The impact of Obamacare
US retailer Target eliminates health coverage for part-time workers

By Kate Randall, 24 January 2014

The retail giant’s dumping of health care for part-timers indicates how Obamacare is undermining the employer-sponsored health care system in the US.

As riots spread, right-wing Ukrainian opposition threatens new clashes

By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2014

The right-wing, Western-backed opposition threatened to step up violent protests, as pro-opposition rioters took over state buildings in several cities in western Ukraine.

Snowden defends his exposure of NSA’s mass spying in online chat

By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.

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At Davos, Japanese prime minister inflames tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2014

Abe likened the current friction between Japan and China to the rivalry between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War I.

Pentagon unveils plan to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2014

The US military has proposed 10,000 troops as a minimum force to keep in Afghanistan after the formal withdrawal of American “combat forces” at the end of this year.

UK police demand water cannon to suppress austerity protests

By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2014

A police briefing paper explicitly links access to water cannon to combating protests against the government’s austerity programme.

Near-starvation wages for 1.1 million German self-employed

By Konrad Kreft, 24 January 2014

Many of Germany’s self-employed already belong to the country’s low-wage sector.

France: Goodyear workers’ fight for jobs threatened by union sellout

By Pierre Mabut, 24 January 2014

The Goodyear Dunlop Tires CGT in Amiens has accepted an offer of financial compensation in exchange for the loss of 1,173 jobs.

Sri Lanka: Dipped Products announces factory relocation

By Vilani Peiris, 24 January 2014

The company is attempting to wash its hands of any responsibility for the environmental damage it has already caused in the Weliweriya area.

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La ploutocratie mondiale

Par Andre Damon et Barry Grey, 24 janvier 2014

À la veille du spectacle annuel de richesse et de puissance parasitaires qu’est le Forum économique mondial de Davos, l’ONG Oxfam a publié un rapport mettant en garde contre la croissance sans précédent des inégalités sociales à travers le monde.

''Genève II'' et la volonté des États-Unis de changer de régime en Syrie

Par Patrick O'Connor, 24 janvier 2014

Les négociations en cours en Suisse montrent clairement que Washington n'a pas changé sa politique visant à un changement de régime.

Le gouvernement allemand étend sa mission militaire en Afrique

Par Ulrich Rippert, 24 janvier 2014

Le gouvernement de grande coalition à Berlin est en train de préparer une extension massive de la mission allemande dans le pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, le Mali.

David Hyland et la lutte pour la conscience socialiste

Par Ulrich Rippert, 24 janvier 2014

La force politique de David Hyland provenait de sa compréhension que l’énergie révolutionnaire de la classe ouvrière ne peut être développée que sur la base d’une perspective socialiste et internationaliste et par la construction du Comité International de la Quatrième Internationale.

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

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Genf II: USA weiter für Regimewechsel in Syrien

Von Patrick O’Connor, 24. Januar 2014

Auf der Eröffnungssitzung der Konferenz über die Syrienkrise beharrte die Obama-Regierung darauf, dass der Zweck der Genf II-Verhandlungen darin bestehen müsse, Präsident Bashar al-Assad abzusetzen und ein pro-amerikanisches Marionettenregime an die Macht zu bringen.

Drei Tote bei Zusammenstößen zwischen ukrainischem Regime und rechten Demonstranten

Von Stefan Steinberg, 24. Januar 2014

Die EU und die USA haben mit ihren Versuchen, Janukowitschs Regime zu stürzen, nationalistische und neofaschistische Kräfte entfesselt, die jetzt Unruhen in der Ukraine schüren.

Nach Verfassungsreferendum: Ägyptische Junta verstärkt Unterdrückung

Von Johannes Stern, 24. Januar 2014

Nach dem Verfassungsreferendum am 14. und 15. Januar geht die ägyptische Militärjunta schärfer gegen jeden Widerstand gegen ihre Herrschaft vor.

