Millions march in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2015

The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right.

German reaction to Paris shootings: State build-up and anti-Muslim agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 January 2015

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

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

Obama to host global terrorism summit

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2015

The announcement of the White House summit appeared to be an effort to reassert a leading role for US imperialism in the development of anti-democratic methods worldwide.

Boko Haram escalates offensive in Nigeria’s Borno State

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015

Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno.

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 12 January 2015

More than 80,000 victims of the quake are still living in squalid conditions, despite billions pledged by foreign governments.

Haiti’s tragedy: A crime of US imperialism

Yemen moving towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2015

Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments

White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015

The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.”

Union shuts down strike, pushes sellout of Maryland sanitation workers

By Todd Mason and Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015

Nearly 100 Maryland sanitation workers returned to work last Thursday after their union agreed to a federal mediator’s request to end the strike without securing any of the workers’ basic demands.

Drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer, 12 January 2015

Only months after severing its contract with the Detroit water system, the city of Flint faces a crisis.

Millions in Britain cannot afford to eat properly

By Dennis Moore, 12 January 2015

The figures from a government report are corroborated by the increase in the numbers of people using food banks.

Australian special forces working with sectarian Shiite troops in Iraq

By Will Morrow, 12 January 2015

Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime.

Australian state government drafts anti-free speech defamation laws

By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2015

Having already banned anti-business protests, the Tasmanian government is preparing laws to allow companies to sue anyone criticising their activities.

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Des millions de personnes défilent après l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo

Par Alexandre Lantier, 12 janvier 2015

Le gouvernement français et l'Union européenne veulent exploiter l'horreur provoquée par l'attentat pour déplacer toute la politique bourgeoise loin vers la droite.

L’EJIES de l’Université Humboldt commence une série de séminaires sur le retour du militarisme allemand

Par nos reporters, 12 janvier 2015

Les Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale (EJIES) organisent une série de séminaires à l'Université Humboldt de Berlin et présentent des candidats lors des élections de l'union des étudiants pour s'opposer au militarisme allemand.

Maithripala Sirisena intronisé président du Sri Lanka

Par Deepal Jayasekera , 12 janvier 2015

Le mandat politique de Sirisena consiste à aligner Colombo sur l’agressif « pivot vers l’Asie » du gouvernement Obama.

La France prépare des frappes militaires sur le sud de la Libye

Par Thomas Gaist, 12 janvier 2015

L’Opération Serval s’est avérée être le fer de lance de l’établissement d’une occupation militaire française permanente au Sahel

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Perspective

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

12 January 2015

What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.

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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.

Book Review

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one
Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Arts Review

Goya: Order and Disorder: A comprehensive view of the work of the Spanish genius

By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2015

The painter’s range was so diverse that at times it hardly seems the work of a single person.

Doctor Who turns toward militarism

By Bryan Dyne and Christine Schofelt, 9 January 2015

25 years ago: Nationalist anti-Armenian riots in Azerbaijan provoke civil war

On January 12, 1990, forces of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan (PFA) seized the Caspian Sea port city of Lankaran, taking control of Communist Party offices and the local radio station.

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50 years ago: US, Canada eliminate auto tariffs

On January 16, 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson formalized an agreement striking down tariff barriers separating the two nations’ auto industries.

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75 years ago: Fascists arrested in New York

On January 14, 1940, eighteen members of the Christian Front, fascist thugs promoted by the anti-Semitic Catholic priest Charles Coughlin, were arrested in New York by the FBI.

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100 years ago: Japan issues “21 demands” against China

On January 18, 1915, Japan presented the Chinese government with 21 demands aimed at securing dominance over China at the expense of the other major imperialist powers.

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Commentary

The economic and political implications of deflation

By Nick Beams, 10 January 2015

Headline figures in December jobs report mask worsening conditions for US workers

By Gabriel Black, 10 January 2015

Cleveland police gave 12-year-old Tamir Rice no medical aid after shooting him

By Nick Barrickman, 10 January 2015

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

Freezing temperatures lead to dozens of deaths in the US

Washington buries the CIA torture report

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

Tsipras urges Greek pseudo-left groups to rally behind SYRIZA

Obituary

Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 January 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011.

Mehring Books

New, expanded edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky now available

This edition, which contains four new chapters, answers attacks on Trotsky’s life and work by three British historians.

Workers Struggles

“We’re becoming slaves”
Postal workers speak out against plant closures and speed-up

By Hector Cordon, 10 January 2015

Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts

By Jerry White, 9 January 2015

Unions scuttle half-million strong Coal India strike

By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 9 January 2015

NSA spying

Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws

By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015

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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

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

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

By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

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

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

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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