Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2015

The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war.

German media and politicians promote right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 21 January 2015

A leading commentator in the German media has proposed that the slogan “We are Pegida” be placed alongside “I am Charlie” as part of a campaign to promote the right-wing movement.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

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

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

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China records lowest growth in 24 years

By Will Morrow, 21 January 2015

China’s economy is racked by mounting debt and productive overcapacity, resulting from the stimulus measures adopted by the Chinese regime since the 2008 crash.

IMF cuts growth forecast amid warnings of rising global unemployment

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2015

European Central Bank appears set to introduce quantitative easing

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2015

European stock markets rose to seven-year highs this week in anticipation that the ECB will decide tomorrow to start purchasing sovereign bonds.

Syria strike caps Israel’s provocations in Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2015

Israel’s air strike follows its denunciations of the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.

Canadian Special Forces engage in ground combat in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Canada’s military is playing an important role in planning Peshmerga attacks and in coordinating its operations with air strikes by the US and its war coalition allies.

Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 21 January 2015

Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties.

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

The murder of Akai Gurley and police repression in New York City public housing

By Isaac Finn, 21 January 2015

The cop who killed Gurley last November was conducting a “vertical patrol,” a regular NYPD tactic, with his gun drawn.

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What is the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren?
Unions, Democrats and Republicans form school privatization group

By Debra Watson and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2015

As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, Democratic and Republican politicians are now turning their attention to further privatizing public education in the impoverished city.

Michigan governor names 4th emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools

New Orleans mayor announces “end” to veteran homelessness

By Tom Hall, 21 January 2015

Landrieu’s claim, part of a nationwide initiative by Michelle Obama, comes as the city government criminalizes the city’s homeless population.

Reports on deadly Metro accident show poor maintenance and negligence in Washington, DC transit system

By Joe Williams, 21 January 2015

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is facing a growing backlash as details emerge of its inept response to the terrifying accident.

Mass layoffs follow election of new right-wing mayor in Lima, Peru

By Armando Cruz, 21 January 2015

The sudden layoffs have caused mass outrage and provoked speculation that a vast reorganization of the municipality may be under way.

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Ataques terroristas en Europa: Alto precio del intervencionismo occidental

Por Bill Van Auken, 21 enero 2015

Los ataques terroristas de París, al igual que las supuestas conspiraciones en Bélgica, son el precio de décadas de intervenciones imperialistas en el Medio Oriente.

Charlie Hebdo y el espectro de Vichy: De Laval a Hollande

Por Joseph Kishore y Alex Lantier, 21 enero 2015

Los acontecimientos recientes actualizan en forma alarmante el tiempo en la historia francesa cuando la clase de poder colaboró con Alemania nazi.

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La légitimation de Marine Le Pen

Par Par Joseph Kishore et Alexandre Lantier, 21 janvier 2015

En ouvrant ses colonnes à Le Pen, le New York Times montre que des secteurs importants de la classe dirigeante considèrent que le racisme antimusulman fait légitimement partie du débat public.

Qui est le nouveau président du Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena?

Par Sujeewa Amaranath et W.A. Sunil, 21 janvier 2015

Sirisena n’est pas un «homme du peuple, mais un politicien bourgeois dévoué à l’impérialisme et à la grande entreprise.

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Marine Le Pen wird hoffähig gemacht

Von Joseph Kishore und Alex Lantier, 21. Januar 2015

Die Times öffnet ihre Seiten für Marine Le Pen: Das bedeutet, dass ein Teil der herrschenden Klasse Amerikas die Vorstellungen der französischen Rechtsextremistin offenbar als legitim erachtet.

Wie Medien und Politik Pegida aufbauen

Von Christoph Dreier, 21. Januar 2015

Die Absage der Pegida-Demonstration in Dresden dient dazu, die Rechten ins Rampenlicht zu rücken und als Opfer darzustellen.

IYSSE-Abschlussversammlung: Die Universitäten als ideologische Zentren des Militarismus

Von unseren Reportern, 21. Januar 2015

Am Montag fand an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin die Abschlussveranstaltung der International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) zu den diesjährigen Wahlen des Studierendenparlaments statt.

Stimmen von Teilnehmern: "Die Charlie-Hebdo-Kampagne wird benutzt, um die Meinungsfreiheit zu unterdrücken!"

Von unseren Reportern, 21. Januar 2015

Der eindrucksvolle Vortrag und die lebendige Diskussion auf der Abschlussveranstaltung der IYSSE veranlassten zahlreiche Teilnehmer zu Gesprächen nach der Veranstaltung. Die WSWS fing einige der Stimmen ein.

Ukraine beginnt Offensive gegen prorussische Separatisten im Osten

Von Niles Williamson, 21. Januar 2015

Vor Beginn der Operationen des Kiewer Regimes zur Rückeroberung des Donezker Flughafens warnte der Sekretär des ukrainischen Nationalen Verteidigungsrates vor einem "offenen Krieg in ganz Europa."

Vertuschung von Spionage der CIA: Die Spur führt ins Weiße Haus

Von Thomas Gaist und Patrick Martin, 21. Januar 2015

CIA-Direktor John Brennan hat mit dem Stabschef des Weißen Hauses Denis McDonough über Pläne diskutiert, gegen den Geheimdienstausschuss des Senats zu ermitteln.

Buchbesprechung: Der Vernichtungskrieg der Nazis gegen die Sowjetunion
Teil 2

Von Clara Weiss, 21. 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

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Perspective

Capitalism and the global plutocracy

21 January 2015

A group of people who can fit into a double-decker bus control more wealth than 3.5 billion people, equivalent to the combined populations of China, India, the United States and the European Union.

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The Fight Against Imperialist War

German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday.

Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech”

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards.

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

Arts Review

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden

By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015

The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.

The historical and political issues in Selma

By Fred Mazelis and Tom Mackaman, 20 January 2015

Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

By Paul Mitchell, 19 January 2015

Commentary

Pseudo-left groups in Greece line up behind SYRIZA

By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2015

The Greek sections of the International Socialist Tendency and the Committee for a Workers International are backing SYRIZA as it prepares to take power in defense of capitalism.

New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2015

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

By Andre Damon, 20 January 2015

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

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German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

Indonesian president speeds up executions of prisoners

Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster

Fund Appeal

Workers Struggles

Striking California mental health workers denounce attacks on health care

By our reporters, 19 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

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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