Corruption scandal threatens to implode Turkish regime

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2014

Turkey is in the grip of an escalating political crisis over a huge corruption scandal involving the State Bank and sons of top officials.

Sharon’s funeral pays homage to war criminal

By Mike Head, 14 January 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon’s record is bound up with the fact that the criminal methods he employed have been openly adopted by Washington and its allies.

US excludes Iran from Syria conference

By Keith Jones, 14 January 2014

One day after the US gave its assent to a six-month interim deal with Iran, US and Russian officials clashed over Iran’s role in upcoming Geneva talks on Syria.

Lack of regulation behind West Virginia water disaster

By Nick Barrickman, 14 January 2014

The West Virginia chemical storage facility had not been inspected for decades.

Officers caught on video beating California homeless man to death acquitted of all charges

By John Andrews, 14 January 2014

A jury in Orange County, California, unanimously cleared two Fullerton police officers of all charges arising from their savage, deadly beating of a homeless man, Kelly Thomas, captured on a graphic video recording.

Thai opposition vows to continue “shutdown” of Bangkok

By Tom Peters, 14 January 2014

Protest leaders say the blockade of major intersections will continue will continue until the government cancels planned elections and an unelected “people’s council” is installed.

European Parliamentary rapporteur denounces NSA/GCHQ spying as illegal

By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2014

A draft report states, “these mass surveillance activities appear also to entail illegal actions by intelligence services and raise questions regarding extraterritoriality of national law.”

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Australian government plans to celebrate World War I

By Oliver Campbell, 14 January 2014

Everything is being done to prevent a discussion of the real causes of the war and to cultivate Australian nationalism.

Australia: New school curriculum to promote war and nationalism

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 January 2014

The education minister said he wants the syllabus “to celebrate Australia.”

New Jersey governor faces deepening crisis over bridge scandal

By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2014

Two thousand pages of newly released documents point to a coverup in regard to the closure of bridge lanes last September.

Saudi Arabia pushes for renewed confrontation with Syria

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Alex Lantier, 14 January 2014

Saudi Arabia is responding to the US postponement of war plans against Syria by pressing for more aid to the Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition.

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Asien: Pulverfass des 21. Jahrhunderts

Von Peter Symonds, 14. Januar 2014

Während der hundertste Jahrestag des Ausbruchs des Ersten Weltkriegs näherrückt, wird die Gefahr einer neuen globalen Katastrophe immer akuter.

PSG stellt Kandidaten für die Europawahl 2014 vor

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 14. Januar 2014

Die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) tritt am 25. Mai 2014 mit sieben Kandidaten zur Europawahl an. Unterschreibt jetzt für die Wahlteilnahme.

Hamburg: Die SPD als Law-and-Order-Partei

Von Christoph Dreier, 14. Januar 2014

Eine ganze Woche lang hat die Hamburger Polizei ganze Stadtteile zu Gefahrengebieten erklärt, in denen grundlegende demokratische Rechte eingeschränkt sind.

Amerikanische Akademiker billigen Boykott israelischer Universitäten

Von Bill Van Auken, 14. Januar 2014

Mitte Dezember beschlossen die Mitglieder der American Studies Association (ASA – Amerikanische Forschungsvereinigung) einen Boykott aller israelischen akademischen Institutionen.

Der Kriegsverbrecher Ariel Scharon (26. Februar 1928 - 11. Januar 2014)

Von Jean Shaoul, 14. Januar 2014

Scharon ist Millionen Menschen aufgrund seiner Provokationen, Morde und ethnischen Säuberungen zurecht verhasst.

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La conférence sur la Syrie à Paris: les Etats-Unis et les alliés européens reprennent les efforts pour un changement de régime

Par Alex Lantier, 14 janvier 2014

Des diplomates américains et européens de haut rang se sont retrouvés dimanche à Paris pour une réunion deux jours du groupe des soi-disant Amis de la Syrie.

La France et le Japon s'allient contre l'influence chinoise en Afrique

Par Kumaran Ira, 14 janvier 2014

Les ministres japonais des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense se sont rendu à Paris pour des négociations « deux plus deux » avec leurs homologues français jeudi.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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В защиту Льва Троцкого

Дэвид Норт, 14 января 2013 г.

Продолжение критики биографии Троцкого, написанной Робертом Сервисом, в лекции Дэвида Норта, председателя Партии Социалистического Равенства США и председателя международной редакционной коллегии МСВС, с которой он выступил на конференции историков в Майнцском университете 27 сентября 2012 г.

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The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

14 January 2014

While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Hands off the Detroit Institute of Arts and pensions!

By Larry Porter, 14 January 2014

The following statement was released by Larry Porter, the assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA and Pensions.

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge has rubber-stamped plans to steal the pensions of Detroit workers and sell off the city's cultural heritage. Now it's time for the working class to expose and fight this conspiracy.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

"This deal should have the swap counterparties paying the city"
Further evidence shows illegality of Detroit interest rate swaps

By Thomas Gaist, 14 January 2014

Witnesses testified Monday that the 2005 interest rate swaps deal, which has drained hundreds of millions from Detroit's budget, was made in violation of Michigan state law.

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Socialist Equality Party

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!
Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

Arts Review

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 3

By Sybille Fuchs, 14 January 2014

An exhibition opened in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2013 that centres on the life and work of the great writer, revolutionary and scientist Georg Büchner. This is the third part of a series.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 January 2014

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

Sri Lanka: Bogus union campaign for sacked Ansell strikers

By W. A. Sunil, 13 January 2014

India’s “judiciary acts on the agenda of the capitalists”
—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014


Ariel Sharon, war criminal (February 26, 1928-January 11, 2014)

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2014

Sharon is justly reviled by millions for his policies of provocation, murder and ethnic cleansing.


The real content of Obama’s “progressive” agenda
Democrats attack the unemployed and the poor

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2014

The NPA’s support for France’s wars in Africa

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

Asia: The 21st century tinderbox for war

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2014

25 years ago: Framed Kentucky miners’ appeal denied

After a federal court denied the appeal of four framed-up Kentucky miners, the January 13, 1989 issue of the Bulletin newspaper, published by the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, called for an all-out defense campaign in the labor movement.

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50 years ago: Army revolt in Tanganyika

On January 20, 1964, an army revolt was launched in Tanganyika against President Julius K. Nyerere and his cabinet.

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75 years ago: IRA bombs British cities

On Monday January 16, 1939, a series of five bombs planted by operatives of the Irish Republican Army exploded in London and Manchester.

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100 years ago: Police frame up IWW songwriter Joe Hill

On January 13, 1914, Joe Hill was arrested in connection with two murders in Salt Lake City.

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Letters from our readers

14 January 2014

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