Behind whitewash of CIA spying: The trail leads to the White House

By Thomas Gaist and Patrick Martin, 17 January 2015

CIA Director John Brennan discussed plans to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee staff with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

CIA panel whitewashes spying on US Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 17 January 2015

Washington buries the CIA torture report

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Arrests follow terror raids across Europe

By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2015

Governments throughout Europe have lost no time in using anti-terror police raids in Belgium, France and Germany to whip up a climate of fear and justify demands for further repressive measures.

Spanish government uses Paris terror attack to clamp down on democratic rights

By Alejandro López, 17 January 2015

In attempting to force through anti-democratic measures, the Spanish government has been aided and abetted by the media, which is whipping up an Islamophobic atmosphere.

Top French policeman investigating Charlie Hebdo shooting found dead

By Stéphane Hugues, 17 January 2015

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

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

Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

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New York City Mayor de Blasio vows to veto law outlawing police chokeholds

By Sandy English, 17 January 2015

De Blasio’s statement followed the publication of a report showing that officers that used chokeholds on residents received little or no punishment.

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

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

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Spending by outside groups in US Senate elections has doubled since 2010

By E.P. Bannon, 17 January 2015

Campaign spending by outside groups like super PACs has doubled since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

Federal judge cuts BP oil spill fine by billions of dollars

By Tom Hall, 17 January 2015

BP’s maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be $13.7 billion, far lower than the $18 billion fine called for by prosecutors.

Indian elite welcomes change of government in Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 January 2015

India’s over-riding concern is securing Sri Lanka’s shift away from Beijing.

Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

Canada’s finance minister postpones budget as economic turmoil deepens

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2015

The drop in world oil prices has roiled the Canadian economy, which is heavily reliant on energy export-earnings and the Alberta tar sands.

Closure of coal mines in Poland threatens 5,000 jobs

By Markus Salzmann, 17 January 2015

Miners are resisting the Polish government’s plans to restructure the coal industry and lay off thousands of workers.

Hunger strike in Australian refugee detention camp on Manus Island

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2015

The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees.

Fourteen cold-related deaths in Chicago region since November

By Jeff Lusanne, 17 January 2015

Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region.

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Hipocrecías de “libertad de expresión” después del ataque sobre Charlie Hebdo

Por David North, 17 enero 2015

Siquiendo la balacera de Paris, el Estado se vale de la oportunidad que los terroristas le brindaron para azuzar apoyo al autoritarismo y militarismo.

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Charlie Hebdo et le spectre de Vichy: de Laval à Hollande

Par Joseph Kishore et Alexandre Lantier, 17 janvier 2015

Les événements récents en France produisent un écho troublant d’une période antérieure de l’histoire française durant laquelle la classe dirigeante française collabora directement avec le régime nazi.

Après l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo, Obama et Cameron préparent la guerre et la répression

Par Chris Marsden et Jerry White, 17 janvier 2015

Les deux chefs d’Etat, dont les pays attaquent les droits démocratiques, ont publié une tribune commune : « Nous ne permettrons pas que la voix de la liberté soit muselée ».

L’armée britannique en état d’alerte après l’attaque contre Charlie Hebdo

Par Julie Hyland, 17 janvier 2015

Les attentats de Paris servent à faire passer des mesures autoritaires préparées depuis longtemps.

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Charlie Hebdo und das Gespenst von Vichy
Von Laval zu Hollande

Von Joseph Kishore und Alex Lantier, 17. Januar 2015

Die Ereignisse der letzten Woche wecken Erinnerungen an jene Zeit, als Frankreichs herrschende Klasse direkt mit dem deutschen Naziregime kollaborierte.

Merkels Regierungserklärung: Polizeistaatsmaßnahmen und Militarismus

Von Johannes Stern, 17. Januar 2015

Die deutschen Eliten nutzen den Terroranschlag auf Charlie Hebdo für eine Agenda, die sie seit langem verfolgen: den Abbau von demokratischen Rechten und die Rückkehr Deutschlands zu einer aggressiven Außenpolitik.

Freigabe des Schweizer Franken erschüttert Finanzmärkte

Von Nick Beams, 17. Januar 2015

Die Entscheidung der Schweizer Behörden, die feste Bindung des Franken an den Euro aufzugeben, hat zu einer der schnellsten Aufwertungen einer Währung in der Geschichte geführt.

Geschichtsfälschung im Ersten Deutschen Fernsehen

Von Lena Sokoll, 17. Januar 2015

Der ukrainische Premier Jazenjuk hat in der ARD auf groteske Weise die Geschichte des Zweiten Weltkriegs verdreht und die Sowjetunion bezichtigt, Deutschland und die Ukraine überfallen zu haben.

Das Ende der Ära Wowereit

Von Emma Bode und Verena Nees, 17. Januar 2015

Die Ära Wowereit hat aus Berlin eine Hauptstadt der sozialen Spaltung, der Armut und des Prunks für die reiche Oberschicht gemacht.

Dokumentation: Jagd auf Snowden

Von Johann Müller, 17. Januar 2015

Jagd auf Snowden dokumentiert die Maßnahmen der US-Behörden gegen den Whitsleblower Edward Snowden.

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Perspective

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

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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

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: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

17 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.

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

By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2015

Financial markets rocked by decision to abandon ceiling on Swiss franc

By Nick Beams, 16 January 2015

World Bank lowers its growth forecast

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

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2015

Obama announces pro-business community college plan

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

Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak

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

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

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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