Detroit bankruptcy plan: A savage assault on the working class

By Thomas Gaist, 22 February 2014

The plan released by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr includes major cuts to city worker pensions and health care.

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Ukrainian regime bows to pressure from Washington, EU and far-right opposition

By Peter Schwarz and Alex Lantier, 22 February 2014

On Friday, President Viktor Yanukovych signed an agreement meeting key demands of the far-right demonstrators in Ukraine.

US public sector cuts part-time work in advance of Obamacare mandate

By Kate Randall, 22 February 2014

Obamacare, whose ostensible aim was to extend health coverage to millions of workers, is apparently having the opposite effect in the public sector.

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US bank CEOs rake in pay raises, bonuses

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2014

The CEO of Bank of America received a raise greater than the lifetime pay for the average American worker.

Child pornography scandal rocks Germany’s grand coalition government

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2014

The scandal surrounding German deputy Sebastian Edathy is linked to his previous criticism of German intelligence agencies.

Spanish authorities lie about African migrant drownings

By Alejandro López, 22 February 2014

Fourteen migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa died attempting to swim around the security fence surrounding the Spanish enclave and port-city of Ceuta in North Africa.

Australian government prepares cover-up of refugee detention camp atrocity

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has effectively welcomed the killing of a 23-year-old refugee as a “deterrent” to others thinking about seeking asylum in Australia.

Job losses sweep through Australian economy

By Zac Hambides, 22 February 2014

The official unemployment rate in Australia has hit a ten-year high.

Wave of strikes by Egyptian textile workers

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2014

Tens of thousands of textile workers in Mahalla and other industrial centers are on strike for higher wages and better working conditions.

Libyan military commander calls for Egyptian-style military junta

By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2014

The General National Congress is little more than a consortium of Islamist forces, ex-Gaddafi regime elements, and criminal gangs.

Indian parliament votes to create new Telangana state

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 February 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government has rammed a bitterly contested law through parliament that creates a new state—Telangana—by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

New Zealand: Three years after the Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters, 22 February 2014

Three years on, less than 10 percent of the rebuild has been completed and the city remains in a deep social crisis.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’da yaşanan son olaylar, işçi sınıfına yönelik bir uyarıdır.

Peter Schwarz, 22 Şubat 2014

Washington ve müttefikleri, kimyasal silahlar ve sözde “insani” kaygılar konusunda Suriye üzerindeki baskıları arttırıyorlar.

ABD ve AB Ukrayna’ya yaptırım tehditinde bulunuyor

Bill Van Auken, 22 Şubat 2014

Batı’dan gelen bu tehditler, Kiev’de ve bir dizi başka Ukranya kentinde yaşanan şiddetin bir “darbe”ye hatta “iç savaş”a doğru evrildiği uyarılarının ortasında yapıldı.

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Le « débat » américain sur le salaire minimum

Par Andre Damon, 22 février 2014

Le fait qu'une augmentation minime du salaire minimum provoque une telle controverse dans l'élite politique ne fait que souligner la faillite de tout le système et son mépris pour la grande majorité de la population.

Des dizaines de manifestants tués en Ukraine alors que l’UE et Washington intensifient la pression sur Ianoukovitch

Par Stefan Steinberg, 22 février 2014

Pour atteindre leur objectif de changement de régime en Ukraine, le gouvernement Obama et ses alliés européens soutiennent des forces politiques d’extrême droites, fascistes.

Edward Snowden élu recteur de l'Université de Glasgow

Par Steve James, 22 février 2014

En élisant Snowden comme recteur, les étudiants ont montré leur opposition aux atteintes aux droits démcoratiques commises par la NSA et le GCHQ.

Canada: Une demande d’accommodement religieux provoque un tollé politique

Par Dylan Lubao et Keith Jones, 22 février 2014

Les représentants de l'establishment politique au Canada ont saisi ce différend pour avancer leurs programmes de droite respectifs et se présenter hypocritement en défenseurs des droits démocratiques.

Conférence de David North à l'université New School de New York

22 février 2014

Lors de cette conférence, David North examinera les prémisses philosophiques et les impulsions politiques qui se manifestent dans la falsification de l'histoire du vingtième siècle «inachevé». Il portera une attention particulière aux tendances inquiétantes que l'on retrouve en historiographie en Allemagne, où d'éminents historiens relativisent et légitiment les crimes du Troisième Reich de Hitler.

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

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Ukraine: Janukowitsch beugt sich dem Druck der EU

Von Peter Schwarz, 22. Februar 2014

Am Freitag unterzeichnete Präsident Viktor Janukowitsch eine Vereinbarung, die mehreren Forderungen der Opposition entgegenkommt.

