Hollande names right-wing interior minister as new premier after defeat in French municipal elections

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 1 April 2014

By naming Interior Minister Manuel Valls as premier, Hollande is signaling new social cuts and law-and-order policies such as those advocated by the far-right National Front.

Tense standoff after North Korean-South Korean artillery exchange

By Peter Symonds, 1 April 2014

The incident highlights the fragile state of relations on the Korean Peninsula, one of a string of dangerous flashpoints in Asia.

Erdogan’s AKP wins Turkish municipal elections

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2014

The AKP’s election victory will not defuse the tense political situation in Turkey. On election night, Erdogan threatened his political opponents.

Medvedev visits Crimea, as Putin announces partial troop withdrawal from Ukraine border

By Chris Marsden, 1 April 2014

Claims of a Russian troop build-up are part of a campaign to justify US and European aggression that centres on the incorporation of neighbouring states into NATO.

Ukraine: Right Sector militias besiege Ukrainian parliament

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 April 2014

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Congressional report whitewashes government’s role in Boston Marathon bombing

By Nick Barrickman, 1 April 2014

The 38-page report is heavily redacted, with large sections of text dealing with the most critical issues blacked out.

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New Mexico: SWAT teams and police shut down police brutality protest

By Gabriel Black, 1 April 2014

Police fired tear gas, made arrests and beat protesters at a march protesting police violence by the Albuquerque police department.

Port Authority chairman resigns as George Washington Bridge traffic scandal drags on

By Fred Mazelis, 1 April 2014

Investigations continue into Governor Christie’s role in last year’s traffic chaos.

Report: Thousands of Polish children go hungry

By Dorota Niemitz, 1 April 2014

A recent report by the Central Statistical Office of Poland shows that more than half a million of the country’s children suffer from malnutrition.

Greek parliament approves new attacks on workers

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2014

The latest agreement between the European Union-led troika and the Greek government includes measures to limit the right to strike.

No wreckage of Malaysian Airline plane recovered

By Alan Leigh, 1 April 2014

Satellite images that appeared to show debris in the southern Indian Ocean have not been verified.

India: Books withdrawn from circulation after threat from Hindu right

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 April 2014

Hindu supremacist organisations and parties are waging a censorship campaign against books, films or anything else that “offend” Hinduism.

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L'OTAN accentue la pression militaire sur la Russie

Par Stefan Steinberg et Peter Schwarz, 1 avril 2014

L'OTAN a poursuivi son renforcement militaire à la frontière russe, les négociations entre les représentants des États-Unis et de la Russie se terminant sans un accord.

Le Parti de l’Egalité socialiste en Grande-Bretagne se joint au Parti de l’Egalité sociale en Allemagne pour mener la campagne des élections européennes

Par nos correspondants, 1 avril 2014

L’objectif du SEP et du PSG dans ces élections est d’unir les travailleurs dans une lutte pour les Etats socialistes unis d’Europe, contre l’Union européenne capitaliste et ses gouvernements nationaux.

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

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Nato erhöht militärischen Druck auf Russland

Von Stefan Steinberg und Peter Schwarz, 1. April 2014

Die Nato setzt ihre militärische Aufrüstung an der russischen Grenze fort, während die Gespräche zwischen führenden russischen und ausländischen Politikern ohne Ergebnis enden.

Fischer trommelt für imperialistische Großmachtpolitik

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. April 2014

Der ehemalige grüne Außenminister Joschka Fischer sprach sich am Samstag in der Süddeutschen Zeitung vehement für eine imperialistische Großmachtpolitik Europas aus.

Osteuropäische Staaten fordern schärferes Vorgehen gegen Russland

Von Markus Salzmann, 1. April 2014

Die baltischen Staaten und Polen verlangen eine größere Militärpräsenz der Nato und liefern so das Stichwort für eine massive Aufrüstung an der Grenze zu Russland.

Türkei: Erdogans AKP gewinnt Kommunalwahlen

Von Peter Schwarz, 1. April 2014

Der Wahlsieg der AKP wird die angespannte politische Lage in der Türkei nicht befrieden. Erdogan drohte seinen politischen Gegnern am Wahlabend mit Vergeltung.

Obama bereitet bei Gesprächen mit saudischem Herrscher Eskalation des Krieges in Syrien vor

Von Patrick Martin, 1. April 2014

Berichten zufolge wird die US-Regierung den syrischen "Rebellen" Flugabwehrraketen und Raketenwerfer liefern.

Ägypten am Rande einer sozialen Explosion

Von Jean Shaoul, 1. April 2014

Die brutalen Unterdrückungsmaßnahmen der ägyptischen Militärjunta gegen die Moslembruderschäft gehen mit der Zunahme sozialer Spannungen und einer Welle von Streiks einher.

Die Pseudolinken und die Volksversammlungen in Bosnien

Von Ognjen Markovic und Paul Mitchell, 1. April 2014

Die Proteste, die letzten Monat in Bosnien ausgebrochen sind, gingen von der Industriestadt Tuzla aus, nachdem durch die Schließung von vier privatisierten Fabriken Tausende ohne Abfindung arbeitslos geworden waren.

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Perspective

The GM ignition scandal and the case for public ownership

1 April 2014

Both corporate management and government regulators turned a blind eye for years to mounting reports of death and injury caused by a defective ignition system.

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Announcement

Celebrate May Day 2014 with the World Socialist Web Site!

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS are hosting an International Online Rally on Sunday, May 4, with speakers from all over the world. Register to participate today by visiting internationalmayday.org!

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 1 April 2014

Last week, the city of Detroit announced an aggressive campaign of water shutoffs targeting some 150,000 residents who are behind on their payments.

The Detroit water cutoffs and the social counterrevolution in America

By Joseph Kishore, 29 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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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party in Britain joins German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in European election campaign

By our reporters, 31 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

Commentary

The Chicago Teachers Union’s “opt-out” campaign and the defense of public education

By Jerry White and Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Chicago Teachers Union promoted a boycott of state-wide tests at two elementary schools.

White House ally reveals anti-working class agenda behind Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 31 March 2014

New evidence of US intelligence links to Boston Marathon bomber

By Nick Barrickman, 31 March 2014

Obama administration urges Supreme Court to dismiss First Amendment suit brought by anti-Bush demonstrators

By Eric London, 31 March 2014

Arts Review

David Walsh continues book tour at Cornell University

By our correspondents, 1 April 2014

WSWS arts editor David Walsh discussed problems of art, culture, and cinema at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on March 27.

Finding Vivian Maier: A brief comment …

By David Walsh, 28 March 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

By Thomas Gaist, 31 March 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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 April 2014

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

25 years ago: Judge bars Reagan, Bush testimony on Iran-Contra

A March 31, 1989 ruling by US District Judge Gerhard Gesell blocked an attempt to subpoena former President Ronald Reagan to testify at the trial of Iran-Contra defendant Oliver North.

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50 years ago: CIA backed coup d’état in Brazil

On April 3, 1964, Brazilian President João “Jango” Goulart fled to Uruguay after a fascist-backed military coup swept away his reformist government.

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75 years ago: Britain, Nazi Germany take steps toward war

During this week in 1939, Europe moved inexorably toward armed conflict.

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100 years ago: Russian aviator undertakes record flights

This week in 1914, reports appeared in the international press of two record-breaking flights undertaken by pioneering Russian aviator Igor Sikorsky.

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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