Dozens killed in Ukraine as EU and Washington step up pressure on Yanukovych government

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 February 2014

The Obama administration and its European allies are supporting far-right and fascistic political forces to achieve their aim of regime-change in Ukraine.

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014

A national license plate tracking system sought by the Department of Homeland Security would provide officials with personal information on millions of individuals.

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Death toll rises to six as clashes continue in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 21 February 2014

President Nicolas Maduro has accused Washington of fomenting violent upheavals in Venezuela.

US dictates terms in international talks with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2014

The Vienna negotiations produced nothing more than a broad framework for further talks.

Thai court undermines government’s emergency decree

By Tom Peters, 21 February 2014

The civil court this week banned police from making any attempt to break up anti-government protests.

Australian state government closes disability support facilities

By Max Newman, 21 February 2014

The closure of Newcastle’s Stockton Centre exposes the purpose of the former Labor government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.

UK teachers union refuses to back one-day strike

By Margot Miller, 21 February 2014

The aim of the NUT in calling for a day’s strike is not to fight for the interests of its members but to secure a place at the negotiating table.

Serious concerns persist over helicopter safety in North Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 21 February 2014

A long delayed fatal accident inquiry into the crash of a Super Puma into the sea off the coast of Peterhead in 2009, killing all 16 on board, has finally begun.

84-year-old nun sentenced to prison for “sabotaging” US preparations for war

By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2014

Sister Megan Rice and two others were sentenced to several years in prison under the Federal Sabotage Act of 1918 for a non-violent break-in and protest at a nuclear facility.

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Comcast-Time Warner-Fusion zeigt Notwendigkeit von Verstaatlichung

Von Andre Damon, 21. Februar 2014

Die Fusion von Comcast und Time Warner Cabel würde eine riesiges Monopol schaffen, das mehr als ein Drittel des Kabelfernseh- und des Breitbandinternetmarktes in den Vereinigten Staaten kontrolliert.

Was steckt hinter der Edathy-Affäre?

Von Ulrich Rippert, 21. Februar 2014

Sebastian Edathy leitete den NSU-Untersuchungsausschuss des Bundestags und geriet dabei mit führenden Vertretern der Sicherheitsbehörden aneinander. Nun ist seine politische Karriere durch Indiskretionen aus dem Sicherheitsapparat zerstört worden.

Festnahme von Greenwalds Partner am Flughafen Heathrow
Urteil gegen David Miranda in Großbritannien verschärft Angriff auf demokratische Rechte

Von Robert Stevens, 21. Februar 2014

Das Urteil des High Court gegen David Miranda legalisiert den Polizeistaatapparat, den die britischen Regierungen unter dem Vorwand des "Kriegs gegen den Terror" aufgebaut haben.

Massive Bildungskürzungen in Sachsen

Von Sven Heymanns, 21. Februar 2014

An den Universitäten in Sachsen drohen massive Kürzungen bis hin zur Schließung ganzer Fakultäten.

The Monuments Men: In fast jeder Beziehung ein Film des Establishments

Von Joanne Laurier, 21. Februar 2014

George Clooneys Film The Monuments Men – Ungewöhnliche Helden erzählt die Geschichte eines Trupps von Kunstexperten in Diensten des amerikanischen und alliierten Militärs, die am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs versuchen, von den Nazis gestohlene Kunstwerke zu retten.

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Perspective

The US minimum wage “debate”

21 February 2014

That a minor increase in the minimum wage provokes such controversy in the political establishment only underscores the bankruptcy of the entire political system and its contempt for the great majority of the population.

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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 Political Conspiracy Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit: Anatomy of a Crime

By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014

This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Larry Porter, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.

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

By Jerry White, 19 February 2014

Detroit sanitation workers denounce privatization

By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2014

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

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

House of Cards, season 2: The American politician as conspirator and murderer

By Joanne Laurier, 21 February 2014

The second season of House of Cards, the series produced by Netflix, reveals more of the exploits of Frank Underwood, Democratic Party vice president and chief conspirator.

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

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 February 2014

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

Workers Struggles

Irish airport workers latest to strike over pensions

By Jordan Shilton, 21 February 2014

The Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme is in deficit by around €780 million, and trustees are seeking to offload the funding crisis onto the workers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 February 2014

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

Striking University of Illinois at Chicago faculty and students speak out

By Kristina Betinis, 20 February 2014

Science

The puzzle of the proton radius

By Will Morrow, 21 February 2014

For four years, physicists have sought to explain the emergence of two apparently irreconcilable measurements of the radius of the proton.

Commentary

South African unions vie for control of militant workers
Part two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 21 February 2014

This is the conclusion of a two-part comment on the manoeuvres of South Africa’s trade unions to contain growing militancy in the working class. Part one was posted February 20.

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

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

By Alan Gilman, 20 February 2014

Ontario Conservatives renew push for labor “reform”

By Carl Bronski, 20 February 2014

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

By K. Ratnayake, 20 February 2014

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

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

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

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

By Steve James, 20 February 2014

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014

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Auto Workers Struggles

GM axes more auto jobs in South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 February 2014

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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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