France deploys 10,000 troops in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

President François Hollande ordered the massive deployment of troops across France at a crisis meeting with top military, police and defence officials Monday.

UK uses Charlie Hebdo attack to justify repressive powers

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2015

Italy strengthens state in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Marianne Arens, 13 January 2015

Germany: Daimler screening workers for terrorist links

By Dietmar Henning, 13 January 2015

“Free Speech” hypocrisy in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo

Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace

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Leaked information confirms police refused to negotiate with Sydney siege gunman

By Will Morrow, 13 January 2015

The government and security forces decided that the siege would only end through a violent shoot-out.

Justice Department considering felony charges against Petraeus

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2015

The leaked report is another sign of a subterranean struggle within the US military-intelligence apparatus.

Obama defends GM cover-up of deadly ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 13 January 2015

In remarks to the Detroit News, the president attempted to whitewash the role of company executives who made a calculated decision to sacrifice public safety for private profit.

Coal mine closures and layoffs continue throughout US

By Clement Daly, 13 January 2015

The wave of mine closures and layoffs in the US coal industry continued throughout the second half of 2014.

Violence intensifies in Mexico as authorities unearth 10 headless bodies

By Jake Dean, 13 January 2015

Mexican police have yet to identify the victims, whose bodies were found in the state of Guerrero, where the disappearance of 43 students last September sparked nationwide protests.

Swedish deal to avert early elections

By Jordan Shilton, 13 January 2015

All of the establishment parties have united around an openly right-wing programme that cannot be challenged by the electorate over the course of the next eight years.

Netherlands: Groningen rocked by earthquakes from natural gas extraction

By Josh Varlin, 13 January 2015

Estimates place the potential earthquake magnitude for the province as high as 5.0 on the Richter scale.

South Korea deports Korean-American woman accused of supporting the North

By Ben McGrath, 13 January 2015

President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.”

Labor pledges to match budget cutting in Australian state election

By Mike Head, 13 January 2015

Both major parties have vowed to satisfy the demands of the global financial markets and the corporate elite for the slashing of Queensland’s near $3 billion budget deficit.

Verizon union gears up for sellout at US telecom

By Maria Kovalenko, 13 January 2015

The labor agreement covering 40,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States expires in August.

New in French

La réaction de l’Allemagne officielle aux attentats de Paris: renforcement de l'Etat et agitation anti-musulmane.

Par Ulrich Rippert, 13 janvier 2015

L'establishment politique et les médias allemands ont rapidement exploité le sentiment d’horreur vis-à-vis des attentats pour servir leurs propres objectifs extrêmement réactionnaires.

L’état de la société américaine à l’aube de 2015

Par Andre Damon, 13 janvier 2015

En lisant la presse, en écoutant les nouvelles ou les déclarations des politiciens, il serait impossible de savoir que la faim, la pauvreté et le chômage de longue durée sont à leur plus haut niveau depuis des décennies aux États-Unis.

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Charlie Hebdo’ya yönelik saldırının ardından “ifade özgürlüğü” ikiyüzlülüğü

David North, 13 Ocak 2015

Silahlı saldırının hemen ardından, devlet ve medya halktaki korkudan ve kafa karışıklığından yararlanmaya çalışıyor. Terörizmin siyasi iflası ve özünde gerici karakteri bir kez daha gözler önüne seriliyor.

Pegida ve Alman politikasındaki sağa kayış

Christoph Dreier, 13 Ocak 2015

Sağcı “Batı’nın İslamlaşmasına Karşı Yurtsever Avrupalılar” (Pediga) hareketi, başlangıcından itibaren, büyük ölçüde düzen partileri ve medyası tarafından imal edilmiştir.

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Le Pen im Elysée-Palast

Von Alex Lantier, 13. Januar 2015

Die Einladung Hollandes an die Führerin der Neofaschisten ist eine Warnung, dass die herrschende Klasse den reaktionären Angriff auf Charlie Hebdo ausnutzen will, um faschistische Parteien zu legitimieren und eine Diktatur vorzubereiten.

