Russian President Putin says Ukraine crisis threatens nuclear war

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2015

Putin said that after Western-backed forces came to power in Kiev, the Kremlin feared a NATO attack on Russia and ordered its nuclear forces to prepare for all-out war.

Murder in Moscow: Why was Boris Nemtsov assassinated?

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Syriza makes new pledges to impose troika austerity

By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2015

Greece’s Syriza government has made clear any anti-austerity pledges in its election programme are to be shelved indefinitely.

Troika enforcers return to Athens to step up looting of Greece

Greece and the dictatorship of finance capital

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Netanyahu makes far-right appeal on eve of Israeli election

By Barry Grey, 17 March 2015

In an interview Monday, Netanyahu said that if reelected, he would not permit the establishment of a Palestinian state.

China-Burma tensions rise after bomb kills Chinese citizens

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 17 March 2015

Closer ties with Washington have encouraged the Burmese military to take a more pronounced anti-China stance.

Hundreds of thousands join right-wing protests for ouster of Brazil’s president

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2015

The protracted corruption and betrayals of the Workers Party have provided the Brazilian right with its greatest opening since the end of the military dictatorship.

Turkey escalates involvement in Iraq-Syria war

By Halil Celik, 17 March 2015

Turkey was until recently reluctant to play an active role in the US-led coalition, and was subject to considerable criticism from the Western powers.

ACLU sues White House over drone “kill list”

By Eric London, 17 March 2015

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenges the secrecy of the Obama administration’s “targeted killing” drone assassination program.

The Obama drone murder memo

Man held for 900 days in US prison without charge

By Tom Eley, 17 March 2015

Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, detained as a “material witness,” has been in jail since March 16, 2012.

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

Alabama food stamp use doubles since 2007

By Shelley Connor, 17 March 2015

The surge in food stamp use coincides with a sharp decline in the percentage of people working full-time.

California Democrat plans ballot proposal to cut public employee pensions

By Kevin Martinez, 17 March 2015

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will lead a ballot initiative in May to eliminate constitutional protections for CalPERS and other state pension funds.

Judge in Stockton bankruptcy upholds retiree benefit cuts

Loss for Socialist Party expected in French local elections

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 March 2015

The neo-fascist National Front of Marine Le Pen is expected to make significant advances in the upcoming departmental elections.

Vanuatu cyclone relief efforts grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 17 March 2015

Four days after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu and other Pacific countries, tens of thousands of people have received no assistance.

Australian PM attacks “lifestyle choice” of poverty-stricken Aborigines

By Susan Allan, 17 March 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s contemptuous remark sought to justify the wholesale closure of remote indigenous communities.

New in Persian

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نیک بیمز

مقالۀ اخیر یانیس واروفاکیس، وزیر مالیۀ حکومت یونان به رهبری حزب سیریزا، که به تازگی در روزنامۀ گاردین منتشر شده است، ضمن آن که تقابل او را با مارکس آشکار می کند، پرده از خصلت طبقاتی سیریزا و گرایش های شِبه چپی که نمایندگی می کند، برمی دارد.

New in German

USA treiben „Pivot to Asia“ gegen China voran

Von Peter Symonds, 17. März 2015

Das jüngste Strategiedokument zur amerikanischen Marinepolitik ist geeignet, die Spannungen in Asien zu verschärfen und die Gefahr eines Kriegs mit China zu erhöhen.

Die Russische Revolution und das unvollendete Zwanzigste Jahrhundert
Buchvorstellung stößt auf große Resonanz

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 17. März 2015

450 Zuhörer verfolgten am Freitag die Vorstellung von David North‘ neuem Buch im Rahmen der Leipziger Buchmesse.

Sozialismus und historische Wahrheit

Von David North, 17. März 2015

Am 13. März stellte David North im Rahmen der Leipziger Buchmesse vor 450 Zuhörern sein neues Buch „Die Russische Revolution und das unvollendete Zwanzigste Jahrhundert“ vor. Wir dokumentieren hier seine Rede im Wortlaut.

Poroschenko in Berlin

Von Johannes Stern, 17. März 2015

Der ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko nutzte seinen Besuch am Montag in Berlin, um die Konfrontation mit Russland zu verschärfen.

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Perspective

The oil workers’ strike and the return of the class struggle in the US

17 March 2015

The oil refinery strike has pitted 30,000 workers against some of the richest and most politically connected corporations in the world.

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In Defense of Historical Truth

Socialism and historical truth
A lecture delivered at the Leipzig Book Fair

By David North, 17 March 2015

This lecture was delivered before an audience of 450 people on the occasion of the publication of the German-language edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Hundreds attend lecture introducing German edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 17 March 2015

WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North presented the German edition of his book to an audience of students, workers and visitors to the Leipzig Book Fair.

25 years ago: Frame-up of striking Greyhound bus driver

Greyhound driver Roger D. Cawthra was arrested and jailed on March 16, 1990, on frame-up charges stemming from the alleged shooting of a scab bus on March 12 in Farmington, Connecticut.

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50 years ago: Bandaranaike coalition defeated in Ceylon

On March 22, 1965, the coalition government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was defeated in parliamentary elections in Ceylon.

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75 years ago: War crisis brings down French government

On March 20, 1940, in a secret session of the French parliament, liberal premier Eduard Daladier resigned after losing a vote of confidence.

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100 years ago: Allied naval attack on the Dardanelles repelled by Turkey

On March 18, 1915, Allied naval forces launched a major attack on Ottoman defenses in the Dardanelles, the geo-strategically critical strait connecting the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea.

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SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Australian workers call for support for striking US oil workers

By our correspondents, 17 March 2015

Workers and young people back the six-week strike and condemn the United Steelworkers union for trying to ram through a sellout agreement.

Australia: Phony “leaders’ debate” for NSW state election

By Mike Head, 16 March 2015

SEP candidates in NSW election address public meetings

Students and workers discuss SEP’s election campaign

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Commentary

Quebec student union ASSE promotes trade unions as students vote for anti-austerity strike

By Richard Dufour, 17 March 2015

ASSE is using its reputation for militancy to provide a “left” cover to the unions even as they promote the big business PQ and enforce anti-strike laws.

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 16 March 2015

ISO-allied pseudo-lefts within Syriza defend their capitulation to austerity

By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2015

Despite Swedish interview request, WikiLeaks founder Assange remains in danger

By Julie Hyland, 16 March 2015

US intensifies pressure on Iran at nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 16 March 2015

Divisions emerge between Britain and US over China bank

By Nick Beams, 16 March 2015

Why the media silence on Lindsey Graham’s vow to use the military to force vote in Congress?

Investors pledge billions to Egyptian junta at Sharm el-Sheikh conference

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 March 2015

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

US Oil Workers Strike

Reject USW-Shell sellout deal!
For a general strike to defend jobs, safety and living standards!

By Jerry White, 16 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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IYSSE

Toronto university strikes:
A socialist strategy to defeat austerity and defend education

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 16 March 2015

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”