Financial markets celebrate European Central Bank launch of €1 trillion quantitative easing program

By Nick Beams, 23 January 2015

The measure will have little or no impact on the real economy. Rather, it is aimed at making available further supplies of ultra-cheap cash for financial speculation.

IMF cuts growth forecast amid warnings of rising global unemployment

Financial markets rocked by decision to abandon ceiling on Swiss franc

Crisis talks in London over Islamic State

By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015

The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.

Israeli strike in Syria threatens wider war

White House to draft Iraq-Syria war resolution

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

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US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

EU foreign ministers discuss attacks on democratic rights, provocations against Russia

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

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Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament

By Clara Weiss, 23 January 2015

Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the Boston Globe on Monday.

Yemeni president resigns as Houthi insurgents consolidate control over capital

By Thomas Gaist, 23 January 2015

Hadi’s resignation marks a major defeat for US-Saudi efforts to counter the accelerating breakdown of Yemen’s political order.

St. Louis police gun down another teenager

By Kevin Martinez, 23 January 2015

An eyewitness account contradicted officers’ claims that the young man was holding a pistol.

Notes on police violence in America
Video shows New Jersey police killing man as he attempts to surrender

By Tom Hall, 23 January 2015

Officers shot Jerame Reid nine times as he got out of a car with his hands raised.

Report: No federal charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed Michael Brown

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Texas carries out first execution of 2015

By Kate Randall, 23 January 2015

Arnold Prieto was the fourth US death row inmate executed so far this year.

New Year executions: Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia

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Influenza reaches epidemic proportions in US

By E.P. Bannon, 23 January 2015

Roughly 8.5 percent of all deaths across the country for the week ending on January 10 resulted from influenza or pneumonia.

Governor Cuomo pushes casino expansion in Upstate New York

By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015

Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."

UK Iraq war inquiry report delayed yet again

By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2015

Among the records that will reportedly not be published is a minute of a conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush six weeks before the Iraq invasion.

New York Times columnist advises how to protect pro-US government in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2015

Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests a targeted “human rights” campaign to prevent members of the previous government returning to power.

Australian authorities issue another bogus “terror” alert

By Patrick Kelly, 23 January 2015

The police “high alert” has all the hallmarks of yet another politically motivated diversion.

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A Bruxelles, les ministres de l’UE discutent attaques liberticides et provocations contre la Russie

Par Julie Hyland, 23 janvier 2015

La réunion des ministres des Affaires étrangères de l’UE souligne le lien indissoluble entre le militarisme impérialiste au Moyen-Orient, les préparatifs de guerre contre la Russie et les plans de dictature.

Un commissaire de police qui enquêtait sur l'attentat de Charlie Hebdo trouvé mort

Par Stéphane Hugues, 23 janvier 2015

Le commissaire de la PJ de Limoges fut retrouvé mort dans son bureau quelques heures seulement après l’attaque terroriste contre Charlie Hebdo.

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Kapitalismus und globale Plutokratie

Von Andre Damon, 23. Januar 2015

Eine Gruppe von Menschen, die in einen Doppeldeckerbus passt, besitzt mehr Vermögen als dreieinhalb Milliarden Menschen, was der addierten Bevölkerung Chinas, Indiens, der Vereinigten Staaten und der Europäischen Union gleichkommt.

Obamas Trugbild der Lage der Nation

Von Patrick Martin und Joseph Kishore, 23. Januar 2015

Die Scheinwelt, die Obama in seiner Rede zur Lage der Nation am Dienstag zeichnete, wird wohl nur noch von den Medien und den Unterstützern der Demokratischen Partei in dieser Weise präsentiert

EU-Außenminister diskutieren Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte und Provokationen gegen Russland

Von Julie Hyland, 23. Januar 2015

Bei dem Treffen zeigte sich der untrennbare Zusammenhang zwischen imperialistischem Militarismus im Nahen Osten, Kriegsvorbereitungen gegen Russland und dem Kurs auf Diktatur.

Russland und USA beenden Zusammenarbeit beim Abbau nuklearer Brennstoffe

Von Clara Weiss, 23. Januar 2015

Die amerikanische Zeitung Boston Globe berichtete am Montag, dass Russland und die USA die Zusammenarbeit beim Abbau nuklearer Brennstoffe bereits Mitte Dezember beendet haben.

Griechenland:
Was Arbeiter und Jugendliche von der Wahl erwarten

Von unseren Reportern, 23. Januar 2015

Ein Reporterteam der WSWS berichtet aus Athen

Pseudolinke Gruppen in Griechenland stehen hinter Syriza

Von Robert Stevens, 23. Januar 2015

Die griechischen Sektionen der International Socialist Tendency (IST) und des Committee for a Workers International (CWI) unterstützen Syriza, während diese die Übernahme der Regierungsgewalt auf der Grundlage eins pro-kapitalistischen Programms vorbereitet.

Industrie 4.0: Die neuen Formen der Ausbeutung

Von Dietmar Henning, 23. Januar 2015

Hinter dem Werben für eine „vierte industrielle Revolution“ und für die Vernetzung von Wissensarbeit und Produktion versteckt sich die totale Flexibilisierung der Arbeit und eine extreme Verschärfung der Ausbeutung.

IYSSE gewinnen Sitz im Studentenparlament der Humboldt-Universität

22. Januar 2015

Laut dem vorläufigen Ergebnis haben die IYSSE einen Sitz im Studentenparlament der Berliner Humboldt-Universität gewonnen.

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Perspective

2015 and the rising tide of war

23 January 2015

On virtually every continent, US imperialism is engaged in reckless militarist interventions that threaten to provoke a new world war.

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The Greek Election

Unemployed Greek workers face desperate situation

By our reporters, 23 January 2015

Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010.

Workers, youth in Athens discuss upcoming election

Pseudo-left groups in Greece line up behind SYRIZA

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

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

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

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

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

Commentary

Australia: Murdoch newspaper denounces universities for “over-educating” students

By Will Morrow, 23 January 2015

An editorial in the Australian newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education.

Obama’s State of Delusion

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 22 January 2015

After Charlie Hebdo attack, France announces draconian anti-terror law

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2015

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

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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North Korean defector recants prison camp claims

By Ben McGrath, 22 January 2015

Boko Haram and the return of German imperialism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2015

Capitalism and the global plutocracy

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

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

Auto Workers Struggles

Fiat-Chrysler boss wants wages tied to profits in new auto contract

By Shannon Jones, 23 January 2015

In remarks at the Detroit auto show last week, Sergio Marchionne reiterated his demand that the two-tier wage be abolished by phasing out higher-paid workers.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 January 2015

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

Science

US agencies rank 2014 as Earth’s warmest recorded year

By Bryan Dyne, 22 January 2015

Arts Review

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden

By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015

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

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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