Archive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/ Syriza hands Greek defence ministry to right-wing nationalist http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/gree-j29.html Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks, has built close links to the military and demanded his party be given control over defence. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d692b10-d4e3-4a08-ab15-10287dd8aa4I/gree-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Israel threatens war following clashes with Hezbollah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/isra-j29.html Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the world should “look at what happened in the Gaza Strip” as a model for what Israel plans in Lebanon and Syria. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e0fa69a-bc86-4368-89c0-9444ec4ff9dA/isra-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z US stock sell-off in response to Fed policy statement on interest rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/bank-j29.html The Fed has come under increasing pressure from Wall Street to delay any rate hike until the final months of this year or some time in 2016. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80feaee4-ca06-46b5-9d66-50c0d6502b8D/bank-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Koch brothers pledge to spend nearly $900 million on 2016 US elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/koch-j29.html Charles and David Koch plan to spend more money to elect right-wing candidates in 2016 than either the Democratic or Republican parties. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd3f41ee-3943-4ffc-bbf2-871631dc92aD/koch-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Denver police shoot and kill sixteen-year-old girl http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/denv-j29.html Denver officers responding to a “suspicious activity” complaint fired several rounds into a car carrying 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez and four of her friends. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1d091a8-2835-4209-921f-5ecd72fbf5fE/denv-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z WikiLeaks considers legal action over Google’s compliance with US search orders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/wiki-j29.html The Internet company secretly turned over emails, IP addresses, photographs, calendars and other private information of WikiLeaks staff to the US government. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f543b29f-573d-46aa-b87d-4a18f1e12c9F/wiki-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Diesel spill in West Virginia leaves 12,000 without water http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/spill-j29.html Chemical spills and leaks are endemic throughout the US, threatening the health and safety of the population and the quality of the environment. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/174878ab-ad42-4649-9701-b8209feb321N/spill-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Standard and Poor’s downgrades Russia’s credit rating to junk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/russ-j08.html The downgrade is part of a campaign by the United States, Germany, and their allies to step up economic pressure on Russia. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4645884-bcf4-44b5-9dfc-e6f5cb02058E/russ-j08.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Australian opposition Labor leader visits troops in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/shor-j29.html Shorten’s trip to Iraq underscores the Labor Party’s complete alignment with the US-led war in the Middle East and Washington’s broader militarist agenda. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35bf4181-a423-49c6-a7f7-16f145992eeF/shor-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Australia: Queensland election reveals wider political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/quee-j29.html The election campaign has underscored the popular hostility toward budget-slashing measures and the instability of the parliamentary system in Australia. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0276ca80-6537-468a-b9f4-293cd6cc436D/quee-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z South Africa’s politically connected elites profit amid power outages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/sapo-f01-m01.html On Monday, ESKOM, the largest South African power utility, began implementing “managed” blackouts, cutting 2,000 megawatts from its grid. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63b7e1fc-62e3-4082-8707-c2878826005B/sapo-f01-m01.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Mexican government rushes to close case of disappeared students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/pers-j29.html Peña Nieto told Mexicans to get over the fate of the 43 students so he can move ahead with a “reform” agenda backed by Washington. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4fe340ab-56b7-4cad-affd-1376b231270B/pers-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Australian pseudo-left group hails Syriza’s victory in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/salt-j29.html Socialist Alternative’s enthusiasm stems from years of promoting illusions in Syriza and presenting it as a model for new “left” formations internationally. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b04c606-463b-499a-9755-aa317ebcb9bH/salt-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Politically driven hysteria over the New York City snowstorm that wasn’t http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/snow-j29.html The residents of New York City were subjected to warnings of a “historic snowstorm,” declarations of states of emergency and a virtual lockdown for what turned out to be a few inches of snow. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2dfa2762-01f6-4d1b-92e1-4bb8f5925d8K/snow-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Obama’s State of the Union and the fraud of Kshama Sawant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/sawa-j29.html The Seattle City Council member's response to Obama’s State of the Union address is a defense of US imperialism and the Democratic Party. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf787360-eac8-4074-a17c-7deb335ba51A/sawa-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z Experimental data supports the interactive development of language and technology http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/lang-j29.html An experimental archaeology study demonstrates the increased effectiveness of language as opposed to other teaching methods in transmitting manufacturing techniques for stone tools. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34156ac3-22d4-457a-abb2-852692d3e64L/lang-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z The Dardenne brothers’ <i>Two Days, One Night</i>: Who should pay for the present situation? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/29/days-j29.html In a small Belgian factory, a woman fights to keep her job by trying to convince her workmates not to take a pay bonus. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a170f21-d0e2-4e18-b0b2-db387784fa7H/days-j29.html 2015-01-29T05:00:00Z US announces plan to ration health care under Medicare http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/medi-j28.html The realignment of Medicare more directly with the profit dictates of the market will become the model for the American health care system as a whole. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44b21623-5997-458a-b954-a892421b6a2D/medi-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/pers-j28.html The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/368fd72a-86bc-4134-9d46-085dafb1ad6I/pers-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z India, US boost military-strategic drive against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/obin-j28.html US President Barack Obama returns from a three-day visit to India with a series of agreements that dramatically enhance the Indo-US “global strategic partnership.” Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ed04325-7387-463c-94d6-d65eea7acffP/obin-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Japanese government exploits hostage crisis to push remilitarisation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/japa-j28.html The Abe government plans to introduce 10 new laws lifting restrictions on the dispatch of the Japanese military overseas. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b99c09d-84e4-482d-8a69-f5ed9f9d975N/japa-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Concerns over Fed tightening as deflation fears grow http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/econ-j28.html William White, former chief economist at the Bank for International Settlements, declared, “We’re seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end.” Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/895803af-4769-493f-80fb-e8ed8f5a206K/econ-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Whistleblower who exposed CIA nuclear sabotage operation convicted under Espionage Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/ster-j28.html Jeffrey Sterling faces a possible maximum sentence of nearly 100 years for allegedly speaking to investigative reporter James Risen about covert operations targeting Iran. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fe40ee3f-6a4c-436d-ab24-7543eb2aa69H/ster-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z New figures show continued decline in US union membership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/unio-j28.html The unionization rate in America is at its lowest point in 100 years. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e5db767-4579-4370-9498-921813c8d1aG/unio-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Snowstorm ‘Juno’ shuts down much of northeastern US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/juno-j28.html The blizzard knocked out electricity for thousands and prompted a shutdown of transportation in major metropolitan areas. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1269e0e7-c4ba-4189-934a-05b76085830C/juno-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Mass layoffs at northwest Indiana steel mills http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/steel-j28.html In response to plunging oil prices and falling steel demand worldwide, producers ArcelorMittal and US Steel have announced hundreds of layoffs in East Chicago, Indiana. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/992e2fee-f0ef-4149-9033-aa54edf3a4fO/steel-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Delinquency rates for auto loans hit highest level since 2008 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/auto-j28.html Rising delinquency rates have paralleled the growth of “subprime” auto lending. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bda3cf81-7096-4be8-b96e-6a66023092dC/auto-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z German Social Democratic leader enters into discussions with Pegida http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/pegi-j28.html The head of the Social Democratic Party has provided the right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement with official recognition. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11c09bf6-bb21-488e-9577-dd19094bd0fG/pegi-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Governments in Eastern Europe intensify attacks on democratic rights and immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/eeur-j28.html The attacks on immigrants, which go hand in hand with restrictions on democratic rights and the adoption of police state measures, are directed against the entire population. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4474eb26-be9a-4777-ae8c-04e385fe535P/eeur-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Xenophobic attacks on foreign shop-owners spread in Gauteng, South Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/safr-j28.html The African National Congress government’s policy of Black Economic Empowerment explicitly excludes foreign nationals. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb97f20f-7b4d-4a2f-a4e4-4afb2f42e03D/safr-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Syriza’s electoral success and the pseudo-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/syri-j28.html The new government of Alexis Tsipras has unleashed a wave of enthusiasm within pseudo-left organisations in Greece and internationally. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b62d347-29d4-4d9a-bd58-af7a01a26d7D/syri-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z Who are the Independent Greeks? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/ingr-j28.html The Independent Greeks party, Syriza’s coalition partner, is a staging post for some of the most reactionary layers in Greek society. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb3b6ac0-d631-404d-a277-7a77f2ca306B/ingr-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z The motives behind Australian PM’s knighting of Prince Philip http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/abbo-j28.html While derided as a relic of Australia’s past colonial relationship with Britain, the monarchy remains central to the Australian capitalist state and particularly to the military. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/032338fc-0ccc-4e8f-98e6-7ad3527238eJ/abbo-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z <em>Inherent Vice</em>: Thomas Pynchon’s novel adapted for the screen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/28/vice-j28.html Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, his seventh feature, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by well-known American writer Thomas Pynchon. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6076ce01-2c5b-42af-a63e-b4c8ed88c88C/vice-j28.html 2015-01-28T05:00:00Z The political struggle facing Detroit teachers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/lflt-j27.html The following leaflet was distributed to teachers attending Sunday’s union meeting in Detroit. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a7521ad-677e-4158-8305-e179cb28c74E/lflt-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Syriza forms coalition government with right-wing Independent Greeks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/gree-j27.html Syriza‘s programme has been developed in close collaboration with sections of international finance capital. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/439ed9c6-9dc4-4762-a683-c1d640251f3L/gree-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z The significance of the election of Syriza in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/pers-j27.html Syriza has come to power based upon a programme that articulates the interests of a powerful section of the Greek bourgeoisie and more privileged sections of the upper-middle class. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8143ee0-80b0-424c-b1d5-81eed9b7c8aP/pers-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z US resumes drone strikes in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/yeme-j27.html The strike comes amid mounting indications that the US is preparing military escalations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and numerous other countries. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d756d95f-f88b-49a7-ab8f-d1a2c07c249C/yeme-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z State of emergency declared in eastern Ukraine, as US vows more sanctions against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/ukra-j27.html President Obama threatened to use all means short of open war to increase pressure on Russia in the wake of renewed hostilities in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87abc76b-465f-4ab0-a8f0-7c775c3d50aH/ukra-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Republican presidential campaign begins: A mixture of corporate cash and far-right politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/2016-j27.html The first significant events in the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination took place this weekend in California and Iowa. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b70c9a52-6dea-42c4-8b09-2d59e16a0bcJ/2016-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court to hear challenge to Oklahoma lethal injection protocol http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/leth-j27.html Attorneys representing death row inmates say the protocol, which led to the “botched” 43-minute execution of Clayton Lockett, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80e99da7-f2a3-49d6-810c-4d21f5d29fcM/leth-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z New president of Detroit teachers union looks for collaboration with Democratic Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/dft-j27.html The new leader of the DFT, Steve Conn, is seeking to convince teachers to appeal to a coalition of corporate executives and big business politicians to defend public education. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/002cc75c-6213-4079-bd4f-cc1f9a1d717E/dft-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Pseudo-left groups mislead protests against water charges in Ireland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/irel-j27.html The trade union bureaucracy in Ireland has actively worked to undermine every attempt at resistance to austerity, including imposing a strike ban in the public sector. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fe1d3508-4f02-4975-874d-bccc39f9e41B/irel-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Berlin mayor resigns: The end of the era http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/berl-j27.html The tenure of Klaus Wowereit was marked by sharp social divisions, growing poverty and the further enrichment of the city’s already wealthy ruling elite. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ba5804d-cd7b-4b65-b6d9-1da91b3d174H/berl-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government promises “devolution pact” to woo Tamil elite http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/sril-j27.html Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement underscores the shift in foreign policy toward the US and India following the recent presidential election. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d49f238-e386-4f64-b4ad-11a1bcf2a81D/sril-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Australian Productivity Commission launches wage-cutting review http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/prod-j27.html The inquiry openly canvasses abolishing penalty wage rates for after-hours work and scrapping the minimum wage. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/02a05347-6404-4427-93b1-b0b7c2c1d61G/prod-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/wkrs-j27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/de1b697e-451c-4869-a368-b181cd878f0A/wkrs-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z <em>Mr. Turner</em> brings the great painter to life http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/27/turn-j27.html Timothy Spall gives a powerful performance as the complicated genius who had such a lasting impact on the history of painting. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d7509f6-d80c-4c06-b448-55508ad1daeL/turn-j27.html 2015-01-27T05:00:00Z Syriza wins Greek elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/gree-j26.html While the election result reflects broad popular opposition to austerity in Greece and across Europe, Syriza is committed to the EU, the euro and the defense of capitalism. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cac68b23-fc9b-4218-a135-290854ce83eP/gree-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Imperialist mourning for King Abdullah http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/pers-j26.html The close collaboration between Washington and the Saudi regime speaks volumes about the nature of American intervention in the Middle East. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aec6c3a0-7bb2-4a90-b982-82f67133c68D/pers-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z At least 18 dead as Egyptian military regime violently represses demonstrations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/egyp-j26.html At least 18 protestors were killed by security forces during mass demonstrations marking the anniversary of protests that led to the downfall of the Mubarak regime. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41b8a736-a272-46d6-8c9c-f11b486a251N/egyp-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z ISIS kills Japanese hostage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/japa-j26.html The apparent murder of one of the hostages held by ISIS, Haruna Yukawa, comes as Japan plans to expand its military presence in the Middle East. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa96d817-3f27-4a41-9f96-4765c827fffI/japa-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Top New York state Democrat indicted for corruption http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/silv-j26.html Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, was indicted for accepting bribes and influence peddling. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5f699544-b5c4-4021-aa09-1f171e28f5bA/silv-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Rikers Island officers fired for hog-tying and beating prisoner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/rike-j26.html The horrific beating of Robert Hinton was only one case in a string of violence and murder in New York City’s Rikers Island prison. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49e6a8fe-1d3a-4479-a767-1501fb297ffE/rike-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Mass job losses unfold in global oil industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/petr-j26.html Several major oil service companies announced that they would cut significant sections of their workforce, leading to tens of thousands of new layoffs. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/816e7368-409b-410e-9f8e-e047c46d1b7H/petr-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Pipeline leak spills thousands of gallons of crude oil into Yellowstone River http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/mont-j26.html Residents of Glendive, Montana were forced to use bottled water for five days after the January 17 spill. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47922211-5c1e-4c2c-9c25-ad6cf6a4445K/mont-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z First round of US-Cuba talks end as restrictions eased http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/cuba-j26.html While deep disagreements remain between the regimes in Havana and Washington, the movement towards the resumption of relations continues at great speed. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36ac4f0e-67b8-45aa-8b28-a92f5efdb8dA/cuba-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z German corporations call for new forms of workplace exploitation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/germ-j26.html Corporations and government institutions in Germany have called for a “fourth industrial revolution” based on at-will employment. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7df8bb19-db9a-4654-b34d-41456ea1888J/germ-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Spain: Regional Catalan president calls early elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/cata-j26.html The calling of early elections comes as the Catalan parliament discusses its 2015 budget, which will impose further austerity measures on the region. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd89f453-f246-48c7-b877-da4c14856d3P/cata-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Japan: Two workers killed at TEPCO nuclear plants in Fukushima http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/fuku-j26.html The deaths are another reminder of the ongoing dangers at the tsunami-affected Fukushima Daiichi complex, and the official disregard for workers’ health and safety. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/559b746f-48fa-40f1-9bd2-c268cbdcaceJ/fuku-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Housing affordability crisis worsens in New Zealand http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/hous-j26.html A property bubble and rampant speculation has contributed to soaring income inequality, housing over-crowding and homelessness. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25ae502f-3cb2-4295-acfc-963cac8fad5D/hous-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z Greek students describe social crisis facing youth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/inte-j26.html The economic crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Greek workers and young people to leave the country in search of jobs and better prospects. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c28dcbe1-6738-443d-be2d-d79e0212bf7I/inte-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 26-February 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/26/twih-j26.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9442a6f9-195b-464a-a776-a6ec61ccb2cM/twih-j26.html 2015-01-26T05:00:00Z After Yemeni regime’s collapse, calls mount for US military escalation across Middle East and Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/yeme-j24.html The collapse of Hadi’s regime represents another major debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1a6b33a-c9d9-4fac-9058-944cece653aI/yeme-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z The election in Greece and the political tasks of the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/pers-j24.html Despite its left-wing facade, Syriza is a bourgeois party that rests on affluent layers of the middle class. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce8375d5-ae39-4a0a-9918-3f0c9eb8812F/pers-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Saudi king’s death threatens to deepen US crisis in Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/saud-j24.html The death of the monarchical tyrant was mourned profusely by Washington and its allies, along with the Western media. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5c59936-aa76-46d4-afdc-b142eb81eb1F/saud-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Obama to press India for economic and strategic concessions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/indi-j24.html In a gesture meant to underline that Washington and New Delhi are enhancing their strategic partnership, Obama will be the guest of honor at Monday’s Republic Day celebrations. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0cdee537-cb86-4c74-8b94-00ad2a07f85L/indi-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/tort-j24.html The new Republican chairman of the committee has demanded the Obama administration return all copies of the report on CIA torture. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5cd298aa-1ecf-4d6f-b0f1-46aa5a82342D/tort-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Ransom deadline passes for Japanese hostages held by ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/japa-j24.html The seizure of Japanese hostages provides the Abe government with a pretext to escalate its rehabilitation of Japanese militarism. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22253525-6d1b-412f-977d-75cd27fb65eN/japa-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Detroit regional water authority prepares double-digit rate increases http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/watr-j24.html The news comes as Detroit continues its draconian policy of shutting off water to residents who are too poor to pay for it. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/02addbc2-70b8-4c00-adac-4bd7ac83c3eE/watr-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Measles outbreak in California spreads to six other states http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/meas-j24.html The disease, declared eradicated in the US in 2000, has made a comeback. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50c23d28-b0cb-429b-9274-82421f1d24dD/meas-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Mounting hunger in western Wisconsin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/hung-j24.html Hunger among working poor families continues to grow in western Wisconsin, where lumber and manufacturing remain deeply depressed. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68c26042-1bd0-43a4-86f0-693ff36ad8dN/hung-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Fate of GM production in Canada uncertain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/cagm-j24.html The automaker has remained silent on its plans for continued production in Canada beyond 2017. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2aab0315-7e6a-4307-8ee4-4936a92b5e6L/cagm-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Australian man dies after being tasered by police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/tase-j24.html Kevin Norris became the third person to die after being tasered by New South Wales state police since 2010. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/83b3a518-31a5-40cf-bc2f-aa052f2b099E/tase-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Greek election: SYRIZA leader calls for “new patriotic alliance” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/syri-j24.html Alexis Tsipras promised that, should his party come to power, it would guarantee the existing political and social order. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fbd32ba1-968e-40c8-9657-874bc08141aA/syri-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z <em>American Sniper</em>: A wolf in sheep dog’s clothing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/snip-j24.html Clint Eastwood’s newest film tells the story of Chris Kyle, reputedly the deadliest marksman in US military history. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d82f98b6-c499-4d8f-8ab6-117f74d8797B/snip-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Europe faces political “earthquakes,” BBC warns on Democracy Day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/demo-j24.html A report commissioned by the BBC states that the rise of populist anti-establishment parties is set to cause political earthquakes across Europe in 2015. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa0da3d6-34b9-4cf1-812f-ad0e9afb2eeC/demo-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/24/labo-j24.html The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6126fbc7-bc8f-47b3-97f1-091079e56c0L/labo-j24.html 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z Financial markets celebrate European Central Bank launch of €1 trillion quantitative easing program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/bank-j23.html The measure will have little or no impact on the real economy. Rather, it is aimed at making available further supplies of ultra-cheap cash for financial speculation. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b637445-3a15-4b24-a957-5e62ac0bc28A/bank-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Crisis talks in London over Islamic State http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/kerr-j23.html The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/668a87f6-7854-4f36-a93f-98074d79a05A/kerr-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Yemeni president resigns as Houthi insurgents consolidate control over capital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/yeme-j23.html Hadi’s resignation marks a major defeat for US-Saudi efforts to counter the accelerating breakdown of Yemen’s political order. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dbf14bf0-25cf-4042-b88a-f8800aa66e1B/yeme-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/ukra-j23.html The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1c8191e-4bb7-4f40-87a9-8e523a856fdC/ukra-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Russia and US end collaboration on nuclear disarmament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/russ-j23.html Russia and the United States ended collaboration in the disposal of nuclear waste in mid-December, according to a report in the <i>Boston Globe</i> on Monday. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ac18915c-817a-4784-8a9a-51c9bddce41C/russ-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z St. Louis police gun down another teenager http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/poli-j23.html An eyewitness account contradicted officers’ claims that the young man was holding a pistol. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4583164-4936-4674-a2b2-667767e6c35G/poli-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Video shows New Jersey police killing man as he attempts to surrender http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/brut-j23.html Officers shot Jerame Reid nine times as he got out of a car with his hands raised. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fa9fc48-ceea-4c79-8666-2a8f46317dbP/brut-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Texas carries out first execution of 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/exec-j23.html Arnold Prieto was the fourth US death row inmate executed so far this year. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/457ce44f-e156-451d-b9ac-cb49f9050d8P/exec-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Influenza reaches epidemic proportions in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/flu-j23.html Roughly 8.5 percent of all deaths across the country for the week ending on January 10 resulted from influenza or pneumonia. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3aa83200-4e54-43c1-942e-14d51cf5550M/flu-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Governor Cuomo pushes casino expansion in Upstate New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/casi-j23.html Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development." Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0340f4b9-ea25-41ad-a4e4-77f300f312dC/casi-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z UK Iraq war inquiry report delayed yet again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/chil-j23.html Among the records that will reportedly not be published is a minute of a conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush six weeks before the Iraq invasion. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/493bfbad-89f1-47ca-9cdc-4089659427dG/chil-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z New York Times columnist advises how to protect pro-US government in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/sril-j23.html Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests a targeted “human rights” campaign to prevent members of the previous government returning to power. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84492a78-68f7-49ed-aa04-bc461e5a101P/sril-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Australian authorities issue another bogus “terror” alert http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/terr-j23.html The police “high alert” has all the hallmarks of yet another politically motivated diversion. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/14191fc5-6f90-4543-a6ae-73e46161bbaC/terr-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z 2015 and the rising tide of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/pers-j23.html On virtually every continent, US imperialism is engaged in reckless militarist interventions that threaten to provoke a new world war. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cbdd6f9f-10df-401a-9bc3-5c5a0546ff0H/pers-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Unemployed Greek workers face desperate situation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/gree-j23.html Mass unemployment has been a permanent feature of Greek life since the imposition of austerity measures in 2010. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/036a800b-2036-4003-85f1-561f8a8592aM/gree-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Australia: Murdoch newspaper denounces universities for “over-educating” students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/unia-j23.html An editorial in the <em>Australian</em> newspaper reveals the deeply-reactionary ideological agenda that underlies the bipartisan political assault on the right to university education. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aed56be0-5e51-4607-9b0e-d72f353744bG/unia-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Fiat-Chrysler boss wants wages tied to profits in new auto contract http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/marc-j23.html In remarks at the Detroit auto show last week, Sergio Marchionne reiterated his demand that the two-tier wage be abolished by phasing out higher-paid workers. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a78c765-0693-4baf-8449-a5cc8a59f73N/marc-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/23/brie-j23.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e97d9a52-0861-4af0-9bda-e71f37fd4d8E/brie-j23.html 2015-01-23T05:00:00Z After Charlie Hebdo attack, France announces draconian anti-terror law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/fran-j22.html Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> terrorist attacks to dramatically expand the machinery of police-state rule. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae3d85fe-3361-4e81-9f61-061bf49d2d7E/fran-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Obama’s State of Delusion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/pers-j22.html The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is perhaps matched only by its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/efdaeda8-2aeb-4831-8853-ca1bd884062M/pers-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Report: No federal charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/ferg-j22.html The Obama administration’s decision not to pursue civil rights charges against Darren Wilson is only the final act in the drive to shield Darren Wilson from prosecution. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e54ee06-b7bc-413a-9258-1b41f949a6eA/ferg-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z EU foreign ministers discuss attacks on democratic rights, provocations against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/euro-j22.html The meeting underscored the inseparable link between imperialist militarism in the Middle East, war preparations against Russia, and the drive to dictatorship. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d11e6d40-4c22-4960-9d42-612ab72a7b0M/euro-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Workers, youth in Athens discuss upcoming election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/gree-j22.html Tens of thousands of Greeks now rely on food handouts and soup kitchens as a consequence of devastating austerity measures. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/21c065ab-3f0e-464f-b94f-b6910e6f840G/gree-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Boko Haram and the return of German imperialism to Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/germ-j01.html Earlier this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced German support for the fight against Boko Haram in West and Central Africa. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8bb78cb9-1777-4eed-b9bd-a3101793bdcM/germ-j01.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Israeli strike in Syria threatens wider war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/isra-j22.html Israeli troops and anti-missile batteries have been rushed to the country’s northern border in the wake of Sunday’s assassination strike. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fd36b60-94e2-4156-a99e-d65b3016026O/isra-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Houthi insurgents seize Yemen’s presidential palace http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/yeme-j22.html The seizure of government buildings in central Sanaa by Shia militants represents another debacle for US imperialism. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f1dc495-b746-4693-884e-35627766a69F/yeme-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Cincinnati bridge collapse kills one worker, injures another http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/brid-j22.html Experts said cost-cutting by a construction company may have led to the collapse. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bfb72cf4-8a55-4590-96f7-60b9f44318cH/brid-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z North Korean defector recants prison camp claims http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/kore-j22.html The retraction has not diminished the cynical US-led human rights campaign against North Korea. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae3a58db-c170-4a44-b425-03c5be0d043I/kore-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Amid a worsening Australian government crisis, Labor pledges to impose austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/abbo-j22.html While opposing the government’s key budget measures, Labor is drawing up policies to make even deeper inroads into social spending. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec46c0ce-1eff-41d4-ac4c-9b0e0da3982P/abbo-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z New Zealand opposition parties seize on “illegal” fishing to promote militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/fish-j22.html The right-wing New Zealand First Party and Labour are calling for a more powerful and aggressive navy in order to extend the country’s control over the Southern Ocean. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6214473f-7ad3-4714-8e8a-898bd448c74E/fish-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Miami begins “virtual policing” of residents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/miam-j22.html The Miami Police Department has rolled out a mass public surveillance system consisting of 25 high-definition cameras spread throughout the city. