CIA scandal: Leaks reveal brutal torture methods and government lies

By Eric London, 2 April 2014

Information leaked from a still classified Senate Intelligence Committee report reveals previously unknown CIA torture methods, implicating the spy agency in a web of lies.

US intelligence director confirms that NSA runs warrantless searches of Americans’ communications

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2014

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted in a letter made public Tuesday that the NSA conducts searches for personal information about Americans.

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General Motors CEO stonewalls House committee on ignition scandal

By Shannon Jones, 2 April 2014

Committee members repeatedly suggested that the problem was merely a lack of communication within the company.

NATO summit ends cooperation with Russia and announces further troop build-up

By Chris Marsden, 2 April 2014

The US and its NATO allies agreed yesterday to “suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia.”

Eastern European states demand stronger action against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014

Joschka Fischer advocates aggressive foreign policy against Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 2 April 2014

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Brazil marks 50 years since US-backed coup

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2014

April 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Brazilian military’s seizure of power in a US-backed coup that ushered in 21 years of brutal military dictatorship.

Obama brings South Korean president and Japanese PM together

By Ben McGrath, 2 April 2014

Obama was forced to personally intervene to bring Park and Abe together after previous efforts to pressure them to meet had failed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits France

By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2014

Despite the massive trade deals signed between China and France, relations between the two countries are dominated by rising geo-strategic tensions.

Sri Lanka: Provincial elections show growing opposition to government

By W. A. Sunil, 2 April 2014

About 35 percent of voters abstained, showing the level of disillusionment with both the Rajapakse government and the opposition parties.

Indian government abets repression of workers in Saudi Arabia

By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014

The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.

Republican presidential hopefuls begin the “money primary”

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2014

Billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson held an audience last week for five prospective candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Mississippi throws out murder conviction of death row inmate Michelle Byrom

By Matthew MacEgan, 2 April 2014

In a rapid turn of events on Monday, the Mississippi Supreme Court threw out the murder conviction of Michelle Byrom, a 56-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in 1999 for “masterminding” the murder of her husband.

New York State budget: Tax breaks for the rich, continued attacks on basic services

By Philip Guelpa, 2 April 2014

Governor Cuomo, who is running for re-election this year, has made cutting taxes on the rich a primary goal of his administration.

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Türkiye’deki yerel seçimleri AKP kazandı

Peter Schwarz, 2 Nisan 2014

Türkiye’de Pazar günü yapılan yerel seçimleri, Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın tutucu İslamcı Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) kazandı.

NATO Rusya üzerindeki askeri baskıyı arttırıyor

Stefan Steinberg ve Peter Schwarz, 2 Nisan 2014

Batılı yönetimler, Rus birliklerinin hareketlerini, Baltık devletlerindeki kendi askeri varlıklarını sürekli arttırmalarını haklı göstermek için kullanıyorlar.

Türkiye Suriye savaş uçağını düşürdü

Halil Çelik ve Ulrich Rippert, 2 Nisan 2014

Erdoğan hükümeti büyüyen muhalefeti otoriter önlemler ve vahşi polis şiddeti ile karşılıyor. Pazar günkü yerel seçimler yaygın sindirme ve savaş histerisi atmosferi koşulları altında gerçekleşiyor.

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Nach Niederlage in Kommunalwahl: Hollande ernennt rechten Innenminister zum neuen Premierminister

Von Antoine Lerougetel und Alex Lantier, 2. April 2014

Durch die Ernennung von Innenminister Manuel Valls zum Premier signalisiert Hollande neue Sozialkürzungen und Law and Order-Politik, wie sie die rechtsextreme Front National fordert.

Zeit-Herausgeber Josef Joffe hetzt gegen Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 2. April 2014

Josef Joffe von der Zeit und Stefan Kornelius von der Süddeutschen Zeitung zählen zu den deutschen Journalisten, die am aggressivsten für ein härteres Vorgehen gegen das Putin-Regime eintreten.

