Stock markets rise after Greece signs new austerity agreement

By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2015

The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity.

White House economic report calls for cutting corporate taxes

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2015

The White House economic report released last week seeks to justify right-wing, pro-business policies in the name of “middle-class economics.”

The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction

US oil strike highlights sacrifice of workers’ safety to corporate profit

By Jerry White, 24 February 2015

As the strike by oil workers enters its fourth week, the energy conglomerates are refusing to budge on demands for improved safety and working conditions.

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

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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Governor, legislature move to pass right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin

By Niles Williamson, 24 February 2015

The right-to-work law is reactionary and undemocratic, but opposition from the trade unions is based on defending their role as a mechanism for suppressing working class resistance.

US federal study predicts ten oil derailments per year

By Jeff Lusanne, 24 February 2015

A Department of Transportation report predicts derailments could occur near populated areas and cause fatalities.

Cleanup continues after West Virginia oil train explosion

Virginia bill shields companies producing lethal injection chemicals

By Joe Williams and Nick Barrickman, 24 February 2015

The state Senate passed legislation to make secret “all information relating to the execution process.”

US seizes on video to escalate repression at home and war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 24 February 2015

US officials vowed Sunday to ramp up domestic surveillance and covert operations targeting “extremism” in immigrant communities.

Australian PM outlines sweeping new “anti-terror” measures

By Mike Head, 24 February 2015

Yesterday’s “national security” speech sought to stoke fears of terrorism and incite anti-Muslim sentiment as a means of diverting political discontent.

Netanyahu exploits Islamist attacks on European Jews

By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has mounted a hysterical campaign in the Israeli media, claiming that Jews can never be safe in Europe.

One fifth of world suicides linked to unemployment

By Barry Mason, 24 February 2015

In 2008, the beginning of the economic crisis, suicides associated with job loss were nine times greater than previously thought.

Burmese army clashes with separatist militia near Chinese border

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 24 February 2015

While not directly accusing China of backing the MNDAA, the Burmese president clearly implied that his country faced an external threat.

German constitutional court justifies state use of agents provocateurs

By Justus Leicht, 24 February 2015

The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents.

Pro-European forces threaten Moldova to toe the line

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 24 February 2015

The sanctions against Russia and pressure from powerful international forces push old regional conflicts to the fore.

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Syriza’nın teslimiyeti ve işçi sınıfı için dersler

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi, 24 Şubat 2015

Seçimler ile ihanet arasında geçen zaman açısından bakıldığında, Syriza hükümeti, muhtemelen yeni bir dünya rekoru kırmış durumda.

Avrupa Birliği Yunan işçilerine karşı savaşta aman vermiyor

Christoph Dreier ve Barry Grey, 24 Şubat 2015

Pazar günü Brüksel’de toplanan Eurogroup’un maliye bakanları, Yunanistan’ı eşi görülmemiş bir toplumsal yıkıma saplayan acımasız kemer sıkma politikalarından dönmeyeceklerini açıkladılar.

Türk askerleri Kuzey Suriye’ye girdi

Patrick Martin, 24 Şubat 2015

600 Türk askerinden oluşan bir güç, Cumartesi günü Kuzey Suriye’ye girdi ki bu Türkiye’nin, Suriye iç savaşının başladığı 2011’den bu yana ilk baskınını oluşturuyor.

ABD emperyalizmi ve Libya’daki felaket

Joseph Kishore, 24 Şubat 2015

Irak Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD), bu hafta, Libya’nın doğusundaki Sirte kentinde ele geçirilen 21 Kıpti Hristiyan işçinin kafalarının kesilmesine ilişkin korkunç bir video yayımladı.

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Die Kapitulation von Syriza und die Lehren für die Arbeiterklasse

Internationales Komitee der Vierten Internationale, 24. Februar 2015

In weniger als einem Monat hat die griechische Syriza-Regierung unter Alexis Tsipras ihre Wahlversprechen zur Beendigung der Sparpolitik fallengelassen und die verarmte Bevölkerung, deren Stimmen sie an die Macht gebracht hat, auf der ganzen Linie verraten.

Griechenlands Finanzminister Yanis Varoufakis will den Kapitalismus retten

Von Chris Marsden, 24. Februar 2015

Im britischen Guardian erschien letzte Woche ein Essay des griechischen Finanzministers Yanis Varoufakis unter dem Titel: „Wie ich zu einem 'erratischen Marxisten' wurde“. Darin legt er nicht nur seinen eigenen, sondern auch den politischen Standpunkt einer ganzen sozialen Schicht offen.

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Perspective

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

24 February 2015

The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism.

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The Crisis in Greece

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 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.

Letter from Greece
A comment on Syriza's “back-flips” over austerity

24 February 2015

This letter was sent to the WSWS from a reader in Greece in response to the Perspective “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class.”

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

By David North, 24 February 2015

This 2012 report by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North provides the critical theoretical and historical background to the events in Greece, where the pseudo-left Syriza has risen to state power and rapidly capitulated to the European banks.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

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Arts Review

87th Academy Awards: A more intriguing event than in recent years

By David Walsh, 24 February 2015

Social and political realities found expression on Sunday in a manner that accords with the film world’s peculiarities and contradictions.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 February 2015

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

Obama administration forces five-year agreement on West Coast dockworkers

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

Freezing temperatures spell misery and danger to America’s poor

Inmates riot against miserable conditions at south Texas prison

By Evan Blake, 23 February 2015

Commentary

US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gaist, 23 February 2015

The Danish roots of the Copenhagen terror attack

By Jordan Shilton, 23 February 2015

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

By Roger Jordan, 23 February 2015

UN delays war crimes report on Sri Lanka

By Manusha Fernando, 23 February 2015

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

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

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

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

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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