Archive http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/ Steelworkers union blocks broadening of oil workers’ struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/stri-m02.html The USW, desperate to head off a confrontation with the Obama administration, is ignoring growing demands from oil workers for a national strike. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a4353e8-b1f5-4193-8661-43a882684eeB/stri-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Wisconsin Governor Walker, American workers and terrorism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/pers-m02.html The Wisconsin governor has repeatedly said that the struggle against the working class at home is a critical component of Washington’s militarist policy abroad. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4341d14b-96d2-434a-a866-2478636169fA/pers-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Louisiana oil workers call for expansion of refinery strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/lous-m02.html The walkout in Louisiana demonstrates the militancy and resolve of the working class in the American Deep South. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/268c04fb-7bcf-46bb-b344-18d9be7578dM/lous-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Video shows execution-style murder of homeless man by Los Angeles police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/zamb-m02.html Los Angeles police officers shot a homeless man five times at point blank range after pinning him to the ground. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ead8d66c-d5a6-47cc-a6c4-c451ed67be5E/zamb-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov assassinated in Moscow http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/nemt-m02.html Whoever authored the killing of Nemtsov, the US government and media are using his murder to further vilify the Putin regime and whip up anti-Russian hysteria. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bb6d5aa8-3dd6-4cd8-8bb1-97463e9c820B/nemt-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Manhattan terror trial vs. PLO: The hypocrisy of imperialist justice http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/terr-m02.html If the PA and the PLO can be held liable in US courts for $655.5 million, the bill owed by the United States and Israel should run into the trillions. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/67db371d-8a97-4c99-a0d7-3ab9d596635O/terr-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z US inflames South China Sea disputes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/ssea-m02.html The immediate result has been the rise of tensions between China and the Philippines, which, backed by the US, has aggressively asserted its maritime claims. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36a01a62-3fdd-4d66-a7db-42f08343fedN/ssea-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z US and South Korea begin joint military exercises http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/kore-m02.html In the past few years, the US has used the war games to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad06f7fe-a00f-4f0c-a876-0173e86650cA/kore-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Wisconsin unions hold rally against “right-to-work” legislation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/wisc-m02.html The union-sanctioned protest was markedly smaller than in 2011, when tens of thousands of workers and students filled the streets of the state capital to oppose right-wing legislation. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e461ebf9-0dc2-4aa5-87c2-5c1d468eeebB/wisc-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z South African MP warned against investigating Russia-South Africa spy satellite http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/safr-m02.html The Spy Cables describe Johannesburg as the “El Dorado of espionage.” Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3476e786-fcc7-4dbb-bf59-05bafe976d1H/safr-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Puerto Rico: Regressive taxes levied on workers as island’s economy falters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/puer-f03.html Predatory financiers are creating tax havens in Puerto Rico and using the federal courts to protect their interests. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e475e8e-f6d8-4504-9dd5-e76b87c4c69J/puer-f03.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z <em>The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century</em> published in German http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/uftc-m02.html David North’s book is essential in providing a political orientation and formulating a socialist response to the global crisis of capitalism. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33bc737e-0950-46dd-acf0-b87546e0e37G/uftc-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Vote Socialist Equality Party in the New South Wales election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/nsws-m02.html Our campaign is aimed at building the SEP as the new revolutionary leadership of the working class and advancing a socialist and internationalist program. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50ca5ec4-9a79-4a73-9e1b-b7ed213c92eF/nsws-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Der Spiegel lionizes Syriza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/spie-m02.html The German news magazine’s Jakob Augstein is promoting Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis at the very moment when Syriza is capitulating to the EU and the banks. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5f8e80c1-c39c-429b-a4e4-91ba81354d9M/spie-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z <em>House of Cards</em> collapses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/hous-m02.html In its third season, the Netflix program that began as the American <em>Macbeth</em> has turned into a conformist celebration of the political establishment. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fd643eb-2d38-4b47-876d-c2e8009a18fJ/hous-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z Ken Loach’s <em>Jimmy’s Hall</em>: An honest artistic effort, or something else? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/jimm-m02.html What may be the British director’s final feature is a historical drama based on the life of James Gralton, deported in 1933 from Ireland for his communist activities by the nationalists he supported. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fe9290e-9760-4a2f-8384-6097fb5bc07M/jimm-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z This week in history: March 2-8 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/twih-m02.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a66023d-3559-4403-bb38-4c2ff6a3c35O/twih-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z German Left Party leader outlines campaign against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/left-m02.html The lecture at a leading German think tank by the defense spokesperson for the Left Party makes clear how deeply the organization is integrated into imperialism. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/826f4be8-895e-4202-894e-aeef8c2e294N/left-m02.html 2015-03-02T05:00:00Z US economy in deflation and slump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/econ-f28.html The latest figures belie claims that the US is a counterbalance to the overall slump and deflation that now encompass most of the world. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48dd4d04-24b5-40bb-9ae1-ed04f138f56N/econ-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z “Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/pers-f28.html Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/314257ef-e741-4164-8199-cb4b415bbaaN/pers-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z German parliament endorses Syriza’s proposed austerity measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/gree-f28.html The Left Party and the Green Party backed a new round of austerity in Greece in the vote in Germany’s Bundestag. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9df5e9f0-2ccd-4035-837a-fcc3e9f4aeeC/gree-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Governor compares Wisconsin protesters to terrorists http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/walk-f28.html The remarks by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker demonstrate the ferocious hostility of the entire US ruling elite, Democrat as well as Republican, towards the working class. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6aa2e1ad-ff93-4b38-b666-fee852a9567N/walk-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Judge in Detroit bankruptcy calls for dismantling public employee pensions nationwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/detr-f28.html Judge Steven Rhodes said he regretted that the Detroit bankruptcy did not eliminate defined benefit pensions altogether for the city’s retirees. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9d0dac1f-de4f-4063-9d65-4ec81bf7293I/detr-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z As US oil strike reaches one month, companies sit on billions in profits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/oils-f28.html The companies are among the most profitable multinational corporations in the world, with deep ties to the Obama administration and the federal government. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fab340c4-7eef-457c-b55d-1f339a23699F/oils-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Clinton Foundation raked in cash from right-wing regimes, corporations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/clin-f28.html Persian Gulf regimes and huge military contractors gave tens of millions of dollars to the foundation, which functions as an auxiliary institution in American imperialist foreign policy. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/744d808d-bf4c-4c60-b108-88e632d8f1cG/clin-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Missouri Republican candidate, apparent target of anti-Semitic comments, commits suicide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/schw-f28.html According to a spokesperson for Schweich, he had been preparing to go public with allegations of anti-Semitism against state Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4fcfa1b-d4aa-4f5d-ac53-7951848454cH/schw-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Canada invokes “jihadi threat” to pursue agenda of war and reaction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/cana-f28.html Canada’s Conservative government is steamrolling through parliament legislation that tramples on core democratic rights and dramatically augments the power of the state. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2761b43-8694-4101-a513-f37997587a7D/cana-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Anti-Muslim actions rise sharply in France after Charlie Hebdo shooting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/fran-f28.html As the officially sanctioned hysteria against Muslims grows, police are even investigating comments made by young children. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35e91a40-9965-4ca5-b5bd-32a5030bce9B/fran-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan opposition parties seek to bring back Rajapakse http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/sril-f28.html Racked by political instability and economic crisis, both wings of the ruling elite are preparing for deep attacks on the working class. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3756d776-672a-40a4-850d-aef205759fdD/sril-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Two cyclones devastate areas of northern and eastern Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/cycl-f28.html Thousands of people have been left to fend for themselves, with little or no government support, and been forced to turn to charities, friends and family to survive. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e506e52a-8460-4a23-8d51-4a5156124a7E/cycl-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z The anti-Marxism of Yanis Varoufakis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/varo-f28.html Varoufakis completely distorts Marx’s analysis of capitalism in order to justify his program of trying to save capitalism from itself. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/440bb0b7-591f-42cc-afc8-85346b07c7dB/varo-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z German television documentary on the troika and Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/revi-f28.html While the film shows how the troika engineered a social catastrophe, it promotes the policies of Syriza and other bourgeois critics who support the EU austerity program. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/454b8fc9-8033-4b32-a9ff-afc255e0892N/revi-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z A revealing exposure of the destruction of health care in the UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/nhsr-f28.html The documentary exposes the extent to which Britain’s National Health Service has been privatised. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86d153a7-1f24-4686-ac0f-cea924cb167H/nhsr-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/28/labo-f28.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/357f0358-2bad-45f1-a03b-8ad7ea20041J/labo-f28.html 2015-02-28T05:00:00Z Record global stock prices reflect growth of financial parasitism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/econ-f27.html The emergence of negative bond yields signifies that the international bond market is being transformed into a gigantic Ponzi scheme. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb72390d-9785-47fb-a0e6-694f3f669acB/econ-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Chicago’s Abu Ghraib http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/pers-f27.html The <em>Guardian</em> newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98f04c26-be71-4de9-9400-80cbb0d1751O/pers-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/gree-f27.html The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aab51231-166f-4eb5-aa2d-6a1f811f794N/gree-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z USW blocks way forward for striking oil workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/oils-f27.html In a “Letter to USW Oil Workers,” USW President Gerard made no attempt to explain the union’s selective strike policy or present a strategy against the intransigence of the oil giants. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0c7c8ae1-a3a4-47d6-9f3a-b4464e7220fP/oils-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Obama Justice Department: No federal charges to be filed in Trayvon Martin slaying http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/tray-f27.html Three years after the killing of the unarmed teen in Florida, the US government announced it would not press civil rights charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d5b8b6a-5822-402c-9fc4-ba6f616ffacJ/tray-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Three New York men charged in alleged terror plot http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/edny-f27.html As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb2ac7e8-5656-4ff8-b168-3a40aaaa089E/edny-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Federal prison regulations violate constitutional rights http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/pris-f27.html New prison regulations isolate inmates from visitors, including their attorneys. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c9654dd4-b251-4576-9491-355ee5c77b9D/pris-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Independent autopsy finds Zambrano-Montes was shot twice from behind http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/viol-f27.html The ongoing revelations of the killing in Pasco, Washington have renewed protests against police brutality and wanton killings of unarmed people across the US. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/441e68fb-4cb8-4f1c-a67c-268b266ae51B/viol-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Top British politicians caught in cash for access sting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/disp-f27.html Former ministers Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were caught on camera in a Channel 4 television broadcast attempting to peddle their political influence to business contacts. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3645e933-828b-4dc2-820f-3b644c55146I/disp-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z German trade union approves 1,400 layoffs at Karstadt department store http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/kars-f27.html The job and wage cuts at the German department store are proceeding with the full support of the United Services Union (Verdi) and the joint works council. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7223e3b9-3fbe-4002-836a-4a3e1a2cf15G/kars-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Germany and Austria discriminate against Kosovo refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/koso-f27.html In the course of the past six months, 50,000 people have fled Kosovo due to catastrophic economic and social conditions. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f50a03e-bdc4-4dcf-bfdb-6e26144eb26I/koso-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Opposition to Japanese government’s lies on “comfort women” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/comf-f27.html The revision of history is bound up with the government’s plans to remilitarize and to end constitutional restrictions on operations of the Japanese military. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dae309c3-8301-411f-9064-76671325b82B/comf-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Mass layoffs shake India’s IT industry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/indi-f27.html Indian IT companies have fired over 15,000 workers in the past year as they attempt to offload the impact of the global capitalist crisis. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fde5237e-7e8d-4f9b-bd7e-719e723e5b5P/indi-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z East Timorese government promotes new “free trade zone” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/timo-f27.html Former bitter rivals within the Timorese ruling elite have come together on the basis of establishing the country as a cheap labour platform. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1cd30b55-4e72-4a7d-b305-0bb21668b92H/timo-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Nick Beams retires as Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/nbea-f27.html Nick Beams, a founding member and long-time leader of the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, announced last Sunday he was stepping down as national secretary. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/92269ec4-e991-46d0-b407-e15d11ad144D/nbea-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/wrkr-f27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be2f27f9-ce23-471a-a51c-d46ba918612I/wrkr-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z <em>Every Thing Will Be Fine</em> from Wim Wenders, <em>Taxi</em> from Jafar Panahi, and other films http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/ber4-f27.html New films from veteran German director Wim Wenders and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b01b0807-b42e-441f-8db5-4549b5cd81cC/ber4-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Child poverty at devastating levels in US cities and states http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/cpov-f26.html Detroit, once an industrial powerhouse, now has a child poverty rate of 59 percent, while African-American child poverty rates are actually worse in the Midwest than in the Deep South. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/71537990-1e0e-4e50-a033-fd016e6a141B/cpov-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/pers-f26.html As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1942363-5d2c-45cc-81fd-65143d402f3B/pers-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Half a million children in poverty in Michigan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/mipo-f26-1.html The number of children of families in the state designated as officially poor reached 549,000 in 2012 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d850b39-4d5a-408b-9329-f19f46e0abeH/mipo-f26-1.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Talks remain suspended as US oil workers continue strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/stri-f26.html With US oil workers locked in their biggest battle in 35 years, the United Steelworkers union and the AFL-CIO continue to isolate their strike. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d3704ae-b6d9-4ed4-b25c-4adc1c6f2eeM/stri-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z A photo essay on the US oil workers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/slid-f26.html Some 6,500 oil workers are on strike at refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Washington state. This is a new collection of photos taken on the picket lines. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63bc0636-021d-4e60-a695-b95e63b90e2L/slid-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Mounting outrage over Syriza betrayal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/corr-f26.html The following letter was sent to the <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> from a reader in Athens, Greece. