Financial markets rocked by decision to abandon ceiling on Swiss franc

By Nick Beams, 16 January 2015

The decision by Swiss authorities to end the franc’s fixed relationship to the euro has led to one of the most rapid currency appreciations in history.

World Bank lowers its growth forecast

Oil prices and bond yields continue their decline

December sales slump reflects precarious economic conditions facing US households

By Andre Damon, 16 January 2015

US retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.9 percent in December, a key holiday shopping month, in the largest drop in nearly a year.

Hundreds of thousands of US layoffs expected as oil boom unravels

The state of American society as 2015 begins

Obama, Cameron discuss war and state repression following Charlie Hebdo attack

By Chris Marsden and Jerry White, 16 January 2015

The two heads of state—whose countries have carried out a sustained attack on democratic rights—issued a jointly authored comment Thursday: “We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled.”

Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack

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

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FBI accuses Ohio man of terror plot to attack US Capitol

By Niles Williamson, 16 January 2015

The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant.

New Year executions: Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia

By Kate Randall, 16 January 2015

The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution this week for three death row inmates.

Arizona’s two-hour execution and the brutalization of America

White House to draft Iraq-Syria war resolution

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2015

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force would be the basis for a further escalation of US military operations in the Middle East.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2015

Amid rising homelessness and a dearth of affordable housing, de Blasio’s programs favor real estate interests and the wealthy elite.

Notes on police violence in America
Detroit area police caught on video beating handcuffed suspect

By Tom Hall, 16 January 2015

The police chief of Grosse Pointe Park declared that the beating was justified after a seven-minute recording surfaced on Facebook.

One day after Albuquerque cops charged with murder, another fatal police shooting

Murder charges filed against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd

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Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

By Sujeewa Amaranath and W.A. Sunil, 16 January 2015

Sirisena is not a “common man” but a bourgeois politician devoted to imperialism and big business.

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

New Sri Lankan president appoints his cabinet

SYRIZA’s “anti-oligarch” policy: A call to global finance to raid Greece

By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015

The Financial Times is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 January 2015

20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden.

100,000 protest against Pegida in Germany

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

Australian government in disarray over doctors’ fees

By Mike Head, 16 January 2015

Despite the latest backflip—the second in a month—the underlying drive to dismantle the subsidised health system will continue.

New in Spanish

Cinco años desde el terremoto haitiano

Por John Marion, 16 enero 2015

Cinco años después de sismo del 2010, más de ochenta mil siguen viviendo en campamentos de miseria.

New in Italian

Lo Stato rafforza la sua presenza in seguito all’attacco a Charlie Hebdo

Di Marianne Arens, 16 gennaio 2015

All’indomani dell’attacco terroristico a Parigi, l’Italia ha rafforzato il suo apparato statale e limitato le libertà civili, mentre lo sciovinismo anti-immigrati cresce.

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Provocation raciste et «guerre contre la terreur»

Par Patrick Martin, 16 janvier 2015

Avec la publication financée par l'État du dernier numéro de Charlie Hebdo, la «guerre contre la terreur» prend un caractère plus ouvertement raciste.

Arrestations en masse pour « apologie de terrorisme » en France

Par Ulrich Rippert, 16 janvier 2015

L'Etat exploite l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo dans le but de préparer une escalade militaire française au Moyen-Orient.

Le nouvel accord commercial secret des États-Unis et de l’Union européenne

Par Julie Hyland, 16 janvier 2015

L’objectif du Partenariat transatlantique de commerce et d’investissement (PTCI) est de consolider un empire économique afin de dicter les termes à ceux qui n’en font pas partie.

100.000 personnes manifestent contre Pegida en Allemagne

Par Martin Kreikenbaum, 16 janvier 2015

Tandis que les médias allemands rendaient compte que la manifestation organisée lundi par Pegida était la plus importante jusqu'à maintenant, ses adversaires tenaient des rassemblements bien plus vastes.

New in German

Rassistische Provokationen und „Krieg gegen den Terror”

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Januar 2015

Mit der staatlichen Finanzierung der neuen Ausgabe von Charlie Hebdo nimmt der „Krieg gegen den Terror“ einen immer offener rassistischen Charakter an.

Flüchtling in Dresden nach Pegida-Demonstration ermordet

Von Martin Kreikenbaum, 16. Januar 2015

In Dresden ist in der Nacht auf Dienstag der eritreische Flüchtling Khaled Idris Bahray ermordet worden. Ein rassistischer Hintergrund ist wahrscheinlich.

USA und EU drängen auf geheimes Handelsabkommen

Von Julie Hyland, 16. Januar 2015

Das Ziel der neuen Transatlantischen Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft ist es, ein Wirtschaftsimperium zu konsolidieren, das dem Rest der Welt die Bedingungen diktieren kann.

Polen: Schließung von Kohlebergwerken bedroht 5.000 Arbeitsplätze

Von Markus Salzmann, 16. Januar 2015

Die polnische Regierung will den Kohlebergbau umstrukturieren und tausende Bergarbeiter entlassen. Dagegen wehren sich Arbeiter.

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Perspective

Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande

16 January 2015

The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany.

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Arts Review

To End All Wars: An anthology of antiwar comics about World War I

By Jeff Lusanne, 16 January 2015

Artists from around the world have contributed 26 comics depicting the criminality and brutality of World War I.

Downton Abbey: A rose-tinted depiction of class relations

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015

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The Fight Against Imperialist War

Well-attended meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University on attempts to downplay the crimes of Nazism

By our correspondents, 14 January 2015

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 January 2015

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

Commentary

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.

Obama administration pushes cybersecurity law to expand corporate-government collaboration

By Ed Hightower, 15 January 2015

Obama announces pro-business community college plan

By Evan Blake, 15 January 2015

US and EU press ahead with secretive new trade agreement

By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2015

Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy

By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2015

Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2015

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

Elizabeth Warren speaks at AFL-CIO meeting

Ezekiel Emanuel’s latest advice: “Skip Your Annual Physical”

Obama defends GM cover-up of deadly ignition defect

Justice Department considering felony charges against Petraeus

Book Review

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

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (UK) public meetings: Socialism and the fight against austerity and war

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.

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

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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