German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015

German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.

SYRIZA’s programme for the rescue of Greek and European capitalism

By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2015

SYRIZA’s programme has been developed in the course of intense discussions with leading political representatives of the international financial elite.

The collapse of the Greek government

Israel blocks funds of Palestinian Authority

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2015

The Israeli moves are designed to bully into submission the cash-strapped PA, upon which many Palestinians depend for their livelihoods.

Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

Jury selection begins in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Nick Barrickman, 6 January 2015

In the US media, Tsarnaev’s guilt is being treated as an obvious and unquestionable fact.

One year since the Boston Marathon bombing

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Sharp market falls over euro and oil price slump

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2015

The main factor in the fall in US markets appears to have been the further sharp decline in oil prices.

The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions mount in world economy

North Korea condemns new US sanctions

By Ben McGrath, 6 January 2015

Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

Germany: Ten years of Hartz IV welfare cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 6 January 2015

The Hartz IV legislation of 2005 began the most destructive attack on the German social welfare system since the end of World War II.

Police kill man holding toy gun in California

By Gabriel Black, 6 January 2015

Police killed a 32-year-old man in San Francisco Sunday who was allegedly brandishing an airsoft gun.

Second New York cop funeral provides platform to muzzle opposition

A political mobilization of the American police

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Gentrification of downtown Detroit producing huge profits for the rich

By Zac Corrigan, 6 January 2015

Wealthy investors are making a fortune by kicking low-income residents out of their homes and jacking up rents in downtown Detroit.

General Motors recalls more vehicles for ignition defects

By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2015

The auto company began 2015 by recalling another 92,000 vehicles that could be prone to unexpected engine stalls.

Australian prime minister visits Iraq to promote US-led war

By James Cogan, 6 January 2015

Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces.

Australian bushfires underline impact of global climate warming

By Will Morrow, 6 January 2015

Firefighters in South Australia are struggling to control bushfires that have torn through 12,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 26 homes.

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2014-2015: Bilan et perspectives

Par David North et Joseph Kishore, 6 janvier 2015

Le vingt-et-unième siècle n’est plus une nouveauté. Alors que nous entamons cette nouvelle année, les quinze dernières années fournissent suffisamment de données pour nous permettre d’identifier quelles sont les principaux processus et tendances économiques, géopolitiques et sociales qui détermineront le caractère et l’orientation des événements de 2015 et des années à venir.

Une mairie française refuse d'enterrer un bébé Rom

Par Stéphane Hugues et Alexandre Lantier, 6 janvier 2015

Le refus du maire de Champlan d'enterrer un bébé Rom est le produit du climat anti-Rom incité par les présidences de Sarkozy et de Hollande.

Conférence de David Walsh, rédacteur «arts et culture» au WSWS
Les fondements politiques et théoriques du livre The Sky Between the Leaves – Deuxième partie

Par David Walsh, 6 janvier 2015

Voici la deuxième partie d'une conférence qui avait été donnée par David Walsh, le rédacteur «arts et culture» du WSWS, à l'occasion de la publication du livre The Sky Between the Leaves.

New in German

Blut und Kapital

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Januar 2015

Das internationale Finanzkapital ist vom ägyptischen Militär begeistert: nicht allein wegen dessen Politik in Ägypten, sondern auch als Modell für andere Staaten.

Bundesregierung droht Griechenland mit Rauswurf aus dem Euro

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Januar 2015

Merkel und Schäuble drohen Griechenland mit dem Ausschluss aus der Eurozone, falls die neue Regierung das von der Troika diktierte Spardiktat nicht einhält.

Euro rutscht nach Interview mit EZB-Präsident auf tiefsten Stand seit vier Jahren

Von Nick Beams, 6. Januar 2015

EZB-Präsident Mario Draghi ist angesichts von zunehmendem deflationärem Druck einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung einer uneingeschränkten quantitativen Lockerung gegangen.

USA verhängen neue Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea

Von Peter Symonds, 6. Januar 2015

Die gesamte Sony Hacker-Affäre hat den Charakter eines US-Gebräus, das absichtlich entworfen wurde, um die Spannungen auf der koreanischen Halbinsel zu erhöhen.

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Perspective

The state of American society as 2015 begins

6 January 2015

One would never know from reading the American press, watching the evening news, or listening to the statements of politicians that hunger, poverty and long-term joblessness remain at their highest levels in decades.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Analysis

2014–2015: Results and prospects

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 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.

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

JVP campaigns for pro-US opposition candidate in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015

Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington.

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

By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

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Commentary

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

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

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2015

US Post Office to close 82 mail processing centers

By Tom Hall and Hector Cordon, 5 January 2015

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015

Blood and capital

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2015

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 January 2015

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

Maryland workers speak out in support of striking sanitation employees

By our reporters, 5 January 2015

Obituary

Mario Cuomo and the decay of American liberalism

By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2015

Singer Joe Cocker: 1944-2014

By James Brewer, 3 January 2015

History

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

By Joe Mount, 5 January 2015

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

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

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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NSA Spying

Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining

By Thomas Gaist, 3 January 2015

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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