Syriza capitulates to the EU

By Robert Stevens, 21 February 2015

Tsipras and Varoufakis have agreed to enforce the EU-dictated austerity program, exposing—within weeks of forming a government—the fraudulent and reactionary character of Syriza.

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US preparing major ground offensive against Iraqi city of Mosul

By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2015

US advisors and special forces will train and accompany Iraqi combat forces in a drive to retake the largest city currently under ISIS control, threatening a new bloodbath.

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US and UK intelligence agencies hacked cell phone encryption keys

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2015

The latest revelations of hacking of the world's largest SIM card company further expose the criminality of the NSA and GCHQ spying operations.

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Argentina charges US interference in crisis over prosecutor’s death

By Rafael Azul, 21 February 2015

The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies were intimately involved in the investigation headed by Alberto Nisman, who was killed on January 18.

Japan rewrites foreign aid rules to include military assistance

By Ben McGrath, 21 February 2015

The decision on foreign military aid is just one aspect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s far broader agenda to revive Japanese militarism.

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

Record cold weather in the US leads to spate of deadly house fires

By Evan Blake, 21 February 2015

There have been 576 fatalities from house fires so far this year, often caused by the use of unsafe heating methods to reduce costs amidst record cold weather.

Freezing temperatures spell misery and danger to America’s poor

Hazel Park, Michigan retiree dies of hypothermia after gas shutoff

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Family of man shot by police in Pasco, Washington demands independent autopsy

By Tom Hall, 21 February 2015

Pasco police have refused to say how many times officers shot 35 year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed when he was killed last Tuesday.

ACLU report documents horror of solitary confinement in US prisons

The human rights disaster in America

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Obama budget cuts target high school counselors

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2015

The Obama administration is promoting a low-paid untrained corps of “near-peers” while continuing to propose cuts in federal funding.

Refugees deported from the EU, imprisoned in Ukraine

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 February 2015

Refugees who manage to cross the border into EU countries have been immediately deported back to Ukrainian prisons where they are tortured and abused.

Germany: Further strike action imminent at Deutsche Bahn

By Dietmar Henning, 21 February 2015

A strike called by the German train drivers’ union would be the seventh strike in the ongoing contract dispute between the railway and the train drivers.

Unemployment in Australia at 12-year high

By Terry Cook, 21 February 2015

Officially, the number of jobless workers now stands at nearly 800,000, due to the job destruction under Liberal-National and Labor governments alike.

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Le sommet d’Obama sur le terrorisme marqué par l’hypocrisie, la falsification et l’aveuglement

Par Bill Van Auken, 21 février 2015

En dépit de tous les discours sur la volonté de s’attaquer aux « causes premières » du terrorisme pas un mot ne fut dit sur les catastrophes en chaîne causées par l’impérialisme américain au cours de la dernière décennie.

Imposition de la loi Marcon
Le gouvernement français survit à la motion de censure

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 21 février 2015

Les gesticulations anti-austérité des soi-disant « frondeurs » du Parti socialiste et de leurs alliés politiques se sont avérées n’être qu’une fraude réactionnaire.

New in German

Obamas Antiterror-Konferenz:
Ein Gipfel der Heuchelei, Fälschung und Selbsttäuschung

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. Februar 2015

Bei allem Gerede über den Kampf gegen die "Grundursachen" des Terrorismus fiel kein Wort über die Aneinanderreihung von Katastrophen, die der US-Imperialismus in den letzten zehn Jahren verursacht hat.

Schäubles Arroganz gegen Griechenland und die Klassengegensätze in Deutschland

Von Peter Schwarz, 21. Februar 2015

Schäubles rücksichtslose Arroganz gilt weniger der Regierung Tsipras als der Arbeiterklasse in Deutschland und ganz Europa. Er versucht, jeden einzuschüchtern, der es wagt, der Politik des sozialen Kahlschlags entgegenzutreten.

Sri Lanka: neue Beweise für Washingtons Rolle beim Regimewechsel

Von K. Ratnayake, 21. Februar 2015

Die Wahl von Maithripala Sirisena zum neuen Präsidenten Sri Lankas war das Ergebnis einer sorgfältig orchestrierten Operation.

Amerikanische Historiker kritisieren japanische Regierung wegen Beschönigung von Kriegsverbrechen

Von Ben McGrath, 21. Februar 2015

Der japanische Premierminister Schinzo Abe drängte einen amerikanischen Verlag dazu, Textpassagen eines Buches über die Verbrechen des japanischen Militärs im Zweiten Weltkrieg zu verändern.

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Perspective

Guantanamo in America

21 February 2015

A report in the Guardian has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago.

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The Crisis in Greece

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2015

Varoufakis’ essay on becoming an “erratic Marxist” is a damning exposure of the political role of the new Syriza-led government in Greece and the social layer that it represents.

Schäuble’s arrogance towards Greece and the class divide in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2015

Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe.

A comment from a reader: The peculiar socialism of Syriza

21 February 2015

The World Socialist Web Site received this comment from a reader in Greece on the nature of the new Syriza-led government.

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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US Oil Workers Strike

Oil refinery workers denounce USW treachery, call for national strike

By Gabriel Black, 21 February 2015

On social media, striking oil refinery workers have expressed overwhelming support for a national strike and anger towards the divisive policy of the United Steelworkers union.

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

By Thomas Gaist, 20 February 2015

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

By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2015

A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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Arts Review

The upcoming Academy Awards: Selma, American Sniper and other issues

By David Walsh, 21 February 2015

If recent ceremonies are anything to go by, Sunday’s event will be thoroughly scripted and lacking in spontaneity.

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
Marcel Ophüls’ Memory of Justice and other documentaries

By Hiram Lee, 21 February 2015

A newly restored version of Marcel Ophüls’ 1976 documentary Memory of Justice was given a special screening at this year’s Berlinale.

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

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

By Nick Barrickman and David Walsh, 20 February 2015

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

Commentary

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

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2015

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

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2015

The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States

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

By Alex Lantier, 20 February 2015

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US court overturns “terrorism” charge against Australian Guantanamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015

German government prepares new military doctrine

Mounting violence against Muslims in America

White House outlines policy for deepening intervention in Central America

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 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

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose political censorship at Griffith University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 21 February 2015

Griffith University’s bans are a direct political attack on the IYSSE, and the democratic rights of students.

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

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

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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