Obama hails dismal jobs report, signs bill to slash food stamps

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 8 February 2014

Obama’s remarks revealed both his indifference to the social impact of mass unemployment and budget cuts, and the disconnect between the political system and the sentiments and needs of the American people.

US response to leaked call confirms US/EU regime-change plot in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2014

The leaked US diplomatic call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to install authoritarian regimes in countries it is targeting.

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US disputes China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2014

The move by the US State Department to challenge Beijing’s maritime territorial claim constitutes an escalation of Washington’s campaign against China.

AOL head rolls back pensions, citing Obamacare and cost of “distressed babies”

By Kate Randall, 8 February 2014

AOL’s total revenue rose to $679 million the fourth quarter ending December 31, while CEO Armstrong’s compensation quadrupled in 2012, to $12.1 million.

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UK Conservatives face crisis over referendum on European Union

By Julie Hyland, 8 February 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to invoke the Parliament Act to force through EU referendum legislation.

Rich lap up the cream of Britain’s top state schools

By Thomas Scripps, 8 February 2014

The richest in the UK are able to pick and choose the 30 best state schools to educate their children.

Witch-hunt against Australian ABC escalates over refugee torture allegations

By Mike Head, 8 February 2014

The government and the corporate media are seeking to create an atmosphere of wartime-like censorship.

Refugee details punishment at sea by Australian navy

By Will Morrow, 8 February 2014

Sailors intentionally held the hands of asylum seekers over hot engine pipes as punishment for their protests against lack of access to the toilet.

Canada’s Conservatives threaten CN Rail workers with anti-strike law

By Carl Bronski, 8 February 2014

Only hours after the federal Conservative government threatened to criminalize pending strike action, the Teamsters initialed a tentative contract with Canadian National Rail.

Tragic death of homeless woman in Sydney

By Mark Church and Mike Head, 8 February 2014

Despite the concerns of local residents, Monika Chetty’s plight was ignored by authorities until she was found with fatal burns.

Coal ash spill in North Carolina threatens population

By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2014

A major leak has been discovered at an inactive coal ash disposal site near the Dan River.

New in Russian

Украина и проимпериалистические интеллектуалы

Алекс Лантье, 8 февраля 2013 г.

«Открытое письмо о будущем Украины», опубликованное группой западных академических ученых и фигур, связанных с внешней политикой, является отвратительной защитой идущих на Украине и возглавляемых крайне-правыми силами протестов, которые поддерживаются Вашингтоном и Европейским Союзом.

New in Turkish

Toplumsal eşitsizlik ve işçi sınıfına karşı savaş

Andre Damon, 8 Şubat 2014

Krizden ve kapitalizmin çürümesinden çıkan şey, yeni türde bir aristokratik ayrıcalık ve siyasi gericiliktir.

Ekonomik “düzelme”nin gerçek yüzü
Toplu işten çıkartmalar Kuzey Amerika’yı, Avrupa’yı ve Japonya’yı vuruyor

Kate Randall, 8 Şubat 2014

Kapsamlı işten çıkartmalar Kuzey Amerika, Avrupa ve Japonya imalat, eczacılık, teknoloji ve perakende satış sektörlerini boydan boya vuruyor.

New in French

Les Etats-Unis menacent les entreprises françaises de sanctions au sujet de l’Iran

Par Peter Symonds, 8 février 2014

Le gouvernement Obama a réagi à l’arrivée à Téhéran d’une importante délégation de patrons français avec une hostilité à peine déguisée.

Un vote néo-fasciste important prédit aux élections municipales françaises

Par Anthony Torres, 8 février 2014

Les medias annoncent un vote sanction important contre le PS au pouvoir et ses politiques d’austérité défendues par la pseudo-gauche.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Ukraine: Diplomatisches Telefonat enthüllt amerikanische Pläne für Regimewechsel

Von Patrick O’Connor, 8. Februar 2014

Vertreter der US-Regierung haben mit Führern der Opposition darüber diskutiert, wer in der Ukraine an die Regierung gebracht werden soll.

Acht Fragen an Robert Service

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 8. Februar 2014

Am 12. Februar spricht der britische Autor Robert Service an der Humboldt Universität Berlin über seine international diskreditierte Trotzki-Biographie. Die PSG hat dazu acht Fragen formuliert.

Die Wurzeln der südafrikanischen Workers and Socialist Party und ihre politische Rolle

Von Thabo Seseane Jr., 8. Februar 2014

Im Vorfeld der Parlamentswahlen 2014 in Südafrika ist die Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) gegründet worden. Das ist eine pseudolinke Gruppe, die mit dem Committee for a Workers International (CWI) in Verbindung steht.

Dave Hyland und der Kampf für sozialistisches Bewusstsein

Von Ulrich Rippert, 8. Februar 2014

Dave Hyland verstand, dass die revolutionäre Stärke der Arbeiterklasse nur aufgrund einer sozialistischen und internationalistischen Perspektive, – das heißt, durch den Aufbau des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale – entwickelt werden kann.

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The revival of Japanese militarism

8 February 2014

The denial of crimes such as the Rape of Nanking has only one meaning—it is the ideological preparation for new wars and new atrocities.

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.

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

“We have to be conscious, think, plan and unite”
Detroiters endorse Workers Inquiry, denounce bankruptcy

By WSWS reporters, 8 February 2014

The WSWS spoke to workers who explained why they were planning to attend the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions (detroitinquiry.org).

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

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.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial election

By Socialist Equality Party, 8 February 2014

The SEP is fielding 43 candidates for Colombo District on the basis of a socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Arts Review

Portuguese government tries to auction 85 works by Joan Miró

By Sybille Fuchs, 8 February 2014

Portugal’s right-wing government is attempting to sell off works of art rightfully belonging to the Portuguese people.

Pianist Menahem Pressler, refugee from Nazism, performs at the Berlin Philharmonic

By Verena Nees, 6 February 2014


Social inequality and the war against the working class

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2014

Tony Blair whitewashes imperialism’s role in the Middle East

By Jordan Shilton, 7 February 2014

Quebec Liberals stoke PQ’s anti-democratic Charter of Values campaign

By Richard Dufour, 7 February 2014

The return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014

Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2014

In latest “human rights” crusade, NY Times’ Kristof promotes allegations against Woody Allen

By David Walsh, 5 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 February 2014

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

Pseudo-left groups silent on rail unions’ effort to call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 7 February 2014


Lou Renfrow (1925-2014)

By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2014

Lou Renfrow played an important role in the party’s intervention among auto workers in Dayton, Ohio.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US threats mount against journalists, Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2014

Canada’s government curtly dismisses concerns over blanket spying

By Keith Jones, 6 February 2014

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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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Letters from our readers

8 February 2014

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.

An exchange of letters on “NY Times calls JPMorgan CEO’s pay raise ‘laudable’”

By Barry Grey, 6 February 2014