USW reaches sellout deal, moves to shut down oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White, 13 March 2015

Any deal reached on the basis of blocking the full mobilization of oil workers against the intransigence of the energy giants can be nothing but a miserable betrayal.

Defend the US oil workers!

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Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

IMF loans $17 billion to Ukraine to repay banks, loot economy

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

NATO begins military manoeuvres in Black Sea

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Police launch manhunt in Ferguson, Missouri after officers wounded

By Andre Damon, 13 March 2015

The Obama administration used Wednesday’s shooting to restate its support for the police in the face of ongoing demonstrations against police killings.

The paramilitary occupation of America

Shootings in Georgia and Colorado continue wave of police violence in US

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Troika enforcers return to Athens to step up looting of Greece

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2015

The European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are finalizing new austerity measures in co-operation with the Syriza government.

Australian pseudo-lefts defend Syriza’s austerity pact

By Mike Head, 13 March 2015

The January 25 election of Syriza has laid bare the evolution of these groups into open supporters of capitalist governments.

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UN torture investigator barred from US prisons

By Matthew MacEgan, 13 March 2015

A UN official lashed out at the US government for barring him from investigating federal prisons, as well as for being the only nation that sentences children to life in prison without parole.

Obama’s criticism of right-to-work law: A defense of the corporatist bureaucracy

By Shannon Jones, 13 March 2015

Obama’s criticism of the recently enacted right-to-work law in Wisconsin reflects divisions in the ruling establishment over the best way to pursue attacks on the working class.

Pennsylvania budget underfunds education, cuts taxes for the wealthy

By Samuel Davidson, 13 March 2015

Tax increases for the working class, including sales and income taxes, underwrite much of what is new in Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget.

Six dead in Bangladesh factory collapse

By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2015

Nearly two years after the Rana Plaza disaster claimed more than 1,120 lives, shoddy and unsafe building standards remain the norm in Bangladesh.

Australian audiences turn off Gallipoli TV war drama

By Richard Phillips, 13 March 2015

The multi-episode program, which glorifies Australian military involvement in the World War I invasion of Turkey, has been ratings failure.

Canadian government seizes on first Iraq casualty to press for war

By Roger Jordan, 13 March 2015

The death last week of Canadian Special Forces Sgt. Andrew Doiron provides further proof of Ottawa’s growing involvement in ground combat operations in Iraq.

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Muertes por policía y el fin de la democracia en Estados Unidos

Por Andre Damon, 13 marzo 2015

La salvaje matanza generalizada de jóvenes y obreros por agentes de la policía, que operan con total impunidad, revela una fuerza militarizada de ocupación contra la clase trabajadora, que actúa como un escuadrón de muerte.

Selma y la herencia del movimiento de los derechos civiles en Estados Unidos

Por Fred Mazelis y Joseph Kishore, 13 marzo 2015

El discurso del presidente Obama en torno a ese sangriento domingo de Selma de hace cincuenta años fue una farsa política para consagrar la corrupción de hoy con la sangre e integridad de los que ayer se sacrificaron, luchando por los derechos civiles y la igualdad.

New in French

Le Canada aide le régime de Kiev à s’armer pour combattre la guerre civile en Ukraine

Par Roger Jordan, 13 mars 2015

Le réseau canado-ukrainien qu’utilise Ottawa pour venir en aide aux groupes pro-occidentaux «de la société civile» en Ukraine fournit actuellement des armes à l’armée ukrainienne.

L'anti-marxisme de Yanis Varoufakis

Par Nick Beams, 13 mars 2015

Varoufakis fausse complètement l'analyse du capitalisme faite par Marx afin de justifier sa tentative de sauver le capitalisme de lui-même.

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Paramilitärische Besetzung Amerikas

Von Joseph Kishore, 13. März 2015

Die Systematik der Polizeimorde in den Vereinigten Staaten hat den Punkt erreicht, an dem es angemessen ist, die Polizei eine Besatzungsarmee zu nennen.

Nato verschärft Konflikt mit Russland

Von Johannes Stern, 13. März 2015

Am Mittwoch informierten Nato-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg und der Oberbefehlshaber der Nato für Europa, General Philipp Breedlove, auf einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz über Manöver und Aufrüstungspläne der Militärallianz in Osteuropa.

