Child poverty at devastating levels in US cities and states

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2015

Detroit, once an industrial powerhouse, now has a child poverty rate of 59 percent, while African-American child poverty rates are actually worse in the Midwest than in the Deep South.

Half a million children in poverty in Michigan

By Debra Watson, 26 February 2015

The state of American society as 2015 begins

Talks remain suspended as US oil workers continue strike

By Jerry White, 26 February 2015

With US oil workers locked in their biggest battle in 35 years, the United Steelworkers union and the AFL-CIO continue to isolate their strike.

The US oil strike and the international struggles of the working class

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

A photo essay on the US oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 26 February 2015

Some 6,500 oil workers are on strike at refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Washington state. This is a new collection of photos taken on the picket lines.

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UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2015

London is joining the US and Polish governments in arming the Kiev regime, risking outright war with Russia.

US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

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US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement

By Peter Symonds, 26 February 2015

The prospect of a deal has fuelled considerable tension between the US and its allies in the Middle East, particularly Israel.

Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel

By Mike Head, 26 February 2015

Underlying the destabilisation is mounting business dissatisfaction with the Abbott government’s failure to impose deep cuts to social spending and workers’ wages and conditions.

The US “pivot to Asia” and the Australian leadership crisis

New Zealand to send troops to Iraq

By Tom Peters, 26 February 2015

Prime Minister John Key described support for the war as the “price” of New Zealand’s membership in the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance.

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Unions demobilize Canadian railway workers

By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2015

Unifor reached a pact with CN Rail late Monday evening under threat of a management lockout of 4,800 safety inspectors and rail maintenance workers and Conservative government intervention.

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

In testimony before US Congress, Fed chair signals likely delay in interest rate hike

By Andre Damon, 26 February 2015

Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed “patience” in raising interest rates, sending stock prices to new record highs.

Amid low voter turnout
Chicago mayor forced into runoff election

By Kristina Betinis, 26 February 2015

The election was a political debacle for both incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Obama.

Record utility shutoffs in New York

By Steve Filips, 26 February 2015

The state Public Service Commission reports double digit increases in the number of people whose utilities were shut off.

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2014-2015: Απολογισμός και προοπτικές

Του Ντέιβιντ Νορθ και Τζόζεφ Κισόρ, 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Ο εικοστός πρώτος αιώνας δεν είναι πλέον κάτι καινούργιο. Καθώς μπαίνουμε στο νέο χρόνο, τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια παρέχουν επαρκές υλικό για να μπορέσουμε να αναγνωρίσουμε τις κύριες οικονομικές, γεωπολιτικές και κοινωνικές διαδικασίες και τάσεις που θα προσδιορίσουν τη φύση και την κατεύθυνση των γεγονότων το 2015 και πιο πέρα.

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75 лет назад: Массовое убийство польских офицеров в Катынском лесу сталинистами

26 февраля 2015 г.

1 марта 1940 года от 15 до 22 тысяч польских армейских офицеров, а также ряд представителей интеллигенции, были этапированы из трех советских лагерей для военнопленных и расстреляны советским НКВД.

New in French

La grève des travailleurs du pétrole et les luttes internationales de la classe ouvrière

Par Jerry White, 26 février 2015

La lutte des travailleurs du pétrole et des dockers aux Etats-Unis, les grèves des cheminots en Allemagne et en Australie montrent que la classe ouvrière a absolument besoin d’une stratégie internationale.

New in German

Der blutige Afghanistan-Krieg geht weiter

Von Bill van Auken, 26. Februar 2015

Keine zwei Monate nach dem Ende der amerikanischen Kampfhandlungen in Afghanistan heißt es im Pentagon, dass diese mörderischen Operationen fortgesetzt und sogar noch verstärkt werden sollen.

Die Linke stimmt für Spardiktat in Griechenland

Von Peter Schwarz, 26. Februar 2015

Bisher hatte Die Linke stets gegen die „Hilfsprogramme“ für Griechenland gestimmt und dies mit dem daran geknüpften Spardiktat und dem undemokratischen Charakter der Troika begründet.

Flüchtlingswelle aus dem Kosovo

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. Februar 2015

Während der letzten sechs Monate haben Medienberichten zufolge rund 50.000 Menschen das Kosovo verlassen. Grund ist die katastrophale wirtschaftliche und soziale Lage.

Weitere Entlassungen in der Druckmaschinenindustrie

Von Gustav Kemper, 26. Februar 2015

Die Entlassungswelle in den Betrieben des Druckmaschinenbaus bricht nicht ab. IG Metall und Betriebsräte unterstützen dabei das Management.

Venezuela: Rechtem Bürgermeister von Caracas droht Anklage wegen versuchtem Staatsstreich

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Februar 2015

Die amerikanische und die venezolanische Rechte ist bis zum Hals in Verschwörungen verstrickt. Die größte Verschwörung richtet sich jedoch gegen die Arbeiterklasse des Landes.

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Perspective

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

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The Crisis in Greece

German Left Party votes for austerity measures in Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2015

Leading representatives of the Left Party went out of their way to justify the capitulation of the Syriza-led government, which broke all its campaign promises in less than four weeks.

Greece’s Syriza government proposes list of social cuts to European Union

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism

Letter from Greece
Mounting outrage over Syriza betrayal

26 February 2015

The following letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site from a reader in Athens, Greece.

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

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 February 2015

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.

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Fund appeal

An appeal from PSG Chairman Ulrich Rippert
Help the WSWS fight for an international socialist perspective!

25 February 2015

The capitulation of the newly-elected Greek government to the demands of the EU exposes the total bankruptcy of pseudo-left outfits such as Syriza. Donate today to help the WSWS build a genuine socialist movement!

Commentary

The UAW and the GM share buy-back scheme

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2015

Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2015

Chicago Police Department operates “black site” interrogation compound

By Evan Blake, 25 February 2015

In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2015

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2015

White House economic report calls for cutting corporate taxes

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2015

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

US federal study predicts ten oil derailments per year

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

Netanyahu exploits Islamist attacks on European Jews

Arts Review

65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
Haiti and Romania: Drama and social life in Murder in Pacot and Why me?

By Stefan Steinberg, 25 February 2015

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

By David Walsh, 24 February 2015

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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