Millionen demonstrieren in Frankreich nach Attacke auf Charlie Hebdo

Von Alex Lantier, 13. Januar 2015

Die französische Regierung und die Europäische Union versuchen das Entsetzen über den Anschlag auf Charlie Hebdo auszunutzen, um die gesamte bürgerliche Politik scharf nach rechts zu drücken.

Nach Charlie Hebdo-Anschlag: Italien rüstet auf

Von Marianne Arens, 13. Januar 2015

Regierung und Politiker nutzen den Anschlag in Paris als Vorwand, um autoritäre Herrschaftsformen aufzubauen.

Das Wahlergebnis in Sri Lanka und seine internationalen Auswirkungen

Von Deepal Jayasekera, 13. Januar 2015

Was seit Sirisenas Austritt aus Rajapakses Regierung geschehen ist, war ein von den USA finanzierter Regimewechsel.

Tsipras drängt pseudolinke griechische Gruppen, sich hinter Syriza zu stellen

Von Robert Stevens, 13. Januar 2015

Syriza fordert die pseudolinken Gruppen dazu auf, sich einer Regierung anzuschließen, die der Verteidigung des Kapitalismus gewidmet ist.

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Who is responsible for the French terrorist attacks?

13 January 2015

No one should accept the explanations of police and intelligence agencies that the perpetrators of the attack on Charlie Hebdo simply slipped through the net.

Earlier Perspectives »

Fight Against Imperialist War

Scholarship, not war propaganda!
The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda.

Featured Analysis

2014–2015: Results and prospects

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 5 January 2015

The twenty-first century is no longer a novelty. As we begin the New Year, the past fifteen years provide sufficient data to allow us to identify the principal economic, geopolitical and social processes and tendencies that will determine the nature and direction of events in 2015 and the years ahead.


Elizabeth Warren speaks at AFL-CIO meeting

By Tom Hall, 13 January 2015

Warren’s speech Wednesday at the National Summit to Raise Wages was aimed at bolstering the Democrats’ flagging electoral support in the face of its right-wing record.

Ezekiel Emanuel’s latest advice: “Skip Your Annual Physical”

By Kate Randall, 13 January 2015

Emanuel’s advice that people stop having annual exams illustrates the agenda behind Obamacare—the rationing of health care for the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

Obama’s health care counterrevolution

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The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015

Obama to host global terrorism summit

By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2015

Boko Haram escalates offensive in Nigeria’s Borno State

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015

Five years since the Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 12 January 2015

White House rejects petitions to fire prosecutors who drove Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide

By Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015

The economic and political implications of deflation

Headline figures in December jobs report mask worsening conditions for US workers

Cleveland police gave 12-year-old Tamir Rice no medical aid after shooting him

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 January 2015

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

Union shuts down strike, pushes sellout of Maryland sanitation workers

By Todd Mason and Nick Barrickman, 12 January 2015

Book Review

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two
Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (UK) public meetings: Socialism and the fight against austerity and war

13 January 2015

The SEP (UK) will be holding a series of meetings in March 2015.

Arts Review

Goya: Order and Disorder: A comprehensive view of the work of the Spanish genius

By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2015


Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 January 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011.

Mehring Books

New, expanded edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky now available

This edition, which contains four new chapters, answers attacks on Trotsky’s life and work by three British historians.

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

Sri Lankan opposition parties line up behind US regime-change agenda

By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

JVP campaigns for pro-US opposition candidate in Sri Lankan presidential election

Pseudo-left USP plays double game in Sri Lankan presidential election

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NSA spying

Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws

By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015

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25 years ago: Nationalist anti-Armenian riots in Azerbaijan provoke civil war

On January 12, 1990, forces of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan (PFA) seized the Caspian Sea port city of Lankaran, taking control of Communist Party offices and the local radio station.

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50 years ago: US, Canada eliminate auto tariffs

On January 16, 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson formalized an agreement striking down tariff barriers separating the two nations’ auto industries.

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75 years ago: Fascists arrested in New York

On January 14, 1940, eighteen members of the Christian Front, fascist thugs promoted by the anti-Semitic Catholic priest Charles Coughlin, were arrested in New York by the FBI.

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100 years ago: Japan issues “21 demands” against China

On January 18, 1915, Japan presented the Chinese government with 21 demands aimed at securing dominance over China at the expense of the other major imperialist powers.

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