US Supreme Court strikes down limits on political contributions

By John Burton, 3 April 2014

The Supreme Court has invalidated the provision of the federal election finance law that limits wealthy individuals from donating more than $123,000 to candidates and committees during any two-year election cycle.

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014

The NATO military alliance is provocatively seeking to install its forces on Russia’s borders.

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French government vows deep attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014

Socialist Party officials called for shock therapy against the working class as ministers of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls were named.

As victims’ families call for criminal prosecution
Senate hearing sets stage for cover-up of GM, government role in fatal crashes

By Barry Grey, 3 April 2014

For the second consecutive day, General Motors CEO Mary Barra appeared before a congressional panel and refused to provide answers regarding the company’s cover-up of an ignition switch defect linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes.

Australian Treasury chief calls for “hard policy decisions” on spending cuts

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2014

Treasury Secretary Parkinson demands the resetting of “community expectations” on health care and welfare.

Rival right-wing appeals dominate Quebec election campaign

By Keith Jones, 3 April 2014

The Parti Quebecois has responded to a spate of opinion polls that indicate it will fall from power in next Monday’s provincial election by even more aggressively promoting its anti-democratic “identity agenda.”

Rajapakse government bans Sri Lankan Tamil groups operating abroad

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 3 April 2014

The new ban will not only increase repression against Tamils, but will be directed at the working class as a whole.

Manila files legal case against Beijing’s South China Sea claim

By Joseph Santolan, 3 April 2014

The real author of this latest provocation is not Beijing or Manila, but Washington.

ANC and its competitors stir up racialism in advance of South African elections

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014

Some 500 people joined an African National Congress march in Cape Town on March 26 to demand better sanitation, housing and land from the ruling Democratic Alliance.

Mexico captures drug cartel head

By Don Knowland, 3 April 2014

The Mexican military has captured the number one narcotics trafficker in Mexico, Joaquín Guzmán of the Sinaloa cartel.

Minnesota Orchestra president resigns in aftermath of bitter musicians’ lockout

By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2014

The issues raised by the 16-month musicians’ struggle have not disappeared.

Amtrak CEO tells employees to expect pay cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 3 April 2014

In a letter to employees, Amtrak’s CEO singled out employee wages as the source of losses, ignoring low funding from Congress and massive delays from private freight railroads.

New in Russian

Украинский конфликт усиливает напряженность на Кавказе

Клара Вайс, 3 апреля 2014 г.

Украинский конфликт обостряет и без того накаленную ситуацию на Кавказе. Вслед за спровоцированным США и Евросоюзом путчем в Киеве предпринимаются меры по ускорению присоединения Грузии и Молдовы к ЕС и НАТО, а также по укреплению связей с Азербайджаном. Грузия и Азербайджан поддержали действия империалистических держав и правого правительства в Киеве в их кампании против России.

New in Turkish

Wall Streets anlaşmaları ve yeni mali aristokrasi

Andre Damon, 3 Nisan 2014

Mali aristokrasinin mutlak gücü, yalnızca işçi sınıfının yoğun siyasal saldırısıyla kırılabilir.

NATO zirvesi Rusya ile işbirliğine son verdi ve daha fazla askeri yığınak ilan etti

Chris Marsden, 3 Nisan 2014

Almanya, kendi çıkarlarını ABD’den bağımsız şekilde öne sürerken, NATO’nun kuşatma planlarında aktif bir rol oynamaya devam ediyor.

New in German

GM-Skandal um defekte Zündungen
Ein weiteres Argument für Verstaatlichung

Von Shannon Jones, 3. April 2014

Im Skandal um General Motors sind wohl Dutzende Menschen gestorben, weil eine Rückrufaktion aus Finanzgründen unterlassen wurde.

Größter Streik der Lufthansa-Geschichte

Von Dietmar Henning, 3. April 2014

Die Piloten wehren sich vor allem gegen Kürzungen bei ihren Ruhestandsgeldern. Der Lufthansa-Konzern hat den Tarifvertrag für die Übergangsversorgung gekündigt.

CIA-Skandal: Brutale Foltermethoden und Regierungslügen entlarvt

Von Eric London, 3. April 2014

Ein immer noch als geheim eingestufter Bericht des Geheimdienstausschusses des Senats enthält laut der Washington Post vom Montag höchst belastende Informationen über das Ausmaß der amerikanischen Foltermethoden, als auch über die Lügen von Spitzenbeamten der CIA über diese Programme.

Die International Socialist Organisation und die Spionage der CIA

Von Patrick Martin, 3. April 2014

Die pseudolinke International Socialist Organization verschleiert die weitreichende Bedeutung des Angriffs auf demokratische Rechte durch den CIA-Spionageskandal.

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Perspective

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

3 April 2014

Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.

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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

The crisis in Ukraine and the sea change in German foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2014

German foreign policy has shifted toward confrontation with Russia. Berlin is pursuing a course of aggressive imperialist expansion along the same lines as in 1914 and 1941.

Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe

By Johannes Stern, 3 April 2014

Together with Stefan Kornelius of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Joffe is one of the journalists who have agitated most aggressively against Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

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

By Chris Marsden, 2 April 2014

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

By Alex Lantier, 2 April 2014

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SEP European Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK’s North West constituency in European Elections

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2014

Covering the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the North West has been decimated by the de-industrialisation and austerity policies of successive Conservative and Labour governments.

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

By our reporters, 31 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit emergency manager revises restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2014

The new Plan of Adjustment includes larger cuts to firefighter and police pensions.

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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Commentary

How Fed Chair Yellen packaged her commitment to Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2014

Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech on Monday was a nauseating attempt to conceal her deep commitment to the interests of Wall Street behind expressions of concern for working people.

The Wall Street settlements and the new aristocracy

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2014

Brazil marks 50 years since US-backed coup

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2014

CIA scandal: Leaks reveal brutal torture methods and government lies

By Eric London, 2 April 2014

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

By Andre Damon, 2 April 2014

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

Workers Struggles

National Union of Mineworkers presses for end of 10-week platinum strike in South Africa

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014

Mine owners are holding the threat of mechanisation and mass layoffs over the heads of the strikers.

German trade union Verdi seeks quick end of public sector strikes

By our correspondent, 2 April 2014

Arts Review

Jason Bateman’s Bad Words: An inauspicious debut

By Joanne Laurier, 3 April 2014

Actor-director Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a petulant, miserable 40-year-old who breaks into the spelling bee circuit by taking advantage of a loophole in the rules.

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

By John Watanabe, 2 April 2014

David Walsh continues book tour at Cornell University

By our correspondents, 1 April 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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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

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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