15 December 2012

School shooting in Connecticut leaves 27 dead, including 20 children

By Kate Randall, 15 December 2012

The massacre is the worst in the US since the 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech University, which left 33 dead. Less than five months ago a shooting rampage at a theater in Aurora, Colorado resulted in 12 deaths and 58 people wounded.

EU summit—years more of austerity and crisis

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 December 2012

A two day summit of European heads of state and finance ministers ended on Friday with general agreement to extend and deepen the austerity measures which have already plunged millions of Europeans into unemployment and poverty.

Rice abandons bid for secretary of state nomination

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2012

Dropping the bid to name Susan Rice as secretary of state reflects the administration’s desire to avoid both a protracted debate on Benghazi and a partisan fight with the Republicans.

US military trial to censor testimony on CIA torture

By Naomi Spencer, 15 December 2012

While evidence obtained through torture may be introduced into the courtroom, no evidence of the torture itself is to be permitted.

Detroit area auto workers speak on passage of Michigan right-to-work law

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2012

Reporting teams interviewed workers at two auto plants on the significance of the reactionary legislation passing in Michigan.

Air incident escalates Japan/China tensions over disputed islands

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2012

Both countries have exploited the issue to stir up nationalism to divert attention from a worsening economic and social crisis at home.

South Korean “progressives” line-up behind the Democrats

By Ben McGrath, 15 December 2012

The parties connected with the Korean Co-federation of Trade Unions are promoting the fraud that the Democrat candidate in the South Korean presidential election represents “a lesser evil.”

Indian establishment mourns founder-leader of fascist Shiv Sena

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 15 December 2012

The fawning send-off the Indian ruling class accorded Bal Thackeray, the founder-leader of the fascist Shiv Sena (SS), following his death last month at the age of 86 constitutes both a lesson and warning to the working class.

Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

UK local authorities plan more than a billion pounds in cuts

By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2012

Local authority councils throughout the UK are planning more than a billion pounds in further cuts to be imposed next year and years beyond.

Australian state government prepares to privatise railways

By Terry Cook, 15 December 2012

The privatisation of rail and other assets by state governments is being driven by the federal Labor government’s restructuring agenda.

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Les « Amis de la Syrie » exigent qu’Assad cède le pouvoir à l’opposition islamiste

Par Alex Lantier, 15 décembre 2012

Les représentants de 130 gouvernements, conduits par les Etats-Unis et les puissances européennes, ont officiellement reconnu l’opposition islamiste syrienne comme l’unique représentant du peuple syrien.

Québec : La condamnation d’un dirigeant de la grève étudiante prépare le terrain pour de plus vastes attaques sur les droits des étudiants

Par Keith Jones, 15 décembre 2012

Les travailleurs et tous ceux qui se préoccupent de la défense des droits démocratiques devraient dénoncer la condamnation pour outrage au tribunal du dirigeant étudiant québécois Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

New in Romanian

Washingtonul descoperă terorişti în Siria

De Bill Van Auken, 15 decembrie 2012

SUA denumeşte una dintre principalele miliţii din Siria drept o organizaţie teroristă. Prin aceasta a expus caracterul războiului din Siria, pe care ea înşişi îl sprijină.

New in Turkish

“Suriye’nin Dostları” toplantısı Esad’ın iktidarı İslamcı muhalefete devretmesini talep ediyor

Alex Lantier, 15 Aralık 2012

Washington ile onun Avrupalı ve Arap müttefikleri önderliğindeki 130 hükümetin temsilcileri, 12 Aralık’ta Fas’ın Marakeş kentinde düzenlenen “Suriye’nin Dostları” toplantısına katıldılar.

Michigan’ın çalışma hakkı yasası

Jerry White, 15 Aralık 2012

Michigan’ın Cumhuriyetçi valisi Rick Snyder, 11 Aralık Salı günü sözde “çalışma hakkı” yasasını imzaladı; böylece Michigan, ABD'de bu yasayı benimseyen 24. eyalet oldu. Yasa, bütün işçilerin sendika aidatı ödemesini istihdamın koşulu kılan iş sözleşmelerini yasaklıyor.