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/313f5ee6-741f-49e1-9292-62ff3855c3dK/miam-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Proposed New York reactor closing puts 700 jobs at risk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/nucl-j22.html The R. E. Ginna nuclear power plant, located twenty miles east of Rochester, New York, is slated to be closed by Exelon Corporation. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/144f16b6-bbe2-43f1-8329-07814b5e015A/nucl-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z US agencies rank 2014 as Earth’s warmest recorded year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/noaa-j22.html The weight of scientific evidence points to the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of human activity as the cause. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97a6abb2-17b3-4465-89a4-643b3fc462fF/noaa-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/iyss-j22.html According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d367795a-b49d-46f2-bcba-acc0cb26af8A/iyss-j22.html 2015-01-22T05:00:00Z Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/sotu-j21.html The State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama Tuesday night painted a picture of America and the world that is the diametric opposite of the real conditions of social crisis, economic breakdown and imperialist war. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b5eaa80-a176-4385-a3af-e9aa3c63b79A/sotu-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Capitalism and the global plutocracy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/pers-j21.html A group of people who can fit into a double-decker bus control more wealth than 3.5 billion people, equivalent to the combined populations of China, India, the United States and the European Union. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/edf630f0-dc9d-48b7-8820-17eb949c62aD/pers-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z German media and politicians promote right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/pegi-j21.html A leading commentator in the German media has proposed that the slogan “We are Pegida” be placed alongside “I am Charlie” as part of a campaign to promote the right-wing movement. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60807b15-e3c8-4f1d-9d1d-51b9190b3c3P/pegi-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z China records lowest growth in 24 years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/chin-j21.html China’s economy is racked by mounting debt and productive overcapacity, resulting from the stimulus measures adopted by the Chinese regime since the 2008 crash. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f159bbf3-1712-4ff6-89d1-624792f2632B/chin-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z IMF cuts growth forecast amid warnings of rising global unemployment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/imfr-j21.html The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its forecast for global economic growth in 2015, slicing 0.3 percentage points off its estimate last October. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7743d830-fb9d-4f2d-886c-d0f23815a5fP/imfr-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z European Central Bank appears set to introduce quantitative easing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/ecba-j21.html European stock markets rose to seven-year highs this week in anticipation that the ECB will decide tomorrow to start purchasing sovereign bonds. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7dcc0575-fd7a-4855-809d-6b5adac4e12I/ecba-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Syria strike caps Israel’s provocations in Middle East http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/isra-j21.html Israel’s air strike follows its denunciations of the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ef63f3d-ba06-43c6-9dfc-86590ac4925N/isra-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/cana-j21.html Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41958763-09ad-4bcf-afab-d3a565d2d73L/cana-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Canadian Special Forces engage in ground combat in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/csfo-j21.html Canada’s military is playing an important role in planning Peshmerga attacks and in coordinating its operations with air strikes by the US and its war coalition allies. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/380f4b37-776f-41ef-9b7e-77739fa83caE/csfo-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/sril-j21.html Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3b476b5-044e-4e06-b42e-98853ac9dacG/sril-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z The murder of Akai Gurley and police repression in New York City public housing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/vert-j21.html The cop who killed Gurley last November was conducting a “vertical patrol,” a regular NYPD tactic, with his gun drawn. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b567e1a6-0674-446b-9339-3fdce9914c2J/vert-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Unions, Democrats and Republicans form school privatization group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/detr-j21.html As Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, Democratic and Republican politicians are now turning their attention to further privatizing public education in the impoverished city. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c3ab2c7f-d0e3-4662-8666-30628aeb3fcN/detr-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z New Orleans mayor announces “end” to veteran homelessness http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/nola-j21.html Landrieu’s claim, part of a nationwide initiative by Michelle Obama, comes as the city government criminalizes the city’s homeless population. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f39da638-9e3a-4119-9f29-2cde1c9dd7fK/nola-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Reports on deadly Metro accident show poor maintenance and negligence in Washington, DC transit system http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/metr-j21.html The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is facing a growing backlash as details emerge of its inept response to the terrifying accident. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08038176-6be3-4026-9467-973870a0634A/metr-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Mass layoffs follow election of new right-wing mayor in Lima, Peru http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/lima-j20.html The sudden layoffs have caused mass outrage and provoked speculation that a vast reorganization of the municipality may be under way. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66e8f1ab-5a7c-48e0-b82a-21fd4868a1cA/lima-j20.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/humb-j21.html The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c80ccb1f-a81f-4acb-bf96-4966f28528aH/humb-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/huin-j21.html The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/253fa631-58af-44bf-b96e-806ca684fe1J/huin-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Pseudo-left groups in Greece line up behind SYRIZA http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/syri-j21.html The Greek sections of the International Socialist Tendency and the Committee for a Workers International are backing SYRIZA as it prepares to take power in defense of capitalism. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97eccac2-0574-4c0b-b0ab-aead7ca3b14B/syri-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/snow-j21.html The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41f57b62-7ff5-4d18-aafb-4ecfdc8740aE/snow-j21.html 2015-01-21T05:00:00Z Oxfam: Richest one percent set to control more wealth than the bottom 99 percent http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/oxfa-j20.html As the global financial oligarchy descended on Davos, Switzerland this week, the Oxfam charity released new figures on the colossal growth of social inequality. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93efa8ba-3cae-49c3-bc94-502d2b43d4bO/oxfa-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z The legitimization of Marine Le Pen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/pers-j20.html By opening its pages to Le Pen, the <em>New York Times</em> has signaled that powerful sections of the ruling class view anti-Muslim racism as a legitimate part of the public debate. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bfc8423b-490e-4ad9-9c37-a32814b4641C/pers-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/ukra-j20.html The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5434289-f3b3-4652-a660-c74c57cc4a6N/ukra-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z UK to launch enhanced “anti-terror measures” and domestic use of troops http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/terr-j20.html Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31259de0-cbca-4784-b1d2-b84dd61fcf3H/terr-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z German city plans to accommodate refugees in former concentration camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/germ-j20.html The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d832d056-7759-443c-8fb1-2a34543cfe6C/germ-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government discusses phony “100-day work program” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/sril-j20.html The measures are nothing but a smokescreen for the new government’s right-wing agenda, including its pro-US foreign policy. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cd0e4897-991f-46b0-a584-1e75782a3b5N/sril-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z US rejects North Korea overtures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/kore-j20.html North Korea has offered direct negotiations with the US, but Washington continues to whip up tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e4cc0ee-d4db-425e-9473-5b44f2d99beA/kore-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Mexico’s state oil company sacks thousands of workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/peme-j20.html Amidst falling oil prices, attempts by Pemex to cut production costs while courting foreign energy investors will fall most heavily on workers. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d143b51-7c10-4c40-b43f-b066aa3b0f5C/peme-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/hait-j20.html While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1680930-845b-4b43-88fa-14e1cc99a59B/hait-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z US education secretary promises no let-up in standardized testing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/dunc-j20.html In an address to educators at a Washington, D.C. elementary school, US education secretary Arne Duncan defended the Obama administration’s policy of scapegoating teachers. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/04fb81b8-89b5-430b-93b9-8daf6b1aa4dB/dunc-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Media magnate Péladeau seeks Parti Québécois leadership http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/pela-j20.html Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df08b324-6fbd-426d-996c-5431467b410O/pela-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Violent crackdown on hunger strikers in Australian refugee camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/manu-j20.html The Abbott government hailed the repression of asylum seekers by security forces on Manus Island. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/64788954-a487-4580-b66b-86950241f8fI/manu-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Labor vows to outdo “debt reduction” in Australian state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/quee-j20.html The Queensland election has turned into a contest between the main parties over which can cut government spending the fastest. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad935cd4-90c3-465c-89f0-c8fbcdc2b38C/quee-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Widespread disaffection in Queensland election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/ints-j20.html After years of broken election promises and worsening social conditions there is intense hostility to both major parties. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f211b86-a7ec-4f14-bbde-3ab4b860fd3N/ints-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z The historical and political issues in <em>Selma</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/selm-j20.html Most attention has been focused on the relationship between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, but far deeper questions must be explored, including the significance of the mass movement against Jim Crow segregation, its political limitations and its fate. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a371a9d-c1ba-4a0b-82b3-47375bb54e5F/selm-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z New York Times publishes new “revelations” on North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/time-j20.html An article in the <em>New York Times</em> backing US claims that North Korea hacked into Sony’s computer system asserts that Washington has penetrated North Korean cyber networks. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eddcefba-7590-4322-90cf-0f70720d3c3N/time-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/20/wkrs-j20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2613fee9-b68e-4e82-84e0-25a1ca8abcaN/wkrs-j20.html 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z More than half of US public school students living in poverty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/pove-j19.html For the first time in at least fifty years, most public school students in the US are considered low-income. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df595023-605e-4b6d-8557-81b28772fbeA/pove-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z The coming fight over wages in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/pers-j19.html Several leading newspapers and think tanks have pointed to the long-term stagnation of wages as the catalyst for a potentially explosive movement over wages by the working class. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7d05803-1c20-4f49-85ce-c3c0ec2dce3D/pers-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Police crackdown after Charlie Hebdo attack spreads across Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/trop-j19.html Security forces have been deployed across Europe in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0c87e61-c657-4f06-8aa0-d21c34c4bcbP/trop-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/merk-j19.html The German ruling elite is using the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2643ba0-ca4e-4b83-8d66-5a25437c24fM/merk-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Ukraine premier’s pro-Nazi version of World War II: USSR invaded Ukraine, Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/yats-j19.html On Germany’s public television channel ARD, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the USSR was the aggressor against Ukraine and Germany in World War II. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22d055b6-a7ee-4f8d-8bf3-8df9fc825d3C/yats-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z US drug enforcement agency acknowledges longstanding warrantless wiretapping program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/data-j19.html The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da6b1063-c307-4275-85e0-74c26668a54I/data-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Striking California mental health workers denounce attacks on health care http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/nuhw-j19.html Some 2,600 mental health care workers in California are in the second week of a strike against Kaiser Permanente. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/551b568e-2842-43aa-b7d2-c53b94a5281I/nuhw-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z 160 people killed in US home fires during first two weeks of January http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/fire-j19.html House and apartment fires increase in the winter, as many people are forced to turn to unsafe electric, wood or fuel space heaters. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bbd92a3-491f-4c81-be2f-f09d0e5467cE/fire-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Michigan governor names 4th emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/dpse-j19.html New Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has pledged further cuts to impoverished Detroit schools. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32870c89-a943-4eac-9e30-8de5b1a3cfcF/dpse-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Military contractor pleads guilty in US Navy corruption scandal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/navy-j19.html Systemic corruption is a feature of US military engagements throughout the world. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff083eeb-d01d-4dcc-acf9-24eaa919d59G/navy-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Indonesian president speeds up executions of prisoners http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/indo-j19.html Widodo’s law-and-order campaign is an appeal to the most reactionary elements in Indonesian society. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/758b2c96-51d4-41d5-885b-61fe171330dC/indo-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/scot-j19.html The SNP has decided that the views of its newer members are not going to prejudice its chances of cutting a deal with one or other of the leading British parties Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67313127-2c86-4c18-9004-7a3666b7f9eD/scot-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Australian PM condemns magistrate for bail decision in bogus “terror” case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/bail-j19.html A campaign is underway that could see the reversal of the right to bail in a wider range of criminal cases, even where there is no proven link to terrorism. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/376ed2de-5e86-47bd-a0e7-5b0a09d702aB/bail-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z <em>Conscience and Conflict</em>: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/spai-j19.html On display are works, many unseen publicly since they were first created, by a wide range of realist, surrealist and abstract artists. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/229c211c-a880-459e-8b42-1803912ef2fC/spai-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 19-25 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/19/twih-j19.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e61a7c04-2859-4ff0-9a7a-06c21b3b4d9H/twih-j19.html 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z Behind whitewash of CIA spying: The trail leads to the White House http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/cia1-j17.html CIA Director John Brennan discussed plans to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee staff with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7eb3f56d-c5dd-44a4-83ec-702d25725a2L/cia1-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/pers-j17.html The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a7ab2e5-e8da-48ca-aa98-88981c378f3J/pers-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z CIA panel whitewashes spying on US Senate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/cia2-j17.html Wednesday saw the public release of a report produced by the CIA “accountability board” appointed by CIA Director John Brennan to review the agency’s spying on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) as it prepared its report on the CIA torture program. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a21f019-72a4-4b9c-b788-fac76ee6278H/cia2-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Arrests follow terror raids across Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/raid-j17.html Governments throughout Europe have lost no time in using anti-terror police raids in Belgium, France and Germany to whip up a climate of fear and justify demands for further repressive measures. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0030a63a-95e4-42ed-baa5-e0a181817ebE/raid-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Spanish government uses Paris terror attack to clamp down on democratic rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/spai-j17.html In attempting to force through anti-democratic measures, the Spanish government has been aided and abetted by the media, which is whipping up an Islamophobic atmosphere. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d512550f-43d0-4414-aebc-b14e676e00cN/spai-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Top French policeman investigating Charlie Hebdo shooting found dead http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/fred-j17.html A high-ranking police officer was shot dead the night after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in what police said was a suicide. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd80810d-99f6-4312-a2c5-63fec58eb85A/fred-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z New York City Mayor de Blasio vows to veto law outlawing police chokeholds http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/nycp-j17.html De Blasio’s statement followed the publication of a report showing that officers that used chokeholds on residents received little or no punishment. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71edff42-421a-48cf-83f7-6eb8b04de17N/nycp-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Spending by outside groups in US Senate elections has doubled since 2010 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/supr-j17.html Campaign spending by outside groups like super PACs has doubled since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc934bb1-a22b-4f98-94bb-3341b4eea11D/supr-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Federal judge cuts BP oil spill fine by billions of dollars http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/bpoi-j17.html BP’s maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be $13.7 billion, far lower than the $18 billion fine called for by prosecutors. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11bc35df-dbb2-4924-9f0b-fabcda53198N/bpoi-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Indian elite welcomes change of government in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/indi-j17.html India’s over-riding concern is securing Sri Lanka’s shift away from Beijing. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b175d8d-a925-41c0-9339-76da9d188b4D/indi-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Canada’s finance minister postpones budget as economic turmoil deepens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/cana-j17.html The drop in world oil prices has roiled the Canadian economy, which is heavily reliant on energy export-earnings and the Alberta tar sands. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7160020e-fb98-4f04-8105-b46287b6bd3K/cana-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Closure of coal mines in Poland threatens 5,000 jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/poli-j17.html Miners are resisting the Polish government’s plans to restructure the coal industry and lay off thousands of workers. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f5f6adc-6834-41d5-967e-98356287993A/poli-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Hunger strike in Australian refugee detention camp on Manus Island http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/manu-j17.html The protest reportedly involves over 400 of the 1,053 detainees. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1edb6f7b-09bb-4708-8299-8e290837ee4F/manu-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Fourteen cold-related deaths in Chicago region since November http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/cold-j17.html Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30646c4f-3ed9-4a07-bd13-aceae63ddd3H/cold-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/17/labo-j17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/83c846bc-feb3-4966-87c3-15909e124f5N/labo-j17.html 2015-01-17T05:00:00Z Charlie Hebdo and the specter of Vichy: From Laval to Hollande http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/pers-j16.html The events of the past week in France have a troubling historical resonance with an earlier period of French history, when the French ruling class collaborated directly with the Nazi regime in Germany. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a918d72b-9429-4dbd-adc3-4ba4ede15d2L/pers-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Financial markets rocked by decision to abandon ceiling on Swiss franc http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/swis-j16.html The decision by Swiss authorities to end the franc’s fixed relationship to the euro has led to one of the most rapid currency appreciations in history. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca2642fd-16a6-4869-93db-84273f234aeG/swis-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z December sales slump reflects precarious economic conditions facing US households http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/econ-j16.html US retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.9 percent in December, a key holiday shopping month, in the largest drop in nearly a year. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b298e82-4109-4ae4-bb4d-3a5179d3960H/econ-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Obama, Cameron discuss war and state repression following Charlie Hebdo attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/hebd-j16.html The two heads of state—whose countries have carried out a sustained attack on democratic rights—issued a jointly authored comment Thursday: “We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled.” Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/010a5eb1-0498-4951-888b-49cc67dc772K/hebd-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z FBI accuses Ohio man of terror plot to attack US Capitol http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/fbic-j16.html The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60eaf265-24e9-4266-b485-931349479a4I/fbic-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z New Year executions: Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/exec-j16.html The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution this week for three death row inmates. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/487944fa-9723-4189-8bf1-1ba5e2c8e69K/exec-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z White House to draft Iraq-Syria war resolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/isis-j16.html The Authorization for the Use of Military Force would be the basis for a further escalation of US military operations in the Middle East. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd8541bd-b7ca-47a2-b2a6-bc53b36bd3bF/isis-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Japanese government boosts military spending http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/japa-j16.html The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7bc6b93-7878-4925-8905-d0949770828I/japa-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Detroit area police caught on video beating handcuffed suspect http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/poli-j16.html The police chief of Grosse Pointe Park declared that the beating was justified after a seven-minute recording surfaced on Facebook. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f08e9e2-5386-4d92-b0ca-24d1db1f392C/poli-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/home-j16.html Amid rising homelessness and a dearth of affordable housing, de Blasio’s programs favor real estate interests and the wealthy elite. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fa4ac8e-b17e-4ef0-9be9-6c45f94ef18H/home-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/sril-j16.html Sirisena is not a “common man” but a bourgeois politician devoted to imperialism and big business. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c39bd1c-b2b1-47cc-a710-33ba8cf70d8D/sril-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z SYRIZA’s “anti-oligarch” policy: A call to global finance to raid Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/olig-j16.html The <em>Financial Times</em> is trumpeting SYRIZA’s policy because it offers rich pickings for the global financial oligarchy Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0dd059d-99bc-4bb0-82a6-9c96aabd57fI/olig-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/refu-j16.html 20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/658a9334-955a-462e-b4b0-2a6f8b7d4d8K/refu-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Australian government in disarray over doctors’ fees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/medi-j16.html Despite the latest backflip—the second in a month—the underlying drive to dismantle the subsidised health system will continue. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bdb81f5b-dff9-47ab-9079-436a13d4ed0K/medi-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z <em>To End All Wars</em>: An anthology of antiwar comics about World War I http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/ww1c-j16.html Artists from around the world have contributed 26 comics depicting the criminality and brutality of World War I. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b15d2f3-4530-4ae4-baab-a547a8b23e1I/ww1c-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/16/wkrs-j16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f9b6e42-151a-435b-85b0-42872b38a68M/wkrs-j16.html 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z French government carries out mass arrests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/fran-j15.html The terror attack on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> is being exploited to prepare an escalation of France’s military intervention in the Middle East. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fb09c0e-739e-4cf9-8e6f-b17a9ca0745O/fran-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Racist provocation and the “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/pers-j15.html With the state-financed publication of the latest edition of <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, the “war on terror” is ever more openly acquiring a racist character. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8bfbdc41-3a62-483f-8df9-2e0745a6252P/pers-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/ukmi-j15.html The attacks in Paris are being utilised to push through authoritarian measures long in gestation. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a52ad064-20fd-445c-9aca-6a60c2578f4G/ukmi-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Canada’s Harper promotes new police powers and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/cana-j15.html Canada’s Conservative government has responded to the Paris terrorist attacks by ratcheting up its campaign to strengthen the national-security apparatus and expand Canada’sparticipation in the Middle East. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0055aa30-4218-47da-8bfe-a2a3de632daO/cana-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z 100,000 protest against Pegida in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/pegi-j15.html While the German media reported that the demonstration held Monday by Pegida was the largest thus far, its opponents held far bigger rallies. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/950cdee0-9105-4a59-8cc3-a16fbc66699G/pegi-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z World Bank lowers its growth forecast http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/bank-j15.html The latest World Bank report offers no prospect for a recovery in the world economy and points to significant risks. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb250520-5ca0-480e-b74d-1d6bc22bc55P/bank-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Obama administration pushes cybersecurity law to expand corporate-government collaboration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/cybe-j15.html The intelligence sharing legislation would give legal immunity to corporations that grant the US government direct access to their data. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c3b8f4a2-400b-4ed8-a9ca-a84fccfeb5aC/cybe-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z One day after Albuquerque cops charged with murder, another fatal police shooting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/albu-j15.html The latest incident brings the number of officer-involved shootings since 2010 to 42, with 29 of them fatal. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/790ee6c6-a341-4935-8867-6430361e2eeN/albu-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z California mental health care workers strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/nuhw-j15.html Without a contract for four years, mental health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente are holding a series of partial strikes across California. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81d6c887-a7c6-4d36-bd37-2861f0b6428A/nuhw-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Hundreds of thousands of US layoffs expected as oil boom unravels http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/oils-j15.html The collapse of oil prices is reverberating throughout the US economy, with the number of operating oil rigs reduced, job cuts mounting and several states seeing a huge loss of revenue. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a27ae09-75f4-4efa-b9c7-18179e21db9D/oils-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Obama announces pro-business community college plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/coll-j15.html Obama made clear that his proposal aims to provide American corporations with skilled, low-cost labor. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/896e0dc9-45b8-4f33-bb20-8b54b921cb3B/coll-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z US and EU press ahead with secretive new trade agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/ttip-j15.html The objective of the new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to consolidate an economic empire to dictate terms to those outside. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48636731-917b-4d1d-8db3-a5c1d6bb7fdB/ttip-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Indonesian president abolishes fuel subsidy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/indo-j15.html The Indonesian and international media quickly endorsed the move as a first step to satisfying the financial markets. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c122762-7e95-4ae5-a3af-bdc6d442883K/indo-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z Who is Richard Fadden, Canada’s new national security adviser? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/fadd-j15.html The Canadian prime minister’s new national security adviser has long pressed for the national security apparatus to be given bigger budgets and greater powers. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e892154d-6252-4f2d-b2ea-0247b7bda75C/fadd-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/15/sril-j15.html The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0bfd02c-8302-4817-b247-e158882e1eeJ/sril-j15.html 2015-01-15T05:00:00Z European powers implement police state measures in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/powe-j14.html Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the assault on Charlie Hebdo to push through policies that have long been prepared. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5db12acd-335e-44d9-881e-8b69fb865f1L/powe-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/pers-j14.html For decades, the US, France and other imperialist powers have rained down bombs on defenceless civilians, carried out assassinations, and committed horrible war crimes. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff1d4cd6-ae3e-46d2-af60-44b671e54feG/pers-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/pari-j14.html A photograph reveals that the “world leaders” who supposedly led Sunday’s march were in reality assembled merely for a staged photo-op. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b0dc97ac-b03f-4fa0-9a79-2e8120c335dN/pari-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/egyp-j14.html The verdict paves the way for the release of the former dictator, four years after the mass revolutionary struggles that overthrew him. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86027bb6-440c-4a73-8932-26f8c2d2583L/egyp-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Oil prices and bond yields continue their decline http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/econ-j14.html Oil prices on Tuesday sank further toward their levels of 2009, while bond yields hit zero in Japan. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5bf48355-669f-4cce-a2a9-6d7ac61ce6fK/econ-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z New Sri Lankan president appoints his cabinet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/sril-j14.html The overwhelming majority of ministers are drawn from the right-wing and pro-US United National Party. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/439f0c32-74b3-43f1-b5cd-aa2615cf1a4J/sril-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Chinese President Xi Jinping targets CCP party factions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/chin-j14.html In the name of fighting corruption, Xi Jinping is going after political rivals in order to pursue more pro-market restructuring. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0f1f624-684d-4ec4-b7dd-cb9aa1e7419G/chin-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Top secret report details FBI mass surveillance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/fbis-j14.html Beginning in 2008, the FBI received daily emailed reports listing new targets being added to the NSA’s spying programs. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/56a29baf-d487-4044-b5b4-a38e3d8f810J/fbis-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/terr-j14.html The fact that Washington’s ally was the principal financier of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls into question the entire official “war on terror” narrative. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/544c1599-107f-47dd-acfc-4043c0924ceC/terr-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Washington, DC subway disaster kills one, injures 84 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/metr-j14.html An electrical malfunction left passengers trapped in a train filled with heavy smoke. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80ab422e-b9f0-4de8-af5d-ac947527cbbD/metr-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Murder charges filed against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/albq-j14.html Albuquerque Police Department officers have never before faced criminal charges for a shooting. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55a4d6e9-7550-45de-83e4-cab65e7c7d0P/albq-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania’s new Democratic Party governor prepares austerity measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/pade-j14.html Governor-elect Tom Wolf is preparing reductions in spending on public education and other social programs along with deep cuts to the pensions and health benefits. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ec19ca9-d10c-4e06-8d58-2e2a2d9c1b9B/pade-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Australia: New state Labor leader installed to push business agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/nswl-j14.html Luke Foley became the second figure parachuted into the New South Wales leadership of the two traditional ruling parties within eight months. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98fbbef7-0a1e-4fbf-a2a3-02a8a91fde3O/nswl-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z Well-attended meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University on attempts to downplay the crimes of Nazism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/meet-j14.html The meeting was one in a series of lectures on historical and political issues being held as part of the campaign of the IYSSE in the Humboldt University student parliament elections. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5fd02d1-4cbc-4f03-894e-1781fbc7c3fO/meet-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z <em>Downton Abbey</em>: A rose-tinted depiction of class relations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/14/down-j14.html <em>Downton Abbey</em>, set in Yorkshire, depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their 16 servants in the early decades of the twentieth century. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c71e3e85-569b-4b34-bdec-4fe5043a4b8G/down-j14.html 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z France deploys 10,000 troops in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/fran-j13.html President François Hollande ordered the massive deployment of troops across France at a crisis meeting with top military, police and defence officials Monday. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/613d25a5-97b9-486a-af86-01e2da2e29dN/fran-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z UK uses Charlie Hebdo attack to justify repressive powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/ukte-j13.html In the aftermath of the attack in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to give the security services more powers to intercept the private communications of individuals. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a1f57de-69ab-499c-87de-464dbe7030aP/ukte-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Italy strengthens state in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/ital-j13.html Italy’s government and politicians are exploiting the terrorist attack in Paris to establish authoritarian forms of rule. