Attempts of EU, far-right opposition to set up Ukraine government collapse

By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2014

Amid pressure for austerity from international banks and rising tensions with Russia, Saturday’s fascist-led putsch is proving to be an attempt to impose a dictatorship of finance capital.

Thailand: Five dead in latest attacks on anti-government protests

By Tom Peters, 26 February 2014

The opposition blamed the government for the deaths, but it has more to gain from violence that could provide the pretext for a military coup.

As growth slows, Bank of Japan “opens spigot” to the rich

By John Watanabe, 26 February 2014

Japan’s central bank decided to expand its massive monetary easing program.

Pentagon chief proposes $115 billion increase in military spending

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2014

The five-year budget plan assumes that Congress will rescind all future cuts in military spending called for by the current “sequester” budget deal.

Judge dismisses suit against New York police spying on Muslims

By Sandy English, 26 February 2014

District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.

Homeless population in US capital up 135 percent from last year

By Adam Soroka, 26 February 2014

The unprecedented rate of homeless families seeking shelter in the US capital is straining the family shelter system to capacity.

Arizona legislature enacts anti-gay legislation

By Ed Hightower, 26 February 2014

SB 1062 allows businesses to refuse service to gays on the flimsy pretext of respecting religious beliefs.

California board votes to increase pension contributions as benefits face attack

By Kevin Martinez, 26 February 2014

The move by the pension board will translate into increased payments from workers, with some employees faced with an immediate rise equivalent to 0.75 percent of their salaries.

Italy’s new prime minister prepares attacks on working class

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2014

Combined with rhetoric about uniting the nation, the end of ideological struggles and the courage to make radical decisions, Renzi declared war on the working class.

Massive education cuts in German state of Saxony

By Sven Heymann, 26 February 2014

Universities in the eastern German state of Saxony are threatened with massive cuts, including the closure of entire departments.

Communication Workers Union becomes official tool of management at Royal Mail in Britain

By Zach Reed, 26 February 2014

In return for seats at the top table the CWU are seeking to impose the terms of the agreement made as part of privatisation.

Unions betray Israel’s Hadassah hospital strike

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2014

The bitter two-week dispute at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital won broad popular support at a time of other hospital closures in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

Australia: Community services minister denounces public housing tenants

By Stephen Griffiths and Richard Phillips, 26 February 2014

New South Wales minister attacks residents, claiming they are responsible for conditions produced by decades of poverty, government cost-cutting and social neglect.

Parti Quebecois government intensifies big business’ austerity drive

By Keith Jones, 26 February 2014

Quebec’s Parti Quebecois government presented an austerity budget last week with the aim of solidifying big business support before making a bid to win a parliamentary majority in a Spring election.

New in Turkish

Arjantin toplumsal patlamanın eşiğinde

Rafael Azul, 26 Şubat 2014

Bütün sahte sol örgütler, sendika federasyonlarının sola çekilebileceği yanılsamasını besliyorlar.

New in French

Le gouvernement égyptien démissionne devant la montée de la vague de grèves

Par Johannes Stern, 26 février 2014

Cette démission ouvre la voie à l'installation du chef de la junte, le maréchal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi comme président et à une confrontation avec la classe ouvrière.

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

New in German

Ägypten: Kabinett tritt zurück, Streikwelle nimmt zu

Von Johannes Stern, 26. Februar 2014

Der Rücktritt der Regierung ebnet den Weg für die Präsidentschaftskandidatur des Putschführers Feldmarschall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi und für eine Konfrontation mit der Arbeiterklasse.

Italien: Renzi kündigt “Reformen” im Eiltempo an

Von Marianne Arens, 26. Februar 2014

Eingebettet in rhetorische Phrasen über das Zusammenrücken der Nation, das Ende ideologischer Kämpfe und den Mut zu radikalen Entscheidungen erklärte Renzi der Arbeiterklasse den Krieg.

Stilllegung der australischen Autoindustrie: Eine Bedrohung für die Arbeiter weltweit

Von James Cogan, 26. Februar 2014

Die Situation, der die australischen Autoarbeiter ausgesetzt sind, bedeutet ein vernichtendes historisches Urteil über alle nationalen Programme und das Profitsystems selbst.

Tschechische Regierung plant weitere Sparmaßnahmen

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. Februar 2014

Die neue tschechische Regierung von Ministerpräsident Bohuslav Sobotka schlägt innen- wie außenpolitisch einen Kurs ein, der enger mit der Europäischen Union abgestimmt ist.

Proteste in Venezuela: Zahl der Toten steigt auf vierzehn

Von Bill Van Auken, 26. Februar 2014

Die Maduro-Regierung schwankt zwischen Unterdrückung und Forderungen nach "Dialog" mit der venezolanischen Rechten und Washington.