Srilankische Pseudolinke verherrlichen Regimewechsel als „demokratische Revolution“

Von K. Ratnayake, 13. März 2015

Je schmutziger die politische Schönfärberei ist, desto größer sind die Lügen und Geschichtsverfälschungen - genau so verhält es sich mit NSSP-Chef Karunaratne.

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Perspective

US presidential election season begins

13 March 2015

The United States is entering a 2016 presidential election campaign that demonstrates the narrow basis of the two-party system and the oligarchical character of American society.

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Commentary

Berlin professor sees Germany as the “taskmaster” of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 13 March 2015

In his new book, Power in the Center, political scientist Herfried Münkler, who has close ties to the political establishment, argues openly for German hegemony in Europe.

Lindsey Graham threatens troops to force Congress vote on military cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2015

The Republican senator’s proposal for ringing the Capitol with soldiers to force through a Pentagon budget says a great deal about the US political setup.

With Senate letter, tensions mount over US policy toward Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2015

Kerry, Carter, Dempsey testify at Senate hearing
Obama administration seeks wider war powers

European Central Bank bond-buying program fuels financial turbulence

By Nick Beams, 12 March 2015

New Anti-capitalist Party calls for escalating intervention in Ukraine

Media furor over Hillary Clinton’s use of private email

Featured Video

The fight against police violence in Madison, Wisconsin

By Andre Damon and Niles Williamson, 12 March 2015

History

Exhibition at New York’s Morgan Library
Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation

By Fred Mazelis, 13 March 2015

An exhibition of letters and speeches makes the US Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln come alive.

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part one
“Labor celebrated as the highest value”

Interview with Gordon Wood on the American Revolution: Part two
“History has to engage the whole public”

In Defense of Historical Truth

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
Successful campaign for book presentation in Leipzig

By Christoph Dreier, 12 March 2015

US Oil Workers Strike

Five years since refinery disaster at Anacortes, Washington
USW “partnership” with oil companies and Democrats undermines strike and worker safety

By Diana Green, 12 March 2015

USW union sabotages support for striking US oil workers

By Jerry White, 11 March 2015

SEP pamphlet on US oil strike now available

12 March 2015

This pamphlet is vital reading to gain a deeper understanding of this significant movement of the working class in the heart of world capitalism. It contains articles reviewing the political lessons and historical background to the strike.

Video: Contract worker speaks on safety issues in US oil strike

By Jerry White and Seraphine Collins, 5 March 2015

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 March 2015

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

Toronto: University strikers denounce union officials

By Carl Bronski, 12 March 2015

Arts Review

Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Volume Two: Surprises from Fritz Lang and William Castle

By Charles Bogle, 12 March 2015

This collection offers two films by Fritz Lang and two by William Castle that reveal different sides of each director’s canon.

The Crisis in Greece

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

By Nick Beams, 11 March 2015

The social crisis in Greece: Part Two
“If you visit a hospital right now you will see that they are in shambles”

The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

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SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

NSW election: Lies and deception on privatisation

By Noel Holt—SEP candidate for Wyong, 11 March 2015

Australian SEP candidates campaign against war drive

By our reporters, 10 March 2015

Cystic fibrosis and the rundown of public health care

By Carolyn Kennett—SEP candidate for Penrith, 7 March 2015

No Australian troops to Iraq! Oppose the US war drive!

By James Cogan—SEP candidate for Summer Hill, 6 March 2015

Socialist Equality Party election meetings in NSW

6 March 2015

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IYSSE

Australian university students oppose the drive to war and militarism

By our reporters, 12 March 2015

Science

Oldest Homo fossil from Ethiopia links human genus to Australopithecus

By Thomas H. Douglass, 10 March 2015

25 years ago: Widespread protests force Haitian military ruler from office

After days of anti-government demonstrations throughout all of Haiti’s major cities, Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril resigned the presidency on March 10, 1990.

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50 years ago: US troop buildup in Vietnam

On March 12, 1965, General Harold K. Johnson, Army chief of staff, returned from Southeast Asia, calling for more US troops to bolster the South Vietnamese puppet regime.

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75 years ago: Nazis declare “Gala Day” to celebrate conquest of Czechoslovakia

On March 15, 1940, the Czech people were told by the Prague wireless station that they must celebrate the anniversary of the German Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia as “Gala Day.”

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100 years ago: The battle of Neuve Chapelle

On March 10, 1915, British forces launched an offensive against German positions in the Artois region of France.

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