Behind the fraudulent “rescue” plan
Emergency Manager seeks to extort $100 million from Detroit Institute of Arts

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2014

The $100 million demand amounts to an act of extortion and would have a ruinous impact on the museum’s balance sheet.

US-South Korean war games threaten to inflame Korean Peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2014

South Korea warned of “merciless retaliation” in the event of a North Korean “military provocation.”

West Virginia residents speak out on chemical disaster

By Clement Daly and Samuel Davidson, 18 January 2014

While water service is slowly being restored in nine West Virginia counties following last Thursday’s chemical spill, hardships remain for 300,000 people who have been affected.

Canada’s spy agencies lied to the courts

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 18 January 2014

The Canadian state’s principal spy agencies have been found by a senior federal judge to have “systematically” omitted and concealed information in numerous warrant applications

UK police demand Channel 4 hand over whistle-blower’s footage

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2014

The moves against Britain’s Channel 4 are part of an unprecedented campaign by the UK government to silence disclosures about state surveillance operations.

NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Grenade attack as Thai political crisis continues

By Tom Peters, 18 January 2014

The explosion, which injured more than 30 people, is the latest in a series of attacks on ongoing anti-government protests.

Riots in Burgos, Spain reveal simmering social tensions

By Alejandro López, 18 January 2014

The unrest in Burgos is a foretaste of the next period under Spain’s explosive social conditions of mass unemployment and growing poverty.

Bankruptcy of German publishing firm Weltbild threatens 6,800 jobs

By Dietmar Henning, 18 January 2014

The bankruptcy is bound up with the global offensive against the wages and rights of the working class.

Indonesia demands suspension of Australian naval operations against refugees

By Mike Head, 18 January 2014

Canberra’s admission that Australian ships entered Indonesian territorial waters has fueled the diplomatic row between the two countries.

Scores of homes destroyed in Western Australian bushfires

By Joe Lopez, 18 January 2014

Following major bushfires in the Perth Hills, the state government attempted to blame residents for not maintaining “private” power poles.

Wildfire forces evacuations in Southern California

By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2014

A Southern California has spread rapidly, forcing 3,700 residents to evacuate and scorching 1,700 acres of land.

New in French

Accord iranien: les États-Unis changent de tactique, mais conservent leurs ambitions impérialistes

Par Keith Jones, 18 janvier 2014

Obama prétend qu’il donne une «chance à la paix», mais c’est un mensonge. Washington n’a pas reculé d’un iota dans ses visées impérialistes pour dominer le Moyen-Orient et l’Asie.

Le risque de déflation créé de nouveaux problèmes pour l'économie mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 18 janvier 2014

Dans un discours à Washington mercredi, la directrice générale du Fonds monétaire international Christine Lagarde a prévenu que le renforcement des tendances déflationnistes créé un risque sérieux pour l'économie mondiale.

Les candidats du Parti de l'égalité socialiste aux élections européennes

Par notre correspondant, 18 janvier 2014

Le Parti de l'égalité socialiste – Allemagne présente ses candidats aux élections européennes prévues le 25 mai 2014.

Québec: les pensions des employés municipaux sous attaque

Par Laurent Lafrance, 18 janvier 2014

Les maires de Québec et Montréal font pression depuis plusieurs semaines pour que les municipalités puissent sabrer massivement dans les pensions.

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

New in German

Britischer Schatzkanzler fordert wirtschaftsfreundliche Reform der Europäischen Union

Von Julie Hyland, 18. Januar 2014

Eine Rede des britischen Schatzkanzlers George Osborne deutet auf wachsende Spaltungen innerhalb der Konservativen Partei über die EU-Mitgliedschaft hin

Frankreich und Japan bilden Allianz gegen chinesischen Einfluss in Afrika

Von Kumaran Ira, 18. Januar 2014

Letzten Donnerstag besuchten der japanische Außen- und der Verteidigungsminister Paris, um mit ihren französischen Amtskollegen “zwei-plus-zwei” Gespräche zu führen.

Daimler: Betriebsrat spielt Werksvertragsarbeiter gegen Stammbelegschaft aus

Von Philipp Frisch, 18. Januar 2014

Die Umwandlung einiger Werkverträge in Leiharbeitsverträge hat der Betriebsrat von Daimler mit einer Steigerung der Arbeitshetze erkauft.

Hungerlöhne für 1,1 Millionen Selbständige

Von Konrad Kreft, 18. Januar 2014

Ein Viertel der Selbständigen in Deutschland erzielt einen Stundenlohn, der unterhalb des von der Großen Koalition geplanten Mindestlohns von 8,50 Euro liegt.

Zum Hintergrund der Angriffe auf das Detroit Institute of Arts:
Oligarchen und ihre Spielereien: Private Museen auf dem Vormarsch

Von Nancy Hanover, 18. Januar 2014

Im Dezember 2014 schlug ein Richter der insolventen Stadt Detroit einen „grandiosen Vergleich“ vor. Sie solle das weltberühmte Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) für fünfhundert Millionen Dollar an eine private Stiftung verkaufen.

Other Languages


Obama defends police state spying

18 January 2014

As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Bankruptcy judge tells Detroit officials to renegotiate bank swap deal

By Thomas Gaist, 17 January 2014

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

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

Socialist Equality Party

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

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.

More letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

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

More on the SEP European Election Campaign »

Arts Review

2014 Academy Award nominations: Very few bright spots

By David Walsh, 18 January 2014

The Academy Award nominations were announced January 16 at a press conference at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet, playwright, black nationalist

By Fred Mazelis, 18 January 2014

The career and legacy of Amiri Baraka reveal, above all, the dead end of black nationalism, as well as communalism and ethnic-based cultural exclusivism of every kind.

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

By Christine Schofelt, 17 January 2014

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

Workers Struggles

London Underground workers to strike against ticket office closures

By Michael Barnes, 18 January 2014

Budget cuts of 12.5 percent have been imposed on Transport for London (TfL) by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

18 January 2014

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


Deflation threat poses new dangers to world economy

By Nick Beams, 17 January 2014

US Congress passes bipartisan austerity budget

By Andre Damon, 17 January 2014

Ohio prisoner suffers horrific death in botched execution

By Nick Barrickman, 17 January 2014

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA collects nearly 200 million phone text messages a day

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014

Obama’s NSA “reform” defends illegal spying

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »


An exchange with the Bangladeshi ambassador to the US

By K. Ratnayake, 17 January 2014

Letters from our readers

18 January 2014

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

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

More on auto workers struggles »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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.

More »


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.

More »