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e6c6a7c-55d1-4808-b0a2-364a44a6f1bK/ital-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Germany: Daimler screening workers for terrorist links http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/daim-j13.html Daimler management and its works council have agreed to compare all its employees against EU and US terrorist watch lists every three months. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c4c9c273-ac7e-4b0a-b76b-38b1b79fb4cL/daim-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Leaked information confirms police refused to negotiate with Sydney siege gunman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/sydn-j13.html The government and security forces decided that the siege would only end through a violent shoot-out. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f87d19df-3513-4472-b0e2-0e662f48797D/sydn-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Justice Department considering felony charges against Petraeus http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/petr-j13.html The leaked report is another sign of a subterranean struggle within the US military-intelligence apparatus. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2299ec84-3ef4-4009-921c-80a1397d878L/petr-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Obama defends GM cover-up of deadly ignition defect http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/gmco-j13.html In remarks to the <em>Detroit News</em>, the president attempted to whitewash the role of company executives who made a calculated decision to sacrifice public safety for private profit. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/534ec3c0-72ce-48b7-be43-be9d5915299H/gmco-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Coal mine closures and layoffs continue throughout US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/coal-j13.html The wave of mine closures and layoffs in the US coal industry continued throughout the second half of 2014. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2e193b0-3efb-4fe9-ade5-41cdb8a8376E/coal-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Violence intensifies in Mexico as authorities unearth 10 headless bodies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/mexi-j13.html Mexican police have yet to identify the victims, whose bodies were found in the state of Guerrero, where the disappearance of 43 students last September sparked nationwide protests. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85a7f032-6ead-4585-b77d-cfe4001a732H/mexi-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Swedish deal to avert early elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/swed-j13.html All of the establishment parties have united around an openly right-wing programme that cannot be challenged by the electorate over the course of the next eight years. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44e5e642-dfb9-4217-81ee-a696b60ec49H/swed-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Netherlands: Groningen rocked by earthquakes from natural gas extraction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/neth-j13.html Estimates place the potential earthquake magnitude for the province as high as 5.0 on the Richter scale. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ee650ae-e29e-40fe-9f1e-987c2e9a985F/neth-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z South Korea deports Korean-American woman accused of supporting the North http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/kore-j13.html President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.” Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cfb0d254-b0ce-4b86-9547-aad9c961c76G/kore-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Labor pledges to match budget cutting in Australian state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/quee-j13.html Both major parties have vowed to satisfy the demands of the global financial markets and the corporate elite for the slashing of Queensland’s near $3 billion budget deficit. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/346dbbd0-527f-4169-ad71-70887a4654fJ/quee-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Verizon union gears up for sellout at US telecom http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/veri-j13.html The labor agreement covering 40,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States expires in August. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9298c08b-29f5-4c5d-aef6-4622069ebfaG/veri-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Who is responsible for the French terrorist attacks? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/pers-j13.html No one should accept the explanations of police and intelligence agencies that the perpetrators of the attack on Charlie Hebdo simply slipped through the net. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32960ac6-bcad-46c9-ad00-749c22718bdM/pers-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/iyss-j13.html The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1645ccc-d06b-48c6-bbe2-d084bf113feI/iyss-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Elizabeth Warren speaks at AFL-CIO meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/warr-j13.html Warren’s speech Wednesday at the National Summit to Raise Wages was aimed at bolstering the Democrats’ flagging electoral support in the face of its right-wing record. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53f87991-4e8d-4568-86cd-6fadd53e2c8B/warr-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Ezekiel Emanuel’s latest advice: “Skip Your Annual Physical” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/eman-j01.html Emanuel’s advice that people stop having annual exams illustrates the agenda behind Obamacare—the rationing of health care for the vast majority of ordinary Americans. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6741707c-830d-4106-8481-56e6d305b3fH/eman-j01.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/nazi-j13.html The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e27a9a9-3e17-4f30-887c-b1cdedc000bC/nazi-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z SEP (UK) public meetings: Socialism and the fight against austerity and war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/meet-j13.html The SEP (UK) will be holding a series of meetings in March 2015. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6ba5b54-d372-484e-9e85-031d019df82G/meet-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/13/wkrs-j13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18a5b844-9871-46eb-b5ef-9a28398f4d2N/wkrs-j13.html 2015-01-13T05:00:00Z Millions march in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/fran-j12.html The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d080c50e-c619-4927-af13-a798b0249fcP/fran-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/pers-j12.html What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c1ea747-95c5-4e04-a81d-765e4caa6dcB/pers-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Obama to host global terrorism summit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/summ-j12.html The announcement of the White House summit appeared to be an effort to reassert a leading role for US imperialism in the development of anti-democratic methods worldwide. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f3398b6-4c22-4602-9621-5ee595df13fM/summ-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z German reaction to Paris shootings: State build-up and anti-Muslim agitation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/germ-j12.html The German political establishment and media have exploited widespread outrage and shock resulting from the Paris attacks for their own reactionary political goals. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36af1929-cfdb-4bb6-99a0-3f6d4266c16N/germ-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Boko Haram escalates offensive in Nigeria’s Borno State http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/boko-j12.html Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b7dc95c-cf2f-4875-81b5-491b98ac798N/boko-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Five years since the Haiti earthquake http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/hait-j12.html More than 80,000 victims of the quake are still living in squalid conditions, despite billions pledged by foreign governments. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df40cc5c-04df-49dd-8c1b-3f562507cf7D/hait-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Yemen moving towards civil war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/yeme-j12.html Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1879bbbd-2a91-49a4-b93a-601c62cab8fG/yeme-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/swar-j12.html The Obama administration had earlier defended the judicial hounding of the Internet pioneer as “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.” Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef4d58ba-6fe1-4431-85ca-6794bf0c433H/swar-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Union shuts down strike, pushes sellout of Maryland sanitation workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/sani-j12.html Nearly 100 Maryland sanitation workers returned to work last Thursday after their union agreed to a federal mediator’s request to end the strike without securing any of the workers’ basic demands. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d39c3eda-65c0-44a0-acd6-ece832d9422N/sani-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/flin-j12.html Only months after severing its contract with the Detroit water system, the city of Flint faces a crisis. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6bbb0091-ed23-4529-bd38-26e6c0a6071C/flin-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Millions in Britain cannot afford to eat properly http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/food-j12.html The figures from a government report are corroborated by the increase in the numbers of people using food banks. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4fb501b2-3b0a-41f1-ae25-368176343d6D/food-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Australian special forces working with sectarian Shiite troops in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/aust-j12.html Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57b1ef7b-a69f-4f9c-9a81-0dcfa732a46I/aust-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z Australian state government drafts anti-free speech defamation laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/tasm-j12.html Having already banned anti-business protests, the Tasmanian government is preparing laws to allow companies to sue anyone criticising their activities. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c029d350-17e3-4faf-b9dd-ec1d5b87608P/tasm-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/nazi-j12.html The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/035f0284-b885-4fbd-9f28-89ee4ede158L/nazi-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z <em>Goya: Order and Disorder</em>: A comprehensive view of the work of the Spanish genius http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/goya-j12.html The painter’s range was so diverse that at times it hardly seems the work of a single person. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6796d8c6-0307-4f50-8d07-a40316f6a4dD/goya-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 12-18 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/12/twih-j12.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1cd8d12d-40fc-4fc4-9024-a7d189a2ea8G/twih-j12.html 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z French paramilitary police gun down three Islamist gunmen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/fran-j10.html A two-day manhunt sparked by the massacre of 12 people at the editorial offices of the weekly <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> ended in twin shootouts in which another seven people died. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2663855e-70ad-4533-9d7e-9e49ba2edbcM/fran-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/pers-j10.html French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f3aa81e-9280-4d73-87f7-ca3e0253e51B/pers-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z French Muslims targeted by revenge attacks after Charlie Hebdo shootings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/mosq-j10.html Islamophobic acts in multiple French cities targeted mosques, businesses and individuals. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d2ba4041-a9d5-4df9-b456-de9ebcfbc99D/mosq-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Australian government exploits Paris attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/abbo-j10.html While claiming to defend free speech, the prime minister sought to justify measures that abrogate fundamental democratic rights, along with stepped-up involvement in the Middle East war. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1185d78-c0d5-47d4-bcdb-aba640e6764K/abbo-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Maithripala Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lankan president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/sril-j10.html Sirisena’s political brief is to bring Colombo into line with the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.” Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ca5499d-3569-4e96-9f82-84ffb1fd5c2M/sril-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Headline figures in December jobs report mask worsening conditions for US workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/jobs-j10.html Although the official unemployment rate fell in December, workers’ wages declined and the labor force participation rate fell to the lowest level in 38 years. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c77ec084-7cf2-4242-9ef9-ae404481f05K/jobs-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Postal workers speak out against plant closures and speed-up http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/usps-j10.html The United States Postal Service began closing 82 mail processing facilities nationwide this week, impacting 15,000 employees. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74e8d0eb-3ee3-4497-b227-a4ab65c8c28E/usps-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/sony-j10.html Efforts are underway within the US government to exploit hacking allegations against North Korea in order to ram through legislation that will further expand domestic surveillance. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/391fde03-0895-4ae1-8a4f-551622c613eL/sony-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Cleveland police gave 12-year-old Tamir Rice no medical aid after shooting him http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/rice-j10.html Police tackled and handcuffed the boy’s 14-year-old sister as she attempted to run to her brother’s side. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74800b2c-39e3-464a-bb77-6a368338f97J/rice-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Czech president condemns Nazi demonstration in Kiev http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/czec-j10.html Zemen said something was “wrong” with both Ukraine and the EU, which did not condemn the demonstration. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b021c21c-fb9b-435a-9d72-c548886de9bN/czec-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z France preparing military strikes against southern Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/liby-j10.html Operation Serval has proven to be the spearhead for the establishment of a permanent French military occupation of the Sahel. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/003a0b9f-d5ab-4568-ab73-a97f756513aF/liby-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Funding cuts produce crisis in UK Accident and Emergency services http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/emer-j10.html The attacks on NHS funding have created a crisis in hospitals across the country, with some hospitals saddled with massive deficits. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9dcaeb09-8008-4730-bd0e-26ba4c45bfcL/emer-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Germany’s Social Democrats announce new round of social attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/hart-j10.html Two SPD ministers in Merkel’s grand coalition government defended the Hartz IV welfare reforms in a recent commentary. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8556f04-3c5b-48fc-bdf4-1c9f2f4a846B/hart-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z The economic and political implications of deflation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/econ-j10.html The announcement that Europe has gone into deflation underscores the deepening breakdown of the global capitalist economy. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e34a2e6-c45b-4042-9fcc-e7d86f59c27I/econ-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/webe-j10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a678891-4ddd-48ed-9ef9-352470707a2M/webe-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/10/labo-j10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8f47a7f-d187-45a8-a099-aedaa266a0bH/labo-j10.html 2015-01-10T05:00:00Z Massive police mobilization in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/fran-j09.html In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly <i>Charlie Hebdo</i>, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1481f75f-63bb-4999-8608-e1b6322fdecD/fran-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z “Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/pers-j09.html In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e03f500-0758-4e94-af2b-48995e106c1B/pers-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Gunmen were “probably followed” by French police before Paris massacre http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/char-j09.html Several US media outlets reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi had been placed on the American no-fly list many years ago. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/489dda29-5478-49f3-9d25-3c668557251O/char-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Euro zone officially tips into deflation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/euro-j09.html More than six years since the 2008 financial crash, Europe is beset by economic stagnation. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fac9763-80c9-409f-ac67-232918a71fcP/euro-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/slel-j09.html The result is the outcome of a behind-the-scenes intervention by the Obama administration. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9724b9e5-f799-4b6f-88c0-bbbfb0c3053D/slel-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z New York police continue counteroffensive with arrests of protesters and work slowdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/newy-j09.html New York police arrested protesters in Grand Central Station as the NYPD continued its slowdown in summonses for minor crimes. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/442f55a0-3df1-4d9a-9880-86c3ae7a15aB/newy-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Police brutality and impunity in Ontario http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/poli-j09.html A 48-year-old Ontario mother who was brutally beaten by a police officer was exonerated in court last month. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72c6b3dc-dcff-416b-aa0c-1ce0de99da8E/poli-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Cleveland, Ohio woman’s death at hands of police ruled a homicide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/tani-j09.html Tanisha Anderson died after a police officer slammed her head on to the pavement with his knee on her back. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8179bfbd-c560-4bc2-a5d1-6e1d8b6c1afG/tani-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Homemade bomb explodes outside NAACP offices in Colorado Springs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/colo-j09.html The attack came on the same day that Steve Scalise was reelected as House Majority Whip, despite his ties to white supremacist organizations. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d42076fd-4c2e-49fc-b80f-d0c64fd4fb6B/colo-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Freezing temperatures lead to dozens of deaths in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/cold-j09.html Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42e4f51d-b251-4c6b-86f1-68aad056abfL/cold-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z India’s Modi regime imposes big business “reforms” by executive fiat http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/modi-j09.html The ordinances were aimed at demonstrating to big business that the government is ready to use authoritarian methods to impose neoliberal reforms. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59c5ffe8-7df4-4c49-a527-d6a83d813ffJ/modi-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Unions scuttle half-million strong Coal India strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/indi-j09.html The unions shut the strike down just as it was beginning to have a major impact on the country’s coal supply. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/311645ea-01dc-464d-a334-89d9f4c9d75N/indi-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Thousands of UK apprentices paid below minimum wage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/appr-j09.html A significant number of young apprentices receive below the minimum wage, work unpaid overtime and have no written contract of employment. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57842709-54f5-4ee1-8dc3-9d9ed25a76bH/appr-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/pegi-j09.html On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d1d897d9-660c-4a10-946a-de265de0343F/pegi-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/braz-j09.html Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3eed71e5-35bb-488c-ab33-35cd7dc9792M/braz-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/wkrs-j09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e32297d-65f7-4c49-b592-7dc41b33974B/wkrs-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z <em>Doctor Who</em> turns toward militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/dwho-j09.html Christmas 2014 marked the end of the eighth season of the rebooted British science fiction television series and the first season featuring Peter Capaldi in the title role. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e51ec477-8fea-4e0d-8b8f-bdaf08122ccP/dwho-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Oldest known example of abstract symbolic representation discovered in Indonesia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/09/shel-j09.html Newly identified markings on a freshwater mussel shell from a site in Indonesia indicate the existence of abstract symbolic thought in human ancestors half a million years ago. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89c3f4b1-98bb-4ac1-930c-e48fb2cf4b7K/shel-j09.html 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z Twelve dead in terrorist shooting at Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/fran-j08.html Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23bab986-3e03-4e47-99a6-7c64de736c8D/fran-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Washington buries the CIA torture report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/pers-j08.html One month after its release, official Washington and the American media have suppressed any discussion of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s detailed and grisly exposure of CIA torture. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50fee8f9-ef8a-4bd8-95e6-807cda77595E/pers-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z At Michigan auto factory, Obama says more “sacrifice” needed for economic turnaround http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/obam-j08.html President Obama pointed to the auto industry—where labor costs have been slashed by nearly a third over the last decade—as the model for building America’s “middle class.” Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4973dd84-2cc5-4db8-a2ee-4c1d737349bN/obam-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z New Congress targets Social Security disability benefits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/cong-j08.html The 114th US Congress completed its first two days by preparing the passage of regressive, anti-social policies. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1ef11cfa-d317-4cf3-8688-8b4d729619fM/cong-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Tsipras urges Greek pseudo-left groups to rally behind SYRIZA http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/syri-j08.html SYRIZA is asking the pseudo-left outfits to join a government dedicated to the defence of capitalism. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fab9870e-b162-4e89-9011-00f334169ccE/syri-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/stri-j08.html US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c2fff63-ffd1-4203-b565-1cc5c33a210K/stri-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Two New Orleans charter schools vote to return to local oversight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/nola-j08.html Far from being a return to “local control,” the schools’ decision means the further consolidation of the charter school system over New Orleans education. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/edcc50eb-5f2e-450c-9647-fa83b061236P/nola-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan opposition parties line up behind US regime-change agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/slel-j08.html The opposition parties are seeking to cloak their line-up with US interests via cynical denunciations of “Rajapakse’s dictatorship.” Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aedf96d7-0ceb-40d9-8500-fcce9f40cbbB/slel-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Missoula, Montana police accused of fabricating story after officer kills man “execution style” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/note-j08.html The attorney for the victim’s family claims that almost all of the details of the official police story are false. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b80b1885-5a2b-4d83-871d-1986f685066B/note-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z BBC attacks Russell Brand to defend a discredited political setup http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/elec-j08.html The BBC’s Nick Robinson denied that his comments breached his professional obligation to political impartiality. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eaac955f-9205-415c-9e51-0fe31444575O/elec-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Leading Nazi worked for Germany’s post-war intelligence service for 13 years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/nazi-j08.html A fanatical, high-ranking Nazi contributed to building Germany’s post-war intelligence service. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6cafbc61-8c26-4fb5-b721-73e1d9f029fD/nazi-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Australian budget reviews reveal impact of plunging commodity prices http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/defi-j08.html Export prices are collapsing, with devastating consequences for jobs, living standards and government budgets. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2a6bdc9-dbdc-4939-8477-0e72f73d5a7B/defi-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Boko Haram seizes key multi-national military base in northern Nigeria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/boko-j08.html The Islamist militant group seized control of a strategically important military base in Baga, a Nigerian town near the Cameroonian border. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc7f43be-9b6e-4447-88fd-dfc1141563dC/boko-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z “Governments want a history that reflects their agenda” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/08/hist-j08.html Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e1bddb4-d63e-4814-901f-323d15f5b21P/hist-j08.html 2015-01-08T05:00:00Z Political instability and global slump intensify financial turmoil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/econ-j07.html Markets fell again on Tuesday, reflecting the impact of falling oil prices and political turmoil. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42e2355c-cbf3-4a0e-9282-9524e2d56f5J/econ-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/pers-j07.html Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9a556f2-1e40-4f98-a274-d11f2128eaeI/pers-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z US Steel to close plant in Lorain, Ohio and lay off 756 workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/stee-j07.html The giant steelmaker, which produces pipes for oil drilling at its Cleveland area mill, blamed falling oil prices for the downsizing. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54de3cd0-bd2b-4871-aea2-1151f569585A/stee-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/mexi-j07.html Facing mounting calls for his resignation over the massacre of Mexican students, Peña Nieto discussed security, economic integration and immigration in a trip to Washington yesterday. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c98d78f-75e6-428f-9adb-f0e0fc9912dK/mexi-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z House Republicans re-elect Congressional whip with ties to neo-Nazi group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/scal-j07.html The appointment of Steve Scalse is a clear statement that a past relationship with a white supremacist organization does not disqualify someone from holding a top post in Congress. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54729913-8742-4417-95a6-0c1bf46e822L/scal-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Ferguson grand juror seeks to speak out against rigged procedure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/ferg-j07.html The grand juror claims that prosecutor Robert McCulloch twisted evidence in favor of Darren Wilson, deliberately muddled the law and misrepresented jurors’ views. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23368286-cb16-4d5a-b050-11bcc621c04A/ferg-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z One in seven Detroiters threatened with eviction in wave of home foreclosures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/detr-j07.html More than 60,000 Detroit homes have been served foreclosure notices as part of a plan to squeeze more from the city’s low-income residents to pay off wealthy bondholders. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af570864-6854-4328-90f8-80bb578fc04A/detr-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Legal attack on Minnesota protest against police murders http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/minn-j07.html In a further drive to punish and criminalize dissent, a Minnesota city attorney is seeking to prosecute protesters and compel organizers to pay the costs for the police mobilization. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7629afc-1afd-47e3-9408-0f6f2fa2f8cK/minn-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Evidence mounts of safety violations contributing to AirAsia plane crash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/aira-j07.html The more information that emerges about the crash, the more it becomes clear that it was not an unforeseeable tragedy. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1641cf23-7265-4da3-bfaa-1762a251a50J/aira-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z How the British workers’ movement helped end slavery in America: Part two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/linc-j07.html This is the second part of a two-part article on the role of the British working class in the victory of the Northern Union forces in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e7f3815c-4490-4acf-a2de-4fd6a3d862bM/linc-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Pakistan parliament authorizes military courts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/paki-j07.html With not a single opposing vote, Pakistan’s parliament has ceded to the military’s demands and voted to establish military courts. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93086dd7-e1b5-42c5-b551-77a0d979712J/paki-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z UK: Oppose rationing of vital health services! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/devo-j07.html What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a333df3d-6b80-47b9-9247-939c0bd34e1D/devo-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Mozambique health care workers speak on struggle to control tuberculosis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/moza-j07.html In a recent issue of the science and medicine journal PLOS ONE, health care workers in Mozambique described the challenges they face in treating tuberculosis. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/132d8294-80c4-4eda-ae17-e619b85f679E/moza-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Tensions rise over Arctic after Denmark lodges territorial claim http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/arct-j07.html Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5791207-6f3e-48f7-9d00-2693ad23d96A/arct-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Saudi Arabia destabilised by high-risk move on oil production http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/saud-j07-j07.html The halving of oil prices led to a sharp and unexpected fall in government revenues in 2014. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e11d31d-834a-4673-bd23-3e5b3998c3dH/saud-j07-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Australian state government calls snap election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/quee-j07.html Premier Newman’s desperate move underscores the increasingly volatile and fragile state of parliamentary politics in Australia. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc2c29d1-d4f8-4365-a268-3ed9acb4621F/quee-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/sril-j07.html The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e44f3ae2-e3bb-4f02-a8f2-e88098336c8L/sril-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z IYSSE at Humboldt University begins seminars on the return of German militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/humb-j07.html The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is sponsoring a series of lectures at Berlin”s Humboldt University and is running in the student union election to oppose German militarism. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a667c6db-0a8b-44d4-94b1-386b64ab64bF/humb-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z <em>Unbroken</em>: Mediocre Hollywood fare in the service of … what exactly? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/07/unbr-j07.html Angelina Jolie’s <em>Unbroken</em> is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 non-fiction work about Louie Zamperini’s harrowing experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca505baa-ce43-4f54-b986-7c05ea67a48B/unbr-j07.html 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/euro-j06.html German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bba3e382-cbf3-4d0a-b69e-f970b21aa46L/euro-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z The state of American society as 2015 begins http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/pers-j06.html One would never know from reading the American press, watching the evening news, or listening to the statements of politicians that hunger, poverty and long-term joblessness remain at their highest levels in decades. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b4f291f-17ed-4a6a-81ed-5e5a7e3d5ccA/pers-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z SYRIZA’s programme for the rescue of Greek and European capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/syri-j06.html SYRIZA’s programme has been developed in the course of intense discussions with leading political representatives of the international financial elite. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d9aa2b1-1ee3-45a1-8e8f-0010e4fb973F/syri-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Israel blocks funds of Palestinian Authority http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/isra-j06.html The Israeli moves are designed to bully into submission the cash-strapped PA, upon which many Palestinians depend for their livelihoods. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abeaeba7-246c-4a62-9ae4-985565e0d36F/isra-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Jury selection begins in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/tsar-j06.html In the US media, Tsarnaev’s guilt is being treated as an obvious and unquestionable fact. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/701016b8-9a0c-4a76-b705-741cb922a80H/tsar-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Sharp market falls over euro and oil price slump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/econ-j06.html The main factor in the fall in US markets appears to have been the further sharp decline in oil prices. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1592db24-b4b9-4ca5-9567-ca22d29b365F/econ-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z North Korea condemns new US sanctions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/kore-j06.html Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c69a61d9-75e0-4522-9054-c76f6030903K/kore-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Germany: Ten years of Hartz IV welfare cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/teny-j06.html The Hartz IV legislation of 2005 began the most destructive attack on the German social welfare system since the end of World War II. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2165443c-36f9-4a15-b52c-03b1b0df91eI/teny-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Police kill man holding toy gun in California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/poli-j06.html Police killed a 32-year-old man in San Francisco Sunday who was allegedly brandishing an airsoft gun. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26b0fc8b-87a6-4e07-9991-65baff91097B/poli-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Gentrification of downtown Detroit producing huge profits for the rich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/gris-j06.html Wealthy investors are making a fortune by kicking low-income residents out of their homes and jacking up rents in downtown Detroit. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b65423d3-0552-4be0-8385-5800cfd6997A/gris-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z General Motors recalls more vehicles for ignition defects http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/genm-j06.html The auto company began 2015 by recalling another 92,000 vehicles that could be prone to unexpected engine stalls. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf60f12a-9b16-42a1-96c1-d1e1dd2b9e1O/genm-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Australian prime minister visits Iraq to promote US-led war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/abbo-j06.html Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5b5e70a-abb0-4d55-86c7-366a7f5e4f5I/abbo-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Australian bushfires underline impact of global climate warming http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/fire-j06.html Firefighters in South Australia are struggling to control bushfires that have torn through 12,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least 26 homes. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ea1c228-3869-4a29-aadc-a85410a7853M/fire-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z JVP campaigns for pro-US opposition candidate in Sri Lankan presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/sljv-j06.html Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4ee7eca-4820-4347-9a89-d9b28ccef5dJ/sljv-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/time-j06.html The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b843011-b7eb-4a7c-874d-b99c028d885L/time-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/06/wkrs-j06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0108348a-e962-40e3-8ebc-1b0f992a4d3E/wkrs-j06.html 2015-01-06T05:00:00Z Washington resumes work on right-wing agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/cong-j05.html The Obama administration and the new Republican majority in Congress have begun discussions on an agenda of militarism abroad and further attacks on working people at home. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01c023a9-ee47-4eff-b45c-8c56577ef37O/cong-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z 2014–2015: Results and prospects http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/pers-j05.html The twenty-first century is no longer a novelty. As we begin the New Year, the past fifteen years provide sufficient data to allow us to identify the principal economic, geopolitical and social processes and tendencies that will determine the nature and direction of events in 2015 and the years ahead. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5bf3349-424b-47bb-8223-91e8d058543G/pers-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Second New York cop funeral provides platform to muzzle opposition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/nypd-j05.html The political mobilization behind the police continued at the funeral for the second slain office on Sunday. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/70039982-454c-4acd-bfd7-1a8c569efc5G/nypd-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z US Post Office to close 82 mail processing centers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/usps-j05.html The closures, scheduled to begin January 10, will impact 15,000 employees and eliminate overnight delivery for a large share of first class mail. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41bb6563-316c-4214-b6ff-480871f02f7B/usps-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/germ-j05.html Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings in Afghanistan. