After pro-EU putsch in Ukraine, Russia puts military on alert

By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014

Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.

The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014

What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.

Snowden documents show US, UK spy agencies infiltrate online groups

By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014

The NSA and GCHQ are employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert online activities.

US Supreme Court backs police on warrantless searches

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2014

The 6-3 majority backed the warrantless search of a home after police arrested the resident who had objected to it.

Obama threatens total US withdrawal from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2014

In the face of Karzai’s failure to sign a deal granting blanket immunity to US troops, Obama is threatening to withdraw them all.

Sri Lanka: Police intimidation against SEP workers inquiry on industrial pollution

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 27 February 2014

The SEP warns that the police surveillance is in preparation for a witch hunt against its members and supporters.

India: BJP PM candidate Modi makes provocative anti-China speech

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 February 2014

Just days after the US signaled its readiness to do business with the BJP prime ministerial candidate, he travelled to one of the remotest corners of India to denounce Chinese “expansionism.”

North West police commissioner appears before inquiry into Marikana massacre

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 27 February 2014

Evidence belies the testimony of Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo that the massacre at the Lonmin mine in 2012 was not a premeditated bloodbath.

Australia: Qantas Airways to cut 5,000 jobs and impose wage freeze

By James Cogan, 27 February 2014

The job destruction flows directly from the cut-throat competition for market share and profits among rival transnational airline alliances since the 2008 global financial crisis.

More evidence about atrocity at Australian-run refugee camp

By Mike Head, 27 February 2014

The government is intending to whitewash the assault on refugees, while exploiting the death and injuries to deter asylum seekers from trying to reach Australia.

US seeks to hijack Bosnia protests

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 27 February 2014

Washington has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the intransigence of local politicians and the EU’s failure to resolve the quagmire.

Czech government embarks on more austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2014

The new Czech government is committed to a political course that is aligned to the European Union but abhorred by the population.

New York City budget exposes contrast between mayor’s rhetoric and reality

By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2014

New mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals reveal the emptiness of his campaign promises to address the growing poverty and unemployment that have made New York one of the most unequal cities in the world.

New in Russian

Переворот на Украине: Предупреждение для рабочего класса

Петер Шварц, 27 февраля 2014 г.

Происходящие на Украине события являются предупреждением международному рабочему классу. То, что было немыслимо в Европе со времен падения гитлеровского Третьего рейха в 1945 году, возникло как реальность: в то время как США и Германия беспощадно и безрассудно дестабилизировали страну, фашисты выдвинулись на роль решающей силы.

Французское правительство приветствует путч на Украине

Кумаран Ира, 27 февраля 2014 г.

Французский политический истеблишмент приветствовал произошедшее в субботу свержение украинского президента Виктора Януковича. Путч был проведен руками поддерживаемой Западом оппозиции, ударные отряды которой состояли из фашистских групп, прославляющих преступления нацистов.

New in Greek

Η πόζα της αντίθεσης του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ ενάντια στην ελληνική λιτότητα ξεσκεπάζεται

Του Ρόμπερτ Στήβενς, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ έχει παραδεχθεί πως αν ερχόταν στην εξουσία, θα αποπλήρωνε το μέγιστο μέρος του ελληνικού χρέους.

New in Turkish

AB’nin ve aşırı sağın Ukrayna’daki hükümet kurma çabaları başarısız oldu

Alex Lantier, 27 Şubat 2014

AB dış politika şefi Catherine Ashton, farklı muhalefet partilerini bir koalisyonda bir araya getirmeyi amaçlayan iki günlük verimsiz görüşmelerin ardından Kiev’den ayrıldı.

New in French

Bilan de 14 morts lors de manifestations au Venezuela

Par Bill Van Auken, 27 février 2014

Le gouvernement Maduro alterne entre la répression et des appels au «dialogue» avec la droite vénézuelienne et Washington.

Les heurts en Ukraine signalent une escalade de l'intervention américano-européenne

Par Oliver Campbell et Peter Symonds, 27 février 2014

Les scènes sanglantes à Kiev sont le résultat direct de la campagne menée par les États-Unis et l'Allemagne pour faire tomber le président ukrainien Yanukovitch.

Canada: Les agences d'espionnage accroissent leur collaboration et leurs activités

Par Dylan Lubao, 27 février 2014

Les principales agences de renseignements du Canada collaborent de plus en plus dans leurs activités, tandis que se multiplient les opérations d'espionnage de l'État sur les Canadiens ordinaires.

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

New in German

Die geopolitische Dimension des Umsturzes in der Ukraine

Von Peter Schwarz, 27. Februar 2014

Beim Umsturz in der Ukraine geht es weniger um innenpolitische Fragen, als um einen internationalen Kampf um Macht und Einfluss, der sich seit einem Vierteljahrhundert hinzieht.

Ukraine: Versuch der Regierungsbildung durch die EU und Rechtsextreme scheitert

Von Alex Lantier, 27. Februar 2014

Der von faschistischen Kräften angeführte Putsch in der Ukraine erweist sich angesichts des Drängens der internationalen Banken auf Austerität und der wachsenden Spannungen mit Russland als Versuch, eine Diktatur des Finanzkapitals zu errichten.

Libyscher Militärkommandant fordert Militärjunta nach ägyptischem Vorbild

Von Jean Shaoul, 27. Februar 2014

Der Allgemeine Nationalkongress ist kaum mehr als ein Konsortium aus islamistischen Kräften, Überbleibseln des Gaddafi-Regimes und Verbrecherbanden.

Südafrikanische Gewerkschaften streben nach Kontrolle über militante Arbeiter - Teil 1

Von Thabo Seseane Jr., 27. Februar 2014

Dies ist der erste Teil eines zweiteiligen Artikels über die Manöver der südafrikanischen Gewerkschaften, mit denen sie die wachsende Militanz der Arbeiterklasse unter Konrolle halten wollen.

Dringender Appell
Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, die World Socialist Web Site braucht heute Eure Unterstützung!

26. Februar 2014

Es bleiben nur noch zwei Tage bis zum Monatsende und es fehlen noch knapp 900 Euro in unserem Monatsfonds. Bitte spendet heute noch!

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The political lessons of the UAW debacle in Tennessee

27 February 2014

The rejection of the United Auto Workers union by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee has provoked an outpouring of handwringing and despair from liberal and pseudo-left publications.

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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 Zorya Serebryakova

By our reporter, 27 February 2014

Zorya Leonidovna Serebryakova’s father, Leonid Petrovich Serebryakov, was a leading Bolshevik and Left Oppositionist. One of the main defendants in the Second Moscow Trial, he was found guilty and shot on February 1, 1937.

Interview with Yuri Primakov

By our reporter, 26 February 2014

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

Video: Attendees speak on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

In this video, workers and youth reflect on the content of the Inquiry, its significance and the way forward in the fight to defend the rights of working people.

Report to the Workers Inquiry
Art and the working class

By David Walsh, 26 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

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 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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014

US authorities seek national license plate tracking system

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »


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

Auto Workers Struggles

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

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014

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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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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