US threatens Russia as Ukraine crisis escalates

By Chris Marsden, 5 March 2014

Having backed a fascist-led putsch in Ukraine, US officials are seeking to deepen alliances with various ex-Soviet republics in order to isolate Russia.

China treads cautiously after pro-US coup in Ukraine

By James Cogan, 5 March 2014

Australian government backs Washington’s anti-Russian confrontation

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2014

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Obama budget: Populist demagogy and empty promises

By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2014

The budget proposes to restore sequester cuts to Pentagon spending but not to domestic social programs.

Forbes list of world’s richest people highlights growth of social inequality

By Ed Hightower, 5 March 2014

The number of billionaires worldwide increased by 268, the largest such increase ever, with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion.

RadioShack to close up to 1,100 stores

By Gabriel Black, 5 March 2014

Following a dismal sales report, RadioShack has announced that it will close up to 1,100 stores, roughly 20 percent of its locations.

Eurozone social inequality most extreme in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 March 2014

Statistics on income and wealth distribution in Germany show the social divide between rich and poor is growing.

Erdogan crisis destabilises Turkey

By Jean Shaoul, 5 March 2014

The turmoil within the Turkish ruling elite comes in the wake of the political crisis provoked by sudden shifts in US imperialism’s Middle East policy.

India’s government lies about 2012 military coup fears

By Kranti Kumara, 5 March 2014

India’s Congress Party-led government continues to lie about its fears that an unauthorized January 2012 army exercise was in fact an attempted military coup.

Australian government signals breakup of Qantas airline

By Mike Head, 5 March 2014

Prime Minister Abbott made clear that Qantas must continue to axe workers’ jobs and conditions.

Chronic kidney disease spreads in rural Sri Lanka

By W. A. Sunil, 5 March 2014

The disease has reached epidemic levels because of inadequate health facilities and government neglect.

Thirteen workers exposed to radiation at New Mexico nuclear waste site

By Jake Dean, 5 March 2014

The latest incident is another reminder of the hazards involved with nuclear waste.

New in Spanish

Ucrania acusa a Rusia de invadir; Obama amenaza con "consecuencias"

Por Chris Marsden, 4 Marzo 2014

El presidente Barack Obama emitió una declaración la tarde del viernes condenando posibles "movimientos militares" por parte de Rusia en Ucrania, y advirtió que "cualquier intervención militar supondrá costos".

Trabajadores de la salud pública se enfrentan a la policía antidisturbios en el Perú

Por César Uco, 5 Marzo 2014

Empleados del sector salud en Perú bloquearon el viernes pasado la Av.

New in Italian

Roma a rischio di fallimento stile Detroit

Di Marc Wells, 5 marzo 2014

Le implicazioni di questo attacco selvaggio andranno ben oltre i confini territoriali della città di Roma, servendo da esempio per il resto del Paese e per l’Unione Europea.

New in Russian

Политический обман заявления International Viewpoint по Украине

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала, 5 марта 2014 г.

Приписывание этого заявления Международному Комитету является политической провокацией, цель которой состоит в том, чтобы дискредитировать троцкизм путем увязывания его с правой политикой неопаблоистских организаций.

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Les médias américains amplifient leur offensive de propagande contre l’Ukraine

Par Joseph Kishore et David North, 5 mars 2014

Après le coup d’Etat de l’extrême-droite, organisé par les Etats-Unis et les puissances européennes en Ukraine, les médias américains sont en train de déchaîner un véritable déluge de mensonges et de propagande.

La crise en Ukraine

Par le Comité International de la Quatrième Internationale, 4 mars 2014

La crise qui a éclaté en Ukraine après le coup d’Etat droitier orchestré par les Etats-Unis et l’Allemagne et l’intervention de la Russie en Crimée a créé la plus grave confrontation internationale depuis la fin de la deuxième Guerre mondiale.

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

New in German

US-Medien verschärfen Propaganda gegen Russland

Von Joseph Kishore und David North, 5. März 2014

Nach dem rechten Umsturz, den die Vereinigten Staaten und die europäischen Mächte in der Ukraine organisiert haben, entfesseln die amerikanischen Medien eine Flut hetzerischer Kriegspropaganda gegen Russland.