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb465e60-6c89-494a-b951-1e7fa9d2a28J/germ-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z US military preparing new generation of drones for urban combat http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/dron-j05.html The Pentagon’s new intelligent and “autonomous” mini-drones will be capable of navigating difficult urban settings at speeds of 70 kilometers per hour. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5ae275f1-21c3-4747-9bc4-dec823fc1b0E/dron-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/japa-j05.html If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.” Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/afcb585d-d35a-44a5-a89a-bf78af8a184F/japa-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai kills 36 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/stam-j05.html The government’s refusal to take basic safety precautions for the New Year celebrations created the conditions for the tragedy. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f51cfd9f-c597-43bc-b6a1-e465c7c0558F/stam-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Lithuania adopts the euro http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/lith-j05.html Lithuania is the third and last Baltic state to introduce the euro. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da6a03d8-7c58-460e-9ea8-6c62b8cff71B/lith-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z New agreement opens assault on welfare and public sector in Northern Ireland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/irel-j05.html The latest pact seeks to deliver full implementation of the austerity measures demanded by the British government in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5431fb5e-c102-442b-945c-93f6d6bf8d6N/irel-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z British nurse in critical condition with Ebola http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/ebol-j05.html So far more than 7,800 people have been killed by the Ebola virus. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a37481a1-493a-487f-a9e1-11bbe6baab3G/ebol-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Maryland workers speak out in support of striking sanitation employees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/disp-j05.html WSWS reporters spoke with workers in the Montgomery County region about the strike by employees at Unity Disposal and Recycling. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80b0f2ff-76ba-417f-823c-92615528cabG/disp-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Pseudo-left USP plays double game in Sri Lankan presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/uspe-j05.html The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5971c0f2-6f8f-4d97-92e3-68496d6b148F/uspe-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Mario Cuomo and the decay of American liberalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/cuom-j05.html The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fef4dbad-e43b-4290-a86d-d7a55450308O/cuom-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Life in modern Tokyo, and life during the two world wars: <i>Kabukicho Love Hotel</i>, <i>Tsili</i> and <i>Theeb</i> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/tok2-j05.html <i>Kabukicho Love Hotel</i> is the latest film by Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki. Amos Gitai’s <i>Tsili</i> takes place during World War II, and Naji Abu Nowar’s <i>Theeb</i> during the First World War. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82661e76-925d-4289-8891-92c2dabb246F/tok2-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z How the British workers’ movement helped end slavery in America: Part one http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/linc-j05.html This is the first part of a two-part article on the role of the British working class in the victory of the Northern Union forces in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d332c3e3-7ec0-41da-80ba-d808ee2f24fF/linc-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z This week in history: January 5-11 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/05/twih-j05.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45cfa2e7-a48a-4eca-9e99-023e0e5ba23J/twih-j05.html 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Wealth of world’s 400 richest billionaires rose $92 billion in 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/bill-j03.html The wealth of the global financial elite soared last year amid surging stock markets fueled by cash infusions from central banks. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b990fb24-ea6f-4d1b-b387-ca069326489G/bill-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Blood and capital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/pers-j03.html International finance capital looks to the Egyptian military with enthusiasm not only for what it is doing in Egypt, but for the model the financial markets favor for every country. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b744c6f2-21bf-454a-9880-e23623754d0A/pers-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z US imposes new sanctions on North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/kore-j03.html The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6b50cf27-3ad1-4b1b-9969-faeaabce5a4O/kore-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Second migrant ship rescued off coast of Italy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/migr-j03.html Within the span of three days, two ships carrying hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking refuge in Europe were rescued after the ships’ crews abandoned the vessels. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/49f1e065-c6e3-4de8-b503-48594c1ebcdD/migr-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z European Central Bank president’s interview sends euro to four-year low http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/drag-j03.html ECB President Mario Draghi has taken another step to full quantitative easing amid increasing deflationary pressures. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d155357-79a4-4e6d-a573-5a779adb34dP/drag-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/isis-j03.html A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/168f8ab1-b66a-4b33-8f8d-76d95c7156eH/isis-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z The global scale of US militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/mili-j03.html The US military is engaged in, deployed for combat or preparing for combat in more than 50 countries around the world, including nearly the entire territory ranging from West Africa to Central Asia. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ed6e4c3-3fc2-44ab-a060-d312b41ce1aO/mili-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Senate letter exposes FBI domestic warrantless cellphone data mining http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/cell-j03.html New FBI internal regulations effectively authorize the bureau to conduct mass spying and data mining operations against cellphones in the United States. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef4ef36b-d09e-4697-91da-eb1609fada0G/cell-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Australia to be maintenance base for controversial F-35 jet fighter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/usau-j03.html The decision underlines the degree to which Australia is being integrated into US preparations for war in the Asia-Pacific region. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a18c316-9efa-4109-a828-dd236d889d3O/usau-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/pale-j03.html The move by Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, backed by the Arab regimes, is a last-ditch attempt to preserve their credibility. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cd77eb6c-72d6-439d-87ce-1750f095d0dM/pale-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z UK: Thousands of City Link delivery workers sacked on New Year’s Eve http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/city-j03.html City Link is the latest in a number of private equity-backed companies that have gone bankrupt over the last few years. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3db15751-e00c-4526-82bc-131f381e8a8E/city-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Forced labor on Mexican farms http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/mexi-j03.html Despite a wide array of anti-slavery laws and NGOs, there are currently 20.9 million people in forced labor worldwide. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f74c4bff-0e67-4fbd-83ad-055f05d7150O/mexi-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Jacksonville, Florida residents speak on inadequate minimum wage increase http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/jack-j03.html Florida’s minimum wage is increasing from $7.93 per hour to $8.05 per hour, a difference of merely 1.5 percent. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a17286ed-8ef8-4c10-8cb5-6e210da3e94K/jack-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Oil price fall roils Canadian economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/cana-j03.html Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c92674a-9db7-4fe3-bc05-e3f176a2bfbD/cana-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/pegi-j03.html The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b9899d34-873b-4f1b-93a1-a8856d48391E/pegi-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/sril-j03.html The SEP has a long history in northern Sri Lanka of fighting for an international socialist program against both successive Colombo governments and the separatist LTTE. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3424aac-0ee7-45cd-b605-919a2a8e815K/sril-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Singer Joe Cocker: 1944-2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/cock-j03.html The iconic British rock performer died on December 22 of lung cancer at the age of 70. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0d01e3c-b492-4518-8f2c-0679978d7d6H/cock-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Tim Burton’s <em>Big Eyes</em>: Kitsch has never helped anyone yet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/eyes-j03.html Tim Burton’s new film <em>Big Eyes</em> tells the story of Margaret Keane, the American artist who created the “big-eye art” that became a mass marketing sensation in the 1960s. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/38947140-03a2-4a66-8944-a03ff9ef1cbK/eyes-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/03/labo-j03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51baea83-9ffa-49a7-a686-901b8b56d69J/labo-j03.html 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z US drone strike against Somalia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/soma-d31.html The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91b88d6c-4caa-4c08-9ba0-dbe61956fe7E/soma-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z The collapse of the Greek government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/pers-d31.html With all of the principal parties of bourgeois rule deeply discredited, the ruling class is turning to SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” in an effort to head off a revolutionary crisis. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ac9a7ab5-b28c-4b17-ae00-886bf5ec28bN/pers-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Police counter-offensive continues in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/nypd-d31.html New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was greeted with boos and jeers Monday as he addressed a ceremony for 900 graduating police cadets at Madison Square Garden. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fdfdd4e-2fb5-4945-bd98-eca8656bd63E/nypd-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Twitter post prompts arrest of teenager for “terrorist” threats against police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/soci-d31.html Social media posts have led to the arrests of two more people, in Fort Worth and Chicago, following the shooting of two police officers in New York City. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c46a04d-49ff-4193-8eb8-6e76f754c8bN/soci-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/sony-d31.html While Washington quickly assigned blame to Pyongyang for the hacking attack, independent cyber security investigations point to an inside job. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/641fc9e8-d6b5-4a31-ba20-c297737e03eA/sony-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z US House majority whip spoke at white supremacist conference http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/scal-d31.html Representative Steven Scalise, the third most powerful GOP member in Congress, spoke at an international conference of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in 2002. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d64ed68-a6e0-49e2-b08b-bf5b3bc3b39M/scal-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Putin approves new Russian military doctrine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/russ-d31.html The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85250b80-243b-4fe1-be29-beee00b5e5fL/russ-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Global financial markets facing instability in 2015 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/mark-d31.html Divergent central bank policies are a potential source of financial turmoil in 2015. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a317adf-a0d8-48dd-9f9c-6c30aa39fc6K/mark-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Oil price plummet roils Canadian economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/cana-d31.html Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08cb2deb-4ffa-4eb4-9b85-fa5cc9a2ba0K/cana-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Wreckage of crashed AirAsia flight found in Java Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/aira-d31.html The three day search concluded last night with the discovery of debris and the confirmation of the deaths of 162 people on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9978274a-735b-4e46-bca8-92a0ec4d6fdM/aira-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z US, Japan, and South Korea sign intelligence sharing deal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/kojp-d31.html While the memorandum of understanding is nominally directed against North Korea, the US clearly wants an agreement that targets China as well. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc5fd2f6-9ee5-4a27-b691-8e1cd4bcc13M/kojp-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Scottish first minister reassures the financial oligarchy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/scot-d31.html This pledge of fealty between the Scottish National Party and the top echelons of the British state exposes the role of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb2beeba-dbd4-4166-9d2b-cad46a1e5d9L/scot-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Report reveals poor performance by UK academies and free schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/acad-d31.html New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af46851e-1efe-4635-80c2-c282d8b63a0J/acad-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Two dead, dozens injured in three separate attacks in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/fran-d31.html The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/233101e2-afd6-4039-adb4-0fa80395813M/fran-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Maryland sanitation workers’ strike enters fifth day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/unit-d31.html Truck operators and helpers in suburban Washington, DC declared their intention to remain on strike until Unity Disposal and Recycling agrees to demands for better wages and benefits. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/105cf9d0-e9c1-4fbf-9b53-5f7ca298b1aC/unit-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z New Orleans elementary school holds coat drive for homeless students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/nola-d31.html In addition to high levels of homelessness, 98 percent of students at McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School are eligible for free or reduced school lunches. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1ff57ab-80a7-43a3-8db0-6a9ff0dc623E/nola-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z <em>The Imitation Game</em>: “Am I a machine? Am I a war hero? Am I a criminal?” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/imit-d31.html Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum attempt to come to terms with the complicated life and work of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst and logician. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb75f924-2617-4a80-988f-5e03e17a303E/imit-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/musi-d31.html <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2014. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ccaea30-732a-4a80-99e9-71121144113P/musi-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan opposition candidate issues pro-US, pro-business manifesto http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/31/slms-d31.html One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fda4c16f-43ff-43f2-8607-f8b94417a7dC/slms-d31.html 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Snap elections in New Year following fall of Greek government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/gree-d30.html The fall of the New Democracy-led government is an expression of a deep crisis of bourgeois rule in Greece and heightens political instability across Europe. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3199757a-2d53-4de1-8cb9-7bf2371e8c5F/gree-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z The continuing US war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/pers-d30.html The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b96f7cf-abaf-440f-aa29-b41f724f660M/pers-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/germ-d30.html German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76f41dfb-cb2f-45d4-a6db-1e770d8345aP/germ-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Search continues for missing AirAsia flight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/aira-d30.html While there has been no explanation for what caused the plane to crash, aviation experts have focussed on the severe weather conditions. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/644ed894-cb5f-45e3-913b-d4f8de71234J/aira-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z At least ten die in ferry blaze in the Adriatic Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/ferr-d30.html Both the Greek and Italian ferry services have been under pressure to reduce their operating costs as part of austerity measures dictated by the EU and IMF. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c24f92ac-c9d0-476d-a2c7-0a7daa74aadF/ferr-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Financial Times points to US regime-change intrigue in Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/slus-d30.html The newspaper highlights the “unexpectedly well-organised opposition campaign” that has emerged in the presidential election—with Washington’s support. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50cf3656-aa07-40b3-87ab-5d046bb0719J/slus-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Los Angeles police department on high alert after officers allegedly ambushed by gunmen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/lapd-d30.html The placing of the LAPD on "high alert" coincided with the release of an autopsy report on the police killing of an unarmed man in August. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0e5f2e4-0e70-4d72-a736-71a1815af2fK/lapd-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Loss of temporary Medicaid subsidies: Another Obamacare blow to US working poor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/medi-d30.html The expiration of temporary federal support for state-based Medicaid programs will reduce health care availability for the low-income families by as much as 40 percent. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f160de9-899a-4bbe-b0c7-6174d0c5527C/medi-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Trash haulers and truck drivers strike in Maryland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/unit-d30.html Unity Disposal Management has sought to drag out contract negotiations, demanding that trash haulers take a pay cut while drivers receive a minor wage increase. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84ffb8ca-97a3-4946-96bf-3c7695d3816E/unit-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Vietnam backs Philippine case against Chinese maritime claims http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/viet-d30.html Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fb6dd43-4cec-4afe-901a-997560c0372M/viet-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z NATO’s Libyan puppet regime bombs Misrata amid escalating civil war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/liby-d30.html Libya is ravaged by a civil war between NATO’s proxy regime and Islamist militias, with the imperialist powers threatening to intervene militarily. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72a338ac-5263-4eb0-9a37-0753b63a24aL/liby-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Thousands of Peruvian youth and students protest labor law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/peru-d30.html Under the pretext of promoting youth employment, the law is an attack against the working class, aimed at redistributing wealth to big business. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/77b2b009-2c9c-4c08-ac7d-e7a0edd1322O/peru-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Faction fight behind purge at South African tax-collection agency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/sars-d30.html Recent suspensions over allegations that a covert investigative unit spied on senior politicians are the latest developments in an on-going shakeup at the South African Revenue Service. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b460ab7-1505-4781-81c8-6b9e5453cc5A/sars-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Best films of 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/best-d30.html Some interesting films opened in North America in 2014, a greater number than in many recent years. At the same time, sections of the film industry associated themselves more than ever with the American state. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6131890e-3935-4ff9-84ce-cdc8a8c4accC/best-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/30/wkrs-d30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c8a241a-3b21-46fb-a28a-0b03cc06f9dN/wkrs-d30.html 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/kore-d29.html Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1baecc5-0739-4ad8-830c-b618a1e6c36E/kore-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z A political mobilization of the American police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/pers-d29.html The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/83cae2a1-602e-40bc-9e37-2fc6c16432cB/pers-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z AirAsia flight lost over Java Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/asia-d29.html No wreckage of the aircraft has been found and initial searches have been suspended due to stormy conditions. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fbf359b6-ae56-4cdf-a495-cec7b207f9bO/asia-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z Reports reveal scale of destruction of Syria’s world historic heritage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/syri-d29.html The destruction of Syria’s patrimony means its history can never be studied and made available to future generations. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/915396a5-fd21-43cb-b5f0-4de25875015A/syri-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z Notes on police violence in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/viol-d29.html Horrifying police violence against civilians has become a central feature of American society. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f6a6219-15e4-4f0e-b9a0-73d391c598aB/viol-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z In the ten days before Christmas, 81 people killed in home fires throughout the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/fire-d29.html Increasing numbers of working class families are forced to use unsafe electric or kerosene space heaters in an effort to save money. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ac3a131-df3a-49c3-bb15-a57764b79baG/fire-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z US Department of Education reveals new criteria for financial aid to colleges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/educ-d29.html The new college ratings system represents the extension of Obama’s Race to the Top into the sphere of higher education. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90ecdd3e-7666-4b4b-8d56-70990bef6d5D/educ-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z Further militarisation of UK schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/mili-d29.html The British elite responded to the 2011 inner-city youth riots by demanding the militarisation of the education system. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cddb55cf-13b5-4bc7-8fe2-42b232214c3O/mili-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z Investigation into 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing reopened http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/germ-d29.html There is considerable evidence linking the bomb attack at the 1980 Oktoberfest to the combined activities of the German state and various right-wing terrorist groups. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/631992e9-2f2c-45bb-aa20-dfb952bdde6N/germ-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z Social inequality in New Zealand over Christmas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/nzin-d29.html Hundreds queued for nine hours for emergency Christmas food parcels. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71361ab9-707e-40bd-b4bc-308d63db617L/nzin-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: <em>The Interview</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/inte-d29.html It is entirely fitting that <em>The Interview</em> has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/363fbee9-cb94-43a7-b376-d8b504f5f56A/inte-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z French pseudo-left seeks to block opposition to Socialist Party’s austerity agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/frpb-d29.html The New Anti-capitalist Party and the Left Party are insisting that all opposition be controlled by France’s union bureaucracy. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab963ce1-a6a3-43dd-9cc5-d9ab97eaadbG/frpb-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 29-January 4 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/29/twih-d29.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b889cccd-60da-450b-9c9f-0550a7c18eeM/twih-d29.html 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/dron-d27.html Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab85d074-34fb-46ea-ba85-438af131462L/dron-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions mount in world economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/pers-d27.html The ever-widening gap between financial markets and the real economy is creating the conditions for economic turmoil and the eruption of social and political struggles. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0113dcd4-ad54-4ddc-ba4c-464db90c39eC/pers-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/nsas-d27.html Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e82a0197-33ca-40ab-a532-6632dd3b865E/nsas-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Police shooting of teen provokes protests in Berkeley, Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/berk-d27.html After the killing of Martin, protests broke out at the scene near Ferguson, with police arresting several demonstrators. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95dfafb2-9750-4281-8e12-520f1c876dbP/berk-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Arrests for social media posts follow NYPD shootings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/soci-d27.html Several people have been arrested for allegedly making “threatening” statements, either verbally or on social media, in many states, including New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Vermont. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce0f94e8-8ad2-4bea-b0ec-5e199ce2a32O/soci-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Germany: Tens of thousands protest against ultra-right Pegida movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/dres-d27.html Thousands of supporters of the right-wing extremist Pegida movement gathered at a demonstration in Dresden on Monday. Thousands more protested in counter-demonstrations in other cities. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/472d17db-173d-44de-bbd5-aa82dc41cf4B/dres-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Ireland opens parliamentary inquiry into banking crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/irel-d27.html Even at this early stage, it is clear that nothing will be done to uncover the criminal practices of those who crashed the economy through financial speculation. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0579b6b1-936f-464f-917c-988dff28d8aL/irel-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z UK mental health services in crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/ment-d27.html Cuts to mental health services have led to enormous demand with little capacity to meet it. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ac8ba9b-bb1a-4224-ba10-c7f7f397443P/ment-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z The Sydney siege: Official lies and contradictions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/sieg-d27.html Governments and police exploited the café siege as a giant dress rehearsal for police state measures that will in the future be used against the working class. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/03b6d7ec-a67d-44f4-9120-5c6c0f4d7cfI/sieg-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Australia: “Terrorism” warnings ratcheted up for Christmas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/terr-d27.html The Abbott government is using constant fear-mongering to justify its support for the US-led war in the Middle East and deep inroads into democratic and social rights. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/edd82163-239d-4f32-b4b6-73bb347ffdbC/terr-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Ebola epidemic: West African governments prohibit public Christmas celebrations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/sier-d27.html The measures taken are more akin to those used by a police state to control the population and they symbolise the inadequacy of the medical measures to fight the Ebola epidemic. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e842bc99-024b-4a8a-9174-99370524265K/sier-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z At least 786 US children died while being monitored by child protection authorities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/chil-d27.html The AP report, which covers a six-year period, states that the government does a “terrible job” of accounting for child deaths. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52d8739e-7807-4423-8081-b1a4f26dd06N/chil-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/tsun-d27.html December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80084e33-b9d3-499e-bfd9-f8c0e011e7aA/tsun-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: NSSP leader campaigns for right-wing, pro-US presidential candidate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/nssp-d27.html The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93c826d1-442b-4dfb-ab13-9ed23453795N/nssp-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/jazz-d27.html The music of saxophonists Stephens and Smith reveals some of the strengths and weaknesses in contemporary jazz. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0eafd446-0c18-4d24-9f02-b47afd47176I/jazz-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/humb-d27.html The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7c0e105-6d6c-4fd0-a6ed-34e5a2135d7H/humb-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/27/labo-d27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4144e902-c654-4a4a-9664-f38a2ab0b32L/labo-d27.html 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/ukra-d24.html Ukraine’s parliament repealed a constitutional amendment defining the country as “non-aligned,” paving the way to an eventual application to join NATO. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f339ba71-7d29-4dbd-91cb-9aeb539834bG/ukra-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z The New York shooting and the bid to outlaw opposition to police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/pers-d24.html The police, media and politicians have seized on the shooting of two cops in Brooklyn last weekend to denounce any opposition to police violence as illegitimate. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91d705b1-bfde-4003-b4d9-2b4a067d851G/pers-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/russ-d24.html The Putin regime responds to Western pressure by seeking to appease imperialism and the Russian billionaires. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/085ced4e-f2b2-4f30-9963-07d6565fb28K/russ-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Christmas for Wall Street: Dow hits record 18,000 points http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/nyse-d24.html While tens of millions of Americans face a holiday season of economic insecurity and rising household debt, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index hit a record high on Tuesday. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1695fe91-0a1a-4732-851d-7dcc5c675b8F/nyse-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Egypt boasts of imprisoning 10,000 in 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/egyp-d24.html The US Congress this month approved a waiver of so-called human rights conditions on the provision of American military aid to the al-Sisi dictatorship. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed54ff70-ca10-4780-a64f-24622b91495A/egyp-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Oklahoma to resume lethal injections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/okla-d24.html The state will end the moratorium on lethal injections imposed after the horrific "botched" execution of Clayton Lockett. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/61f37cb4-e34e-49bb-995f-a530d6f6866N/okla-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Cover-up of Canada’s complicity in torture continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/cana-d24.html The media and opposition parties are allowing the government’s claim that the US Senate report documenting CIA torture had “nothing to do” with Canada to go entirely unchallenged. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/def840ac-e345-407c-b43d-bf94dfa0e7eO/cana-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Australian state Labor leader quits over Sydney siege-linked letter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/robo-d24.html John Robertson’s removal underscores the reactionary political climate created by the “terrorist” claims surrounding the Sydney hostage incident. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c90faf6-6aa7-4cf6-971d-decc3445993B/robo-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Greek presidential election goes to third round http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/gree-d24.html If parliament fails to elect a head of state on December 29, general elections will be triggered. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d620e21-1512-47d6-ac8d-cbd2a3c8105B/gree-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Mexico intensifies persecution of Central American immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/mexi-d24.html The Peña Nieto government’s crackdown on immigrants is being carried out in direct collaboration with the Obama administration. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b936b0cd-661d-46c6-9bbe-9657bf3393bM/mexi-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z South Korean court disbands opposition party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/kore-d24.html The ruling is an attack on basic democratic rights, aimed at silencing political criticism and opposition. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5e338d8-5d78-4717-9ef0-e9c669e7f6cN/kore-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Video: Detroit workers speak on a Christmas of inequality in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/chri-d24.html With the stock market setting new records and Wall Street investors getting bumper year-end bonuses, Detroit workers describe the reality facing tens of millions of working people this holiday season. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d393fc5-0413-4113-a986-0cdcdd6a4a2N/chri-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z The 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/truc-d24.html The enduring lesson of the Christmas truce, which has burning relevance today, is that the spontaneous international solidarity of the working class soldiers had been betrayed months before by the collapse of the Second International. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e9635fe-ba7a-412b-bf5d-b88360b7a2bK/truc-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z Air France pilots union signs concessions contract for low-cost subsidiary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/snpl-d24.html The move is the inevitable consequence of the union's betrayal of the September strike against plans to create a low-cost Transavia-Europe airline. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d235efb-4e21-43d9-bc6d-2fcd2bbf14bD/snpl-d24.html 2014-12-24T05:00:00Z New York City mayor calls for a halt to protests against police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/poli-d23.html In a press conference Monday, Mayor De Blasio called on residents to report anyone making “unacceptable” remarks about police. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31d34082-0b55-4074-b7b9-11fbea50e63J/poli-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/pers-d23.html An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f9371a4-f3b5-4f63-b27c-72b2cb3a738C/pers-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z Parents of US toddler injured in SWAT raid face $1 million in medical bills http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/geor-d23.html Officials in Habersham County, Georgia are refusing to pay for 18-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s medical expenses after he was critically injured by a flash-bang grenade during a no-knock SWAT team raid. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceb47a4e-39b4-45de-a066-4cbc9d0181eD/geor-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z North Korea’s Internet connections cut off http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/nkor-d23.html The loss of access came just days after unsubstantiated FBI allegations of North Korean hacking and Obama’s warning of a “proportionate response.” Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1f42a0ce-e53f-4711-b823-6e282ed9f4cN/nkor-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z US troops in combat in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/iraq-d23.html The report of US “advisers” engaging in combat with ISIS comes as the Pentagon prepares to deploy elements of the 82nd Airborne to Iraq. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a765e5ec-4a22-4461-8a45-871cbe964a6F/iraq-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z China challenges US economic war against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/chin-d23.html In a move that will intensify tensions between the United States and China, top Beijing officials pledged to extend credit and economic aid to Russia. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d5e43d6-16eb-4587-9e94-a56b13001f7D/chin-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z SYRIZA makes fresh pledge to defend Greek capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/syri-d23.html Syriza seeks to renegotiate, not abolish, the European Union-IMF austerity program. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e67706ee-e6f1-4fc0-8155-21d8c78f458P/syri-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z Ukrainian government prepares extreme austerity measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/ukra-d23.html Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s recently unveiled economic program will unleash an economic and social catastrophe in Ukraine. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35e3f1e8-f4dc-46dc-a674-dad76c48b35I/ukra-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/hack-d23.html The news that the CIA-appointed review board has exonerated those involved in an unconstitutional attack on Congress illuminates the connection between the official use of torture and the creation of the infrastructure of dictatorship. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99c42684-b778-4ccb-b501-5439b0cc5c4C/hack-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z What is behind the German media’s condemnation of CIA torture? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/germ-d23.html Calls are mounting in the media and the political establishment demanding that Germany pursue its imperialist interests more independently from the US. