20 December 2014

US escalates campaign against North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2014

An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures.

US uses hacking allegations to escalate threats against China

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014

Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.

German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 20 December 2014

Russian president downplays economic crisis

Imperialism and the ruble crisis

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Amid scramble for Cuba, Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2014

The new sanctions shed considerable light on the real nature of Washington’s move to “normalize” ties with Cuba.

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part two

By Ed Hightower, 20 December 2014

This is the second of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

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Obama “task force” on policing: A cover for militarization

By Andre Damon, 20 December 2014

Far from preventing police murders and holding the culprits accountable, Obama’s panel will seek to acclimate the population to an increasingly violent and militarized police force.

US Department of Justice to sue New York City over conditions at Rikers Island jail

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

Race, class and police violence in America

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The Sydney siege and the drive to war

By Nick Beams, 20 December 2014

The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US.

Governments, media internationally respond to the Sydney siege

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2014

The Sydney siege

Eight children found dead in Cairns, Australia

By Will Morrow, 20 December 2014

A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis.

German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan

By Wolfgang Weber, 20 December 2014

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

Britain: Perverse verdict clears security guards of Jimmy Mubenga killing

By Julie Hyland, 20 December 2014

The racism evidenced by the guards’ text messages is one deliberately cultivated by the ruling class to scapegoat foreign workers for the social crisis created by capitalism.

Oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills two workers, critically burns two others

By Evan Blake, 20 December 2014

All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider.

Final pre-trial hearing held for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Nick Barrickman, 20 December 2014

Thursday’s hearing was the first time in a year and a half that Tsarnaev appeared in public, his trial is set to begin early next month.

American democracy in shambles

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New in Russian

Империализм и кризис рубля

Алекс Лантье, 20 декабря 2014 г.

По мере того, как империализм пытается окружить Россию военным кольцом и финансово удушить ее экономику, катастрофические последствия распада СССР в 1991 году и реставрации капитализма становятся совершенно ясными.

New in Spanish

Armonizan Estados Unidos y Cuba: lecciones de la historia

Por Bill Van Auken y David North, 20 diciembre 2014

Mientras gobiernos y empresas celebran la anunciada armonía entre Cuba y Estados Unidos, para la clase obrera y el movimiento socialista ésta plantea profundas cuestiones históricas.

New in French

Un ancien responsable du régime de Ben Ali remporte le premier tour de l’élection présidentielle en Tunisie

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Alex Lantier, 20 décembre 2014

L’arrivée au pouvoir du parti Nidaa Tounes constitue une tentative de restauration du vieux régime de Ben Ali, renversé dans des luttes révolutionnaires il y a quatre ans par la classe ouvrière.

New in German

Zur Annäherung zwischen den USA und Kuba: Lehren aus der Geschichte

Von Bill van Auken und David North, 20. Dezember 2014

Die „Normalisierung“ der Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Kuba wird von offizieller Seite als historischer Wendepunkt gefeiert. Für die Arbeiterklasse und die sozialistische Bewegung gilt es wichtige Lehren aus der kubanischen Erfahrung zu ziehen.

Putin spielt Wirtschaftskrise herunter

Von Andrea Peters, 20. Dezember 2014

In einer langen Pressekonferenz schaffte es Putin nicht, klare Maßnahmen gegen die Währungskrise des Landes zu formulieren.

Vier Jahre nach Julian Assanges Verhaftung

Von Robert Stevens, 20. Dezember 2014

Die Verbrechen des amerikanischen Imperialismus, die in den letzten vier Jahren ans Licht kamen, machen deutlich, warum WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange noch immer auf der Fahndungsliste steht.

Proteste gegen die ungarische Regierung

Von Markus Salzmann, 20. Dezember 2014

Von Sonntag bis Dienstag kam es in Ungarn zu zahlreichen Protesten gegen die Regierung von Victor Orban, die massive Sozialkürzungen verabschiedete.

Japans Staatsgeheimnis-Gesetz tritt in Kraft

Von Ben McGrath, 20. Dezember 2014

Abes rechtsgerichtete Regierung verabschiedete die antidemokratische Gesetzesvorlage als ein Mittel, um den Widerstand gegen die Austeritäts- und Remilitarisierungsprogramme abzuwürgen.

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Perspective

The European powers and CIA torture

20 December 2014

The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies.

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History

Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old

By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014

George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol

By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2014

The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism.

In Defense of Historical Truth

Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

Commentary

Why is Canada’s ruling elite commemorating the Boer War?

By Roger Jordan, 20 December 2014

As part of last month’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa was rededicated to include Canadian soldiers who perished in the Boer and Afghan Wars.

US wealth gap largest on record

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2014

German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2014

Greek presidential vote moves to second round

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2014

Confronting anger over two-tier wages and low pay
US auto union president postures in advance of 2015 contract talks

Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street on record low interest rates

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

20 December 2014

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

Mehring Books

The Sky Between the Leaves now available in eBook format

19 December 2014

This work by WSWS Arts and Culture Editor David Walsh is now available in ePub and Kindle formats. It is an important contribution to the study of Hollywood and global cinema and belongs in every Marxist library.

Arts Review

15th Tokyo Filmex—Part 1
The Prince and A Few Cubic Meters of Love: Two films about Iran and Afghanistan

By John Watanabe, 17 December 2014

Under the Skin (or aliens from another social class) and Mood Indigo (more inventiveness from Michel Gondry)

Obituary

Sri Lankan Trotskyist P. V. Nandasena dies at age 71

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 17 December 2014

About 500 people attended Nandasena’s funeral, indicating the great respect in which he was held by SEP members, family and many other people.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 20 December 2014

The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions.

SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war

SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election
Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!

The Fight Against Imperialist War

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By Johannes Stern, 15 December 2014

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

For scholarship instead of war propaganda
IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

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50 years ago: Political crisis in South Vietnam

On December 20, 1964, the South Vietnamese military dissolved the civilian legislature, provoking a new political crisis for the US puppet government.

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75 years ago: First air battle of World War II

On December 18, 1939, the first major air battle of the Second World War occurred between British and German forces.

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100 years ago: France launches winter offensive against Germany

On December 20, 1914, French forces, led by the Fourth Army, launched an offensive against German positions in the Champagne region of northeast France.

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