US oil workers strike spreads to more plants in Texas and Louisiana

By Jerry White, 23 February 2015

There is a growing sentiment among oil workers for a unified struggle against the companies—a sentiment that the unions are determined to contain and suppress.

Auto workers speak out in support of oil strike

By our reporters, 23 February 2015

Oil refinery workers denounce USW treachery, call for national strike

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

The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike

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Obama administration forces five-year agreement on West Coast dockworkers

By Dan Conway, 23 February 2015

The main goal of the port operators has been to push for even greater casualization of the labor force, aimed at the reintroduction of the notorious “shape up” system.

European Union leaders hail Syriza austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2015

As the European powers declared their support for the agreement with Greece, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras presented his government's abject capitulation as a victory.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

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

A comment from a reader: The peculiar socialism of Syriza

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Turkish troops enter northern Syria

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2015

The two-day operation, which reportedly began Saturday and ended Sunday, was denounced as a “flagrant aggression” by Syrian officials.

US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 23 February 2015

Despite the official end to US combat operations on December 31, US commandos are intensifying their deadly “counterterrorism” operations in Afghanistan.

Inmates riot against miserable conditions at south Texas prison

By Evan Blake, 23 February 2015

Willacy County Correctional Center is one of fifteen federal for-profit prisons that house mostly undocumented immigrants under deplorable conditions.

Cleanup continues after West Virginia oil train explosion

By Clement Daly, 23 February 2015

Existing government regulations are woefully inadequate given the new reality of ever-longer trains pulling massive shipments of volatile oil through towns and cities.

Diesel spill in West Virginia leaves 12,000 without water

Massachusetts public transit crisis drags into fourth week

By John Marion, 23 February 2015

While Governor Baker has appointed a commission that will serve as a delaying tactic, workers are losing wages and prisoners are made to shovel subway tracks.

The Danish roots of the Copenhagen terror attack

By Jordan Shilton, 23 February 2015

Omar El-Hussein’s terrorist attack was a reactionary and demoralised response to growing anti-immigrant chauvinism, militarism and social inequality in Denmark.

Alleged terrorist gunman shot dead in Copenhagen

Two detained on charges of aiding Copenhagen terror attack

Australian government uses Sydney siege report to ramp up anti-terror laws

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2015

The report is a whitewash designed to cover-up the extensive relations between the hostage-taker Monis and various police and intelligence agencies.

Australia: Sydney city council attacks the homeless

By Gabriela Zabala, 23 February 2015

The harsh treatment of Sydney’s homeless is in response to growing numbers of people sleeping on the street in inner city areas.

UK steps up militaristic propaganda against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 23 February 2015

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, Sir Adrian Bradshaw stated that the alliance must prepare for a “Russian blitzkrieg” against the continent.

Canada’s NDP belatedly opposes Conservatives’ draconian “anti-terror” bill

By Roger Jordan, 23 February 2015

The NDP is now striking a pose as a principled opponent of Bill C-51. In fact its opposition is two-faced and motivated by tactical, largely electoral, considerations.

US and UK intelligence agencies hacked cell phone encryption keys

UN delays war crimes report on Sri Lanka

By Manusha Fernando, 23 February 2015

The delay is a clear concession to the new Sri Lankan government in return for its rapid realignment of Colombo’s foreign policy away from Beijing towards Washington.

New in Arabic

عارض الإعتداء الإسرائيلي على غزة!
بيان من حزب المساواة الاشتراكي

9 أغسطس آب 2014

أقر المؤتمر الوطني الثالث لحزب المساواة الاشتراكي في الولايات المتحدة بالإجماع هذا القرار في السادس من أغسطس آب.

New in Polish

Unia Europejska nie okazuje łaski w wojnie przeciwko greckim robotnikom

Christoph Dreier i Barry Grey, 23 luty 2015

Klasa panująca dokonała już oceny Syrizy, widząc w niej nie reprezentanta zbuntowanych mas, ale petenta występującego w imieniu odnoszących porażki kapitalistów greckich.

Polskie związki zawodowe kończą strajk górników

Markus Salzmann, 23 luty 2015

Strajkujący wykazali niezwykłą bojowość podczas dwutygodniowych zmagań, w trakcie których doszło do starć z policją posługującą się gazem łzawiącym i gumowymi pociskami.

New in French

Guantanamo en Amérique

Par Andre Damon, 23 février 2015

Un article du Guardian révèle qu’un des principaux interrogateurs de Guantanamo Bay avait, lorsqu’il était enquêteur de la police à Chicago, fait usage de la torture dans le but d’arracher de faux aveux.

Syriza capitule face à l’UE

Par Robert Stevens, 23 février 2015

Tsipras et Varoufakis ont accepté d’imposer le programme d’austérité dicté par l’UE et révèlent ainsi au grand jour, quelques semaines seulement après avoir formé le gouvernement, le caractère frauduleux et réactionnaire de Syriza.

La pseudo-gauche fait sienne l’alliance de Syriza avec les Grecs indépendants

Par Chris Marsden, 23 février 2015

Divers groupes de la pseudo-gauche qui avaient d'abord cherché des excuses politiques à la coalition de Syriza avec les Grecs indépendants ont pleinement adopté cette alliance et la présentent comme un modèle à suivre.

Attaques contre la liberté de presse aux États-Unis et en Europe

Par Nick Barrickman, 23 février 2015

Le rapport de Reporters sans frontières classe les États-Unis derrière le Nigeria et El Salvador quant à la liberté de la presse.

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Perspective

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

23 February 2015

It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power.

Earlier Perspectives »

25 years ago: Sandinistas defeated in Nicaragua election

Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front conceded defeat in national elections held on February 25, 1990.

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50 years ago: Madrid students revolt against Franco

On February 24, 1965, Spanish police wielding truncheons broke up a peaceful student march of some 5,000 in Madrid, arresting hundreds.

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75 years ago: Stalinist massacre of Polish officers at Katyn Forest

On March 1, 1940, between 15,000 and 22,000 Polish Army offices, along with a number of intellectuals, were taken from three Soviet detention camps and executed by the Soviet NKVD.

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100 years ago: Ohio coal strikers appeal for support

Coal miners in eastern Ohio’s Jefferson and Belmont counties issued an urgent appeal on February 16, 1915 to the entire working class to come to their aid.

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The Social Crisis in America

As temperatures drop, overcrowded New York City shelters forced to turn away homeless

By Isaac Finn, 23 February 2015

Record-low temperatures in New York City are driving tens of thousands of the city’s homeless to seek shelter anywhere they can find it.

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

By Evan Blake, 21 February 2015

Freezing temperatures spell misery and danger to America’s poor

Arts Review

Still Alice and Kingsman: The Secret Service—A woman battles disease and a street kid helps save the world …

By Joanne Laurier, 23 February 2015

In Still Alice, a middle class professor and her family struggle with Alzheimer’s, and in the comic book-based Kingsman: The Secret Service, a working class youth is recruited by an elite spy agency.

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

By David Walsh, 21 February 2015

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

By Hiram Lee, 21 February 2015

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

Commentary

Guantanamo in America

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2015

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

US court overturns “terrorism” charge against Australian Guantanamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 20 February 2015

German government prepares new military doctrine

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

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