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2d0a5e8-1ad8-4988-92a6-b6583d8f9b4E/germ-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z New protests against Hungary’s Fidesz government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/demo-d23.html The trade unions and petty-bourgeois groups are trying to divert Hungarian protests in a rightward direction. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a69bdc6a-0463-4179-bfa3-b7a27bb921aN/demo-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z Britain: Hospital patients face eviction for “bed blocking” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/bloc-d23.html To meet government demands for efficiency savings, the trust has reduced beds and cut down staffing levels. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/deb76bf0-86f1-4b55-9267-4c37237dee0G/bloc-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z Australian establishment lays out agenda after Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/cabi-d23.html The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.” Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3de1f1da-6e62-4a98-80cb-a69c48fbd79I/cabi-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z New York State bans fracking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/frac-d23.html Governor Cuomo’s decision has more to do with political calculations than any principled considerations. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2f9ee6d-8fb3-4f2a-9378-e0d93767628L/frac-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z Charges brought against executives in West Virginia chemical spill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/free-d23.html Federal prosecutors have charged Freedom Industries and six owners, executives and employees in connection with the January 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a14c321d-0ae9-4f25-af35-f6de36380ecC/free-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z <em>Foxcatcher</em>: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/foxc-d23.html Bennett Miller’s film is based on events that culminated in the shocking 1996 murder of an Olympic wrestling champion by the multimillionaire scion, John Eleuthère du Pont, of the American chemical dynasty. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1e65bf2-a1c3-497b-9ee0-fc2e879d4d0D/foxc-d23.html 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z New York City police pledge “wartime” response to killing of two officers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/poli-d22.html The killing of two police officers in New York City this weekend has been followed by a near-mutinous response from the city’s police department, with demands for a crackdown on protests against police violence. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66b05266-7d8c-4d6a-abba-16366115c00J/poli-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/pers-d22.html The current US propaganda campaign against North Korea follows a familiar template: the demonization of countries and leaders targeted by Washington over the past two decades. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f752094b-f735-4805-b1ca-8635110fd6cE/pers-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Prosecutor in Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony favorable to Ferguson cop http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/ferg-d22.html The revelation underscores the fact that the grand jury proceeding that failed to indict Darren Wilson was a legal fraud. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97c54848-9c8e-4c2a-ab2c-1d1824a8ec1M/ferg-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z National Guard called up in response to Milwaukee protest over police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/milw-d22.html The activation of the National Guard is in anticipation of protests over a decision on whether or not to indict a Milwaukee police officer who killed unarmed Dontre Hamilton. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0fc14312-e9c2-4907-9bd6-4e4fbb10d94H/milw-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part three http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/tort-d22.html This is the third of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7124f974-0d1c-4dbc-b2a0-d19799d0b48O/tort-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Wall Street surge another sign of instability http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/econ-d22.html The gyrations on Wall Street last week underscore how dependent financial markets are on the supply of ultra-cheap money from the US Federal Reserve. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7d702bd-a10a-49a9-9b59-ae2f6be2011J/econ-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Australia: Workers and youth denounce government and media response to Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/aint-d22.html Many of those who spoke with the WSWS in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne last weekend were deeply suspicious about the state counterterrorism operation. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6df35ee3-3450-48c2-a4ee-5038d51960dP/aint-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/navi-d22.html The plant closing, which comes after the UAW accepted a 40 percent wage cut, is the latest in the area, long-known as a major automotive and manufacturing center. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5aab157d-5b6b-46c5-a473-230aa769823M/navi-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Pakistan escalates war offensive after school attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/paki-d22.html Pakistan’s government has seized on last week’s terror attack to intensify its military offensive in the country’s tribal areas and restore capital punishment. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8826d00-63a9-4cc0-84fe-23b5a460ea4E/paki-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Spain passes police state measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/spai-d22.html The aim of Spain’s Citizens Security Law is to prevent demonstrations organised outside of the control of the main parties and union bureaucracies. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15bd87ce-3dd5-4669-a5b7-667b5af0831G/spai-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Corporations reached secret deals with Luxembourg to avoid tax payments http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/avoi-d22.html The tax deals deprived tax revenue to governments around the world, all of which now claim that public services are unaffordable. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9d7fd56-b648-4b1d-8fa2-c20b0744edaN/avoi-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z German interior minister calls for refugee camps in North Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/germ-d22.html Interior Minister de Maiziere has proposed the outsourcing to Africa of the European Union’s refugee policy. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/020e8298-62d6-40e8-be7b-f3e5f8d0424K/germ-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/inte-d22.html No one familiar with Hollywood will be astonished by the picture of back-biting, pettiness and shortsightedness that emerges from the leaked emails, but the information is salutary nonetheless. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/617c0166-b4e9-4cac-85c8-924b38559fdK/inte-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign reveals widespread disillusionment with main political parties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/seps-d22.html Socialist Equality Party supporters have launched an intense campaign for the party’s presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4046cd9a-e000-41e0-a364-7d4b385b82eM/seps-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 22-28 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/22/twih-d22.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e2f0429-481f-4cdb-800a-2d8e6e11786P/twih-d22.html 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z US escalates campaign against North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/nkor-d20.html An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e6edc87-2a15-4a83-958d-7141b666418A/nkor-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z The European powers and CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/pers-d20.html The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fd46367-a6cf-40cb-b865-6e9081d9418F/pers-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/euro-d20.html Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d1a0b044-2ff4-4124-bd0e-d7955e6f47eD/euro-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/germ-d20.html A German ombudsman has accused a TV report of displaying an ignorance of history, adopting uncritically the views of Ukrainian nationalists and neglecting to mention the Nazi past of an interviewee. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3c811f5-a696-4406-87b8-784dfa0f3c2E/germ-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z After announcing "normalization" with Cuba, Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/cuba-d20.html The new sanctions shed considerable light on the real nature of Washington’s move to “normalize” ties with Cuba. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23c7fcb3-f57a-42d7-a97c-b71ffcbb3d9G/cuba-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/tort-d20.html This is the second of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae540bdb-3676-4bcc-a5b0-8a81ab02d8eE/tort-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Obama “task force” on policing: A cover for militarization http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/poli-d20.html Far from preventing police murders and holding the culprits accountable, Obama’s panel will seek to acclimate the population to an increasingly violent and militarized police force. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7007b4d6-3487-4fd6-af41-e7089b51e86D/poli-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z The Sydney siege and the drive to war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/sieg-d20.html The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d75c3dd2-d9b1-4bfd-aaf2-51ea48d79d9C/sieg-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Governments, media internationally respond to the Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/sydn-d20.html The Sydney hostage-taking is the latest chapter in the lies and deceit used to boost the “war on terror” and its agenda of war and militarism. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca020767-3453-4f84-99f8-50682ed8013B/sydn-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Eight children found dead in Cairns, Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/mano-d20.html A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90035d88-074f-44a9-a0b3-5361a648a6bP/mano-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/afgh-d20.html German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dec80b4d-3a16-4c48-8646-2c0ae2099adC/afgh-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Britain: Perverse verdict clears security guards of Jimmy Mubenga killing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/mube-d20.html The racism evidenced by the guards’ text messages is one deliberately cultivated by the ruling class to scapegoat foreign workers for the social crisis created by capitalism. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf822a34-fed9-4143-b873-2a3d6ee5af8P/mube-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills two workers, critically burns two others http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/okla-d20.html All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1aa1ba3-56b0-47e1-92f1-ef9efc3c312E/okla-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Final pre-trial hearing held for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/tsar-d20.html Thursday’s hearing was the first time in a year and a half that Tsarnaev appeared in public, his trial is set to begin early next month. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e66499d-db1f-4192-9473-9bea0fe2a0bB/tsar-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/stin-d20.html George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/209b6f61-8a2f-4b9a-9371-fa7f0ed6546M/stin-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Why is Canada’s ruling elite commemorating the Boer War? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/cana-d20.html As part of last month’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa was rededicated to include Canadian soldiers who perished in the Boer and Afghan Wars. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee9e998c-825c-4b56-a1ec-a941a0589cdN/cana-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/slmt-d20.html The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3adf82e-c36e-40e2-84c9-c56524b7ef0M/slmt-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/labo-d20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/941a698a-65fa-4efb-9747-58991c7d456J/labo-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z US stokes conflict with North Korea over Sony hacking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/nkor-d19.html Obama administration officials described the hacking as a “serious national security matter” that warranted a “proportionate response” by the US government. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba034eb1-4080-4840-8a8f-34243c5614dE/nkor-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/pers-d19.html Hailed by governments and corporations as a historic turning point, the move to “normalize” US-Cuban ties raises profound historical questions for the working class and the socialist movement. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85845a85-5f46-44a4-9227-c5f956cbb35P/pers-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Physicians’ group details psychologists’ role in CIA’s “extensive system of torture” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/phra-d19.html A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c29b9bae-6988-44d9-9ff4-9ee766eb4c8E/phra-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Russian president downplays economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/rupr-d19.html In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.” Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20bab300-c602-4aff-995b-af293dc1273G/rupr-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US wealth gap largest on record http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/weal-d19.html A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93f703a7-1c72-496d-a4b2-1c7d209234aL/weal-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Australian government exploits Sydney siege to advance “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/sieg-d19.html The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcab33f7-221f-47db-9ca3-94ea2b69109B/sieg-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z More police raids in Sydney on the pretext of counter-terrorism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/raid-d19.html The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e9e688ec-cf5d-469f-a11c-afecbccfbceI/raid-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/peg-d19.html The anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West (Pegida) demonstrations are the product of a systematic campaign by politicians and the media. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/947ff03d-dd68-474b-9a61-99f46b60306N/peg-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Greek presidential vote moves to second round http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/gree-d19.html The naked intervention by the European Commission into the Greek presidential vote is a message from the financial elite that there can be no retreat from austerity anywhere in Europe. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55467219-701a-4938-92c5-38951046509M/gree-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Former Ben Ali official wins the first round of Tunisian presidential elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/tuni-d19.html The coming to power of Nidaa Tounes represents an attempt to restore the old Ben Ali regime that the working class toppled in revolutionary struggles nearly four years ago. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1593bf91-3191-4742-90dc-89771c8103dB/tuni-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US Department of Justice to sue New York City over conditions at Rikers Island jail http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/rike-d19.html The DOJ in New York has filed a motion in federal court to join a suit against New York City over brutality and civil rights violations against youth in the Rikers Island prison complex. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2cb63d7-01bd-4b98-84df-22dbf07abe2D/rike-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Kentucky coal miner killed at Patriot mine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/kent-d19.html Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8a0a3ea-2c62-4a03-9b1d-b912ee5a9eeI/kent-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z California drought has depleted water sources by 11 trillion gallons http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/cali-d19.html Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ea8c483-d13b-49c7-902c-f9563964332B/cali-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z UN torture report criticises Australia’s refugee policies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/refu-d19.html The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08208c38-dac1-4cc1-a4e8-6938f52779cN/refu-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em> now available in eBook format http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/mehr-d19.html This work by WSWS Arts and Culture Editor David Walsh is now available in ePub and Kindle formats. It is an important contribution to the study of Hollywood and global cinema and belongs in every Marxist library. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d33fe0a-d085-4430-9631-82264a5b400L/mehr-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/wkrs-d19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08038f2d-f4e6-448f-aaea-3e064867194P/wkrs-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Obama, Castro move to “normalize” US-Cuba ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/cuba-d18.html The simultaneous speeches by the US and Cuban presidents mark a turning point in the protracted search for rapprochement between the Castro regime and US imperialism. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/958cfd8f-c276-46bc-a731-ed9351da301A/cuba-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street on record low interest rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/bank-d18.html The US Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday it would be “patient” in raising the benchmark interest rate, sparking a sharp run-up in stock prices. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/783f4786-3aae-4147-b12f-4df2a8105feD/bank-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Former Polish president confirms existence of secret CIA torture prison http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/ciat-d18.html The publication of the US Senate report on torture has proven the existence of a clandestine CIA prison in Poland and the close collaboration between European and US governments. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/281703b7-c747-4a43-9851-abec5237c46E/ciat-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/snow-d18.html The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1037f79b-dde6-44bc-b5d8-909bde6cfbcH/snow-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Australian government announces “review” of Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/terr-d18.html The hostage crisis is being exploited by the Abbott government to press ahead with its agenda of support for US wars abroad and new anti-democratic measures at home. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00ce9af2-e901-4ee8-afa2-79d04acd230F/terr-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z UN report accuses Ukrainian government of human rights abuses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/ukra-d18.html The report provides grounds for charging leading Kiev politicians with war crimes and opening investigations into the role of the US and Europe in fomenting civil war. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/056c6f8b-a33b-4cc9-bffa-d0948fd8f3fM/ukra-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Catalan minister admits independence demand used to divert social unrest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/cata-d18.html The statement by Planning Minister Santi Vila is confirmation of the warnings made by the <i>World Socialist Web Site</i> of the politically criminal role played by the pseudo-left. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ec4f427-f869-4fc5-9312-0502d2057c4F/cata-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US pushes for trilateral anti-missile cooperation in North East Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/jpko-d18.html Washington is pressing South Korea and Japan for defense collaboration as it continues its military build-up in Asia aimed against China. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8c22da1-08fe-4a53-8709-55de4f8ac09F/jpko-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government censors Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/wiwy-d18.html The government’s demand for extensive cuts to <em>With You, Without You</em> is an attack on basic democratic rights. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c327da9-0140-4dd1-93b1-8fa5181670dC/wiwy-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US auto union president postures in advance of 2015 contract talks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/auto-d18.html UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60f1cd0b-4ef9-4462-bc4a-094f897da11N/auto-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court decision broadens police powers of search and seizure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/traf-d18.html The recent ruling in Heien v. North Carolina is yet another blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce5a62e4-cc6a-4350-9cf7-794f253026cB/traf-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Imperialism and the ruble crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/pers-d18.html As imperialism encircles and financially strangles Russia, the catastrophic consequences of the dissolution of the USSR are being made all too clear. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/049008d3-6646-4669-84cb-4748aaa41eeL/pers-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z British troops returning to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/brit-d17.html Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11f92bf6-aae9-4695-a2c4-bc29936d003G/brit-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/pers-d17.html Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc643141-0372-4f95-bfc3-00ff2254056N/pers-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Russian ruble collapses amidst mounting social and political tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/rubl-d17.html Russian government officials have failed to stem the fall of the ruble in the worst economic crisis to hit the country since the Russian default of 1998. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be20ef65-ba1e-4043-8329-25eff8bc213E/rubl-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/tali-d17.html The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/232b4b01-7b82-468f-8a1f-a1c5c82abf7E/tali-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/scal-d17.html Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a7d8673-9030-4003-b02b-c1e120fcf0bF/scal-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Unanswered questions about the Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/sieg-d17.html The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcf7414c-21d6-45c1-82a9-3b8ab0f997dK/sieg-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Military-style manhunt in Pennsylvania after fatal shooting by Iraq War vet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/penn-d17.html The deployment of SWAT teams and other police agencies, armed with military-style weapons, followed the suspected killing of six people by a veteran early Monday. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/853701a6-c506-4a83-8159-772dcaad4d9I/penn-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US Department of Justice forces journalist Risen to testify in leak case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/rise-d17.html A federal judge has ruled that <em>New York Times</em> journalist James Risen must appear at a hearing relating to the ongoing trial of former CIA officer and accused leaker Jeffrey Sterling. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f884634-6a66-4462-9e8e-abc7059cde9F/rise-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/temp-d17.html The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/969c7183-fc28-4dfc-925d-6e0682e4d7cG/temp-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z New details emerge on the execution of Clayton Lockett http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/exec-d17.html A court document filed in Oklahoma provides insight into the barbaric execution process that has been abandoned in all but a few nations around the world. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2999c05-2088-42f7-92d2-2dcaec9b313H/exec-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z German court stops prosecution of SS soldier involved in French war crime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/germ-d17.html A Cologne court announced it will not initiate proceedings against a man who was part of an SS regiment that murdered the inhabitants of a French village in 1944. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6256b8f1-d00d-4bd3-a253-214fe3acd78A/germ-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Xenophobic campaign in Germany leads to burning of refugee homes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/ger2-d17.html Right-wing gangs are being encouraged by the reactionary immigration policies of the government and leading politicians. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad1306b6-4586-4ec5-946f-99615e3a6ceD/ger2-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z France’s Socialist Party pushes free-market deregulation with Macron Law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/macr-d17.html In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6cc93748-7689-4365-a1d5-d6250e7b78dA/macr-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/hait-d17.html Haiti’s prime minister has resigned amidst a political crisis and growing protests targeting not only the government, but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17745ccf-f0d3-4b21-ba62-96e75d653c7E/hait-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Australia: Senate inquiry whitewashes killing at Papua New Guinea refugee camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/manu-d17.html Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28576ad7-9767-4898-a5ea-c136ed17563D/manu-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan Trotskyist P. V. Nandasena dies at age 71 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/seps-d17.html About 500 people attended Nandasena’s funeral, indicating the great respect in which he was held by SEP members, family and many other people. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96f47b4f-9092-4234-891d-bc813ba96beK/seps-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>I Want To Live</em>: The memoir of Izrail Agol http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/agol-d17.html The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42008bd9-284b-4e94-ba94-7386c121933D/agol-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Prince</em> and <em>A Few Cubic Meters of Love</em>: Two films about Iran and Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/tok1-d17.html <em>The Prince</em>, the better of the pair of films, is a “docu-fiction” about the life journey of Jalil Nazari, an Afghan refugee in Iran, who subsequently applied for asylum in Germany. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f4a4a5b-b0e9-477e-832a-68ad4201aa7M/tok1-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Oil price slide and ruble plunge shake global markets http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/lead-d16.html The worsening global slump is sending shock waves through financial markets. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4534813c-983c-423d-bee8-0c4a2e06e48D/lead-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z The Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/pers-d16.html The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59c47787-b63c-4a69-b416-4b0def3bb29C/pers-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Sydney siege ends in violent police assault http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/sieg-d16.html Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f27f3c7-69e0-432f-bda2-70069a3fe3cL/sieg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/tort-d16.html This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f7bbefb2-1ac9-4f55-bb14-eb66a8e43eaP/tort-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Obama claims “turning point” for US militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/obam-d16.html In a speech larded with “support our troops” rhetoric, Obama hailed the end of the US war in Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon was increasing the size of its planned deployment. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30d9fadb-c351-41ac-9067-8af8a0b4a43P/obam-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Turkish government mounts police state crackdown on opposition media http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/turk-d16.html Early on Sunday, at least 25 people, including journalists, screen writers and former police chiefs were detained in nationwide police raids. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f86672c-fac5-49bc-9196-aca72b5ef4eK/turk-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z General strike against austerity hits Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/belg-d16.html The strike brought the country to a standstill amid mass opposition in the working class to the reactionary Michel government's austerity agenda. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55ad5294-ac49-42c6-93df-c5f578189cdC/belg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Canada continues to persecute torture victim Omar Khadr http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/khad-d16.html Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Conservative government’s appeal of a lower court ruling that US torture victim Omar Khadr should be considered a “young offender.” Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20fa8d1d-de6a-4bd9-a05a-cb8bbfef4bdE/khad-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Mass arrests at Eric Garner protest in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/west-d16.html The mass arrests at the Westfield demonstration reflect the nervousness of the ruling elite in the face of any form of dissent. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2977715a-e9d4-4f12-8e64-9a434cdd817B/west-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Peru climate change negotiations again dominated by great power rivalries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/peru-d16.html The failure to take any significant measures to address an escalating environmental crisis sees Lima join the long list of failed UN summits. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40a78417-0a1f-4191-8157-7c55641293aN/peru-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Germany: The reactionary programme of the organisations backing “Winter of Peace” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/germ-d16.html There can be no doubt that many right-wingers are active in Germany’s so-called new peace movement, and increasingly set the tone. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73d199e4-61cd-48fa-ad78-c75fa2150ffA/germ-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z British Labour Party strikes a pose against NHS privatisation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/effo-d16.html The bill brought by Labour MP Clive Efford leaves intact the framework to outsource services to the private sector. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c551f83-81f0-4642-8190-bb228982257K/effo-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Australian government announces budget deficit blowout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/myef-d16.html The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50d623e0-5d2e-4103-93d4-479b1bd20a1D/myef-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Mexican federal police attack students and teachers in Guerrero http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/mexi-d16.html An independent investigation has uncovered evidence of federal government and military involvement in the massacre and disappearance of the 43 normalistas in September. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dda6dfa3-6355-4502-a883-d63fa92a857F/mexi-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Charter school fraud exposed in Rochester, New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/char-d16.html The 22-year-old founder of Greater Works Charter school falsified his educational background. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f020a383-3e89-4787-b18c-93ee41c84d9L/char-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z <em>Under the Skin</em> (or aliens from another social class) and <em>Mood Indigo</em> (more inventiveness from Michel Gondry) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/skin-d16.html <em>Under the Skin</em> is loosely adapted from Michael Faber’s 2000 science fiction novel. <em>Mood Indigo</em> is based on French writer Boris Vian’s famed 1947 novel, <em>L’ Écume des jours</em>. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66b386d5-c6c2-4977-b11f-f565c8306abM/skin-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/meet-d16.html The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aca59e5d-1880-4ada-a47b-9c20982bb9bI/meet-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Students and workers speak out on the danger of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/ints-d16.html Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85861640-2a43-4ce7-9053-a3758ef5441B/ints-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/wkrs-d16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e07bf0e9-34f9-4d52-be83-f7ea044deadK/wkrs-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/prot-d15.html Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/65dc93fa-612c-4633-98f3-b328f02e33cL/prot-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Australia: Police lockdown as Sydney siege continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/terr-d15.html Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8733a3b7-a26e-4e0f-8738-ce4f6e8e0f8J/terr-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/pers-d15.html The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b38ebb09-eb64-4ca5-9f8b-81d3e0d27deF/pers-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Protesters in Washington, DC denounce police killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/wash-d15.html More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca01d28e-780e-4309-b7a8-99b52557c57M/wash-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z New York City protest fills streets of Manhattan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/nycp-d15.html Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8db37612-c423-4b7d-9252-b65fbfef99dP/nycp-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ukra-d15.html The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57aeedac-82b4-4965-b02f-f2f4c6a1066G/ukra-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Right-wing LDP wins Japanese election amid low turnout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/japa-d15.html The turnout of just 52 percent reflects widespread alienation from the entire political establishment and its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d56e1597-dfef-4551-99ae-a46d49e80f9C/japa-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Oil price fall brings global market turbulence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/mark-d15.html Share prices fell last week amid fears that the rapid drop in oil prices is having an impact on debt markets and signals a world downturn. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/749de826-7526-423c-a4d9-9143b2488dcK/mark-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Italy: One-day general strike against Renzi’s Jobs Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ital-d15.html Renzi has the backing of an all-party political alliance and can also rely on the support of the union leadership in enforcing his anti-labour reform plans. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15ad6844-45b5-4999-ab99-f6cb04871a2M/ital-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z FBI investigates possible lynching of 17-year-old in Bladenboro, North Carolina http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/lacy-d15.html The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a47b1ba-f957-473b-81ef-e18fbf656c7F/lacy-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z German government to send combat troops to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/germ-d15.html The German parliament’s imminent backing of a combat mission in Iraq marks a crucial step in the unleashing of German militarism. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9f4563d-91c6-47e7-9480-10b453da9d9D/germ-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z New far-right party in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/balt-d15.html Panayiotis Baltakos, the force behind this move, is a former cabinet secretary under Prime Minister Antonis Samaris. He has close relations to the fascist Golden Dawn party. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/653ae383-02d5-4e17-9de9-e8d0e59679dN/balt-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z France: Neo-fascists defeat ruling Socialist Party in legislative elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/troy-d15.html The National Front has inflicted another humiliating defeat upon the PS, the government, and President François Hollande. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/245e6f03-8655-468a-807e-d9f084a4faeI/troy-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z UK faces a return to 1930s levels of poverty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ukpo-d15.html The ruling elite in Britain intend to carry out an offensive against the working class equal to that in Greece. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7366a376-48b5-4a1e-b655-e1050b222cdK/ukpo-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of <em>The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/inte-d15.html Many hundreds of people from over thirty countries listened to the interview held December 13. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8047d15-c632-40ff-befe-1dc8b545a26L/inte-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/kaub-d15.html In a panel discussion at the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, the future co-editor of the <em>Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung</em>, Jürgen Kaube, again defended the militarist and revisionist views of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/902d6740-18bc-4361-9e34-0e0d9d5f23dJ/kaub-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/sril-d15.html The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist program against the growing threat of world war and the relentless assault on the living conditions and democratic rights of working people. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa8a4c02-90f4-425b-9e2f-0bc28ffadf6E/sril-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z <em>Devil’s Knot</em>, <em>The Congress</em>, <em>The Giver</em> and <em>The Last Sentence</em>: A few of this year’s films http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/devi-d15.html As 2014 draws to a close, the WSWS will comment on a number of films that were released in North America and, in some cases, globally in the course of the past 12 months. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5b2674c-dece-4ddc-b5f4-9bd35d8476bB/devi-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 15-21 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/twih-d15.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/567a2191-a462-4249-8346-c591698aa31B/twih-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z US budget resolution funds war and repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/budg-d13.html The $1.1 trillion budget measure was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday and will be approved within days by the US Senate. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/89976e22-116a-41b4-972d-641821c2a5eM/budg-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Brennan’s defense of CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/pers-d13.html That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e9789c2-0c48-4293-85e9-d86cd5ea798G/pers-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/tort-d13.html Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c49ab00c-6095-4c2b-a40a-8d661e24000I/tort-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/lpen-d13.html The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57ad0fad-e0c7-4832-a930-2a4b7cbddd5M/lpen-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Canadian government lies over complicity in CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/cana-d13.html Canada acted as a major transit route for US rendition flights that sent captives to third countries or CIA black sites to be tortured. