Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners

By Thomas Gaist, 3 February 2015

Egypt’s military regime handed down mass death sentences against 529 alleged MB supporters in April 2014 and against another 683 in May 2014

Blood and capital

Obama’s “pro-middle class” budget: Cut corporate taxes, raise military spending, slash Medicare

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2015

Obama’s 2016 budget, cynically packaged as a populist boon to the middle class at the expense of the rich, in reality continues the reactionary policies of austerity, war and repression.

Obama’s State of Delusion

Oil giants take hard line against US workers on strike

By Jerry White, 3 February 2015

Shell and other international oil firms are opposing workers’ demands for improved wages and safety conditions.

German military experts demand purchase of drones

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2015

Germany’s move to acquire combat drones exposes the lie that the German ruling class and its military have been forced to wage war in defence of human rights and democracy.

Germany’s working poor and the government’s “jobs miracle”

By Dietmar Henning, 3 February 2015

Germany’s much vaunted “jobs miracle” is a fraud, ignoring the mounting number of working poor.

Podemos leader promotes patriotism at mass rally in Madrid

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2015

The speech at the rally by Pablo Iglesias gives the lie to any claim that Podemos is a threat to the Spanish ruling class.

Australian PM recommits to war and austerity

By Nick Beams, 3 February 2015

Abbott began his National Press Club address by invoking the bogus “war on terror.”

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention

Bangladesh plastics factory fire kills 13 workers

By John Lucas, 3 February 2015

An exploding gas cylinder is believed to have sparked a fatal fire in one of Dhaka’s many illegal factories.

South Africa: Apartheid-era assassin Eugene De Kock granted parole

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 3 February 2015

Nicknamed “Prime Evil,” Eugene De Kock confessed to more than 100 acts of murder, torture and fraud.

Wisconsin governor proposes largest ever cuts to public university system

By Eric London and Matt Rigel, 3 February 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, plans to slash $300 million from the state’s public universities.

Federal panel calls for slashing tens of billions from veteran benefits

By Tom Hall, 3 February 2015

The appointed commission’s report released last Thursday calls for slashing pension payouts for new veterans by twenty percent and opening the VA hospital system up to for-profit insurance companies.

“Smoking gun” documents prove massive Canadian spy operations

By Dylan Lubao, 3 February 2015

Documents provided by Edward Snowden provide the “smoking gun” showing that the Communications Security Establishment collects data on millions of Canadians.

More on NSA spying »

New Zealand: Labour leader outlines his pro-business agenda

By Tom Peters, 3 February 2015

Opposition leader Little made virtually no criticism of the government’s pro-market measures because Labour has accepted almost all of them.

New in Greek

Ο ταξικός χαρακτήρας του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ αποκαλύπτεται

Του Ρόμπερτ Στήβενς, 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Δεν χρειάστηκε πολύς χρόνος για να ξεσκεπαστεί η ριζοσπαστική πόζα του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ αφού ανέλαβε την κρατική εξουσία στην Ελλάδα.

Ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ παραδίδει το ελληνικό υπουργείο Άμυνας σε δεξιό εθνικιστή

Του Ρόμπερτ Στήβενς, 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Η πρώτη σύσκεψη του υπουργικού συμβουλίου που ορίστηκε από την κυβέρνηση συνασπισπισμού ΣΥΡΙΖΑ – Ανεξάρτητοι Έλληνες (ΑΝΕΛ) μεταδόθηκε τηλεοπτικά την Τετάρτη, με τον πρωθυπουργό και αρχηγό του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Αλέξη Τσίπρα να διακηρύσσει ότι η κυβέρνηση του δεν θα ερχόταν σε σύγκρουση με τη διεθνή χρηματοπιστωτική ελίτ.

Ποιοί είναι οι Ανεξάρτητοι Έλληνες;

Του Ρόμπερτ Στήβενς, 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Ο σχηματισμός κυβέρνησης συνασπισμού μεταξύ του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και των Ανεξάρτητων Ελλήνων (ΑΝΕΛ) διαψεύδει τους ισχυρισμούς από τους διαφόρους απολογητές του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ πως ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ είναι ένα αριστερό κόμμα.