Thailändische Regierung verhängt Ausnahmezustand

Von Peter Symonds, 24. Januar 2014

Die PDRC verlangt „Reformen“, um sicherzustellen, dass die regierende Pheu-Thai-Partei, Premierministerin Yingluck Shinawatra und ihr Bruder Thaksin Shinawatra, von der Macht ausgeschlossen werden.

Offener Brief der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit an Professor Jörg Baberowski

23. Januar 2014

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Brief, den die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) an Professor Jörg Baberowski, den Leiter des Lehrstuhls für osteuropäische Geschichte an der Humboldt Universität, verschickt hat.

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Democratic rights and the defense of Edward Snowden

24 January 2014

In the wake of Obama’s speech on NSA spying programs, the American political establishment is escalating its witch-hunt of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

David North’s In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Through a detailed historical analysis,‭ ‬this book,‭ ‬by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North,‭ ‬exposes the campaign of historical falsification‭ ‬pursued by means of recent Trotsky biographies,‭ ‬including that of Robert Service.

Socialist Equality Party

Dave Hyland and the role of the individual in history

By Nick Beams, 24 January 2014

Trotsky referred on several occasions to the “physical power of thought.” I witnessed the embodiment of that conception as comrade Dave waged his struggle inside the WRP.

A tribute to Dave Hyland

By David North, 23 January 2014

We are posting here the tribute to Dave Hyland, former national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain, delivered by David North, national chairman of the SEP of the US and chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, to a memorial meeting held January 18 in honor of Comrade Hyland.

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

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Mehring Books

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

In this video, Andre Damon interviews World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor David Walsh about the themes, content and political background of Walsh’s new book, Sky Between the Leaves.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit retirees denounce attack on pensions, health care

By our reporting team, 24 January 2014

Over 23,000 retired City of Detroit workers face a devastating cut in pensions and health care benefits under the bankruptcy restructuring plan being prepared by the city’s emergency manager.

Michigan governor announces state money for Detroit bankruptcy settlement

By Thomas Gaist, 23 January 2014

Workers World Party uses demagogy to conceal unions’ collusion in Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 23 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!

Public meeting at the University of Michigan
Exposing the Bankers’ Conspiracy: A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, February 5 to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

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Auto Workers Struggles

Australia: SEP campaigns among Toyota workers

By a reporting team, 24 January 2014

Socialist Equality Party supporters interviewed workers at Toyota’s Altona plant in Melbourne about the destruction of jobs and conditions.

“The government, courts and police are all stacked against us”—spokesman for victimized Maruti Suzuki India workers

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 21 January 2014

Australia: Car components workers speak on auto industry shutdown

By our reporters, 21 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 January 2014

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

Care workers strike against Glasgow, Scotland City Council

By Stephen Alexander, 22 January 2014


“Geneva II” and the US regime-change drive in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 January 2014

Three dead in clash between Ukrainian regime and right-wing protesters

By Stefan Steinberg, 23 January 2014

Corporate criminals, billionaires gather for World Economic Forum in Davos

By Andre Damon, 23 January 2014

Arts Review

August: Osage County and Lone Survivor: Sound and fury signifying not too much…and a celebration of the US military

By Joanne Laurier, 22 January 2014

2014 Academy Award nominations: Very few bright spots

By David Walsh, 18 January 2014

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

By Fred Mazelis, 18 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

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25 years ago: US President George H.W. Bush sworn in

On January 20, 1989, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st US president.

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50 years ago: 24th Amendment bans poll taxes in US

On January 23rd, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting the imposition of poll taxes for federal elections, was ratified.

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75 years ago: Barcelona falls to Franco

On January 26, 1939, the Spanish Republican capital Barcelona fell to General Franco’s fascist troops.

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100 years ago: US intervenes in response to revolt in Haiti

This week in 1914, a nationwide revolt in Haiti developed against the rule of President Michael Oreste.

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