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0840d021-4315-4d22-b04d-ef4be7055a9L/cana-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/vene-d13.html In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ec4618d-2c69-436d-a7a6-ee3aadffe36P/vene-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Federal judges overturn insider trading convictions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/insi-d13.html The ruling underscores the fact that financial criminals are held to different legal standards than the rest of the population Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f0aa9b6-9462-411e-a1e9-c8c7ff6cdafE/insi-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Murder of Palestinian minister is latest Israeli provocation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/isra-d13.html The killing of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein took place just days after Prime Minister Netanyahu called an early election for next March. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c93bb8b-c8a5-40e4-835b-e187270ffaeM/isra-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z UN agency calls Mediterranean Sea deadliest route for refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/germ-d13.html In the first eleven months of the year, 207,000 refugees have sought to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Over 3,400 have died in the process. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae514f2a-2b15-4f72-a788-538039d4efdH/germ-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Japanese PM flags propaganda offensive to “restore Japan’s honour” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/japa-d13.html The ruling LDP is preparing to accelerate plans for Japan’s remilitarisation, including on the ideological front, if it retains office in tomorrow’s election. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb31d3b7-6383-410e-826f-0a10ce3b1dbA/japa-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/raid-d13.html The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26c222a8-1378-47ad-8d5a-210029e9e71M/raid-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Jobless toll continues to rise in Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/jobs-d13.html There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6bf626ef-e7a5-4448-bc1d-66db4c293b1O/jobs-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Thai junta maintains firm grip on power http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/thai-d13.html Thailand’s military dictatorship, tacitly supported by Washington, is continuing to crack down on opposition and cement its hold on power. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a6513010-89a0-4e3e-a4d5-a87a34f74ceE/thai-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Financialization of rental market threatens future of home ownership in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/rent-d13.html Following the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse, the firms responsible for the crisis are creating a rental empire out of the very homes they foreclosed on. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e3f86b0a-42bd-4acd-b942-4b7eef9889fI/rent-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Canada’s International Socialists promote unions’ “anti-Harper,” pro-Liberal campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/can2-d13.html The pseudo-left International Socialists are lining up behind the trade unions’ campaign to back a Liberal or a Liberal-NDP coalition government. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d37e6b28-db2b-43f9-9063-e5a63f8d497A/can2-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Bankruptcy firms to collect huge fees from Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/detr-d13.html Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has acknowledged that Detroit owes $28 million to investment banking firm Miller Buckfire. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9dd345c9-43a4-4533-8d4a-e87c982d4fcF/detr-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/13/labo-d13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c52c4fd-6928-46b4-a276-79cbda558f3L/labo-d13.html 2014-12-13T05:00:00Z Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/bren-d12.html CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c19b2500-7c94-4b44-a968-2ff96d5f7c8G/bren-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Torture, police killings and the militarization of America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/pers-d12.html The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97d81593-0abd-4de3-93d2-243232b0190L/pers-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z US torture report exposes European powers’ involvement in CIA crimes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/euto-d12.html Officials across Europe are reacting to confirmation of CIA torture by insisting that they should enjoy total immunity for their role in the program. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b455aee-4537-4489-9648-dbcf8456f5bA/euto-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Successive Australian governments complicit in US torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/tort-d12.html Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6cf6f562-d634-4968-b5df-aa7faabbf80C/tort-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z US Congress to vote on union-backed plan to cut workers’ pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/pbgc-d12.html A measure attached to the US government funding bill and backed by several major unions would cut pension benefits for millions of private sector workers. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/04f7ceaa-4262-41a3-85dd-9358f3bafb2M/pbgc-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Obama embraces Republican budget bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/budg-d12.html The White House said Obama would sign the bill funding the federal government, despite a provision that removes even the most limited restraints on Wall Street speculation. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/91855572-6bb7-4c7e-8c67-1d999723cd8G/budg-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/prot-d12.html On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a56cf795-c9f2-440d-a18c-e1d8abd9f18P/prot-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Report shows rising social inequality in major capitalist countries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/oecd-d12.html Thirty years ago, the richest 10 percent in OECD countries earned seven times more than the poorest 10 percent. Today, the ratio is 9.5 to 1. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c594366-4dd4-410b-8ccb-16e48691e2cI/oecd-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Hong Kong police shut down protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/hong-d12.html The dismantling of the Admiralty protest site effectively marks the end of 11 weeks of protests over the framework for Hong Kong’s 2017 election. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f9e9543-86c1-442a-864c-6ba20c98e4bM/hong-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Japan’s state secrecy law goes into effect http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/japa-d12.html The right-wing Abe government passed the anti-democratic legislation as a means of blocking opposition to its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2c40b97-fd25-4e9b-9a53-55b55aab299P/japa-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Ten thousand take part in right-wing demonstration in Dresden http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/pegi-d12.html The Pegida Demonstrations are aimed at directing growing social tensions into reactionary channels and building a fascist movement. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cbe9d6e0-131e-4138-a900-7887ba79a85P/pegi-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Balkan energy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/balk-d12.html Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against NATO expansion in the region, which is seen as a provocation against Russia. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c424603-6711-459d-ba96-9b981cc50b5O/balk-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Missouri and Georgia execute mentally disabled death row inmates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/exec-d12.html The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution for two death row inmates despite evidence of their intellectual disabilities. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c71c5787-fc42-4ffa-928e-1ad62324f15O/exec-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/assa-d12.html The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abd15194-8ee4-4baa-b63b-e30aa03f049F/assa-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Detroit Emergency Manager Orr departs as bankruptcy cuts take effect http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/detr-d12.html The formal implementation of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement, a massive social crime, was the occasion for further self-congratulations on the part of the political establishment. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93aa952f-5536-4623-b13b-99afdbf0736P/detr-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z <em>Edith Wharton—The Sense of Harmony</em>: A documentary about the American novelist http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/whar-d12.html IndiePix Films has recently released a one-hour documentary about American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937), featuring fascinating, never-before-seen archival footage. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be527ffd-dd44-42ed-9f75-68123840e61P/whar-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/wkrs-d12.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/41be1519-d646-4f45-a3fe-bf38777a43eL/wkrs-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Special 36-hour sale for <em>The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/12/mehr-d12.html Sale begins at noon on Saturday, December 13. Be sure to take advantage of extra discount. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3cd2d355-b289-494e-95b2-351977113f6N/mehr-d12.html 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/aumf-d11.html The Obama administration wants a resolution that will permit the use of US combat troops in Iraq and Syria and set no time limit to the war. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01cc6c09-c776-4768-91ca-0034da7ebf6M/aumf-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z CIA torture: American democracy in shambles http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/pers-d11.html The response of the Obama administration and the political establishment to the Senate report on CIA torture makes clear that none of those responsible for heinous crimes will be arrested, indicted or prosecuted for their actions. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/205d6e32-a28a-4a10-9ed4-d09e944d02cC/pers-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z UN officials call for criminal prosecution of US torturers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/unre-d11.html To comply with international law, the US would have to criminally prosecute all high-level government officials involved in the CIA torture program. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ea84fc9-c037-43c5-b2e6-675ae460281O/unre-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Senate report on torture exposes collusion between corporate media and CIA http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/pres-d11.html The unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program documents the role of news media such as the New York Times in serving as a conduit for CIA propaganda. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3b21843-a27f-4bea-b7ac-5e311ca8fcbG/pres-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/braz-d11.html Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c556bde-fd7d-4a16-8e1c-8dc64e7836eO/braz-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Greek stocks in free fall as early presidential election called http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/gree-d11.html The Greek stock market fell by almost 13 percent on Tuesday after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called early presidential elections. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c1350aa3-8b63-4051-bef6-cfbc1799b41D/gree-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Global recessionary trends strengthening http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/econ-d11.html The state of the euro zone economy continues to go from bad to worse. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31bdca44-d264-4a67-a1a7-3befe2c22b9H/econ-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Protests mount against water charges in Ireland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/irel-d11.html User charges on water will still see a family paying €260 annually and a single person €160. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fab838aa-d11a-4bc2-9dea-0b30a6d5a5aH/irel-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Putin accuses US of seeking to undermine Russian sovereignty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/puti-d11.html In his annual address to parliament last week, Putin charged the US with meddling in Russia’s sphere of influence, destabilizing international security and sponsoring separatism within Russia’s borders. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c815f8c2-ce5c-4088-806c-ee3d1b26a71E/puti-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Germany: First-ever Left Party state minister president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/germ-d11.html The Left party is to be integrated into the programme of social attacks and the build-up of the military in preparation for its participation in a future federal government. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23d502bf-f243-40ab-9568-5a74a560b8aG/germ-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z German government attacks rights of asylum seekers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/ger2-d11.html The core of the new law is the criminalisation of refugees, who can be arrested at any time in the future, and the elimination of obstacles to deportation. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ff74371-4d61-46b0-9365-98b679daa94B/ger2-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z At Lyon congress, French National Front prepares itself as party of capitalist rule http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/fnco-d11.html The National Front's advance can be explained, above all, by the naked bankruptcy of the Socialist Party and its pseudo-left allies, such as the NPA. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3bb38986-1f8f-40ed-9fa2-773bfbf7a32H/fnco-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Solomon Islands: Former target of Australian regime-change operation re-elected prime minister http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/sols-d11.html Manasseh Sogavare is returning to office seven years after he was removed from power through a lawless dirty tricks campaign. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2eccc103-713c-4198-9e77-7a5d8677ee6B/sols-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z US Court of Appeals judge: Lawmakers should give NSA carte blanche in online spying http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/posn-n12.html During a Georgetown University conference on cybercrime, leading right-wing jurist Richard Posner argued that “national security” needs must override privacy rights. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2866d4f-897c-4dfd-8086-1a5eade129dB/posn-n12.html 2014-11-12T05:00:00Z California nurses strike at San Bernardino Hospitals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/nurs-d11.html Nurses went on a two-day strike Tuesday, after a county judge issued a temporary restraining order against a portion of them. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/974e2742-fbaa-4b94-9166-b180fcf5482L/nurs-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Injured Boeing contract worker dies in Washington state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/boei-d11.html Ken Otto died Sunday due to injuries suffered while working on a Boeing jet in November Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4182a24e-3ec5-4b4b-bb5e-dc70724cde3B/boei-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia rape allegations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/roll-d11.html The unraveling of the <em>Rolling Stone</em> feature story sheds a good deal of light on the upper-middle class individuals and groups obsessed with identity politics. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50d8235b-3587-4dac-becc-5aefbcb8f20G/roll-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/11/jazz-d11.html These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.” Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eebabb92-1c17-4361-b43c-6ea6d0c154aO/jazz-d11.html 2014-12-11T05:00:00Z Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/tort-d10.html The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/657acff8-ab53-461b-9cff-ba91df9921bD/tort-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z CIA torture and the crimes of the state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/pers-d10.html The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85d4c8ab-7ce4-4f8e-95bb-3f688a0d733F/pers-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/afgh-d10.html While the US and NATO are marking the formal end of their combat mission in Afghanistan, Washington is increasing the number of troops left behind. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5f5ae45-de81-4d27-91b6-1d29249266bG/afgh-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/geru-d10.html Last Friday, 60 prominent figures from German politics, economics, culture and the media published a sharp criticism of the policy of the German government towards Russia. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ec3acf5-e02f-4997-a1f5-049f4c18354C/geru-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Protests over police killings continue in Northern California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/prot-d10.html Police cracked down on a third night of protests in Berkeley, California on Monday night, leading to the arrest of over 150 protesters. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8214299-42f7-46ef-8974-f49bab1be2eK/prot-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Orlando, Florida police sergeant shoots unarmed man http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/oran-d10.html Orange County Sergeant Robert McCarthy fired three shots through a windshield at an unarmed man who witnesses said was holding his hands up. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54e19ecc-b55b-420c-a385-93688afe5d6A/oran-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z European Arrest Warrants at center of Scottish National Party’s repressive agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/snpa-d10.html Earlier this year, Scottish police attracted worldwide attention for having a far higher stop and search rate than both London and New York. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d48a847-ad65-4fec-b824-672fba7faefB/snpa-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Leaked photos show UK nuclear plant poses public safety threat http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/sell-d10.html Spent fuel rods abandoned in neglected storage ponds are in danger of being exposed to the air, which could set off a nuclear explosion. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f45e113-044c-465b-9cc8-ab168aca2faL/sell-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Germany: Trial of anti-Nazi pastor ends in compromise http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/germ-d10.html The Dresden district court decided to abandon the prosecution of pastor Lothar König after a year-long break in proceedings. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f1a372fd-dcf2-4a99-8abb-cd7846c360cP/germ-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Australian government seeks to force doctors to charge fees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/fees-d10.html Abbott’s apparent about-face is another indication of the political crisis wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0a2a550-eeda-4a60-9a1c-2f6b5fa430fL/fees-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Taiwanese local elections reveal widespread disillusionment with government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/taiw-d10.html The KMT government suffered one of its worst defeats in recent elections, driven by declining social conditions. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c92580b-a9ea-4090-8397-d404d6f6fa8G/taiw-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z India implementing raft of “pro-investor” measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/indi-d10.html India’s new government is gutting labour laws and has signaled its intention to dramatically scale back price subsidies and social welfare programs. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0df3908f-8728-4524-a700-34df0516f0aM/indi-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Unscrupulous lenders target South African mineworkers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/lend-d10.html Many South African mineworkers cannot obtain legal lines of credit and are forced to turn to loan sharks. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cd004e91-a79e-458b-8f72-0ac31558fe2L/lend-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Chinese president visits New Zealand http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/nzxi-d10.html Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit was part of Beijing’s efforts to counter the US “pivot to Asia.” Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5945f8f0-5293-49b9-8ef1-d8924765c59F/nzxi-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Deadly fire exposes hazardous housing conditions in Syracuse, New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/syra-d10.html The neighborhood where three residents died in a house fire on November 13 is well known for poor housing, high unemployment and poverty. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0806e3d4-4336-436e-a868-28973913000K/syra-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z Chicago Teachers Union backs long-time Democratic Party politician for mayor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/chic-d10.html The outcome of the “independent political” initiative of the CTU, promoted by the International Socialist Organization, is the endorsement of a capitalist politician who attacked jobs and pensions. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd7bf086-799e-4554-a9b8-26415ee4f66G/chic-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z <em>Run the Jewels 2</em> from rappers Killer Mike and El-P http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/10/rtj2-d10.html <em>Run the Jewels 2</em> is the second full-length studio effort from the hip hop duo Run the Jewels, consisting of rapper Killer Mike and rapper-producer El-P. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36dfce43-3e91-4d76-9ed2-9ae04d8da8eM/rtj2-d10.html 2014-12-10T05:00:00Z US forces on global alert ahead of CIA torture report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/tort-d09.html The CIA is backing a media campaign against the Senate report, warning that even a limited exposure of its crimes at secret prisons will produce a worldwide backlash against the US government. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2dd63282-9b41-424c-87ff-a8113aaf748G/tort-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Race, class and police violence in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/pers-d09.html In response to popular anger over police violence in the US, the Obama administration has strengthened the apparatus of repression while deploying the practitioners of identity politics to obscure the basic class issues at stake. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/307f354a-dedc-49a4-8f3a-d595277b227M/pers-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Los Angeles police gun down man at busy Hollywood intersection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/holl-d09.html LAPD officers shot and killed a man allegedly carrying a small knife at an intersection in the heart of the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” stunning tourists. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7847027b-10da-41f8-bfba-dc51ad4ff3aO/holl-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/broo-d09.html Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> about police violence and social conditions for the working class. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9fdc6f84-2555-415d-96e0-b9d0a362813N/broo-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/syri-d09.html The latest bombing raids took place amid fresh reports of Israeli aid to the Islamist “rebels” inside Syria. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/179782d2-67cd-4315-a838-7b8297fb5a0N/syri-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Botched US rescue operation in Yemen ends in deaths of two hostages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/yeme-d09.html A failed raid by US Navy Seals in southern Yemen Saturday resulted in the deaths of British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5737ef60-4058-4edc-b972-167715d560fN/yeme-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z DNA tests confirm charred remains belong to disappeared Mexican student http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/mexi-d09.html Amid the grim confirmation of the murder of normalista Alexander Mora Venancio, government threats are mounting against protests. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c40ea35a-3152-4f7f-8585-237fefb9aeeG/mexi-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z More than 27 dead as Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/phil-d09.html The latest disaster badly damaged infrastructure and destroyed homes throughout central-eastern Philippines. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74c438aa-4cde-4d09-85a4-bee9135bc93F/phil-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Spain’s Podemos presents its pro-capitalist economic programme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/pode-d09.html Podemos is pledging to the financial elite that any government in which it plays a part will not mount a genuine challenge to their interests. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/952b1de0-78c3-4aa0-a425-b120a74831eB/pode-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Australian financial inquiry warns of insolvency danger http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/murr-d09.html An official report says the risks confronting the economy are much greater than during the 2008–09 meltdown. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26c9e8dd-7ed1-4280-ba1c-b76354eee86C/murr-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Ontario NDP riven by dissension and recriminations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/onta-d09.html Andrea Horwath retained the Ontario New Democratic Party leadership despite bitter infighting over what right-wing course the party should follow. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1bee1714-0729-4ff4-89c6-7d7394c411bN/onta-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z San Jose, California: “The Jungle” homeless camp dismantled http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/home-d09.html Authorities in San Jose shut down the largest homeless encampment in the United States last Thursday. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aaa7a30d-6677-47b0-ba80-8e72a35af3aI/home-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings to launch presidential election campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/slmt-d09.html The meetings will discuss the socialist program necessary for the working class to fight the growing dangers of world war and the deepening assault on social and democratic rights. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa6239ac-3b71-4b43-be66-43860555990M/slmt-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/09/wkrs-d09.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a032cc11-c81f-4ddb-9613-c2d034019a5I/wkrs-d09.html 2014-12-09T05:00:00Z Obama administration seeks to contain anger over whitewash of police killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/brut-d08.html The use of racial politics is a key part of the effort to obscure the social and political issues involved in the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45a77c99-d7b5-4baa-a89a-44dd8ad4afdE/brut-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z The CIA torture report and the crisis of legitimacy in the United States http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/pers-d08.html From CIA torture abroad to unrestrained police violence at home, the American ruling class is facing a deep crisis of political legitimacy, with revolutionary implications. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abecba35-a7d0-4d13-8f38-4c5cca97077H/pers-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Tear gas, rubber bullets used against protests over police brutality in Berkeley, California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/prot-d08.html Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0933af91-f468-48c8-8e46-87e6a91f6feN/prot-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z “Community-oriented policing”: A cover for the militarization of police in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/cops-d08.html "Community policing" has served as a key facilitator for militarization, as well as the spread of community-based police informers. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4f23739-e4ce-4299-925c-81d7bc4b99fF/cops-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/neta-d08.html Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35e937d4-7446-418d-944d-cff8dc860b0L/neta-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z UK: Police use tear gas to repress student sit-in at Warwick University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/stud-d08.html In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ad850cd-218e-4bc6-84a3-e8fcaf76cf1M/stud-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Germany: GM Opel plant closure exposes bankruptcy of IG Metall http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/opel-d08.html The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdbd1676-6452-4220-9252-b7a25711151P/opel-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Bank for International Settlements points to increased financial fragility http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/bisr-d08.html The BIS warns of the growing volatility of international financial markets despite their apparent buoyancy. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d60bdcdf-8649-4e8c-992c-e030ee753e3O/bisr-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Social inequality in Canada far higher than official statistics claim http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/cana-d08.html The share of Canada’s national income going to the top 1 percent is 13.3 percent once private corporation income is included. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/070422b8-7940-446c-a91f-edf7b4ba36eA/cana-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Former Chinese security chief arrested on corruption charges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/chin-d08.html President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is part of his pro-market agenda of opening up the Chinese economy as well as a means to remove key factional rivals. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/117ad458-fa79-4207-9ceb-94ade40fe2aL/chin-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Australia: Eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy commits suicide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/suic-d08.html A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d8c16b0-f452-4215-9da6-885fb227036D/suic-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Expanded spy powers being rammed through New Zealand parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/nzsp-d08.html The bill gives stepped-up powers to allow the security services to carry out warrantless spying and suspend or cancel passports. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/de81d0fa-f08c-4cee-9a53-2bd9db7b4e9A/nzsp-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Widespread opposition to closure of Boston-area municipal hospital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/quin-j01.html Unions and state officials in Massachusetts are collaborating with Steward Health Care Systems to close the 124-year-old Quincy Medical Center. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d20f8871-d6b1-4d3e-9111-1715ec6b456E/quin-j01.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z New Orleans local school board makes its pitch to charter operators http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/opsb-d06.html The Orleans Parish School Board is attempting to coax charter operators at its former facilities, which were taken over after Hurricane Katrina, to return to their former district. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/798e0ef5-a8ed-439f-8870-22780ea82a1F/opsb-d06.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 8-14 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/twih-d08.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a37cad31-50d8-47b5-bb1d-d7e23c5ba83F/twih-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z The veiled art of Alex Colville http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/colv-d08.html The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought together nearly 100 of Colville’s paintings, drawings and prints, the largest number ever in a single exhibit. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e96865f-faa9-470d-9d13-c3d7f81490eJ/colv-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/08/orio-d08.html The unmanned test flight is only the first step in plans to resume US manned space flight by the year 2021. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44a1929a-0c38-4f35-8d29-f29d9abbc55G/orio-d08.html 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z Report on Cleveland exposes national epidemic of police killings and abuse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/clev-d06.html The Cleveland Department of Police “endorses” the excessive use of extreme and deadly force by its officers, according to a report by the Department of Justice. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42230bf4-8906-4a17-8406-d1d446d88f6N/clev-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/pers-d06.html The latest Global Wage Report by the International Labor Organization documents the international working class’s declining share of world income. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb149bea-9b94-4f34-a17f-2f5633f4cd9M/pers-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Cleveland police seek to justify shooting death of 12-year-old boy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/cle2-d06.html From the moment Tamir Rice was shot, the police and media have sought to present the killing as a “tragic death,” while placing responsibility on the boy’s parents and family. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f433bf59-3654-4aca-8d62-987705337e3A/cle2-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Protests continue over decision not to charge cop who killed Eric Garner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/prot-d06.html Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d94dc3e5-8d05-4e0e-ae51-92985558d0aC/prot-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Police shooting of unarmed man in Phoenix, Arizona sparks protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/phoe-d06.html In Phoenix, Arizona, 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon was shot dead in yet another police confrontation, setting off more protests against police violence. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef215dc8-3540-428c-bf23-b4ced0bd497A/phoe-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z New nuclear arms race underway http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/nucl-d06.html Beset by mounting economic and social problems for which they have no progressive solution, the ruling elites are ever more inclined to see war as a risk worth taking. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18b653cc-84a6-4d04-9b11-e2af850ef64K/nucl-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Wages flat despite job growth in latest US employment report http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/jobs-d06.html While the latest US jobs report continues the trend of moderate job growth, American workers’ wages remain flat, with wage increases barely outpacing inflation. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81b96feb-af53-4b65-8091-d1b23d5e1c7N/jobs-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court considers limits to online speech http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/cour-d06.html In oral arguments on a case involving Facebook “threats,” the Roberts Court indicated it is seriously considering a major attack on freedom of speech and expression. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68e30ca1-d322-4505-b773-43f3f6b2a43F/cour-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Venezuela announces budget cuts and other financial measures in the wake of OPEC decision http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/vene-d06.html Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48d57538-d622-400c-8eea-9f1d4434acaP/vene-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z ANC-affiliated student group stages anti-Semitic stunts against South African retailer http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/safr-d06.html In late October, the Congress of South African Students dumped a severed pig’s head in the meat section of a Woolworths store in Sea Point, Cape Town. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb4faf50-125f-40ac-b45e-0c86cf9d6d8M/safr-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z New “anti-terror” legislation rushed through Canada’s parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/terr-d06.html Canada’s Conservative government is pushing for speedy passage of three new laws that will bolster police powers, including to surveil telecommunications and make preventive arrests. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/043de323-88cc-434a-8a87-07062fbca2fM/terr-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Toyota Australia details restructuring plans after 2017 shutdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/toyo-d06.html The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01af8f3a-4dca-4e06-ae1d-d2a6555b4f5P/toyo-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Malaysian government retains draconian Sedition Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/mala-d06.html While the government will use the Act against its political opponents, it is also part of the police-state measures that will be used against the working class. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cccb78ae-b369-4b6b-bd18-138bace1e3cK/mala-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/stei-d06.html In his opening speech at the SZ Economic Summit, the foreign minister appealed to business heads to support Germany’s ambitions to be a global power. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/45dd38c9-1d80-4c1d-b8ca-10d962c86b7O/stei-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 3 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/xoc3-d06.html Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the final part of a three-part series. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81ea5148-c5a0-458c-9df9-dc18a8977e8E/xoc3-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/06/labo-d06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3497b0df-96c4-467f-a366-88af14905b6G/labo-d06.html 2014-12-06T05:00:00Z European Central Bank meeting downgrades euro zone forecast http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/euro-d05.html The forecasts of euro zone growth rates and inflation point to an accelerating downturn in the region’s economy. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/028e6f59-6d52-4ea5-9e20-7ddbc3b9561M/euro-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z NSA tapping vast majority of cell phone networks worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/cell-d05.html Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/679bbe8f-5257-45cb-837e-e95cece6f09E/cell-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Police killings in America: The class issues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/pers-d05.html Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e3a9383-b379-4ffa-9d14-d6f959812d4C/pers-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Protests erupt over decision not to indict cop who killed Eric Garner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/garn-d05.html Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f926dfe-214c-45ea-ad83-16103c85dbcN/garn-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/mexi-d05.html The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico is the product not only of policies pursued by the Peña Nieto government, but those of Washington as well. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab892239-6d82-43dc-a610-bb6b729aedeN/mexi-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Putin halts South Stream pipeline http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/sout-d05.html At a press conference in Turkey on Monday, the Russian president blamed the European Union for the end of the South Stream pipeline project. