US, European Union impose sanctions against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 7 March 2014

The Western powers ratcheted up threats and sanctions against Russia Thursday, while the US mounted a major military buildup in Europe.

German media campaigns for war in Ukraine

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 March 2014

Japan’s diplomacy in shambles over Ukraine crisis

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2014

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CIA spied on US Senate oversight committee

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2014

At least one Senate Democrat has suggested that President Obama was aware of the massive violation of the constitutional separation of powers, potentially an impeachable offense.

China: IBM workers strike against sale of business to Lenovo

By Tom Peters, 7 March 2014

Workers at IBM-owned factory in Shenzhen fear that the new owner will reduce wages and conditions and cut staff.

Obama administration again extends life of “skinny” health plans

By Kate Randall, 7 March 2014

The Affordable Care Act has been tweaked multiple times in the interests of insurance companies and employers.

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US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in police killing of unarmed driver and passenger

By Ed Hightower, 7 March 2014

The court may sanction the officers’ brutal and unnecessary actions through the qualified immunity doctrine, which sets a high standard for cases involving police misconduct.

British government cuts funding for poorest university students

By Ben Trent, 7 March 2014

University application figures in 2013 dropped to their lowest since 2009, with research highlighting the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 as the main cause.

Australian economy heads for slump and deepening inequality

By Mike Head, 7 March 2014

The two-decade mining boom is starting to collapse, yet the country’s richest people are enjoying soaring profits and share prices.

Vergara v. California: A smokescreen to hide the attack on education

By Antonio Marquez and Marc Wells, 7 March 2014

Under the guise of defending civil rights, the Vergara case seeks to enable corporate interests to take full control of the education system.

New in Russian

Кризис на Украине

Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала, 7 марта 2014 г.

Кризис, разразившийся на Украине вслед за переворотом правых сил, организованным Соединенными Штатами и Германией, а также интервенция России в Крыму создали ситуацию самой опасной международной конфронтации с момента окончания Второй мировой войны.

Американские СМИ усиливают пропагандистскую войну против России

Джозеф Кишор и Дэвид Норт, 7 марта 2014 г.

Вслед за правым путчем на Украине, организованным Соединенными Штатами и европейскими державами, американская пресса развязала агрессивную пропагандистскую войну, направленную против России.

New in French

Le danger fasciste en Ukraine

Par Julie Hyland, 7 mars 2014

Pour la première fois depuis 1945, un parti ouvertement antisémite, pro-nazi contrôle les principaux leviers du pouvoir d'Etat dans une capitale européenne.

L'impérialisme américain, l'Ukraine et le risque d'une Troisième Guerre mondiale

Par Barry Grey et David North, 6 mars 2014

Le fait que Washington ait choisi de provoquer une confrontation directe avec une puissance nucléaire doit être vu comme une grave menace par la population mondiale.

La Chine demeure très prudente après le coup d’État pro-américain en Ukraine

Par James Cogan, 7 mars 2014

La réaction de la Chine au coup d'État en Ukraine, soutenu par les États-Unis et l'Union européenne, et à l'intervention subséquente de la Russie pour maintenir le contrôle sur la Crimée, est suivie attentivement par les dirigeants politiques et analystes à travers le monde. Tout appui ouvert de Beijing pour les actions de Moscou viendrait accroître de façon dramatique les tensions mondiales qui existent actuellement.

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

New in German

Die Gefahr des Faschismus in der Ukraine

Von Julie Hyland, 7. März 2014

Zum ersten Mal seit 1945 sitzt eine bekennende antisemitische Partei, die den Nationalsozialismus verteidigt, an den Schalthebeln der Macht in einer europäischen Hauptstadt. Verantwortlich dafür sind der amerikanische und europäische Imperialismus.

USA und EU verschärfen Ukraine-Krise und verhängen Sanktionen gegen Russland

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 7. März 2014

Nach dem von den USA und Deutschland inszenierten rechten Putsch in der Ukraine, verschärfen die USA und ihre europäischen Verbündeten die Konfrontation mit Russland.

