No agreement reached between EU finance ministers and Greece

By Robert Stevens and Barry Grey, 17 February 2015

The opposition of the Syriza-led government amounts to pleading for terminological window dressing to conceal its capitulation to the EU austerity agenda.

A revealing Financial Times comment on the Greek debt crisis

The class character of Syriza revealed

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Two detained on charges of aiding Copenhagen terror attack

By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2015

More details have emerged regarding the alleged gunman's biography, confirming how well-known he was to police.

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

By Carl Bronski, 17 February 2015

The Teamsters union capitulated to the Conservative government’s threat of strikebreaking legislation and ordered an end to the strike little more than 36 hours after it began.

US-NATO war games prepare massive military escalation in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 17 February 2015

Operation Flintlock 2015, encompassing Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia, is being used by the US and European powers to escalate their military presence in the oil-rich region.

Report documents attacks on press freedom in US and Europe

By Nick Barrickman, 17 February 2015

Reporters Without Borders now ranks the United States below Niger and El Salvador on media freedom.

CIA whistleblower calls for prosecution of officials responsible for torture

By Tom Hall, 17 February 2015

John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who helped reveal the agency’s use of waterboarding, was released from prison this month after serving a two-year sentence.

Washington buries the CIA torture report

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Eleven-year-old Ohio girl charged with murder

By Evan Blake, 17 February 2015

The United States incarcerates more children than any other country in the world.

Lawsuits allege Missouri cities run “debtors’ prisons”

By Ed Hightower, 17 February 2015

Poor residents are routinely jailed for inability to pay traffic tickets, court costs and other debts in Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri.

The human rights disaster in America

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

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Growing problems for Chinese economy

By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2015

Inflation in China has fallen to its lowest level in five years as the economic slowdown continues.

SPD victory in German state election conceals growing gulf between political establishment and population

By Dietmar Henning, 17 February 2015

Only 56.6 percent of those eligible to vote in the Hamburg state election went to the polls, down from 71 percent in 2001.

New revelations in the 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing

By Dietmar Henning, 17 February 2015

A new television documentary suggests state intelligence agencies may have been involved in perpetrating the worst terrorist act in postwar German history.

Malaysia’s highest court jails opposition leader on trumped-up charge

By John Roberts, 17 February 2015

The court dismissed Anwar Ibrahim's claim that he was the victim of a political conspiracy by the government.

South Africa: ANC provincial premier renounces electronic-tolling populism

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 17 February 2015

David Makhura of the African National Congress has called on motorists to pay the widely hated electronic tolls introduced on the province’s roads in December 2013.

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La France vend vingt-quatre avions de chasse Rafale à la dictature égyptienne

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 17 février 2015

Ce contrat représente une caution apportée publiquement par la France au massacre de milliers d'opposants au coup d’Etat organisé par Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi.

Québec: les syndicats renouvellent leur appui au PQ

Par Laurent Lafrance, 17 février 2015

Peu importe qui remporte la direction du PQ, ce parti bourgeois sera tout aussi déterminé que le Parti libéral à imposer les diktats de la grande entreprise.

Sri Lanka: le syndicat des plantations pousse les travailleurs à terminer leur grève

Par M. Devarajah et W.A. Sunil, 17 février 2015

Le syndicat NUW est intervenu la semaine dernière pour faire terminer la grève menée par six-cents travailleurs des plantations de Glenugie Estate contre l’accroissement de leur charge de travail.

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Hamburg: Wahlsieg der SPD verdeckt wachsende Kluft zwischen Politik und Bevölkerung

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Februar 2015

Die SPD ging mit 45,7 Prozent der Stimmen aus der Wahl in Hamburg hervor. Die CDU erreichte mit 15,9 Prozent das schlechteste Ergebnis ihrer Geschichte.

Bundesregierung gründet neues Osteuropa-Institut

Von Sven Heymanns, 17. Februar 2015

Das neue Institut zur wissenschaftlichen Erforschung des postsowjetischen Raums ist Teil der neuen deutschen Außenpolitik und ihrer geostrategischen Ausrichtung nach Osteuropa.

Poroschenko droht mit Kriegsrecht

Von David Levine, 17. Februar 2015

Poroschenko reagiert auf den wachsenden Widerstand gegen das mit Faschisten durchsetzte, pro-westliche Regime in Kiew und dessen brutalen Kriegskurs in der Ostukraine. Während sich im ukrainischen Militär schwere Anzeichen von Auflösung und Demoralisierung zeigen, breitet sich in der Bevölkerung Antikriegsstimmung aus.

Ein aufschlussreicher Kommentar aus der Financial Times über die griechische Schuldenkrise

Von Nick Beams, 17. Februar 2015

Der Financial Times-Kolumnist rät der Syriza-Regierung, in ihrer Konfrontation mit den Finanzministern der Eurozone hart zu bleiben.

Mutmaßlicher Todesschütze in Kopenhagen war der Polizei bekannt

Von Chris Marsden und Jordan Shilton, 17. Februar 2015

Am Sonntag identifizierte die dänische Polizei den Todesschützen von Kopenhagen als Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein. Er wird beschuldigt, eine Konferenz über Meinungsfreiheit und danach eine Synagoge angegriffen zu haben.

USA drohen mit Militärintervention im Jemen

Von Thomas Gaist, 17. Februar 2015

Äußerungen des UN-Generalsekretärs und amerikanischer Politiker deuten darauf hin, dass bald eine Militärintervention im Jemen bevorstehen könnte.

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Perspective

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

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US Oil Workers Strike

US oil strike enters third week with corporations refusing to budge on wages, safety conditions

By David Brown, 17 February 2015

Refinery workers are locked in a bitter confrontation with the oil conglomerates, with no new talks scheduled until Wednesday.

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

11 February 2015

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

Thirty-five years since the nationwide US refinery strike

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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History

Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in Jim Crow South, report finds

By Tom Mackaman, 17 February 2015

A new study compiles extra-judicial murders of African Americans that took place between 1870 and 1940.

Seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army

By Clara Weiss, 16 February 2015

Workers Struggles

Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 16 February 2015

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 February 2015

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

Sri Lankan plantation union pressures workers to end strike

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

Commentary

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

By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2015

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

By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015

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

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US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports

By James Cogan, 16 February 2015

US historians criticize Tokyo’s efforts to whitewash war crimes

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2015

Japanese PM calls for constitutional change in keynote speech

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

By Kevin Martinez, 16 February 2015

More evidence of US involvement in Sri Lankan regime-change

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

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

Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 16 February 2015

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

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.

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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The Fight Against Imperialist War

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015