US and Europe push confrontation with Russia toward war

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 26 April 2014

As troops of the Western-backed regime in Kiev continued to mass against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, Obama held a conference call with European leaders to secure agreement on new sanctions against Russia.

Kerry’s statement on Ukraine: A lying brief for war

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

Declaring confrontation with Russia to be all but inevitable, Kerry turned reality on its head, blaming the crisis entirely on Russia and clearing Kiev of all responsibility.

New York Times attempts to whitewash its role in publishing faked Ukraine photos

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

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Amid rising working class anger, Maduro woos Venezuelan capitalists

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2014

The Maduro government has unveiled an “economic offensive” based primarily on appeals to the country’s capitalists to produce more.

Executions in Missouri and Florida

By Kate Randall, 26 April 2014

Two death row prisoners were put to death this week, with the US Supreme Court denying last-minute appeals in both cases.

West, Texas explosion and deaths called “preventable”

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 April 2014

The US Chemical and Safety Board released a report stating that the blast was completely preventable and resulted from a combination of faulty planning and negligence.

Questions raised about latest fatal police shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

By D. Lencho, 26 April 2014

In the aftermath of the police shooting death of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, important questions remain unanswered

Anzac Day 2014: A glorification of Australian imperialism

By James Cogan, 26 April 2014

Yesterday’s events provided a foretaste of what can be expected as the political establishment launches its four-year campaign to celebrate the centenary of World War I.

Australia’s Anzac Day—the gap between official rhetoric and popular sentiments

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

This year’s event has been accompanied by a barrage of government and media propaganda glorifying Australian involvement in World War I.

Behind Shorten’s plans to “rebuild” the Australian Labor Party

By James Cogan, 26 April 2014

Shorten left out of his “honest conversation” the real reason for the hostility toward Labor, which is the policies that it implemented.

UK student debt crisis intensifies

By Joe Mount, 26 April 2014

Graduates in the UK are expected to have an average of £66,897 to pay for higher education tuition according to a recent study.

New in French

Washington veut-il la guerre avec la Russie?

Par Bill Van Auken, 25 avril 2014

La volonté manifeste de Washington de provoquer un conflit militaire avec la Russie met le monde au bord d'une confrontation catastrophique

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

New in German

Will Washington Krieg mit Russland?

Von Bill Van Auken, 25. April 2014

Die amerikanische Regierung will offenbar einen militärischen Konflikt mit Russland provozieren und bringt damit die Welt an den Rand einer Katastrophe.

Spiegel Online interviewt ukrainischen Faschistenführer Jarosch

Von Peter Schwarz, 25. April 2014

Die wohlwollende Plattform, die Spiegel Online dem Faschisten Dmytro Jarosch gewährt, zeigt erneut, auf welche reaktionären Kräfte sich die Westmächte gestützt haben, um in Kiew einen Regimewechsel zu erzwingen.

Obama sichert Japan Unterstützung in Konflikt mit China zu

Von Peter Symonds, 25. April 2014

Obamas vorbehaltlose Unterstützung für Japan heizt die Spannungen mit China über die umstrittenen Inseln im Ostchinesischen Meer weiter an.

USA: Berufungsgericht ordnet Herausgabe von Rechtsgutachten über Drohnenmorde an

Von Patrick Martin, 25. April 2014

Ein Beschwerdeausschuss des Berufungsgerichts in New York City, bestehend aus drei Richtern, urteilte, dass die Regierung Obama den redigierten Text eines Rechtsgutachtens freigeben muss, das das Justizministerium hatte erstellen lassen.

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Perspective

The danger of war in Asia

26 April 2014

Obama is touring American allies in Asia, stoking up flashpoints, consolidating the US military encirclement of China and preparing for a new Pacific war.

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International May Day

Sri Lankan workers and youth express support for online May Day Rally

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The SEP has received an enthusiastic response in its campaign in Colombo for the upcoming International May Day online rally.

Indian workers speak in solidarity with International May Day

By our correspondents, 26 April 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers in southern India, including from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation and in Chennai’s Sriperumbudur special economic zone.

“They want us to look somewhere else for the source of our problems, when they are robbing us right here”
International support grows for May Day Online Rally

By our reporters, 25 April 2014

Attend the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joseph Kishore, 22 April 2014

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

By David North, 12 April 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!

Socialist Equality Party

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

“The program we advocate is the only conceivable path forward for working people everywhere.”

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit greetings to SEP (Australia) Second National Congress

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

SEP (Australia) Second National Congress: Greetings by David North

By David North, 24 April 2014

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds Second National Congress

24 April 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

European elections: PSG campaign against war evokes great interest in Stuttgart

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany—PSG) campaigned last week in Stuttgart to build for an April 26 meeting on the struggle against the war danger in Ukraine and the revival of German militarism.

Oppose the fracking operation at Barton Moss

By SEP candidate Robert Skelton, 24 April 2014

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

18 April 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Treasury Secretary visits Detroit to reaffirm Obama’s “commitment” to city’s bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 26 April 2014

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew made a two-day visit to Detroit this week, reaffirming the Obama Administration’s support for the drive by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to use the city’s bankruptcy to slash workers’ pensions and sell off city assets.

Detroit bankruptcy spearheads nationwide attack on pensions

By Andre Damon, 25 April 2014

SEP holds meeting of Detroit workers to oppose water shutoffs

By WSWS reporting team, 25 April 2014

Detroit media call for permanent financial dictatorship

By Thomas Gaist, 25 April 2014

New from Mehring Books: The Truth Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit

23 April 2014

A detailed exposure of a social crime: the decision to use the courts to impose unprecedented attacks on the Detroit working class.

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Arts Review

The Long Way Home: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military

By Richard Phillips, 26 April 2014

The play effects concern about the plight of psychologically and physically wounded soldiers, while whitewashing the Australian military and covering up the criminal nature of the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan.

Science

One million years of the human story in Britain

By Joan Smith, 26 April 2014

The Natural History Museum in London is holding an exhibition on the human occupation of Britain that runs until September 28, 2014.

Your Inner Fish … An engaging look at our vertebrate ancestry

By Walter Gilberti, 22 April 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

26 April 2014

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

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.

Crisis in Ukraine

German news site Spiegel Online interviews Ukrainian fascist Yarosh

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

Does Washington want war with Russia?

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014

New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed

By Alex Lantier, 23 April 2014

The International Socialist Organization and the Ukraine crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2014

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

Book Review

Government-produced book describes WWI as “successful and profitable”
New Zealand and the First World War 1914–1919

By Tom Peters, 24 April 2014

Fenton’s book is part of the government’s WWI centenary program, which is designed to revive militarism and prepare public opinion for future wars.

Commentary

US sends Apache attack helicopters to Egyptian junta

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2014

US Supreme Court chips away at habeas corpus and right against self incrimination

By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2014

New proposed Internet rules would strengthen corporate control, end “net neutrality”

By Gabriel Black, 25 April 2014

Germany: The political bankruptcy of the peace movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 April 2014

Parents of crash victim speak on GM recall
“There wasn’t anyone in senior management who didn’t know about this”

By Shannon Jones, 24 April 2014

History

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

By Clara Weiss, 22 April 2014

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.

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: 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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