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce0ea758-eeb0-4332-ac3e-8779055e06fO/corr-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z German Left Party votes for austerity measures in Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/link-f26.html Leading representatives of the Left Party went out of their way to justify the capitulation of the Syriza-led government, which broke all its campaign promises in less than four weeks. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96d00c88-bb3f-4e9c-a83f-2239871c3c4D/link-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/ukra-f26.html London is joining the US and Polish governments in arming the Kiev regime, risking outright war with Russia. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54528758-f505-44fe-9ea7-cdd7fe9b631K/ukra-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/iran-f26.html The prospect of a deal has fuelled considerable tension between the US and its allies in the Middle East, particularly Israel. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/015e06b5-03d7-4410-bdf5-b8f746f7ad1F/iran-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Australian prime minister’s leadership continues to unravel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/abbo-f26.html Underlying the destabilisation is mounting business dissatisfaction with the Abbott government’s failure to impose deep cuts to social spending and workers’ wages and conditions. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7497b97-299f-4b90-a289-3e9fae05151E/abbo-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z New Zealand to send troops to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/nziq-f26.html Prime Minister John Key described support for the war as the “price” of New Zealand’s membership in the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ce8b49b-0ecf-404c-9919-52a4d79a79cP/nziq-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Unions demobilize Canadian railway workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/cana-f26.html Unifor reached a pact with CN Rail late Monday evening under threat of a management lockout of 4,800 safety inspectors and rail maintenance workers and Conservative government intervention. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d41006cb-ba3d-4a02-9da5-c748295b729D/cana-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z In testimony before US Congress, Fed chair signals likely delay in interest rate hike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/yell-f26.html Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed “patience” in raising interest rates, sending stock prices to new record highs. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f06d99f7-ce57-4d3e-af2f-7fc45f11713I/yell-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Chicago mayor forced into runoff election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/chic-f26.html The election was a political debacle for both incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Obama. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/314ab75c-ca4b-43a5-a431-97b374d8854K/chic-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Record utility shutoffs in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/26/util-f26.html The state Public Service Commission reports double digit increases in the number of people whose utilities were shut off. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e4500da-f879-4262-ab60-70903eeec24G/util-f26.html 2015-02-26T05:00:00Z Greece’s Syriza government proposes list of social cuts to European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/gree-f25.html Days after capitulating to EU demands for austerity, Syriza presented the EU with a list of cuts it is proposing to impose on the working class. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72a13182-ca5f-4a0a-bf20-ede9a142052E/gree-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z The US oil strike and the international struggles of the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/pers-f25.html The struggles of oil and dockworkers in the US and strikes by German and Australian rail workers point to the need for an international strategy for the working class. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d42d487d-3662-4f11-9994-c1e579a8f54O/pers-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/vene-f25.html While there is no doubt that the US and the Venezuelan right are up to their necks in plots, the principal conspiracy is aimed against the country’s working class. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cda1dccf-8e46-4aac-bc34-3aad1d1af5eB/vene-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z United Steelworkers reaffirm support for big business Parti Quebecois http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/oilq-f25.html The United Steelworkers union is championing Martine Ouellet’s bid to win the leadership of the Parti Quebecois—a pro-austerity big business party. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c257c367-4564-489f-ba45-b37004f6bb7M/oilq-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Striking oil workers from Kentucky, Ohio and Louisiana speak out http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/oilw-f25.html As the strike by oil refinery workers entered its fourth week, workers remained defiant in the face of intransigence by the oil giants. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d58cb68-df50-4d69-a138-a922ed48f21K/oilw-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Chicago Police Department operates “black site” interrogation compound http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/chic-f25.html The <em>Guardian</em> revealed the existence of a secret detention and interrogation building used by Chicago police to “disappear” prisoners. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f55f1348-ffc3-4e1e-a8f0-d8ba0a4c0c5D/chic-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Conflict over DHS funding masks bipartisan attack on immigrants in US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/immi-f25.html Both the Democrats and Republicans favor the repression and exploitation of immigrant workers. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/01fa9f77-a9c0-4908-bf77-f33fc4d36f8D/immi-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Pennsylvania school district to be run for profit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/york-f25.html York City School District is set to become the largest school district in the US to be run by a single for-profit company. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f8c90456-aadf-4dae-831e-c26650717d3L/york-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/shab-f25.html Mass protests could leave the US-backed Sisi dictatorship "helpless" unless they were crushed, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned subordinates last year. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c306a5e-7317-4006-b68f-d2fbaa4ccafA/shab-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z The US “pivot to Asia” and the Australian leadership crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/turn-f25.html A major obstacle to Malcolm Turnbull’s ambitions to take over as prime minister lies in Washington. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/786c1139-8b0b-400f-8dc9-bd20db258c0I/turn-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Australia: Aurizon workers confront deep assault on conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/rail-f25.html Amid plummeting coal prices, the rail freight company is seeking to dismantle long-standing working conditions and protections for its Queensland workforce. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8dd19794-16a5-4d5c-bcd9-2bcad7e0118D/rail-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan president’s visit to India highlights foreign policy shift http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/siri-f25.html Four bilateral agreements were signed during Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s trip, including a strategic civil nuclear cooperation pact. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3963052e-80c1-4f31-8732-9c4c5d12b9fJ/siri-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Poland increases military spending http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/pola-f25.html Poland will spend the equivalent of two percent of its GDP on its defence budget by 2016, fulfilling NATO’s minimum requirements for military spending. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e277b15f-cdef-4a2c-bab6-be8266ec627O/pola-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Irish police clamp down on water charge protesters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/wate-f25.html There is widespread opposition from working people to the water charge, which is seen as an attempt to make them pay for the economic crisis. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4cdac16-3480-4dca-babf-4ce086bad95J/wate-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z UK retail giant Tesco announces thousands of job losses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/tesc-f25.html The UK’s largest retailer is cutting jobs in the face of growing competition from low-cost supermarket chains. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0bdb48ae-259d-4d6f-9b70-13fd12e0255M/tesc-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z The UAW and the GM share buy-back scheme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/uaw-f25.html The UAW has indicated that it could endorse share buy-backs, enriching billionaire shareholders at the expense of workers. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/296905e8-a3f4-41a5-9d3e-2eba9374ef7P/uaw-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Haiti and Romania: Drama and social life in <em>Murder in Pacot</em> and <em>Why me?</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/berl-f25.html Raoul Peck’s film focuses on a middle class couple whose home in Port-au-Prince has been ruined by the 2011 earthquake. Tudor Giurgiu’s feature looks at all-pervasive corruption in Romania. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/84f37561-92ce-4b84-81bd-338b050a4adN/berl-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Stock markets rise after Greece signs new austerity agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/gree-f24.html The financial aristocracy celebrated the Syriza government’s abject capitulation to the European Union’s demands for renewed austerity. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79d81ad6-3b97-4182-9b3d-b21a67f7591N/gree-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z White House economic report calls for cutting corporate taxes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/obam-f24.html The White House economic report released last week seeks to justify right-wing, pro-business policies in the name of “middle-class economics.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/223594dc-48a9-4ade-b945-74fb4e6b3dcA/obam-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z US oil strike highlights sacrifice of workers’ safety to corporate profit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/refi-f24.html As the strike by oil workers enters its fourth week, the energy conglomerates are refusing to budge on demands for improved safety and working conditions. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b35bc88-108d-4e50-8dd0-30efcab22c0D/refi-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Governor, legislature move to pass right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/wisc-f24.html The right-to-work law is reactionary and undemocratic, but opposition from the trade unions is based on defending their role as a mechanism for suppressing working class resistance. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44a4699f-6ca6-4f1c-adf6-19169650653C/wisc-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z US seizes on video to escalate repression at home and war in Somalia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/shab-f24.html US officials vowed Sunday to ramp up domestic surveillance and covert operations targeting “extremism” in immigrant communities. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5f143908-d61f-40bb-a985-fccaf0e85e1B/shab-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Australian PM outlines sweeping new “anti-terror” measures http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/secu-f24.html Yesterday’s “national security” speech sought to stoke fears of terrorism and incite anti-Muslim sentiment as a means of diverting political discontent. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f90a042-9ef1-4495-bed2-b9105a971f4C/secu-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Netanyahu exploits Islamist attacks on European Jews http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/isra-f24.html Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has mounted a hysterical campaign in the Israeli media, claiming that Jews can never be safe in Europe. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c77a5a80-c0e4-4edd-bfcd-b2b9f5eb1b5B/isra-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z US federal study predicts ten oil derailments per year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/oil-f24.html A Department of Transportation report predicts derailments could occur near populated areas and cause fatalities. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a161a248-d386-43bc-a604-b24e0a7bcedI/oil-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Virginia bill shields companies producing lethal injection chemicals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/virg-f24.html The state Senate passed legislation to make secret “all information relating to the execution process.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32db1ef3-6cc5-4e61-a2dc-398cc204698F/virg-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Burmese army clashes with separatist militia near Chinese border http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/burm-f24.html While not directly accusing China of backing the MNDAA, the Burmese president clearly implied that his country faced an external threat. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/46852268-9123-403b-865a-4f1bd0da8c2M/burm-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z One fifth of world suicides linked to unemployment http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/suic-f24.html In 2008, the beginning of the economic crisis, suicides associated with job loss were nine times greater than previously thought. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0837fe93-920c-4599-abb8-5b5f5eef735J/suic-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Pro-European forces threaten Moldova to toe the line http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/mold-f24.html The sanctions against Russia and pressure from powerful international forces push old regional conflicts to the fore. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72c57f2b-e8d4-45d1-8225-b65262bcb8cJ/mold-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z German constitutional court justifies state use of agents provocateurs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/germ-f24.html The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e51b087f-9553-41d4-9a0f-2fdb89fe5baH/germ-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/pers-f24.html The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1fe0b359-fe5c-4f14-a4a4-4a0a8cacbb7L/pers-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z A comment on Syriza's “back-flips” over austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/corr-f24.html This letter was sent to the WSWS from a reader in Greece in response to the Perspective “The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class.” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a71d2ef-0a56-46e2-b5dd-dd2eea7dfa5K/corr-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/pseu-f24.html This 2012 report by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North provides the critical theoretical and historical background to the events in Greece, where the pseudo-left Syriza has risen to state power and rapidly capitulated to the European banks. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a2d78d6-5eaf-4644-90c1-a412f65b868M/pseu-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z 87th Academy Awards: A more intriguing event than in recent years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/acad-f24.html Social and political realities found expression on Sunday in a manner that accords with the film world’s peculiarities and contradictions. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9597b9fb-f551-4202-bcad-33b2b1c436aO/acad-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/24/wkrs-f24.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/057cc65f-0125-4a1c-aa71-3a7736142a3A/wkrs-f24.html 2015-02-24T05:00:00Z US oil workers strike spreads to more plants in Texas and Louisiana http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/oils-f23.html There is a growing sentiment among oil workers for a unified struggle against the companies—a sentiment that the unions are determined to contain and suppress. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c11144bd-58e3-488f-bdbc-eb026e13eb6M/oils-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z The capitulation of Syriza and the lessons for the working class http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/pers-f23.html It has taken less than one month for the Syriza government in Greece to repudiate its anti-austerity election program and betray, totally and utterly, the impoverished working people whose votes placed it in power. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/78d160b0-afba-4b57-b6d6-b8e2cf79889E/pers-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Auto workers speak out in support of oil strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/oilw-f23.html Ford workers in Chicago and Chrysler workers outside Detroit called for expanding the strike to other industries. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95885602-8e4b-46db-aee3-dea67de17deC/oilw-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Obama administration forces five-year agreement on West Coast dockworkers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/ilwu-f23.html The main goal of the port operators has been to push for even greater casualization of the labor force, aimed at the reintroduction of the notorious “shape up” system. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/100fd337-c1f3-4246-b645-ed8670cc605L/ilwu-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z European Union leaders hail Syriza austerity agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/gree-f23.html As the European powers declared their support for the agreement with Greece, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras presented his government's abject capitulation as a victory. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/31f158f7-0c7d-453e-8252-5b0db378aaeN/gree-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Turkish troops enter northern Syria http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/syri-f23.html The two-day operation, which reportedly began Saturday and ended Sunday, was denounced as a “flagrant aggression” by Syrian officials. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c021c436-596c-4606-b10c-8beca0e5d3dL/syri-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Australian government uses Sydney siege report to ramp up anti-terror laws http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/terr-f23.html The report is a whitewash designed to cover-up the extensive relations between the hostage-taker Monis and various police and intelligence agencies. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e62f7ee-dea5-4ff2-8513-0b5f133675cG/terr-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z US expands “secret war” in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/afgh-f23.html Despite the official end to US combat operations on December 31, US commandos are intensifying their deadly “counterterrorism” operations in Afghanistan. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3205b9c7-2474-4007-af26-2cca1d50484A/afgh-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Inmates riot against miserable conditions at south Texas prison http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/pris-f23.html Willacy County Correctional Center is one of fifteen federal for-profit prisons that house mostly undocumented immigrants under deplorable conditions. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/58817d92-d516-4b84-ad97-e1f1d8dd7c2C/pris-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Cleanup continues after West Virginia oil train explosion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/dera-f23.html Existing government regulations are woefully inadequate given the new reality of ever-longer trains pulling massive shipments of volatile oil through towns and cities. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/632a573e-1b08-4e82-baf9-6808f4934e2A/dera-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Massachusetts public transit crisis drags into fourth week http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/mbta-f23.html While Governor Baker has appointed a commission that will serve as a delaying tactic, workers are losing wages and prisoners are made to shovel subway tracks. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/14b52698-37a5-4177-b5e2-af87655687bN/mbta-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z The Danish roots of the Copenhagen terror attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/denm-f23.html Omar El-Hussein’s terrorist attack was a reactionary and demoralised response to growing anti-immigrant chauvinism, militarism and social inequality in Denmark. