24 December 2014

Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2014

Ukraine’s parliament repealed a constitutional amendment defining the country as “non-aligned,” paving the way to an eventual application to join NATO.

Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2014

Ukrainian government prepares extreme austerity measures

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Christmas for Wall Street: Dow hits record 18,000 points

By Jerry White, 24 December 2014

While tens of millions of Americans face a holiday season of economic insecurity and rising household debt, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index hit a record high on Tuesday.

Egypt boasts of imprisoning 10,000 in 2014

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2014

The US Congress this month approved a waiver of so-called human rights conditions on the provision of American military aid to the al-Sisi dictatorship.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

Oklahoma to resume lethal injections

By Thomas Gaist, 24 December 2014

The state will end the moratorium on lethal injections imposed after the horrific "botched" execution of Clayton Lockett.

Cover-up of Canada’s complicity in torture continues

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 24 December 2014

The media and opposition parties are allowing the government’s claim that the US Senate report documenting CIA torture had “nothing to do” with Canada to go entirely unchallenged.

No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

The European powers and CIA torture

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

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Australian state Labor leader quits over Sydney siege-linked letter

By Mike Head, 24 December 2014

John Robertson’s removal underscores the reactionary political climate created by the “terrorist” claims surrounding the Sydney hostage incident.

Australian establishment lays out agenda after Sydney siege

Greek presidential election goes to third round

By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2014

If parliament fails to elect a head of state on December 29, general elections will be triggered.

Mexico intensifies persecution of Central American immigrants

By Adam Mclean, 24 December 2014

The Peña Nieto government’s crackdown on immigrants is being carried out in direct collaboration with the Obama administration.

South Korean court disbands opposition party

By Ben McGrath, 24 December 2014

The ruling is an attack on basic democratic rights, aimed at silencing political criticism and opposition.

New in Turkish

ABD-Küba uzlaşması: Tarihin dersleri

Bill Van Auken ve David North, 24 Aralık 2014

Washington ile Havana arasındaki uzlaşma, yalnızca, adada zaten var olan toplumsal eşitsizliğin, yoksulluğun ve gerilimlerin hızla artmasına ve devrimin kazanımlarından geride kalmış olan her şeyi sürekli aşındıran bir dizi karşı-reformu hızlandırmaya hizmet edecektir.

Rus Rublesi artan toplumsal ve siyasal gerilimlerin ortasında çöküyor

Andrea Peters, 24 Aralık 2014

Rusya ekonomisi, Batılı devletlerin Ukrayna krizinden kaynaklanan yaptırımlarının ve ülke ekonomisinin temel dayanağı olan petrol fiyatlarındaki düşüşün eşzamanlı etkisinden zarar görüyor.

Pakistan’daki terör saldırısında 130’dan fazla çocuk öldürüldü

Keith Jones, 24 Aralık 2014

Pakistan Talibanı’nın Salı günü Pakistan’ın kuzeybatısındaki Peşaver’de bulunan ordu destekli bir devlet okuluna gerçekleştirdiği saldırıda, çoğunluğu çocuk 150’den fazla insan öldü.

New in Serbo-Croatian

CIA mučenja: američka demokratija u rasulu

24. decembar 2014.

Pod ovim okolnostima, nemoguće je više govoriti o demokratiji. Sjedinjene države vodi gigantski vojno-obavještajni aparat koji djeluje izvan ikakvih pravnih ograničenja.

Kastroizam i politika sitno-buržoaskog nacionalizma
Predavanje Bill Vann-a

Bill Vann, 24. decembar 2014.

Povodom nedavnog zaokreta u odnosima između SAD-a i Kube, ponovo objavljujemo našu iscrpnu analizu Kastroizma iz 1998.

New in Spanish

Las potencias europeas y el proyecto de tortura de la CIA

Por Chris Marsden, 24 diciembre 2014

Las potencias de Europa han hecho declaraciones pro forma y de conveniencia sobre el informe estadounidenses sobre la tortura y los programas de extraordinary rendition de Estados Unidos y de sus aliados.

Muere P.V. Nandasena, trotskista de Sri Lanka, a los 71 años de edad

Por Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Sri Lanka), 24 diciembre 2014

Quinientos personas acudieron al funeral de Nandasena, una señal del gran respeto que le tuvieron miembros del PSI, su familia y mucha otra gente.

