ISIS releases video of barbaric execution of Jordanian pilot

By Will Morrow, 4 February 2015

As with previous ISIS killings, the murder of al-Kasasbeh plays directly into the hands of imperialism.

Japanese PM pushes for new military powers

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2015

Abe is exploiting the murder of two Japanese hostages to call for legislation to further expand the scope for dispatching Japan’s armed forces overseas.

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

Financial markets celebrate as Syriza repudiates pledge to write off Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2015

The Financial Times lauded Syriza’s request for “debt swaps” as deserving of a “full and even sympathetic hearing.”

Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

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Washington moves toward arming Ukrainian regime

By Niles Williamson, 4 February 2015

The plans are being formulated behind the backs of the American people by a cabal of unelected, high-ranking military and diplomatic officials.

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

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Australian central bank cuts rates as economic downturn accelerates

By Nick Beams, 4 February 2015

Australia has now joined the global currency war amid deepening economic and political crisis.

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

Mistreatment of detainees and asylum seekers widespread in Europe

By Jean Shaoul, 4 February 2015

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited detention centres in 25 of the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe to examine detainee conditions.

Alternative for Germany attempts to establish equivalent of French National Front

By Dietmar Henning, 4 February 2015

The Alternative for Germany is seeking to mobilize extreme right-wing forces and appeal to anti-Islamic sentiment.

Canada’s Conservatives launch sweeping assault on democratic rights with new anti-terror bill

By Roger Jordan, 4 February 2015

The latest anti-terror bill presented by Canada’s Conservative government marks a vast intensification of the drive to abrogate democratic rights.

US oil industry strike enters fourth day as companies resist wage and safety demands

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 February 2015

While workers are looking for a serious struggle, the United Steelworkers has limited the job action to largely symbolic picketing at nine out of 65 unionized refineries.

Oil giants take hard line against US workers on strike

S&P agrees to sweetheart settlement on inflated ratings of subprime mortgages

By Andre Damon, 4 February 2015

The settlement amounts to yet another slap on the wrist for companies whose fraudulent activities contributed to the 2008 financial collapse.

Obama administration announces cosmetic surveillance “reforms”

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2015

As the NSA spying programs have grown in size and scope, the Obama administration has staged a series of “reform” charades to confuse the public.

“Smoking gun” documents prove massive Canadian spy operations

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US measles outbreak spreads to fourteen states

By Kevin Martinez, 4 February 2015

The Centers for Disease Control said Monday that 102 people have become infected with the virus in the US.

New in Turkish

Boko Haram ve Alman emperyalizminin Afrika’ya dönüşü

Johannes Stern, 4 Şubat 2015

Hükümet, Alman ordusunun Afrika’daki askeri angajmanını genişletmeyi planlıyor. Başbakan Angela Merkel, bu haftanın başında, Almanya’nın Boko Haram’a karşı mücadeleyi destekleyeceğini ilan etti.

New in Spanish

Gobierno mexicano se apresura en cerrar el caso de los 43 normalistas desaparecidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 4 febrero 2015

Peña Nieto pretende declarar que el crimen se ha resuelto y propone ir para adelante con sus reformas. La acción nace de claros motivos políticos y empalma con los intereses del imperialismo.

New in French

L'armement de l'Ukraine par les Etats-Unis et le danger d'une Troisième Guerre mondiale

Par Alex Lantier, 4 février 2015

Le projet des Etats-Unis de dépenser des milliards de dollars pour équiper d’armes offensives le régime d'extrême-droite de Kiev risque de provoquer des massacres ethniques dans l'est de l'Ukraine et de déclencher une guerre véritable entre l'OTAN et la Russie.

Rassemblement de masse à Madrid
Le dirigeant de Podemos promeut le patriotisme

Par Alejandro López, 4 février 2015

Le discours prononcé par Pablo Iglesias au rassemblement du week-end dernier à Madrid contredit l’affirmation que Podemos serait une menace pour la classe dirigeante espagnole.

L'Etat mexicain s’empresse de clore le dossier des étudiants assassinés

Par Bill Van Auken, 4 février 2015

Peña Nieto a dit aux Mexicains de se remettre de leurs émotions sur le sort des 43 étudiants pour qu'il puisse poursuivre des « réformes » soutenues par Washington.

25 années après la chute du mur de Berlin – un bilan

Par Peter Schwarz, 4 février 2015

Contrairement aux mythes officiels, la restoration du capitalisme en URSS et en Europe de l’Est est issue de la bureaucratie stalinienne elle-même.

New in German

US-Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine und die Gefahr eines Dritten Weltkriegs

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Februar 2015

Die Pläne der Obama-Regierung, Waffen an die Ukraine zu liefern, beschwören einen direkten Konflikt zwischen den beiden Nuklearmächten USA und Russland herauf und drohen einen dritten Weltkrieg auszulösen.

Ägyptisches Gericht bestätigt Massentodesurteil gegen 183 politische Gefangene

Von Thomas Gaist, 4. Februar 2015

Das ägyptische Militärregime sprach im April 2014 Massentodesurteile gegen 529 angebliche Anhänger der Muslimbrüder aus, im Mai 2014 weitere 683.

American Sniper: Ein Wolf im Schafspelz

Von Matthew MacEgan, 4. Februar 2015

Clint Eastwoods neuester Film erzählt die Geschichte von Chris Kyle, dem vielleicht treffsichersten Scharfschützen der amerikanischen Militärgeschichte.

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Perspective

The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction

4 February 2015

The budget document released Monday is another attempt by President Obama to disguise his program of war and austerity with populist phrases.

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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.

Arts Review

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

By Virginia Smith, 3 February 2015

The controversy surrounding American Sniper

By David Walsh, 31 January 2015

Commentary

Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners

By Thomas Gaist, 3 February 2015

Blood and capital

Podemos leader promotes patriotism at mass rally in Madrid

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2015

Australian PM recommits to war and austerity

By Nick Beams, 3 February 2015

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

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

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

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

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

Experimental data supports the interactive development of language and technology

Obituary

Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies

By Peter Schwarz, 2 February 2015

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 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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