Detroit to resume mass water shutoffs

By Andre Damon, 21 March 2015

As many as 28,000 households in America’s poorest large city face having their water service shut off.

Cuts to pensions of Detroit retirees go into effect

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Philadelphia cops cleared in killing of 26-year-old

By Gabriel Black, 21 March 2015

The Philadelphia District Attorney announced Thursday that no charges will be brought against two police officers who stopped and killed Brandon Tate-Brown in December.

Mass protests at University of Virginia after honors student beaten by state police

The paramilitary occupation of America

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Suicide bombings kill more than one hundred in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 21 March 2015

Amid an intensifying civil war, the Yemeni branch of ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks on two mosques in Sanaa.

Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2015

The attacks signal a new offensive by settlers encouraged by the election victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition.

Netanyahu begins post-election maneuvers, in Israel and abroad

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

Australian government in crisis over budget strategy

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2015

Big business leaders, financial commentators and political pundits have ridiculed the government for its failure to press ahead with austerity measures.

The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia

Strike by Lufthansa pilots continues

By Philipp Frisch and Ulrich Rippert, 21 March 2015

Management wants to force the pilots to submit and make an example of them in order to push through worse conditions for the other 110,000 staff.

German Social Democrat leader backs mass data retention by telecommunication companies

By Denis Krasnin, 21 March 2015

Sigmar Gabriel, SPD chairman, spoke out in favour of a data storage law in an interview with radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

Canadian military intelligence seeks greater integration with domestic security agencies

By Dylan Lubao, 21 March 2015

Canada’s military has formulated plans to become a “main player” in the intelligence apparatus of the Canadian government and its international allies.

Canada’s Bill C-51: A sweeping assault on democratic rights and legal principles—Part 2

Early Andalucía elections mark growing political volatility in Spain

By Vicky Short and Alejandro Lopez, 21 March 2015

The combined vote of the PSOE and PP has fallen to less than 40 percent, compared to 80 percent in 2009.

Top South African police officials targeted in ANC faction fight

By Thabo Seseane, 21 March 2015

The suspension of leading police officials has been allegedly linked to investigations of corruption by President Jacob Zuma.

Sri Lankan police arrest estate workers following strike against quota increase

By M. Devarajah, 21 March 2015

The arrests are part of a police-media witch-hunt against workers who struck for three days against an increase in their daily picking loads.

New in Russian

50 лет назад: Коалиция Бандаранаике проигрывает выборы на Цейлоне

21 марта 2015 г.

22 марта 1965 года коалиционное правительство г-жи Сиримаво Бандаранаике проиграло парламентские выборы на Целлоне.

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Njemački Zeleni prizivaju konfrontaciju sa Rusijom

Peter Schwarz, 21. mart 2015.

Zeleni sistematski i bespoštedno promovišu konfrontaciju s Rusijom, postavljajući se u ovim pitanjima najbliže Vašingtonu.

New in French

Le conflit entourant la Banque asiatique d'investissement

Par Nick Beams, 21 mars 2015

La décision de la Grande-Bretagne de rejoindre la Banque asiatique d'investissement pour les infrastructures (AIIB), qui est soutenue par la Chine, a ouvert la voie à d'autres puissances européennes qui souhaitent faire de même, malgré l'opposition intense des États-Unis.

La grève étudiante et la lutte contre l’austérité: une perspective socialiste est nécessaire

Par le Parti de l’égalité socialiste (Canada), 21 mars 2015

Pour éviter une défaite comme en 2012, les étudiants du Québec doivent adopter une ligne politique diamétralement opposée à celle de l’ASSÉ et des comités Printemps 2015.

Les institutions européennes accentuent la pression sur la Grèce
Syriza promet une nouvelle liste de mesures d'austérité

Par Robert Stevens, 21 mars 2015

En prévision d'un prochain sommet de l'UE, les représentants politiques des banques européennes ont insisté sur le fait que la Grèce devait imposer des mesures d'austérité ou bien risquer de voir de nouveaux prêts bloqués.

Mobilisation policière massive contre les manifestations anti-austérité à Francfort-sur-le-Main

Par Christoph Dreier et Alex Lantier, 21 mars 2015

Des milliers de manifestants s’étaient rendus à Francfort des quatre coins de l’Europe pour protester contre les mesures d’austérité visant la Grèce et d’autres pays de la zone euro. Trois cents cinquante d’entre eux ont été interpellés par la police.

