English http://www.wsws.org/en/ 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 erection of a 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 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