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60206ea3-d703-4add-b400-f01f7f7e14bJ/denm-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z UK steps up militaristic propaganda against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/lord-f23.html Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, Sir Adrian Bradshaw stated that the alliance must prepare for a “Russian blitzkrieg” against the continent. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1165fbdf-db15-4d51-87c4-605785a067fN/lord-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Canada’s NDP belatedly opposes Conservatives’ draconian “anti-terror” bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/cana-f23.html The NDP is now striking a pose as a principled opponent of Bill C-51. In fact its opposition is two-faced and motivated by tactical, largely electoral, considerations. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/781716af-ce2a-4ca9-8674-cebd399e528E/cana-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z UN delays war crimes report on Sri Lanka http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/unsl-f23.html The delay is a clear concession to the new Sri Lankan government in return for its rapid realignment of Colombo’s foreign policy away from Beijing towards Washington. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f067a34-a434-4860-9b07-755e6a86e83F/unsl-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Australia: Sydney city council attacks the homeless http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/home-f23.html The harsh treatment of Sydney’s homeless is in response to growing numbers of people sleeping on the street in inner city areas. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecf88026-501c-41d6-86d0-7ecef8a7b9dB/home-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z As temperatures drop, overcrowded New York City shelters forced to turn away homeless http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/cold-f23.html Record-low temperatures in New York City are driving tens of thousands of the city’s homeless to seek shelter anywhere they can find it. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b83049f0-c041-4b0a-a24e-e791ab84ac3L/cold-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 23-March 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/twih-f23.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d00df7b-9c6f-4437-b6da-5b8cd0a580fK/twih-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z <em>Still Alice</em> and <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>—A woman battles disease and a street kid helps save the world … http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/alic-f23.html In <em>Still Alice</em>, a middle class professor and her family struggle with Alzheimer’s, and in the comic book-based <em>Kingsman: The Secret Service</em>, a working class youth is recruited by an elite spy agency. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d88c2f7e-46da-4aa7-a4fe-fdffec17058H/alic-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Syriza capitulates to the EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/gree-f21.html Tsipras and Varoufakis have agreed to enforce the EU-dictated austerity program, exposing—within weeks of forming a government—the fraudulent and reactionary character of Syriza. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd750cf2-9b57-4b67-83f1-d9a1d7f1879P/gree-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Guantanamo in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/pers-f21.html A report in the <em>Guardian</em> has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/761b3cfc-4568-44e3-8bbf-b9ac72ec2e5O/pers-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z US preparing major ground offensive against Iraqi city of Mosul http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/iraq-f21.html US advisors and special forces will train and accompany Iraqi combat forces in a drive to retake the largest city currently under ISIS control, threatening a new bloodbath. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/52969049-2e15-4dc7-a290-765b425c4b8I/iraq-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z US and UK intelligence agencies hacked cell phone encryption keys http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/encr-f21.html The latest revelations of hacking of the world's largest SIM card company further expose the criminality of the NSA and GCHQ spying operations. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d814704-0d89-4c02-a07e-cc18ffc342bB/encr-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Argentina charges US interference in crisis over prosecutor’s death http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/arge-f21.html The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies were intimately involved in the investigation headed by Alberto Nisman, who was killed on January 18. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e9f1a1bb-0d95-4bb1-b11b-915fc5f2fc1A/arge-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Japan rewrites foreign aid rules to include military assistance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/japa-f21.html The decision on foreign military aid is just one aspect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s far broader agenda to revive Japanese militarism. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c86d7f3a-9ab2-42d0-8a94-854f07a183bN/japa-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Record cold weather in the US leads to spate of deadly house fires http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/fire-f21.html There have been 576 fatalities from house fires so far this year, often caused by the use of unsafe heating methods to reduce costs amidst record cold weather. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ac7788b-02a0-42e7-8870-06e4eab3a93A/fire-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Family of man shot by police in Pasco, Washington demands independent autopsy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/brut-f21.html Pasco police have refused to say how many times officers shot 35 year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was unarmed when he was killed last Tuesday. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6d083976-b53b-4bd4-a3d9-19f6bc9598eJ/brut-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Obama budget cuts target high school counselors http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/coun-f21.html The Obama administration is promoting a low-paid untrained corps of “near-peers” while continuing to propose cuts in federal funding. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bfd3d0bd-3dea-45f0-ba7a-8694faf00deE/coun-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Refugees deported from the EU, imprisoned in Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/ukra-f21.html Refugees who manage to cross the border into EU countries have been immediately deported back to Ukrainian prisons where they are tortured and abused. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5797d0cd-96b0-4044-aadb-cb5189ba746F/ukra-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Germany: Further strike action imminent at Deutsche Bahn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/rail-f21.html A strike called by the German train drivers’ union would be the seventh strike in the ongoing contract dispute between the railway and the train drivers. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b42efff5-b5d9-4491-862e-5304a4a3babM/rail-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Unemployment in Australia at 12-year high http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/jobs-f21.html Officially, the number of jobless workers now stands at nearly 800,000, due to the job destruction under Liberal-National and Labor governments alike. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90fd2135-b84e-4e7c-9fa7-6b7ec25d7ecM/jobs-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ mission to save capitalism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/varo-f21.html Varoufakis’ essay on becoming an “erratic Marxist” is a damning exposure of the political role of the new Syriza-led government in Greece and the social layer that it represents. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37e63a5f-3518-4a2d-a8c3-e6d5e1bbb77F/varo-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z A comment from a reader: The peculiar socialism of Syriza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/corr-f21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> received this comment from a reader in Greece on the nature of the new Syriza-led government. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/089c385a-4ea9-47dc-97b3-371fb0976e4H/corr-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Schäuble’s arrogance towards Greece and the class divide in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/scha-f21.html Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f280561-fe97-41e8-a942-4c9635c1d37A/scha-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z The upcoming Academy Awards: <em>Selma</em>, <em>American Sniper</em> and other issues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/awar-f21.html If recent ceremonies are anything to go by, Sunday’s event will be thoroughly scripted and lacking in spontaneity. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3b1ae47-81b0-40d6-8a30-1727be9cf87H/awar-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Marcel Ophüls’ <em>Memory of Justice</em> and other documentaries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/ber2-f21.html A newly restored version of Marcel Ophüls’ 1976 documentary <em>Memory of Justice</em> was given a special screening at this year’s Berlinale. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca7c451f-3e2b-4b4b-976f-acd1f6e3fd5L/ber2-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Oil refinery workers denounce USW treachery, call for national strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/refi-f21.html On social media, striking oil refinery workers have expressed overwhelming support for a national strike and anger towards the divisive policy of the United Steelworkers union. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/438665e2-e680-4d6f-9963-1f7f650ad83G/refi-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/labo-f21.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3ab4f69-7c1c-446b-be58-9787b923aa8N/labo-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z Oppose political censorship at Griffith University! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/guni-f21.html Griffith University’s bans are a direct political attack on the IYSSE, and the democratic rights of students. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a6564e67-d61e-458c-9dd6-1048f740f8bO/guni-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z German finance minister demands unconditional surrender from Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/germ-f20.html As it negotiates the terms of surrender, Syriza is not being allowed even the mildest concessions needed to maintain some small degree of political credibility. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0074fa91-de7e-4096-b5c4-9d722f31c9aN/germ-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Obama’s terror summit: An exercise in hypocrisy, falsification and self-delusion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/pers-f20.html With all the talk about confronting the “root causes” of terrorism, not a word was spoken about the chain of catastrophes unleashed by US imperialism over the past decade. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa48b3f5-3178-46d5-b9af-0f1d990577bJ/pers-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Illinois budget to cut $6.7 billion from pensions, health care, social services http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/illi-f20.html The budget proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, a hedge-fund multi-millionaire, demonstrates the savagery of Wall Street’s attack on the working class. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1d65a31-04ea-4cb0-8746-1a8fff6b7f3F/illi-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/ukra-f20.html After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc46e6cd-c659-4c77-8da3-9f4d759ebc2I/ukra-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z US court overturns “terrorism” charge against Australian Guantanamo prisoner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/hick-f20.html The Australian government’s defence of the illegal incarceration and torture of David Hicks is a warning that it is preparing to ramp up the “war on terror” and its attacks on democratic rights. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cdccc3bc-2f46-4d92-ad40-151ebb8c5b1E/hick-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z French government survives confidence vote over austerity law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/fren-f20.html The posturing by so-called “rebel” factions of the ruling Socialist Party and its political allies against austerity stands exposed as a reactionary fraud. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8aca5440-a989-4d20-b686-10acfb80173B/fren-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Obama, port owners line up against West Coast dockworkers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/ports-f20.html Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has gone to California to press the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to impose another sellout agreement on West Coast dockworkers. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2b29698-c642-4e0d-bcf6-5e8d44b544cN/ports-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Freezing temperatures spell misery and danger to America’s poor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/cold-f20.html A record cold spell across the Eastern half of the United States has caused dozens of deaths among the most vulnerable sections of society: the homeless, the poor, and the elderly. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f9788d37-c63b-48aa-816d-08d3cbcfe96M/cold-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Up to six million face Obamacare penalties for 2014 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/obam-f20.html Tax penalties imposed on the uninsured who fail to sign up for health coverage by the February 15 deadline will be higher than last year. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/973cefb1-64a9-4c90-8c52-4aa5bb645daC/obam-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z ACLU report documents horror of solitary confinement in US prisons http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/aclu-f20.html Over 80,000 people languish in solitary confinement in the country’s penitentiaries, sometimes for years or decades at a time. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf55ef6b-01dd-41a8-a726-1f66001d8a3L/aclu-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Canadian NDP declares willingness to enter coalition with Liberals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/ndpc-f20.html The leader of the social democratic NDP has reiterated the possibility of joining hands with a party that has carried out the greatest social spending cuts in Canadian history. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4074c6b9-4b44-4349-ac57-1f8aa0753baG/ndpc-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Polish trade unions end miners’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/pola-f20.html Strikers showed enormous militancy during the course of the two-week-long struggle involving clashes with police wielding teargas and rubber bullets. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/912fcd4e-aaed-4d90-b046-ab8c31f4914P/pola-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Australian government launches vicious attack on human rights commissioner http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/refu-f20.html Prime Minister Abbott vilified the Human Rights Commission over its report on children incarcerated in refugee detention centres in breach of international conventions. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0c57095-db38-44e9-889a-033c37fe046G/refu-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z USW forced to reject another contract offer as oil workers press for national strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/oilw-f20.html The growing determination of oil workers has made it impossible for the United Steelworkers union, up to this point, to bring back another sellout deal. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51592ac2-f4df-40f0-a1d5-3535d110c83L/oilw-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z “Cultural appropriation,” “white privilege” and the attacks on rapper Iggy Azalea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/azal-f20.html In recent months, the hip hop music industry has witnessed a controversy surrounding the commercial success of Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6bed6c4f-4aab-4ec9-adb1-e2e6673589cM/azal-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/wkrs-f20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1eff49ac-831f-43b9-be33-16453567626K/wkrs-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Germany and EU look set to reject Greece’s request for six-month loan extension http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/gree-f19.html German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension and demanded further austerity measures. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f7d8581-816b-4204-a160-45fef912795A/gree-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/pers-f19.html The Japanese ruling class increasingly views the post-war constitution as an intolerable impediment to pursuing its imperialist ambitions in Asia and internationally. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d15b63d7-251d-4669-967c-7839f4870e5A/pers-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/ukra-f19.html US and EU officials continued to threaten further economic sanctions and military escalation as pro-Russian separatists solidified control over a key transit hub in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/340c32c4-a435-4e6a-81a8-a2c000c7df6O/ukra-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z German government prepares new military doctrine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/germ-f19.html German Defense Minister von der Leyen delivered a speech Tuesday announcing the preparation of a new foreign policy White Paper codifying a program of militarism and rearmament. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3853d737-d9f6-49e9-bf43-5ec33688af6A/germ-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Mounting violence against Muslims in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/musl-f19.html The American political and media establishment bears a significant portion of the responsibility for the spurt of racist attacks on Muslims. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db7f6c94-0b4f-4cfd-8240-367ae02262eB/musl-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Alabama judge asks courts to defy order granting same-sex marriage licenses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/alab-f18.html Judge Roy Moore’s order amounts to a repudiation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was passed after the American Civil War. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a84ff05d-f0ba-4638-904e-852f6bef0c7M/alab-f18.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z White House outlines policy for deepening intervention in Central America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/ceam-f19.html The Obama administration’s rhetoric about democracy and immigration reform masks US imperialism’s real aims in the region. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ae8ba36-7fc7-4813-8152-302e6d4575cK/ceam-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Right-wing nationalists regain Croatian presidency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/croat-f19-j01.html Croatia's unemployment rate is among the highest in Europe, and nearly half of the country's youth are without jobs. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c032dca-4958-4a10-99b9-90ae75fd043N/croat-f19-j01.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Study shows inequality much higher in Germany than previously estimated http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/ger2-f19.html The richest .1 percent of the German population controls as much as 16 percent of the country's wealth. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdd4f99c-24a0-4a62-b5c7-bad1d53cf99B/ger2-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Finance capital pushes for Australian economic “restructuring” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/econ-f19.html For the dominant sections of the financial elite, the political impasse facing the Abbott government goes far beyond currently-stalled budgetary measures. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2661175f-0684-4150-9d17-160f4203071F/econ-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan foreign minister visits US to strengthen ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/slfm-f19.html Samaraweera’s trip underscores the rapid transformation of relations between the two countries since the Sirisena government was installed in Colombo. