US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join Russia

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014

US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.

The New York Times deploys C.J. Chivers to Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2014

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Malaysian PM declares missing aircraft deliberately diverted

By Peter Symonds, 17 March 2014

More than a week after MH370 disappeared, the questions surrounding its fate are only multiplying.

Concerns mount over Chinese growth and financial stability

By Nick Beams, 17 March 2014

Is the Chinese financial system heading for a “Lehman moment”—the equivalent of the US investment bank failure that triggered the 2008 global financial crisis?

South African union bureaucrats seek to break strike by platinum miners

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 March 2014

The Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) issued a statement urging the employers and police to break the platinum miners’ strike led by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

The New York City gas explosion and the neglect of infrastructure

By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2014

The gas explosion in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood is just one of a growing number of deadly incidents resulting from the decades-long neglect of infrastructure.

Evidence mounts of cover-up of deaths related to GM ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 17 March 2014

A new study of crash data shows that 303 fatalities may be linked to an ignition problem with several GM models.

Ireland: Letters promising immunity for IRA fugitives revealed in Downey prosecution

By Jordan Shilton, 17 March 2014

The UK government is determined to conceal the criminal practices of the British state in Northern Ireland.

New evidence in murder of German police officer by far-right

By Dietmar Henning, 17 March 2014

Recent testimony regarding the murder of a German police officer raises further questions about ties between the police and the far-right.

Australian government threatens arts funding following Sydney Biennale protest over refugees

By Richard Phillips, 17 March 2014

Attorney-General George Brandis demanded new arts funding protocols following the Biennale’s decision to end a funding deal with Transfield, a refugee camp contractor.

US Environmental Protection Agency lifts ban on federal contracts for BP

By Tom Hall, 17 March 2014

The EPA announced last week that it would allow BP to compete for new federal oil contracts, lifting a ban instituted in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Minnesota: Worker denied restroom break sues Electrolux

By Mike Stapleton, 17 March 2014

A woman was forced to urinate without leaving the assembly line after being denied a bathroom break.

New in French

Les scandales autour des écoutes de l'ex-président français Sarkozy se développent

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Alex Lantier, 17 mars 2014

Une vague de scandales politiques frappe l'UMP de droite en France à l'approche des élections municipales prévues le 23 mars.

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Perspective

Imperialist hypocrisy on Crimea

17 March 2014

Sunday’s referendum in Crimea has been seized upon to escalate the imperialist offensive in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, whose ultimate aim is regime change or war against Russia.

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Crisis in Ukraine

What the Western-backed regime is planning for Ukrainian workers

By Julie Hyland, 15 March 2014

Alex Callinicos: An imperialist apologist writes on Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As retiree letters flood the bankruptcy court…
Detroit attorney says pension cuts actually close to 50 percent

By Thomas Gaist, 17 March 2014

Taking into account the end of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), non-uniformed city worker pensions will be cut by 47 percent.

Report to the Workers Inquiry
The Political Conspiracy Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit: Anatomy of a Crime

By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014

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Commentary

White House withholding documents from CIA torture probe

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2014

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014

The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) officially on ballot for European election

By our reporter, 17 March 2014

The Federal Electoral Committee has approved the participation of the Socialist Equality Party in the European election set for May 25.

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign explains danger of war

By our correspondents, 15 March 2014

25 years ago: Eastern Airline strikers face betrayal by unions

This week in 1989, the strike by Eastern Airlines mechanics, ground crew, pilots and flight attendants was entering its third week.

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50 years ago: Civil rights school boycotts in NYC

Over 25 percent of New York City public school students participated in a boycott on March 16, 1964 to press demands for civil rights.

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75 years ago: Gestapo rounds up opponents in Czechoslovakia

Beginning March 17, 1939, the German Gestapo launched a round-up of political opponents after Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia.

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100 years ago: Curragh incident marks turn to partition of Ireland

This week in March 1914, Sir Edward Carson and his Ulster Volunteer Force threatened to engulf Ireland in civil war in response to the British government’s proposal for Irish home rule.

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Obituary

Veteran Labour “left” Tony Benn dead at 88

15 March 2014

Arts Review

Alain Resnais (1922-2014), a major figure in postwar filmmaking

By David Walsh, 12 March 2014

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing promotes cyberwarfare and illegal spying

By Ed Hightower, 15 March 2014

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