Amid Ukraine crisis, US launches military escalation in Eastern Europe

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2014

The military moves were a continuation of the provocative stance the US has adopted following Russian moves to secure Crimea in the wake of the anti-Russian coup in Ukraine.

Leaked phone call suggests opposition snipers killed Maidan protesters

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2014

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Number of US long-term jobless who lost benefits hits 2 million

By Andre Damon, 6 March 2014

Some 1.3 million people lost their unemployment benefits on December 28, and the ranks of those affected by the cutoff have been growing by 73,000 every week.

Crisis at General Motors over safety recall

By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2014

GM knew for years that fatal crashes were linked to a defect in the ignition system but did nothing.

Former German President Wulff acquitted on bribery charge

By Justus Leicht, 6 March 2014

Two years after his resignation as president, Christian Wulff has been acquitted by the Hannover Regional Court of receiving bribes.

British Labour Party ends block union membership

By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2014

A succession of trade union general secretaries, including Len McCluskey and Dave Prentis from the two largest unions, Unite and Unison, pledged their ongoing support to Labour at a special weekend conference.

Thai political standoff continues

By Tom Peters, 6 March 2014

While protest numbers have dwindled, the courts and other official agencies are continuing their efforts to oust the Yingluck government.

International court permits Australian seizure of Timor’s documents

By Mike Head, 6 March 2014

The ruling protects Australian spying operations in the Asia-Pacific and undermines East Timor’s legal challenge to an energy treaty with Australia.

South Korean unions hold token “people’s strike”

By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2014

The unions called the protest to contain mounting anger among workers and block an independent movement against the Park government.

Artists boycott Sydney biennale over Australia’s asylum seeker regime

By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2014

Australian and international artists protest over Canberra’s incarceration and brutal treatment of refugees.

California Democrat sponsors bill to expedite teacher removal

By Juan Verala Luz, 6 March 2014

The bill would intensify the assault on California teachers in the name of cutting costs.

New York governor proposes $4 million cut to public libraries

By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014

The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.

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 French

Rome risque une faillite comme celle de Detroit

Par Marc Wells, 6 mars 2014

Le nouveau premier ministre italien, Matteo Renzi, a approuvé un décret qui prépare le cadre d'un assaut sans précédent contre les services publics et leurs travailleurs ainsi que le bradage de biens culturels.

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

New in German

Die Krise in der Ukraine und die Auflösung der Sowjetunion

Von Peter Schwarz, 6. März 2014

Der drohende Krieg um die Ukraine, der die ganze Menschheit in den Abgrund zu ziehen droht, ist eine direkte Folge der kapitalistischen Restauration und ihrer Ausnutzung durch die imperialistischen Mächte.

US-Imperialismus, Ukraine und die Gefahr eines Dritten Weltkriegs

Von Barry Grey und David North, 6. März 2014

Stehen wir am Rande eines Atomkriegs? Diese Frage sollte sich jeder stellen.

Schamlose Kriegshetze in deutschen Medien

Von Ulrich Rippert, 6. März 2014

Speziell sogenannte liberale Medien wie die Süddeutsche Zeitung, die SPD-nahe Zeit und die Grünen-nahe TAZ reagieren auf die Verschärfung der Krise in der Ukraine mit einer vehementen Kriegshetze.

USA drohen Russland, Krise in der Ukraine eskaliert

Von Chris Marsden, 6. März 2014

Nachdem die US-Regierung einen von Faschisten geführten Putsch unterstützt hat, versucht sie nun, ihre Bündnisse mit verschiedenen ehemaligen Sowjetrepubliken zu vertiefen, um Russland zu isolieren.

Rom von Insolvenz wie Detroit bedroht

Von Marc Wells, 6. März 2014

Italiens neuer Premierminister, Matteo Renzi, hat ein Dekret erlassen, das zu einem beispiellosen Angriff auf städtische Arbeiter und Dienstleistungen, wie auch zum Ausverkauf der kulturellen Schätze Roms führen wird.

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Perspective

The fascist danger in Ukraine

6 March 2014

For the first time since 1945, an avowedly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi party controls key levers of state power in a European capital, courtesy of US and European imperialism.

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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 imperialism, Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Barry Grey and David North, 5 March 2014

The crisis in Ukraine

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

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

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014

Obama budget: Populist demagogy and empty promises

By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2014

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

By Ed Hightower, 5 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Former state treasurer gets job at firm cashing in from Detroit bankruptcy.

By Thomas Gaist, 6 March 2014

After helping select the financial consulting firm for a $19 million contract to restructure Detroit, Michigan’s former state treasurer has been hired as a “project adviser” by Conway MacKenzie

Submission to Workers Inquiry: Social conditions facing workers in California

6 March 2014

The following report was submitted to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions held at Wayne State University on February 15.

“Emergency Town Hall meeting” in Detroit promotes Obama

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

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

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

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

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP election campaign receives wide hearing

By our correspondents, 6 March 2014

Colombo workers denounce the false promises of the government and the candidates of the political establishment.

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
A global political strategy to defend car industry jobs

6 March 2014

Working class suburbs in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide face being deindustrialised and impoverished like American cities such as Detroit.

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

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.

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

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

By David Walsh, 5 March 2014

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

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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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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