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3b8f5e3-e9b8-4714-9029-095e9c028f1F/slfm-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Australia: Sydney residents shocked by police shooting of 22-year-old woman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/hoxt-f19.html Workers and youth voiced their concerns about the brutal police killing of Courtney Topic in Hoxton Park, a southwestern Sydney suburb. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f8c3c80-c852-49f6-acaa-7db51316366E/hoxt-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Explosion rocks California refinery as oil strike continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/oilw-f19.html There is widespread support among workers at Exxon Mobil’s Torrance, California refinery—where the explosion took place Wednesday—to join the 5,200 oil workers already on strike. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ea7c095-dfb6-4aa5-bf1f-f96c868ed20F/oilw-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z House fire in Hamtramck, Michigan kills four, including two children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/hamt-f19.html The source of the fire is not yet known, though house fires are often caused by space heaters or other unsafe heating devices. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fd8be66-3b1a-4c26-8d18-923e7e935b3C/hamt-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Report documents growth of extreme poverty in Rochester, New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/roch-f19.html 16.2 percent of Rochester's population lives in extreme poverty, more than any other mid-sized city in the US. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4f4f552-03ab-4858-9129-56735c08a88N/roch-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z SEP Australia to stand in New South Wales state election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/nswe-f19.html The SEP campaign will advance a socialist and internationalist program to fight war, austerity budget cuts, attacks on jobs and conditions and the assault on democratic rights. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa65f3a7-8f15-4351-83bd-51ad49f4cedC/nswe-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Pulling down the shutters at the Berlinale http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/berl-f19.html War raging in the middle of Europe, accelerating inequality, social decline at a level unknown since the 1930s…none of these issues got a look in. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a967b3f-a398-4023-8756-d481b336cbbN/berl-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z White House delays immigration order after court ruling http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/immi-f18.html The Obama administration, no less than the Republicans, accepts the premise that undocumented immigrants are “criminals” who must face harsh and punitive sanctions. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/54f63e04-cba9-4acf-ac4d-07f17c16ddeN/immi-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Minsk cease-fire verging on collapse as fighting continues in east Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/ukra-f18.html Behind the continued conflicts is the determination of the US, which installed the right-wing regime in Kiev last February, to press ahead in its campaign against Russia. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b0ee8d2-2cd0-4870-9ec2-1b2f42d73aaC/ukra-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z French government forces through austerity measures without vote in parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/macr-f18.html Using the anti-democratic provision 49-3 of the French Constitution, the government pushed through its reactionary law. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72b81b15-3fae-45c3-9555-fde3c2c52efJ/macr-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Mounting signs of global economic stagnation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/econ-f18.html Profits are increasingly being accumulated not through investment and increased production, but by various forms of speculation. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f1260d1-e233-456b-9968-829f0094a14N/econ-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Report points to global spyware operation by US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/equa-f18.html While it is constantly charging China and Russia with hacking, the US government is by far the leading perpetrator of cyberwarfare on the planet. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/48edf32d-9ea1-4d37-b94a-80876d27f99P/equa-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Defence establishment complains of Britain’s “irrelevance” in world affairs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/mili-f18.html There is growing criticism of the government of Prime Minister David Cameron for not playing a more aggressive role in military operations worldwide. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/395f78fa-1b55-48a1-9e76-12e0ed311c3L/mili-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z German government to establish Eastern Europe Institute http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/euro-f18.html The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5db694e5-0f30-48d5-9813-a4a02a5630bF/euro-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z UN survey documents Israeli war crimes in Gaza http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/gaza-j01.html Israel’s war on Gaza last summer killed at least 2,205 Palestinians, including 540 children, according to UN estimates. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bd81a655-f771-493b-ace1-c6ebc6682a4P/gaza-j01.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Detroit bankruptcy judge approves $178 million in legal and consulting fees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/detr-f18.html The ruling comes three months after Judge Steven Rhodes rubber-stamped the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy by slashing retirees’ pensions and health care benefits. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2eb26e0-dde8-458a-a9eb-4e111a86972P/detr-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Oil trains derail and burst into flames in Canada, US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/rail-f18.html Major railroads are pursuing attacks on railroad workers at the expense of working conditions and safety. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33025070-49ca-4748-a662-0ee35898459P/rail-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Sydney siege survivors speak on Australian television http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/host-f18.html Wounded hostage Marcia Mikhael said the police have treated her “like a criminal.” Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95181a2a-fec6-4900-a1d5-ba7b35f9c65C/host-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan police attack estate workers protesting police killing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/esta-f18.html The arrest of scores of demonstrators is a major attack on democratic rights by President Sirisena’s administration. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35e22d6c-9486-4778-8c30-a28d587a7b7K/esta-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z European Union gives no quarter in war against Greek workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/pers-f18.html The ruling class has taken the measure of Syriza, viewing it not as the representative of insurgent masses, but as a supplicant speaking for failing Greek capitalists. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7eadf8f-6905-48cc-91f9-c191c6355feJ/pers-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z A warning to US oil workers: The United Steelworkers’ record of betrayal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/stee-f18.html Over the past three decades, the USW has overseen the betrayal of scores of strikes and the decimation of workers’ jobs, health care and pensions. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ea35d7b3-8528-48d7-8c09-9a951506d34D/stee-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Hazel Park, Michigan retiree dies of hypothermia after gas shutoff http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/util-f18.html The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran was found huddled under blankets next to a space heater. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2424aae4-1a9b-48a3-a6de-842987f0a35F/util-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z Canada: Why is the Globe and Mail denouncing Harper’s latest “anti-terrorism” bill? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/18/glob-f18.html That a newspaper hitherto so supportive of the Harper government and so closely identified with the Canadian ruling class’s embrace of imperialist war and austerity is expressing alarm over Bill C-51 should give workers pause. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a95a0050-11b5-42e1-a067-527b0e4d556F/glob-f18.html 2015-02-18T05:00:00Z No agreement reached between EU finance ministers and Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/gree-f17.html The opposition of the Syriza-led government amounts to pleading for terminological window dressing to conceal its capitulation to the EU austerity agenda. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73fabcef-ec3c-4069-8233-d16904f01b3P/gree-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/pers-f17.html The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a519394-958e-4e66-ab52-7273024055dD/pers-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Two detained on charges of aiding Copenhagen terror attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/cope-f17.html More details have emerged regarding the alleged gunman's biography, confirming how well-known he was to police. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1c9a48d-7197-4e1b-b669-5fb4d1d397fM/cope-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/cpra-f17.html The Teamsters union capitulated to the Conservative government’s threat of strikebreaking legislation and ordered an end to the strike little more than 36 hours after it began. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b4f458f2-515f-4f7f-a884-dcd9f39d658F/cpra-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z US-NATO war games prepare massive military escalation in West Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/boko-f17.html Operation Flintlock 2015, encompassing Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia, is being used by the US and European powers to escalate their military presence in the oil-rich region. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/172f5d89-b8aa-4726-84f8-66daba26776D/boko-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Report documents attacks on press freedom in US and Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/repo-f16.html Reporters Without Borders now ranks the United States below Niger and El Salvador on media freedom. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/270247e7-d57b-47cd-aa81-d506391accdJ/repo-f16.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z CIA whistleblower calls for prosecution of officials responsible for torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/kira-f17.html John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who helped reveal the agency’s use of waterboarding, was released from prison this month after serving a two-year sentence. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2acfd58-5cbd-45e1-a440-58a38d163b1B/kira-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Lawsuits allege Missouri cities run “debtors’ prisons” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/ferg-f17.html Poor residents are routinely jailed for inability to pay traffic tickets, court costs and other debts in Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b24884dc-f72e-4443-a909-3689d9c26b7C/ferg-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Eleven-year-old Ohio girl charged with murder http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/elev-f17.html The United States incarcerates more children than any other country in the world. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e1777ec-9414-4362-9788-8ac1a16e3e5D/elev-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Growing problems for Chinese economy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/chin-f17.html Inflation in China has fallen to its lowest level in five years as the economic slowdown continues. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80b92aa2-3132-45bf-ba9e-d28c1bfccd4O/chin-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z New revelations in the 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/muni-f17.html A new television documentary suggests state intelligence agencies may have been involved in perpetrating the worst terrorist act in postwar German history. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a8e2ed7-c262-4b2d-9d16-f56175d08f8H/muni-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z SPD victory in German state election conceals growing gulf between political establishment and population http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/hamb-f17.html Only 56.6 percent of those eligible to vote in the Hamburg state election went to the polls, down from 71 percent in 2001. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b39f0b8-9861-483d-81d6-8e1024551cdJ/hamb-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Malaysia’s highest court jails opposition leader on trumped-up charge http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/anwa-f17.html The court dismissed Anwar Ibrahim's claim that he was the victim of a political conspiracy by the government. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b3e5b6e0-90c1-4866-aa46-dbc714cb74aD/anwa-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z South Africa: ANC provincial premier renounces electronic-tolling populism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/toll-f17.html David Makhura of the African National Congress has called on motorists to pay the widely hated electronic tolls introduced on the province’s roads in December 2013. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/03ed3a87-453e-4ee1-916e-8bcd63a6d93O/toll-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z US oil strike enters third week with corporations refusing to budge on wages, safety conditions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/oils-f17.html Refinery workers are locked in a bitter confrontation with the oil conglomerates, with no new talks scheduled until Wednesday. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a1d1c051-6ac4-4a79-9cd9-05e96b1bfeeG/oils-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in Jim Crow South, report finds http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/lync-f17.html A new study compiles extra-judicial murders of African Americans that took place between 1870 and 1940. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e736a53-95d2-4cd3-aa99-1314c693faeA/lync-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/wkrs-f17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/018c1f3f-af9b-4510-a393-80cc310974eA/wkrs-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/port-f16.html The White House is intervening entirely on behalf of the shipping and terminal owners and, more generally, the corporate and financial elite in the US. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a03b4fb-26fe-438c-b964-2fffa4bb780J/port-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z The human rights disaster in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/pers-f16.html The government’s human rights rhetoric is not only at odds with American imperialist foreign policy, it is belied by the reality of life within the United States itself. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d3972ea-2692-4586-ad38-476a6046225E/pers-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Harper government to criminalize Canadian Pacific railway strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/cprs-f16.html Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d855e43-6198-481b-ba4a-2f598e815b0P/cprs-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z A revealing Financial Times comment on the Greek debt crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/munc-f16.html <em>Financial Times</em> columnist advises Syriza-led government to stand firm in “high noon” showdown with euro zone finance ministers. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28e1bddb-2c42-4343-837e-c483b0f6836J/munc-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Alleged terrorist gunman shot dead in Copenhagen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/cope-f16.html Police said the gunman who attacked a meeting featuring a cartoonist who published a caricature of Mohammed and later attacked a synagogue was already known to them. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bbc3c81a-ae96-405c-b903-deef8b00627K/cope-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Hostilities ease in eastern Ukraine on first day of cease-fire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/ukra-f16.html The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8aa9824d-7cd2-4e1e-b069-5f6e0557af0A/ukra-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z New evidence implicates pro-US opposition in Maidan killings during Kiev coup http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/maid-f16.html Recent BBC and <em>Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung</em> reports indicate that the far-right forces backed by NATO led the killings of civilians in last year’s coup in Kiev. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a06bb21-6372-44e8-aaaf-488e2beffbfP/maid-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z France sells 24 Rafale fighter jets to Sisi dictatorship in Egypt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/rafa-f16.html The deal constitutes a public endorsement by France of the slaughter of thousands of opponents of the Sisi coup. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9f9c8a0-0303-448e-8ac7-70c03a6bb09E/rafa-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Rise in value of Swiss franc threatens workers in Eastern Europe with ruin http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/reva-f16.html Following moves by the Swiss National Bank in January, the value of the Swiss franc has risen sharply—and with it the debt of hundreds of thousands of workers in Eastern Eruope. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ce7cbd3-8b3e-452e-a6d7-3ca4f711805L/reva-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Obama’s budget proposal cuts $50 million from immunization funding http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/meas-f16.html As the latest measles outbreak spread to over 120 confirmed cases, the White House announced an 8 percent cut to the federal immunization program. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/39fdc8c7-ede0-4d56-8629-2517a4d8f75J/meas-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z More evidence of US involvement in Sri Lankan regime-change http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/slus-f16.html The installation of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan president via the January 8 election was the outcome of a carefully orchestrated operation in which the US was intimately involved. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/04832652-628b-4a22-b25f-bf3b10e6ff0J/slus-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z US military looks to expand use of Australian bases and ports http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/mari-f16.html The expansion of US-Australia military relations is bound up with the US “pivot to Asia.” Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87fd2a07-3a88-4fe9-99d0-2ffa7367effP/mari-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z US historians criticize Tokyo’s efforts to whitewash war crimes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/japa-f16.html American historians have signed a statement condemning the Japanese government’s attempts to whitewash the military’s abuse of “comfort women” in the 1930s and 1940s. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba9c774f-43ee-41ae-826b-433e4bc96c6O/japa-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z <em>The Two Faces of January</em>: Three Americans joined together by crime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/janu-f16.html Set in Greece in the early 1960s, Iranian-born director Hossein Amini’s film, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, follows a trio of Americans caught up in a series of increasingly traumatic events. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/698974c5-09ec-467b-a5b3-7070e6bc5faP/janu-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Pseudo-left embrace Syriza’s alliance with the Independent Greeks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/anel-f16.html Various pseudo-left groups have moved from providing political apologies for Syriza’s coalition with the Independent Greeks to fully embracing the alliance as a model to be emulated Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44813b30-cbc3-4562-a90f-e9366e3241cA/anel-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z Seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/ausc-f16.html The role of the Red Army in World War II was a confirmation of the profoundly progressive character of the Russian Revolution out of which the Red Army emerged. