Twelve dead in terrorist shooting at Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo

By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015

Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.

At Michigan auto factory, Obama says more “sacrifice” needed for economic turnaround

By Jerry White, 8 January 2015

President Obama pointed to the auto industry—where labor costs have been slashed by nearly a third over the last decade—as the model for building America’s “middle class.”

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

New Congress targets Social Security disability benefits

By Andre Damon, 8 January 2015

The 114th US Congress completed its first two days by preparing the passage of regressive, anti-social policies.

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

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

Tsipras urges Greek pseudo-left groups to rally behind SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015

SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism.

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

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

US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday.

Two New Orleans charter schools vote to return to local oversight

By Tom Hall, 8 January 2015

Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education.

Notes on police violence in America
Missoula, Montana police accused of fabricating story after officer kills man “execution style”

By E.P. Bannon, 8 January 2015

The attorney for the victim’s family claims that almost all of the details of the official police story are false.

Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure

Legal attack on Minnesota protest against police murders

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BBC attacks Russell Brand to defend a discredited political setup

By Julie Hyland, 8 January 2015

The BBC’s Nick Robinson denied that his comments breached his professional obligation to political impartiality.

Leading Nazi worked for Germany’s post-war intelligence service for 13 years

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 January 2015

A fanatical, high-ranking Nazi contributed to building Germany’s post-war intelligence service.

Australian budget reviews reveal impact of plunging commodity prices

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2015

Export prices are collapsing, with devastating consequences for jobs, living standards and government budgets.

Boko Haram seizes key multi-national military base in northern Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

The Islamist militant group seized control of a strategically important military base in Baga, a Nigerian town near the Cameroonian border.

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El significado internacional de las elecciones presidenciales en Sri Lanka

Por Wije Dias, 8 enero 2015

Que Estados Unidos se entremeta en las presidenciales de Sri Lanka deriva de que se acelera el proyecto de guerra contra China.

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Die internationale Bedeutung der Präsidentschaftswahl in Sri Lanka

Von Wije Dias, 8. Januar 2015

Washingtons Einmischung in die Wahl ist verbunden mit der Intensivierung des "Pivot to Asia" und der Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen China.

Pegida und die Regierungskampagne zur militärischen Aufrüstung

Von Christoph Dreier, 8. Januar 2015

Am Montag versammelten sich in Dresden erneut mehr als 15.000 Rechtsextremisten und Islamfeinde zur Pegida-Demonstration. Die anhaltende Rechts-Mobilisierung steht in direktem Zusammenhang zur Ankündigung der Bundesregierung, dass die Zeit der militärischen Zurückhaltung vorbei sei.

Politische Instabilität und globaler Niedergang

Von Nick Beams,8. Januar 2015

Die jüngste Talfahrt an den Börsen widerspiegelt den weltweiten Preisverfall und politische Verwerfungen.

Die amerikanische Gesellschaft zu Beginn von 2015

Von Andre Damon, 8. Januar 2015

Weder aus der US-Presse, noch aus Nachrichten oder Politiker-Reden geht hervor, dass sich Hunger, Armut und Langzeitarbeitslosigkeit auf dem höchsten Stand seit Jahrzehnten bewegen.

Wahlen in Sri Lanka
Tamilische Nationalisten unterstützen die von den USA geförderte Opposition

Von K. Nesan, 8. Januar 2015

Die Tamilische Nationale Allianz (TNA), die mitverantwortlich ist für die Verbrechen der Regierung während des Bürgerkriegs und die Angriffe auf die Arbeiterklasse, unterstützt den Oppositionskandidaten Maithripala Sirisena.

Unterstützt den Monatsfond der WSWS!

Von der Redaktion, 8. Januar 2015

Die WSWS steht vor der Herausforderung eine internationale sozialistische Massenbewegung der Arbeiterklasse gegen Krieg aufzubauen, bevor die herrschende Klasse die Menschheit erneut in die Barbarei stürzen kann.

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Perspective

Washington buries the CIA torture report

8 January 2015

One month after its release, official Washington and the American media have suppressed any discussion of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s detailed and grisly exposure of CIA torture.

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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

Sri Lankan opposition parties line up behind US regime-change agenda

By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015

The opposition parties are seeking to cloak their line-up with US interests via cynical denunciations of “Rajapakse’s dictatorship.”

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015

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

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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History

“Governments want a history that reflects their agenda”
History web site secretary discusses World War I centenary

By Susan Allan, 8 January 2015

Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children.

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

By Joe Mount, 7 January 2015

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

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

The Fight Against Imperialist War

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

By our reporters, 7 January 2015

NHS FightBack

UK: Oppose rationing of vital health services!

By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015

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Arts Review

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

By Charles Bogle, 7 January 2015

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

Commentary

Political instability and global slump intensify financial turmoil

By Nick Beams, 7 January 2015

Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2015

The state of American society as 2015 begins

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2015

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

Workers Struggles

Maryland workers speak out in support of striking sanitation employees

By our reporters, 5 January 2015

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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