In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014

The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”

Turkish officials plan false-flag attacks to create pretext for war with Syria

By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2014

Leaked recordings show that top Turkish diplomats and intelligence officials planned covert attacks on Turkish forces to justify starting a war with Syria.

Obama demands Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine border

By Will Morrow, 29 March 2014

Following his speech in Brussels on Wednesday, Obama appeared in an interview with CBS News yesterday in which he again sought to present the United States as a global upholder of peace and democracy and Russia as an aggressor.

German magazine Die Zeit calls for reintroduction of compulsory military service

By Christoph Dreier, 29 March 2014

Ukraine conflict exacerbates tensions in the Caucasus

By Clara Weiss, 29 March 2014

Canada’s Harper stokes imperialism’s drive against Russia

By Keith Jones, 29 March 2014

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UN report details US human rights abuses

By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee charged the US with violations of international law, including inhumane treatment of migrants, dragnet surveillance, torture and extralegal targeted killings.

Following execution in Texas
Mississippi court delays state killing of mentally incompetent woman

By Matthew MacEgan, 29 March 2014

Mississippi’s Supreme Court denied a motion placed by the state attorney general to execute Michelle Byrom by March 27.

Defeat in French municipal elections staggers ruling Socialist Party

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 March 2014

The Socialist Party is responding to its defeat and the rise of the neo-fascist vote by appealing to the right-wing UMP party and preparing a further shift to the right.

Iceland’s government seeks to abandon EU membership negotiations

By Jordan Shilton, 29 March 2014

The government’s decision to pull out of talks with the European Union over membership has led to a series of protests.

Malaysian government deepens crackdown on opposition

By John Roberts, 29 March 2014

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and other leading figures face jail and fines on trumped-up charges.

Australian student union’s “Day of Action” promotes Labor and the Greens

By our correspondents, 29 March 2014

That broad layers of the student population view the protest politics of the NUS as unserious was reflected in a low turnout.

Battles between drug cartels and vigilante groups destabilize Mexico

By Don Knowland, 29 March 2014

The highest level of instability in Mexico in over 80 years has resulted from armed clashes between drug cartels and rural self-defense groups and the intervention of federal troops.

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Quelle solution pour les travailleurs en Ukraine?

Par Alex Lantier, 29 mars 2014

Les mesures d'austérité imposées par le régime pro-américain non-élu à Kiev confirment la perspective de lutte tracée par le CIQI lors de la dissolution de l'URSS.

Le discours d’Obama sur l’Ukraine: propagande et mensonges

Par Patrick Martin, 29 mars 2014

Le président américain a tenu un discours de pure propagande visant à justifier une politique agressive et conflictuelle en Ukraine.

Un ministre du Parti québécois défend sa «charte de la laïcité» en falsifiant l'histoire

Par Félix Gauthier, 29 mars 2014

L'invocation de la laïcité sert de couverture politique à un programme d'austérité et d'accroissement des inégalités sociales.

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

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Wie weiter für die ukrainischen Arbeiter?

Von Alex Lantier, 29. März 2014

Die verheerenden Sparmaßnahmen, die das proamerikanische Regime in Kiew jetzt verhängt, bestätigen die Perspektive, die das IKVI schon zur Zeit der Auflösung der UdSSR vertrat.

Ägyptischer Putschistenführer al-Sisi kandidiert als Präsident

Von Johannes Stern, 29. März 2014

Der Diktator Sisi wird von den USA unterstützt und ist bereit, die Arbeiterklasse im Auftrag seiner imperialistischen Hintermänner und des internationalen Finanzkapitals mit faschistischen Methoden zu unterdrücken.

Die Krise in der Ukraine und der Kurswechsel der deutschen Außenpolitik

Von Peter Schwarz, 29. März 2014

Der folgende Beitrag beruht auf einem Bericht, den Peter Schwarz, Mitglied der internationalen Redaktion der World Socialist Web Site, am 22. März einer Mitgliederversammlung der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Berlin gab.

Warnstreiks im öffentlichen Dienst: Verdi drängt auf raschen Abschluss

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 29. März 2014

Die große Beteiligung an den Warnstreiks im öffentlichen Dienst Mitte der Woche belegt die Wut der Beschäftigten über ihre Arbeitsbedingungen.

Opel Bochum: IG Metall organisiert Alibi-Protest

Von Dietmar Henning, 29. März 2014

Die Protestkundgebung am Montag war eine Alibi-Veranstaltung für den amtierenden Betriebsrat und seinen Vorsitzenden Einenkel sowie die IG Metall. Sie sollte die enge Zusammenarbeit beider mit dem Opel-Vorstand verschleiern.

Provokante Bemerkungen des Befehlshabers der US-Pazifikflotte heizen Disput mit China an

Von Nick Beams, 29. März 2014

Die USA haben die Spannungen über territoriale Streitfragen im Süd- und Ostchinesischen Meer verstärkt. Sie warnen davor, dass aus Chinas “revanchistischen Bestrebungen“ eine der Krimkrise vergleichbare Situation entstehen könnte.

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Perspective

The Detroit water cutoffs and the social counterrevolution in America

29 March 2014

The plan to shut off running water to tens of thousands of Detroit households is the latest step in a deliberate policy of mass impoverishment in the United States.

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Commentary

The growing danger of dictatorship in Thailand

By Tom Peters, 29 March 2014

The Constitutional Court’s decision to annul last month’s election is a warning that the ruling classes throughout the region are dispensing with their democratic façade.

French elections: Rising neo-fascist vote exposes bankruptcy of pseudo-left NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 29 March 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party has responded to the rising neo-fascist vote in the municipal elections by endorsing France’s bourgeois “left” parties.

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

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2014

Venezuelan generals arrested in alleged coup plot

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2014

Egypt on the verge of a social explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit meeting called by SEP endorses fight against water shutoffs

By Shannon Jones, 29 March 2014

In a unanimous vote, a group of Detroit workers, students and retirees endorsed a resolution condemning plans by the city to cut off residents who are behind in their water bills

No to Detroit water shutoffs!
Utilities are a basic social right!

By Lawrence Porter, 28 March 2014

The Detroit News endorses mass water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 27 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

What way forward for workers in Ukraine?

By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2014

The real face of Ukraine’s Maidan “democrats”

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 March 2014

Obama’s speech on Ukraine: Propaganda and lies

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014

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Workers Struggles

UK National Union of Teachers stage one-day strike

By Margo Miller, 29 March 2014

The strike forced 3,000 schools—12 percent of the total number of schools—to shut their doors completely.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 March 2014

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

Arts Review

Finding Vivian Maier: A brief comment …

By David Walsh, 28 March 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns among villagers protesting water pollution

By our correspondents, 28 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

Obama administration submits formal plan for NSA “reforms”

By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2014

The fraud of Obama’s NSA “reform”

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter says NSA likely spying on his communications

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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