Obama’s tour to reinforce “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2014

Obama’s overriding aim is to signal his intention to press ahead with the “pivot to Asia,” which seeks to ensure US hegemony in the region.

US vice president arrives in Ukraine amid violent provocations

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2014

Vice President Joseph Biden began his two-day trip to Ukraine Monday amid mounting tensions over killings in eastern Ukraine.

The New York Times finds Russian spies in eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2014

The newspaper’s unsubstantiated claim to have proof that Russian spies are driving the eastern Ukraine protests is intended to provide the US government with a pretext to escalate its aggressive confrontation with Russia.

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US appeals court orders release of legal memo on drone killings

By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2014

The three-judge panel overturned a lower-court decision favoring the Obama administration and the Justice Department.

As safety complaints mounted, GM avoided recalls that could cut into profits

By Jerry White, 22 April 2014

GM officials opted to issue “technical service bulletins” to car dealerships instead of removing potentially deadly vehicles from the road.

Portrait of a modern-day plutocrat: Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle

By Julien Kiemle, 22 April 2014

Larry Ellison, the highest paid CEO in the US, exemplifies the parasitism of today’s super-rich.

Valparaiso mayor declares Chilean city bankrupt

By César Uco, 22 April 2014

The devastated city reports lacking funds to meet pension contributions or even pay its electricity bills.

Flouting international law, US bars Iran’s UN ambassador

By Keith Jones, 22 April 2014

In a flagrant violation of Iran’s rights, the US is barring Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from taking up his seat at UN headquarters in New York.

Australian government plans sweeping privatisation of higher education

By Mike Head, 22 April 2014

Labor’s pro-market funding system will be extended to private profit-making providers, allowing them to undercut the public universities.

Spanish Congress rejects Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 22 April 2014

The Spanish Popular Party government and the main opposition Socialist Party have rejected the request by the Catalan regional parliament to hold an independence referendum on November 9.

New in Russian

Нет империалистической войне! Возрождайте революционные традиции Первомая!

Дэвид Норт, 22 апреля 2014 г.

В воскресенье 4 мая Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала проведет международный он-лайн митинг по поводу Первого мая. Целью открытого для слушателей всего мира митинга является восстановление революционных социалистических традиций этого исторического дня международной рабочей солидарности.

New in French

Les Etats-Unis intensifient les interventions militaires au Moyen-Orient

Par Patrick Martin, 22 avril 2014

Au cours de ces dernières décennies des millions de personnes au Moyen-Orient ont été tuées dans des guerres américaines et des guerres civiles instiguées par les Etats-Unis.

Les États-Unis se préparent à envoyer des troupes en Pologne

Par Johannes Stern, 22 avril 2014

Le ministre polonais de la Défense Tomasz Siemoniak a déclaré au Washington Post vendredi que les États-Unis déploieraient des troupes au sol en Pologne dans le cadre d'un accroissement des forces militaires de l'OTAN en Europe centrale et orientale.

Le prix Pulitzer Snowden

Par Patrick Martin, 22 avril 2014

Même si le prix a été décerné au Guardian US et au Washington Post pour avoir publié des articles exposant la surveillance et l’espionnage illégaux de la NSA, il n’y a pas de doute que le vrai récipiendaire était l’ancien contractuel de la NSA et dénonciateur Edward Snowden.

Non à la guerre! Votez PSG!

22 avril 2014

Le PSG est le seul parti qui s'oppose à la résurgence du militarisme allemand. Tous les autres partis complotent contre la population qui est largement opposée aux politiques militaristes et impérialistes.

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

New in Spanish

¡No a la guerra imperialista! ¡Volver a las tradiciones revolucionarias del Primero de Mayo!

Por David North, 22 Abril 2014

El domingo 4 de mayo, el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional actualizará una manifestación internacional en el Internet para celebrar el Primero de Mayo. El propósito de esta reunión, a disposición de los oyentes de todo el mundo, es retomar las tradiciones socialistas revolucionarios de este día histórico de solidaridad internacional del proletariado.

Unión Europea: de la comunidad económica a la alianza belicista

Por Peter Schwarz, 22 Abril 2014

Las potencias europeas, lideradas por Alemania, están en un curso confrontacional con Rusia. Persiguen objetivos políticos no sólo externos, sino también domésticos.

El Nuevo Partido Anti-capitalista de Francia apoya el golpe fascista en Ucrania

Por Alex Lantier, 22 Abril 2014

El pseudo-izquierdista Nuevo Partido Anti-capitalista (NPA) de Francia y sus co-pensadores del pablista Secretariado Unido de la Cuarta Internacional (USFI, siglas en inglés) han aplaudido el golpe del 22 de Febrero que derrocó en Kiev al presidente ucraniano Víctor Yanukóvich.