New in German

Rechte Proteste in Brasilien: Eine Warnung für die Arbeiterklasse

Von Bill Van Auken, 21. März 2015

Wenn heute rechte Kräfte wieder offen für einen Militärputsch mobilisieren können, dann aufgrund der reaktionären Rolle der PT und diverser pseudolinker Gruppen in ihrem Umfeld, die Illusionen in diese kapitalistische Partei schüren.

Bundesregierung plant neue „Anti-Terror-Einheit“

Von Johannes Stern, 21. März 2015

Der Aufbau einer paramilitärischen Polizeitruppe in Deutschland ist Bestandteil einer massiven inneren und äußeren Aufrüstung.

Lufthansa-Piloten setzen Streik fort

Von Philipp Frisch und Ulrich Rippert, 21. März 2015

Die Lufthansa-Konzernleitung will die Piloten in die Knie zwingen und ein Exempel statuieren, um massive Verschlechterungen für die übrigen 110.000 Beschäftigten durchzusetzen.

Tsipras verspricht neue Sparliste

Von Robert Stevens, 21. März 2015

Die politischen Vertreter der europäischen Banken forderten im Vorfeld des EU-Gipfels von Griechenland Sparmaßnahmen, andernfalls erhalte es keine weiteren Kredite mehr.

Urteil im Achenbach-Prozess:
Kunst-Markt und Kriminalität

Von Sybille Fuchs, 21. März 2015

In Essen wurde am 16. März das Urteil gegen den „Kunst-Berater“ Helge Achenbach gesprochen, der zahlreiche Superreiche mit moderner Kunst versorgt und dabei etliche Millionen illegal für sich selbst abgezweigt hatte.

65. Berlinale
Zwei Gesichter des deutschen Widerstands:Die Widerständigen "also machen wir das weiter " und"Elser - Er hätte die Welt verändert"
Teil 4

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 21. März 2015

Dies ist der Vierte einer Reihe von Artikeln über das Internationale Filmfestival, das vom 5. bis zum 15. Februar in Berlin stattgefunden hat. Der erste Teil wurde am 28. Februar veröffentlicht, der zweite Teil am 12. März und der dritte Teil am 14. März.

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Perspective

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

21 March 2015

There is near-universal agreement among Democrats and Republicans in Washington to substantially increase funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.

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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

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

US Oil Workers Strike

International Socialist Organization hails USW backstabbing of oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White and Kevin Reed, 21 March 2015

The ISO does not even pretend to criticize the USW, which from the beginning of the strike worked to prevent it from developing into a broader movement of the working class.

Striking US oil workers explain issues at stake in their struggle

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 March 2015

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

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

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Arts Review

Chappie: Is the sum greater than the parts?

By Christine Schofelt, 21 March 2015

Neill Blomkamp’s latest release presents an oddly sweet, if rather violent, tale, but something is missing.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 2
The rule and the exceptions—three good films: Court, National Gallery and The Gold Bug

By David Walsh, 20 March 2015

FICUNAM 2015
An interview with Alejo Moguillansky, co-director of The Gold Bug

FICUNAM 2015: Part 1
A remarkable film festival in Mexico City

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

21 March 2015

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

State frame-up of Maruti Suzuki India workers continues

SEP (Australia) Campaign in New South Wales Election

Socialist Equality Party election rally in NSW

21 March 2015

The SEP candidates will address a combined election rally on Sunday March 22.

Youth unemployment—a social catastrophe for the working class

By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Bankstown, 20 March 2015

Oppose the anti-mosque campaign in Penrith!

Australian workers call for support for striking US oil workers

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

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IYSSE

Australia: IYSSE campaign pushes back Griffith University’s political censorship

By our correspondents, 21 March 2015

Support from students and WSWS readers has forced the university’s authorities to drop their outright refusal to allow the IYSSE to register a club this year.

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

By Richard Dufour, 17 March 2015

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

Commentary

Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015

Syriza government’s surrender to the EU in Greece exposes Podemos in Spain

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 20 March 2015

Syriza promises new austerity list as European institutions intensify pressure on Greece

By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2015

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

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Tunisian army called out after terror attack kills 23

Obama administration sets record for denying access to government documents

Attack on democratic rights in Germany follows Blockupy protest

The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank

US stocks surge as Fed signals slower rise in interest rates

Four years after Fukushima disaster, government to restart Japan’s nuclear plants

Brazil’s right-wing protests: A warning to the working class

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”

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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