Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015

If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.

The class character of Syriza revealed

Syriza’s electoral success and the pseudo-left

The significance of the election of Syriza in Greece

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New police unit in New York: The ruling elite prepares for class struggle

By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2015

Last week’s announcement of a new militarized police force to counter social unrest exposes the role and character of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

Notes on police violence in America
Police shoot and kill teenage girl in Longview, Texas police station

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2016 US presidential campaign
Romney pullout gives Bush advantage in Republican money race

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2015

Lack of support among Republican fundraisers pushed Romney out of the race, with many of them backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Koch brothers pledge to spend nearly $900 million on 2016 US elections

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Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015

The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.

US stock sell-off in response to Fed policy statement on interest rates

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

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US wage and GDP growth decline in the fourth quarter

By Gabriel Black, 2 February 2015

While the United States has been slowly adding jobs, many of these jobs are in low-wage sectors or industries that are moving in that direction.

Limited strike called at US oil refineries as national contract expires

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2015

The United Steelworkers union called a selective strike at nine oil refineries after the labor agreement covering 30,000 oil industry workers expired Sunday morning.

US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 2 February 2015

The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers.

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

By James Cogan, 2 February 2015

A definite pattern has emerged in Australian political life where elections, at both the federal and state level, have an entirely negative character.

Queensland state government defeated in anti-austerity vote

By Mike Head, 2 February 2015

In an unprecedented political reversal, the Liberal National Party is poised to lose office just three years after coming to power in a landslide victory.

Queensland voters give voice to disaffection

By our correspondents, 2 February 2015

Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention

UK: Blair government colluded in extraordinary rendition of Libyans

By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2015

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya.

Thousands march against water charges in Dublin and other Irish cities

By our reporters, 2 February 2015

The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010.

Canadian prime minister praises troops as military clashes escalate in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2015

The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission.

Germany to send troops into northern Iraq

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Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis

By Cesar Uco, 2 February 2015

The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand.

Lawsuit challenges use of pepper spray in Birmingham, Alabama schools

By Shelley Connor, 2 February 2015

Police in Birmingham City Schools used pepper spray on students 300 times between 2006 and 2011, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit.

New in Persian

اهمیت انتخاب سیریزا در یونان

27 ژانویه 2015
کریس ماردسن

سیریزا و رهبر آن آلکسی سیپراس توانستند از نارضایتی توده ها نسبت به سیاست های بی رحمانه ریاضتی که از سال 2010 در یونان اعمال شده بهره برداری کنند. اما پیروزی سیریزا در انتخابات به معنی توسعه سیاسی، یک گام به پیش، پیشرفت و یا هر چیز دیگر از این دست، برای طبقه کارگر نیست.

New in Turkish

Syriza’nın sınıf karakteri açığa çıktı

Robert Stevens, 2 Şubat 2015

Yunanistan’da devlet yönetimini üstlenmesinin ardından, Syriza’nın radikal görünümünün açığa çıkması uzun sürmedi.

New in German

Zum Tod Richard von Weizsäckers

Von Peter Schwarz, 2. Februar 2015

Weizsäckers Glorifizierung hat mehr mit der heutigen politischen Lage als mit seiner tatsächlichen Rolle zu tun.

New in French

Gorbatchev avertit que le conflit ukrainien pourrait déclencher une troisième guerre mondiale

Par Niles Williamson, 2 février 2015

La mise en garde de Gorbatchev survient au moment où les combats entre les forces du régime de Kiev, soutenu par l’occident, et les séparatistes pro-russes s’intensifient dans l’Est du pays.

Le 70e anniversaire de la libération d'Auschwitz

Par Bill Van Auken, 2 février 2015

La commémoration de l'anniversaire a été éclipsée par une nouvelle campagne vers la guerre mondiale et la menace de crimes historiques à venir.

Un groupe australien de la pseudo-gauche salue la victoire de Syriza en Grèce

Par James Cogan, 2 février 2015

L’enthousiasme d’Alternative socialiste est dû à des années de colportage d’illusions dans Syriza en présentant internationalement ce parti comme un modèle pour les nouvelles formations de «gauche».

Les meurtres policiers et la criminalisation de la contestation en Amérique

Par André Damon, 2 février 2015

La réponse officielle aux manifestations partout aux États-Unis contre les meurtres policiers a été la répression, le ‘blanchissage’ des policiers coupables et l’amalgame de l’opposition politique avec le terrorisme.

L’Allemagne va envoyer des troupes dans le Nord de l’Irak

Par Johannes Stern, 2 février 2015

Des instructeurs de la Bundeswehr doivent partir pour l’Irak dès février afin d’y entraîner les peshmergas kurdes à la lutte contre l’Etat islamique.

Boko Haram et le retour en Afrique de l’impérialisme allemand

Par Johannes Stern, 2 février 2015

La semaine dernière, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel a annoncé vouloir appuyer la lutte contre Boko Haram en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique centrale

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Perspective

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

2 February 2015

The execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is a criminal act, which plays into the hands of Japan's ever-more aggressive militarist agenda. The Abe government immediately seized on the killing to justify its agenda of militarism and war.

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Obituary

Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies

By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2015

The glorification of Weizsäcker has less to do with his actual role than with the current political situation, amidst a resurgence of German militarism.

25 years ago: 300,000 demonstrate outside Kremlin

Huge crowds rallied outside the Kremlin on the eve of the Central Committee meeting held on February 5, 1990.

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50 years ago: US escalates Vietnam bombing campaign

From February 7 through February 24, the administration of US President Lyndon Johnson authorized a bombing campaign against North Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Theater director and dramatist Vsevolod Meyerhold executed by Stalinist bureaucracy

On February 2, 1940, the visionary theater director Vsevolod Emilevich Meyerhold was executed by firing squad by the Stalinist bureaucracy in Moscow.

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100 years ago: Social Democrats denounce Liebknecht for antiwar stance

This week in February 1915 the combined forces of the German autocracy and the Social Democratic Party sought to silence the revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht.

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Mehring Books

New pamphlet on police killings from Mehring Books

By Shannon Jones, 31 January 2015

The War Comes Home: Race, Class and Police Violence in America examines the connection between the growth of police violence and the expanding powers of the repressive military/intelligence apparatus.

Arts Review

The controversy surrounding American Sniper

By David Walsh, 31 January 2015

The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night: Who should pay for the present situation?

By Joanne Laurier, 29 January 2015

Inherent Vice: Thomas Pynchon’s novel adapted for the screen

Mr. Turner brings the great painter to life

Commentary

Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in London

By Julie Hyland, 31 January 2015

US Senator McCain calls police on anti-Kissinger protesters

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2015

Income inequality soars in every US state

German president uses Auschwitz commemoration to justify militarism

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Court sentences two Chileans, indicts US in the 1973 murder of Charles Horman

Obama’s State of the Union and the fraud of Kshama Sawant

Socialist Equality Party

Public meeting Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland: The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland

31 January 2015

The Socialist Equality Group is holding a public meeting in Dublin on February 3.

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

Science

Experimental data supports the interactive development of language and technology

By Philip Guelpa, 29 January 2015