Obama’s speech on Ukraine: Propaganda and lies

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014

The US president delivered a speech of pure propaganda, aimed at justifying an aggressive and confrontational policy in Ukraine.

New Zealand joins Washington’s sanctions against Russia

By John Braddock, 27 March 2014

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UK Labour Party proposes compulsory cheap-labour scheme

By Danny Richardson, 27 March 2014

Under Labour’s scheme, young people will be compelled to work for a six-month period at the minimum wage.

Florida prosecutor’s report whitewashes FBI killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2014

State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton’s report cherry picks facts, ignores conflicting evidence, and weaves a tale of “justified self defense” to exonerate a state murder.

California police departments capture cellphone data

By Gabriel Black, 27 March 2014

A local news station has revealed that “StingRay” technology is used regularly by the major police departments of California to collect all cellphone communications in a given area.

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One in three people in the US live “hand-to-mouth”

By Nick Barrickman, 27 March 2014

A paper published by the Brookings institution last week shows that economic distress is far more widespread than is shown in official poverty statistics.

Following death of workers, report indicts safety at New York Metro-North rail system

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2014

Days after the death of a Metro-North worker, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report on safety deficiencies that led to four major accidents last year.

Five more convicted in Madoff Ponzi scheme
Jamie Dimon continues to escape prosecution

By Andre Damon, 27 March 2014

A federal jury on Monday convicted five former employees of Bernard Madoff for helping him run the biggest Ponzi scheme in US history.

Academic experts advise Spanish government to escalate attacks on the working class

By Alejandro López, 26 March 2014

Among the proposals from nine Spanish academics is a nearly 10 percent reduction in income tax on the richest sections of the population.

Quebec elections: The issues facing the working class

By Guy Charron, 27 March 2014

Eighteen months ago, the unions, Québec Solidaire, and the student associations welcomed the election of the big business PQ.

Sri Lankan government revives terror campaign against Tamils

By Subash Somachandran and W. A. Sunil, 27 March 2014

The real target of the anti-Tamil communal campaign is the working class as a whole.

AFSCME cancels University of California strike

By Evelyn Rios, 27 March 2014

The union accepted a tentative agreement and called off a planned five-day strike.

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Il faut empêcher le Pinochet égyptien d’assassiner 529 prisonniers membres des Frères musulmans!

Par Johannes Stern, 27 mars 2014

La condamnation à mort prononcée lundi en Egypte par un tribunal fantoche contre 529 partisans des Frères musulmans (FM) marque une nouvelle étape dans les efforts brutaux déployés par la junte militaire pour intimider et terroriser l’opposition populaire.

La «réforme» d'Obama: un nouveau système pour justifier l'espionnage illégal de la NSA

Par Thomas Gaist et Joseph Kishore, 27 mars 2014

Cette proposition de loi ne changerait qu'une petite partie du vaste appareil de surveillance inconstitutionnel qui relève d'un État policier.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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Frankreich:
Wie erklärt sich der Wahlerfolg der neofaschistischen Nationalen Front?

Von Alex Lantier, 27. März 2014

Die Nationale Front kann die soziale Unzufriedenheit nur deshalb auszunutzen, weil die wirtschaftsfreundliche PS und kleinbürgerliche pseudolinke Gruppen jede politische Opposition der Arbeiterklasse abblocken.

Obama in Brüssel: USA und EU verschärfen Konfrontationskurs mit Russland

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 27. März 2014

Obamas Auftritt in Brüssel diente dem Ziel, die Europäische Union und die NATO auf einen scharfen Konfrontationskurs mit Russland einzuschwören.

Ukrainekonflikt verschärft Spannungen im Kaukasus

Von Clara Weiss, 27. März 2014

Nachdem die USA und die EU einen Umsturz in Kiew herbeigeführt haben, beschleunigen sie nun die Einbindung Georgiens und Moldawiens in die EU und die NATO und verstärken die Zusammenarbeit mit Aserbaidschan.

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Perspective

The fraud of Obama’s NSA “reform”

27 March 2014

Far from curtailing the NSA’s activities, the White House is seeking to expand the amount of data to which the spy agency has access.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit News endorses mass water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 27 March 2014

In an editorial, the News showered contempt on the more than 100,000 Detroit families who are behind on their water bills, denouncing them as “scofflaws”

Detroit emergency manager at the University of Michigan
Kevyn Orr justifies pension cuts, attack on DIA

By Shannon Jones, 26 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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Arts Review

Divergent: A different sort of dystopia

By Christine Schofelt, 27 March 2014

Divergent, billed as the “next Hunger Games,” offers greater depth.

The Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson

By Joanne Laurier, 25 March 2014

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

By our reporter, 21 March 2014

Commentary

Sri Lankan pseudo-lefts justify front with right-wing UNP

By Vilani Peiris, 27 March 2014

The USP is seeking to subordinate the developing struggles of the working class to the UNP, which is notorious for its attacks on workers.

Stop Egypt’s Pinochet from murdering 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters!

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2014

Egypt on the verge of a social explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2014

What was US teachers union president Randi Weingarten doing in Kiev?

By Jerry White, 26 March 2014

The US State Department’s “labor man” in Ukraine

By Jerry White, 26 March 2014

Search continues for survivors in massive Washington State mudslide

By Hector Cordon, 26 March 2014

US Supreme Court hears corporate challenge to Obamacare contraception provision

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Leading US-backed Ukrainian politician calls for annihilation of Russia

By Mike Head, 25 March 2014

German foreign minister Steinmeier woos Ukrainian oligarchs

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP speaks to Colombo residents about austerity and war

By our correspondents, 24 March 2014

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014

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Science

Imprint of primordial gravitational waves detected

By C. Frederick Graves, 24 March 2014

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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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