Figure hits $4.1 trillion
Wealth of world’s 400 richest billionaires rose $92 billion in 2014

By Andre Damon, 3 January 2015

The wealth of the global financial elite soared last year amid surging stock markets fueled by cash infusions from central banks.

The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015

The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

Second migrant ship rescued off coast of Italy

By Chris Marsden, 3 January 2015

Within the span of three days, two ships carrying hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking refuge in Europe were rescued after the ships’ crews abandoned the vessels.

European Central Bank president’s interview sends euro to four-year low

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2015

ECB President Mario Draghi has taken another step to full quantitative easing amid increasing deflationary pressures.

Global financial markets facing instability in 2015

US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack.

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The global scale of US militarism

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015

The US military is engaged in, deployed for combat or preparing for combat in more than 50 countries around the world, including nearly the entire territory ranging from West Africa to Central Asia.

Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining

By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015

New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States.

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

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Australia to be maintenance base for controversial F-35 jet fighter

By James Cogan, 3 January 2015

The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region.

Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2015

The move by Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, backed by the Arab regimes, is a last-ditch attempt to preserve their credibility.

UK: Thousands of City Link delivery workers sacked on New Year’s Eve

By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2015

City Link is the latest in a number of private equity-backed companies that have gone bankrupt over the last few years.

Forced labor on Mexican farms

By Norisa Diaz, 3 January 2015

Despite a wide array of anti-slavery laws and NGOs, there are currently 20.9 million people in forced labor worldwide.

Jacksonville, Florida residents speak on inadequate minimum wage increase

By Juan Rodriguez and Matthew Taylor, 3 January 2015

Florida’s minimum wage is increasing from $7.93 per hour to $8.05 per hour, a difference of merely 1.5 percent.

Oil price fall roils Canadian economy

By Dylan Lubao, 3 January 2015

Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs.

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Un drone américain frappe la Somalie

Par Bill Van Auken, 3 janvier 2015

La tentative d’assassinat d’un chef islamiste somalien fait partie d’une escalade mondiale du programme illégal de meurtre par drone du gouvernement Obama.

L’effondrement du gouvernement grec

Par Alex Lantier, 3 janvier 2015

Tous les principaux partis traditionnels de gouvernement de la bourgeoisie étant profondément discrédités, la classe dirigeante se tourne vers SYRIZA, la « Coalition de la Gauche radicale », dans le but d’empêcher une crise révolutionnaire.

Poutine officialise la nouvelle doctrine militaire russe

Par Clara Weiss, 3 janvier 2015

La nouvelle doctrine militaire voit dans l’expansion de l’OTAN et les tentatives de déstabiliser la Russie et ses voisins les menaces les plus graves pour sa sécurité.

Déclaration du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES) pour l’élection présidentielle sri-lankaise

Par Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Sri-Lanka), 3 janvier 2015

Votez pour le candidat du PES Pani Wijesiriwardena! Luttez pour un programme socialiste contre la guerre et la contre-révolution sociale

Série de conférences de l’EJIES (Allemagne) sur le retour du militarisme allemand et la falsification de l'histoire

3 janvier 2015

L’organisation des Etudiants et Jeunes internationalistes pour l’Egalité sociale (EJIES) tiendra au mois de janvier trois conférences à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin pour traiter de questions historiques et politiques de la première importance.

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Zusammenbruch der griechischen Regierung

Von Alex Lantier, 3. Januar 2015

Da die großen bürgerlichen Parteien zutiefst diskreditiert sind, wendet sich die herrschende Klasse an Syriza, um eine revolutionäre Krise zu verhindern.

Zehn Jahre Hartz IV
Sozialabbau und Massenarmut durch SPD, DGB und Grüne

Von Dietmar Henning, 3. Januar 2015

Hartz IV leitete den größten Sozialabbau in der deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte ein. Nun werden neue Angriffe auf Sozialleistungen und Arbeitsbedingungen vorbereitet.

Nazi-Kriegsverbrecher war 13 Jahre lang BND-Mitarbeiter

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 3. Januar 2015

Die braune Vergangenheit des deutschen Auslandsgeheimdiensts wird immer offensichtlicher. 13 Jahre lang beschäftigte der BND den ehemaligen SS-Obergruppenführer Hartmann Lauterbacher als hauptamtlichen Mitarbeiter.

Hackerangriff auf Sony:
Cybersecurity-Ermittler bezweifeln Verantwortung Nordkoreas

Von Niles Williamson, 3. Januar 2015

Obwohl die US-Regierung beim Hackerangriff auf Sony sofort Pjöngjang verdächtigte, gehen unabhängige Cybersecurity-Ermittler eher von Insider-Job aus.

Vor einhundert Jahren eroberten Zapata und Villa Mexiko-Stadt – Teil 3

Von Eric London, 3. Januar 2015

Obwohl seither bereits ein Jahrhundert vergangen ist, dominieren die Auswirkungen der mexikanischen Revolution noch immer alle Aspekte des politischen und kulturellen Lebens in Mexiko.

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Perspective

Blood and capital

3 January 2015

International finance capital looks to the Egyptian military with enthusiasm not only for what it is doing in Egypt, but for the model the financial markets favor for every country.

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Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 3 January 2015

Sri Lankan opposition candidate issues pro-US, pro-business manifesto

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Obituary

Singer Joe Cocker: 1944-2014

By James Brewer, 3 January 2015

The iconic British rock performer died on December 22 of lung cancer at the age of 70.

Commentary

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media.

The collapse of the Greek government

By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2014

Police counter-offensive continues in New York

By Daniel de Vries, 31 December 2014

Twitter post prompts arrest of teenager for “terrorist” threats against police

A political mobilization of the American police

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US House majority whip spoke at white supremacist conference

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

The Sydney siege: Official lies and contradictions

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

Arts Review

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes: Kitsch has never helped anyone yet

By Joanne Laurier, 3 January 2015

Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes tells the story of Margaret Keane, the American artist who created the “big-eye art” that became a mass marketing sensation in the 1960s.

The Imitation Game: “Am I a machine? Am I a war hero? Am I a criminal?”

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014

Best films of 2014

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

3 January 2015

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

Maryland sanitation workers’ strike enters fifth day

By Nick Barrickman and Todd Mason, 31 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

In Defense of Historical Truth

Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

The Fight Against Imperialist War

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By Johannes Stern, 15 December 2014

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

For scholarship instead of war propaganda
IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

25 years ago: Noriega surrenders to US forces

On January 3, 1990, former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega was handed over to the US military.

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50 years ago: Syria nationalizes factories

The Syrian Baathist regime on January 3, 1965 announced the partial or full nationalization of 107 enterprises.

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75 years ago: Hermann Göring threatens Britain with air bombing

On December 30, 1939, Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring threatened Great Britain with the most ferocious air assault “the world has ever known.”

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100 years ago: Ottomans routed by Russian troops at the Battle of Sarikamish

This week in 1914, the Ottoman Third Army suffered devastating losses at the hands of their Russian opponents in the Battle of Sarikamish, which began in late December.

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