatives renew push for labor “reform”

By Carl Bronski, 20 February 2014

The unions have responded to the threat of US-style “right-to-work” laws by appealing to big business to recognize the pivotal role they play in policing the working class.

Australian corporate profits soar at workers’ expense

By Mike Head, 20 February 2014

CEOs are being rewarded for slashing costs, along with the livelihoods of many thousands of people.

New in Turkish

Kalıcı nükleer anlaşma konusunda görüşmeler başlarken ABD İran’a baskıyı arttırıyor

Keith Jones, 20 Şubat 2014

İran ile bu altı ülke arasında altı aylık bir geçici anlaşmanın yürürlüğe girmesinin dördüncü haftasında, Washington, İran üzerindeki baskısını arttırmış durumda.

New in Spanish

Edward Snowden y la pseudo-izquierda europea

Por Robert Stevens, 20 Febrero 2014

El Parlamento Europeo esta semana negó una enmienda para que se conceda asilo en Europa para Edward Snowden, denunciante de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA), y que además se oponía a su “persecución, extradición o entrega por parte de terceros.”

¡En contra de la Unión Europea, por los Estados Socialistas Unidos de Europa!

Declaración del Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Alemania) y el Socialist Equality Party (Reino Unido) sobre las Elecciones Europeas de 2014

El Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) en Alemania y el Socialist Equality Party (SEP) en el Reino Unido están presentando candidatos para las elecciones europeas de mayo de 2014.

New in French

La liquidation de l'industrie automobile australienne : un avertissement aux travailleurs du monde entier

Par James Cogan, 20 février 2014

La situation où se trouvent à présent les travailleurs australiens représente une condamnation sans appel de tous les programmes nationaux et du système de profit lui-même

Les heurts en Ukraine signalent une escalade de l'intervention américano-européenne

Par Oliver Campbell et Peter Symonds, 20 février 2014

Les scènes sanglantes à Kiev sont le résultat direct de la campagne menée par les États-Unis et l'Allemagne pour faire tomber le président ukrainien Yanukovitch.

La Commission d'enquête des travailleurs révèle le complot politique derrière la faillite de Detroit

Par Kate Randall, 20 février 2014

L’enquête a révélé le complot politique visant à mettre en pièces les retraites et les acquis des travailleurs, privatiser le musée d'art de Detroit et restructurer la ville dans l’intérêt des riches.

Lors d’un congrès, le parti allemand Die Linke défend l’Union européenne

Par Johannes Stern, 20 février 2014

Le parti Die Linke a indiqué, lors de sa conférence sur l’Europe qui s’est tenue à Hambourg, sa volonté de défendre l’Union européenne contre une opposition populaire grandissante.

Il y a 50 ans : la France écrasait un coup d'Etat dans une de ses ex-colonies africaines

20 février 2014

Le 19 février 1964, les soldats français écrasèrent un coup d'Etat dans l'ex-colonie du Gabon.

Il y a 100 ans : Rosa Luxembourg reconnue coupable de sédition par les autorités allemandes

20 février 2014

Le 20 février 1914, Rosa Luxembourg fut reconnue coupable de sédition et condamnée à un an d'emprisonnement.

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

New in German

Berlin und Washington schüren Bürgerkrieg in der Ukraine

Von Peter Schwarz, 20. Februar 2014

Die jüngsten Ereignisse in der Ukraine zeigen, dass Washington, Berlin und Brüssel bereit sind, das Land zu spalten und in den Bürgerkrieg zu treiben, um ihre geopolitischen Ziele zu erreichen.

Zusammenstöße in der Ukraine: amerikanisch-europäische Intervention eskaliert

Von Oliver Campbell und Peter Symonds, 20. Februar 2014

Die blutigen Ereignisse in Kiew sind das direkte Ergebnis der Kampagne der USA und Deutschlands zum Sturz des ukrainischen Präsidenten Janukowitsch.

Dauerhaftes Atomabkommen mit Iran, USA verstärken Druck

Von Keith Jones, 20. Februar 2014

Vier Wochen nach dem vorläufigen Abkommen zwischen den P5+1-Staaten und dem Iran über dessen Atomprogramm hat Washington den Druck auf den Iran verschärft und droht ihm unter anderem mit Krieg.

Thailand: Vier tote Demonstranten verschärfen politische Krise

Von Peter Symonds, 20. Februar 2014

Am Dienstag kam es in Bangkok zu gewalttätigen Auseinandersetzungen zwischen regierungsfeindlichen Demonstranten und Bereitschaftspolizei, die vier Todesopfer und zahlreiche Verletzte forderten.

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Perspective

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

20 February 2014

Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.

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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

Detroit sanitation workers denounce privatization

By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2014

The plan to privatize trash collection was pre-authorized by the Detroit’s emergency manager and rubber stamped by the City Council on Tuesday.

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.

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

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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.

Commentary

Sri Lanka’s war crimes and the US “human rights” charade

By K. Ratnayake, 20 February 2014

The working class should reject the machinations of the US and its allies, while unequivocally condemning the Sri Lankan government war crimes.

South African unions vie for control of militant workers
Part one

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 20 February 2014

This is first in a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain the growth of militancy in the working class.

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

By Andre Damon, 19 February 2014

The UAW debacle in Tennessee

By Jerry White, 18 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Striking University of Illinois at Chicago faculty and students speak out

By Kristina Betinis, 20 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with striking faculty members and student supporters on the picket lines at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Political agendas at this year’s Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 February 2014

A notable feature of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival was the manner in which certain leading figures in the film word openly promoted their retrograde political agendas.

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

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

19 February 2014

Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco

By Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2014

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Auto Workers Struggles

Jobs disaster looms in Australian car components industry

By James Cogan, 18 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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