US steps up pressure on Russia amid growing risk of war over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014

The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.

Canada supports Ukraine coup, threats to Russia

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014

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China: Uighur separatists blamed for railway station killings

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2014

Attackers armed with long knives killed 29 travellers and employees at Kunming railway station in southwestern China.

US Justice Department protocols include sweeping attacks on press freedom

By Eric London, 4 March 2014

New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.

Rome at risk of Detroit-style bankruptcy

By Marc Wells, 4 March 2014

Italy’s new premier, Matteo Renzi, has approved a decree that prepares the framework for an unprecedented assault on public workers and services as well as the selloff of cultural assets.

Germany’s Angela Merkel feted by the UK to little effect

By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2014

The German chancellor allotted just six hours to her visit, stopping off on the way back to Berlin from Israel, where she had spent two days with her entire cabinet.

UK: Families of Hillsborough disaster victims placed under police surveillance

By Barry Mason, 4 March 2014

Hillsborough family campaigners strongly believed their phone calls were being monitored in the aftermath of the football stadium disaster.

What the 2008 Federal Reserve transcripts reveal

By Andre Damon, 4 March 2014

The release of Federal Reserve transcripts from 2008 shines a light on decisions that shaped political and economic conditions for years to come.

New report documents Sri Lankan military’s killing of surrendering LTTE leaders

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 4 March 2014

The ICEP report provides further compelling evidence of Colombo’s war crimes.

Unarmed man dies in custody of Oklahoma police

By E.P. Bannon, 4 March 2014

Luis Rodriguez was pepper sprayed, held down on the pavement and placed in two sets of handcuffs.

California Democrats attack pension protections

By David Brown, 4 March 2014

San Jose mayor Chuck Reed is pushing for an amendment to the state Constitution to remove protections for public employee pensions.

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Obama et Kerry donnent des leçons à la Russie sur l'Ukraine

Par Bill Van Auken, 4 mars 2014

Pour qui se prennent Obama et Kerry pour faire la leçon à Moscou sur la « stabilité » et « l'intégrité territoriale » après que l'impérialisme américain a semé le chaos et provoqué le démantèlement d'Etats dans la région?

les Etats-Unis et l’Europe intensifient les menaces contre la Russie à propos de l’Ukraine

Par Stefan Steinberg, 4 mars 2014

Les déclarations des Etats-Unis et de l’Europe appelant les autres pays à éviter « toute action provocatrice » en Ukraine sont foncièrement hypocrites.

La fraude politique de la déclaration d'International Viewpoint sur l'Ukraine

Par le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, 4 mars 2014

L'attribution de cette déclaration au CIQI est une provocation politique dont le but est de discréditer le trotskysme en l'associant aux politiques de droite des organisations néo-pablistes.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
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Die Krise in der Ukraine

Internationales Komitee der Vierten Internationale, 4. März 2014

Der von den USA und Deutschland inszenierte rechte Putsch und die russische Intervention auf der Krim haben die gefährlichste internationale Krise seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ausgelöst. Wie zuletzt in den 1930er Jahren werden plötzlich Ultimaten gestellt und die Streitkräfte in Europa in höchste Alarmbereitschaft versetzt.

Obama und Kerry belehren Russland zum Thema Ukraine

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. März 2014

Mit welchem Recht belehren Obama und Kerry Moskau über "Stabilität" und "territoriale Integrität“, wenn der US-Imperialismus Gewalt geschürt und den Zerfall von Staaten in der Region gefördert hat?

Ukraine-Erklärung des International Viewpoint – eine politische Fälschung

Von dem Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale, 4. März 2014

Die Veröffentlichung dieser Erklärung im Namen des Internationalen Komitee der Vierten Internationale ist eine politische Provokation. Sie hat die Absicht, den Trotzkismus mit der rechten Politik neopablistischer Organisationen in Verbindung zu bringen.

Ex-Bundespräsident Wulff freigesprochen

Von Justus Leicht, 4. März 2014

Der Freispruch wirft die Frage auf, weshalb die Medien und die Staatsanwaltschaft Hannover mit solcher Vehemenz gegen Wulff vorgegangen sind.

Zwischen Glaube, Kriegseinsatz und Aufklärung - deutsche Wettbewerbsfilme auf der 64. Berlinale
Teil 4

Von Bernd Reinhard, 4. März 2014

Der deutsche Film war dieses Jahr auf dem Festival stark vertreten. Allein im Wettbewerbsprogramm liefen vier deutsche Produktionen.

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US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

4 March 2014

In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.

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Fourth International

The political fraud of International Viewpoint’s statement on Ukraine

the International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014

The attribution of this statement to the ICFI is a political provocation whose purpose is to discredit Trotskyism by associating it with the right-wing politics of the neo-Pabloite organizations.


The crisis in Ukraine

The International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014

The crisis that has erupted in Ukraine following the right-wing coup engineered by the United States and Germany and the intervention of Russia into Crimea has created the most dangerous international confrontation since the end of World War II.

US-backed Ukrainian regime mobilizes reserves, threatening war with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2014

Arts Review

2014 Academy Awards: Life versus the film industry

By David Walsh, 4 March 2014

Sunday’s awards ceremony in Hollywood was undistinguished for the most part by excitement, urgency or social insight.

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


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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit emergency manager targets bus riders, transit workers

By Debra Watson and Mitch Marcus, 4 March 2014

Both bus riders and bus drivers in Detroit are being singled out for further pain under Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment.

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

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

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

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

Emergency manager steps up blackmail of Detroit pensioners

By Jerry White, 3 March 2014

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

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

22 February 2014

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Defend public education
Vote “no” on St. Paul Federation of Teachers sellout contract!

By Mike Stapleton, 4 March 2014

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers contract proposal does not in the slightest manner defend the right to public education.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 March 2014

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

AFSCME cancels strike, accepts concessions at University of California

By Norisa Diaz, 3 March 2014

Australia: Aurizon coal train drivers locked out

By Terry Cook, 3 March 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014

Documents confirm US military spying on antiwar groups

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

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!

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

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

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

25 years ago: Bitter strike begins at Eastern Airlines

Some 8,150 machinists and baggage handlers went on strike, rejecting demands by the company for $150 million in concessions.

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50 years ago: New York Times Co. v. Sullivan upholds freedom of press

On March 9, 1964, the US Supreme Court ruled that the press is broadly protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments from libel charges and defamation lawsuits brought by public officials.

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75 years ago: Coup deposes remnants of Spanish Republic

Juan Negrin’s Spanish Republican administration was overthrown on March 5, 1939 by Republican military officers who established a National Council of Defense headed by General Sigismundo Casado.

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100 years ago: Major powers appoint new King of Albania

On March 9, 1914, Prince William of Wied, a German army officer, was formally appointed King of the Albanian protectorate by the major European powers.

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Letters from our readers

4 March 2014

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