Pro-Western Ukrainian opposition stokes up civil war

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 January 2014

Pro-Western opposition forces in Ukraine have pushed the country one step closer to civil war by insisting on regime-change.

US officials “want to kill me,” warns Edward Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014

“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.

Report confirms illegality of NSA bulk-collection programs

By Eric London, 27 January 2014

A report published by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board reflects official fears that the spying programs are generating deep opposition amongst the public.

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Tensions mount between US and Russia in lead-up to Olympics

By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2014

The US government and the Western media are working to turn the Sochi Olympics into a debacle for the Russian government.

Iranian president declares country “open for business”

By Keith Jones, 27 January 2014

Iran’s president travelled to the World Economic Forum in order to woo the world financial elite and reiterate the Islamic Republic’s eagerness to reach an accommodation with Washington.

Detroit’s bankruptcy, the tip of the iceberg
States, cities hand out billions in tax abatements

By Nancy Hanover, 27 January 2014

A massive giveaway—“corporate welfare,” both locally and nationally—is bankrupting municipalities across the US.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon gets 74 percent pay raise

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2014

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has been awarded $20 million in pay for 2013, an increase of 74 percent, following a year in which the bank paid out $20 billion in legal settlements.

US Supreme Court extends exemption of contraception mandate for church-affiliated institution

By Alan Gilman, 27 January 2014

The US Supreme Court has extended a temporary order excepting Little Sisters of the Poor from certifying that it is a religious institution in order to be exempt from paying for contraception coverage.

UK Liberal Democrats wracked by sex scandal

By Julie Hyland, 27 January 2014

The extraordinary degree to which contested and trivial incidents have exercised the Liberal Democrats underscores the alienation and contempt for the mass of working people within ruling circles.

Young working class soldiers most exposed to war trauma, UK report finds

By Harvey Thompson, 27 January 2014

The report from ForcesWatch details the devastating effects of combat on the young and disadvantaged.

German union calls off strike by European air traffic controllers

By Dietmar Henning, 27 January 2014

Through a coordinated strike throughout Europe, air traffic controllers wanted to protest EU plans to restructure European airspace.

Falling Australian jobs growth points to deepening slump

By Terry Cook, 27 January 2014

Full-time jobs fell in 2013 for the first time since the 2008 crash, and jobs growth was the weakest since the 1991-92 recession.

California governor pledges continued austerity in State of the State speech

By Dan Conway, 27 January 2014

Governor Brown signaled that nothing would be done to help the state’s workers.

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Mısır Devrimi’nin üç yılı

Johannes Stern, 27 Ocak 2014

Devrimin zaferi, işçi sınıfının, bir toplumsal devrimi engellemek için elinden geleni ardına koymayan orta sınıf içindeki liberal ve sahte-solcu güçlere karşı siyasi bağımsızlığını sağlamaya bağlıdır.

Demokratik haklar ve Edward Snowden’ın savunusu

Thomas Gaist ve Joseph Kishore, 27 Ocak 2014

Uluslararası işçi sınıfı, Edward Snowden’ı desteklemek için ayağa kalkmalıdır.

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Les droits démocratiques et la défense d'Edward Snowden

Par Thomas Gaist et Joseph Kishore, 27 janvier 2014

Après qu’Obama ait défendu l'espionnage de la NSA, l'establishment politique et les grands médias américains menacent et calomnient le lanceur d'alertes Edward Snowden.

Trois ans depuis la révolution égyptienne

Par Johannes Stern, 27 janvier 2014

Le 25 janvier 2011, des luttes révolutionnaires de masse éclataient en Égypte contre le régime du président Hosni Moubarak.

La défense de la culture et la crise à Detroit

Par David Walsh, 27 janvier 2014

Nous publions aujourd'hui une version adaptée d'un exposé présenté par le rédacteur culturel du WSWS, David Walsh, le 13 juin, lors d'une réunion concernant la menace planant sur le Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA, l'institut des Beaux-arts de Detroit).

Trois morts dans les affrontements entre le régime ukrainien et les manifestants de la droite

Par Stefan Steinberg, 27 janvier 2014

En tentant de renverser le régime de Yanukovich, l'Union européenne et les États-Unis ont lâché des forces nationalistes et néo-fascistes qui menacent de plonger l'Ukraine dans la tourmente.

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Defend Edward Snowden!

27 January 2014

Those threatening to kill Snowden are themselves guilty of the massive crimes that have been exposed by the former NSA contractor.

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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

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

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The reality behind the “comeback” of Detroit
At Detroit Auto Show, workers denounce bankruptcy, attacks on wages and pensions

By Tim Rivers, 27 January 2014

Workers attending the North American International Auto Show spoke with reporters from the WSWS about the Workers Inquiry into the Detroit 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!

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.

Union-affiliated officials acknowledge Detroit “rescue” plan will involve large pension cuts

By Thomas Gaist, 25 January 2014

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

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 23 January 2014

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Arts Review

Talk by WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh
The political and theoretical sources of The Sky Between the Leaves

By David Walsh, 27 January 2014

WSWS arts editor David Walsh gave a talk in Detroit recently to SEP members and supporters to mark the publication of The Sky Between the Leaves.

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Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

25 years ago: Criminal trial of Iran-Contra conspirator opens

After months of legal wrangling, the trial of Lt. Col Oliver North was set to open on January 31, 1989.

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50 years ago: Dr. Strangelove opens

On January 29, 1964, the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb opened in US theaters.

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75 years ago: Kremlin announces end to mass purges

On February 1, 1939, a statement from the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party declared that party membership was to be thoroughly reorganized.

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100 years ago: Mass teachers strike in England

On January 31, 1914, teachers went on strike at 80 of the 178 schools in Herefordshire in the west midlands of England.

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SEP European Election Campaign

European election: SEP (Germany) collects signatures in Leipzig and Halle

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

Those who spoke to the SEP said there was no one in the establishment parties who represented them.

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Three years of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2014

Global stock sell-off highlights financial parasitism

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2014

Obama poses as opponent of inequality ahead of State of the Union address

By Andre Damon, 25 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Australian foreign minister slanders Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2014

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

By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014

Democratic rights and the defense of Edward Snowden

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2014

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Auto Workers Struggles

Australia: SEP campaigns among Toyota workers

By a reporting team, 24 January 2014