New in German

„Shoah durch Erschießen“
Eine Dokumentation über den Holocaust in der Ukraine

Von Clara Weiss, 22. April 2014

Anfang des Jahres ist die französische Fernsehdokumentation über den Holocaust in der Ukraine mit deutschen Untertiteln auf DVD erschienen.

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Perspective

Attend the International May Day Online Rally!

22 April 2014

The May 4 rally, called by the International Committee of the Fourth International, will be held amidst a growing danger of world war, as US and European imperialism ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

International May Day

“A campaign to revive the May Day traditions and socialist consciousness is much needed”
Workers speak on importance of International May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 21 April 2014

No to imperialist war! Reclaim the revolutionary traditions of May Day!

By David North, 12 April 2014

On Sunday, May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International will hold an international online rally to celebrate May Day 2014.

Online Rally May 4
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!

Featured Photo Essay

"The system is set up for those in poverty to stay in poverty"
The face of food stamp cuts
Jennifer - Portland, Oregon

By C.W. Rogers, 18 April 2014

In this photo essay, the first in a series on food stamp cuts in the US, the WSWS speaks to Jennifer Noonan, a mother of two, whose monthly food stamp benefits were cut by $49 last year.

SEP European Election Campaign

Labour and UK Independence Party debate in Manchester

By Julie Hyland and Paul Mitchell, 22 April 2014

A debate between Labour and the United Kingdom Independence Party in Manchester over British membership in the European Union underscored the reactionary character of both the official “pro” and “anti”-European camps.

SEP European Election campaign: Oppose the assault on immigrants and asylum seekers

By SEP candidate Danny Dickinson, 21 April 2014

No to war! Vote PSG!
European election statement of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany)

18 April 2014

History

French TV documentary: “Shoah by Shooting—SS Death Squads in Ukraine”

By Clara Weiss, 22 April 2014

Earlier this year, the French television documentary “Shoah by Shooting—Death Squads in Ukraine” was released on DVD in Germany.

Obituary

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: 1937-2014

By James Brewer, 22 April 2014

Hurricane Carter, one-time contender for the world middleweight boxing title, spent 20 years of his life in prison, fighting against the frameup which put him there.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit’s creditors, the investment bankers, the unions, academia and identity politics

By David Walsh, 22 April 2014

A group of Detroit’s creditors has been dangling the DIA’s irreplaceable artwork in front of various hedge funds, private equity firms, billionaire collectors and auction houses.

Public meeting April 23 in Detroit: No to water shutoffs!

17 April 2014

Detroit workers speak out against water shutoffs

By Shannon Jones and Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2014

Video: Retired city workers denounce Detroit pension cuts

9 April 2014

Report to the Workers Inquiry
The Political Conspiracy Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit: Anatomy of a Crime

By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Science

Your Inner Fish … An engaging look at our vertebrate ancestry

By Walter Gilberti, 22 April 2014

The three-part series on the evolution of vertebrates concludes Wednesday night at 10pm EST on public television.

Earth-sized planet in a star’s habitable zone confirmed

By Bryan Dyne, 21 April 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 April 2014

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

Anger builds among New York transit workers against sellout contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

Western powers, Ukrainian regime call for military buildup against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2014

Donetsk rabbi, protesters reject anti-Semitic leaflet as “provocation”

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2014

US imperialism and the anti-Semitic leaflet in Donetsk

By Alex Lantier, 19 April 2014

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Commentary

America’s hungry 21st Century

By Andre Damon, 21 April 2014

Missile strikes in Yemen, weapons to Syria
US steps up Mideast military interventions

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2014

France’s incoming government launches historic attack on working class

By Kumaran Ira, 21 April 2014

More lies from Obama on Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 19 April 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

The Snowden Pulitzer

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Arts Review

Bioshock Infinite and the video game phenomenon

By Theo McLean and David Walsh, 17 April 2014

25 years ago: Chinese pro-democracy protest takes over Tiananmen Square

The funeral of former Chinese leader Hu Yaobang on April 22, 1989 became the occasion for a protest of 100,000 students in Tiananmen Square.

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50 years ago: Civil rights demonstration at World’s Fair

On April 22, 1964, police carried out mass arrests of civil rights demonstrators who had attempted to block the opening of the New York City World’s Fair.

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75 years ago: Bolivian President proclaims totalitarian state

The self-appointed President of Bolivia, Colonel German Busch Becerra, declared the Republic of Bolivia a totalitarian state on April 24, 1939.

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100 years ago: US Occupation of Veracruz

On April 21, 1914, more than 700 United States marines and sailors landed in Veracruz, the main port of Mexico and gateway to the capital, Mexico City.

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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