On eve of Merkel visit, massive anti-austerity strike in Greece

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014

The strike call was widely observed, but few workers attended rallies called by the two main union confederations, which have helped implement deep social cuts.

Ukrainian regime announces utility price hikes

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014

Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.

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German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014

The April 9 vote by Left Party members for military intervention marks a further shift to the right by the party.

Venezuela’s Maduro charges US with fomenting Ukraine-style coup

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2014

The indictment of Washington’s role in recent upheavals came as the government sought an accommodation with its right-wing opposition.

Obama’s empty eulogy for Fort Hood shooting victims

By Jerry White, 10 April 2014

The hollow remarks of the president and the general atmosphere of the memorial left an impression of callousness combined with perplexed anxiety over the mounting signs of crisis within the ranks of the American military.

More attacks on right to vote in US states

By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014

Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.

Democrats’ plan to gut pensions approved by Illinois legislature

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 April 2014

New legislation backed by the Democratic Party and the unions will require more in contributions from city workers while cutting benefits.

Israeli-Palestinian talks collapse

By Jean Shaoul, 10 April 2014

The failure of the Israeli-Palestinian talks was precipitated by the refusal of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to release 26 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, as agreed.

US assistant secretary of state visits Thailand amid push to overthrow government

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

Russel indicated that the US does not oppose the opposition’s anti-democratic campaign to oust the Yingluck government.

New Zealand: Mana Party seeks alliance with pro-business Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

The talks again expose the reactionary politics of Mana and its pseudo-left affiliates: the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), Fightback and Socialist Aotearoa.

Young workers super-exploited in Australian meat industry

By Keith Morgan, 10 April 2014

Young Asian workers on temporary visas are being systematically underpaid and mistreated.

German secret service paid undercover agent “Hitler’s birthday” premium

By Sven Heymanns, 10 April 2014

In recent weeks, there have been a series of revelations about the German secret service’s systematic build-up of neo-Nazi elements in the 1990s.

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Ukraine: Les États-Unis menacent de «réexaminer le déploiement de leurs forces»

Par Chris Marsden, 10 avril 2014

Moscou accuse les États-Unis d'envoyer des mercenaires pour mater les manifestants en Ukraine orientale.

Ukraine: Des manifestants pro-Russes exigent la tenue d’un référendum

Par Johannes Stern, 10 avril 2014

Les conflits entre le régime pro-Occident à Kiev et les régions pro-Russes de l'Est ukrainien fait non seulement peser la menace d’une guerre civile en Ukraine, mais aussi d’un conflit militaire entre les puissances impérialistes et la Russie.

Valls, le premier ministre français nouvellement nommé promet l’austérité et fait des appels du pied à l’extrême-droite

Par Alex Lantier, 10 avril 2014

Après sa défaite aux élections municipales, le Parti socialiste promet de réduire drastiquement le niveau des salaires et fait ouvertement appel à des thèses d’extrême-droite.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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USA drohen wegen Ukraine mit "Neubewertung" ihrer Truppenstationierung

Von Chris Marsden, 10. April 2014

Moskau wirft den USA vor, Söldner in die Ukraine zu schicken, um die Proteste im Osten des Landes mit Gewalt zu unterdrücken.

Bundesregierung plant massive Aufrüstung

Von Johannes Stern, 10. April 2014

Die Bundesregierung nutzt den sich zuspitzenden Konflikt zwischen der Nato und Russland für die massive Aufrüstung der Bundeswehr. Das unterstreicht ein Artikel in der aktuellen Ausgabe des Spiegel.

BBC-Debatten zwischen Clegg und Farage sind ein politischer Betrug

Von Paul Mitchell und Chris Marsden, 10. April 2014

Die Clegg-Farage Debatte zeigt die Kluft zwischen den Interessen und Sorgen der Arbeiterklasse und dem gesamten parlamentarischen System, eingeschlossen der UKIP.

Im Vorfeld der Wahlen schüren ANC und seine Konkurrenten Rassismus

Von Thabo Seseane Jr, 10. April 2014

Die ANC-Regierung hält bis zum heutigen Tage daran fest, dass Staatsbürger bei der Einstellung, im Rahmen von Volkszählungen und für andere Zwecke einer der Rassen-Kategorien zugeordnet werden.

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Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

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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 internationalmayday.org!

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Emergency Manager offers 78 cents on the dollar to major creditors

By Thomas Gaist, 10 April 2014

The offer is a huge increase from the 15 cents on the dollar previously proposed.

Video: Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

9 April 2014

This is the first of several interviews conducted by the World Socialist Web Site with retired Detroit city workers who are facing deep pension and health care cuts.

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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Arts Review

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas
Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America

By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014

The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.

A Permanent Member of the Family: Responses to trying and frustrating times—short stories by Russell Banks

By Sandy English, 9 April 2014

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City

By Our reporters, 9 April 2014

Workers Struggles

South Africa’s platinum strike in its 10th week

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 10 April 2014

Some 70,000 members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union have been on strike at the three largest platinum producers since January 23.

Nokia India workers protest to defend jobs

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2014

UPS fires 250 workers in Queens, New York over drivers’ walkout

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014


Police killings in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

BBC debates between Clegg and Farage: A political fraud

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

US defence secretary clashes with Chinese counterpart

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014

PQ suffers debacle in Quebec election

By Keith Jones, 9 April 2014

Families of GM crash victims speak out

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

US threatens to “re-examine force posture” over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

NATO’s aggression against Russia and the danger of war in Europe

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 April 2014

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald address Amnesty International event in Chicago

By Nick Barrickman, 9 April 2014

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

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

22 February 2014


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: Stalinists humiliated in Soviet election fiasco

On April 9, 1989, the second round of elections in the USSR were held with the Stalinist bureaucracy still reeling over its losses on the first ballot, held two weeks earlier.

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50 years ago: National US rail strike threatened

On June 10, 1964, US union leaders called off a threatened nationwide rail strike against massive job cuts, averting a showdown with the Johnson administration.

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75 years ago: Mussolini’s army invades Albania

Faced with minimal armed opposition, Italian forces entered Albanian territory on April 7, 1939 and completed their military occupation of the entire country by April 12.

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100 years ago: Tampico Affair triggers US intervention in Mexican Revolution

On April 9, 1914, nine US seamen working off a whaling vessel in Tampico were mistakenly arrested by Mexican forces loyal to dictator Victoriano Huerta.

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