Detroit bankruptcy blueprint would gut pensions

By Thomas Gaist, 1 February 2014

The emergency manager’s “plan of adjustment” will hand control of retiree health benefit funds to a union-controlled VEBA, slash pensions and privatize services.

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Obama’s plan for long-term jobless: A teaspoon to bail out the ocean

By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2014

The heavily publicized meeting between Obama and hundreds of corporate CEOs and other business leaders will do little or nothing to alleviate long-term unemployment.

UK police marksman will not be charged for killing Anthony Grainger

By Trevor Johnson, 1 February 2014

Anthony Grainger was killed by a Greater Manchester Police officer on March 3, 2012. The CPS has ruled that the police marksman who pulled the trigger will not face any charges.

German government announces the end of military restraint

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2014

A century since World War I, and almost 70 years after the monstrous crimes of the Nazis, German officials are again saying that Germany’s size and strength requires a policy of military intervention.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for ex-military dictator

By Sampath Perera, 1 February 2014

Behind the drawn-out legal wrangling over Musharraf’s treason trial lie sharp differences in the country’s ruling elite.

Philippine peace deal in Mindanao followed by military assault

By Joseph Santolan, 1 February 2014

The attacks that left 52 dead give the lie to claims that the deal, brokered by US, and signed by the MILF and the Philippine government, is about establishing peace.

Unions unite with “Harrisburg Strong” to attack workers in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 1 February 2014

Pennsylvania is implementing a draconian austerity plan designed by a state-appointed receiver, slashing city services, privatizing city assets, laying off workers and slashing benefits.

Video shows Arizona police shooting man with hands over his head

By Juan Verala Luz, 1 February 2014

Last week a local news station in Eloy, Arizona ran footage of police shooting an unarmed man, Manuel Orosco Longoria, in the back while he had his hands in the air, contradicting police claims that he was attempting to draw a weapon.

Australian government seizes on union corruption claims to prepare assault on workers

By Terry Cook, 1 February 2014

The media witch hunt emerges amid incessant demands by the corporate elite for further draconian industrial relations measures.

Australian government refuses assistance to SPC fruit cannery

By Will Morrow, 1 February 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made clear that the decision was part of a strategy to enforce restructuring throughout manufacturing.

Rolls Royce sales reflect mounting global social inequality

By Dietmar Henning, 1 February 2014

Record luxury cars sales reflect the super-rich’s stranglehold on the global population.

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Die Rede zur Lage der Nation:
Eine bankrotte herrschende Klasse spricht zu sich selbst

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. Februar 2014

Obamas Rede zur Lage der Nation war nichts weiter als zynische Propaganda – die Herrschenden sprechen zu sich selbst, während sie gleichzeitig jede Menge neue Angriffe auf die Bevölkerung vorbereiten.

Merkel und Steinmeier kündigen Ende der militärischen Zurückhaltung an

Von Ulrich Rippert, 1. Februar 2014

Die Ankündigung der deutschen Bundesregierung über ein Ende der militärischen Zurückhaltung ist eine grundlegende historische Zäsur.

Proteste gegen Kürzungen an der Humboldt Universität

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 1. Februar 2014

Etwa tausend Studierende der Humboldt-Universität Berlin nahmen am Donnerstag an einer Vollversammlung gegen drohende Stellenstreichungen teil.

Westmächte verstärken Druck auf ukrainische Regierung

Von Stefan Steinberg, 1. Februar 2014

Das Regime von Janukowitsch und seinen Anhängern wird von den USA und der EU unter Druck gesetzt, damit er zurücktritt, um Platz für eine deren Interessen mehr entgegenkommende Regierung zu machen.

Electrolux-Norditalien: Massiver Angriff auf Löhne und Arbeitsplätze

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 1. Februar 2014

Electrolux droht damit, seine Werke in Norditalien zu schließen und nach Polen zu verlagern, falls die Arbeitskosten nicht massiv gesenkt würden.

Sammelt Unterstützungsunterschriften für die PSG!

1. Februar 2014

Wir appellieren an alle Leserinnen und Leser, die PSG beim Sammeln der Unterschriften tatkräftig zu unterstützen.

