Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015

The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.

German chancellor seeks to push Hungary away from Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015

NATO doubles combat forces in Eastern Europe

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

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National Security Strategy document affirms US drive for world domination

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2015

The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.”

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

By Chris Marsden, 7 February 2015

The invitation of the neo-fascist leader is of a piece with both contemporary political requirements within ruling circles and the recent political pedigree of the Oxford Union.

The legitimization of Marine Le Pen

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

Australian prime minister faces leadership vote

By Nick Beams, 7 February 2015

The move against Prime Minister Abbott arises from a deepening economic and political crisis that has seen the country without a stable government for the past five years.

Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland

As walkout spreads to Indiana, Ohio BP refineries
White House urges USW to strangle oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White and E.P. Bannon, 7 February 2015

The Obama administration is concerned that the USW could lose control and the struggle could inspire other sections of workers into action against deteriorating wages and working conditions.

Official enthusiasm over January jobs report belied by economic reality

By Nick Barrickman, 7 February 2015

Media figures and politicians hailed the latest US jobs report as evidence of an economic turnaround, ignoring the thousands of store closings and layoffs announced in recent days.

US electronics retailer RadioShack files for bankruptcy

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

Political conflict between Argentinian president and intelligence agencies intensifies

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 7 February 2015

President Cristina Fernandez has blamed the Argentinian intelligence agency, SIDE, for the mysterious death of senior prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Hong Kong protest falls short of expectations

By Ben McGrath, 7 February 2015

The small turnout was a reflection of the political dead-end into which so-called pro-democracy leaders steered last year’s weeks-long protest movement.

Haiti: Martelly to rule by decree

By John Marion, 7 February 2015

After precipitating an election crisis that dissolved the parliament, President Michel Martelly is moving to shore up his power with backing from the US and United Nations.

South Africa: Mpumalanga premier roiled by African National Congress faction fight

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 7 February 2015

The Stalinist South African Communist Party has accused Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza of the African National Congress of instigating violence at a Communist Party lecture.

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75 лет назад: Театральный режиссер и драматург Всеволод Мейерхольд казнен сталинистской бюрократией

7 февраля 2015 г.

2 февраля 1940 года сталинистской бюрократией был казнен выдающийся театральный режиссер и авангардистский русский драматург Всеволод Эмильевич Мейерхольд. Он был расстрелян по фальшивому и надуманному обвинению в предательстве и шпионаже.

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Avertissements de « guerre totale » au sujet de l’Ukraine
Les dirigeants allemand et français se rendent en Russie

Par Alex Lantier, 7 février 2015

Tandis que Washington envisage d'armer directement l'Ukraine, des dirigeants européens avertissent qu'une escalade incontrôlée pourrait déclencher une guerre entre puissances nucléaires.

La réunion de l’OTAN à Bruxelles accroît le danger de guerre contre la Russie

Par Johannes Stern, 7 février 2015

La réunion des ministres de la Défense de l’OTAN, le 5 février à Bruxelles, visait à consolider l’alliance militaire contre la Russie.

Tsipras s'empresse de rassurer l'UE et les banques au sujet de la dette grecque

Par Robert Stevens, 7 février 2015

Si la Grèce ne parvenait pas à un accord avec ses créanciers sur les €3,5 milliards arrivés à échéance en février et mars, les fonds pourraient être retirés de ses banques.

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Saudi-Arabien, der 11. September und der „Krieg gegen den Terror“

Von Patrick Martin, 7. Februar 2015

Eidesstattliche Erklärungen vor einem US-Bundesgericht werfen Licht auf die Rolle der saudischen Monarchiebei den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September.

Merkel und Hollande fliegen nach Russland und warnen vor „totalem Krieg“ um die Ukraine

Von Alex Lantier, 7. Februar 2015

Während Washington über direkte Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine nachdenkt, warnen europäische Regierungschefs vor einer unkontrollierten Eskalation, die zu einem Krieg zwischen Atommächten führen könnte.

SPD-Chef Gabriel ergreift Partei für Pegida

Von Ulrich Rippert, 7. Februar 2015

SPD-Chef Sigmar Gabriel erklärte im Stern, es gebe „ein demokratisches Recht darauf, rechts oder deutschnational“ zu sein.

BND sammelt zehnmal so viel Daten wie bisher bekannt

Von Andreas Kunstmann, 7. Februar 2015

Laut einem Bericht von Zeit Online sammelt der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) täglich 220 Millionen Metadaten über Telefonate und SMS.

Massenkundgebung in Madrid:
Patriotischer Auftritt des Podemos-Führers

Von Alejandro López, 7. Februar 2015

Pablo Iglesias’ Rede widerlegte die Behauptung, Podemos sei eine Bedrohung für Spaniens herrschende Klasse.

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Europe on the brink of war

7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

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Commentary

Syriza capitulates to the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2015

Syriza leaders are traveling across Europe to assure governments they can rely on the party to push through “deep reforms."

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

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015

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

US federal court hearing highlights widespread misconduct by prosecutors

By Ed Hightower, 6 February 2015

Mexican government announces budget cuts in response to economic turmoil

By Don Knowland, 6 February 2015

Top US diplomat heaps praise on new Sri Lankan government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 February 2015

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

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

People from wealthy families eight times more likely to graduate college

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Group in Ireland holds first public meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 7 February 2015

The newly formed Socialist Equality Group (SEG) held a meeting entitled “The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland” in Dublin on February 3.

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

The Humbling: An actor who can no longer act

The twentieth century was lived in vain: Leonardo Padura’s The Man Who Loved Dogs

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 February 2015

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

The GM-UAW profit-sharing fraud

By Jerry White, 6 February 2015

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

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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