Western-backed Ukrainian opposition seizes power in fascist-led putsch

By Chris Marsden, 24 February 2014

After Saturday’s putsch backed by the US and European Union, fascistic elements allied to various sections of the Ukrainian oligarchy have seized Kiev.

French government applauds coup in Ukraine

By Kumaran Ira, 24 February 2014

Freed “illegal” miners face imprisonment and deportation in South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 24 February 2014

Abandoned mines around Johannesburg, often improperly secured by mining companies, are a magnet for laid-off workers, and the sites of numerous fatalities.

Canadian intelligence agencies deepen integration, expand spying

By Dylan Lubao, 24 February 2014

Canada’s principal spy agencies are becoming more tightly integrated as the state expands its spying on ordinary Canadians.

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New York mayor de Blasio and unions prepare new attacks on city workers

By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2014

The stage is being set for concessions deals between the Democrat in City Hall and his partners in the trade unions.

California enters third year of severe drought

By Gabriel Black, 24 February 2014

California is in the midst of the worst drought on record. Millions will be devastated by the state’s lack of planning and modern infrastructure.

Another US provocation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2014

The meeting was designed to reinforce US support for the Tibetan government-in-exile and the threat to China of Tibetan separatism.

Japan: New radioactive water leak at Fukushima

By Will Morrow, 24 February 2014

No faith can be placed in any of TEPCO’s claims about the extent of radioactive material that has reached the environment.

Australian government changes its story on refugee camp killing

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 February 2014

The shifting official version of events is further evidence of a cover up of what initial witness accounts indicate was state sanctioned violence.

Tony Blair offered aid to Murdoch in phone-hacking scandal

By Julie Hyland, 24 February 2014

Tony Blair offered to help the Murdoch media empire just a week after the News of the World was forced to close for being involved in criminality on an “industrial scale.”

Ford Cologne: Management and IG Metall union blackmail workers

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2014

After the closure of Ford plants in Genk, Southampton and Dagenham, now the plant in Cologne is under threat.

Scramble for Cuba begins with shifts among US ruling elite

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2014

Significant sections of the US political and business establishment are seeking normalized relations with Cuba to take advantage of opportunities and undercut rivals.

Argentina on the brink of a social explosion

By Rafael Azul, 24 February 2014

Argentina’s devaluation and inflationary crisis are rapidly undermining living standards.

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Más de un millón de peticiones para que Brasil conceda asilo a Snowden

Por Bill Van Auken, 24 Febrero 2014

Los partidarios de Edward Snowden han entregado al Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Brasil una petición firmada por más de 1.1 millones de personas haciendo un llamado al gobierno de la presidenta Dilma Rousseff para que conceda asilo al denunciante de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA) de EE.UU.

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Perspective

A bankers’ plan for Detroit

24 February 2014

The “plan of adjustment” released by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is a massive assault on the city’s working class.

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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 Detroit Bankruptcy: A Travesty of Democracy

By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.

Detroit bankruptcy plan: A savage assault on the working class

By Thomas Gaist, 22 February 2014

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

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Workers Struggles

Defend the social right to public education: Oppose St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ sellout contract!

By Eric London, 24 February 2014

This statement by the Socialist Equality Party is being distributed to teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota attending an informational meeting today about the tentative contract reached by union and district officials.

Portland teachers to vote on tentative contract deal

By Hector Cordon, 24 February 2014

Teachers in Portland, Oregon will be voting this week on whether to accept or reject a tentative agreement.

Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
A serious approach to history: Non-Fiction Diary by South Korea’s Jung Yoon-suk

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 February 2014

A refreshingly serious approach to history is taken by South Korean filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk in his new documentary, Non-Fiction Diary, which deservedly won a prize at the 64th Berlinale.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 21 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

25 years ago: Ten killed in Bombay riots over The Satanic Verses

On February 24,1989, 40,000 Muslims rioted in Bombay, India over Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses.

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50 years ago: US hints at attack on North Vietnam

This week in 1964 the administration of Lyndon Johnson made a series of moves that suggested it was preparing an attack on North Vietnam.

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75 years ago: US Supreme Court moves against sit-down strikes

On February 27,1939, the Supreme Court clamped down on sit-down strikes in the case National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation.

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100 years ago: Greeks declare independence in Northern Epirus

The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus was declared on February 28, 1914, in a rebellion against the prospect of Albanian rule over the territory, whose population was of mixed Albanian and Greek origins.

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IYSSE

Oppose political discrimination at University of Newcastle

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia, 24 February 2014

For the first time at any university, University of Newcastle Clubs and Societies is re-interpreting the Students Services and Amenities Fee legislation to justify proscribing political activities.

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.

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.

Commentary

The social chasm in America’s cities

By Andre Damon, 22 February 2014

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

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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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 »

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