Political instability and global slump intensify financial turmoil

By Nick Beams, 7 January 2015

Markets fell again on Tuesday, reflecting the impact of falling oil prices and political turmoil.

US Steel to close plant in Lorain, Ohio and lay off 756 workers

By Kevin Martinez, 7 January 2015

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

Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2015

Facing mounting calls for his resignation over the massacre of Mexican students, Peña Nieto discussed security, economic integration and immigration in a trip to Washington yesterday.

House Republicans re-elect Congressional whip with ties to neo-Nazi group

By Andre Damon, 7 January 2015

The appointment of Steve Scalse is a clear statement that a past relationship with a white supremacist organization does not disqualify someone from holding a top post in Congress.

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

Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure

By Gabriel Black, 7 January 2015

The grand juror claims that prosecutor Robert McCulloch twisted evidence in favor of Darren Wilson, deliberately muddled the law and misrepresented jurors’ views.

Legal attack on Minnesota protest against police murders

By Jonas Boquist, 7 January 2015

Police kill man holding toy gun in California

A political mobilization of the American police

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One in seven Detroiters threatened with eviction in wave of home foreclosures

By Zac Corrigan, 7 January 2015

More than 60,000 Detroit homes have been served foreclosure notices as part of a plan to squeeze more from the city’s low-income residents to pay off wealthy bondholders.

Gentrification of downtown Detroit producing huge profits for the rich

Pakistan parliament authorizes military courts

By Sampath Perera, 7 January 2015

With not a single opposing vote, Pakistan’s parliament has ceded to the military’s demands and voted to establish military courts.

Tensions rise over Arctic after Denmark lodges territorial claim

By Roger Jordan, 7 January 2015

Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite.

Evidence mounts of safety violations contributing to AirAsia plane crash

By Will Morrow, 7 January 2015

The more information that emerges about the crash, the more it becomes clear that it was not an unforeseeable tragedy.

Saudi Arabia destabilised by high-risk move on oil production

By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2015

The halving of oil prices led to a sharp and unexpected fall in government revenues in 2014.

Australian state government calls snap election

By Mike Head, 7 January 2015

Premier Newman’s desperate move underscores the increasingly volatile and fragile state of parliamentary politics in Australia.

Mozambique health care workers speak on struggle to control tuberculosis

By Zaida Green, 7 January 2015

In a recent issue of the science and medicine journal PLOS ONE, health care workers in Mozambique described the challenges they face in treating tuberculosis.

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2014-2015: Resultados y perspectivas

Por David North y Joe Kishore, 7 enero 2015

Con el comienzo de este nuevo año, es posible identificar los procesos y tendencias fundamentales que determinarán el carácter de los acontecimientos del año 2015 hacia delante y la dirección que tomarán.

Trabajos forzados en las granjas mexicanas

Por Norisa Díaz, 7 enero 2015

A pesar que existen muchas leyes contra la esclavitud, existe más de 20 millones en el mundo que laboran bajo condiciones de trabajo forzado.

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Le gouvernement allemand menace d'expulser la Grèce de la zone euro

Par Johannes Stern, 7 janvier 2015

Les dirigeants allemands menacent d'expulser la Grèce de la zone euro si Athènes ne respecte pas les accords passés avec l’Union européenne.

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2014-2015: Ergebnisse und Perspektiven

Von David North und Joseph Kishore, 7. Januar 2015

Das 21. Jahrhundert steht nicht erst an seinem Anfang. Die vergangenen fünfzehn Jahre liefern uns bereits genügend Anhaltspunkte, um die kommenden ökonomischen, geopolitischen und sozialen Entwicklungen einschätzen zu können.

Die Kriegsschulddebatte und die Kontinuität der deutschen Außenpolitik
Erfolgreicher Auftakt der IYSSE-Seminarveranstaltungen an der Humboldt-Universität

Von unseren Reportern, 7. Januar 2015

Obwohl der vergangene Montag der erste Studientag nach der Weihnachtspause war, kamen etwa fünfzig Studenten und Arbeiter und verfolgten den Vortrag mit großem Interesse.

Sigmar Gabriel und Andrea Nahles verteidigen Agenda 2010
SPD kündigt neue Sozialangriffe an

Von Dietmar Henning, 7. Januar 2015

In einem Gastbeitrag in der Süddeutschen Zeitung verteidigen die beiden SPD-Bundesminister die Hartz-IV-Reformen der Agenda 2010 von Ex-Kanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) und kündigen neue Angriffe an.

Vier Billionen Dollar-Grenze erreicht
Vermögen der 400 reichsten Milliardäre 2014 um 92 Milliarden Dollar gestiegen

Von Andre Damon, 7. Januar 2015

Regierungen und Zentralbanken treiben die Bonanza für Superreiche an: Sie pumpen hunderte Milliarden in die Finanzmärkte und befeuern boomende Börsen und Rekordprofite.

Syrizas Programm zur Rettung des griechischen und europäischen Kapitalismus

Von Robert Stevens, 7. Januar 2015

Syriza hat ihr Programm im Laufe intensiver Diskussionen mit führenden politischen Vertretern der internationalen Finanzelite entwickelt.

Das doppelte Spiel der pseudolinken USP in der srilankischen Präsidentschaftswahl

Von Vilani Peiris, 7. Januar 2015

Die USP behauptet, sie betreibe einen "unabhängigen" Wahlkampf. In Wirklichkeit unterstützt sie jedoch hinter den Kulissen den proamerikanischen Oppositionskandidaten Maithripala Sirisena.

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Perspective

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

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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

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015

The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class.

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

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015

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

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

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The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE at Humboldt University begins seminars on the return of German militarism

By our reporters, 7 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is sponsoring a series of lectures at Berlin”s Humboldt University and is running in the student union election to oppose German militarism.

NHS FightBack

UK: Oppose rationing of vital health services!

By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015

What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class.

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Arts Review

Unbroken: Mediocre Hollywood fare in the service of … what exactly?

By Charles Bogle, 7 January 2015

Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 non-fiction work about Louie Zamperini’s harrowing experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

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

Best films of 2014

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014

History

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

By Joe Mount, 7 January 2015

This is the second 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.

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

Commentary

The state of American society as 2015 begins

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2015

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015

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

The collapse of the Greek government

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

By Nick Barrickman, 6 January 2015

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

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

US Post Office to close 82 mail processing centers

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

Blood and capital

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

Workers Struggles

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.

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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