German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

NATO doubles combat forces in Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2015

The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia.

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

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Germany demands Greek austerity as Syriza pledges “frenzy of reasonableness”

By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2015

At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.”

European Central Bank tightens its grip on Greece in response to Syriza “debt swap” proposal

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2015

The European Central Bank has tightened its grip on both the Greek government and the country’s banking system.

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

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

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USW rejects new offer by Shell as oil strike enters sixth day

By E.P. Bannon and Jerry White, 6 February 2015

With largely symbolic picketing doing little to hurt production, the companies can afford to wait for the union to wear down workers who have lost pay and health care.

US electronics retailer RadioShack files for bankruptcy

By Evan Blake, 6 February 2015

The company has been squeezed by competition from Walmart and Amazon, as well as Best Buy and other traditional electronics retailers.

Office supply giants Staples and Office Depot announce $6.3 billion merger

By Nick Barrickman, 6 February 2015

The GM-UAW profit-sharing fraud

By Jerry White, 6 February 2015

The profit-sharing checks being passed out by the Detroit automakers are a pittance compared to what auto workers have lost through wage and benefit cuts.

US federal court hearing highlights widespread misconduct by prosecutors

By Ed Hightower, 6 February 2015

US prosecutors routinely use false testimony to obtain criminal convictions. They are rarely, if ever, punished for it.

Mexican government announces budget cuts in response to economic turmoil

By Don Knowland, 6 February 2015

The Mexican government is imposing deep budget cuts in response to a drop in oil prices and the global economic downturn.

Top US diplomat heaps praise on new Sri Lankan government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 February 2015

Washington’s support for Sri Lankan President Sirisena is above all because he is reorienting the country’s foreign policy away from China and firmly towards the US.

Japanese government pushes to revise US history text

By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2015

Prime Minister Abe’s justification of the past crimes of Japanese imperialism, including the abuse of “comfort women,” is in order to prepare for new wars.

UK Conservatives set out “English Votes for English Laws”

By Julie Hyland, 6 February 2015

Greater devolution, whether in its Scottish or English guise, is directed towards a layer of the upper middle class hostile to any semblance of redistributive economic measures.

Former Australian Labor minister endorses university fee deregulation

By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2015

The measures that the government is attempting to implement are the continuation of a bipartisan assault on higher education.

New in Russian

Вооружение Украины Соединенными Штатами и угроза Третьей мировой войны

Алекс Лантье, 6 февраля 2015 г.

Планы США потратить миллиарды долларов на предоставление ультраправому режиму в Киеве наступательных вооружений угрожает развязать этническую бойню на востоке Украины и спровоцировать полномасштабную войну между НАТО и Россией.

New in Turkish

ABD’nin Ukrayna’yı silahlandırması ve III. Dünya Savaşı tehlikesi

Alex Lantier, 6 Şubat 2015

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, Obama yönetiminin Ukrayna’daki sağcı yönetimi milyarlarca dolarlık gelişmiş silahlarla silahlandırma yönündeki planlarını kesin bir şekilde mahkum eder.

Auschwitz’in kurtuluşunun 70. yıldönümü

Bill Van Auken, 6 Şubat 2015

Polonya’nın güneyinde bulunan ve kapitalist barbarlığın en uç biçiminin bir simgesi olan bu Nazi ölüm kampı, 20. yüzyılın en büyük suçları ve dehşetleriyle eş anlamlıdır.

New in French

La Banque centrale russe baisse son taux directeur

Par Nick Beams, 6 février 2015

La crise économique en Russie est la conséquence de l’offensive économique, diplomatique et militaire menée par Washington.

Le victoire électorale de Syriza et la pseudo-gauche

Par Peter Schwarz, 6 février 2015

Le nouveau gouvernement d’Alexis Tsipras suscite une vague d’enthousiasme parmi les organisations de la pseudo-gauche en Grèce et internationalement.

Irlande: des milliers de personnes manifestent contre la redevance sur l’eau

Par nos reporters, 6 février 2015

La redevance sur l’eau courante imposée par le gouvernment de Dublin fait partie du programme de renflouement à hauteur de dizaines de milliards d’euros conclu avec le ‘troïka’ en 2010.

New in German

Syrizas Unterwerfung unter die EU

Von Peter Schwarz, 6. Februar 2015

Die neue griechische Regierung ist erst seit zehn Tagen im Amt, aber die linken Ansprüche, mit denen sie im Wahlkampf um Stimmen warb, brechen bereits wie ein Kartenhaus in sich zusammen.

Nato verdoppelt Streitkräfte in Osteuropa

Von Johannes Stern, 6. Februar 2015

Auf ihrem gestrigen Treffen im Nato-Hauptquartier in Brüssel beschlossen die Verteidigungsminister des Militärbündnisses die massive Aufrüstung ihrer Streitkräfte in Osteuropa.

Imperialistische Heuchelei über die ISIS-Hinrichtung

Von Barry Grey, 6. Februar 2015

Vor der amerikanischen Invasion von 2003 gab es al-Qaida im Irak nicht. Der Vorgänger des ISIS ging aus dem vom US-Imperialismus verschuldeten Zusammenbruch der irakischen Gesellschaft hervor.

Europäische Staatschefs lehnen Syrizas Wunsch nach Änderungen des Schuldenregimes ab

Von Alex Lantier, 6. Februar 2015

Während die Syriza-Führung ihre Bereitschaft bekräftigt, sich den Forderungen der europäischen Regierungen anzupassen, drängen die Banken auf weitere Angriffe auf die griechische Arbeiterklasse.

Karstadt-Beschäftigte werden wieder zur Kasse gebeten

Von Dietmar Henning, 6. Februar 2015

Am Wochenende gelangte ein so genanntes Zukunftskonzept des Karstadt-Managements an die Öffentlichkeit. Es beinhaltet weitere drastische Kürzungen für die Belegschaft.

Befehlshaber des Afrika-Kommandos der Vereinigten Staaten (AFRICOM) verlangt „gewaltige“ Militäraktion in Westafrika

Von Thomas Gaist, 6. Februar 2015

Die USA beginnen ihre militärischen Operationen in der rohstoffreichen Region Westafrika enorm auszuweiten, um den Einfluss Chinas und anderer Mächte zurückzudrängen.

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Perspective

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

6 February 2015

Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.

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Book Review

Guantánamo Diary: A book that needs to be read

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2015

Guantánamo Diary, written by a current inmate of the infamous camp and suppressed by the US government for seven years, is a terrifying exposure of the secret US torture program—and much more.

Arts Review

Leviathan: A latter-day Job

By Dorota Niemitz and David Walsh, 6 February 2015

Oscar-nominated Leviathan is a dark tale about an individual struggling against the power of the state in contemporary Russia.

The Humbling: An actor who can no longer act

By David Walsh, 5 February 2015

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

The controversy surrounding American Sniper

Commentary

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

By Barry Grey, 5 February 2015

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

By Niles Williamson, 5 February 2015

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

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

By Tom Hall, 5 February 2015

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

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

Japanese PM pushes for new military powers

Australian central bank cuts rates as economic downturn accelerates

Alternative for Germany attempts to establish equivalent of French National Front

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 February 2015

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

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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