Ukrainekrise: Leser protestieren gegen Lügen der Medien

Von Anna Rombach, 2. April 2014

Die Propagandakampagne der deutschen Medien gegen Russland hat bisher kaum Wirkung gezeigt. Viele Menschen fühlen sich abgestoßen und reagieren mit Empörung.

Ukraine: Milizen des Rechten Sektor belagern Parlament

Von Stefan Steinberg, 2. April 2014

Hunderte Freischärler des neofaschistischen Rechten Sektor belagern seit vergangenem Mittwoch immer wieder das ukrainische Parlament.

Medwedew auf der Krim
Putin kündigt Truppenteilrückzug von ukrainischer Grenze an

Von Chris Marsden, 2. April 2014

Behauptungen über russische Truppenkonzentrationen dienen seit Wochen als Rechtfertigung der amerikanischen und europäischen Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Russland.

Socialist Equality Party (GB) nimmt gemeinsam mit PSG an Europawahl teil

Von unseren Reportern, 2. April 2014

Die SEP und die PSG wollen mit ihrer Wahlteilnahme die arbeitende Bevölkerung gegen die kapitalistische Europäische Union (EU) und ihre nationalen Regierungen mobilisieren und den Kampf für die Vereinigten Sozialistischen Staaten von Europa aufnehmen.

Zweiter Akt im Fall Gurlitt: Weitere Kunstwerke in Salzburg entdeckt

Von Verena Nees, 2. April 2014

In Gurlitts Salzburger Haus sind 238 weitere Bilder gefunden worden, hauptsächlich impressionistische Meisterwerke.

Die Gefahr einer Diktatur in Thailand wächst

Von Tom Peters, 2. April 2014

Die Entscheidung des Verfassungsgerichtes, die Wahl im Februar für ungültig zu erklären, muss als Warnung verstanden werden: die herrschenden Klassen der Region lassen auch die Fassade von Demokratie fallen.

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Medvedev se rend en Crimée et Poutine annonce un retrait partiel de troupes de la frontière ukrainienne

Par Chris Marsden, 2 avril 2014

Les allégations sur un renforcement des troupes russes font partie d'une campagne pour justifier l'agression américaine et européenne qui se concentre sur l'intégration des États voisins dans l'OTAN.

France: Après la déroute aux élections municipales, Hollande nomme Manuel Valls premier ministre

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Alex Lantier, 2 avril 2014

En nommant le ministre de l’Intérieur Manuel Valls au poste de premier ministre, Hollande indique de nouvelles coupes sociales et une politique sécuritaire à l’image de celle préconisée par le Front national d’extrême-droite.

Des responsables turcs veulent créer un prétexte pour une guerre contre la Syrie

Par Alex Lantier, 2 avril 2014

Un enregistrement audio montre que de hauts responsables turcs ont planifié une attaque contre leurs propres forces armées afin de créer un prétexte pour attaquer la Syrie.

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Perspective

The Wall Street settlements and the new aristocracy

2 April 2014

While major global banks have agreed to over $100 billion in fraud settlements with US regulators, no top bank executive has been criminally prosecuted, let alone jailed, in the aftermath of the 2008 Wall Street crash.

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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!

Crisis in Ukraine

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party backs fascist-led putsch in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 2 April 2014

The NPA’s support for a putsch it admits is led by fascist groups constitutes irrefutable proof of its passage into the camp of the blackest political reaction.

Ukraine: Right Sector militias besiege Ukrainian parliament

By Stefan Steinberg, 1 April 2014

Obama’s speech on Ukraine: Propaganda and lies

By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2014

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Arts Review

The Eternal Zero: Propaganda in the service of present day militarism

By John Watanabe, 2 April 2014

The film about Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II is part of a concerted campaign to revive militarism and condition young people for new wars.

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.

Workers Struggles

German trade union Verdi seeks quick end of public sector strikes

By our correspondent, 2 April 2014

The widespread participation in warning strikes last week confirmed the anger of public sector workers over the conditions they confront.

Commentary

The GM ignition scandal and the case for public ownership

By Shannon Jones, 1 April 2014

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

By Jerry White and Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 1 April 2014

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

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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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