Wachsende Kriegsgefahr wegen Ukraine, USA verschärfen Druck auf Russland

Von Stefan Steinberg, 5. März 2014

Die Welt wird mit den katastrophalen Folgen der Auflösung der Sowjetunion konfrontiert: die ganze Region ist imperialistischen Intrigen, Provokationen und dem Aufstieg rechtsextremer Kräfte ausgeliefert, die als Werkzeuge des Imperialismus agieren.

Johnson Controls Bochum: Arbeiter protestieren gegen Entlassungen

Von Dietmar Henning, 5. März 2014

Johnson Controls plant, in Bochum 220 von 660 Arbeitsplätzen abzubauen, wenn Ende Jahr das benachbarte Opel-Werk geschlossen wird.

Referendum zur schottischen Unabhängigkeit von Währungsstreit geprägt

Von Steve James, 5. März 2014

Währungs- und Staatsschuldenfragen prägen den Streit um das schottische Referendum und zeigen klar, welcher Klasse sowohl Befürworter wie Gegner der Unabhängigkeit angehören.

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Perspective

US imperialism, Ukraine and the danger of World War III

5 March 2014

The fact that Washington has chosen to provoke a direct confrontation with a nuclear power must be taken by the people of the world as a stark warning.

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Fourth International

The political fraud of International Viewpoint’s statement on Ukraine

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014

The attribution of this statement to the ICFI is a political provocation whose purpose is to discredit Trotskyism by associating it with the right-wing politics of the neo-Pabloite organizations.

Commentary

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014

The crisis in Ukraine

By The International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014

China: Uighur separatists blamed for railway station killings

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2014

US Justice Department protocols include sweeping attacks on press freedom

By Eric London, 4 March 2014

What the 2008 Federal Reserve transcripts reveal

By Andre Damon, 4 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“Emergency Town Hall meeting” in Detroit promotes Obama

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

The March 2 meeting, sponsored by liberal and “left” supporters of the Democratic Party, called on Detroit pensioners to appeal to the Obama administration to defend them.

New deal would pay $85 million to banks that swindled Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

The disastrous interest rate swaps deal signed in 2005-06 with UBS and Bank of America has cost the city some $50 million annually

Reports to the Workers Inquiry
The rape of Detroit: Deindustrialization, financialization and parasitism

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

Video: Attendees speak on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

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Feature

100 years since Ford’s five dollar day

By Tom Mackaman, 5 March 2014

Ford’s profit-sharing scheme was billed as the key to social harmony. Yet socialism and the Russian Revolution, coming just four years later, breathed a new spirit into the American class struggle.

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.

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

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

22 February 2014

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Obituary

Cultural theorist Stuart Hall (1932-2014): A political career dedicated to opposing Marxism

By Paul Bond, 5 March 2014

Cultural Studies, in which Stuart Hall specialised, sought to shift the focus of social criticism away from class and onto other social formations, promoting the development of identity politics.

Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Age of Cannibals and Amma and Appa: Two sides of globalisation

By Berndt Reinhardt, 5 March 2014

German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone.

The Past from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi: Something of a disappointment

By David Walsh, 5 March 2014

The Past takes place in Paris. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Tehran to finalize a divorce from his French wife, Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist ), after a four-year separation.

2014 Academy Awards: Life versus the film industry

By David Walsh, 4 March 2014

Workers Struggles

Irish government preparing army to break strike by airport workers

By Jordan Shilton, 5 March 2014

The plan to involve the military marks an intensification of the assault on any section of Irish workers seeking to defend their jobs and living conditions.

Defend public education
Vote “no” on St. Paul Federation of Teachers sellout contract!

By Mike Stapleton, 4 March 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014

Documents confirm US military spying on antiwar groups

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 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

Socialist Equality Party European election campaign finds support in German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

25 years ago: Bitter strike begins at Eastern Airlines

Some 8,150 machinists and baggage handlers went on strike, rejecting demands by the company for $150 million in concessions.

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50 years ago: New York Times Co. v. Sullivan upholds freedom of press

On March 9, 1964, the US Supreme Court ruled that the press is broadly protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments from libel charges and defamation lawsuits brought by public officials.

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75 years ago: Coup deposes remnants of Spanish Republic

Juan Negrin’s Spanish Republican administration was overthrown on March 5, 1939 by Republican military officers who established a National Council of Defense headed by General Sigismundo Casado.

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100 years ago: Major powers appoint new King of Albania

On March 9, 1914, Prince William of Wied, a German army officer, was formally appointed King of the Albanian protectorate by the major European powers.

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