German finance minister demands unconditional surrender from Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 20 February 2015

As it negotiates the terms of surrender, Syriza is not being allowed even the mildest concessions needed to maintain some small degree of political credibility.

European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers

The election in Greece and the political tasks of the working class

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Illinois budget to cut $6.7 billion from pensions, health care, social services

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2015

The budget proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, a hedge-fund multi-millionaire, demonstrates the savagery of Wall Street’s attack on the working class.

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

Wisconsin governor proposes largest ever cuts to public university system

US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war

By Alex Lantier, 20 February 2015

After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

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US court overturns “terrorism” charge against Australian Guantanamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015

The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights.

Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

French government survives confidence vote over austerity law

By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 February 2015

The posturing by so-called “rebel” factions of the ruling Socialist Party and its political allies against austerity stands exposed as a reactionary fraud.

Obama, port owners line up against West Coast dockworkers

By Rafael Azul, 20 February 2015

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has gone to California to press the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to impose another sellout agreement on West Coast dockworkers.

ACLU report documents horror of solitary confinement in US prisons

By Kevin Martinez, 20 February 2015

Over 80,000 people languish in solitary confinement in the country’s penitentiaries, sometimes for years or decades at a time.

Up to six million face Obamacare penalties for 2014

By Toby Reese, 20 February 2015

Tax penalties imposed on the uninsured who fail to sign up for health coverage by the February 15 deadline will be higher than last year.

The human rights disaster in America

Canadian NDP declares willingness to enter coalition with Liberals

By Dylan Lubao, 20 February 2015

The leader of the social democratic NDP has reiterated the possibility of joining hands with a party that has carried out the greatest social spending cuts in Canadian history.

Polish trade unions end miners’ strike

By Markus Salzmann, 20 February 2015

Strikers showed enormous militancy during the course of the two-week-long struggle involving clashes with police wielding teargas and rubber bullets.

Australian government launches vicious attack on human rights commissioner

By Will Morrow, 20 February 2015

Prime Minister Abbott vilified the Human Rights Commission over its report on children incarcerated in refugee detention centres in breach of international conventions.

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Ukraine: les accords de Minsk au point de rupture

Par Niles Williamson, 20 février 2015

Les États-Unis, qui ont installé en février de l’an dernier un régime droitier à Kiev, sont déterminés à continuer leur campagne contre la Russie.

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Schäuble fordert Griechenlands bedingungslose Kapitulation

Von Christoph Dreier, 20. Februar 2015

Nur wenige Stunden nachdem die griechische Regierung einen Antrag auf Verlängerung der Kreditvereinbarung mit der EU gestellt hatte, lehnte der deutsche Finanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) das Schreiben rundheraus ab.

Nach der Niederlage von Debalzewe: USA verschärfen Drohungen gegen Russland

Von Niles Williamson, 20. Februar 2015

Der Rückzug der ukrainischen Truppen aus Debalzewe am Mittwoch war ein schwerer Schlag für die Politik der USA in Osteuropa.

Ein Jahr nach den Todesschüssen auf dem Maidan: neue Hinweise belasten die pro-amerikanische Opposition

Von Andrea Peters, 20. Februar 2015

Neue Belege deuten darauf hin, dass extrem rechte Kräfte für die Todesschüsse auf dem Kiewer Unabhängigkeitsplatz (Maidan) vor einem Jahr verantwortlich sind.

Flüchtlinge: EU schiebt ab, Ukraine sperrt ein

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 20. Februar 2015

Flüchtlinge, die die Europäische Union illegal zurückweist, werden in der Ukraine monatelang inhaftiert, misshandelt und gefoltert. Die Gefängnisse werden mit Millionenbeträgen aus Brüssel finanziert.

Deutsche Bahn vor weiterem Streik

Von Dietmar Henning, 20. Februar 2015

Die Bahn provoziert die GDL immer wieder und hält sie gezielt hin, bis das sogenannte Tarifeinheitsgesetz in Kraft tritt, mit dem ihr Streik praktisch illegal wird.

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Perspective

Obama’s terror summit: An exercise in hypocrisy, falsification and self-delusion

20 February 2015

With all the talk about confronting the “root causes” of terrorism, not a word was spoken about the chain of catastrophes unleashed by US imperialism over the past decade.

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The Social Crisis in America

Freezing temperatures spell misery and danger to America’s poor

By Jeff Lusanne and Evan Blake, 20 February 2015

A record cold spell across the Eastern half of the United States has caused dozens of deaths among the most vulnerable sections of society: the homeless, the poor, and the elderly.

Hazel Park, Michigan retiree dies of hypothermia after gas shutoff

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US Oil Workers Strike

USW forced to reject another contract offer as oil workers press for national strike

By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2015

The growing determination of oil workers has made it impossible for the United Steelworkers union, up to this point, to bring back another sellout deal.

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

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015

Explosion rocks California refinery as oil strike continues

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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Arts Review

“Cultural appropriation,” “white privilege” and the attacks on rapper Iggy Azalea

By Nick Barrickman and David Walsh, 20 February 2015

In recent months, the hip hop music industry has witnessed a controversy surrounding the commercial success of Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea.

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Pulling down the shutters at the Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, 19 February 2015

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 February 2015

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

Sri Lankan police attack estate workers protesting police killing

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

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

Commentary

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2015

German government prepares new military doctrine

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2015

Mounting violence against Muslims in America

By Tom Carter, 19 February 2015

White House outlines policy for deepening intervention in Central America

By Matthew Brennan, 19 February 2015

Mounting signs of global economic stagnation

White House delays immigration order after court ruling

Report points to global spyware operation by US

Socialist Equality Party

SEP Australia to stand in New South Wales state election
Against war and austerity! For social equality and democratic rights!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 February 2015

The SEP campaign will advance a socialist and internationalist program to fight war, austerity budget cuts, attacks on jobs and conditions and the assault on democratic rights.

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

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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