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/783d8d77-d687-4316-ac3f-3feb9a4ab22O/sout-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z UK government’s fresh round of scorched-earth spending cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/autu-d05.html Newly announced cuts will mean public spending in the UK will fall to a lower percentage level than even that in the United States. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7eb3bb6-38d8-4fdf-9275-3393534d353J/autu-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Ohio football player, apparent suicide victim, complained of concussions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/kost-d05.html Defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, 22, reported missing for several days, was found dead in a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e2f6b54-4e5d-44d0-9675-d92dad13a1eG/kost-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Protests erupt in Rome against attack on job protection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/ital-d05.html Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cae6f0c4-9856-4dc2-ae5d-fa33e28ebf4P/ital-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z London’s New Era housing estate residents take protest to Downing Street http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/lond-d05.html The housing residents are demanding a halt to rent increases and the threat of eviction. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c78fcee-4772-46b3-9c62-a86640660e6P/lond-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z South Korean fishing vessel sinks, killing dozens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/kore-d05.html The ship’s sinking has highlighted the deplorable conditions facing migrant fishermen in South Korea. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a600981b-de89-466c-b8fd-795be8b999fE/kore-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Australian sailors say Labor government ordered them not to rescue refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/refu-d05.html Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e8cdbfe-0710-4a03-9fba-f5b260e5ab2O/refu-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/xoc2-d05.html Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the second of a three-part series. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68ef368d-d57d-4868-b828-a2f2b245ce4B/xoc2-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z <em>Ernest Cole Photographer</em>—A searing look at apartheid South Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/cole-d05.html A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dae8746d-abe0-408b-8d99-6caaf812c23F/cole-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z To defend public services and pensions: Workers need a socialist strategy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/queb-d05.html The unions are seeking to channel mass anger along nationalist lines so as to prevent the emergence of a genuine working class challenge to the Couillard government. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15f9e05a-0e7b-422b-ab43-283c9fe1fc3J/queb-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/05/wkrs-d05.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a82ab2a5-7127-45d7-ab30-6ca8a3f03adD/wkrs-d05.html 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z Anger follows New York grand jury’s failure to indict cop who killed Eric Garner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/garn-d04.html The latest grand jury exoneration comes less than two weeks after a similar decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d1c76c0d-e81e-4c62-8585-e276fa8abb6A/garn-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z The Detroit blackout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/pers-d04.html The blackout, attributed to the failure of a single cable on the city’s municipal power grid, speaks to the decline of Detroit and the decay of infrastructure throughout the country. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd793fc8-c049-4384-827f-7255d185a1dN/pers-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Hundreds of police killings go unreported http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/kill-d04.html National statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation underreport police killings in the US by 25 percent or more. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/136e7f25-6150-4b88-bdc8-d00ee6af18eD/kill-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/pent-d04.html The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3bb111c7-f730-47d7-8292-1573455b2a3M/pent-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/egyp-d04.html The third mass sentencing since April comes amidst mounting repression by the US-backed military junta. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a7579c9-4085-4c1a-9106-49eeda8a31dM/egyp-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z US corporate profits soar as productivity rises and wages stagnate http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/wage-d04.html New figures show the extent to which the so-called economic recovery has been fueled by driving down the wages of workers. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/883cd99b-cbd9-4648-8a98-47ab58c758bL/wage-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z UK and China clash over Hong Kong http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/hong-d04.html A significant section of the ruling elite in Washington and London are using the dispute over Hong Kong’s status to encourage the dismemberment of China. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa233c80-f920-4cba-9a5d-3c9a21d1b21D/hong-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: Opposition presidential candidate to implement austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/sril-d04.html The opposition platform is a cynical exercise aimed at duping voters into believing that its candidate would end the onslaught on living standards and democratic rights. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f5d8fc0-a8b4-4edb-a625-d40a67e0642F/sril-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Ebola epidemic continues to ravage West Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/ebol-d04.html The death toll from the ongoing Ebola epidemic has officially surpassed 6,000, with more than 17,145 reported cases of infection. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/39e200de-d654-49dd-9a51-4ede82afaa8M/ebol-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Australian economy in income recession http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/aust-d04.html Output grew by only 0.3 percent in the third quarter, well below expectations, accompanied by a fall in national income. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9da666d5-1f02-4828-a41c-0b3c8ba8f9cB/aust-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Plunging prices and stalling investment drive Australian mining job cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/mine-d04.html Thousands more jobs across Australia’s mining and resources sector will be eliminated as major companies restructure their operations and shelve investment plans in response to the ongoing plunge in commodity prices and slowing global demand. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb76e816-9551-40eb-9a51-fac5e929f4cO/mine-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z New York transit agency unveils new fare hikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/nyct-d04.html The fare increases are part of a continuous attack on working class living standards in a city where 20 percent live in poverty. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f21651a0-c22b-4d20-ac52-c9677d202c7H/nyct-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/luft-d04-1.html Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9a9ce60-f9a2-4824-84e9-90ad76af04aA/luft-d04-1.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Debate in Germany over euthanasia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/euth-d04.html Against a background of widespread poverty among the elderly, the debate over euthanasia is centered on eliminating care rather than providing compassionate treatment. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15e5844c-a2d4-41c0-aa69-bce8def5d7dB/euth-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/xoc1-d04.html Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the first of a three-part series. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96a7dc76-bdea-41bb-98a7-ba3003469feD/xoc1-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/radi-d04.html The primary function of the RIC is to channel hostility to the Labour Party behind a section of the Scottish bourgeoisie and its party, the Scottish National Party. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ebf39e16-3404-4c57-8b28-db81ee4287cO/radi-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z <em>Whiplash</em>: Heaping scorn on mediocrity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/04/whip-d04.html A young drummer at an elite music conservatory becomes the protégé of an abusive instructor who believes artistic genius is formed by sheer force of will. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2441b51-708a-40ea-8997-182f12d7522A/whip-d04.html 2014-12-04T05:00:00Z Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/blac-d03.html The blackout underscores the dangers arising from the sweeping privatizations that are part of the bankruptcy restructuring of Detroit. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82d86786-5937-43f3-a8cb-958124217f0E/blac-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/pers-d03.html The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52dd5706-1cad-4690-bdfa-4e68d001403G/pers-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/nato-d03.html As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f765ec90-1e78-4c18-882e-376850f5a82G/nato-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Moldovan election: Sharp decline in support for pro-EU coalition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/mold-d03.html Moldova has increasingly become the focus of Western-led provocations. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c8dc25b-8f38-4ac7-973f-652faa0e2fdN/mold-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Thousands of Mexican workers and youth demand Peña Nieto’s resignation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/mexi-d03.html Protests over the disappearance of 43 students pose the question of who will rule Mexico. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01d24bd2-a36d-4ada-a80b-235439e22d4K/mexi-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z How the St. Louis prosecuting attorney manipulated the Ferguson grand jury http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/gran-d03.html The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6332a41-1422-4d50-8fd3-48563c1e2a2E/gran-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z St. Louis football players protest Michael Brown murder in pre-game ceremony http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/rams-d03.html On Sunday, St. Louis Rams pass receivers Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt and Stedman Bailey entered the Edward Jones football field using the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popularized by protests over the police murder of Michael Brown. The professional football players said they wanted to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has been put under siege by police and National Guard troops. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d708d05-097f-4407-ba93-24bec318958C/rams-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to probation for beating handcuffed suspect http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/brut-d03.html No let-up in police violence across the US. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a4144fd4-3e30-46dd-b7fc-c727d1c61b2L/brut-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Hong Kong protest leadership divided after police clashes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/hong-d03.html Riot police violently broke up an attempt by protesters to surround the government headquarters in central Hong Kong. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f21db18-b1af-493f-8f0c-1943e7ed652N/hong-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/freg-d03.html The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80f50924-1f1e-4072-ac86-f56b489443cP/freg-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Party leader boasts: German Left Party more pro-business than the CDU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/left-d03.html In an interview with a major German newspaper, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow boasted that his party was better prepared to push through anti-working class policies than the conservative CDU. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b41156c-e49e-4729-b5a4-80e6533a3b2C/left-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Munich police evict refugees from protest camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/muni-d03.html Refugee protests have been met with violence from Munich police. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43bb959f-9f4e-422b-a2fa-1f9e0fa0b7bD/muni-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Spain wracked by corruption scandal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/spai-d03.html The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e5079b40-230c-4fdb-ac5b-b02a943183fE/spai-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Youth in Australia worse off than their parents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/ffya-d03.html This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf3ca379-fb28-4c40-b784-dfce734385aI/ffya-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Australian military launches first amphibious assault ship http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/lhds-d03.html The ship’s role has been expanded since Australia enlisted as one of the main partners in the aggressive US “pivot to Asia.” Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eeb0c549-72a6-4f47-9850-af344b39e69L/lhds-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/babe-d03.html Claims of “defamation” are refuted by Baberowski’s own words. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c9ba3d1a-0a9e-40cd-92ba-8819aeb7046C/babe-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z “Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/russ-d03.html The recent exhibition in Tokyo included some 180 early Soviet posters, which have remarkable artistic and historic significance. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c360b79-03ae-4a51-bdda-44a8c0e32adF/russ-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z <em>Revolution</em>: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/bran-d03.html Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5126fa6b-b843-4962-bb7d-0e36bdbe87fN/bran-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z <em>The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century</em> now available in eBook format http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/03/mehr-d03.html This book by David North is an essential addition to every Marxist library. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b092cfad-7d73-4128-8da8-5c8cafd869aJ/mehr-d03.html 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z Obama backs continued militarization of local police forces http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/ferg-d02.html The president met with supposed “civil rights” organizations Monday to diffuse popular anger over the police murder of Michael Brown while accelerating the military style crackdown on public dissent. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/169fce5d-acf4-4d8d-b026-b8a911075d5M/ferg-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Oil price slide rocks world economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/pers-d02.html Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb3e197b-87a0-4792-82aa-5cc98deb1a0D/pers-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z US retail sales plunge during “Black Friday” weekend http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/sale-d02.html The fall in sales reflects the fact that the disposable incomes of working-class households continue to stagnate and decline. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c39b359-ae02-4cfe-8468-909fda1a823I/sale-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Low turnout in Italian regional elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/ital-d02.html In regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, nearly two thirds of the electorate abstained from voting. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0279d0a4-1a35-4576-8217-e623e7281bfL/ital-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Hundreds mourn death of 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/rice-d02.html Hundreds of people from throughout the Cleveland area attended a viewing Sunday for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police while playing with a toy gun. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6312e095-f8cd-48e0-a4f6-ad3aea0d402N/rice-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z As election campaign begins, Moody’s downgrades Japan’s debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/japa-d02.html The credit downgrade was a warning to the next government to implement harsh austerity measures to bring down Japan’s massive public debt. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/532a3498-32ab-46ec-9763-449fb35a36fO/japa-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z After Brazilian election, Dilma taps “Chicago Boy” as finance minister http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/braz-d02.html The new cabinet named by the Brazilian president also includes the chief lobbyist for agribusiness as minister of agriculture. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aea987c9-7679-4745-91f8-6611cdbbe97H/braz-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Smith report on Scottish devolution sets off further devolution throughout UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/scot-d02.html The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/476e231b-e526-4af1-b18a-d3a4f779689A/scot-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Scottish student debt skyrockets http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/debt-d02.html Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34bf5bb2-1fe1-47aa-a6fe-f84be3ad0f3B/debt-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Billions in handouts to Canadian auto companies yet to be repaid http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/cana-d02.html The true aim of the auto industry bailout was to make the Detroit Big Three once again a lucrative source of profits for rich investors by gutting auto workers’ jobs and wages. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4652314-f866-4a15-9f4b-7f12e961d7cI/cana-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Australian government confronts deepening political and economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/abbo-d02.html Prime Minister Abbott held a 50-minute solo media conference to try to deal “head on” with the ever-more visible disarray of his government. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1dacd886-d86e-4d4b-a159-48a7f6e0371P/abbo-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z New Zealand Labour elects new right-wing leader http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/litt-d02.html Former union leader Andrew Little’s installation has been praised by corporate media commentators, who recognise his record of support for big business. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2d52af9-5456-4e37-b856-b70be954ea3H/litt-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z <em>Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/cops-d02.html While arguing that the US is not yet a totalitarian society, Balko acknowledges that “we <em>have</em> entered a police state writ small.” Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/518ed5c2-6b20-4589-badd-fd3ddc098d1B/cops-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z <em>The Theory of Everything</em>: Stephen Hawking’s life, or parts of it, on film http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/ever-d02.html Stephen Hawking has over the years become a familiar personage to millions. A brilliant physicist and cosmologist, Hawking’s nearly life-long battle with disease has become the stuff of legend. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8364dc7c-5077-464f-9a36-f99b76cdd7aA/ever-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/hugh-d02.html The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8e0efe7-c2ab-49c9-a294-29853a89514H/hugh-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/02/wkrs-d02.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c8c445e-af11-43eb-85e9-eaa09649ef9L/wkrs-d02.html 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Missouri governor signals long-term National Guard presence in Ferguson http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/ferg-d01.html Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80ae2649-a004-4460-83b7-546f48a10eaG/ferg-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/pers-d01.html The acquittal of the deposed Egyptian dictator underscores the determination of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to drown the revolutionary struggles of the working class in blood. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c457fc6d-4f16-46db-8022-eb315f6a6fbP/pers-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/afgh-d01.html The escalating bloodshed comes amid Washington’s efforts to consolidate military and financial support for the newly installed stooge regime. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a5f71c38-1602-4ff0-8165-2ce40792b34P/afgh-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Netanyahu’s “Jewish nation” bill enshrines an apartheid-style constitution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/isra-d01.html The “Jewish nation” bill sets the scene for far greater discrimination against the Palestinian population within Israel. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4a21d90-3512-426f-8935-019570f2ec9I/isra-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Washington’s intrigues against Sri Lankan president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/sril-d01.html The lynchpin in the moves against President Rajapakse is former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has established close ties in Washington. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0ac68cfe-7480-4e99-b0c5-597688d41eeM/sril-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Australia: Liberal-National Coalition loses Victorian state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/vicp-d01.html The result intensifies the crisis confronting the federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/22da02dc-e1ac-486c-af28-b06e7872618L/vicp-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Australia: Workers and youth oppose war and austerity in Victorian election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/inte-d01.html Workers and young people discussed a range of political concerns with World Socialist Web Site reporters outside polling booths during Saturday’s Victorian state election ( see: election result article). Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f02d8416-8eef-4735-bb89-409445dd4d2H/inte-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z More large US companies drop retirees from health plans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/reti-d01.html Among large employers with 1,000 or more workers, 60 percent have instituted caps on benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/406942db-1e1f-4b9a-be5b-c08cc366c77J/reti-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z US Labor Department Study: 4,405 workers killed on the job in 2013 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/osha-d01.html The study reveals that 12 workers die each day from on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a18f416d-b4fb-46d1-a926-a33d80d2a46P/osha-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z UK Prime Minister Cameron launches fresh attack on European Union migrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/immi-d01.html Cameron has previously proposed a cap on the number of European Union migrants allowed to enter the UK. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8eb921f5-daed-4b77-bf84-293e77aaa0aM/immi-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z German parliament passes austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/budg-d01.html Finance Minister Schäuble’s austerity diktats and the Left Party’s call for investment programmes are only the right and left boot of capitalist exploitation. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8dd88fa5-e247-4ddf-a586-bee6a0d134eF/budg-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z German welfare “reforms” promote virtual slave labour http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/labo-d01.html The Hartz welfare and labour “reforms” and the enlargement of the EU have created conditions in which hundreds of thousands of workers are exploited as virtual slaves. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc016dfd-ec7f-4b4d-bb06-c61133ae139D/labo-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z South African police ignore official watchdog’s recommendations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/watc-d01.html In the first six months of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, deaths in police custody rose by 1 percent. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37d17b91-6858-4a60-9e77-1b8aa9fe18dG/watc-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Dozens killed in separate Chinese mine explosions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/chin-d01.html The latest tragedies make a mockery of Beijing’s claim it is working to improve conditions for miners. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2b9d175-5b49-4df1-a048-0a4883dea18J/chin-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/humb-d01.html The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is placing at the center of its campaign the struggle against war and opposition to attempts to transform Humboldt University into a center of militarism. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c9b89bd-4f24-496b-ba04-c7ba6acd3c9B/humb-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Veteran photographer Errol Sawyer talks with the World Socialist Web Site http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/erro-d01.html Errol Sawyer discusses his early career and influences and the responsibilities facing photographic artists today. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/da7d3216-53a0-4eb4-8628-e2077a93ad6C/erro-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z This week in history: December 1-7 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/twih-d01.html em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0d793d9-aa45-4b3c-834d-1b46195e973B/twih-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z New telescope reveals first detailed image of a planetary system in formation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/alma-d01.html An international telescope array entering operation has produced the first detailed image showing a planetary system in formation around a young star Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9eafa5d5-1ba3-487c-b746-ac1e06cb6dcC/alma-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Australian government faces crisis over failed budget measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/01/aust-d01.html An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bd1f43a-9ea3-418e-9d73-811bce0dbb2J/aust-d01.html 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Democrats back union-organized Wal-Mart protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/frid-n29.html Now in their third year, the minimum wage protests were staged at Wal-Mart locations across the country to promote the unions and the Democratic Party. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b48998eb-dc75-4605-aac3-12188b7c350F/frid-n29.html 2014-11-29T06:00:00Z Report of Russian warship manoeuvres in English Channel highlights growing war danger http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/russ-n29.html The largest military manoeuvres presently being staged are by NATO, in Poland, under the Readiness Action Plan agreed at the NATO summit in Wales. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e5139f3-8fb3-4626-b927-59031baf257H/russ-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z UN report documents torture, police violence in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/pers-n29.html As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/222c3322-2ed5-4f72-a48e-fdc6e0b1edbI/pers-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z France balks on delivery of Mistral helicopter-carrier to Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/mist-n29.html Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0578a5a8-61ac-4353-93d9-4e36d7dd561J/mist-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Mexican President Peña Nieto announces police-state plan as more bodies are discovered http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/mexi-n29.html The discovery of eleven decapitated youth adds to the long list of bodies that have been exhumed in Guerrero, both before and since the disappearance of 43 students. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/337632a2-a743-4629-9a26-d0726735cfeK/mexi-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Denver police caught on video beating suspect, tripping pregnant woman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/brut-n29.html Levi Frasier, who videotaped the incident, says that he was forced to sign a witness statement “under duress” that absolved the officers of any wrongdoing. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c91ad6f-3354-4a93-8f66-9f014b4d8b9J/brut-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Protests, building occupations follow California tuition hike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/tuit-n29.html The regents’ vote to approve 5 percent annual tuition increases for the next five years has prompted demonstrations on UC campuses statewide. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e9f8d83-8347-40b9-9cfc-6a2be3c5f2eJ/tuit-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Canada preparing to expand its role in Mideast war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/cana-n29.html Canada’s Conservative government is now trying to concoct a pseudo-legal justification for involving the country in air strikes against Syria. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f66aea9-ea8b-475b-8ff5-bf9918c8eadM/cana-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Housing rights campaigners speak out on UK government’s social cleansing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/ints-n29.html WSWS reporters spoke to Isabel Counihan-Sanchez and her daughter Sarah about their experiences with eviction and their involvement in the Housing 4 All campaign. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2c981d5-98fa-4789-a856-9d544224e61F/ints-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z UK workers see six years of falling wages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/wage-n29.html Young workers have borne the brunt of the post-2008 assault on pay, with the real wages level of those under 25 falling back to below levels last seen in 1988. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f92bf2-ff55-44c4-afa4-02fc59aa1e2D/wage-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z French automaker Peugeot-Citroën plans new mass layoffs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/fpsa-n29.html The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4afbee80-bbe9-4858-8842-4eee0a11214K/fpsa-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z German constitutional court increases the power of the church http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/germ-n29.html The federal court declared legal the dismissal of the chief doctor of internal medicine at a Catholic hospital on the grounds that the church has the “right of self-determination.” Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6deed272-856e-433f-9d89-82c6d2cc303F/germ-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z New Australian terrorism bill to facilitate targeted military killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/terr-n29.html On the pretext of combatting ISIS, the government’s laws can be used against anyone perceived as a political threat to the ruling establishment. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62163def-0bf2-4a90-859e-4bad9b8c3afA/terr-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Australia: East-West toll road provides multi-billion dollar handout to corporate elite http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/toll-n29.html The toll road has served as a convenient diversion in the Victorian election campaign to help suppress any debate on broader issues confronting the working class. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/700e054f-cc5c-4a82-91d5-84209347f1dJ/toll-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/sril-n29.html SEP political committee member Pani Wijesiriwardena is the only candidate representing the interests of the working class. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/916d4774-182c-4610-8fef-a9e2cd66c54A/sril-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Christopher Nolan’s <em>Interstellar</em>: A mess in space http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/inte-n29.html <em>Interstellar</em> takes place in a dystopian near future, when dust storms are destroying crops and threatening to leave the planet without food. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be1f97bb-e834-4f02-ba61-337f3ce3d06D/inte-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z The Australian Greens and “human rights” imperialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/gree-n29.html At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca71511f-460c-41d5-a073-3bbdc64632cJ/gree-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Former Washington mayor Marion Barry mourned in US ruling class circles http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/barr-n29.html Barry typified the layer that came to prominence in the ebb and decline of the mass civil rights movement. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c349d91-313f-4ef2-8beb-cbfd7215d16A/barr-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/29/labo-n29.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4fdeb9ea-e7f7-4bef-8ad7-e6faa18275fH/labo-n29.html 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z Video shows Cleveland cop killed 12-year-old boy in under two seconds http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/ferg-n28.html The failure to charge Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown has given a green light to police killings throughout the country. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/291a7668-581d-40e3-8d7f-57a5f3683e9G/ferg-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/pers-n28.html Saturday marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1304b739-f8b7-4426-b056-de1ca86f442M/pers-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z OPEC decision a shot in oil price war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/opec-n28.html Immediately on the news that OPEC will maintain production levels, the price of oil fell a further 8 percent. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43c461f4-0817-4293-9906-b5da4320215J/opec-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z More than 300 arrested in Los Angeles during Ferguson protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/losa-n28.html A total of 323 people have been arrested in Los Angeles in three days, raising questions of unlawful police conduct. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a42bdca4-78e3-4b38-b3e7-2b683dda2dbC/losa-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Washington denounces Syrian air strikes on ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/syri-n28.html The US State Department’s comments are utterly cynical given the Pentagon’s indifference to civilian casualties in its new Middle East war. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93917525-0b3d-4d72-8ea8-8b0f61c1439D/syri-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Union seeks to smother opposition to unsafe conditions in West Virginia mines http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/coal-n28.html The United Mine Workers of America is working with Patriot Coal and the courts to suppress the opposition of miners, which erupted in a strike last month over unsafe conditions. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fe49884-e886-492c-a11b-64d098c7c50L/coal-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z The reactionary politics of German Greens on display at party congress http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/gree-n28.html The Green Party congress marked the end of the period in which its petty-bourgeois identity politics could pose as progressive or even leftist. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fc306e1-e954-422f-839b-3f95387bcc5N/gree-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/stal-n28.html The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f5c5ffd-20ba-4e89-a419-e67e0f3da8cK/stal-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Cables document relations between Castro and Argentine junta http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/arge-n28.html According to recently released cables, diplomatic exchanges occurred in 1977 between Cuban President Fidel Castro and the Argentine military ruler. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/836b9a7e-f6ee-412c-96c1-94d62af470bJ/arge-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z New Indonesian president raises fuel prices http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/indo-n28.html Widodo’s first major policy decision was a signal to financial markets that he will deliver long-demanded “structural reforms.” Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/645e12c4-7c51-43fc-a2b4-160ad57eeecE/indo-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Workers denounce phony “jobs” promises ahead of state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/inte-n28.html Unemployment in Broadmeadows and Dandenong, former centres of manufacturing and the car industry, has now reached depression-era levels. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35f28bfa-cf5a-4972-8c29-21f7e68dd00I/inte-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Australia: Major parties prepare further austerity after Victorian state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/vice-n28.html The official campaign has been a sham from start to finish. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/227c3795-58f7-4972-a013-12625dcf904K/vice-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Home fires in the US kill 125 people in just two weeks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/fire-n28.html Between November 9 and November 22, 125 people died in home fires in the US, bringing the total for the year to more than 2,000. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3b5e17a-25e7-4989-b7d0-d704a11a837N/fire-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/cong-n28.html This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a11f55cf-d8b3-4de0-81a8-4776bc9bd0fI/cong-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/28/shor-n28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/025f9d2a-8ff3-42f1-8cbf-eec86eaebecB/shor-n28.html 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z Hundreds arrested in US protests against Ferguson whitewash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/ferg-n27.html More than 400 people have been arrested in protests nationwide against the decision not to indict the cop who murdered Michael Brown. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80c8c2f7-87bc-4abc-8363-82a716d8c27L/ferg-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Political dissidents to be rendered stateless http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/pers-n27.html Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is accruing authoritarian powers, including the ability to effectively render a British citizen stateless. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5542f690-3c40-4a73-b569-f0c515f27adB/pers-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z “Justifiable homicides” by police at record high http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/brut-n27.html According to data from the FBI, at least 461 people were killed by police last year, the highest number in 20 years. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b120b943-cce9-4eb8-8c25-582f8a90b2eH/brut-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z New coalition plans to expand war against eastern Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/ukra-n27.html The integration of right-wing thugs into the new Ukrainian government makes clear that the regime can only enforce its reactionary program through the use of force. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/64c26127-dd05-4483-860f-3e82f7f4a82J/ukra-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z OECD report highlights deepening economic breakdown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/oecd-n27.html The growing risk of stagnation in the euro zone is accompanied by the danger of renewed financial turbulence. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79eb0c2f-c798-4ffa-88cd-3147e676992O/oecd-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Police crack down on Hong Kong protest site http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/hong-n27.html Police cleared protestors from Mong Kok with a massive show of force that resulted in the arrest of at least 148 people. