Massive police mobilization in France

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene.

Gunmen were “probably followed” by French police before Paris massacre

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015

Euro zone officially tips into deflation

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2015

More than six years since the 2008 financial crash, Europe is beset by economic stagnation.

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

Political instability and global slump intensify financial turmoil

Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 9 January 2015

The result is the outcome of a behind-the-scenes intervention by the Obama administration.

New York police continue counteroffensive with arrests of protesters and work slowdown

By Sandy English, 9 January 2015

New York police arrested protesters in Grand Central Station as the NYPD continued its slowdown in summonses for minor crimes.

A political mobilization of the American police

Police brutality and impunity in Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 9 January 2015

A 48-year-old Ontario mother who was brutally beaten by a police officer was exonerated in court last month.

Cleveland, Ohio woman’s death at hands of police ruled a homicide

By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2015

Tanisha Anderson died after a police officer slammed her head on to the pavement with his knee on her back.

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Homemade bomb explodes outside NAACP offices in Colorado Springs

By Tom Hall, 9 January 2015

The attack came on the same day that Steve Scalise was reelected as House Majority Whip, despite his ties to white supremacist organizations.

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

Freezing temperatures lead to dozens of deaths in the US

By Muhammad Khan, 9 January 2015

Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans.

India’s Modi regime imposes big business “reforms” by executive fiat

By Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

The ordinances were aimed at demonstrating to big business that the government is ready to use authoritarian methods to impose neoliberal reforms.

Thousands of UK apprentices paid below minimum wage

By Joe Mount, 9 January 2015

A significant number of young apprentices receive below the minimum wage, work unpaid overtime and have no written contract of employment.

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Washington enterre le rapport sur la torture pratiquée par la CIA

Par Patrick Martin, 9 janvier 2015

Un mois après sa publication, la Maison Blanche et les médias américains ont étouffé tout débat sur les détails macabres du rapport sur la torture pratiquée par la CIA.

Élections au Sri Lanka: Les nationalistes tamouls appuient l'opposition soutenue par les États-Unis

Par K.Nesan, 9 janvier 2015

La TNA soutient Maithripala Sirisena, qui est autant responsable des crimes du gouvernement pendant la guerre civile et des attaques contre la classe ouvrière.

Québec mène une chasse-aux-sorcières contre les personnes sur l’aide sociale

Par Louis Girard, 9 janvier 2015

En visant les couches les plus vulnérables de la société, le gouvernement Couillard donne le ton à la campagne que mène toute l’élite dirigeante canadienne contre les travailleurs.

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Washington begräbt CIA Folterbericht

Von Patrick Martin, 9. Januar 2015

Einen Monat nach der Veröffentlichung des CIA-Folterberichts des Senats haben das offizielle Washington und die amerikanischen Medien das Thema wie eine heiße Kartoffel fallengelassen.

Die “Untersuchung” der New York Times zur Ukraine und die „Propagandablase“ Washingtons

Von Bill Van Auken, 9. Januar 2015

Die “Untersuchung” der New York Times stellt die Ereignisse vom Februar letzten Jahres ausschließlich als einen Zusammenbruch der ukrainischen Regierung dar und nicht als einen vom Westen inszenierten Putsch.

Tschechiens Premier verurteilt Nazi-Demonstration in Kiew

Von Markus Salzmann, 9. Januar 2015

Tschechiens Präsident Milos Zeman kritisierte jüngst in ungewöhnlich deutlichen Worten eine Demonstration von Rechtsextremisten in der ukrainischen Hauptstadt Kiew.

Daimler: Konzern und Betriebsrat stellen Beschäftigte unter Terrorverdacht

Von Dietmar Henning, 9. Januar 2015

Gemäß einer Betriebsvereinbarung mit dem Konzernbetriebsrat gleicht Daimler alle drei Monate die Daten seiner 280.000 Beschäftigten und Bewerber mit den Terrorlisten der USA und der EU ab.

Zwölf Tote bei Terroranschlag auf Redaktionsräume von Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Von Alex Lantier und Bill Van Auken, 8. Januar 2015

Wer immer dieses Massaker verübt hat, es wird von extrem reaktionären Kräften zugunsten ihrer Kriegs- und Polizeistaatspläne ausgenutzt.

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Perspective

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

9 January 2015

In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.

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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.

Commentary

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015

On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.

Washington buries the CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2015

No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

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

By Jerry White, 8 January 2015

New Congress targets Social Security disability benefits

By Andre Damon, 8 January 2015

Tsipras urges Greek pseudo-left groups to rally behind SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 8 January 2015

US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015

Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure

Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president

The state of American society as 2015 begins

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

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Workers Struggles

Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts

By Jerry White, 9 January 2015

Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.

Unions scuttle half-million strong Coal India strike

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

The unions shut the strike down just as it was beginning to have a major impact on the country’s coal supply.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 January 2015

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

Arts Review

Doctor Who turns toward militarism

By Bryan Dyne and Christine Schofelt, 9 January 2015

Christmas 2014 marked the end of the eighth season of the rebooted British science fiction television series and the first season featuring Peter Capaldi in the title role.

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

Science

Oldest known example of abstract symbolic representation discovered in Indonesia

By Philip Guelpa, 9 January 2015

Newly identified markings on a freshwater mussel shell from a site in Indonesia indicate the existence of abstract symbolic thought in human ancestors half a million years ago.

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

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

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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