Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 16 February 2015

The White House is intervening entirely on behalf of the shipping and terminal owners and, more generally, the corporate and financial elite in the US.

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

Harper government to criminalize Canadian Pacific railway strike

By Carl Bronski, 16 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers.

A revealing Financial Times comment on the Greek debt crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 February 2015

Financial Times columnist advises Syriza-led government to stand firm in “high noon” showdown with euro zone finance ministers.

The class character of Syriza revealed

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Alleged terrorist gunman shot dead in Copenhagen

By Chris Marsden and Jordan Shilton, 16 February 2015

Police said the gunman who attacked a meeting featuring a cartoonist who published a caricature of Mohammed and later attacked a synagogue was already known to them.

Hostilities ease in eastern Ukraine on first day of cease-fire

By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015

The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect.

New evidence implicates pro-US opposition in Maidan killings during Kiev coup

By Andrea Peters, 16 February 2015

Recent BBC and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports indicate that the far-right forces backed by NATO led the killings of civilians in last year’s coup in Kiev.

US and Ukrainian officials seek to torpedo Minsk cease-fire agreement

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

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Obama’s budget proposal cuts $50 million from immunization funding

By Kevin Martinez, 16 February 2015

As the latest measles outbreak spread to over 120 confirmed cases, the White House announced an 8 percent cut to the federal immunization program.

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

More evidence of US involvement in Sri Lankan regime-change

By K. Ratnayake, 16 February 2015

The installation of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan president via the January 8 election was the outcome of a carefully orchestrated operation in which the US was intimately involved.

US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports

By James Cogan, 16 February 2015

The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.”

US historians criticize Tokyo’s efforts to whitewash war crimes

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2015

American historians have signed a statement condemning the Japanese government’s attempts to whitewash the military’s abuse of “comfort women” in the 1930s and 1940s.

France sells 24 Rafale fighter jets to Sisi dictatorship in Egypt

By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 February 2015

The deal constitutes a public endorsement by France of the slaughter of thousands of opponents of the Sisi coup.

Rise in value of Swiss franc threatens workers in Eastern Europe with ruin

By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2015

Following moves by the Swiss National Bank in January, the value of the Swiss franc has risen sharply—and with it the debt of hundreds of thousands of workers in Eastern Eruope.

New in Polish

Rozejm miński – przerwa w dalszej eskalacji wojny

Peter Schwarz, 16 luty 2015

Porozumienie w Mińsku pomiędzy Niemcami, Francją, Rosją i Ukrainą doszło do skutku tylko dlatego, że kijowski reżim został przyparty do muru i pilnie potrzebuje chwili wytchnienia.

New in French

Les Etats-Unis et les responsables ukrainiens cherchent à torpiller l’accord de Minsk sur le cessez-le-feu

Par Niles Williamson, 16 février 2015

Des accusations d’un engagement militaire russe renforcé dans l’Est de l’Ukraine suggèrent que le gouvernement Obama cherche à justifier une décision d’armer directement le régime de Kiev.

L’influente Association de l’Armée allemande demande un réarmement massif

Par Denis Krassnin et Johannes Stern, 16 février 2015

La fin de la retenue allemande en politique étrangère et de sécurité, annoncée il y a un an par le président Gauck et le gouvernement fédéral, est la principale raison des appels actuels au réarmement.

La campagne pour le démantèlement des retraites aux Etats-Unis

Par Andre Damon, 16 février 2015

L’attaque des retraites est menée dans un mépris total de la loi et foule aux pieds les dispositions constitutionnelles qui protègent des prestations sociales gagnées par les travailleurs pendant des décennies de dur travail.

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Perspective

The human rights disaster in America

16 February 2015

The government’s human rights rhetoric is not only at odds with American imperialist foreign policy, it is belied by the reality of life within the United States itself.

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US Oil Workers Strike

Oil workers on strike denounce poor safety and work conditions at US refineries

By our reporters, 14 February 2015

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

11 February 2015

Thirty-five years since the nationwide US refinery strike

By David Brown and Charles Abelard, 14 February 2015

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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History

Seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army

By Clara Weiss, 16 February 2015

The role of the Red Army in World War II was a confirmation of the profoundly progressive character of the Russian Revolution out of which the Red Army emerged.

25 years ago: Marion Barry refuses to resign in the face of drug charges

Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry accused the US Department of Justice of conducting a “political lynching” in the indictments brought against him this week, 25 years ago.

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50 years ago: Malcolm X assassinated

On February 21, 1965, black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated by gunmen loyal to the rival Nation of Islam at a rally of his supporters in the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan.

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75 years ago: British-German military actions off Norway

On February 16, 1940, the British Navy sailed into Norwegian waters and intercepted the Altmark, a German supply ship, which was carrying 299 British merchant seamen as prisoners.

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100 years ago: Rosa Luxemburg imprisoned by German authorities

On February 18, 1915, the revolutionary Marxist leader Rosa Luxemburg was imprisoned by German authorities for her opposition to the imperialist world war.

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Arts Review

The Two Faces of January: Three Americans joined together by crime

By David Walsh, 16 February 2015

Set in Greece in the early 1960s, Iranian-born director Hossein Amini’s film, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, follows a trio of Americans caught up in a series of increasingly traumatic events.

The Water Diviner: Russell Crowe’s contribution to the WWI centenary

Commentary

Pseudo-left embrace Syriza’s alliance with the Independent Greeks

By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2015

Various pseudo-left groups have moved from providing political apologies for Syriza’s coalition with the Independent Greeks to fully embracing the alliance as a model to be emulated

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2015

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2015

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

House fires kill 71 people in the US during the first week of February

By Samuel Davidson, 14 February 2015

Japanese PM calls for constitutional change in keynote speech

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2015

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

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

Widespread anger over killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

No to war and austerity! Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 16 February 2015

The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at university orientation days across Australia over the next two weeks.

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.

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan plantation union pressures workers to end strike

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

The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015