19 December 2014

US stokes conflict with North Korea over Sony hacking

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2014

Obama administration officials described the hacking as a “serious national security matter” that warranted a “proportionate response” by the US government.

Physicians’ group details psychologists’ role in CIA’s “extensive system of torture”

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2014

A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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”

More on CIA torture »

Russian president downplays economic crisis

By Andrea Peters, 19 December 2014

In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.”

Imperialism and the ruble crisis

Australian government exploits Sydney siege to advance “war on terror”

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2014

The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths.

More police raids in Sydney on the pretext of counter-terrorism

By James Cogan, 19 December 2014

The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS.

Unanswered questions about the Sydney siege

The Sydney siege

US wealth gap largest on record

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2014

A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007.

Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street on record low interest rates

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

By Sandy English, 19 December 2014

The DOJ in New York has filed a motion in federal court to join a suit against New York City over brutality and civil rights violations against youth in the Rikers Island prison complex.

Kentucky coal miner killed at Patriot mine

By Clement Daly, 19 December 2014

Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year.

California drought has depleted water sources by 11 trillion gallons

By Evan Blake, 19 December 2014

Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history.

German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2014

The anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West (Pegida) demonstrations are the product of a systematic campaign by politicians and the media.

Greek presidential vote moves to second round

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2014

The naked intervention by the European Commission into the Greek presidential vote is a message from the financial elite that there can be no retreat from austerity anywhere in Europe.

Former Ben Ali official wins the first round of Tunisian presidential elections

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 19 December 2014

The coming to power of Nidaa Tounes represents an attempt to restore the old Ben Ali regime that the working class toppled in revolutionary struggles nearly four years ago.

UN torture report criticises Australia’s refugee policies

By Terry Cook, 19 December 2014

The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture.

New in Spanish

Brennan defiende a los torturadores de la CIA

Por Barry Grey, 19 diciembre 2014

Que el capo de los espías haya respondido en representación del gobierno de Obama al informe del Senado sobre el proyecto de tortura de la CIA pone el dedo en quien realmente tiene la sartén por el mango en Estados Unidos.

Obama y Castro “normalizan” las relaciones de Cuba y Estados Unidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 19 diciembre 2014

En discursos simultáneos, los presidentes de Estados Unidos y de Cuba sellaron una transformación en el acercamiento del gobierno cubano al imperialismo yanqui.

El castrismo y la política del nacionalismo pequeño-burgués

Por Bill Vann, 19 diciembre 2014

Este es el texto de conferencia del 7 de Enero de 1998 en la Escuela de Verano Internacional "El marxismo y los problemas fundamentales del siglo veinte", organizada por el Partido Socialista de la Igualdad (Australia).

Cien años desde que Zapata y Villa tomaron Ciudad de México–Parte 1

Por Eric London, 19 diciembre 2014

Hace cien años, el 4 de diciembre de 1914, Francisco "Pancho" Villa y Emiliano Zapata se reunieron en la Ciudad de México a la cabeza de los ejércitos campesinos que habían conquistado la capital y parecía a punto de tomar el control de todo el país.

El piano de Jane Campion: Un toque sensible para un tema bastante egoísta

Por David Walsh, 19 diciembre 2014

Este es el tercer capítulo del libro de David Walsh, El Cielo Entre las Hojas.

New in French

L’impérialisme et la crise du rouble

Par Alexandre Lantier, 19 décembre 2014

La campagne des puissances impérialistes pour encercler et étrangler financièrement la Russie révèle les conséquences catastrophiques de la dissolution de l’URSS.

Un tribunal allemand refuse de poursuivre un membre des SS impliqué dans le massacre d’Oradour-sur-Glane

Par Elisabeth Zimmermann, 19 décembre 2014

Un tribunal a récemment annoncé à Cologne qu’il n’engagerait pas de poursuites contre un membre des SS ayant participé en 1944 au massacre des habitants du village français.

L’inégalité sociale au Canada est bien plus élevée que ce que montrent les statistiques officielles

Par Laurent Lafrance, 19 décembre 2014

La part du revenu national canadien allant au un pour cent le plus riche est 13,3 pour cent lorsque les revenus de sociétés privées sont pris en compte.

Fury: Qu’est-ce que le « réalisme »? Qu’est-ce qu’un film « anti-guerre »?

Par David Walsh, 19 décembre 2014

Le film morbide et militariste de David Ayer suit l’équipage d’un char américain mené par Don « Wardaddy » Collier (Brad Pitt), pendant les derniers jours de la 2e Guerre Mondiale en Europe.

New in German

Der Imperialismus und die Rubel-Krise

Von Alex Lantier, 19. Dezember 2014

Russland wird von den imperialistischen Mächten eingekreist und in den finanziellen Ruin getrieben: Die katastrophalen Folgen der Auflösung der Sowjetunion treten offen zutage.

Obama und Castro “normalisieren” Beziehungen

Von Bill Van Auken, 19. Dezember 2014

Die gleichzeitig gehaltenen Reden des amerikanischen und des kubanischen Präsidenten am Mittwochnachmittag markieren einen historischen Wendepunkt in der Suche nach einer Annäherung zwischen dem Castro-Regime und dem amerikanischen Imperialismus.

Von der Leyen auf Frontbesuch in Afghanistan

Von Wolfgang Weber, 19. Dezember 2014

Die Verteidigungsministerin warnte vor einem „abrupten Abzug“ der NATO-Truppen und der Bundeswehr. Sie rechnet bereits mit einer Stationierung deutscher Soldaten über 2016 hinaus und weiter andauernden Kämpfen.

Innenminister de Maizière fordert erneut Flüchtlingslager in Nordafrika

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 19. Dezember 2014

Der deutsche Innenminister hat in der EU einen neuen Vorstoß unternommen, in Nordafrika Flüchtlingslager einzurichten, die vom UNHCR unterhalten werden sollen.

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Perspective

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

19 December 2014

Hailed by governments and corporations as a historic turning point, the move to “normalize” US-Cuban ties raises profound historical questions for the working class and the socialist movement.

Earlier Perspectives »

In Defense of Historical Truth

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

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.

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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 December 2014

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

Commentary

Obama, Castro move to “normalize” US-Cuba ties

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2014

Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2014

More on NSA spying »

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

By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2014

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

British troops returning to Iraq

US Department of Justice forces journalist Risen to testify in leak case

Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children

New details emerge on the execution of Clayton Lockett

History

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.

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

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)

By David Walsh, 16 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war

By our reporters, 16 December 2014

Students and workers speak out on the danger of 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!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014

25 years ago: US invades Panama

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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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