Obama’s State of the Union address: An empty and reactionary charade

By Joseph Kishore, 29 January 2014

Obama’s address on Tuesday was characterized, perhaps even more than any of his previous addresses, by tired rhetoric and right-wing policies.

Democrats, Republicans reach deal to slash $8.7 billion from food stamp program

By Andre Damon, 29 January 2014

House and Senate negotiators announced a deal Monday to slash more than $8 billion from a program that provides food assistance to 48 million people.

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns as EU keeps pressure on Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 January 2014

The Ukrainian government’s resignation followed intense pressure by the European Union and the US which both intervened directly to promote opposition protests.

European Union demands more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 29 January 2014

Demands for further austerity come after the Council of State ruled previous wage cuts to the armed forces, police, coast guard and firemen unconstitutional.

Turkish interest rate leaps amid currency market turmoil

By Nick Beams, 29 January 2014

The massive rate hike followed warnings of financial “carnage” amid growing concerns over the stability of “emerging markets.”

Argentina on brink of new financial crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2014

The Argentine government has responded to last week’s run on the peso with new rules allowing dollar purchases to barely 20 percent of the population.

Chilean port workers end month-long strike

By César Uco and Armando Cruz, 29 January 2014

A sell-out agreement between the government and the union bureaucracy sends workers back to work.

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.

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Unrelenting cold snap grips wide area of US

By James Brewer, 29 January 2014

Winter cold and snow advisories are being issued across the eastern two-thirds of the country, extending south into areas that seldom have below-freezing temperatures.

South Africa: Economic Freedom Fighters target voters fed up with African National Congress

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 29 January 2014

The EFF, led by ex-ANC leader Julius Malema, have targeted North West province's Madibeng municipality over water shortages amid the district’s worst drought in 80 years.

Sri Lankan Buddhist extremists attack two Christian churches

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 January 2014

Confronted with a deepening economic crisis and emerging workers’ struggles, the Rajapakse government is encouraging racialist provocations.

Australia: Ex-military chief appointed governor-general

By Mike Head, 29 January 2014

The choice of former general Peter Cosgrove is bound up with the government’s plans for a four-year “celebration” of the centenary of World War I.

Australia Day 2014 used to promote the military

By Will Morrow, 29 January 2014

In contrast to previous years, the official celebrations last Sunday took on a distinctly militarist tone.

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Alors que le régime ukrainien chancelle, les oligarques appellent à des pourparlers avec l’opposition droitière

Par Alex Lantier, 29 janvier 2014

L’intervention des oligarques souligne le programme d’austérité anti-ouvrier qui motive le régime comme l’opposition d’extrême droite.

Québec: les libéraux alimentent la campagne antidémocratique du PQ autour de sa charte

Par Richard Dufour, 29 janvier 2014

Les libéraux proposent des mesures administratives dont plusieurs vont plus loin que le projet de loi 60 en ciblant la minorité musulmane.

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

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Regierung der Ukraine wankt
Oligarchen fordern Gespräche mit rechter Opposition

Von Alex Lantier, 29. Januar 2014

Das Eingreifen der Oligarchen demonstriert, dass beide, das Regime und die rechte Opposition, einen arbeiterfeindlichen Sparkurs befürworten

Syrien-Gespräche festgefahren, weil Opposition Regimewechsel fordert

Von Chris Marsden, 29. Januar 2014

Washington nutzt sein Ultimatum an den syrischen Präsidenten Bashar al-Assad, um Spannungen zu schüren und größtmöglichen Druck auf den Iran auszuüben.

Italien: Renzi greift Letta-Regierung von rechts an

Von Marianne Arens, 29. Januar 2014

Matteo Renzi, der neue Chef der italienischen Demokratischen Partei (PD), treibt die Regierung seines Parteifreunds Enrico Letta (PD) mit immer neuen Forderungen vor sich her.

The Wolf of Wall Street:
Warum sollten wir solche Typen bewundern?

Von David Walsh, 29. Januar 2014

Martin Scorseses neuer Film handelt von der Karriere des Börsenschwindlers und Wirtschaftskriminellen Jordan Belfort, der vom Aufstieg des Finanzgangstertums in den USA profitierte, und in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren ein Vermögen anhäufen konnte.

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The danger of war in Asia

29 January 2014

Asia in 2014 bears chilling resemblance to Europe in 1914.

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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

The fraud of Governor Snyder’s “rescue package” for Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 29 January 2014

The real purpose of the proposal is to politically disarm the working class and facilitate the looting of the city by the corporate and financial elite.

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.

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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Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83

By Rafael Azul, 29 January 2014

Argentine poet Juan Gelman died in Mexico city on January 14. Gelman was considered one of the most important Spanish-language poets, as well as a fighter against the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s.

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.

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Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

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.

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

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Obama’s legacy

By Joseph Kishore, 28 January 2014

Syria talks deadlocked as US-backed opposition demands regime change

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2014

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

By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2014

What is Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign?

By Steve James, 28 January 2014

SEP European Election Campaign

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

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

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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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