New in Russian

Классовый характер коалиции СИРИЗА разоблачен

Роберт Стивенс, 3 февраля 2015 г.

Буржуазный характер нового греческого правительства разоблачен прежде всего политическим альянсом, который СИРИЗА заключила с «Независимыми греками» — правой националистической партией.

New in French

La décapitation de l’otage japonais Kenji Goto

Par Peter Symonds, 3 février 2015

Le Japon, les Etats-Unis et d’autres puissances impérialistes se sont immédiatement emparés de ce meurtre pour justifier leur programme de militarisme et de guerre.

Trois victimes dont un garçon de douze ans
Les États-Unis reprennent les frappes de drone au Yémen

Par Thomas Gaist, 3 février 2015

Cette frappe survient au moment où il semblerait que les États-Unis et l’OTAN préparent une escalade militaire au Yémen, en Syrie, en Irak et dans de nombreux autres pays.

Québec: neuf mois de gouvernement Couillard et le démantèlement des services publics

Par Laurent Lafrance, 3 février 2015

Les mesures anti-ouvrières de Couillard vont dans le même sens que le programme d’austérité du gouvernement fédéral de Stephen Harper.

New in German

Japanische Geisel Kenji Goto enthauptet

Von Peter Symonds, 3. Februar 2015

Die Hinrichtung des japanischen Journalisten Kenji Goto ist ein krimineller Akt, der Japans aggressiver Militärpolitik in die Hände spielt.

Tsipras sichert EU und Banken Rückzahlung griechischer Schulden zu

Von Robert Stevens, 3. Februar 2015

Wenn Griechenland sich nicht mit seinen Gläubigern wegen der 3,5 Milliarden Euro einig wird, die im Februar und März fällig werden, könnten die Gelder für seine Banken gestoppt werden.

Gorbatschow warnt: Ukrainekonflikt könnte Dritten Weltkrieg auslösen

Von Niles Williamson, 3. Februar 2015

Gorbatschows Warnung kommt in einer Situation eskalierender Kämpfe zwischen Truppen des vom Westen unterstützten Regimes in Kiew und prorussischen Separatisten im Osten.

Deutschland: Militärexperten fordern die Anschaffung von Kampfdrohnen

Von Johannes Stern, 3. Februar 2015

Laut einem Bericht der Welt am Sonntag fordern die tonangebenden Sicherheitspolitiker der Bundesregierung und führende Militärs die zügige Anschaffung von Kampfdrohnen.

AfD-Parteitag in Bremen
Der Versuch, eine rechtsextreme Partei zu etablieren

Von Dietmar Henning, 3. Februar 2015

Obwohl sich die Teilnehmer des AfD-Parteitags fast nur über Satzungsfragen stritten, ging es darum, wie und mit welcher Ausrichtung in Deutschland eine extrem rechte Partei etabliert werden kann.

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Perspective

The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III

3 February 2015

US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

A guest reviewer: Quiet, now—three photographers (Salgado, Struth, Atget) in New York

By Virginia Smith, 3 February 2015

Three recent or current exhibitions in New York City present the work of photographers who stop time and allow us to contemplate what they see before their lens.

The controversy surrounding American Sniper

By David Walsh, 31 January 2015

Fund appeal

The WSWS needs your support to expand on-the-spot coverage and online videos

3 February 2015

With assistance from readers like you, the WSWS has significantly expanded its on-the-spot reporting and use of streaming media over the past year.

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.

Science

Planetary boundaries—a systems approach to the environmental crisis

By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2015

Environmental degradation by a range of metrics, of which climate change is only one, has the potential for large-scale disruptions of both biological and social life.

Experimental data supports the interactive development of language and technology

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 February 2015

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

Obituary

Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies

By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2015

Commentary

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2015

Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015

More on the election in Greece »

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

By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2015

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

More on police violence in America »

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

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2015

More on the US elections »

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

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

Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in London

Income inequality soars in every US state

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Socialist Equality Party

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

31 January 2015

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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NSA Spying

Drug Enforcement Administration tracks movements of millions of Americans

By E.P. Bannon, 31 January 2015

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The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015