US House of Representatives votes to slash $8.7 billion from food stamps

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2014

The House voted to slash the federal food stamp program by $8.7 billion over 10 years, cutting benefits by an average of $90 per month for 850,000 people.

Share prices fall as global currency turmoil continues

By Nick Beams, 30 January 2014

Wall Street’s Dow Jones index dropped 190 points yesterday amid growing global currency turbulence.

Report exposes Chinese elite’s offshore tax havens

By Oliver Campbell, 30 January 2014

The consignment of riches to the British Virgin Islands provides a glimpse into the extraordinary growth of social inequality in China.

Japanese PM strengthens economic-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014

Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.

Supreme Court denies back pay to 800 US Steel workers

By Tom Carter, 30 January 2014

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the unions had bargained away steel workers' right to receive overtime pay for time spent putting on personal protective equipment.

Australian foreign minister declares US economic “best friend”

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 January 2014

The Abbott government has overtly aligned Australia with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia and preparations for military conflict with China.

Australian government intervenes against Toyota workers

By Will Morrow, 30 January 2014

The government is presenting its insistence that workers vote on Toyota’s cost-cutting demands under the fraudulent guise of giving them the “right” to choose.

UK Labour pledges itself to legally binding savage cuts

By Julie Hyland, 30 January 2014

The British Labour Party has announced it will impose legally binding massive spending cuts, such as those being carried out in Greece by the European Union.

Popular support for Spain’s monarchy plummets

By Alejandro López, 30 January 2014

With over half of the Spanish people now favouring the abdication of Spanish king Juan Carlos, the legitimacy of a pillar of capitalist rule is crumbling.

Far-right demonstration in Paris calls for resignation of President Hollande

By Antoine Lerougetel, 30 January 2014

Thousands participated in far-right “Day of Anger” demonstration in Paris last Monday calling for the resignation of President Hollande.

Canadian NDP MP harassed by Sri Lankan authorities

By Athiyan Silva, 30 January 2014

While opposing the harassment of Sitsabaiesan, workers must beware of the efforts of the NDP and of Tamil bourgeois groupings to tie them to the reactionary geo-political agenda of the US and Canadian governments.

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Le legs d’Obama

Par Joseph Kishore, 30 janvier 2014

Mardi, Barack Obama a prononcé son cinquième Discours sur l'état de l'Union, une tradition politique annuelle qui au fil des ans est devenu un rituel creux, avec peu ou pas de relation entre les mots du président et l’état actuel de la société américaine.

Turquie: Le taux d'intérêt grimpe en pleine crise du marché des devises

Par Nick Beams, 30 janvier 2014

L'augmentation massive du taux d'intérêt fait suite à des mises en garde de “carnage” financier dans le contexte d'inquiétudes grandissantes quant à la stabilité des “marchés émergents.”

Les négociations syriennes dans l'impasse, l'opposition soutenue par les États-Unis demandant un changement de régime

Par Chris Marsden, 30 janvier 2014

Washington considérait son ultimatum à Assad comme un moyen de faire monter les tensions et d'appliquer une pression maximale sur l'Iran.

À la veille des Jeux olympiques
La tension monte entre les États-Unis et la Russie

Par Andrea Peters, 30 janvier 2014

Le gouvernement des États-Unis et les médias occidentaux tentent de faire en sorte que les Jeux olympiques de Sotchi soient une humiliation pour le gouvernement russe.

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

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Verteidigt Edward Snowden!

Von Bill Van Auken, 30. Januar 2014

Diejenigen, die drohen, Snowden umzubringen, sind in Wirklichkeit selbst ungeheurer Verbrechen schuldig, die von dem ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiter aufgedeckt wurden.

Ukraine: Ministerpräsident tritt zurück
EU erhöht Druck auf Moskau

Von Stefan Steinberg, 30. Januar 2014

Der Rücktritt des ukrainischen Ministerpräsidenten ist ein Zugeständnis Janukowitschs an die rechte Protestbewegung.

Obamas Rede zur Lage der Nation:
Eine hohle und reaktionäre Farce

Von Joseph Kishore, 30. Januar 2014

Obamas Rede stand vielleicht mehr als jede frühere von ihm im Zeichen ermüdender Rhetorik und rechtsgerichteter Politik.

Kunduz-Kläger geben nicht auf

Von Verena Nees, 30. Januar 2014

Nach der Ablehnung einer Entschädigungsklage von zwei Opfern des Bundeswehrmassakers im afghanischen Kunduz durch das Landgericht Bonn haben die Anwälte einen Antrag auf Berichtigung des Urteils gestellt.

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State of the Union: A bankrupt ruling class talking to itself

30 January 2014

Obama’s State of the Union speech was a piece of cynical propaganda, a ruling establishment speaking to itself as it prepares a new wave of assaults on the population.

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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

Defend Detroit water workers’ jobs!

By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2014

Workers must oppose plans to eliminate 700 jobs—or 40 percent of the workforce—at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department over the next several months.

Flint, Michigan emergency manager threatens to file for bankruptcy

By Bryan Dyne, 30 January 2014

As in Detroit, bankruptcy is being used as a cudgel against Flint workers to gut pensions and force through further concessions.

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

By Lawrence Porter, 29 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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Arts Review

American folksinger Pete Seeger dead, at 94

By David Walsh, 30 January 2014

In a career that lasted almost three quarters of a century, Seeger wrote, co-wrote or was identified with a number of the most popular folk or protest songs of the second half of the twentieth century.

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.

Workers Struggles

RMT rail union calls off London Docklands Light Railway strikes

By Tom Pearse, 30 January 2014

Providing no details, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said planned industrial action was suspended “following the receipt of improved offers on pay and across a range of other issues.”

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Video: David Walsh discusses Sky Between the Leaves

23 January 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

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

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

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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The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014

Turkish interest rate leaps amid currency market turmoil

By Nick Beams, 29 January 2014

Obama’s legacy

By Joseph Kishore, 28 January 2014

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

By Alex Lantier, 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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Letters from our readers

30 January 2014

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