US, Europe step up pressure as Ukrainian crisis intensifies

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014

A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”

New Zealand parliament unanimously backs US in Ukraine crisis

By Tom Peters, 8 March 2014

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Sexual assault case against US Army general begins

By Gabriel Black, 8 March 2014

The first day of General Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial came as a bill to reform sexual abuse litigation in the military was rejected by the US Senate.

Anemic US jobs report shows growth in long-term unemployed

By Andre Damon, 8 March 2014

The US economy added 175,000 jobs in February, barely enough to keep up with population growth.

Senate Democrats reject Justice Department nominee over Abu-Jamal case

By Eric London, 8 March 2014

The Senate vote makes clear that admission to the political establishment requires a track record of unwavering opposition to democratic rights.

UK High Court backs government imposition of fees for workers’ claims

By Tony Robson, 8 March 2014

Workers are compelled, for the first time in the history of the Tribunal system, to pay upfront to bring a claim against mistreatment by an employer.

US presents new UNHRC resolution on Sri Lankan human rights

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 8 March 2014

Though the draft does not call for an international probe, it is a sharp warning to Colombo to align with the US.

Germany: Workers protest Johnson Controls closure in Bochum

By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2014

Johnson Controls plans to eliminate 220 of 660 jobs in Bochum when the neighbouring GM/Opel plant closes at the end of the year.

Britain: More health services face privatisation

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 8 March 2014

A recent UK survey found that 71 percent of GPs questioned believed rationing of health provision in their area had increased “significantly” since April 2013.

More evidence of Australian government responsibility for refugee camp assault

By Patrick O’Connor, 8 March 2014

After initially lying that no violence occurred within the Manus detention camp, Prime Minister Abbott and Immigration Minister Morrison are proceeding with an abject whitewash.

Latino immigrants robbed by police during traffic stops in suburban New York

By a reporter, 8 March 2014

The accusation of police misconduct is the latest example of racial profiling and anti-immigrant bigotry encouraged by the authorities.

New in Russian

Американский империализм, Украина и угроза Третьей мировой войны

Бэрри Грей и Дэвид Норт, 8 марта 2014 г.

Поддержанный США переворот на Украине вызвал самый опасный международный кризис со времен Карибского кризиса в октябре 1962 года. Стоим ли мы на пороге ядерной войны? Это вопрос, который должен задать себе каждый.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’daki faşist tehlike

Julie Hyland, 8 Mart 2014

Medyada, Ukrayna’daki ABD destekli darbeye faşistlerin dahil olduğunu ya da onların rolünün marjinal ve önemsiz bir ayrıntı olduğunu inkar etmeye yönelik kötü niyetli bir siyasi propaganda saldırısı sürüyor.

ABD medyası Ukrayna üzerine propaganda saldırısını kızıştırıyor

Joseph Kishore ve David North, 8 Mart 2014

Ukrayna’da ABD ile Avrupalı büyük devletler tarafından örgütlenen sağcı darbenin ardından, Amerikan medyası Rusya’ya karşı yoğun bir kışkırtıcı savaş propagandasıyla tepki veriyor.

New in French

La crise en Ukraine et les conséquences de la dissolution de l'Union soviétique

Par Peter Schwartz et David North, 8 mars 2014

Il devient de plus en plus clair chaque jour que les États-Unis et l'Allemagne ont instigué la crise en Ukraine, dans l'intention de provoquer une confrontation avec la Russie.

Les médias allemands font campagne pour la guerre en Ukraine

Par Ulrich Rippert, 8 mars 2014

Ce sont tout particulièrement les médias soi-disant libéraux, comme le quotidien Süddeutsche Zeitung, l’hebdomadaire Die ZEIT, proche du SPD, et le quotidien TAZ, proche des Verts, qui réagissent à l’aggravation de la crise en Ukraine par une véhémente incitation à la guerre.

Le gouvernement péquiste intensifie les mesures d’austérité exigées par la grande entreprise

Par Keith Jones, 8 mars 2014

Le gouvernement du Parti québécois a présenté un budget d’austérité visant à rallier le soutien de la grande entreprise afin de remporter une majorité lors des élections.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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New in German

Die ukrainische Krise und die Folgen der Auflösung der Sowjetunion

Von Peter Schwarz und David North, 8. März 2014

Es wird von Tag zu Tag klarer, dass die Vereinigten Staaten und Deutschland die Krise in der Ukraine angestachelt haben, um eine Konfrontation mit Russland zu provozieren.

