US, Europe step up threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 February 2014

US and European statements calling upon other countries to avoid “provocative action” in Ukraine are utterly hypocritical.

GCHQ, NSA collected webcam images from 1.8 million Yahoo users

By Thomas Gaist, 28 February 2014

A secret surveillance program, “Optic Nerve,” has been engaged in mass collection of screen shots from users’ webcams.

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US insurers protest planned cuts to Medicare Advantage

By Kate Randall, 28 February 2014

Moves to implement cuts in Medicare Advantage reimbursements have faced an annual challenge from the insurance industry lobby.

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Thailand: Navy officers arrested for involvement in anti-government protests

By Tom Peters, 28 February 2014

The arrests indicate that sections of the military are actively participating in the anti-democratic campaign to overthrow the Yingluck government.

Pakistani air raids escalate in North Waziristan

By Sampath Perera, 28 February 2014

Up to 100 people have reportedly been killed, triggering a mass exodus of people fearing a full-scale military offensive, as demanded by Washington.

Devastation of health care in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2014

The closure of the entire state-run outpatient clinic network for one month to introduce the new Primary Healthcare Network could lead to thousands of job losses.

In the name of “peace”, the European Union readies for war

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2014

A recent series of policy briefs indicate a new stage in the aggressive imperialist foreign policy of the European powers.

Australian coal mine fire endangers working-class town

By Daniel Saul, 28 February 2014

Despite health warnings about the dangers of toxic smoke and ash, residents of Morwell have received virtually no assistance from the government or the corporate mine owners.

Report exposes denial of school lunches to children in Minnesota

By Mike Stapleton, 28 February 2014

A new report by Legal Aid exposes the widespread practice of denying or limiting access to hot lunches for children who cannot pay.

Netflix to pay Comcast to prioritize content

By Gabriel Black, 28 February 2014

In a deal announced last Sunday, Netflix will pay Comcast to ensure that its content gets sent to customers faster than that from other services.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’daki darbenin jeo-politik boyutları

Peter Schwarz, 28 Şubat 2014

ABD için Rusya’nın yalıtılması ön plandayken, Almanya, 1918’de ve 1941’de iki kez işgal etmiş olduğu Ukrayna’nın ekonomik yararlarıyla ilgileniyor.

New in Italian

Renzi prepara attacchi contro i lavoratori

Di Marianne Arens, 28 febbraio 2014

Martedì entrambe le camere del parlamento hanno dato il loro voto di fiducia al nuovo primo ministro Mario Renzi.

New in French

Coup d’Etat en Ukraine: un avertissement à la classe ouvrière internationale

Par Peter Schwarz, 28 février 2014

Ce qui, depuis 1945, paraissait inconcevable s’est produit: pendant que les Etats-Unis et l’Allemagne déstabilisent sans ménagement l’Ukraine, les fascistes sont devenus la force décisive sur le terrain.

Échec des tentatives de l'UE et de l'opposition d'extrême-droite d'établir un gouvernement en Ukraine

Par Alex Lantier, 28 février 2014

Avec la pression des banques internationales pour plus d'austérité et l'intensification des tensions avec la Russie, le putsch de samedi, conduit par les fascistes, se révèle être une tentative d'imposer une dictature du capital financier.

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

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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.

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26. Februar 2014

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US and Japanese troops train for war against China

28 February 2014

US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.

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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 Tatiana Isaeva

By our reporter, 28 February 2014

Tatiana Isaeva is the granddaughter of the Marxist literary critic Aleksandr Konstantinovich Voronsky, a Bolshevik from 1904 and participant in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 who later became an important figure in the Left Opposition.

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Reports to the Workers Inquiry
The rape of Detroit: Deindustrialization, financialization and parasitism

By Barry Grey, 28 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 Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site US national editor.

“People with vast means are salivating over our homes”
Detroit developers force artists out of downtown apartment building

By Zac Corrigan, 28 February 2014

Today in downtown Detroit about 20 tenants, most of them young artists and musicians, are being evicted from their apartments at 1217 Griswold Street.

Following Workers Inquiry, SEP meeting discusses Detroit restructuring plan

By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2014

Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, addressed the well-attended meeting, which attracted city workers and retirees, Griswold tenants facing eviction, students, young workers and professionals

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

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

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Arts Review

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
Between faith and the striving for truth: German films in competition at the Berlinale

By Bernd Reinhardt, 28 February 2014

German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

28 February 2014

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


The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014

Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2014

The political lessons of the UAW debacle in Tennessee

By Jerry White, 27 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden documents show US, UK spy agencies infiltrate online groups

By Nick Barrickman, 27 February 2014

The David Miranda ruling and the attack on press freedom

By Julie Hyland, 26 February 2014

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

By Philip Guelpa, 26 February 2014

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.

Auto Workers Struggles

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

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014

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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