NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2015

Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia.

Washington moves toward arming Ukrainian regime

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

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European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2015

As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece.

German ruling class demands that austerity, debt payments continue after Greek elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2015

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

The class character of Syriza revealed

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Testimony of Moussaoui in civil suit implicates Saudi monarchy as principal sponsor of Al Qaeda

By Niles Williamson, 5 February 2015

Moussaoui’s account conforms to what is known about the open secret of the 9/11 attacks: that they were largely financed by one of the US’s chief allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia.

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

Deadliest commuter rail crash in New York history kills six

By Fred Mazelis, 5 February 2015

The latest accident comes only 14 months after a derailment that killed four and involved the same Metro-North commuter line.

Washington, DC subway disaster kills one, injures 84

Chicago mayoral race enters final weeks

By Kristina Betinis, 5 February 2015

None of the challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel—all Democrats—represent the interests of working people or offer any opposition to his right-wing austerity policies.

Chicago Teachers Union backs long-time Democratic Party politician for mayor

Notes on police violence in America
Video shows Baltimore school cop beating 13-year-old girl with baton

By Tom Hall, 5 February 2015

The school officer struck Diamond Neals on the forehead and pepper sprayed her two cousins.

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

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

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People from wealthy families eight times more likely to graduate college

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2015

In the United States, seventy-seven percent of people from wealthy families obtain bachelor’s degrees by the time they turn 24, compared with only 9 percent of those from low-income families.

Falling oil prices trigger new layoffs, budget cuts in Louisiana and Texas

By E.P. Bannon, 5 February 2015

Low oil prices have sparked layoffs and pay cuts throughout all sectors of industry.

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

US spy bases in Australia central to war plans against China

By Will Morrow, 5 February 2015

A recent Australian Financial Review article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Australian High Court rubberstamps detention of refugees at sea

By Mike Head, 5 February 2015

The ruling gives a green light to the bipartisan drive to go to ever-greater lengths to stop all asylum seekers entering Australia.

Mistreatment of detainees and asylum seekers widespread in Europe

Former Maldives president mounts challenge to government

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 5 February 2015

Opposition leader Nasheed visited Sri Lanka to sound out Western support for his moves against President Yameen.

Oil slump triggers North Sea crisis

By Steve James, 5 February 2015

The slump upends the Scottish National Party’s mendacious perspective of an independent capitalist Scotland awash in oil revenue.

Further evidence of deaths due to UK welfare benefits sanctions

By Dennis Moore, 5 February 2015

Those sanctioned are often the most poor and vulnerable, who will face having to live on little or no money.

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L’Alternative pour l’Allemagne tente de créer l’équivalent allemand du Front National

Par Dietmar Henning, 5 février 2015

L’Alternative pour l’Allemagne cherche à mobiliser les forces de l’extrême-droite en faisant appel aux sentiments anti-musulmans.

L’Allemagne est entrée en déflation

Par Nick Beams, 5 février 2015

Les conséquences potentielles de la chute des prix à la consommation et des flots d’argent déversés dans les marchés obligataires risquent de dépasser celles de la crise financière de 2008.

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Nato-Treffen in Brüssel erhöht Kriegsgefahr mit Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 5. Februar 2015

Das heutige Treffen der Nato-Verteidigungsminister in Brüssel wird ganz im Zeichen der Aggression des Militärbündnisses gegen Russland stehen und die Gefahr einer direkten militärischen Konfrontation mit der Atommacht weiter erhöhen.

Griechenland und die deutsche Arroganz

Von Ulrich Rippert, 5. Februar 2015

Mit ihrer Reaktion auf das Wahlergebnis in Griechenland haben deutsche Medien und Politiker ihre Verachtung für demokratische Entscheidungen zur Schau gestellt.

Finanzmärkte in Feierlaune
Syriza rückt von Abschreibung griechischer Schulden ab

Von Robert Stevens, 5. Februar 2015

Die Financial Times lobte Syrizas Gesuch um eine Schuldenumwandlung und erklärte, Tsipras verdiene es, "vollständig und sogar wohlwollend angehört zu werden."

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel besucht Ungarn

Von Markus Salzmann, 5. Februar 2015

Merkel besuchte Ungarn, um ein weiteres Abrücken des Landes von der EU und eine Annäherung an Russland zu verhindern.

Isis veröffentlicht Video von barbarischer Hinrichtung eines jordanischen Piloten

Von Will Morrow, 5. Februar 2015

Die Hinrichtung des jordanischen Piloten ist ein erneuter Beweis für den reaktionären Charakter des Terrorismus.

Australische Politik nach Wahlschock in Queensland im Umbruch

Von James Cogan, 5. Februar 2015

Im politischen LebenAustraliens hat sich ein bestimmtes Muster herausgebildet. Wahlen, sowohl auf Bundes- als auch auf Landesebene, haben einen vollständig negativen Charakter, bei denen insbesondere die Arbeiterklasse zur Wahlurne geht, um die amtierende Regierung abzustrafen.

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Perspective

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

5 February 2015

Prior to the 2003 US invasion, there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. The organization, the forerunner of ISIS, arose on the ruins of Iraqi society at the hands of US imperialism.

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Arts Review

The Humbling: An actor who can no longer act

By David Walsh, 5 February 2015

In Barry Levinson’s film, based on a Philip Roth novel, an aging stage actor, who has lost the appetite for performing, encounters a younger woman with interesting consequences.

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

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

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2015

Japanese PM pushes for new military powers

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2015

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

By Andre Damon, 4 February 2015

Australian central bank cuts rates as economic downturn accelerates

By Nick Beams, 4 February 2015

Alternative for Germany attempts to establish equivalent of French National Front

By Dietmar Henning, 4 February 2015

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

By Roger Jordan, 4 February 2015

Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners

Podemos leader promotes patriotism at mass rally in Madrid

Australian PM recommits to war and austerity

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

NSA Spying

Obama administration announces cosmetic surveillance “reforms”

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2015

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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.

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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