Oxfam: Richest one percent set to control more wealth than the bottom 99 percent

By Andre Damon, 20 January 2015

As the global financial oligarchy descended on Davos, Switzerland this week, the Oxfam charity released new figures on the colossal growth of social inequality.

The coming fight over wages in the US

More than half of US public school students living in poverty

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

Ukraine premier’s pro-Nazi version of World War II: USSR invaded Ukraine, Germany

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UK to launch enhanced “anti-terror measures” and domestic use of troops

By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2015

Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

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

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

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German city plans to accommodate refugees in former concentration camp

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015

The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Sri Lankan government discusses phony “100-day work program”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 January 2015

The measures are nothing but a smokescreen for the new government’s right-wing agenda, including its pro-US foreign policy.

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

US rejects North Korea overtures

By Ben McGrath, 20 January 2015

North Korea has offered direct negotiations with the US, but Washington continues to whip up tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Kerry presses Pakistan to intensify anti-Taliban war

By Sampath Perera, 20 January 2014

The US secretary of state praised Pakistan’s brutal North Waziristan offensive, then demanded Islamabad do still more to support the US war in Afghanistan.

Mexico’s state oil company sacks thousands of workers

By Don Knowland, 20 January 2015

Amidst falling oil prices, attempts by Pemex to cut production costs while courting foreign energy investors will fall most heavily on workers.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

US education secretary promises no let-up in standardized testing

By Michelle Ryan, 20 January 2015

In an address to educators at a Washington, D.C. elementary school, US education secretary Arne Duncan defended the Obama administration’s policy of scapegoating teachers.

Media magnate Péladeau seeks Parti Québécois leadership

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 January 2015

Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself.

Violent crackdown on hunger strikers in Australian refugee camp

By Will Morrow, 20 January 2015

The Abbott government hailed the repression of asylum seekers by security forces on Manus Island.

Labor vows to outdo “debt reduction” in Australian state election

By Mike Head, 20 January 2015

The Queensland election has turned into a contest between the main parties over which can cut government spending the fastest.

Widespread disaffection in Queensland election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2015

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Interventions policières dans toute l’Europe après l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo

Par Kumaran Ira, 20 janvier 2015

Des forces de sécurité ont été déployées partout en Europe suite à l’attentat contre le magazine satirique parisien.

New in German

Krieg gegen Irak und Syrien
Weißes Haus bereitet neue Resolution vor

Von Patrick Martin, 20. Januar 2015

Der Resolutionsentwurf der Regierung zur Anwendung militärischer Gewalt bedeutet, dass die USA ihren ausgedehnten Nahostkrieg offiziell wieder aufnehmen.

Obama-Regierung hält Bericht über Finanzierung der Anschläge vom 11. September durch Saudi-Arabien weiter unter Verschluss

Von Tom Carter, 20. Januar 2015

Dass Washingtons Verbündeter der wichtigste Geldgeber für die Anschläge vom 11. September war, stellt die ganze offizielle Darstellung des "Krieges gegen den Terror" infrage.

Syrizas " Politik gegen die Oligarchen": Eine Aufforderung an die Finanzwelt zur Plünderung Griechenlands

Von Robert Stevens, 20. Januar 2015

Die Financial Times unterstützt Syrizas Politik, weil sie der weltweiten Finanzoligarchie reiche Beute verspricht.

Stadt Schwerte will Flüchtlinge in ehemaligem KZ-Außenlager unterbringen

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20. Januar 2015

Der Plan, Flüchtlinge, die gerade unter Lebensgefahr Krieg, Bürgerkrieg und Verfolgung entkommen sind, auf dem Gelände eines ehemaligen KZ-Außenlagers unterzubringen, ist zynisch und abstoßend.

Buchbesprechung: Der Vernichtungskrieg der Nazis gegen die Sowjetunion
Teil 1

Von Clara Weiss, 20. Januar 2015

“Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization”, Hrsg. von Alex J. Kay, Jeff Rutherford, David Stahel, Rochester University Press 2012, 359 Seiten

Scottish National Party bereitet sich auf Koalition in Westminster vor

Von Steve James, 20. Januar 2015

Die SNP ist offensichtlich entschlossen, nicht zuzulassen, dass die Ansichten ihrer neuen Mitglieder ihren Ambitionen in die Quere kommen, mit der einen oder anderen führenden britischen Partei ins Geschäft zu kommen.

New in Persian

"آزادی بیان" ریاکارانه در پی حمله به شارلی ابدو

دیوید نورث
9 ژانویه 2015

حمله به دفتر تحریریه شارلی ابدو و مرگ دلخراش 12 تن در قلب پاریس جهان را در شوک فرو برد. تصاویر افراد مسلحِ در حال شلیک و کشتن یک پلیس زخمی که میلیون ها نفر در سراسر جهان به نظاره آن نشست به رخدادهای چهارشنبه واقعیتی انکارناپذیر بخشید.

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The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

20 January 2015

By opening its pages to Le Pen, the New York Times has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate.

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Arts Review

The historical and political issues in Selma

By Fred Mazelis and Tom Mackaman, 20 January 2015

Most attention has been focused on the relationship between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, but far deeper questions must be explored, including the significance of the mass movement against Jim Crow segregation, its political limitations and its fate.

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

By Paul Mitchell, 19 January 2015

Commentary

New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015

An article in the New York Times backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks.

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

Indonesian president speeds up executions of prisoners

By John Roberts, 19 January 2015

Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster

By Steve James, 19 January 2015

2014–2015: Results and prospects

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 5 January 2015

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

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

Fund Appeal

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 January 2015

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

Striking California mental health workers denounce attacks on health care

By our reporters, 19 January 2015

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

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015

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Socialist Equality Party

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

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

25 years ago: Soviets troops storm Baku

In the early hours of January 20, 1990, thousands of Soviet troops confronted Azeri militants in the streets of Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.

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50 years ago: Leaders jailed in welfare strike

On January 20, 1965, New York Supreme Court Justice Irving Saypol found the leaders of a 17-day strike by workers at the New York City Welfare Department guilty of contempt of court.

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75 years ago: CPUSA head Earl Browder convicted in frame-up

On January 22, 1940, Earl Browder, the leader of the Stalinist Communist Party USA, was sentenced to four years in a federal prison and fined $2,000.

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100 years ago: German navy suffers heavy casualties in battle of Dogger Bank

On January 24, 1915, British and German naval forces confronted one another at Dogger Bank, a shallow area of the North Sea some sixty miles off the English coast.

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