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d15760e0-cf7f-4306-ae21-8b938c852e0N/ausc-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 16-22 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/twih-f16.html <em>This Week in History</em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b541ca6b-a17a-4df6-89e1-be766e74e34J/twih-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z No to war and austerity! Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/16/iyss-f16.html The following statement is being distributed by members of the IYSSE at university orientation days across Australia over the next two weeks. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f46ba6c-1355-4d9f-83ed-bced9011a21P/iyss-f16.html 2015-02-16T05:00:00Z US and Ukrainian officials seek to torpedo Minsk cease-fire agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/ukra-f14.html Talk of stepped-up Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine suggests that the Obama administration is seeking to justify a decision to directly arm the Kiev regime. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5c615fb-bd68-4fb1-8ed0-1e128a5ca3fJ/ukra-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z The drive to dismantle pensions in the United States http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/pers-f14.html The attack on pensions is proceeding with complete disregard for the law, riding roughshod over state constitutional provisions protecting benefits that employees have earned over decades of toil. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/03607564-fce1-4b19-be16-fb374ab1cdbN/pers-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Ukrainian government moves to stifle dissent as military morale plunges http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/ukr2-f14.html The Ukrainian military is showing signs of decomposition and demoralization, as antiwar sentiment erupts among Ukrainians in Kiev-controlled territories. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9a39e31b-715c-4264-bccc-37cd8bce27fO/ukr2-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z German army association demands massive armaments increase http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/bund-f14.html The end of restraint in matters of foreign policy, announced by President Gauck and the German government a year ago, is the primary reason for the demand to build up the army. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c8ecb85-ba17-44f2-afec-5313820175bO/bund-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/yeme-f14.html Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad8f9e11-7600-4c01-8421-6c1babed8b1J/yeme-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Fresh talks begin on forcing Greece to accept austerity package http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/gree-f14.html Since it was elected on January 25 on an anti-austerity ticket, Syriza has made one concession after another, including ditching pre-election pledges to write off a large part of the debt. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5996ffe0-fc5f-4608-a6c4-bd70e33386cO/gree-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Indian grandfather partially paralyzed by Alabama police beating http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/brut-f14.html 57-year-old Indian national Sureshbhai Patel required spinal surgery after he was slammed into the ground by Madison police. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69231dad-92f1-4a9d-b31c-b08b0567424F/brut-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z House fires kill 71 people in the US during the first week of February http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/fire-f14.html The death toll is rising steadily as utility costs and cold temperatures force many people to use dangerous space heaters to keep warm. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c0f6c7a7-e0b3-42cc-974e-57c21f7b30cF/fire-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Japanese PM calls for constitutional change in keynote speech http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/japa-f14.html Central to Abe’s “reform” agenda is the removal of constraints on the use of the military to prosecute Japanese imperialism's strategic interests. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/580583c5-7739-4643-a8d1-daca222ed4cA/japa-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Siemens unveils another round of job cuts in Germany and worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/siem-f14.html The German electronics firm is cutting 7,800 jobs globally, 3,300 of them in Germany, with the collaboration of the IG Metall trade union. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a063a3b-8c1e-4f48-8324-2c197885658C/siem-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Australian PM prejudices rights of terrorist suspects to fair trial http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/terr-f14.html Prime Minister Abbott used parliamentary privilege to make highly prejudicial statements alleging that a plot was underway to commit a terrorist attack. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9924be37-355a-4a94-b967-1cef7d022b6I/terr-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Australia: Labor forms minority government in Queensland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/quee-f14.html Labor’s precarious hold on office underscores the fragility and volatility of the parliamentary system in Australia. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18849f5b-78be-448a-843d-8d2648b9571A/quee-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z British unions recommend health service workers accept another pay cut http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/heal-f14.html Health care workers have already suffered from four years of pay freezes, cuts, worsening job conditions and an increase in pension contributions. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29ad2ab9-140e-4ee1-804a-36f49d757e5B/heal-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Oil workers on strike denounce poor safety and work conditions at US refineries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/stri-f14.html As the strike of US oil workers enters its second week, the WSWS spoke to picketers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, California. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d09b1652-db51-4c7d-8492-65b91f44c0eN/stri-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Thirty-five years since the nationwide US refinery strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/ocaw-f14.html Thirty-five years ago, US oil refinery workers carried out a nationwide strike, breaking through wage guidelines set by the Carter administration. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2306b914-842d-4367-8c6b-18d95d1ccdcE/ocaw-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z <em>The Water Diviner</em>: Russell Crowe’s contribution to the WWI centenary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/crow-f14.html The movie dovetails with the Australian government’s reactionary promotion of the war centenary and the Gallipoli incursion. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1e54710c-dd2c-468e-b408-fea79a21e0aI/crow-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/gauc-f14.html The meeting on Tuesday was to launch a further escalation of German militarism in the name of human rights and civilian intervention. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcec1a8d-2664-4dad-a5a6-1e02316ecfbH/gauc-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/labo-f14.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/79c6eb5a-d7d2-4c4d-8849-d967fa387eaI/labo-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Port owners lock out West Coast dock workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/strik-f13.html Coinciding with punitive actions against striking oil workers, the lockout of dock workers is part of an offensive against workers’ demands for improved wages and conditions. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/efd11fe1-a088-4c09-b96a-51f4014fc31I/strik-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/pers-f13.html The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be54d379-040f-495c-a798-7b312efecb1L/pers-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Greece’s Syriza government pledges to serve the EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/gree-f13.html In the talks with the EU, the Syriza government is preparing to implement new austerity measures and "respect the European rules." Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f6f95c5-e2fa-4174-b968-25b56467d7aE/gree-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z IMF announces new $17 billion loan agreement for Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/ukra-f13.html The latest multi-billion dollar loan agreement is a prelude to further attacks on the living standards of the working class throughout Ukraine. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb3623da-04fb-4b94-aed2-eccb8e72ca1I/ukra-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Senate approves Ashton Carter as new Pentagon chief http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/mili-f13.html The near-unanimous vote shows the lockstep support of both Republicans and Democrats for a policy of militarism and worldwide aggression. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33d30ddd-36b6-4ff6-97f2-48513a139a1C/mili-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Interpreter for 9/11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was a CIA agent http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/guan-f13.html The presence of a CIA spy on the defense team fits the show trial character of the proceedings as a whole, which make a mockery of due process. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fc10953-164c-47da-9261-7d5a5ac001bO/guan-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Study says US jails have become “massive warehouses” for the poor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/pris-f13.html A report by the Vera Institute of Justice compares American jails to debtors’ prisons and “de facto mental hospitals” housing prisoners unable to pay onerous fees. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8aac83d8-b805-45e6-94ce-b8f2134b5bdB/pris-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Widespread anger over killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/chap-f13.html The killings have sparked protests internationally, as the victims’ families demand a hate crime investigation. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d414a81-a71f-401f-b46c-520d7cc958dE/chap-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Boston, Massachusetts storm-related crisis deepens at MBTA http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/mbta-f13.html The breakdown of the Greater Boston public transportation system, caused by years of grossly inadequate maintenance funding, has deepened in the wake of another storm. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a723655b-f288-4073-a544-e481284f191C/mbta-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Illinois governor prepares attack on state workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/illi-f13.html The new governor has halted payment of agency fees to public employee unions as part of a broader policy of budget cuts and austerity. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bc7fcb98-dda4-4876-ba5d-ea74c1181d2C/illi-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Two brothers die in Detroit house fire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/fire-f13.html The fire station nearest to the house was shuttered due to budget cuts. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/38625cdd-f6fc-4459-b500-aa703baa627B/fire-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Britain’s GCHQ given free rein to continue mass surveillance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/gchq-f13.html GCHQ and the UK government welcomed the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling as it allows them to continue the mass surveillance of the population. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/750f70fb-2fd4-4218-a12b-e3c96a84cddD/gchq-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Quebec Liberals aim to level what remains of welfare state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/queb-f13.html Quebec’s 10-month-old Liberal government is mounting a sweeping assault on public services and on the wages and working conditions of the workers who administer them. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d364b88-d39c-4218-83f7-3b49eac211bM/queb-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Political crisis in Jakarta over national police chief http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/indo-f13.html Widodo’s appointee was accused of corruption provoking a public confrontation between the president and his party, as well as between the police and the anti-corruption watchdog. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13ab475f-adb7-41af-adc8-d751dade9dfF/indo-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan plantation union pressures workers to end strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/esta-f13.html The National Union of Workers intervened yesterday to shut down a strike by 600 plantation workers from the Glenuige Estate over increased workloads. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca37536f-518a-4c66-89f5-5fa7cb614ceB/esta-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Australia: NSW electricity workers face more job losses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/elec-f14.html Both the Liberal and Labor parties are preparing for the further sale of government-owned assets following next month’s state election. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2290f5c0-93e3-41d9-bd4e-31c52b42734G/elec-f14.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/wkrs-f13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f85b11-7d42-48f6-a480-707ef8d3091L/wkrs-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/mins-f12.html The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9832aec7-6990-4e82-9f0f-a9a6378b569J/mins-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/pers-f12.html The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ceb9068-37e5-4d8e-bdf6-2c9801a9b35K/pers-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/nuke-f12.html A co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung made clear he was prepared to consider the use of nuclear weapons against Russia in the Ukraine conflict. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15145bcd-e66a-439e-a3b9-4f0525ff904N/nuke-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/left-f12.html As tensions between Berlin and Washington have surfaced, the Left Party has abandoned all pretensions of distancing itself from German imperialism. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c06cb9d-ef32-4236-b5a8-127410bc6b1M/left-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Over 300 migrant workers perish off Italian coast http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/migr-f12.html The toll is the biggest loss of life since October, 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the island of Lampedusa. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c53e2f29-038d-4f8c-b572-9a9243ff255A/migr-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Ohio BP-Husky workers express support for national oil strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/oils-f12.html Workers at the BP-Husky refinery outside of Toledo, Ohio spoke on working conditions and the need to broaden their 12-day strike against the world’s richest oil companies. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4af4433c-9333-4da7-be01-0137602735fP/oils-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Talks on Greek bailout terms break down http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/gree-f12.html The talks in Brussels on Greek bailout terms failed to reach agreement even on a statement of principles as to how discussions should proceed. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80f57fac-1402-47b3-a0c8-e963ed4ef22N/gree-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Judge in Stockton bankruptcy upholds retiree benefit cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/stck-f12.html The ruling paves the way for cities throughout California and nationwide to use bankruptcy courts to slash pensions. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8a4fb397-5bfd-457c-a195-a91beab1743J/stck-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z New York Mayor de Blasio announces meager housing goals http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/nych-f12.html Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0e55352-dbb8-435b-ba4c-18722b3d170K/nych-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Brooklyn grand jury indicts cop who shot Akai Gurley http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/broo-f12-f12.html Peter Liang, the New York City police officer who shot Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley last November, will face charges of manslaughter. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66ab15c4-92d7-4aef-90e1-50458440fa5H/broo-f12-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z USW isolates militant strike at Toronto Crown Holdings plant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/cana-f12.html Crown Holdings is using scabs to break a 17-month-long strike at its north Toronto metal can manufacturing plant. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13febf2d-0759-4408-9718-584b9a4a9b5C/cana-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/usev-f12.html US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bbf6b093-b945-4d88-b41b-2d38d01ab5dG/usev-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Australian police carry out another anti-terror raid http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/terr-f12.html The spectre of the “lone wolf” attack is being exploited to push for a new round of draconian anti-terror legislation. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef968ce1-0406-4cf0-8032-164542a3d0aN/terr-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z Australia: Homeless people speak on worsening social crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/home-f12.html “I think all the austerity measures are terrible—the rich and poor divide is growing.” Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdb008d4-a438-4cc4-a1ad-77b5b5679ccN/home-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z German Karstadt department store plans more layoffs and pay cuts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/kars-f12.html The retailer is working with the Ver.di trade union to slash labour costs by 20 percent. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fd2471ef-0ba1-47df-8f06-7592b32d90cN/kars-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z NBC suspends news anchor Brian Williams over Iraq war episode http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/bria-f12.html What is the fitting punishment for those commentators and pundits who helped plunge the US into the catastrophic 2003 invasion of Iraq through their systematic deception? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3561804c-3beb-4c13-a161-15a3e87c56eA/bria-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z New York Times takes aim at treatment for peripheral artery disease http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/sten-f12.html Using flawed data analyzed by a health care think tank, the <em>Times</em> targets “huge payments” by Medicare to treat PAD, a serious condition that can lead to gangrene, amputations and death. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/487a565b-5968-4212-bc2a-b3ca5cd07e3E/sten-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z HSBC documents reveal criminal conspiracy of banks and governments http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/hsbc-f11.html The British, American and other governments buried evidence that Europe’s largest bank was running a massive tax fraud service. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93acf0f4-4f66-41e2-a41e-ff7eb4af19cE/hsbc-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z The danger of escalation in Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/pers-f11.html No one is stating clearly the cost in lives that a broader conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine might be. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/101fe9dd-8d7e-423b-aef6-8691646c523M/pers-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Fighting in Ukraine intensifies ahead of Minsk talks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/ukra-f11.html Fighting flared in east Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces sought to make territorial gains ahead of today’s cease-fire talks in Belarus. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/10eb6583-3fa7-4438-8679-63eb65af73fL/ukra-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Spiegel Online warns of nuclear war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/nucl-f11.html The 51st Munich Security Conference, held in the Bavarian capital last weekend, was dominated by threats of war against Russia by the imperialist powers. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20664cdf-c8ca-4275-bd5d-05c4ea08ae5L/nucl-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Oil workers remain determined as USW resumes talks to sell out strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/oils-f11.html The resumption of backroom talks between union executives and the oil giants is aimed at ending the strike and pushing through a sellout agreement for 30,000 oil workers. