Minsk cease-fire verging on collapse as fighting continues in east Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 18 February 2015

Behind the continued conflicts is the determination of the US, which installed the right-wing regime in Kiev last February, to press ahead in its campaign against Russia.

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

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French government forces through austerity measures without vote in parliament

By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2015

Using the anti-democratic provision 49-3 of the French Constitution, the government pushed through its reactionary law.

Mounting signs of global economic stagnation

By Nick Beams, 18 February 2015

Profits are increasingly being accumulated not through investment and increased production, but by various forms of speculation.

IMF cuts growth forecast amid warnings of rising global unemployment

White House delays immigration order after court ruling

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2015

The Obama administration, no less than the Republicans, accepts the premise that undocumented immigrants are “criminals” who must face harsh and punitive sanctions.

Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants

Report points to global spyware operation by US

By Thomas Gaist, 18 February 2015

While it is constantly charging China and Russia with hacking, the US government is by far the leading perpetrator of cyberwarfare on the planet.

Obama administration announces cosmetic surveillance “reforms”

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Defence establishment complains of Britain’s “irrelevance” in world affairs

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 18 February 2015

There is growing criticism of the government of Prime Minister David Cameron for not playing a more aggressive role in military operations worldwide.

German government to establish Eastern Europe Institute

By Sven Heymanns, 18 February 2015

The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe.

UN survey documents Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2015

Israel’s war on Gaza last summer killed at least 2,205 Palestinians, including 540 children, according to UN estimates.

The assault on Gaza: A historic crime

Detroit bankruptcy judge approves $178 million in legal and consulting fees

By James Brewer, 18 February 2015

The ruling comes three months after Judge Steven Rhodes rubber-stamped the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy by slashing retirees’ pensions and health care benefits.

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling: A new chapter in the class war against workers

Oil trains derail and burst into flames in Canada, US

By Jeff Lusanne, 18 February 2015

Major railroads are pursuing attacks on railroad workers at the expense of working conditions and safety.

Sydney siege survivors speak on Australian television

By Richard Phillips, 18 February 2015

Wounded hostage Marcia Mikhael said the police have treated her “like a criminal.”

The Sydney siege

Sri Lankan police attack estate workers protesting police killing

By M. Devarajah and A. Shanthakumar, 18 February 2015

The arrest of scores of demonstrators is a major attack on democratic rights by President Sirisena’s administration.

New in French

L'impérialisme américain et la catastrophe en Libye

Par Joseph Kishore, 18 février 2015

Le désastre qui se produit actuellement en Libye, à travers le Moyen-orient et en Afrique du Nord est la conséquence des opérations criminelles des Etats-Unis et des autres puissances impérialistes.

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Der US-Imperialismus und die Katastrophe in Libyen

Von Joseph Kishore, 18. Februar 2015

Die Katastrophe, die sich in Libyen, in ganz Nordafrika und im Nahen Osten entwickelt, ist das Ergebnis der Verbrechen der Vereinigten Staaten und der andern imperialistischen Mächte.

Keine Einigung zwischen EU-Finanzministern und Griechenland

Von Robert Stevens und Barry Grey, 18. Februar 2015

Der Widerstand der Syriza-Regierung erschöpft sich darin, mit geschickter Wortwahl ihre Kapitulation vor dem Sparkurs der EU zu verbergen.

Bundesverfassungsgericht rechtfertigt Lockspitzel

Von Justus Leicht, 18. Februar 2015

„Die rechtsstaatswidrige Tatprovokation steht einer Verurteilung nicht zwingend entgegen“, urteilt das BVerfG.

Polen: Gewerkschaften beenden Streik der Bergarbeiter

Von Markus Salzmann, 18. Februar 2015

In Polen haben die Gewerkschaften einen Streik der Bergarbeiter nach mehr als zwei Wochen abgewürgt.

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Perspective

European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers

18 February 2015

The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists.

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US Oil Workers Strike

A warning to US oil workers: The United Steelworkers’ record of betrayal

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015

Over the past three decades, the USW has overseen the betrayal of scores of strikes and the decimation of workers’ jobs, health care and pensions.

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

By David Brown, 17 February 2015

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

11 February 2015

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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The Social Crisis in America

Hazel Park, Michigan retiree dies of hypothermia after gas shutoff

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015

The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran was found huddled under blankets next to a space heater.

The human rights disaster in America

Two brothers die in Detroit house fire

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

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Commentary

Canada: Why is the Globe and Mail denouncing Harper’s latest “anti-terrorism” bill?

By Roger Jordan, 18 February 2015

That a newspaper hitherto so supportive of the Harper government and so closely identified with the Canadian ruling class’s embrace of imperialist war and austerity is expressing alarm over Bill C-51 should give workers pause.

No agreement reached between EU finance ministers and Greece

By Robert Stevens and Barry Grey, 17 February 2015

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

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Two detained on charges of aiding Copenhagen terror attack

By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2015

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

By Thomas Gaist, 17 February 2015

Report documents attacks on press freedom in US and Europe

By Nick Barrickman, 17 February 2015

CIA whistleblower calls for prosecution of officials responsible for torture

US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports

US historians criticize Tokyo’s efforts to whitewash war crimes

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

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

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

By Carl Bronski, 17 February 2015

Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 16 February 2015

Sri Lankan plantation union pressures workers to end strike

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

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.

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

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