US and NATO use Ukrainian crisis to advance military build-up in Eastern Europe

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 March 2014

The Obama administration is now seeking to exploit the crisis that it instigated as a new pretext for further aggressive manoeuvres.

Canada’s Harper visits Kiev to laud coup, threaten Russia

By Keith Jones, 24 March 2014

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Political crisis deepens as Thai court annuls election

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2014

The Constitutional Court’s blatantly anti-democratic ruling heightens the danger of a judicial coup.

FBI agent to be cleared in killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2014

The FBI has whitewashed every case of an agent killing or wounding a suspect over the last 20 years.

Edward Snowden exposes NSA spying against Chinese telecom firm Huawei

By Tom Carter, 24 March 2014

The NSA has been doing to the Huawei telecommunications firm exactly what the US government has routinely accused the Chinese company of doing.

Christopher Boyce: “Snowden is a very brave man”
Former US intelligence contractor speaks on 1975 Australian coup

By Mike Head, 24 March 2014

Boyce, now 61, confirmed his previous statements that the CIA was centrally involved in the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

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Spain: One million march in Madrid against austerity

By Alejandro López, 24 March 2014

A mass demonstration on Saturday in the Spanish capital Madrid protested growing austerity, evictions, unemployment and poverty.

Greece’s “The River” party: A populist fraud

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2014

Under the slogan “politics for everyone”, founder Stavros Theodorakis advances the conception that it is possible to achieve a national economic revival within the framework of the capitalist profit system.

Scottish Socialist Party pronounces on the currency question

By Steve James, 24 March 2014

The Scottish Socialist Party, like the Scottish National Party itself, identifies completely with the need to stabilise capitalism in Scotland, particularly its vast financial sector.

Germany: 24-hour warning strikes in public sector

By our reporters, 24 March 2014

A 24-hour strike on Wednesday saw public sector workers down tools throughout large parts of the state of Hesse.

New Jersey motel fire kills Hurricane Sandy evacuees

By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2014

A fire at a New Jersey motel Friday killed and injured Hurricane Sandy evacuees who had not been able to return to their homes due to the inadequate and corrupt government recovery program.

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Les médias allemands cherchent à dépeindre Poutine comme un nouveau «Hitler»

Par Ulrich Rippert, 24 mars 2014

Un journal allemand de premier plan a récemment interviewé Yulia Timoshenko qui a accusé la Russie de vouloir «redessiner la carte du monde par la guerre, les meurtres de masse et le sang».

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Perspective

The OECD’s “Society at A Glance” report: A portrait of a failed system

24 March 2014

The OECD report documents the staggering rise of poverty, hunger, unemployment, and social distress in countries throughout the world in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash.

Earlier Perspectives »

25 years ago: Massive oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

On March 24, 1989, oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling up to 750,000 barrels of crude oil.

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50 years ago: Palace coup in Saudi Arabia

On March 28, 1964, King Saud was forced into abdication of his throne and exile from Saudi Arabia after his brother, Prince Faisal, won a contest for power in the oil-rich kingdom.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republic surrenders Madrid to Franco

When the Spanish Republican government finally fell to Franco’s fascist forces on March 28, 1939, it was not defeated militarily, but surrendered without so much as a shot being fired by the Republican army.

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100 years ago: Martial law near Buffalo to stop strike unrest

On March 24, 1914, martial law was imposed in the town of Depew near Buffalo, New York.

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Science

Imprint of primordial gravitational waves detected

By C. Frederick Graves, 24 March 2014

The finding by astronomers working at the South Pole provides confirmation of a key aspect of the Big Bang theory, called the inflationary hypothesis.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As retired city workers are forced onto private exchanges
Half of Detroit’s residents too poor to afford Obamacare

By Lawrence Porter, 24 March 2014

Several hundred workers, retirees and unemployed workers attended a publicly sponsored health care exposition at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit last Wednesday.

Detroit water department preparing mass utility shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 22 March 2014

“The city wants to never have to fund pensions again”
An interview with Detroit retiree attorney

By Thomas Gaist, 20 March 2014

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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Crisis in Ukraine

EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity

By Mike Head, 22 March 2014

German media seeks to paint Putin as new “Hitler”

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2014

Anti-Russia propaganda and the fabrication of a new pro-war consensus

By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2014

German Green Party campaigns for war

By Christoph Dreier, 22 March 2014

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Arts Review

Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush comes to Lexington, Kentucky

By Hiram Lee, 24 March 2014

On March 14, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied a showing of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film The Gold Rush in Kentucky.

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh speaks at Wayne State University in Detroit

By our reporter, 21 March 2014

Moscow weighs the fate of historic Shukhov radio tower

By Tim Rivers, 19 March 2014

Socialist Equality Party

David North speaks on “The Philosophy and Politics of Historical Falsification” at The New School in New York City

By our reporters, 19 March 2014

North spoke on the political and philosophical roots of the falsification of history that has emerged in the more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union and today figures prominently in a renewed drive toward world war.

Sri Lankan SEP speaks to Colombo residents about austerity and war

By our correspondents, 24 March 2014

Colombo workers and youths denounced the government’s attacks on living conditions and democratic rights while voicing their concerns about the danger of a third world war.

Meetings at Leipzig Book Fair: The relevance of Trotsky’s Europe at War

By Peter Schwarz, 19 March 2014

Workers Struggles

Toyota locks out auto workers in India

By Kranti Kumara, 24 March 2014

Japanese auto company Toyota has locked out its entire unionized workforce at its two plants in India.

Commentary

Sexual violence and abuse in the US military

By David Walsh, 22 March 2014

Constitutional conflict escalates between US Senate and CIA

By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2014

The pseudo-left and the plenums in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 22 March 2014

The CIA spying scandal, Watergate and the decay of American democracy

By Eric London, 20 March 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US judge slams surveillance requests as “repugnant to the Fourth Amendment”

By Thomas Gaist, 21 March 2014

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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