European Parliament kills call to protect Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2014

The Obama administration and European governments exerted intense pressure on the parliamentary committee to excise all references to Snowden from a report on NSA spying.

Australian attorney-general accuses Snowden of “endangering lives”

By Mike Head, 13 February 2014

Former NSA chief Hayden praises Obama for “doubling down” on Bush-era spying

By Gabriel Black, 13 February 2014

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Hollande’s state visit to Washington: France embraces global neo-colonialist war

By Alex Lantier, 13 February 2014

French imperialism has signed on as a junior partner to the US agenda of world domination exemplified by the US invasion of Iraq over a decade ago.

Worker killed in Pennsylvania gas well explosion

By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2014

One worker was killed and another sent to the hospital in an explosion at a natural gas well in Pennsylvania.

Winter storm paralyzes US South

By Nick Barrickman, 13 February 2014

A massive winter storm moving through the southern and Mid-Atlantic United States has resulted in hundreds of thousands of power outages.

Pennsylvania residents go days without power after ice storm

By Douglas Lyons, 13 February 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania households went without power for days after an ice storm damaged the power grid.

Australian documentary reveals Israeli torture of Palestinian youth

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014

The policy is aimed at terrorising the Palestinian population and suppressing any opposition to the Israeli occupation.

Growing unease in Iran over rapprochement with Washington

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2014

Serious differences within Iran’s ruling elite over the attempted rapprochement with Washington have been repeatedly voiced in recent days.

How the German Left Party defends the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2014

Although popular opposition to the European Union is widespread and growing, the Left Party is eager to portray itself as a loyal defender of the EU.

Years of government cuts worsen UK flooding

By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2014

Severe flood warnings—meaning “danger to life”—are in place in towns and villages in the Thames Valley to the west of London.

Johnson Controls announces partial closure of plant in Bochum, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 13 February 2014

The Milwaukee-based conglomerate is threatening to eliminate 220 out of 660 jobs at the German plant by the end of the year.

New Zealand: Mana and Green parties stage anti-oil drilling protest

By John Braddock, 13 February 2014

The demonstration was bound up with the assertion of property rights by a privileged layer of the Maori tribal business elite.

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L'Etat américain annonce qu'il assassinera un citoyen américain

Par Tom Carter, 13 février 2014

Si le gouvernement peut ordonner l'assassinat par l'Etat d'un citoyen américain au nom de la sécurité nationale, qu'est-ce qui lui reste interdit ?

La posture d'opposition à l'austérité de SYRIZA se délite

Par Robert Stevens, 13 février 2014

La coalition SYRIZA a admis que si elle arrivait au pouvoir, elle rembourserait la plus grande partie de la dette du pays.

Les médias et les politiciens américains se mobilisent contre les Jeux olympiques de Sotchi

Par Andrea Peters, 13 février 2014

L'ouverture des Jeux olympiques de Sotchi a pris place vendredi en pleine campagne de propagande des médias américains, reprenant le mot d'ordre de l'administration Obama et de ses alliés d'Europe.

Les fondements philosophiques et politiques de la falsification historique

Par nos correspondants, 13 février 2014

Une centaine de participants ont débattu samedi, lors d’une réunion à l’université Humboldt de Berlin, l’invitation faite à Robert Service, l’auteur d’une biographie discréditée de Léon Trotsky.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
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Tarih çarpıtmasının felsefi ve siyasal temelleri
Berlin Humbolt Üniversitesi’ndeki IYSSE toplantısı

Muhabirlerimizden, 13 Şubat 2014

“Service’in Troçki’yi karalayan kitabı, kuyuyu zehirleme ve Troçki’nin eserlerine yönelik artan ilgiyi bastırma yönünde bir girişimdir.”

Reddit forumu WSWS’yi kara listeye aldı

WSWS Yayın Kurulu, 13 Şubat 2014

Onların sosyalist eleştiriye tepkisi, siyasi tartışmayı yasaklamaktır. Onların bir işçi sınıfı hareketine tepkisi, devlet baskısını desteklemek olacaktır.