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2fb1d727-37ca-4a12-8ca1-8d060d73012B/oils-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z A photo slideshow of the US oil workers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/slid-f11.html Over 5,000 oil workers are on strike at refineries in California, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Washington state. The following is a collection of photos from the picket lines as well as photos from the 1980 strike. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c084d06-ee25-4acf-90ef-b5541b2dbe2G/slid-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Syriza prepares to make a deal with the EU http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/syri-f11.html The Greek government has announced a ten-point program that retains large parts of the previous government’s austerity program. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e76c00e2-c889-4921-b709-3f55cd0f562B/syri-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Mayor announces bulletproof vests for New York City cops http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/nypd-f11.html A nonstop campaign is being waged to change the subject from police violence to the supposed criminality of protests against police violence. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b62085e2-57d8-45b7-b41d-5ad235c3069I/nypd-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Upstart AAP staggers BJP and Congress in Delhi Assembly election http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/newd-f11.html The AAP has stormed to office in India’s national capital territory, winning more than 50 percent of the vote and 67 of 70 assembly seats. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/137b8a7d-cb98-4015-8ffc-b1c07cbb003J/newd-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/nssp-f11.html The NSSP leader’s appointment to the National Executive Council marks a new stage in the evolution of pseudo-left organisations into the direct agencies of the bourgeoisie and imperialism. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7274340c-f067-4244-a997-2da5eb42c02P/nssp-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/srrl-f11.html The NSSP leader’s appointment to the National Executive Council marks a new stage in the evolution of pseudo-left organisations into the direct agencies of the bourgeoisie and imperialism. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2c915a9-6071-4b32-960e-c6956197084F/srrl-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Calls to intensify Australian austerity agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/aust-f11.html The Murdoch press has proposed a national economic summit to push forward policies that will make even deeper inroads into social spending and living standards. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d71dd3ef-baf5-4d04-be36-acc02704bcaK/aust-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Australia: New South Wales police gun down 22-year-old woman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/hoxt-f11.html The latest police killing is further evidence of an officially-sanctioned “shoot to kill” policy in response to worsening social problems in working-class areas. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/183dfc3a-186a-466b-a253-e5b1b67357dL/hoxt-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z UK Police Federation votes for all police to be given access to Taser guns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/tase-f11.html The vote by the Police Federation is part of the move to authoritarian forms of rule in Britain. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c744ba88-6ec3-4da8-98b5-c3864ed1f57O/tase-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Former intelligence chief in South Korea jailed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/kore-f11.html While the NIS head has been convicted of electoral interference, the agency retains all of its police-state powers that will be used against the working class. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73b40b2e-be41-407c-a0d7-748e4d1ecb8P/kore-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Spanish government prepares new National Security Law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/spai-f11.html The National Security Law has all the hallmarks of the law introduced by the leader of the fascist regime, Francisco Franco, in 1969. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b92bdcf-055c-4955-840a-9eee845ff74N/spai-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Africa subject to billions in illicit capital flight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/afri-f11.html A 2008 study covering the years 2002 to 2006 found that the continent lost $859 billion in cumulative capital flight. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ae80261-962a-4351-970c-984c8580888C/afri-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z <em>Wild</em> and <em>Black or White</em>: Social problems, but the solutions? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/11/wild-f11.html <em>Wild</em> tells the true story of one woman’s 1,100-mile hike of self-discovery. <em>Black or White</em> recounts a custody battle between the white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother of a seven-year-old girl. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2154d19f-8ea4-476c-bc20-454a9283e22A/wild-f11.html 2015-02-11T05:00:00Z Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/merk-f10.html The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5f2f34c1-3796-43ff-b64e-b7d78a19035D/merk-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z The political significance of the US oil workers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/pers-f10.html The strike is a harbinger of a renewal of open class struggle in the United States with far-reaching implications in the US and internationally. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b68e6e8a-7d16-47f7-a225-dfeb5ebb3a7G/pers-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/germ-f10.html Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/022af5bd-da6f-4007-b20b-a45d6733db0J/germ-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Stock markets fall on fears of Greek exit from euro zone http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/gree-f10.html On Wednesday, a meeting of finance ministers from the euro zone countries will discuss the Greek crisis. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90db7f80-3192-4f95-aabd-f5c71239554F/gree-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Northern Marseille on lock-down after shots fired at police http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/mars-f10.html Police vehicles reportedly came under rifle fire before French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived for a press conference in the city. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a6ffcae8-9b2b-4a00-9d70-b6dc2cbc8c7P/mars-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Catastrophic fire at Russia’s most important social science library http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/russ-f10.html A fire that broke out in Moscow on January 30 destroyed the building of the Academic Institute for Scientific Information on Social Science. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c93a5900-0761-4c2f-9a72-6a6933b4143C/russ-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Urgent care center replaces shuttered hospital in impoverished Pennsylvania town http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/brad-f10.html This dramatic downgrade graphically illustrates the reality of health care rationing for the poor and working class in the United States, supported by the entire political establishment. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/471b215f-4344-467f-9e9d-93787869ae5F/brad-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Norfolk police chief apologizes for K9 attack as brutality cases mount http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/norf-f10.html Police in Norfolk follow the national trend of attack first, ask questions later. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee4cb404-e297-4d62-a7c8-d6c3253402aK/norf-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Shia insurgents disband US-backed Yemeni government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/yeme-f10.html The Obama administration is currently considering means to maintain its control over the country, including by working with the Houthis or launching military operations. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c044ebc-25ee-4390-9b09-0c8fe78d509A/yeme-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Canada’s opposition parties acquiesce to government’s draconian “anti-terror” bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/cana-f10.html Canada’s opposition parties have signaled that they will mount no serious opposition to a Conservative bill that grants the national security apparatus sweeping new powers. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ed537b8b-ba22-481c-8113-e98d5d190adP/cana-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z East Timorese prime minister resigns, “national unity” government formed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/timo-f10.html Previously bitter enemies within the ruling elite have now closed ranks, attempting to shore up their common class interests. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/217ae704-19ca-4a1b-bffa-4828f0d4fcdK/timo-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z The Abbott government and the deepening political crisis in Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/sepa-f10.html A vast chasm has opened up between the austerity program demanded by the financial elite and the social needs of working people. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/674e2e7e-4944-4802-8b40-e8b04ae13b8B/sepa-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/wkrs-f10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5951994d-6d18-42f7-b69b-3a5d61210fbD/wkrs-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Oil strike shows growing combativeness of US workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/stri-f09.html After decades of declining living standards—even as corporate profits and share prices have soared—the oil refinery strike heralds an emerging “wages push” by American workers. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/399e50af-c435-48ca-a951-dfd73e26c06M/stri-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z US presses for military action against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/pers-f09.html The United States is ratcheting up pressure for military escalation in Ukraine, and thus risking a war with Russia. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f45a3e38-8275-4ff4-a296-d763a8b212aF/pers-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Striking US oil refinery workers speak out http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/intr-f09.html WSWS reporting teams spoke to refinery workers on strike throughout the United States. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c6814ae-a68d-4d33-bd3c-e11ec9c1c00P/intr-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Munich Security Conference: Threats and provocations against Russia over Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/muni-f09.html The 51st Munich Security Conference was dominated by the escalation of war threats against Russia by the imperialist powers. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3f3be4e-e2b4-45d4-8a6b-9941c9d7399O/muni-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Syriza leader issues nationalist appeal in speech to Greek parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/tsip-f09.html British Chancellor George Osborne has indicated the UK government has made preparations for the Greek exit from the euro zone. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4ff92d0-f458-433a-be60-8f2a8431b50D/tsip-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Australian prime minister clings to office http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/aust-f09.html Prime Minister Tony Abbott fended off a leadership challenge today, but the political turmoil inside the ruling Liberal Party will continue. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c7136cff-6da5-4cdc-be7e-e7e90043962I/aust-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z US official admits to UK role in rendition to Diego Garcia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/brit-f09.html Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73fffee4-23e3-462d-9a68-96381dac7c5N/brit-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z New Sri Lankan government brings down election budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/sril-f09.html Behind false claims of budget “concessions,” the government is preparing new attacks on the working class and the poor. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08cb9771-78e2-4c3f-861f-fb71979f240P/sril-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Albuquerque moves to escalate evictions of homeless campers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/tent-f09.html Removal of the homeless has begun at a “tent city” near downtown, while new encampments have sprung up in other parts of the city. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/82fbec90-4235-48d9-ac35-4e3c880cbf7F/tent-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Illinois Democrats concoct pseudo-legal justification for cutting public employee pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/pens-f09.html Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/05fa4bee-9302-4eaa-bd85-0910711d2bfE/pens-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Snowstorms cripple aging public transit in Boston area http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/mbta-f09.html The recent spate of snowstorms in the Boston area have laid bare the effects of years of inadequate funding for public transportation in Boston. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8159e7f7-9fe2-4a3b-96d8-ae43912fcf2J/mbta-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Leader of German Social Democrats sides with right-wing Pegida movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/germ-f09.html Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ec7ed98-1504-428a-9c64-856045ae36aA/germ-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z New Zealand First Party attacks foreign students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/nzst-f09.html The unions and opposition parties have supported the NZ First Party’s racist campaign against Asian students and immigrants. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e3d96a2-1502-42ac-89d6-bd7d5f0f48cA/nzst-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 9-15 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/twih-f09.html <em>This Week in HistoryM,/em> provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9299f14-58dc-4122-9b6b-2fc3a2ac94aE/twih-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z German television series <em>Tannbach</em> and German postwar history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/tann-f09.html The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0582ff9f-d297-4485-90d1-dd0295d2c19F/tann-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/ukra-f07.html The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13c43bca-dd27-4486-abc5-2d2378391e6N/ukra-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Europe on the brink of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/pers-f07.html “Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the <em>Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung</em> at the Munich Security Conference. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8658e5c2-3185-430a-9d54-b445c40af18M/pers-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z German chancellor seeks to push Hungary away from Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/hung-f07.html The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.” Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3ff4153a-6cf1-4799-a143-d02fe7bf231P/hung-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z National Security Strategy document affirms US drive for world domination http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/nssd-f07.html The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.” Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc5240f4-a6b7-41c8-b87d-8a76268ab1bG/nssd-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z French National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses Oxford Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/lepe-f07.html The invitation of the neo-fascist leader is of a piece with both contemporary political requirements within ruling circles and the recent political pedigree of the Oxford Union. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e0e372b-dc0c-46c4-9925-1f129c329d8K/lepe-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Australian prime minister faces leadership vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/abbo-f07.html The move against Prime Minister Abbott arises from a deepening economic and political crisis that has seen the country without a stable government for the past five years. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f6b1602-94e1-4bf9-b396-940bae560baH/abbo-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z White House urges USW to strangle oil workers’ strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/refi-f05.html The Obama administration is concerned that the USW could lose control and the struggle could inspire other sections of workers into action against deteriorating wages and working conditions. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/421e74f5-2d3b-4289-832b-fd80034be04F/refi-f05.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Official enthusiasm over January jobs report belied by economic reality http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/jobs-f07.html Media figures and politicians hailed the latest US jobs report as evidence of an economic turnaround, ignoring the thousands of store closings and layoffs announced in recent days. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90f8df81-8b8b-479b-a54a-fec37f44108D/jobs-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Political conflict between Argentinian president and intelligence agencies intensifies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/arge-f07.html President Cristina Fernandez has blamed the Argentinian intelligence agency, SIDE, for the mysterious death of senior prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cb961b23-577d-43e5-8d07-4ab0771e271K/arge-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Hong Kong protest falls short of expectations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/hong-f07.html The small turnout was a reflection of the political dead-end into which so-called pro-democracy leaders steered last year’s weeks-long protest movement. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bdf59ff0-b0d5-4eaf-871f-3218710b6aeC/hong-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Haiti: Martelly to rule by decree http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/hait-f07.html After precipitating an election crisis that dissolved the parliament, President Michel Martelly is moving to shore up his power with backing from the US and United Nations. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7125e04c-322a-4d08-b958-e59261af7ecJ/hait-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z South Africa: Mpumalanga premier roiled by African National Congress faction fight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/safr-f07.html The Stalinist South African Communist Party has accused Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza of the African National Congress of instigating violence at a Communist Party lecture. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/25526b73-580a-425d-8e69-4fdebb66016K/safr-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Syriza capitulates to the European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/syri-f07.html Syriza leaders are traveling across Europe to assure governments they can rely on the party to push through “deep reforms." Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6ad3ff59-6e96-4dbd-8383-8b90adbb614A/syri-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z The twentieth century was lived in vain: Leonardo Padura’s <em>The Man Who Loved Dogs</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/revi-f07.html Padura’s novel takes a pessimistic, cynical view of history as it describes the life of Ramon Mercader, the assassin of Trotsky. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b8f3b18-aa2c-4a81-90c8-b35ae73e2edB/revi-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Socialist Equality Group in Ireland holds first public meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/dubl-f07.html The newly formed Socialist Equality Group (SEG) held a meeting entitled “The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland” in Dublin on February 3. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ed5cc60-98d5-4ea9-a510-6743254979cI/dubl-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/labo-f07.