As US oil strike nears end of second week
Port owners lock out West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 13 February 2015

Coinciding with punitive actions against striking oil workers, the lockout of dock workers is part of an offensive against workers’ demands for improved wages and conditions.

USW isolates militant strike at Toronto Crown Holdings plant

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

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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Greece’s Syriza government pledges to serve the EU

By Christoph Dreier, 13 February 2015

In the talks with the EU, the Syriza government is preparing to implement new austerity measures and "respect the European rules."

Talks on Greek bailout terms break down

Syriza prepares to make a deal with the EU

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IMF announces new $17 billion loan agreement for Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 13 February 2015

The latest multi-billion dollar loan agreement is a prelude to further attacks on the living standards of the working class throughout Ukraine.

The danger of escalation in Ukraine

Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war

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Senate approves Ashton Carter as new Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2015

The near-unanimous vote shows the lockstep support of both Republicans and Democrats for a policy of militarism and worldwide aggression.

Interpreter for 9/11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was a CIA agent

By Ed Hightower, 13 February 2015

The presence of a CIA spy on the defense team fits the show trial character of the proceedings as a whole, which make a mockery of due process.

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Study says US jails have become “massive warehouses” for the poor

By Tom Hall, 13 February 2015

A report by the Vera Institute of Justice compares American jails to debtors’ prisons and “de facto mental hospitals” housing prisoners unable to pay onerous fees.

Widespread anger over killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina

By Evan Blake, 13 February 2015

The killings have sparked protests internationally, as the victims’ families demand a hate crime investigation.

Boston, Massachusetts storm-related crisis deepens at MBTA

By John Marion, 13 February 2015

The breakdown of the Greater Boston public transportation system, caused by years of grossly inadequate maintenance funding, has deepened in the wake of another storm.

Snowstorms cripple aging public transit in Boston area

Illinois governor prepares attack on state workers

By Kristina Betinis, 13 February 2015

The new governor has halted payment of agency fees to public employee unions as part of a broader policy of budget cuts and austerity.

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

Two brothers die in Detroit house fire

By Lawrence Porter, 13 February 2015

The fire station nearest to the house was shuttered due to budget cuts.

Britain’s GCHQ given free rein to continue mass surveillance

By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2015

GCHQ and the UK government welcomed the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling as it allows them to continue the mass surveillance of the population.

Quebec Liberals aim to level what remains of welfare state

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 February 2015

Quebec’s 10-month-old Liberal government is mounting a sweeping assault on public services and on the wages and working conditions of the workers who administer them.

Political crisis in Jakarta over national police chief

By John Roberts, 13 February 2015

Widodo’s appointee was accused of corruption provoking a public confrontation between the president and his party, as well as between the police and the anti-corruption watchdog.

Sri Lankan plantation union pressures workers to end strike

By M. Devarajah and W.A. Sunil, 13 February 2015

The National Union of Workers intervened yesterday to shut down a strike by 600 plantation workers from the Glenuige Estate over increased workloads.

Australia: NSW electricity workers face more job losses

By Terry Cook, 13 February 2015

Both the Liberal and Labor parties are preparing for the further sale of government-owned assets following next month’s state election.

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Europa al filo de la guerra

Por Alex Lantier, 13 febrero 2015

”Desgraciadamente la guerra es concebible”, le dijo Carl Bildt, ex primer ministro sueco, al Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung durante la conferencia de seguridad de Múnich.

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Annonce d’un accord de cessez-le-feu à l’issue de la négociation de Minsk

Par Alex Lantier, 13 février 2015

L’annonce d’un cessez-le-feu arrive au moment où Washington pousse à une escalade qui risque de rendre nul toute espèce d’accord.

Le gouvernement Obama recherche un chèque en blanc pour la guerre permanente

Par Joseph Kishore, 13 février 2015

L'Autorisation pour recourir à la force militaire, présentée au Congrès mercredi par la Maison-Blanche, vise à mettre en place un nouveau cadre juridique pour la guerre dans tout le Moyen-Orient et au-delà.

Syriza s’apprête à conclure une entente avec l’Union européenne

Par Christoph Dreier, 13 février 2015

Le gouvernement grec a annoncé un programme en dix points qui reprend en grande partie le contenu du programme d’austérité du gouvernement précédentLe gouvernement grec a annoncé un programme en dix points qui reprend en grande partie le contenu du programme d’austérité du gouvernement précédent.

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Waffenstillstand von Minsk: Pause in einem eskalierenden Krieg

Von Peter Schwarz, 13. Februar 2015

Die Minsker Vereinbarung kam nur zustande, weil das Regime in Kiew, das vor einem Jahr mit westlicher Unterstützung an die Macht geputscht wurde, mit dem Rücken zur Wand steht und dringend eine Atempause braucht.

Bundeswehrverband fordert massive Aufrüstung

Von Denis Krassnin und Johannes Stern, 13. Februar 2015

Vor dem Hintergrund der Ukraine-Krise fordern führende deutsche Politiker und Militärs eine massive Aufrüstung der Bundeswehr.

Nach dem Abkommen von Minsk: EU droht mit neuen Sanktionen gegen Russland

Von Alex Lantier und Johannes Stern, 13. Februar 2015

In dem Statement, dass die Staatschefs unterschrieben, sind keine konkreten Bestimmungen zu finden und es wird bereits daran gezweifelt, ob der Waffenstillstand überhaupt umgesetzt wird.

Syriza dient sich der EU an

Von Christoph Dreier, 13. Februar 2015

In den Verhandlungen mit der EU bereitet sich die Syriza-Regierung in Griechenland auf die Umsetzung neuer Sparmaßnahmen vor.

Fast 400 Flüchtlinge im Mittelmeer ertrunken

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 13. Februar 2015

Die Verantwortung für die grauenhafte Tragödie trägt die Europäische Union, die nahezu jede Seenotrettung von Flüchtlingen eingestellt hat und sie zur Abschreckung ertrinken lässt.

Pseudolinker Führer in Sri Lanka wird Mitglied in hohem beratenden Regierungsgremium

Von K.Ratnayake, 13. Februar 2015

Die Beteiligung der NSSP an dem Beratungsgremium für die Regierung markiert ein neues Stadium in der Entwicklung der pseudolinken Organisationen zu direkten Agenturen der Bourgeoisie und des Imperialismus.

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Perspective

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

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A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

11 February 2015

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Commentary

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015

NBC suspends news anchor Brian Williams over Iraq war episode

By David Walsh, 12 February 2015

New York Times takes aim at treatment for peripheral artery disease

By Kate Randall, 12 February 2015

HSBC documents reveal criminal conspiracy of banks and governments

Calls to intensify Australian austerity agenda

The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia

Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 February 2015

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

Police violence in America

Brooklyn grand jury indicts cop who shot Akai Gurley

By Sandy English, 12 February 2015

Mayor announces bulletproof vests for New York City cops

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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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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