Civil war looms as pro-US regime threatens massacre of east Ukraine protesters

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014

Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.

German government planning major military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014

Prime Minister Tusk calls for more NATO troops in Poland

By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2014

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India stages national election amid mounting social crisis

By Keith Jones, 11 April 2014

Whatever combination of parties forms India’s government after the tallying of votes on May 16, India will soon be beset by political crisis and convulsed by intensifying class struggle.

Snowden says NSA spying on civil rights organizations

By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2014

In testimony to the Council of Europe, Snowden said the NSA has been targeting “peaceful groups, unrelated to any terrorist threat.”

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New York Times whitewashes FBI’s handling of Boston Marathon bomber

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2014

Reality is turned inside out, with the Russian government blamed for the failure of US authorities to intercept Tamerlan Tsarnaev before he carried out a bombing on American soil.

Apartheid-era coup leader Bantu Holomisa calls for South African electoral commission head to resign

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 11 April 2014

Holomisa first gained prominence in 1987 when he led a coup as a major-general in the defence force of Transkei, the apartheid-era Bantustan now incorporated into South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

Irish government rocked by exposure of secret police wire-tapping

By Jordan Shilton, 11 April 2014

Leaks show that for over 30 years, Garda stations and prisons across the country have been bugged with listening devices that have been used to record outgoing and incoming telephone calls.

Australian treasurer calls for “a global age of responsibility”

By Mike Head, 11 April 2014

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined a fundamental assault on social spending in Australia and internationally, in line with the demands of the global financial elite.

Texas executes Mexican citizen in defiance of international law

By Kate Randall, 11 April 2014

Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, a Mexican national with severe mental disabilities, died by lethal injection with a drug from an unidentified source on Wednesday in Texas.

State of Maryland drops health exchange software

By Trent Novak, 11 April 2014

Upon its initial launch in October 2013, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website crashed almost immediately, and it has since been plagued by a wide variety of technical glitches.

Heartbleed security bug compromises vast portion of Internet traffic

By Joseph Santolan, 11 April 2014

Whether Heartbleed originated as a mistake or was deliberately planted by the National Security Agency, it is a near certainty that the NSA has been using it for the past two years.

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Europäische Union: Von der Wirtschafts- zur Kriegsgemeinschaft

Von Peter Schwarz, 11. April 2014

Definierte sich die EU bisher vorwiegend über wirtschaftliche Fragen wie den freien Kapital- und Warenverkehr und die gemeinsame Währung, soll in Zukunft der Kampf gegen einen gemeinsamen Feind für ihren Zusammenhalt sorgen.

Imperialistische Heuchelei und Lügen über Ostukraine-Proteste

Von Alex Lantier, 11. April 2014

Amerikanische Vorwürfe, dass die Proteste in der Ostukraine eine russische Verschwörung seien, werden als Vorwand genommen, eine blutige Unterdrückung und eine erneute Verschärfung der Ukraine-Krise vorzubereiten.

Massive Streiks gegen Austerität vor Merkels Besuch

Von Patrick Martin, 11. April 2014

Der Aufruf zum Streik wurde allgemein beachtet, aber nur wenige Arbeiter nahmen an den Kundgebungen der beiden großen Gewerkschaftsverbände teil, die bei der Durchsetzung tiefer Sozialkürzungen geholfen haben.

Maduro beschuldigt die USA, einen Putsch à la Ukraine anzuzetteln

Von Bill Van Auken, 11. April 2014

Washingtons Rolle bei den kürzlichen Unruhen wurde gerade jetzt angeprangert, als die Regierung eine Verständigung mit der rechten Opposition suchte.

Stalinistischer Betrug mit „weltlicher”, „volksnaher“ Dritter Front

Von Deepal Jayasekera und Keith Jones, 11. April 2014

Die indischen Stalinisten reagieren auf die Verschärfung des Klassenkampfs, indem sie eine Dritte Front mit rechten, regionalen und kastenbasierten Parteien bewerben.

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Hypocrisie et mensonges de l'impérialisme sur les manifestations en Ukraine orientale

Par Alex Lantier, 11 avril 2014

Les allégations américaines selon lesquelles les manifestations en Ukraine orientale sont une conspiration russe visent à justifier une répression sanglante et une nouvelle escalade de la crise ukrainienne.

Les élections québécoises et la débâcle du PQ

Par Keith Jones, 11 avril 2014

Le Parti libéral du Québec est revenu au pouvoir avec une majorité parlementaire en profitant de la désaffection populaire provoquée par les mesures d'austérité du gouvernement minoritaire du Parti Québécois de Pauline Marois et son programme identitaire antidémocratique.

Grèce : La veille de la visite de Merkel est marquée par une grève anti-austérité massive

Par Patrick Martin, 11 avril 2014

L’appel à la grève a été largement suivi mais peu de travailleurs ont participé aux rassemblements organisés par les deux principales confédérations syndicales qui ont aidé à appliquer les profondes coupes sociales.

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Fifty years since the US Civil Rights Act

11 April 2014

The weeklong official commemoration of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act under President Lyndon Johnson has sought to cover up, rather than illuminate, the historical issues involved.

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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!

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As savage cuts to pensions and benefits loom
Detroit Workers’ Inquiry speaks to city retirees at club luncheon

By representatives of the Detroit Workers’ Inquiry, 11 April 2014

Retirees spoke to the Workers’ Inquiry about the attack on pensions, skyrocketing health care costs and the economic decimation of Detroit.

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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Workers Struggles

Police attack locked-out Toyota workers in India

By Arun Kumar, Moses Rajkumar and Kranti Kumara, 11 April 2014

Toyota India workers engaged in hunger strike were brutally attacked by state police on April 6.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 April 2014

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

South Africa’s platinum strike in its 10th week

By Thabo Seseane Jr, 10 April 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party

Oppose the government crackdown on Sri Lankan Tamils

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 April 2014

The SEP warns that the government’s increased repression against Tamils is the preparation for a deepening assault on the basic rights of the working class.

Arts Review

A concert of twentieth century masterworks by Britten, Bartók and Shostakovich

By Fred Mazelis, 11 April 2014

The program performed April 2 by the New York Philharmonic was a powerful demonstration of the heights reached by classical music in the first half of the last century.

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

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

By Our reporters, 9 April 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

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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SEP European Election Campaign

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

By our reporters, 31 March 2014

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) officially on ballot for European election

By our reporter, 17 March 2014

The Federal Electoral Committee has approved the participation of the Socialist Equality Party in the European election set for May 25.


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

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2014

German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014

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

Police killings in America

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 9 April 2014

More attacks on right to vote in US states

By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014

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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