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Die Rückkehr des japanischen Militarismus

Von Peter Symonds, 12. Februar 2014

Verbrechen wie das Massaker von Nanking zu leugnen, hat nur einen Grund: die ideologische Vorbereitung neuer Kriege und neuer Gräueltaten.

Die philosophischen und politischen Grundlagen der Geschichtsfälschung
Erfolgreiche Veranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt Universität

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 12. Februar 2014

Knapp hundert Teilnehmer diskutierten am vergangenen Samstag über die Einladung von Robert Service, dem Verfasser einer diskreditierten Trotzki-Biografie, an die Berliner Humboldt Universität.

Ungarns Regierung nutzt Holocaust-Gedenkjahr für Geschichtsrevision

Von Markus Salzmann, 12. Februar 2014

Die ungarische Regierung bemüht sich, das autoritäre Regime von Miklos Horthy zu rehabilitieren, und verdeutlicht so ihre Nähe zur extremen Rechten.

US-Medien und Politiker hetzen gegen Winterspiele in Sotschi

Von Andrea Peters, 12. Februar 2014

Amerikanische Medien haben die Eröffnung der Olympischen Winterspiele in Sotschi mit einer negativen Propagandaoffensive begleitet.

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Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

13 February 2014

The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.

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Socialist Equality Party

Reddit forum blacklists WSWS

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014

In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification
IYSSE meeting at the Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

Around one hundred participants discussed the invitation extended by Professor Jörg Baberowski to Robert Service, the author of a discredited biography of Leon Trotsky, at a meeting last Saturday at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Nine questions for Robert Service

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 11 February 2014

On February 12, British author Robert Service will speak at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his internationally discredited biography of Leon Trotsky. The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has formulated nine questions for Service.

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

24 January 2014

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

Obama’s corporate education model
What is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority?

By Nancy Hanover, 13 February 2014

Michigan’s EAA is being used as a national blueprint for the corporate control of education.

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and 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.

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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.

SEP European Election Campaign

Socialist Equality Party European election campaign finds support in German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

In recent weeks, some 900 registered voters have signed up to support the participation of the German Trotskyists in the European elections.

Workers Struggles

Rail unions betray London Underground strike

By Robert Stevens, 13 February 2014

The unions ended the dispute just a week after a strike on February 4/5 brought the capital to a standstill.

London Underground workers outraged at unions’ suspension of strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2014

Workers on the London Underground were angry and concerned upon hearing that Tuesday’s scheduled 48 hour strike was called off by the trade unions.

Support the London Underground strikers!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

11 February 2014

Unite the working class behind University of California workers!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

11 February 2014


The state assassination of a US citizen foretold

By Tom Carter, 12 February 2014

Canada: Religious accommodation request sparks political furor

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 12 February 2014

Obama renews threats as Syrian talks remain deadlocked

By Mike Head, 12 February 2014

Arts Review

Book review
James Cuno’s Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2014

The book polemicizes against the postmodern view that museums are mere institutions of ideological control imposing Western and state supremacy.

Auto Workers Struggles

Australian Labor Party and unions posture over Toyota closure

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014

More on the end of auto production in Australia »

Build rank-and-file committees to defend VW workers
Reject UAW-Volkswagen company union
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

11 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

Press leaks claim NSA collects “only” 30 percent of US phone calls

By Eric London, 10 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

25 years ago: Bush proposes continued Reagan-style spending cuts

During the week of February 10, 1989, press reports gave the details of the cuts in social spending proposed by US President George H.W. Bush in his first budget.

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50 years ago: Johnson proposes US health plan for elderly

In what was called a “special health message to Congress,” US President Lyndon Johnson proposed a system of national health insurance for those over 65.

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75 years ago: Catalonia falls to Franco

On February 10, 1939, the last part of the province of Catalonia fell to the military forces of General Franco.

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100 years ago: Constitutional crisis in Sweden over military build-up

On February 10, 1914, the Swedish government resigned, with more than 100 Liberal members of parliament issuing a joint statement warning that the actions of King Gustav V threatened to put an end to parliamentary rule.

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Letters from our readers

13 February 2014

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