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26. Februar 2014

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The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

26 February 2014

The subordination of fundamental democratic rights to an omnipotent state runs as a constant thread through the ruling that deems David Miranda’s detention lawful.

Earlier Perspectives »


WSWS publishes interviews with children of the Left Opposition

By Fred Williams and Clara Weiss, 25 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing interviews with three children of Soviet Left Oppositionists—Tatiana Smilga, Zorya Serebryakova and Yuri Primakov—and with Tatiana Isaeva, granddaughter of the outstanding Marxist literary critic, Alexander Voronsky.

Interview with Yuri Primakov

By our reporter, 26 February 2014

Vitaly Markovich Primakov was a hero of the October Revolution and the Civil War and later an important member of the Left Opposition.

Interview with Tatiana Smilga-Poluyan

By our reporter, 25 February 2014

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Berlin IYSSE protests Professor Jörg Baberowski’s suppression of democratic discussion at Humboldt University

22 February 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality have sent an open letter calling upon the University Board of the Humboldt University to censure Professor Jörg Baberowski for his undemocratic behavior.

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 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.


David North to speak at the New School in NYC
The Unfinished Twentieth Century: The Philosophy and Politics of Historical Falsification

At this public meeting, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North will examine the philosophical premises and political impulses that find expression in the falsification of the history of the “unfinished” twentieth century. In particular, he will focus on disturbing tendencies in historiography in Germany, where leading historians are relativizing and legitimizing the crimes of Hitler’s Third Reich.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Report to the Workers Inquiry
Art and the working class

By David Walsh, 26 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by David Walsh, World Socialist Web Site arts editor.

Detroit workers denounce bankruptcy restructuring plan

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2014

Detroit News feigns sympathy for Griswold tenants as evictions loom

By Tracy Montry and Betty Hayes, 25 February 2014

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
We Come as Friends and Run Boy Run: Two more films that take a serious approach

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 February 2014

Hubert Sauper’s documentary examines the record of Western intervention in Africa, while Pepe Danquart’s fiction film recounts the experience of a fatherless Jewish boy in wartime Poland.

House of Cards, season 2: The American politician as conspirator and murderer

By Joanne Laurier, 21 February 2014

A review of David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves from Uruguay
“The Permanent Revolution in film criticism”

By Marcelo Arias Souto, 19 February 2014

David Walsh to conduct book tour on The Sky Between the Leaves

19 February 2014


New fossil discovery sheds light on the evolution of the human hand

By Philip Guelpa, 26 February 2014

The discovery of a fossilized hominin metacarpal bone in Kenya demonstrates that the evolution of a key adaptation of the hand, thought to be associated with sophisticated tool production, occurred much earlier than had previously been known.

The puzzle of the proton radius

By Will Morrow, 21 February 2014


Oppose political discrimination at University of Newcastle

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Australia, 24 February 2014

For the first time at any university, University of Newcastle Clubs and Societies is re-interpreting the Students Services and Amenities Fee legislation to justify proscribing political activities.

1914 to 2014
The glorification of World War I and the preparations for World War III
IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

22 February 2014

The Australian government has begun a truly grotesque campaign to “celebrate” World War I. It is aimed at promoting nationalism, patriotism and militarism as conflicts between the major powers escalate, creating potential flashpoints all over the world.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election
Vote for the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)!
Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014

The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.


Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2014

Egyptian cabinet resigns as strike wave grows

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2014

A bankers’ plan for Detroit

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

GM’s job destruction and the South Korean pseudo-left

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014

Socialist Equality Party campaigns against Toyota Australia shutdown

By our reporters, 22 February 2014

More on auto workers struggles »

Workers Struggles

Defend the social right to public education: Oppose St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ sellout contract!

By Eric London, 24 February 2014

Portland teachers to vote on tentative contract deal

By Hector Cordon, 24 February 2014

25 years ago: Ten killed in Bombay riots over The Satanic Verses

On February 24,1989, 40,000 Muslims rioted in Bombay, India over Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses.

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50 years ago: US hints at attack on North Vietnam

This week in 1964 the administration of Lyndon Johnson made a series of moves that suggested it was preparing an attack on North Vietnam.

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75 years ago: US Supreme Court moves against sit-down strikes

On February 27,1939, the Supreme Court clamped down on sit-down strikes in the case National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corporation.

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100 years ago: Greeks declare independence in Northern Epirus

The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus was declared on February 28, 1914, in a rebellion against the prospect of Albanian rule over the territory, whose population was of mixed Albanian and Greek origins.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014

Partner of Glenn Greenwald was held at London airport
UK ruling against David Miranda escalates assault on democratic rights

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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