IYSSE protestiert gegen Unterdrückung der Diskussionsfreiheit an der Humboldt-Universität durch Professor Baberowski
Offener Brief der IYSSE an den Präsidenten und den Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät I der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

22. Februar 2014

In einem Offenen Brief fordern die International Youth and Students for Social Equality die Leitung der Humboldt-Universität auf, das undemokratische Verhalten von Professor Jörg Baberowski zu missbilligen.

Eine Würdigung Dave Hylands

Von David North, 22. Februar 2014

Beitrag auf der Gedenkveranstaltung der Socialist Equality Party für Dave Hyland am 18. Januar 2014 in Sheffield, Großbritannien.

Dutzende Tote in der Ukraine, EU und Washington erhöhen Druck auf Janukowitsch-Regierung

Von Stefan Steinberg, 22. Februar 2014

Die Obama-Regierung und ihre europäischen Verbündeten unterstützen rechtsextreme und faschistische politische Kräfte, um in der Ukraine einen Regimewechsel zu erzwingen.

Mehr als eine Million Unterschriften für eine Petition, die für Snowden Asyl in Brasilien fordert

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. Februar 2014

Die Petition, die im November letzten Jahres auf der Avaaz-Website gestartet wurde, sammelte Unterstützung in ganz Brasilien und weltweit. Sie ist ein mächtiger Ausdruck der ungeheuer breiten Unterstützung für Snowden und der Wut über die weltweiten Spionage-Operationen der NSA

Cameron ruft “stille Patrioten” auf, Großbritannien zu retten

Von Steve James und Chris Marsden, 22. Februar 2014

Wie eine Rede des britischen Premierministers David Cameron kürzlich zeigte, fürchtet die britische Regierung, die Abstimmung über Schottlands Unabhängigkeit am 18. September zu verlieren.

Sechs Tote und weitere Zusammenstöße in Venzuela

Von Bill Van Auken, 22. Februar 2014

Die Zahl der Toten in Venezuela bei den Zusammenstößen, die am 12. Februar begannen, ist am Mittwoch auf sechs angestiegen. Präsident Nicolas Maduro beschuldigte Washington, gewalttätige Unruhen im Land anzustiften.

64. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival – Teil 1
Politische Agenden auf diesjähriger Berlinale

Von Stefan Steinberg, 22. Februar 2014

Eine bemerkenswerte Besonderheit der 64. Berlinale war die Art und Weise, in der bestimmte führende Persönlichkeiten aus der Filmwelt offen ihre rückwärtsgewandten politischen Agenden bewarben.

Ford-Köln: Geschäftsleitung und IG Metall erpressen Arbeiter

Von Dietmar Henning, 22. Februar 2014

Wenn die rund 4.100 Arbeiter des Ford-Werks in Köln-Niehl künftig nicht „flexibler, effizienter und billiger arbeiten als bisher“, droht die Verlagerung der Produktion nach Rumänien.

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Perspective

The social chasm in America’s cities

22 February 2014

A report published this week by the Brookings Institution documents the immense growth of social inequality in major US cities, including those that are supposedly economic success stories.

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Berlin IYSSE protests Professor Jörg Baberowski’s suppression of democratic discussion at Humboldt University

22 February 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality have sent an open letter calling upon the University Board of the Humboldt University to censure Professor Jörg Baberowski for his undemocratic behavior.

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.

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

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election
Vote for the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)!
Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014

The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.

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.

Auto Workers Struggles

Socialist Equality Party campaigns against Toyota Australia shutdown

By our reporters, 22 February 2014

SEP campaigners met with a warm response from Toyota workers, many of whom bitterly denounced the union for its partnership with the company.

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IYSSE

1914 to 2014
The glorification of World War I and the preparations for World War III
IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

22 February 2014

The Australian government has begun a truly grotesque campaign to “celebrate” World War I. It is aimed at promoting nationalism, patriotism and militarism as conflicts between the major powers escalate, creating potential flashpoints all over the world.

Arts Review

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

By Joanne Laurier, 21 February 2014

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

Commentary

The US minimum wage “debate”

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2014

South African unions vie for control of militant workers
Part two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 21 February 2014

US dictates terms in international talks with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2014

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

Science

The puzzle of the proton radius

By Will Morrow, 21 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014

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

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 February 2014

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

UK teachers union refuses to back one-day strike

By Margot Miller, 21 February 2014

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.

Striking University of Illinois at Chicago faculty and students speak out

By Kristina Betinis, 20 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

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

22 February 2014

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