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Asya’da savaş tehlikesi

Peter Symonds, 1 Şubat 2014

2014’teki Asya, 1914 Avrupası ile ürpertici bir benzerlik taşımaktadır.

Para piyasalarındaki kargaşanın ortasında Türkiye’deki faiz oranları fırladı

Nick Beams, 1 Şubat 2014

Türkiye’deki ve diğer “yükselen ekonomiler”deki çalkantının asıl kaynağı “sabotaj” ya da “komplo” değildir; o, ABD Merkez Bankası’nın (Fed) “parasal genişleme” programının sonucudur.

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Les puissances occidentales intensifient la pression sur le régime ukrainien

Par Stefan Steinberg, 1 février 2014

Le régime de Ianoukovitch et de ses compères est en train de subir des pressions visant à le convaincre de faire place à un régime davantage aligné sur les intérêts des Etats-Unis et de l’UE.

Le soutien populaire à la monarchie s'effondre

Par Alejandro Lopez, 1 février 2014

Avec plus de la moitié des espagnols favorables à l'abdication du roi, la légitimité d'un pillier du pouvoir capitaliste s'effondre.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
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Currency turmoil signals new phase of global economic crisis

1 February 2014

The roots of the “emerging markets” crisis lie in the policies initiated by the US Federal Reserve and other central banks after the global financial crisis of 2008.

Earlier Perspectives »

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

David North’s In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Through a detailed historical analysis,‭ ‬this book,‭ ‬by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North,‭ ‬exposes the campaign of historical falsification‭ ‬pursued by means of recent Trotsky biographies,‭ ‬including that of Robert Service.

Book Review

Murdoch’s Politics—An ex-Stalinist in awe of Rupert Murdoch, Part I

By Dave Hyland, 1 February 2014

A two-part review of Murdoch’s Politics—How one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, David McKnight, Pluto Press.

Socialist Equality Party

A tribute to Dave Hyland

By David North, 23 January 2014

We are posting here the tribute to Dave Hyland, former national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain, delivered by David North, national chairman of the SEP of the US and chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, to a memorial meeting held January 18 in honor of Comrade Hyland.

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts agrees to pay $100 million as part of “grand bargain”

By Thomas Gaist, 31 January 2014

The fraud of Governor Snyder’s “rescue package” for Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 29 January 2014

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge has rubber-stamped plans to steal the pensions of Detroit workers and sell off the city's cultural heritage. Now it's time for the working class to expose and fight this conspiracy.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

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Arts Review

The unknown women of Joan Fontaine (1917-2013)

By Hiram Lee, 1 February 2014

Actress Joan Fontaine, who passed away in December at the age of 96, contributed a number of remarkable performances to Hollywood films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

The Invisible Woman: Moralizing about Charles Dickens

By Joanne Laurier, 31 January 2014

American folksinger Pete Seeger dead, at 94

By David Walsh, 30 January 2014

Mehring Books

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

1 February 2014

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014

Australian PM denounces Edward Snowden as a “traitor”

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

New report reveals
NSA, GCHQ mapping “political alignment” of cellphone users

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

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Obama’s low-wage “recovery”

By Jerry White, 31 January 2014

US attorney general seeks death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2014

Pseudo-left offer their services to rail unions before London Underground strikes

By Michael Barnes, 31 January 2014

State of the Union: A bankrupt ruling class talking to itself

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

European election: SEP (Germany) collects signatures in Leipzig and Halle

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

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25 years ago: Criminal trial of Iran-Contra conspirator opens

After months of legal wrangling, the trial of Lt. Col Oliver North was set to open on January 31, 1989.

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50 years ago: Dr. Strangelove opens

On January 29, 1964, the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb opened in US theaters.

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75 years ago: Kremlin announces end to mass purges

On February 1, 1939, a statement from the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party declared that party membership was to be thoroughly reorganized.

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100 years ago: Mass teachers strike in England

On January 31, 1914, teachers went on strike at 80 of the 178 schools in Herefordshire in the west midlands of England.

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