Abgehörtes Telefonat: Opposition für Todesschüsse auf dem Maidan verantwortlich

Von Alex Lantier, 7. März 2014

Europäische Union bereitet sich im Namen des “Friedens” auf Krieg vor

Von Jean Shaoul, 7. März 2014

Mehrere Strategiepapiere der Europäischen Union zeigen, dass die europäischen Mächte auf eine entschlossenere Militärpolitik drängen.

Christine Buchholz (Marx21) auf Truppenbesuch in Afrika

Von Johannes Stern, 7. März 2014

Die gemeinsame Reise der Linken-Abgeordneten Christine Buchholz mit Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen nach Afrika verdeutlicht die zentrale Rolle, die Marx21 und die Linkspartei bei der Wiederbelebung des deutschen Militarismus spielen.

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit reicht über viertausend Unterstützungsunterschriften für Europawahl ein
Korrespondentenbericht

7. März 2014

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) hat beim Bundeswahlleiter über viertausend Unterschriften für ihre Kandidatur zur Europawahl eingereicht. Sie ist die einzige Partei, welche die EU vom Standpunkt der Arbeiterklasse aus angreift.

Duisburg: Entlassene Schienenbauer sollen für Arbeitsplätze bezahlen

Von Dietmar Henning, 7. März 2014

Die IG Metall und die Betriebsräte von ThyssenKrupp schlagen vor, dass arbeitslose Schienenbauer ihre Abfindung an den Stahlkonzern abtreten, damit sei einen Ersatzarbeitsplatz bekommen.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’daki kriz

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, 7 Mart 2014

Bu krize verilmesi gereken yanıt, Ukrayna ve Rus işçi sınıfının sosyalist ve enternasyonalist bir program temelinde birliğidir.

Obama uyarıda bulunurken, Ukrayna Rusya’nın Kırım’ı “istila” ettiğini iddia ediyor

Chris Marsden, 7 Mart 2014

Washington’ın müflis oligarklar ve faşist çeteler ile ittifak halinde tasarladığı darbe, Rusya’yı yaşamsal konularda ABD’ye ve Avrupalı büyük devletlere doğrudan karşı çıkmaya sürükleyen dinamikleri harekete geçirmiş durumda.

International Viewpoint’ın Ukrayna üzerine açıklamasındaki siyasi aldatmaca

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, 7 Mart 2014

International Viewpoint’ın siyasi çizgisinin ve kuşkulu faaliyetlerinin Troçkizm’le, Dördüncü Enternasyonal’le ya da sosyalizmle hiçbir ilişkisi yoktur.

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.

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Perspective

The crisis in Ukraine and the historical consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union

7 March 2014

It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

Crisis in Ukraine

The fascist danger in Ukraine

By Julie Hyland, 6 March 2014

Commentary

The assault on Qantas workers and the global airline crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2014

The only way that Qantas workers can defend their jobs and conditions is through a unified struggle with airline workers internationally against the global airline conglomerates.

Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6
Art and commerce: Austrian documentary The Great Museum

By Bernd Reinhardt, 7 March 2014

Austrian director Johannes Holzhausen’s film is a fond, and at the same time scathing documentary about the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Vienna.

José Padilha’s new RoboCop: Largely missing the point

By Nick Barrickman, 7 March 2014

José Padilha’s RoboCop is based on the 1987 film of the same title.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit unions seek protection from retiree lawsuits

By Thomas Gaist, 7 March 2014

Anticipating blowback as the unions collaborate in the cutting of pensions, a union-affiliated retiree organization is seeking insurance protection against future lawsuits.

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

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

IYSSE

Australia: Strong response to IYSSE campaign at University of Newcastle

By our correspondents, 7 March 2014

IYSSE members won support, campaigning against an attempted university ban on “political members” being invited onto the campus.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa

7 March 2014

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

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

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP election campaign receives wide hearing

By our correspondents, 6 March 2014

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.

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

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

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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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