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17ac7837-c0f7-4736-b199-003bfd42d8bA/labo-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/ukra-f06.html While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f52fe1a3-441c-432e-981a-8ab8561e8b2G/ukra-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/pers-f06.html Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/425785c8-f473-4889-be91-30f70b6e360O/pers-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z NATO doubles combat forces in Eastern Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/nato-f06.html The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/115d147d-e233-422b-a8d9-a0e52eca388F/nato-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Germany demands Greek austerity as Syriza pledges “frenzy of reasonableness” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/gree-f06.html At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.” Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3f1ab5b-56c2-4058-905a-318a1b7873cE/gree-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z European Central Bank tightens its grip on Greece in response to Syriza “debt swap” proposal http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/ecba-f06.html The European Central Bank has tightened its grip on both the Greek government and the country’s banking system. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e4bca9a-a6dc-4ba4-bdc8-5245a669800J/ecba-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z US electronics retailer RadioShack files for bankruptcy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/radi-f06.html The company has been squeezed by competition from Walmart and Amazon, as well as Best Buy and other traditional electronics retailers. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0707ae80-4ced-48fa-9d11-5974aa5d977D/radi-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Office supply giants Staples and Office Depot announce $6.3 billion merger http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/stap-f06.html The deal, which will lead to job losses for thousands of workers, is part of the growing monopolization in all parts of the American economy. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e9c05bec-33a7-417e-973d-c28eae31c4dN/stap-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z US federal court hearing highlights widespread misconduct by prosecutors http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/pros-f06.html US prosecutors routinely use false testimony to obtain criminal convictions. They are rarely, if ever, punished for it. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5ed1c1f-4f61-49f5-ba3b-aa81e9a24a8O/pros-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z USW rejects new offer by Shell as oil strike enters sixth day http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html With largely symbolic picketing doing little to hurt production, the companies can afford to wait for the union to wear down workers who have lost pay and health care. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fdd38aa5-db9d-4825-b1ee-879577fe981C/oilw-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z The GM-UAW profit-sharing fraud http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/prof-f06.html The profit-sharing checks being passed out by the Detroit automakers are a pittance compared to what auto workers have lost through wage and benefit cuts. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/802f454d-059f-45ea-b193-0017e3e4370G/prof-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Mexican government announces budget cuts in response to economic turmoil http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/mexi-f06.html The Mexican government is imposing deep budget cuts in response to a drop in oil prices and the global economic downturn. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51972b9b-fa50-4666-8a13-a3eda23fd9aO/mexi-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Top US diplomat heaps praise on new Sri Lankan government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/sril-f06.html Washington’s support for Sri Lankan President Sirisena is above all because he is reorienting the country’s foreign policy away from China and firmly towards the US. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/207c33c3-b44a-4ce8-8c37-07bad500a35L/sril-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Japanese government pushes to revise US history text http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/comf-f06.html Prime Minister Abe’s justification of the past crimes of Japanese imperialism, including the abuse of “comfort women,” is in order to prepare for new wars. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/af7f8a4d-b8d8-4aca-9dcd-fa4d7dfe9d8I/comf-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z UK Conservatives set out “English Votes for English Laws” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/nats-f06.html Greater devolution, whether in its Scottish or English guise, is directed towards a layer of the upper middle class hostile to any semblance of redistributive economic measures. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/756341ba-f798-4c0d-8930-5913e154601M/nats-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Former Australian Labor minister endorses university fee deregulation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/dawk-f06.html The measures that the government is attempting to implement are the continuation of a bipartisan assault on higher education. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7026fe21-fd55-40b2-ab1e-b2193fe2977K/dawk-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z <em>Guantánamo Diary</em>: A book that needs to be read http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/guan-f06.html <em>Guantánamo Diary</em>, written by a current inmate of the infamous camp and suppressed by the US government for seven years, is a terrifying exposure of the secret US torture program—and much more. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee84cc85-424c-44a5-aef2-11d94460e83G/guan-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z <em>Leviathan</em>: A latter-day Job http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/levi-f06.html Oscar-nominated <em>Leviathan</em> is a dark tale about an individual struggling against the power of the state in contemporary Russia. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bed45c6f-b043-4ad3-b154-b03d9335016G/levi-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/wkrs-f06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5705719-699e-420c-b20e-844068709ddL/wkrs-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/nato-f05.html Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4307ad71-68f3-497c-a3c7-794bb16f296K/nato-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/pers-f05.html Prior to the 2003 US invasion, there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. The organization, the forerunner of ISIS, arose on the ruins of Iraqi society at the hands of US imperialism. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eccbaab2-9c5e-4e55-8fe5-535486b5107H/pers-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/syri-f05.html As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17c42379-5e16-4533-be1e-31755b8125bJ/syri-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z German ruling class demands that austerity, debt payments continue after Greek elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/germ-f05.html The position of the German ruling class is that the elections in Greece must have no impact on the policies dictated by the European banks and their political representatives. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9eaa1cfa-c5fb-4fff-8d81-d31c86787b1P/germ-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Testimony of Moussaoui in civil suit implicates Saudi monarchy as principal sponsor of Al Qaeda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/mous-f05.html Moussaoui’s account conforms to what is known about the open secret of the 9/11 attacks: that they were largely financed by one of the US’s chief allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ed764e8-e255-4223-8b88-89d17265a23A/mous-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Deadliest commuter rail crash in New York history kills six http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/rail-f05.html The latest accident comes only 14 months after a derailment that killed four and involved the same Metro-North commuter line. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9689ec7-13b0-4408-bb18-9528f60827eI/rail-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Chicago mayoral race enters final weeks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/chic-f05.html None of the challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel—all Democrats—represent the interests of working people or offer any opposition to his right-wing austerity policies. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/33985fe3-02c1-4ad0-98b8-54c9b7551eeE/chic-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Video shows Baltimore school cop beating 13-year-old girl with baton http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/poli-f05.html The school officer struck Diamond Neals on the forehead and pepper sprayed her two cousins. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/db54b6de-6f56-4b87-93b8-f6f7a959015I/poli-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z People from wealthy families eight times more likely to graduate college http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/educ-f05.html In the United States, seventy-seven percent of people from wealthy families obtain bachelor’s degrees by the time they turn 24, compared with only 9 percent of those from low-income families. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2edaf861-a556-4b99-95d1-1879af0d837K/educ-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Falling oil prices trigger new layoffs, budget cuts in Louisiana and Texas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/oil-f05.html Low oil prices have sparked layoffs and pay cuts throughout all sectors of industry. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87f6609f-bcbb-4725-b5e5-bebe5c1c756A/oil-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z US spy bases in Australia central to war plans against China http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/base-f05.html A recent <em>Australian Financial Review</em> article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.” Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9baf364-3a6f-4b1e-8dfa-9cd4332e5e8K/base-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Australian High Court rubberstamps detention of refugees at sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/refu-f05.html The ruling gives a green light to the bipartisan drive to go to ever-greater lengths to stop all asylum seekers entering Australia. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f384e4b2-a5d9-4ba0-9913-310639f3d5eD/refu-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Former Maldives president mounts challenge to government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/mald-f05.html Opposition leader Nasheed visited Sri Lanka to sound out Western support for his moves against President Yameen. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a2c55db-b077-4b7a-a74e-d7735128555F/mald-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Oil slump triggers North Sea crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/scot-f05.html The slump upends the Scottish National Party’s mendacious perspective of an independent capitalist Scotland awash in oil revenue. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30294665-8716-42c3-aaad-f11cf443abeG/scot-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Further evidence of deaths due to UK welfare benefits sanctions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/welf-f05.html Those sanctioned are often the most poor and vulnerable, who will face having to live on little or no money. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c6857a7-4a6a-45d0-8443-e34cb95bc0aB/welf-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z <em>The Humbling</em>: An actor who can no longer act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/humb-f05.html In Barry Levinson’s film, based on a Philip Roth novel, an aging stage actor, who has lost the appetite for performing, encounters a younger woman with interesting consequences. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bcefed3-b625-4c42-ba6a-678dad78781J/humb-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z ISIS releases video of barbaric execution of Jordanian pilot http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/isis-f04.html As with previous ISIS killings, the murder of al-Kasasbeh plays directly into the hands of imperialism. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4936d9fd-ba2b-4c6e-bb01-2b3b404ef0eP/isis-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Japanese PM pushes for new military powers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/japa-f04.html Abe is exploiting the murder of two Japanese hostages to call for legislation to further expand the scope for dispatching Japan’s armed forces overseas. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a63b6ef-a3dc-4b57-9798-44163bd81d8K/japa-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Financial markets celebrate as Syriza repudiates pledge to write off Greek debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/syri-f04.html The <em>Financial Times</em> lauded Syriza’s request for “debt swaps” as deserving of a “full and even sympathetic hearing.” Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb1b6dc3-7dfb-4d4b-bc35-bf37fcf9964A/syri-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z The Obama budget: A populist fig leaf for militarism and reaction http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/pers-f04.html The budget document released Monday is another attempt by President Obama to disguise his program of war and austerity with populist phrases. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c05410b8-0c9b-45d2-8d7a-7f6a0e2848fE/pers-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Washington moves toward arming Ukrainian regime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/ukra-f04.html The plans are being formulated behind the backs of the American people by a cabal of unelected, high-ranking military and diplomatic officials. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4e2bf6c-7677-4024-9287-bbb9c2c35daM/ukra-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Mistreatment of detainees and asylum seekers widespread in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/tort-f04.html The Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited detention centres in 25 of the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe to examine detainee conditions. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba2e32c3-9c24-42f1-a9c9-eb79601edcfO/tort-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Alternative for Germany attempts to establish equivalent of French National Front http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/germ-f04.html The Alternative for Germany is seeking to mobilize extreme right-wing forces and appeal to anti-Islamic sentiment. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9b80d2eb-662a-4530-8fd3-8c59d8d6af6N/germ-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z US oil industry strike enters fourth day as companies resist wage and safety demands http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/oils-f04.html While workers are looking for a serious struggle, the United Steelworkers has limited the job action to largely symbolic picketing at nine out of 65 unionized refineries. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ecb1bf53-46ac-4f2d-9e83-041d5bf863dL/oils-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Obama administration announces cosmetic surveillance “reforms” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/obam-f04.html As the NSA spying programs have grown in size and scope, the Obama administration has staged a series of “reform” charades to confuse the public. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c083c449-89b3-4c96-b308-e1ca2021191P/obam-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Canada’s Conservatives launch sweeping assault on democratic rights with new anti-terror bill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/cana-f04.html The latest anti-terror bill presented by Canada’s Conservative government marks a vast intensification of the drive to abrogate democratic rights. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28eb1885-7c43-4462-8e35-6a1cf913552J/cana-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z US measles outbreak spreads to fourteen states http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/meas-f04.html The Centers for Disease Control said Monday that 102 people have become infected with the virus in the US. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66f70309-9684-47d8-b0ec-abd4323f150H/meas-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z S&P agrees to sweetheart settlement on inflated ratings of subprime mortgages http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/rati-f04.html The settlement amounts to yet another slap on the wrist for companies whose fraudulent activities contributed to the 2008 financial collapse. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a9fa369d-97d3-452f-a0fb-f8a27850a1fB/rati-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Australian central bank cuts rates as economic downturn accelerates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/aust-f04.html Australia has now joined the global currency war amid deepening economic and political crisis. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/02e8adff-f8dd-4b24-84e3-b77a1f2baf6A/aust-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/egyp-f03.html Egypt’s military regime handed down mass death sentences against 529 alleged MB supporters in April 2014 and against another 683 in May 2014 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e715506-be1e-433a-9bf1-fa4dfc8d592I/egyp-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/pers-f03.html US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6237f2fd-f0f6-4f8a-9661-3f235ad7babD/pers-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Obama’s “pro-middle class” budget: Cut corporate taxes, raise military spending, slash Medicare http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/budg-f03.html Obama’s 2016 budget, cynically packaged as a populist boon to the middle class at the expense of the rich, in reality continues the reactionary policies of austerity, war and repression. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/75850075-a472-4a58-9764-0cad04ea649K/budg-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Oil giants take hard line against US workers on strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/oils-f03.html Shell and other international oil firms are opposing workers’ demands for improved wages and safety conditions. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0880432e-cf59-43b2-99f7-4c0bc7c2886O/oils-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z German military experts demand purchase of drones http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/dron-f03.html Germany’s move to acquire combat drones exposes the lie that the German ruling class and its military have been forced to wage war in defence of human rights and democracy. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5df9a9e1-29fd-4cc5-90fd-53fc878369eK/dron-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Germany’s working poor and the government’s “jobs miracle” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/ger2-f03.html Germany’s much vaunted “jobs miracle” is a fraud, ignoring the mounting number of working poor. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2238d84-58b6-446b-bf14-f5ed274dc14M/ger2-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Podemos leader promotes patriotism at mass rally in Madrid http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/pode-f03.html The speech at the rally by Pablo Iglesias gives the lie to any claim that Podemos is a threat to the Spanish ruling class. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5eb4c459-1456-415c-a246-46de7f985aaK/pode-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Australian PM recommits to war and austerity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/abbo-f03.html Abbott began his National Press Club address by invoking the bogus “war on terror.” Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/747f0a63-672d-4f17-8451-6b61887753bH/abbo-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Bangladesh plastics factory fire kills 13 workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/bang-f03.html An exploding gas cylinder is believed to have sparked a fatal fire in one of Dhaka’s many illegal factories. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/530ef26d-13b6-466a-a868-fea6722baecF/bang-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z South Africa: Apartheid-era assassin Eugene De Kock granted parole http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/safr-f03.html Nicknamed “Prime Evil,” Eugene De Kock confessed to more than 100 acts of murder, torture and fraud. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5630f239-d09c-4633-91d0-2c880f0f69bE/safr-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Wisconsin governor proposes largest ever cuts to public university system http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/wisc-f03.html Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, plans to slash $300 million from the state’s public universities. