As 114th Congress convenes
Washington resumes work on right-wing agenda

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015

The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home.

US House majority whip spoke at white supremacist conference

Second New York cop funeral provides platform to muzzle opposition

By Daniel de Vries, 5 January 2015

The political mobilization behind the police continued at the funeral for the second slain officer on Sunday.

A political mobilization of the American police

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

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US Post Office to close 82 mail processing centers

By Tom Hall and Hector Cordon, 5 January 2015

The closures, scheduled to begin January 10, will impact 15,000 employees and eliminate overnight delivery for a large share of first class mail.

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015

Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings in Afghanistan.

US military preparing new generation of drones for urban combat

By Bryan Dyne, 5 January 2015

The Pentagon’s new intelligent and “autonomous” mini-drones will be capable of navigating difficult urban settings at speeds of 70 kilometers per hour.

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015

If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”

New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai kills 36

By Will Morrow, 5 January 2015

The government’s refusal to take basic safety precautions for the New Year celebrations created the conditions for the tragedy.

Lithuania adopts the euro

By Markus Salzmann, 5 January 2015

Lithuania is the third and last Baltic state to introduce the euro.

New agreement opens assault on welfare and public sector in Northern Ireland

By Steve James, 5 January 2015

The latest pact seeks to deliver full implementation of the austerity measures demanded by the British government in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

British nurse in critical condition with Ebola

By Barry Mason, 5 January 2015

So far more than 7,800 people have been killed by the Ebola virus.

Maryland workers speak out in support of striking sanitation employees

By our reporters, 5 January 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with workers in the Montgomery County region about the strike by employees at Unity Disposal and Recycling.

New York Governor Cuomo’s second term to continue assault on public education

By Josh Varlin, 5 January 2015

Students are returning to school after the winter break amid budget cuts that have increased class sizes, cut programs, and eliminated teachers’ positions.

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SYRIZA Yunan kapitalizmini savunma yönünde yeni güvenceler veriyor

Robert Stevens, 5 Ocak 2015

SYRIZA (Radikal Sol Koalisyon), en son yapılan iki kamuoyu yoklamasına göre seçmen desteğindeki hafif bir düşüşe rağmen, iktidarda bulunan kriz içindeki Yeni Demokrasi’nin (ND) yüzde 3,4 ile 6,5 puan önünde görünüyor.

Peru iklim değişikliği görüşmeleri ve büyük güçler arası rekabet

Patrick Kelly, 5 Ocak 2015

Birleşmiş Milletler’in son iklim zirvesi olan “20. Taraflar Konferansı” (COP20), Peru’nun başkenti Lima’da, [13-14 Aralık] hafta sonu, küresel karbon emisyonunu azaltma konusunda anlaşma sağlanmaksızın sonuçlandı.

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Se desmorona el gobierno griego

Por Alex Lantier, 05 enero 2015

Todos los partidos burgueses griegos han perdido legitimidad. Ende, la clase de poder recurre a SYRIZA (alianza de las supuestas izquierdas radicales) para descarrilar el tren revolucionario.

Elecciones en Sri Lanka:
El PSI hace campaña en el Norte, devastado por la guerra

Por equipo periodístico del PSI, 05 enero 2015

El PSI y los Jóvenes y Estudiantes por la Igualdad Social (JEIIS) de Sri Lanka están en plan de lucha en región de Jaffna en el norte de Sri Lanka, a favor de Pani Wijesriwardena, el candidato a presidente del PSI.

Cien años desde que Zapata y Villa tomaron Ciudad de México–Parte 2

Por Eric London, 05 enero 2015

Domina todos los aspectos de la vida política y culturas la Revolución Mexicana de hace un siglo.

La militarización de la policía; Rise of the Warrior Cop

Por Nick Barrickman, 05 enero 2015

Radley Balko sostiene que Estados Unidos aun no es una sociedad totalitaria; por ahora es un estado policial en minúscula.

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Sang et capital

Par Johannes Stern, 5 janvier 2015

Le capital financier international s’enthousiame pour l’armée égyptienne non seulement à cause de ce qu’elle fait en Egypte mais parce qu’elle un modèle que les marchés financiers préconisent pour tous les pays.

Québec: les syndicats du secteur public prêts à imposer les demandes du gouvernement

Par Richard Dufour, 5 janvier 2015

La brutale offensive du gouvernement Couillard contre les employés du secteur public fait partie d'un programme d'austérité qui comprend des coupes massives dans les services publics.

Pegida et le tournant à droite de la politique allemande

Par Christoph Dreier, 5 janvier 2015

Le mouvement droitier « Patriotes européens contre l’islamisation de l’Occident » (Pegida) est dans une large mesure un produit des partis traditionnels et des médias.

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Perspective

2014–2015: Results and prospects

5 January 2015

The twenty-first century is no longer a novelty. As we begin the New Year, the past fifteen years provide sufficient data to allow us to identify the principal economic, geopolitical and social processes and tendencies that will determine the nature and direction of events in 2015 and the years ahead.

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Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

Pseudo-left USP plays double game in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015

The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 3 January 2015

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

Obituary

Mario Cuomo and the decay of American liberalism

By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2015

The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform.

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.

Arts Review

15th Tokyo Filmex—Part 2
Life in modern Tokyo, and life during the two world wars: Kabukicho Love Hotel, Tsili and Theeb

By John Watanabe, 5 January 2015

Kabukicho Love Hotel is the latest film by Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki. Amos Gitai’s Tsili takes place during World War II, and Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb during the First World War.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 3 January 2015

Best films of 2014

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

History

How the British workers’ movement helped end slavery in America: Part one

By Joe Mount, 5 January 2015

This is the first part of a two-part article on the role of the British working class in the victory of the Northern Union forces in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States.

25 years ago: Time Warner completes $18 billion merger

The merger of Time Inc. with Warner Communications was completed January 10, 1990, creating the world’s largest media conglomerate.

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50 years ago: France swaps dollars for gold

On January 7, 1965, the French government of President Charles de Gaulle announced that it was using $150 million to purchase gold.

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75 years ago: Red Army defeated in battle with smaller Finnish forces

On January 8, 1940, both the Soviet 163rd Rifle Division and the Russian 44th Assault Division were destroyed by the numerically smaller Finnish army.

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100 years ago: Tensions between Britain and US over naval blockade

On January 7, 1915, Sir Edward Grey, British foreign secretary, sent a note to his American counterparts in response to complaints over the impact of Britain’s naval blockade of Germany on American trade.

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Commentary

Blood and capital

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2015

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

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

By Andre Damon, 3 January 2015

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

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

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2015

US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS

The global scale of US militarism

Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

Forced labor on Mexican farms

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

NSA Spying

Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining

By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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