Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2015

The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter.

Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2015

German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2015

The danger of escalation in Ukraine

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Over 300 migrant workers perish off Italian coast

By Paul Mitchell, 12 February 2015

The toll is the biggest loss of life since October, 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the island of Lampedusa.

The European Union uses death to deter immigrants

As talks are suspended
Ohio BP-Husky workers express support for national oil strike

By Eric London, 12 February 2015

Workers at the BP-Husky refinery outside of Toledo, Ohio spoke on working conditions and the need to broaden their 12-day strike against the world’s richest oil companies.

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Talks on Greek bailout terms break down

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2015

The talks in Brussels on Greek bailout terms failed to reach agreement even on a statement of principles as to how discussions should proceed.

Syriza prepares to make a deal with the EU

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Judge in Stockton bankruptcy upholds retiree benefit cuts

By Adam Mclean, 12 February 2015

The ruling paves the way for cities throughout California and nationwide to use bankruptcy courts to slash pensions.

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

New York Mayor de Blasio announces meager housing goals

By Daniel de Vries, 12 February 2015

Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year.

New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio

Brooklyn grand jury indicts cop who shot Akai Gurley

By Sandy English, 12 February 2015

Peter Liang, the New York City police officer who shot Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley last November, will face charges of manslaughter.

Mayor announces bulletproof vests for New York City cops

Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America

USW isolates militant strike at Toronto Crown Holdings plant

By Dylan Lubao, 12 February 2015

Crown Holdings is using scabs to break a 17-month-long strike at its north Toronto metal can manufacturing plant.

US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2015

US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon.

Shia insurgents disband US-backed Yemeni government

Indonesian government pushes ahead with planned executions

By John Roberts, 12 February 2014

The decision by President Joko Widodo to accelerate the carrying out of death sentences is based on cynical political calculations.

Australian police carry out another anti-terror raid

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2015

The spectre of the “lone wolf” attack is being exploited to push for a new round of draconian anti-terror legislation.

Australia: Homeless people speak on worsening social crisis

By Susan Allan, 12 February 2015

“I think all the austerity measures are terrible—the rich and poor divide is growing.”

German Karstadt department store plans more layoffs and pay cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 12 February 2015

The retailer is working with the Ver.di trade union to slash labour costs by 20 percent.

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Угроза эскалации на Украине

Алекс Лантье, 12 февраля 2015 г.

Никто не берет на себя ответственность четко сказать, какой может оказаться человеческая цена более масштабного конфликта на Украине между Россией и НАТО.

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ABD Rusya’ya karşı askeri eylem için baskı yapıyor

Joseph Kishore, 12 Şubat 2015

Amerikalı siyasi ve askeri yetkililer, geçtiğimiz günler boyunca, hepsi ABD’nin Ukrayna’daki “Rus saldırganlığı”na karşı çıkmak için hızlı davranması gerektiği yalanı üzerine kurulu bir dizi savaşkan açıklama yaptılar.

Avrupa savaşın eşiğinde

Alex Lantier, 12 Şubat 2015

Washington’ın Kiev’deki Batı destekli rejime Ukrayna’nın doğusundaki Rusya yanlısı ayrılıkçılara saldırması için silah sağlamayı düşündüğü üzerine haberler, dünya savaşı tehlikesini Avrupa’daki siyasi yaşamın merkezine yerleştirmiş durumda.

Syriza’nın önderi Yunan parlamentosuna yaptığı konuşmada milliyetçiliğe sesleniyor

Nick Beams, 12 Şubat 2015

Alexis Tsipras, Syriza’nın iki hafta önceki seçimleri kazanmasının ardından parlamentoya yaptığı ilk konuşmasında, Avrupa Birliği ile borçları yeniden görüşmeye çalışırken hükümetine destek elde etmek için milliyetçiliğe seslendi.

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Le danger d'escalade en Ukraine

Par Alex Lantier, 12 février 2015

Personne ne dit clairement quel pourrait être le coût en vies humaines d'un conflit à grande échelle entre l'OTAN et la Russie.

Les fichiers HSBC révèlent une collusion criminelle entre banques et gouvernements

Par Andre Damon, 12 février 2015

Les gouvernements britannique et américain, ainsi que d’autres, ont enterré les preuves montrant que la plus grande banque d’Europe pratiquait à l’aide d’un système massif d’évasion fiscale la fraude à grande échelle.

L’Arabie saoudite, le 11-Septembre et la «guerre contre le terrorisme»

Par Patrick Martin, 12 février 2015

Des déclarations faites sous serment en Cour fédérale montrent le rôle de la monarchie saoudienne dans les attaques du 11-Septembre, qui est depuis longtemps caché par l’armée et les services de renseignements américains.

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Die Gefahr einer Eskalation in der Ukraine

Von Alex Lantier, 12. Februar 2015

Niemand spricht darüber, wie viele Menschenleben ein größerer Konflikt um die Ukraine kosten würde, wo die Grenzen liegen und ob er sich zu einem nuklearen Schlagabtausch zwischen Russland und der Nato ausweiten kann.

Ukraine-Konflikt: F.A.Z. setzt auf nukleare Eskalation

Von Peter Schwarz, 12. Februar 2015

F.A.Z.-Herausgeber Berthold Kohler ist bereit, einen Atomkrieg zu riskieren und sogar zu führen, der Milliarden Menschenleben kosten und wahrscheinlich das Ende der menschlichen Zivilisation bedeuten würde.

HSBC-Dokumente enthüllen kriminelle Verschwörung von Banken und Regierungen

Von Andre Damon, 12. Februar 2015

Die Regierungen Großbritanniens, der USA und anderer Länder haben Beweise dafür verschwinden lassen, dass die größte Bank Europas in massivem Ausmaß Steuerbetrug betrieben hat.

Die Kontroverse um den Film American Sniper (Der Scharfschütze)

Von David Walsh, 12. Februar 2015

Mit der Kampagne zur Verteidigung von Clint Eastwoods Film versuchen das politische und Medienestablishment in den USA aktuell, ihre kriegerische Agenda voranzutreiben.

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Perspective

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

12 February 2015

The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.

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12 February 2015

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US Oil Workers Strike

Oil workers remain determined as USW resumes talks to sell out strike

By E.P. Bannon, 11 February 2015

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

11 February 2015

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 10 February 2015

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Commentary

NBC suspends news anchor Brian Williams over Iraq war episode

By David Walsh, 12 February 2015

What is the fitting punishment for those commentators and pundits who helped plunge the US into the catastrophic 2003 invasion of Iraq through their systematic deception?

New York Times takes aim at treatment for peripheral artery disease

By Kate Randall, 12 February 2015

Using flawed data analyzed by a health care think tank, the Times targets “huge payments” by Medicare to treat PAD, a serious condition that can lead to gangrene, amputations and death.

HSBC documents reveal criminal conspiracy of banks and governments

By Andre Damon, 11 February 2015

Calls to intensify Australian austerity agenda

By Nick Beams, 11 February 2015

The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia

Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body

By K. Ratnayake, 11 February 2015

Upstart AAP staggers BJP and Congress in Delhi Assembly election

By Kranti Kumara, 11 February 2015

Northern Marseille on lock-down after shots fired at police

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

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

Arts Review

Wild and Black or White: Social problems, but the solutions?

By Joanne Laurier, 11 February 2015

German television series Tannbach and German postwar history

By Sybille Fuchs, 9 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.

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 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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