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f9cec26-ec58-4cb1-9e5e-929b8c4bea8H/wisc-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Federal panel calls for slashing tens of billions from veteran benefits http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/mili-f03.html The appointed commission’s report released last Thursday calls for slashing pension payouts for new veterans by twenty percent and opening the VA hospital system up to for-profit insurance companies. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fc1442de-dbe1-4e84-b8b3-645e3f12c85B/mili-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z “Smoking gun” documents prove massive Canadian spy operations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/cana-f03.html Documents provided by Edward Snowden provide the “smoking gun” showing that the Communications Security Establishment collects data on millions of Canadians. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e44b3ffe-fc48-41c5-b799-982df102ee4F/cana-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z New Zealand: Labour leader outlines his pro-business agenda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/litt-f03.html Opposition leader Little made virtually no criticism of the government’s pro-market measures because Labour has accepted almost all of them. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d1b6d0a-be15-4902-9ee4-1d79f82aacbA/litt-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z A guest reviewer: Quiet, now—three photographers (Salgado, Struth, Atget) in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/quie-f03.html Three recent or current exhibitions in New York City present the work of photographers who stop time and allow us to contemplate what they see before their lens. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4361e414-eaa2-4144-bbcd-c310d6874d8C/quie-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Planetary boundaries—a systems approach to the environmental crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/clim-f03.html Environmental degradation by a range of metrics, of which climate change is only one, has the potential for large-scale disruptions of both biological and social life. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e39adb9f-f3eb-4bec-91ad-8aae6ae629eP/clim-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/03/wkrs-f03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/893b6fb9-66f9-47ac-9069-c0b1042f4fdF/wkrs-f03.html 2015-02-03T05:00:00Z Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/gree-f02.html If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf1ecd8c-48ff-45f1-849e-a0cbbd7361aF/gree-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/pers-f02.html The execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is a criminal act, which plays into the hands of Japan's ever-more aggressive militarist agenda. The Abe government immediately seized on the killing to justify its agenda of militarism and war. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ea25a800-1d41-43ae-a980-2ca5281544eO/pers-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z New police unit in New York: The ruling elite prepares for class struggle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/poli-f02.html Last week’s announcement of a new militarized police force to counter social unrest exposes the role and character of the administration of Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3df3648b-89a4-4229-8394-17e325e2c58E/poli-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Romney pullout gives Bush advantage in Republican money race http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/elec-f02.html Lack of support among Republican fundraisers pushed Romney out of the race, with many of them backing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e6c998c-35b1-4fa5-825c-557925edb35I/elec-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/russ-f02.html The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4eb81948-d503-4276-9be5-387d0477318H/russ-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z US wage and GDP growth decline in the fourth quarter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/econ-f02.html While the United States has been slowly adding jobs, many of these jobs are in low-wage sectors or industries that are moving in that direction. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ceb57d5e-5695-4454-ac20-809d1e72128O/econ-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Limited strike called at US oil refineries as national contract expires http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/usw-f02.html The United Steelworkers union called a selective strike at nine oil refineries after the labor agreement covering 30,000 oil industry workers expired Sunday morning. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8ff63cb-07ae-4f7c-ae74-fc83a0d1742A/usw-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/afri-f02.html The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7ba5ecb2-36d2-49da-82f9-65bd9fcb681K/afri-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Queensland state government defeated in anti-austerity vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/quee-f02.html In an unprecedented political reversal, the Liberal National Party is poised to lose office just three years after coming to power in a landslide victory. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00937278-60c8-41cd-a135-bf178572737K/quee-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Australian politics in upheaval after election shock in Queensland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/aust-f02.html A definite pattern has emerged in Australian political life where elections, at both the federal and state level, have an entirely negative character. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/43db3ca7-d0ca-4997-b85b-c1f64692db1D/aust-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Queensland voters give voice to disaffection http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/ints-f02.html During last Saturday’s state election in the Australian state of Queensland, Socialist Equality Party members and supporters spoke to voters at Kippa-Ring, an outer northern suburb of Brisbane, the state capital. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4aed9fe-624c-4f6c-8010-ec8eeec338eK/ints-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z UK: Blair government colluded in extraordinary rendition of Libyans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/blai-f02.html Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa96e027-e5bc-43e1-b689-18316f926edO/blai-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Thousands march against water charges in Dublin and other Irish cities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/irel-f02.html The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/232c50af-f7a4-4d94-a639-a21c42f0002C/irel-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker dies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/weiz-f02.html The glorification of Weizsäcker has less to do with his actual role than with the current political situation, amidst a resurgence of German militarism. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d0fb916-ad38-4e4d-ab9e-de6ed267d06G/weiz-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Canadian prime minister praises troops as military clashes escalate in Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/cana-f02.html The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0e85fdb0-38c5-4ab2-a930-39e1eca5627D/cana-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/peru-f02.html The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ff92445-a166-423c-b1fe-241ef43628aH/peru-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Lawsuit challenges use of pepper spray in Birmingham, Alabama schools http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/alab-f02.html Police in Birmingham City Schools used pepper spray on students 300 times between 2006 and 2011, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7521d0d-560f-48e0-8fe8-894492078ebI/alab-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z This week in history: February 2-8 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/twih-f02.html This Week in History provides brief synopses of important historical events whose anniversaries fall this week. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e9055f7-7500-4ce0-bde8-7112d4f6e3fJ/twih-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z The WSWS needs your support to expand on-the-spot coverage and online videos http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/02/fund-f02.html With assistance from readers like you, the WSWS has significantly expanded its on-the-spot reporting and use of streaming media over the past year. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/26b4fc81-1f33-4d00-9952-99b4c072d11B/fund-f02.html 2015-02-02T05:00:00Z Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/ukra-j31.html Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6e6b9260-aaa9-40ed-b122-64599518a3eF/ukra-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Police murders and the criminalization of protest in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/pers-j31.html The official response to protests across the US against police murders has been repression, the whitewashing of killer cops, and the linking of political opposition to terrorism. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87a894f8-d471-405c-afe9-b113e675706P/pers-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Inquiry into death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/litv-j31.html Any examination of the role of Britain’s security services, and whether they could have prevented the former Russian spy's killing, has been ruled out. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c739936-b20f-4681-bf00-20dc5ad6dfcK/litv-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z New England blizzard blamed for numerous deaths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/bliz-j31.html A number of deaths have been attributed to the storm that dumped record levels of snow across much of New England this week. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bbcc8baf-11f6-4848-a281-5d7bf77ec99M/bliz-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z US Senator McCain calls police on anti-Kissinger protesters http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/pink-j31.html Official Washington can defend the crimes of US imperialism only with repression. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f927275f-28a1-49f2-8dff-417fe67432dL/pink-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Obama administration moves to open US coastlines to offshore drilling http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/ener-j31.html In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/545274ef-82fe-4de5-8b2d-c8d09261c49I/ener-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Drug Enforcement Administration tracks movements of millions of Americans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/dea-j31.html Under the guise of the “war on drugs,” the federal government is moving to create a centralized database of all drivers’ movements throughout the country. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2607505a-1663-40d9-a5ca-75c6e5ab097P/dea-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Maryland’s new Republican governor unveils austerity budget http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/mary-j31.html In his first move since taking office last week, Maryland’s newly inaugurated governor, Republican Larry Hogan, unveiled an austerity budget aimed at eliminating a $750 million shortfall. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/69b79c1b-0fe6-4ce8-8508-1a4cccf4d90B/mary-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Germany to send troops into northern Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/germ-j31.html In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eceae76a-b500-4f8c-b7be-7ae75460206N/germ-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Fate of ISIS’s Japanese and Jordanian captives uncertain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/japa-j31.html The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d81c94c9-abf8-4c43-8981-2a2bf5a753fB/japa-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Target CEO’s “golden parachute” exceeds total severance for 17,600 Canadian workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/targ-j31.html Steinhafel was forced by Target’s Board of Directors to resign after he had spearheaded the expansion of Target stores into Canada, which turned into a fiasco. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b5da28b-1116-4bc0-8618-e933a537cf9L/targ-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/abbo-j31.html The affair has underscored the enormous weight wielded by Murdoch personally and his ability to manufacture crises to effect right-wing political shifts. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eabc0e08-3674-4595-a9db-d9c1686f8ccF/abbo-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z UK’s first privatised hospital fails http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/hosp-j31.html The NHS now has to step in and clear up the financial and patient care disaster created by the private health care operator at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d5370f08-f78d-4f18-8263-c669bdfba46A/hosp-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z New Zealand Internet and Mana Parties split following electoral debacle http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/ipma-j31.html The pro-business alliance, which was actively supported by various pseudo-left groups, collapsed after it failed to win a single seat in parliament. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb51d812-45f8-4d04-8e28-e445f9a6dd3F/ipma-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z The controversy surrounding <em>American Sniper</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/cont-j31.html The campaign in defense of Clint Eastwood’s film is the latest means by which the political and media establishment in the US is promoting its war-mongering agenda. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6f5338e7-32d5-4a74-9860-944377240f5A/cont-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z New pamphlet on police killings from Mehring Books http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/mehr-j31.html <em>The War Comes Home: Race, Class and Police Violence in America</em> examines the connection between the growth of police violence and the expanding powers of the repressive military/intelligence apparatus. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d0ec791f-304d-450b-835b-f8e2847c325L/mehr-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/labo-j31.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63187e2e-d464-4035-af43-786c2bebeb3K/labo-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Public meeting Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland: The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/31/dubl-j31.html The Socialist Equality Group is holding a public meeting in Dublin on February 3. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44260087-2e79-46cc-9f0d-1b3e772e3ddL/dubl-j31.html 2015-01-31T05:00:00Z Income inequality soars in every US state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/ineq-j30.html In the period between 1979 and 2007, every state in the US saw the income share of the top 1 percent grow by at least 25 percent. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/428b5d37-f63b-444e-9d37-fb86fe827aaA/ineq-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z The class character of Syriza revealed http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/pers-j30.html The bourgeois character of the new Greek government is exposed first of all in Syriza’s political alliance with the Independent Greeks, a right-wing nationalist party. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f45f29b-7b72-4bb7-a082-cd5d2adc275G/pers-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z EU foreign ministers toughen sanctions against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/brus-j30.html In the first foreign policy action of the new Syriza government, Greece agreed to new measures to step up the US-EU economic war against Moscow. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/94f00431-1cd3-493a-8ff4-b64975dd000H/brus-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z German president uses Auschwitz commemoration to justify militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/gauc-j30.html With the utmost cynicism, President Joachim Gauck is using the terrible crimes of German imperialism in the past to prepare new crimes in the future. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d2370a8-7b7a-451c-ae64-39f698ac27dE/gauc-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Police shoot and kill teenage girl in Longview, Texas police station http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/polie-j30.html The incident follows the police shooting of 16-year-old Jessica Hernandez in Denver, Colorado this week. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8b0b5b52-0c13-477b-934c-6574129131fJ/polie-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z No further prosecution for policeman who killed Detroit seven-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/jone-j30.html The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced they would not pursue a third trial against Officer Joseph Weekley for the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3457a59-a9fb-4e21-bc4c-55e50b32d8aJ/jone-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Texas, Georgia execute intellectually disabled death row inmates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/exec-j30.html The US Supreme Court decided not to grant reprieves to two death row inmates executed this week who demonstrated clear mental disabilities. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2b37a0b0-06fb-41fe-968c-b5e8869e74dD/exec-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Six million hit with Obamacare penalties for being uninsured http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/care-j30.html The penalty is a minimum of $95 for individuals but can be one percent of family income—potentially hundreds of dollars—if a dependent is not covered. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/21720b43-c114-4cad-8b2a-e59a2d6312bF/care-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Germany moves into deflation as global bond prices point to deepening slump http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/germ-j30.html The potential consequences of falling consumer prices and money flooding into bond markets threaten to outweigh even those of the 2008 financial crisis. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/270cfa6e-c484-43fe-ae4f-8dfb95c6948C/germ-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Sydney siege inquest: An exercise in damage control http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/sydn-j30.html The overriding aim is to counter public suspicion, while protecting the government, police and intelligence agencies that were responsible for the tragic outcome. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8458c5d5-2771-4123-bf45-0e725f0db1cN/sydn-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z At least two dead after gas explosion in Mexico City maternity hospital http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/mexi-j30.html A truck was supplying gas to the hospital when a hose apparently broke, causing a leak that resulted in the blast, which injured dozens. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee30d7df-b77d-4b4e-90b7-265381f54ebJ/mexi-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Court sentences two Chileans, indicts US in the 1973 murder of Charles Horman http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/horm-j30.html The Chilean court’s ruling makes it clear that the US government was fully complicit in the executions of two young Americans. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa76242e-123f-4db8-b0a8-2ed8ce9c98bB/horm-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Peruvian government repeals law targeting young workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/peru-j30.html Marches against the bill were met with state violence, along with a campaign of intimidation by the government and alleged infiltration by agents provocateurs. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8c6a1b5b-e958-4daf-85f3-052f4108170F/peru-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Indonesian authorities prepare for more executions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/indo-j30.html Eleven more prisoners, including two Australians, face death after President Joko Widodo ruled out clemency for anyone convicted of drug offences. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4998216c-16ae-4b07-92ec-8467ceea2dbK/indo-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z University of California doctors hold one-day strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/ucmd-j30.html In line with its strategy of subordinating workers to the Democratic Party, AFSCME limited the strike by doctors to one day, focused on claims of unfair labor practices. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0cac4cd-6415-4fad-a316-792c53ed741C/ucmd-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/30/wkrs-j30.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/440e54a6-9669-47dd-8c99-0e6483c8186I/wkrs-j30.html 2015-01-30T05:00:00Z 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