US escalates Syrian intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2014

Having failed to advance regime-change through talks in Geneva, Washington is stepping up its funding and arming of Islamist and mercenary fighters in Syria.

Auto workers reject UAW at Tennessee VW plant

By Tom Eley and Jerry White, 17 February 2014

The vote at the Chattanooga VW plant is a debacle for the UAW, which had based its survival strategy on being invited into plants by corporations like Volkswagen.

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More Snowden documents expose US-Australian spying on Indonesia

By Mike Head, 17 February 2014

The latest leaks underscore the central role that Australian intelligence agencies play in the massive US spying operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

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German government steps up military operations

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 February 2014

Germany’s post-war foreign policy of military restraint is being jettisoned as it prepares to join in the new “scramble for Africa.”

Australian state government bolsters “move-on” police powers

By Daniel Saul, 17 February 2014

In an attack on democratic rights, police are to be given wide powers to bar people from areas or exclude them from protests and pickets.

Indonesian volcanic eruption displaces tens of thousands

By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2014

The eruption last Thursday killed at least four people in Java’s densely populated east.

New Zealand government cancels passports over Syrian conflict

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2014

The government’s decision, taken without any semblance of due process, sets a new precedent in attacks on democratic rights.

Widespread abstention in UK’s Wythenshawe by-election

By Julie Hyland, 17 February 2014

With a turnout of just 28.5 percent, there is no disguising the widespread alienation of the overwhelming majority of the population from the existing setup.

Comcast, Time Warner in $45 billion merger

By Tom Eley, 17 February 2014

David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, is linked closely to the Democratic Party and President Obama. Last week, Cohen and his wife dined in the White House with the Obamas and French President Francoise Hollande.

Five die in North Minneapolis fire

By Mike Stapleton, 17 February 2014

A father lost five children in an apartment fire in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of North Minneapolis.

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption

By Tom Hall, 17 February 2014

Nagin was found guilty in federal court of 20 charges related to corruption while in office.

New in Italian

Cambio di governo

Di Marianne Arens, 17 febbraio 2014

Giovedì sera Enrico Letta ha annunciato le sue dimissioni da primo ministro, a seguito della mozione di sfiducia nei suoi confronti, quale leader del partito, votata dallo stesso PD.

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Edward Snowden et la pseudo-gauche européenne

Par Robert Stevens, 17 février 2014

Les événements s'étant déroulés au Parlement européen ont démontré que les organisations de la pseudo-gauche sont intégrées à la politique bourgeoise. Pour eux, le sort du lanceur d'alerte Edward Snowden n'a aucune importance.

Le gouvernement du Canada défend ses pratiques d'espionnage

Par Keith Jones, 17 février 2014

Le gouvernement conservateur du Canada et ses services de renseignement défendent obstinément le pouvoir que s'est attribué l'État d'espionner les communications électroniques des citoyens canadiens.

L'intervention de Robert Service à Berlin se termine par un fiasco

Par Peter Schwarz, 17 février 2014

L'annulation au dernier moment et sans explication de l'allocution annoncée publiquement de Robert Service revient à une admission de faillite intellectuelle.

Un forum de Reddit met le WSWS sur sa liste noire

Par le comité rédaction du WSWS, 17 février 2014

Dans un acte flagrant de censure politique, les modérateurs du forum r/socialism sur le site de partage de liens Reddit ont unilatéralement mis sur la «liste noire» le World Socialist Web Site pour une période d’un mois.

Changement de gouvernement en Italie

Par Marianne Arens, 17 février 2014

Matteo Renzi a organisé ce qui ressemble à une révolution de palais dans le but de renverser son collègue de parti, Enrico Letta.

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Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

17 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

The inquiry exposed a political conspiracy to rip up city workers’ pensions and benefits, privatize the DIA and restructure the city in the interests of the rich.

“This country could have a revolution”
Detroit Inquiry attendees denounce attack on workers’ rights

By WSWS reporters, 17 February 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers, retirees and youth after the Workers Inquiry.

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

By <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> Editorial Board, 14 February 2014

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

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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.

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Service’s public lecture was canceled and moved to a secret location from which all critics were barred.

Nine questions for Robert Service

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

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

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

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.

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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.

25 years ago: Iran-Contra trial reopens

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist removed his stay on the criminal trial of Lt. Col. Oliver North and allowed the trial to reopen on February 21, 1989.

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50 years ago: France crushes coup in former African colony

On February 19, 1964, French soldiers crushed a coup d'état in the former colony of Gabon.

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75 years ago: Nazis showcase Volkswagen Beetle at auto show

On February 17, 1939, the Nazi regime held its German International Motor Show in Berlin. Hitler arrived to open the show escorted by a fleet of racing cars and motorcycles.

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100 years ago: Rosa Luxemburg convicted of sedition by German authorities

On February 20, 1914, German Marxist leader Rosa Luxemburg was convicted of sedition charges and sentenced to a year imprisonment by the Frankfurt Criminal Court.

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Arts Review

Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco

By Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who is being sued by the National Francisco Franco Foundation for offending the honour of the fascist dictator.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden and Europe’s pseudo-left

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2014

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US Congress lifts federal debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2014

White House sued for covering up crimes of JPMorgan

By Gabriel Black, 15 February 2014

US ready to do business with Hindu supremacist candidate for Indian PM

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2014

Workers Struggles

One year since the betrayal of the NYC school bus workers strike

By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

Toyota registers record profit through ruthless restructuring

By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014

Australian car industry closure: A warning to workers internationally

By James Cogan, 13 February 2014

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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