New report reveals
NSA, GCHQ mapping “political alignment” of cellphone users

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

New revelations from Edward Snowden show that the US and UK governments are trawling data from cellphone users' "apps" to obtain detailed information on their private lives.

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

German television’s broadcast of the first extended on-air interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden was largely blacked out by the US media.

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Syria talks deadlocked as US-backed opposition demands regime change

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2014

Washington saw its ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar al Assad as a means of ratcheting up tensions and placing maximum pressure on Iran.

As Ukrainian regime totters, oligarchs call for talks with right-wing opposition

By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2014

The intervention of the oligarchs underscores the anti-working class austerity agenda driving both the regime and the far-right opposition.

Chinese Internet shutdown linked to right-wing groups, US shell corporations

By Kevin Reed, 28 January 2014

The Internet in China was rendered virtually inoperable for eight hours last Tuesday.

US retailer Sam’s Club announces 2,300 layoffs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 January 2014

The retail warehouse giant’s layoff announcement to workers comes on the heels of declining sales for retailers nationwide.

Newark, New Jersey principals victimized for opposing school closures

By Rory Dean and Sandy English, 28 January 2014

The principals were suspended for speaking out against the “One Newark” program, a bid to privatize public education.

New Zealand: Kim Dotcom to launch pro-business Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 28 January 2014

While Dotcom has opposed the GCSB’s domestic spying, his orientation is to the same political establishment that is responsible for attacking democratic rights.

East Timorese prime minister announces resignation plan

By Patrick O’Connor, 28 January 2014

Xanana Gusmão’s entire political life is bound up with various manoeuvres with different imperialist powers.

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Edward Snowden’ı savunun!

Bill Van Auken, 28 Ocak 2014

Snowden’ın savunusu, tüm dünyada milyarlarca insanın yaşam koşullarını ortadan kaldırırken, bir polis devleti diktatörlüğüne yol açan kapitalist sisteme karşı mücadeleden ayrı tutulamaz.

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Împotriva Uniunii Europene, pentru Statele Unite Socialiste ale Europei!

28 ianuarie 2014

Declaraţie a Parteï für Soziale Gleichheit (Partidul Egalităţii Socialiste, Germania) şi a Socialist Equality Party (Partidul Egalităţii Socialiste, Marea Britanie) cu privire la Alegerile Europene din 2014

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Drei Jahre ägyptische Revolution

Von Johannes Stern, 28. Januar 2014

Am 25. Januar 2011 brachen in Ägypten revolutionäre Massenkämpfe gegen das Regime von Präsident Hosni Mubarak aus.

Snowden bestätigt Zusammenarbeit von NSA und BND

Von Patrick Martin und Christoph Dreier, 28. Januar 2014

In einem Interview bestätigte Edward Snowden am Sonnabend, dass der deutsche Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) eng mit der amerikanischen NSA bei der Überwachung der Bevölkerung zusammenarbeitet.

Ukraine: Pro-westliche Opposition schürt Bürgerkrieg

Von Stefan Steinbergr, 28. Januar 2014

Die pro-westlichen Oppositionskräfte in der Ukraine haben das Land durch ihre Forderung nach einem Regimewechsel dem Bürgerkrieg einen Schritt näher gebracht.

Auf dem Weltwirtschaftsforum: Japanischer Premierminister schürt Spannungen mit China

Von Peter Symonds, 28. Januar 2014

Abe verglich die aktuellen Spannungen zwischen Japan und China mit der Rivalität zwischen Großbritannien und Deutschland am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkrieges.

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Obama’s legacy

28 January 2014

This evening, Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address, an annual political tradition that over the years has become a hollow ritual, with little or no relationship between the president’s words and the actual state of American society.

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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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Energy companies continue utility shutoffs as bitter cold hits Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 28 January 2014

DTE Energy and Consumers Energy carried out hundreds of thousands of utility shutoffs in Michigan during 2013.

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

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.

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

By Nancy Hanover, 27 January 2014

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

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!

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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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What is Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign?

By Steve James, 28 January 2014

The Scottish Radical Independence Campaign plays a critical role in attempting to provide some form of left camouflage for a divisive, right-wing policy.

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

By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2014

Iranian president declares country “open for business”

By Keith Jones, 27 January 2014

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon gets 74 percent pay raise

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2014

Three years of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2014

Arts Review

Talk by WSWS arts editor David Walsh
The political and theoretical sources of The Sky Between the Leaves—Part 2

By David Walsh, 28 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. This is the second of two parts.

Mehring Books

Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 January 2014

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

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

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014

Report confirms illegality of NSA bulk-collection programs

By Eric London, 27 January 2014

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SEP European Election Campaign

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

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

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Auto Workers Struggles

Australia: SEP campaigns among Toyota workers

By a reporting team, 24 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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Letters from our readers

28 January 2014

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