Egyptian cabinet resigns as strike wave grows

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2014

The military-backed government’s resignation is aimed at preparing coup leader Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s presidential bid and a confrontation with the working class.

Death toll rises to 14 in Venezuelan protests

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2014

The Maduro government has alternated between repression and calls for “dialogue” with both the Venezuelan right and Washington.

Machinists union imposes deep concessions at St. Louis Boeing plant

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2014

Management, the IAM and big business politicians, threatening job losses, have forced a seven-and-a-half-year concessions contract onto Boeing workers in St. Louis.

Truck delays at Port of New York and New Jersey spark outrage and protest

By Dan Brennan, 25 February 2014

Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers.

Australian government eyes purchase of Triton drone aircraft

By James Cogan, 25 February 2014

Triton drones would vastly expand the area of the Indian and Pacific Oceans under surveillance by the Australian military.

Sri Lankan military training against mock student protest

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 25 February 2014

Troops with assault rifles and riot police armed with batons and transparent shields were used to disperse and arrest the mock protestors, demanding free education.

Australian “union corruption” inquiry targets workers

By Terry Cook, 25 February 2014

The Royal Commission witchhunt is part of a sweeping drive to dismantle working conditions.

Greek police enter schools, quiz children on political activities

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2014

One of the police raids took place at the Keratsini High School on February 8, where students questioned by police were singled out because they had participated in a protest occupation of the school in October.

New far-right party VOX launched in Spain

By Vicky Short, 25 February 2014

Although VOX’s manifesto contains some populist calls, the real message is reminiscent of Franco’s motto, “Spain One Great and Free.”

Public health care workers clash with riot police in Peru

By César Uco, 25 February 2014

Doctors working for the Ministry of Health earn US$1,000 a month, making them among the lowest paid in Latin America.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’daki Batı destekli muhalefet faşistlerin önderliğindeki bir darbeyle iktidarı aldı

Chris Marsden, 25 Şubat 2014

ABD’nin, Almanya’nın, Fransa’nın ve diğer Avrupalı güçlerin Ukrayna’ya müdahalesi, Cumartesi günü, aşırı sağcı güçlerin bir darbesine yolaçtı.

New in French

Le gouvernement français applaudit le coup d'état en Ukraine

Par Kumaran Ira, 25 février 2014

Le soutien aux forces fascistes en Ukraine expose la criminalité politique du Parti socialiste (PS) au pouvoir en France et de l'ensemble de l'élite politique française.

Les crimes de guerre au Sri Lanka et la mascarade des USA sur les « droits de l'homme »

Par K. Ratnayake, 25 février 2014

La classe ouvrière doit rejeter les machinations des Etats-Unis et de leurs alliés tout en condamnant sans équivoque les crimes de guerre du gouvernement sri lankais.

L'EJIES de Berlin proteste contre la suppression d'une discussion démocratique à l'Université Humboldt par le professeur Jörg Baberowski

25 février 2014

L'EJIES (Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l’égalité sociale) a envoyé une lettre ouverte pour demander au conseil d'administration de l'Université de sanctionner le professeur Baberowski pour son comportement anti-démocratique.

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

New in German

Putsch in der Ukraine: Eine Warnung an die internationale Arbeiterklasse

Von Peter Schwarz, 25. Februar 2014

Was seit 1945 undenkbar schien, ist wieder eingetreten: Während die USA und Deutschland die Ukraine rücksichtslos destabilisierten, wurden vor Ort offene Faschisten zur entscheidenden Kraft.

Ukraine: Faschisten führen Staatsstreich durch, Opposition übernimmt die Macht

Von Chris Marsden, 25. Februar 2014

Nach dem Putsch am Samstag, der von den USA und der Europäischen Union gedeckt wurde, haben faschistische Elemente, die mit verschiedenen Teilen der ukrainischen Oligarchie verbündet sind, die Kontrolle in Kiew übernommen.

ThyssenKrupp: IG Metall spielt Schlüsselrolle bei Lohnsenkung und Stellenabbau

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann und Dietmar Henning, 25. Februar 2014

Der ThyssenKrupp-Konzern plant den Abbau von 3.300 Arbeitsplätzen. Der verantwortliche Personalvorstand des Konzerns ist der ehemalige IGM-Bezirksleiter von Nordrhein-Westfalen Oliver Burkhard.

Streikwelle ägyptischer Textilarbeiter

Von Johannes Stern, 25. Februar 2014

Zehntausende Textilarbeiter streiken in Ägypten für höhere Löhne und bessere Arbeitsbedingungen. Sie fordern damit die Militärjunta heraus, die von den USA unterstützt wird.

Der Detroiter Insolvenzplan: ein brutaler Angriff auf die Arbeiterklasse

Von Thomas Gaist, 25. Februar 2014

Der Plan von Zwangsverwalter Kevyn Orr umfasst große Kürzungen bei den Rente und der Krankenversicherung städtischer Beschäftigter.

64. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival – Teil2
Ein ernstgemeinter Umgang mit Geschichte: Non-Fiction Diary von Jung Yoon-suk aus Südkorea

Von Stefan Steinberg, 25. Februar 2014

Der südkoreanische Filmemacher Jung Yoon-suk legt in seinem neuen Dokumentarfilm Non Fiction Diary, der auf der 64. Berlinale zu Recht einen Preis erhielt, eine erfrischend ernsthafte Haltung zur Geschichte an den Tag.

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Perspective

Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class

25 February 2014

What has seemed unthinkable since 1945 has come to pass: while the US and Germany ruthlessly destabilized Ukraine, fascists have become the decisive force on the ground.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

WSWS publishes interviews with children of the Left Opposition

By Fred Williams and Clara Weiss, 25 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing interviews with three children of Soviet Left Oppositionists—Tatiana Smilga, Zorya Serebryakova and Yuri Primakov—and with Tatiana Isaeva, granddaughter of the outstanding Marxist literary critic, Alexander Voronsky.

Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan

By our reporter, 25 February 2014

Ivar Tenisovich Smilga, the father of Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan, was one of the leading members of the Bolshevik Party during the October Revolution and one of Lenin’s closest confidants.

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

Detroit workers denounce bankruptcy restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2014

Anger is building in the working class against the emergency manager’s plan of adjustment, which includes slashing pensions and health benefits.

Detroit News feigns sympathy for Griswold tenants as evictions loom

By Tracy Montry and Betty Hayes, 25 February 2014

After months of remaining silent on the plight of the Griswold and other low-income residents being evicted from downtown, the Detroit News published a front page feature February 20 entitled, “Downside of upswing: Downtown Detroit squeeze forces out longtime tenants.”

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

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Workers Struggles

GM’s job destruction and the South Korean pseudo-left

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014

In conditions of growing distrust and anger among workers, All Together is playing a filthy role as apologist and defender of the KCTU, KMWU and other trade unions.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 February 2014

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

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

By Eric London, 24 February 2014

Portland teachers to vote on tentative contract deal

By Hector Cordon, 24 February 2014

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

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

A bankers’ plan for Detroit

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2014

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

By Chris Marsden, 24 February 2014

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

More on auto workers struggles »

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

Correspondence

Letters from our readers

25 February 2014

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