New in French

Le syndicat des pilotes d’Air France signe la baisse des salaires pour la filiale low cost

Par Anthony Torres, 24 décembre 2014

Cette régression sociale est la conséquence inéluctable de la trahison par les syndicats de la grève du mois de septembre contre le projet Transavia-Europe.

Le magnat de presse Pierre-Karl Péladeau brigue la direction du Parti québécois

Par Laurent Lafrance , 24 décembre 2014

Sous le couvert d’une soi-disant opposition à Péladeau, les syndicats appellent les travailleurs à joindre les rangs du Parti québécois en masse.

New in German

Die New York Times fordert strafrechtliche Verfolgung wegen Folter

Von Patrick Martin und David North, 24. Dezember 2014

Der Leitartikel in der New York Times vom Montag kennzeichnet ein neues Stadium der politischen Krise der amerikanischen politischen Elite.

Zehntausende demonstrieren gegen Pegida

Von Christoph Dreier, 24. Dezember 2014

Am Montag versammelten sich erneut tausende Anhänger der rechtsextremen Pegida-Bewegung in Dresden. In mehreren deutschen Städten kam es zu Gegendemonstrationen.

Wirtschaftskrieg gegen Russland: Präsident Putin appelliert an Oligarchen

Von Clara Weiss, 24. Dezember 2014

Das Putin-Regime reagiert auf die westliche Aggression mit Offerten an den Imperialismus und die Oligarchen.

Der Modus Operandi imperialistischer Propaganda

Von Patrick Martin, 24. Dezember 2014

Die aktuelle Propagandakampagne der USA gegen Nordkorea hält sich an ein bekanntes Muster: Die Verteufelung von Ländern und Staatschefs, die Washington seit mehr als zwanzig Jahren im Fadenkreuz hat.

Srilankischer Trotzkist P. V. Nandasena starb im Alter von 71 Jahren

Von Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24. Dezember 2014

Am Begräbnis von Nandasena nahmen 500 Menschen teil. Das zeugt von der großen Achtung, die ihm von den Mitgliedern der SEP, seiner Familie und anderen Menschen entgegengebracht wurde.

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Perspective

The New York shooting and the bid to outlaw opposition to police violence

24 December 2014

The police, media and politicians have seized on the shooting of two cops in Brooklyn last weekend to denounce any opposition to police violence as illegitimate.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Detroit workers speak on a Christmas of inequality in America

By Zac Corrigan and Jerry White, 24 December 2014

With the stock market setting new records and Wall Street investors getting bumper year-end bonuses, Detroit workers describe the reality facing tens of millions of working people this holiday season.

History

The 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce

By Julie Hyland, 24 December 2014

The enduring lesson of the Christmas truce, which has burning relevance today, is that the spontaneous international solidarity of the working class soldiers had been betrayed months before by the collapse of the Second International.

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

Workers Struggles

Air France pilots union signs concessions contract for low-cost subsidiary

By Anthony Torres, 24 December 2014

The move is the inevitable consequence of the union's betrayal of the September strike against plans to create a low-cost Transavia-Europe airline.

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Commentary

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

Prosecutor in Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony favorable to Ferguson cop

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2014

More on police violence in America »

US troops in combat in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2014

China challenges US economic war against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2014

Wall Street surge another sign of instability

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2014

Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana

By Jerry White, 22 December 2014

Pakistan escalates war offensive after school attack

By Sampath Perera, 22 December 2014

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

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

Arts Review

Foxcatcher: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman

By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2014

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

By David Walsh, 22 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign reveals widespread disillusionment with main political parties

By our correspondents, 22 December 2014

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 20 December 2014

In Defense of Historical Truth

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

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.

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.

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

25 years ago: Ceausescu falls in Romania

This week in 1989, military units joined the anti-Ceausescu uprising in Romania and the Stalinist regime collapsed.

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50 years ago: US postwar boom reaches zenith

In the final week of the year, preliminary economic data indicated that 1964 had seen nearly the sharpest growth of the US economy in the post-WWII era.

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75 years ago: Red Army debacle in Finland

On December 28, 1939, Stalin called a temporary halt to military action in the Winter War waged by the USSR against Finland.

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100 years ago: European troops hold unofficial Christmas truce

This week in 1914, some 100,000 British and German troops on the battlefields of the Western Front participated in an unofficial truce, halting the carnage of World War I over the Christmas period.

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