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a7819c7-7d1e-4dd0-a9dc-590b8174c19P/hong-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z As snow melts, social conditions in Buffalo area remain dire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/buff-n27.html Tens of thousands struggle with poverty, poor housing and difficulty in accessing food and other essentials. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8482c0f4-51c0-4311-b7c9-006366c1e0fM/buff-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Chinese and Indian leaders hold competing visits to Fiji http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/fiji-n27.html The two high-profile visits to the Pacific island country came amid increasing geo-political rivalry, fuelled by US imperialism’s “pivot to Asia” against China. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b1d4dd1-a406-4386-829d-5c03ae57f60N/fiji-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z The $35,000 Thanksgiving dinner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/home-n27.html Manhattan's Old Homestead Steak House, an upscale New York City restaurant, is offering a Thanksgiving dinner to its well-heeled clientele at a price of $35,000 for four. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/06db25b5-9004-4d17-b92f-7a0e362be28O/home-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z UK report on murder of soldier drives calls for deeper state repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/rigb-n27.html The report into the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is being used to introduce new draconian "anti-terror" legislation. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/34df977e-55ed-424e-8422-ff05c8230ccD/rigb-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z India: Open rift in Stalinist CPM http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/stal-n27.html The debacle the CPM suffered in last May’s national election has brought to a head longstanding differences over what right-wing course to follow. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7288e3e-a050-4048-9cfe-84b840c53adE/stal-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Australian meat workers to face new attacks after JBS buys Primo Group http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/prim-n27.html JBS’s rapid expansion over the past nine years has been driven by an unrelenting assault on jobs, wages and conditions. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bea524e3-fa76-43d8-8c7c-7fdb0d6a46aI/prim-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/humb-n27.html Humboldt University in Berlin has publicly attacked the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality for criticizing the right-wing political views and activities of the historian Jörg Baberowski. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62541240-6734-411d-bdd4-915eb5970efP/humb-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z SEP meeting and discussion in Stuttgart http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/psgm-n27.html The question of why the socialist movement was not able to prevent the outbreak of the First World War provoked an important discussion at the meeting. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b1e8e512-9bb8-4a3b-a15b-d4e5eb118c3H/psgm-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z 150 years since Sherman’s March to the Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/sher-n27.html In November and December, 1864, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led a Union army deep through Confederate territory, resulting in the capture of Savannah and the liberation of thousands of slaves. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c66b603-7686-4c2c-8175-26a55d49daaE/sher-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Public Meeting December 4: The attack on democratic rights in Ferguson and Detroit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/27/meet-n27.html The meeting will examine the political background of the mounting attacks on democratic rights, including recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the bankruptcy settlement in Detroit. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/abc1d70f-2c32-474d-95f4-f9e3585c218F/meet-n27.html 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z Missouri governor triples national guard force in Ferguson http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/frgu-n26.html With federal and state officials and the media calling for a crackdown on “lawlessness,” Governor Nixon dispatched an additional 1,500 National Guard troops Monday to suppress protests in the St. Louis suburb. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c75ac3f-e624-4220-a93d-3ae0987bdcfG/frgu-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Demonstrations across the US against Michael Brown decision http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/ferg-n26.html The grand jury decision exonerating the policeman who murdered black teenager Michael Brown has provoked demonstrations in an estimated 130 cities, across 37 states. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d2f1ea10-7262-4a92-9da5-0e09977c480I/ferg-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Protesters condemn exoneration of cop who killed Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/fer2-n26.html At demonstrations around the country, workers and youth spoke out on the police murder in Ferguson, Missouri and the destruction of democratic rights. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a520d11c-5df4-483a-8f1d-77fe42baf4bG/fer2-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Cleveland police defend shooting death of 12-year-old boy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/clev-n26.html The boy was shot down while he played with a toy gun in a park playground. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81cc5b43-c690-4a4d-a34f-f192950495fF/clev-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Economic blockade of Ukrainian rebel regions inflicts mass suffering http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/ukeb-n26.html The Ukrainian government has cut off economic relations with the rebel-controlled Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, deepening the social and economic crisis engulfing the region. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72408ffd-cc44-4f8f-9c66-d680968d21aH/ukeb-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Franco-German reform plan calls for deep social cuts, wage freeze in France http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/frde-n26.html France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7e0312b9-2fa0-472b-9541-1d4c8d599b9O/frde-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Former Portuguese Prime Minister Sócrates held on corruption charges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/socr-n26.html The timing and manner of Sócrates’ arrest suggest motivations of a right-wing character. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6f30ca8-c3ac-49a5-85ad-b9b2f6fb5d8F/socr-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Protests against Hungarian government continue http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/hung-n26.html Around 20,000 people demonstrated in front of the parliament against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Monday last week. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4addb55a-f24a-4706-a0c2-6f4630e23e3O/hung-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp returns to profitability and steps up its cuts program http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/krup-n26.html ThyssenKrupp is using the international economic crisis to drastically intensify the exploitation of its workforce. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa864ab1-9df9-4f00-aed6-c3803fb647aE/krup-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Texas woman exonerated 10 years after fatal crash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/ande-n26.html GM did not disclose its finding regarding the cause of the crash in a death inquiry it submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51f75db8-f61c-4df0-a9fe-65854056caaD/ande-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Political wrangling continues over Keystone pipeline http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/pipe-n26.html The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline was defeated by one vote in the US Senate last week but will be taken up again early in 2015. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4775bf8-464e-43ee-957d-41608bef0f2H/pipe-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Death of 15-year-old exposes growing use of child labour by Canadian employers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/alta-n26.html The fatality at an Alberta gravel-crushing site has exposed the myth that child labour is a problem only in the developing world. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0dbd491d-0363-42ce-945d-6759192d282J/alta-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z US intervenes in South China Sea dispute http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/scse-n26.html Washington’s posturing as an honest broker in the longstanding, competing claims involving China and its neighbours is completely cynical. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a171f9d-a579-4194-8c44-4bb9e61e410C/scse-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Two more Australian police killings in working-class areas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/poli-n26.html Following two fatal police shootings within two days in the state of Queensland there is mounting evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in working-class areas. The two killings brought the number to four in suburbs around Brisbane, the state capital, since late September. Another man was shot in the head at close range, but survived. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fb191b2-5ae0-4382-9a69-3afc50b83f4F/poli-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Political lessons of the Ferguson whitewash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/pers-n26.html Monday’s announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the killing of Michael Brown is the outrageous, but not surprising, outcome of a judicial travesty. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f0333ff-8b07-4b11-be5a-2001a677273L/pers-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan SEP to contest presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/sril-n26.html The SEP will campaign on a socialist and internationalist perspective against the growing danger of world war and deepening attacks on living conditions and democratic rights. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ba62dfd-e49f-4cdf-b149-a3019fde51aK/sril-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/meda-n26.html The president bestowed America’s highest civilian honor on 18 politicians, artists, scientists and others in a ceremony Monday afternoon. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1481ce52-375e-4e11-a739-d37c4a462c3M/meda-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z <em>Night Will Fall</em>: A powerful depiction of Nazi atrocities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/26/nigh-n26.html <em>Night Will Fall</em> explains the making of a remarkable work, the “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey”, which depicted the terrible crimes of the Holocaust in a ground-breaking and accurate manner. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff8de912-7728-48ce-bde2-192a4ccabf0P/nigh-n26.html 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/ferg-n25.html The entire process through which the grand jury arrived at its decision is a legal fraud, with the outcome dictated by the political calculations of the ruling class. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6659e5ca-5e8a-4430-b954-1096b503f95D/ferg-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z The impoverishment of industrial workers in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/pers-n25.html Recent reports highlight the historic reversal in the living standards of American workers that underlies Obama’s supposed economic recovery. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b1ec8c5-f1ef-40a8-ba88-ef05740cc1fG/pers-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Brooklyn residents outraged at police killing of Akai Gurley http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/broo-n25.html The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e6b9a3b6-5448-484f-b145-1f6dbf1a6bbM/broo-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Obama fires Defense Secretary Hagel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/hage-n25.html The ouster of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is an expression of the growth of tensions within the administration amidst a series of foreign policy crises. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d881356-6162-46a0-ba5e-61fee3c6d12K/hage-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Iran nuclear talks extended http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/iran-n25.html Washington has extorted significant concessions from Tehran and calculates that more can be won by continuing to cripple Iran’s economy, while holding in reserve the threat of military action. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a600e2f-3133-40d0-92de-92b85ea04a7D/iran-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Markets rise as global economic outlook worsens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/mark-n25.html The Chinese central bank’s decision to cut interest rates and a speech by the European Central Bank president point to deteriorating conditions in the world economy. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/99d732ac-1d42-45e6-8855-920f75a21abA/mark-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z “Red-Red-Green” coalition in Thuringia: Welfare cuts and heightened state powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/left-n25.html With a ruthless austerity policy in Thuringia, the Left Party intends to show its readiness to take on ministerial positions in the federal government. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/690cf603-6ff8-4ee4-9539-3bf8d4c8251K/left-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Scottish National Party’s Salmond and Sturgeon pitch to Labour and the ex-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/scot-n25.html With UK opinion polls showing the likelihood of a hung parliament at the 2015 election, the SNP’s clutch of Westminster parliamentary seats could hold the balance of power. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0c578f3-4480-43fa-b21c-97893098929I/scot-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Care UK workers asked to vote for massive pay cut http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/care-n25.html The Care UK workers were betrayed by their union, Unison. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c36ad11d-758e-46cd-8401-a0ad9d66a27D/care-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Report calls for ending guaranteed affordable housing for Washington, DC residents http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/home-n25.html City officials latched onto the report, citing “practical realities” of implementing a plan to guarantee affordable housing for the city’s working population. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59b181b8-63d2-49f1-8ae7-8c6ad31a87fJ/home-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Split from right-wing party intensifies Australian government’s impasse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/aust-n25.html Senator Lambie’s acrimonious departure from the Palmer United Party further fractures the Senate, where the government lacks a majority. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25e69bda-d01d-48ee-b8a8-0fad0a5230fC/aust-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Australia: Rallies against ABC/SBS cuts promote Labor and Greens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/abcp-n25.html The ABC announced more than 400 redundancies, along with significant changes to programming and news coverage. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c0fa9a8-921a-4533-a10b-bfd34202294D/abcp-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z A live Q&amp;A discussion with David North http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/utci-n25.html WSWS readers will be able to participate in this live Q&amp;A discussion with International Editorial Board Chairman David North, the author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century on December 13. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b8f624c7-2285-469b-bb91-0d230417d27C/utci-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z SEP &amp; IYSSE public meetings: Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/sepm-n25.html The G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane underscored just how embroiled Australia is in US-led wars and intrigues. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af8e3b23-ce71-4e9f-89a5-3ac98f7a675G/sepm-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Israel Nash on the way to excellence with <em>Rain Plans</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/nash-n25.html The musician has broken through with his third album, which combines late-1960s rock influences with the plaintive drawl of the Southwestern country desperado. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9be72f88-3282-4895-945e-cc3daa1399cD/nash-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/25/wkrs-n25.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f80681d-0ded-4948-9371-dd45498eb20L/wkrs-n25.html 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z Who is responsible for violence in Ferguson? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/pers-n24.html The protracted wait for a grand jury proceeding has been accompanied by intimidation and threats on the part of local, state and federal officials. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c567b45e-717b-4a16-9306-85fe548df56K/pers-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Obama authorizes wider war in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/afgh-n24.html Less than three weeks after the congressional election, the administration has announced the escalation of US wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dcf7d904-9dc5-42d5-b2dd-7b529df7e57I/afgh-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Iranian nuclear talks at impasse as deadline approaches http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/iran-n24.html The US has been demanding heavy restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs in return for any lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef19463a-d67e-4c62-ada3-3b9b8922a1bE/iran-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Israel steps up repression against Palestinians http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/isra-n24.html The latest crackdown follows last week’s killing of four rabbis and a policeman in a synagogue in West Jerusalem. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4707d99d-a261-4a4f-911c-7b34f14493cA/isra-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/ukra-n24.html Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ec094681-1fa6-4bba-998e-ead6876e146C/ukra-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan minister quits ruling party to contest presidential election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/sril-n24.html At the very least, this move against President Rajapakse was undertaken with Washington’s knowledge and approval. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d107799-0ef0-45be-a9bd-b3a4d59cd03N/sril-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/army-n24.html The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c82f025-cdc9-415e-8a30-99838c9b930A/army-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Twelve-year-old boy killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/clev-n24.html The child was playing with a toy pistol in a playground when he was fatally shot by police officers. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37e640cc-bacf-49bf-a725-885b71af945N/clev-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Senate hearings on Wall Street crimes: The bankers rule http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/bank-n24.html The two hearings were exercises in political theater, with politicians posturing as critics of Wall Street and bank executives and Fed officials making little effort to conceal their contempt. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a419f72b-72d6-4cb8-b7bb-da42d222671N/bank-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Teamsters sell out strike by port truck drivers in southern California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/cali-n24.html Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended an eight-day strike against unfair practices and wage theft. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13509622-1288-409f-98e7-b2ee8a6030fN/cali-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/chic-n24.html Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf9e9514-bad7-40ee-ada3-51f1ee1183bA/chic-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z After historic blizzard, death toll rises and floods threaten Buffalo, New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/buff-n24.html As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d976d56-6ab5-45e1-ab53-b4065d0376eH/buff-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z British health unions carrying out fraudulent “fair pay fight” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/heal-n24.html It was the Labour Party’s Private Finance Initiatives that began the privatisation of health care. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c3ab397b-afbe-4c27-86ce-455ffa35b98P/heal-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1</em>: More battle scenes and bloodshed—to what end? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/mock-n24.html With the third film in the Hunger Games series, the phenomenon is wearing increasingly thin. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0e1a2dfa-8818-4898-aadf-f3a649416cbB/mock-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z This week in history: November 24-30 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/twih-n24.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca52ae98-9062-43aa-a7cd-24f83f649a2K/twih-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Mehring Books launches holiday sale http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/mehr-n24.html Prices marked down up to 50 percent on a large selection of titles and sale bundles. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84afc0ca-9feb-4301-a2d9-5f0a7e07103J/mehr-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Mexican military threatens intervention against mass protests http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/mexi-n22.html The entire political establishment in Mexico, backed by the United States, is implicated in the disappearance and likely massacre of the 43 student teachers. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28376e23-9168-457c-b406-d679c3625e3N/mexi-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Obama’s “reform” and the criminalization of immigrants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/pers-n22.html The executive action issued by the White House treats undocumented immigrants as criminals and maintains their status as super-exploited workers without elementary democratic rights. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80f2f3cf-6fee-44a2-b3c1-bbb7904e66cL/pers-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Obama administration dispatches 100 FBI agents to St. Louis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/ferg-n22.html FBI agents arrested two men in the Ferguson, Missouri area Friday evening, allegedly for seeking to buy explosives. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c040317b-b683-4c20-8803-4bfc89c533bK/ferg-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Los Angeles: One thousand protest Mexican student massacre and disappearances http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/prot-n22.html Workers and students spoke about the massacre and abduction of teaching school students in Iguala, 43 or whom are still missing. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7cae060-1eb8-41d9-9463-2772e5c01b0M/prot-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z US manufacturing wages plummet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/econ-n22.html Six years after Obama’s ascendancy, a report by the National Employment Law Project summarizes the sharp decline in manufacturing wages amidst the supposed “economic recovery.” Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b610cc63-f3bc-4b02-971b-0e49999a277H/econ-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z New York police kill unarmed man in Brooklyn housing project http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/brut-n22.html Akai Gurley was killed in front of his girlfriend when an officer on patrol reportedly panicked and fired his gun in a poorly lit stairwell. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76741a13-f625-4079-a51c-383f6ccd6cbM/brut-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for Assange’s extradition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/assa-n22.html WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s only “crime” is his exposure of imperialist war crimes and conspiracies against the world’s population. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c28baa7-0488-4677-85e8-42e2674a152E/assa-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z German Greens parade pro-business, pro-war credentials http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/gerg-n22.html The Greens aim to become the favoured party of German big business. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5235570-22ae-4ddd-a144-4930fd3fab9K/gerg-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Netherlands covers up secret pact controlling investigation of MH17 crash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/mh17-n22.html The imperialist powers have exploited the tragedy as a propaganda exercise for the purpose of threatening Russia. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e918c7c-b3be-47a5-907e-8558c52b439F/mh17-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Greek riot police attack protesters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/poly-n22.html Athens was placed on virtual lockdown by an enormous police presence just days after tens of thousands gathered to mark the military junta’s crushing of a student uprising 41 years ago. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71cca632-a47a-486c-9baa-35c382ca847J/poly-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z UK Independence Party wins Rochester by-election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/roch-n22.html The result is another blow to the Conservative Party, which lost its Clacton seat to UKIP only last month. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15d72f83-7b01-4d9b-9db8-8c9a9190df4C/roch-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Right-wing protests against the Czech president http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/anti-n22.html At celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution supporters of the Ukraine regime denounced President Zeman. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/935c3a8e-e400-4fe1-8f08-7de8b226923I/anti-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Australian mining services workers reject 25 percent pay cut http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/hast-n22.html Hastings Deering’s ultimatum points to an intensification of the assault against jobs and conditions in the mining industry. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/12db26bd-01d0-4d0d-9d65-2e8a8212f20F/hast-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z North Korea releases two jailed Americans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/kore-n22.html The dispatch of US intelligence chief James Clapper to Pyongyang indicates that more was discussed than the release of the American prisoners. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/df29f7ae-44c0-43e9-b200-10a64fb96f1M/kore-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z ICFI/WSWS supporters in India hold public meeting on danger of world war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/inmt-n22.html Workers and students from various workplaces and colleges came to discuss an alternative socialist perspective. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2a60971-9e91-490c-9282-3f3fa26f600C/inmt-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Film and theater director Mike Nichols dies at 83 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/nich-n22.html Nichols, whose career spanned five decades, was undoubtedly an artistically gifted individual, known for his sharp wit and urbanity as well as his considerable skill with actors. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96980f7c-ee47-4bd4-877e-888c5b47a31M/nich-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/22/labo-n22.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ba601dd-16f3-47d7-b0bc-27be5843664I/labo-n22.html 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z Obama announces right-wing immigration “reform” in national address http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/obam-n21.html In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.” Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e85ed9e-a55b-4f68-ae47-518d3655df6N/obam-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Wall Street banks and commodities fraud http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/pers-n21.html A new US Senate report documents yet another aspect of the criminality that pervades the American and global financial system. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad79dcf1-9c34-4a9f-90fa-58a0fd42319E/pers-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Police arrest Ferguson protesters ahead of ruling in Michael Brown case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/ferg-n21.html The arrests came as an official for the St. Louis Police Officer's Association said that Darren Wilson and his lawyers do not expect an indictment for the killing of the unarmed teenager. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33c85faf-c21f-4517-bc46-dbfe977680fA/ferg-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Swedish court upholds vendetta against Julian Assange http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/assa-n21.html The ruling continues the monstrous frame-up and political persecution of the WikiLeaks editor. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e169ad68-1fe1-4337-b2c1-093f9f046ceF/assa-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Russia and China expand economic cooperation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/ruch-n21.html An alliance between Russia and China is emerging in response to the US-led Pacific and Atlantic trading blocs and the Russia-NATO confrontation over Ukraine. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e23ddd0a-a6ae-4fbc-874d-df6cb4f93a0J/ruch-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Russian conductor barred from German music festival http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/cond-n21.html The witch-hunt against Valery Gergiev is part of the pro-war campaign of the German media and government. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16e81b42-9d33-4f59-ad6a-3988d953185L/cond-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z University of California’s regents approve tuition hikes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/cali-n21.html The UC board of Regents has approved steep tuition increases for the next five years. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eaf761c0-4f6c-4438-9e9d-d887504ba0aA/cali-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Massive snowstorm cripples Buffalo, kills ten http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/buff-n21.html A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/62704af2-7e2d-4230-9ca4-0adf3ecc0c2P/buff-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Missouri carries out ninth execution of the year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/exec-n21.html Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant the condemned inmate clemency, and the US Supreme Court turned down his appeal for a stay. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98d9cf58-a416-4a49-922d-695c1642554K/exec-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Los Angeles schools superintendent backs “parent trigger” privatization scheme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/losa-n21.html Under the guise of empowering parents, the “parent trigger” law is part of a drive, funded by multibillionaires and backed by the unions, to privatize public education. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1bb022b8-aca8-4db4-b245-d35b80cc2bcE/losa-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Tories and Labour compete to scapegoat migrants for British social crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/immi-n21.html The anti-immigrant stance being taken by all the bourgeois parties is aimed at further curtailing the democratic and social rights of working people as a whole. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47219476-54ba-40e6-9c63-80d3f2c5690C/immi-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Australian government outlines major cuts to public broadcasters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/abcc-n21.html The spending cuts go hand-in-hand with disciplining the ABC to ensure that it functions more closely as a propaganda arm of government. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ab1bd0f9-c03b-4199-a704-98bfeffe37bG/abcc-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Australia: Police violence in Queensland sparks outrage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/poli-n21.html Both incidents—a shooting and an assault—were brutal displays of force in working class suburbs of Brisbane. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a5207a6-8a75-485f-815b-3fa1a9a2149J/poli-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z India: Unions betray contract workers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/nlcw-n21.html The trade unions were in such a hurry to end the strike that they called it off without even signing an agreement with the employer, NLC. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0158a3fa-95a1-4661-9b07-5f5d4700044P/nlcw-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Jon Stewart’s <em>Rosewater</em>: Fatal sins of omission http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/rose-n21.html Stewart, host of <em>The Daily Show</em>, has written and directed a film treating the Iranian government’s incarceration and torture of a London-based, Iranian-born journalist in the immediate aftermath of the 2009 presidential election. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81f91714-0a61-432d-ae5f-6ce224819b0E/rose-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/wkrs-n21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b85492e-7252-40a1-a64f-5895e8e8b9dO/wkrs-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z US government, corporations preparing new offensive against workers’ pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/pbgc-n20.html The release of the annual Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation report is being seized upon to demand a new round of pension cuts for private-sector workers. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/730861cf-6672-4b57-acef-bcd105695cbG/pbgc-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Global economy falls deeper into slump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/pers-n20.html Economic stagnation in Europe and the fourth Japanese recession in six years show that the world economy is in a downward spiral. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b9fee44-e723-4f83-a4eb-c11c6b04849K/pers-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z US media silent over “state of emergency” declaration in Missouri http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/ferg-n20.html The declaration of a preemptive “state of emergency” is an attempt to silence and intimidate opposition to police violence. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad73a8e0-a26e-42ea-aebc-d9c10721c06E/ferg-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Senate blocks any limit to NSA spying on phone calls http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/spyi-n20.html Senate Republicans opposed the bill, which imposed only minor restrictions on NSA searches of telephone records, citing the threat of terrorism. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dfeae9b5-9276-4a6f-a1b1-b4752f472c0B/spyi-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Kiev, NATO step up threats against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/ukra-n20.html The Kiev government feels strengthened by the international campaign against Putin. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/835f8dbc-81a5-4da8-a92d-32e22081681N/ukra-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z German military to lead NATO rapid response force http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/nato-n20.html The German military is playing a central role in NATO’s aggressive military build-up against Russia. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/16ce4b7e-d548-4003-83de-0fcd167e78cG/nato-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Spanish military prepares for domestic repression http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/spai-n20.html The training of army units in crowd control is based on the assumption that insurrectionary struggles are inevitable in Spain. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ff08b9b-ab89-4002-9fc6-d3bd8b983e9M/spai-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Big business candidate wins Romanian presidential elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/roma-n20.html While posing as a nonaligned technocrat, Klaus Iohannis represents the interests of big business and imperialism. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b3a08f5-8e06-4452-aba5-23409932b05H/roma-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z UK to expand fracking despite pollution and safety concerns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/frac-n20.html Fracking firms are to be allowed to carry on their activities 300 metres or more below a property without having any legal obligation to notify the homeowner or provide compensation. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ffb00c23-2884-4e5a-a2fd-b218b96cc74C/frac-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z French-backed army junta sets up figurehead regime in Burkina Faso http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/burk-n20.html A few days after his nomination by the army, transitional president Michel Kafando named junta leader Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister yesterday. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f29ac37b-65f0-4884-8247-eba3bfff6f7K/burk-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Police in Brazil kill six people a day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/braz-n20.html The latest report on crime statistics shows Brazil’s militarized police force killing at five times the rate of their counterparts in the US. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/738741a5-220a-4999-aa18-c423b1ffa37M/braz-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Australian government embraces security pact with India http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/modi-n20.html The manoeuvres surrounding the Indian prime minister’s visit were likened to the “Great Game” of imperialist rivalry in Asia before World War I. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/81127615-6bb3-430b-8119-754e2773641H/modi-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Australia’s housing bubble fuels a social disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/hous-n20.html Working class households are increasingly priced out of buying a home, while thousands of properties lie vacant. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7db3abd3-7e08-4d6b-849e-cdb4258d5dbE/hous-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan plantation workers denounce government over landslide tragedy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/plan-n20.html Strikes and demonstrations condemned the Rajapakse government, plantation managements and trade unions for leaving families exposed to disasters for years. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1a283b64-0e43-4475-b6b8-50407c099e6H/plan-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z The “rescue” of the Detroit Institute of Arts has resolved nothing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/resc-n20.html The so-called “rescue” of the DIA raises a number of complex questions that belie the current celebratory mood. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00527dc4-a0d9-46dc-8470-c5e7868d48dG/resc-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z American Airlines flight attendants and the global airline industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/aair-n20.html All the major airlines are seeking to drive down wages and slash costs under conditions of continuing global economic slump. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84c9c10a-d62f-41ce-9883-d11308c692aH/aair-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/east-n20.html The Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus, Germany has been an annual event since 1991. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/12b4651d-fba7-4c31-9afd-71a63b6bb59H/east-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z