World Bank lowers its growth forecast

By Nick Beams, 15 January 2015

The latest World Bank report offers no prospect for a recovery in the world economy and points to significant risks.

Oil prices and bond yields continue their decline

Obama administration pushes cybersecurity law to expand corporate-government collaboration

By Ed Hightower, 15 January 2015

The intelligence sharing legislation would give legal immunity to corporations that grant the US government direct access to their data.

Top secret report details FBI mass surveillance

Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws

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Hundreds of thousands of US layoffs expected as oil boom unravels

By Gabriel Black, 15 January 2015

The collapse of oil prices is reverberating throughout the US economy, with the number of operating oil rigs reduced, job cuts mounting and several states seeing a huge loss of revenue.

UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack

By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2015

The attacks in Paris are being utilised to push through authoritarian measures long in gestation.

French government carries out mass arrests

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 January 2015

Canada’s Harper promotes new police powers and war

By Roger Jordan, 15 January 2015

Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy

A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris

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

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100,000 protest against Pegida in Germany

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 January 2015

While the German media reported that the demonstration held Monday by Pegida was the largest thus far, its opponents held far bigger rallies.

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

One day after Albuquerque cops charged with murder, another fatal police shooting

By D. Lencho, 15 January 2015

The latest incident brings the number of officer-involved shootings since 2010 to 42, with 29 of them fatal.

Murder charges filed against Albuquerque cops who killed James Boyd

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California mental health care workers strike

By David Brown, 15 January 2015

Without a contract for four years, mental health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente are holding a series of partial strikes across California.

Obama announces pro-business community college plan

By Evan Blake, 15 January 2015

Obama made clear that his proposal aims to provide American corporations with skilled, low-cost labor.

US and EU press ahead with secretive new trade agreement

By Julie Hyland, 15 January 2015

The objective of the new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to consolidate an economic empire to dictate terms to those outside.

Indonesian president abolishes fuel subsidy

By John Roberts, 15 January 2015

The Indonesian and international media quickly endorsed the move as a first step to satisfying the financial markets.

Who is Richard Fadden, Canada’s new national security adviser?

By Roger Jordan, 15 January 2015

The Canadian prime minister’s new national security adviser has long pressed for the national security apparatus to be given bigger budgets and greater powers.

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L’ipocrisia della “libertà di parola” all’indomani dell’attacco a Charlie Hebdo

Di David North, 15 gennaio 2015

L’attacco alle redazioni di Charlie Hebdo ha scioccato il pubblico, destando orrore per le morti violente di 12 persone nel centro di Parigi. Visti da milioni di persone, i video che mostrano uomini armati che sparano uccidendo un poliziotto già ferito, hanno impartito agli eventi di mercoledì una realtà straordinaria.

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Las consecuencias mundiales de las elecciones en Sri Lanka

Por Deepal Jayasekera, 15 enero 2015

La deserción de Sirisena del gobierno de Rajapakse fue el inicio de una intervención estadounidense para enredar a Sri Lanka en su viraje contra China.

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La guerre impérialiste, la “guerre contre la terreur” et la fin de la démocratie

Par Chris Marsden, 15 janvier 2015

Pendant des décennies les Etats-Unis, la France et d'autres puissances impérialistes ont fait pleuvoir des bombes sur des civils sans défense, organisé des assassinats, et commis de terribles crimes de guerre.

Les puissances européennes mettent en oeuvre des mesures d’Etat policier après l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo

Par Ulrich Rippert, 15 janvier 2015

Les gouvernements du monde entier sont en train d’exploiter le choc et la confusion suscités par l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo pour imposer une politique préparée de longue date.

Le rassemblement trompe-l’œil des dirigeants mondiaux à Paris

Par Bill Van Auken, 15 janvier 2015

Une photo affichée sur les média sociaux révèle que les « dirigeants mondiaux » qui avaient prétendument mené la marche parisienne du 11 janvier qui a suivi l’attaque contre les bureaux de Charlie Hebdo, étaient en réalité rassemblés pour une séance photo et une énorme mise en scène.

Au lendemain de l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo, l’Italie renforce les forces de l’Etat

Par Marianne Arens, 15 janvier 2015

Après les attaques terroristes de Paris, l’Italie renforce son appareil d’Etat et restreint les libertés civiles.

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Fransa’daki terörist saldırıların sorumlusu kim?

Peter Symonds, 15 Ocak 2015

Charlie Hebdo’nun Paris’teki bürolarına yönelik geçen haftaki saldırılar, bütünüyle gerici bir gündemi ilerletmek için, yalnızca Fransa değil ama ABD ve müttefikleri tarafından da ikiyüzlü bir şekilde kullanılıyor.

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Imperialistischer Krieg, der "Krieg gegen den Terror" und das Ende der Demokratie

Von Chris Marsden, 15. Januar 2015

Die USA, Frankreich und andere imperialistische Mächte haben jahrzehntelang wehrlose Zivilisten bombardiert, gemordet und schreckliche Kriegsverbrechen begangen.

Massenverhaftungen in Frankreich wegen “Terrorverherrlichung”

Von Ulrich Rippert, 15. Januar 2015

Der Angriff auf Charlie Hebdo wird benutzt, um die westlichen Militärinterventionen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten voranzutreiben.

100.000 demonstrieren gegen Pegida

Von Martin Kreikenbaum, 15. Januar 2015

In vielen Medien wurde gestern berichtet, dass die 12. Pegida-Demonstration am Montagabend in Dresden erneut größer war als zuvor. Zu weitaus größeren Protestzügen formierten sich die Pegida-Gegner.

Ägyptisches Gericht kippt die letzte Verurteilung Mubaraks

Von Johannes Stern, 15. Januar 2015

Das Urteil macht den Weg frei für die Freilassung des ehemaligen Diktators vier Jahre nach seinem Sturz in revolutionären Kämpfen.

Die wirtschaftlichen und politischen Auswirkungen der Deflation

Von Nick Beams, 15. Januar 2015

Die Ankündigung, dass Europa in die Deflation eingetreten ist, zeigt, dass sich der Zusammenbruch der kapitalistischen Weltwirtschaft verschärft.

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Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

15 January 2015

With the state-financed publication of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, the “war on terror” is ever more openly acquiring a racist character.

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Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015

The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates.

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The Fight Against Imperialist War

Well-attended meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University on attempts to downplay the crimes of Nazism

By our correspondents, 14 January 2015

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


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.

Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2015

Blood and capital

New Sri Lankan president appoints his cabinet

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 January 2015

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

Chinese President Xi Jinping targets CCP party factions

By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2015

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

By Tom Carter, 14 January 2015

Elizabeth Warren speaks at AFL-CIO meeting

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

Obama defends GM cover-up of deadly ignition defect

Justice Department considering felony charges against Petraeus

Arts Review

Downton Abbey: A rose-tinted depiction of class relations

By Paul Mitchell, 14 January 2015

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

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


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.

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

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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