EU and Washington step up pressure on Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2014

In Ukraine, the EU and the US are seeking to install a technocratic government pledged to implement harsh economic reforms and change the constitution.

Sharp fall in global share markets

By Nick Beams, 4 February 2014

Equity markets have had their worst start to the year since 2010.

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.

CSEC and Harper government assert right to spy on Canadians

By Keith Jones, 4 February 2014

The CSEC has declared it has the unfettered right to systematically collect and analyze the metadata from Canadians’ electronic communications.

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NY Times calls JPMorgan CEO’s pay raise “laudable”

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 4 February 2014

The Times felt compelled to go into print in defense of Dimon after news of his pay increase raised eyebrows in the media and fueled popular outrage over the avarice and criminality of Wall Street.

Study: Nearly half of Americans living in “liquid asset poverty”

By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2014

A new study reveals that living standards for nearly half of the US population remain stagnant or have plummeted six years into the recessionary crisis.

Iraqi military bombs Fallujah ahead of ground assault

By Will Morrow, 4 February 2014

The government has delivered an ultimatum to anyone still inside the city to leave or be treated as a supporter of Al Qaeda-linked militias.

World Court decision on Peru-Chile border fails to quell nationalist rivalries

By César Uco and Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2014

Last week’s ruling by the International Court of Justice settling a dispute over maritime boundaries between Chile and Peru has failed to quell nationalist tensions between the two countries.

US warns China over air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014

The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.

British role in 1984 Amritsar massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 4 February 2014

Recently released documents reveal Britain’s special forces, acting on orders from Margaret Thatcher, assisted the Indian government’s 1984 assault on the Golden Temple.

Attacks on wages and jobs at Electrolux in Italy

By our correspondents, 4 February 2014

Electrolux intends to close its northern Italian plants unless workers’ wages are drastically reduced.

Appeal by family of Roma schoolgirl to return to France rejected

By Pierre Mabut, 4 February 2014

On January 28, a French administrative tribunal rejected the request for a resident’s permit by the family of Leonarda Dibrani.

Australian government inquiry calls for end to car industry subsidies

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 February 2014

Decisive layers within the ruling elite have concluded that most of the industry is “globally uncompetitive” and should be allowed to collapse.

Australian government preparing attack on citizenship rights

By Mike Head, 4 February 2014

The Abbott government is whipping up fears of terrorism in order to justify a deeper offensive against basic democratic rights.

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EU und USA erhöhen Druck auf Ukraine

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Februar 2014

Die EU und die USA wollen erreichen, dass die ukrainische Verfassung geändert und eine Technokratenregierung eingesetzt wird.

Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz:
Deutschland und die USA vertreten aggressive Politik

Von Stefan Steinberg, 4. Februar 2014

Auf der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz setzten sich Vertreter der deutschen Regierung dafür ein, die Beschränkungen aufzuheben, die sich der deutsche Militarismus nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg auferlegt hatte.

Britische Labour Party will Schuldenbremse einführen

Von Julie Hyland, 4. Februar 2014

Die britische Labour Party verpflichtet sich auf Ausgabenkürzungen nach dem EU-Modell in Griechenland.

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Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité : L'Allemagne et les États-Unis poussent à des politiques agressives

Par Stefan Steinberg, 4 février 2014

Lors de la conférence, les responsables allemands ont cherché à se dispenser des limites imposées après la fin de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

La voleuse de livres : les nazis et l’assaut mené contre la culture, à l’époque et aujourd’hui

Par Joanne Laurier, 4 février 2014

Le film de Brian Percival aborde en partie les horreurs de la période de la Kristallnacht et est un rappel effectif de l’impact des atrocités nazies sur le quotidien.

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The Detroit bankruptcy and the global social counterrevolution

4 February 2014

The city’s “plan of adjustment” outlines a savage assault that will set a precedent to escalate the attacks on the working class throughout the US and internationally.

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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.

February 8 meeting in Berlin
Baberowski’s invitation to Service: The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

Wolfgang Weber of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany will elaborate the critique of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography and discuss the philosophical and political foundations of the post-Soviet school of historical falsification.

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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

Low-income seniors facing eviction from the Griswold Building in downtown Detroit appeal for support.

Bankruptcy court seeks union backing for assault on Detroit workers

By Lawrence Porter, 4 February 2014

The following statement was issued by Lawrence Porter, the assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.

Detroit infant mortality rate worst among large US cities

By Khara Sikhan, 4 February 2014

Detroit’s infant mortality rate of 14.7 per 1,000 live births is worse than in many developing nations.

Public meeting at the University of Michigan
Exposing the Bankers’ Conspiracy: A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, February 5 to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

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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Mehring Books

New pamphlet on Detroit bankruptcy
Exposing the Bankers Conspiracy
For a Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

4 February 2014

This new SEP pamphlet examines the financial swindles behind the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014


The roots of South Africa’s Workers and Socialist Party and its political role

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 4 February 2014

While claiming to point the way towards a socialist reconstruction of society, the Workers and Socialist Party is related through its core elements to the bourgeois nationalist ANC.

Germany, US push aggressive policies at Munich Security Conference

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 February 2014

Arts Review

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

By Hiram Lee, 3 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the award-winning American film and stage actor, has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46.

Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski revisited: Camera Buff (1979)

By Dorota Niemitz, 3 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014

Obama names advocate of cyber-warfare to head NSA

By Eric London, 3 February 2014

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Book Review

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

By Dave Hyland, 3 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2014

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

25 years ago: Soviet troops make final pullout from Afghan capital

On February 5, 1989, the last of the Soviet troops occupying Afghanistan pulled out of Kabul, leaving the capital city under martial law.

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50 years ago: Emilio Aguinaldo dead at 94

On February 4, 1964, Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Filipino independence struggle, died.

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75 years ago: Franco issues “Law of Political Responsibilities”

On February 9, 1939, with Catalonia almost completely conquered, General Francisco Franco retroactively criminalized any support for the Spanish Republic.

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100 years ago: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign Armenian Reform Agreement

On February 8, 1914, the Armenian Reform Agreement was signed between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, granting certain autonomous rights to Turkey’s Armenian population.

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