Russia warns NATO over military build-up in eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 April 2014

NATO’s reckless military build-up in Eastern Europe, carried out over the Kremlin oligarchy’s warnings of escalation, poses the risk of war.

Popular discontent grows with German media lies in Ukraine crisis

By Anna Rombach, 4 April 2014

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Ft. Hood shooting highlights mental illness crisis in US military

By Jerry White, 4 April 2014

The latest violent rampage at a US military base was carried out by a soldier who was being treated for possible post-traumatic stress disorder.

US Republican Paul Ryan’s budget plan revives voucher system for Medicare

By Kate Randall, 4 April 2014

Both big business parties are eyeing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for not only sweeping funding cuts, but ultimate destruction through privatization and other means.

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Senate panel votes to declassify part of report on CIA torture

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2014

The Intelligence Committee voted to make public its executive summary, while continuing to keep secret a more detailed accounting of the CIA torture program.

Growing danger of Chinese credit collapse

By Nick Beams, 4 April 2014

China experienced an expansion of credit unprecedented in world economic history—equivalent to the size of the entire US banking system.

South African police evidence in tatters as Marikana Commission enters phase two

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 April 2014

At the Farlam Inquiry into the police murder of 34 striking miners in Marikana, evidence was heard that the victims were surrendering when they were killed.

Strong earthquake shakes Chile

By Rafael Azul, 4 April 2014

Tuesday's 8.2 tremor in Chile exposes a social divide.

One year after Rana Plaza collapse
Bangladesh garment workers still face dangerous conditions

By Sarath Kumara, 4 April 2014

A limited investigation shows that many garment factories are structurally unsound and lack basic fire protections.

NDP’s Olivia Chow challenges Rob Ford in Toronto mayoralty race

By Carl Bronski, 4 April 2014

Oliva Chow has launched her campaign for mayor of Canada’s largest city by echoing arch-rightwinger Rob Ford’s attacks on “tax and spend” policies.

California State Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers under indictment

By Alan Gilman, 4 April 2014

The suspensions mean that the Democrats lost the two-thirds majority in the upper house that gave them full control of the California state government.

Eastern Michigan University axes non-tenured faculty

By Mitch Marcus, 4 April 2014

Eastern Michigan University issued layoff notices to ten of its eleven full-time non-tenured faculty in the College of Education, some of whom have been with the university for decades.

Growing opposition to the Michigan EAA
Students and faculty protest EMU partnership with Education Achievement Authority

By Mitch Marcus, 4 April 2014

About 30 students and faculty attended EMU’s Board of Regents meeting to speak against and protest EMU’s partnership with the state Education Achievement Authority.

New in Turkish

CIA işkenceleri ve diktatörlük tehditi

Patrick Martin, 4 Nisan 2014

ABD’deki ve bütün diğer ülkelerdeki demokratik hakların savunusu, en etkili toplumsal güç olan işçi sınıfının siyasi seferberliğine bağlıdır.

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Le gouvernement français promet des attaques brutales contre la classe ouvrière

Par Kumaran Ira, 4 avril 2014

Des responsables du PS appellent à une thérapie de choc contre la classe ouvrière avec la désignation des nouveaux ministres du gouvernement du premier ministre Manuel Valls.

Le gouvernement Rajapakse interdit aux groupes tamoules sri lankais d’opérer à l’étranger

Par Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 avril 2014

La nouvelle interdiction ne renforcera pas seulement la répression contre les Tamouls mais visera directement la classe ouvrière dans son ensemble.

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

New in German

CIA-Folter und drohende Diktatur

Von Patrick Martin, 4. April 2014

Der Senatsbericht über CIA-Folter beweist, dass die herrschende Elite in den Vereinigten Staaten eine kriminelle Klasse ist.

Die Schottische Sozialistische Partei erklärt sich in der Währungsfrage

Von Steve James, 4. April 2014

Die Scottish Socialist Party identifiziert sich genauso wie die Scottish National Party selbst völlig mit der Stabilisierung des Kapitalismus in Schottland und besonders seinem riesigen Finanzsektor.

50 Jahre seit dem Militärputsch in Brasilien

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. April 2014

Am 1. April jährte sich zum fünfzigsten Mal der Militärputsch in Brasilien, der von den USA unterstützt wurde und eine brutale Militärdiktatur an die Macht brachte, die das Land einundzwanzig Jahre lang regierte.

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The Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations: Government of, by and for the rich

4 April 2014

The ruling is the latest in a series of anti-democratic decisions relating to election laws.

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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!

Crisis in Ukraine

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

By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2014

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2014

Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe

By Johannes Stern, 3 April 2014

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

By Alex Lantier, 2 April 2014

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit bankruptcy judge considers $85 million payment to global banks

By Thomas Gaist at the Federal Court, 4 April 2014

The payment would terminate the “swaps deal,” which has already cost the city hundreds of millions

Detroit emergency manager revises restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 3 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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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose the use of SSAF to attack student political clubs!
Defend the democratic rights of Griffith University students!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 4 April 2014

Members of political clubs at the university are being denied rights enjoyed by all other students, and attempts are being made to restrict or even proscribe their activities.

Workers Struggles

German pilots conduct largest strike in Lufthansa history

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2014

The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements.

California: Graduate student workers union stages two-day strike on UC campuses

By Joseph Santolan, 4 April 2014

The UAW called the strike, did not inform the majority of its affected members, and, it would seem, deliberately provoked the arrest of undergraduate students in a bid to gain some press coverage prior to the conclusion of a sell-out contract.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 April 2014

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

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

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 3 April 2014


CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014

How Fed Chair Yellen packaged her commitment to Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2014

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

French government vows deep attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014

Rajapakse government bans Sri Lankan Tamil groups operating abroad

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 3 April 2014

Brazil marks 50 years since US-backed coup

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2014

Arts Review

Beautification: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara

By Darshana Medis and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 4 April 2014

Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide.

Jason Bateman’s Bad Words: An inauspicious debut

By Joanne Laurier, 3 April 2014

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

SEP European Election Campaign

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

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2014

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

By our reporters, 31 March 2014

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Berlin IYSSE protests Professor Jörg Baberowski’s suppression of democratic discussion at Humboldt University

22 February 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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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.

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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