Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 10 February 2015

The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments.

German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2015

Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia.

US presses for military action against Russia

Europe on the brink of war

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Stock markets fall on fears of Greek exit from euro zone

By Robert Stevens, 10 February 2015

On Wednesday, a meeting of finance ministers from the euro zone countries will discuss the Greek crisis.

Syriza leader issues nationalist appeal in speech to Greek parliament

Syriza capitulates to the European Union

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Northern Marseille on lock-down after shots fired at police

By Kanda Gabriel, 10 February 2015

Police vehicles reportedly came under rifle fire before French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived for a press conference in the city.

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Catastrophic fire at Russia’s most important social science library

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2015

A fire that broke out in Moscow on January 30 destroyed the building of the Academic Institute for Scientific Information on Social Science.

Shia insurgents disband US-backed Yemeni government

By Thomas Gaist, 10 February 2015

The Obama administration is currently considering means to maintain its control over the country, including by working with the Houthis or launching military operations.

Canada’s opposition parties acquiesce to government’s draconian “anti-terror” bill

By Roger Jordan, 10 February 2015

Canada’s opposition parties have signaled that they will mount no serious opposition to a Conservative bill that grants the national security apparatus sweeping new powers.

The Ottawa shooting

Norfolk police chief apologizes for K9 attack as brutality cases mount

By Ed Hightower, 10 February 2015

Police in Norfolk follow the national trend of attack first, ask questions later.

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

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Urgent care center replaces shuttered hospital in impoverished Pennsylvania town

By Evan Winters and Phyllis Scherrer, 10 February 2015

This dramatic downgrade graphically illustrates the reality of health care rationing for the poor and working class in the United States, supported by the entire political establishment.

East Timorese prime minister resigns, “national unity” government formed

By Patrick Kelly, 10 February 2015

Previously bitter enemies within the ruling elite have now closed ranks, attempting to shore up their common class interests.

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Les Etats-Unis poussent à l’escalade militaire contre la Russie

Par Joseph Kishore, 10 février 2015

Les Etats-Unis renforcent leur pression pour une escalade militaire en Ukraine, prenant ainsi le risque de déclencher une guerre avec la Russie.

La Banque centrale européenne resserre son emprise sur la Grèce

Par Nick Beams, 10 février 2015

En réaction à la proposition de Syriza de procéder à un « échange de dettes », la Banque centrale européenne a resserré son emprise tant sur le système bancaire du pays que sur le gouvernement grec.

Des documents prouvent que le Canada procède à des opérations d’espionnage de masse

Par Dylan Lubao, 10 février 2015

Des documents fournis par Edward Snowden prouvent que le Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications recueille des données sur des millions de Canadiens.

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USA drängen auf militärisches Vorgehen gegen Russland

Von Joseph Kishore, 10. Februar 2015

Die USA erhöhen den Druck für ein militärisches Einschreiten in der Ukraine und riskieren damit einen Krieg mit Russland.

Deutsche Medien befürworten Konfrontation mit Russland

Von Peter Schwarz, 10. Februar 2015

Der massive Druck der USA, das Regime in Kiew mit Waffen zu beliefern und damit den Krieg in der Ukraine zu verschärfen, hat in den deutschen Medien hektische Reaktionen ausgelöst.

Spiegel Online warnt vor Atomkrieg

Von Johannes Stern, 10. Februar 2015

Unter der Überschrift „Nato-Russland-Krise: Das nukleare Gespenst kehrt zurück“ bestätigt Spiegel Online, dass die Gefahr eines Atomkriegs zwischen den Großmächten stetig wächst.

Erneut massiver Arbeitsplatzabbau bei Siemens

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10. Februar 2015

Siemens streicht weltweit 7800 Arbeitsplätze, davon 3300 in Deutschland. Wie üblich spielen IG Metall und Betriebsrat dabei eine Schlüsselrolle.

Syriza-Chef richtet nationalistischen Appell an das griechische Parlament

Von Nick Beams, 10. Februar 2015

Der britische Finanzminister George Osborne hat angedeutet, dass die britische Regierung Vorbereitungen für den Fall eines Austritts Griechenlands aus der Eurozone getroffen hat.

Marine Le Pen spricht in der Oxford Union

Von Chris Marsden, 10. Februar 2015

Die Einladung der Neofaschistin deckt sich sowohl mit den aktuellen politischen Vorgaben herrschender Kreise als auch mit der politischen Entwicklung der Oxford Union in der jüngeren Vergangenheit.

Verheerender Brand in der wichtigsten geisteswissenschaftlichen Bibliothek Russlands

Von Clara Weiss, 10. Februar 2015

Ein Feuer, das am 30. Januar ausbrach, hat das Gebäude der bedeutendsten geisteswissenschaftliche Bibliothek Russlands, INION, in Moskau zerstört.

New in Turkish

ABD’deki petrol sanayisi grevinin dördüncü günü Şirketler
ücret ve iş güvenliği taleplerine direniyor

Dan Conway ve Jerry White, 10 Şubat 2015

3.800 petrol işçisinin, Birleşik Çelik İşçileri sendikası (USW) ile sanayi temsilcileri arasındaki görüşmelerde 30.000 işçiyi kapsayan yeni üç yıllık sözleşme konusunda Pazartesi ve Salı günleri herhangi bir ilerleme sağlanamamasının ardından başlattığı grev dördüncü gününe girdi.

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Perspective

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

10 February 2015

The strike is a harbinger of a renewal of open class struggle in the United States with far-reaching implications in the US and internationally.

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Commentary

The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 February 2015

A vast chasm has opened up between the austerity program demanded by the financial elite and the social needs of working people.

New Sri Lankan government brings down election budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 February 2015

US official admits to UK role in rendition to Diego Garcia

By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2015

Illinois Democrats concoct pseudo-legal justification for cutting public employee pensions

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015

Leader of German Social Democrats sides with right-wing Pegida movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015

National Security Strategy document affirms US drive for world domination

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union

Political conflict between Argentinian president and intelligence agencies intensifies

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

US Oil Workers Strike

Oil strike shows growing combativeness of US workers

By Jerry White, 9 February 2015

“If we all took a stand together we would be stronger”
Striking US oil refinery workers speak out

By our reporters, 9 February 2015

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

The coming fight over wages in the US

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 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

Arts Review

German television series Tannbach and German postwar history

By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015

The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.

Leviathan: A latter-day Job

By Dorota Niemitz and David Walsh, 6 February 2015

25 years ago: Nelson Mandela released from prison

After weeks of negotiations, the South African government of F.W. de Klerk released African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela from prison.

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50 years ago: Cattle prods used on Selma school children

On February 10, 1965, black school children demonstrating for civil rights were brutally attacked by Selma Sheriff Jim Clark and his deputies.

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75 years ago: Stalin launches mass deportation of Poles

On February 10, 1940, Stalin launched the first of four mass deportations of Poles from eastern Poland, which had been occupied by the Red Army.

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100 years ago: Russian troops sustain heavy casualties in the Second Battle of the Masurian Lakes

By the end of the offensive, 200,000 Russian soldiers were dead, wounded, missing or taken prisoner.

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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.

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.

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015