US Congress passes bipartisan austerity budget

By Andre Damon, 17 January 2014

The US Senate approved a $1.1 trillion budget Thursday, making permanent the vast majority of last year's “sequester” cuts while increasing federal employee pension contributions and weakening corporate regulations.

Ohio prisoner suffers horrific death in botched execution

By Nick Barrickman, 17 January 2014

Ohio authorities used an untried combination of drugs to kill death row inmate Dennis McGuire.

US airstrike kills woman, seven children in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2014

The latest slaughter of civilians in a US bombardment has deepened tensions between Washington and Kabul over a proposed bilateral security agreement.

NSA collects nearly 200 million phone text messages a day

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014

The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.

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UK chancellor demands pro-business reform of European Union

By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2014

Osborne’s speech was broadly interpreted as a response to growing divisions within the Conservative Party over EU membership.

Amid mounting political crisis, Turkey shifts policy on Syria

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2014

Confronted with a government corruption scandal and growing instability on the Turkish-Syrian border, the AKP government has signaled a sudden shift in policy.

Australia: Reactionary “law and order” campaign follows fatal assault on teenager

By Oliver Campbell, 17 January 2014

The political establishment cannot allow any objective discussion of the social factors that produced the death of 18-year-old Daniel Christie.

Heat wave and bush fires engulf southern Australia

By Zac Hambides, 17 January 2014

Fire services are already stretched to the limit by the number and spread of the fires, heightening the danger of a catastrophe.

New toll for Virginia’s Norfolk-Portsmouth tunnels

By Ed Hightower, 17 January 2014

The public-private partnership behind the new toll is a mechanism for transferring huge sums of money from the working class to wealthy investors.

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La conférence de presse du président français : un appel à l'austérité et au militarisme

Par Alex Lantier, 17 janvier 2014

Hollande a tenté de rallier ses soutiens dans le monde patronal, promettant des coupes sociales draconiennes justifiées par une rhétorique militariste et anti-immigrés

Le soutien du NPA aux guerres de la France en Afrique

Par Kumaran Ira et Alex Lantier, 17 janvier 2014

Le NPA n'écrit pas comme un opposant à l'impérialisme, mais comme le partisan d'une politique différente, peut-être plus habile, pour mener des guerres de plus en plus impopulaires.

La catastrophe de l’eau potable en Virginie-Occidentale liée à l’absence de réglementation

Par Nick Barrickman, 17 janvier 2014

Plusieurs rapports ont révélé que les installations n’ont pas été inspectées par les organismes fédéraux depuis plusieurs décennies.

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

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Amerikanisch-iranisches Abkommen: Ein Wechsel der Taktik, aber nicht der Ziele

Von Keith Jones, 17. Januar 2014

Obamas Behauptung, er wolle "dem Frieden eine Chance geben" ist eine Lüge. Washington ist nicht einen Millimeter von seiner räuberischen Absicht abgerückt, seine Hegemonie über den Nahen Osten zu sichern.

Insolvenz des Weltbild-Verlags gefährdet 6.800 Arbeitsplätze

Von Dietmar Henning, 17. Januar 2014

Der tiefere Grund für die Insolvenz liegt in der ständigen, weltweiten Offensive gegen die Löhne und Rechte der Arbeiterklasse.

Niedrige Wahlbeteiligung bei Verfassungsreferendum der ägyptischen Junta

Von Alex Lantier, 17. Januar 2014

Mit dem Referendum soll dem Putsch der Junta vom 3. Juli 2013 ein pseudolegaler Mantel umgehängt werden, während die Junta ein Militärregime wie unter Mubarak errichten will.

Die International Socialist Organization und der Verrat an den Boeing-Arbeitern

Von Jerry White, 17. Januar 2014

Dass die ISO nicht etwa von einem Bruch mit der IAM sprach, machte sie dadurch deutlich, dass sie um Unterstützung für eine oppositionelle Fraktion innerhalb desselben, korrupten und unternehmensfreundlichen Apparates warb.

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Deflation threat poses new dangers to world economy

17 January 2014

At a speech in Washington on Wednesday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that strengthening deflationary trends posed a threat to the global economy.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Bankruptcy judge tells Detroit officials to renegotiate bank swap deal

By Thomas Gaist, 17 January 2014

Rhodes acknowledged that a challenge to the legality of the “swaps deal” was “likely to succeed” but told the Detroit emergency manager to re-negotiate a payoff for the banks anyway

International Youth and Students for Social Equality holds rally to build support for Workers Inquiry

By our reporters, 17 January 2014

The IYSSE at Detroit’s Wayne State University is leading the fight to develop working class opposition to the bankruptcy.

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!

Meeting January 23 at Wayne State University: Exposing the bankers’ conspiracy
A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

16 January 2014

Detroit retirees denounce pension, health care cuts

By WSWS reporters, 16 January 2014

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An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014

The WSWS replies to criticisms by Bangladesh’s ambassador of an article detailing the plight of the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Socialist Equality Party

The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

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

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Commiserations from Australia on the death of Dave Hyland

17 January 2014

Below, we publish a final selection of condolences sent by some of Dave’s comrades from Australia.

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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

Arts Review

The Blacklist and White Collar: Once again, excusing the inexcusable

By Christine Schofelt, 17 January 2014

With varying levels of style and blood-thirstiness, two more US television series seek to excuse the ongoing attacks on constitutional rights.

Minnesota Orchestra musicians forced to accept massive cuts

By Eric London, 16 January 2014

German writer Georg Büchner: 200 years since his birth—Part 5

By Sybille Fuchs, 16 January 2014

Her: A lonely man falls in love with his computer

By David Walsh, 15 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 January 2014

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


With Iran accord, US shifts tactics, not predatory aims

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2014

The Alex Rodriguez affair

By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 16 January 2014

US appeals court strikes down “net neutrality” rules

By Thomas Gaist, 16 January 2014

The West Virginia chemical disaster

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2014

Germany: The Left Party defends the EU

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2014

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama’s NSA “reform” defends illegal spying

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014

US government signals it will not sign no-spying agreement with Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014

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Auto Workers Struggles

Socialist Alliance and the destruction of Australian car industry jobs

By James Cogan, 15 January 2014

Australia: Broadmeadows workers speak on car industry crisis

By our reporters, 15 January 2014

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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.

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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