Die Süddeutsche Zeitung und das Gift des Militarismus

Von Ulrich Rippert, 8. März 2014

Es vergeht gegenwärtig kein Tag, an dem der Chef-Kommentator der Süddeutschen Zeitung, Stefan Kornelius, nicht gegen Russland hetzt und ein „schärferes Vorgehen“ gegen das Putin-Regime fordert.

China vorsichtig nach proamerikanischem Putsch in der Ukraine

Von James Cogan, 8. März 2014

Der pausenlose, verantwortungslose und rücksichtslose Druck, den der US-Imperialismus und seine Verbündeten auf die zunehmend verzweifelten herrschenden Eliten Russlands und Chinas ausüben, könnte zu militärischen Zusammenstößen führen, die sich zu einemn Atomkrieg ausweiten.

Das politische Patt in Thailand hält an

Von Tom Peters, 8. März 2014

Während die Proteste zurückgehen, setzen Gerichte und andere Behörden ihre Anstrengungen fort, die Regierung Yingluck aus dem Amt zu drängen.

64. Internationales Berliner Filmfestival
Kunst und Kommerz: Der österreichische Dokumentarfilm Das Große Museum
Teil 5

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 8. März 2014

Der österreichische Regisseur Johannes Holzhausen hat mit Das große Museum einen liebevollen, bisweilen bissigen Dokumentarfilm über das Wiener Kunsthistorische Museum gedreht.

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Perspective

Five years of Obama’s “recovery”

8 March 2014

In the five years since the stock market lows of March 2009, there has been a historic redistribution of wealth from the working class to the corporate and financial elite.

Earlier Perspectives »

Crisis in Ukraine

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

By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014

US, European Union impose sanctions against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 7 March 2014

German media campaigns for war in Ukraine

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 March 2014

The fascist danger in Ukraine

By Julie Hyland, 6 March 2014

Commentary

Marx 21’s Christine Buchholz visits German troops in Africa

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2014

Christine Buchholz’s trip to Africa underscores how the Left Party and the pseudo-left groups within it play a central role in the revival of German militarism.

The assault on Qantas workers and the global airline crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Why is Ron Bloom representing Detroit’s retirees?

By Thomas Gaist, 8 March 2014

Bloom has built a career around cutting favorable deals with Wall Street on behalf of the union bureaucracy.

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 »

Socialist Equality Party

Over 4,000 signatures support German Socialist Equality Party for European elections

By our correspondents, 8 March 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (PSG) handed in over 4,000 signatures to the federal election office supporting its candidature in the European election. The PSG is the only party opposing the European Union from the standpoint of the working class.

UK public meetings
Ukraine: The danger of fascism and war

8 March 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality invites you to a meeting on the critical events in the Ukraine where we will outline the socialist perspective in opposition to the dangers of fascism and war.

SEP (Canada) meeting to oppose PQ’s chauvinist Charter, unite workers on socialist program

8 March 2014

As part of its fight to arm the working class with a socialist-internationalist program, the SEP is holding a public meeting in Montreal on March 20 to oppose the Quebec government’s anti-democratic Charter of Quebec Values.

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.

Arts Review

Tim’s Vermeer: Art and technology

By Joanne Laurier, 8 March 2014

The intriguing documentary centers on the attempt by Texas inventor Tim Jenison to explore the possibility that painter Johannes Vermeer used optical devices to help achieve his intricate interweaving of light, color and proportion.

José Padilha’s new RoboCop: Largely missing the point

By Nick Barrickman, 7 March 2014

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

By Bernd Reinhardt, 7 March 2014

Workers Struggles

Ford Australia refuses to guarantee production until 2016

By Will Morrow, 8 March 2014

The threat of an imminent plant closure will be used to intimidate workers into accepting deeper attacks on wages and conditions.

More on the end of auto production in Australia »

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 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.

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

CIA spied on US Senate oversight committee

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

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

22 February 2014

Obituary

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

By Paul Bond, 5 March 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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Correspondence

Letter on growing social polarization and class conflict in Alberta

8 March 2014

The WSWS has received a letter from an Alberta government worker that places the recent Conservative laws attacking public sector workers in a broader context of growing social polarization and class conflict.