Michigan çalışma hakkı yasasını çıkardı

Andre Damon ve Jerry White, 15 Aralık 2012

Michigan’ın Cumhuriyetçi valisi Rick Snyder “çalışma hakkı” yasasını 11 Aralık Salı akşamı imzaladı. Birleşik Otomobil İşçileri sendikasının (UAW) 75 yıl önceki doğum yeri ve ülkede sendikalaşmanın en yoğun olduğu yerlerden biri olan Michigan, ABD’de bu işçi karşıtı yasayı benimseyen 24. eyalet oldu.

New in German

Sie stehen über dem Gesetz

Von Barry Grey, 15. Dezember 2012

Wie die jüngste außergerichtliche Einigung in New York zeigt, stehen die Räuberbarone der Finanzindustrie über dem Gesetz.

Die WSWS benötigt Eure Unterstützung

Von Ulrich Rippert, 13. Dezember 2012

Um ihre Arbeit aufrecht erhalten und weiter ausbauen zu können, benötigt die WSWS dringend umfangreiche Spenden und vor allem regelmäßige Spender.

Radical Independence Conference verspricht, die Arbeiterklasse zu spalten

Von Steve James, 15. Dezember 2012

Die Radical Independence Conference, die Ende November in Glasgow stattfand, war weder radikal, noch ging es dabei um Unabhängigkeit.

Das amerikanische Establishment und die köngliche Schwangerschaft

Von David Walsh, 15. Dezember 2012

Die Bekanntmachung der Schwangerschaft von Kate Middleton, der Ehefrau des britischen Prinzen William und Herzogin von Cambridge, löste peinliche und schrilltönende Entzückensbekundungen der amerikanischen Medien sowie des Establishments schlechthin aus.

New in Persian

اهميت تاريخي ركود اقتصاد جهاني

4 دسامبر 2012 نيك بيمز

كاهش قابل توجه دورنماي رشد اقتصادي 34 كشور عضو سازمان همياري اقتصادي و توسعه ) OECD ( آخرين هشدار از سري هشدارهايي است كه سازمانهاي مهم اقتصادي جهان در باره سقوط اقتصاد جهاني ابراز كردهاند.

يونان در چنگال اتحاديه اروپا

22 نوامبر 2012 كريستوف دراير

وزراي دارايي اروپا در روز سه شنبه پرداخت وام اضطراري به يونان را بار ديگر به بعد موكول كردند، وامي كه در حقيقت موعد پرداخت آن تابستان گذشته بود. طبق گمانه زنيهاي موجود در روز دوشنبه آينده در اين باره تصميم گرفته خواهدشد.

نقطه عطفي در اقتصاد جهاني

10 نوامبر 2012 نيك بينز

پيش از انتخابات رياست جمهوري در سال 2008 در آمريكا، بخش هاي قابل توجهي از "از ما بهتران" در پي بحران مالي كه با ورشكستگي بانك برادران ليمن شعله ور شده بود، مصمم شدند كه از اوباما حمايت كنند.

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Syria in the crosshairs

15 December 2012

The US and its imperialist allies are building up to a direct intervention in Syria, with the deployment of Patriot missile batteries in Turkey and the official recognition of the opposition.

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Workers Struggles

India: Thousands join convention and protest to defend victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

By Arun Kumar, 15 December 2012

The convention and march underscores growing militancy among auto workers in India who want to fight the slave labour conditions they are subjected to.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

15 December 2012

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Illinois grad assistants union pushes through concessions contract

By Marcus Day, 13 December 2012

Michigan enacts right-to-work law

By Andre Damon and Jerry White, 12 December 2012

Arts Review

The Life of Pi: In a lifeboat alone with a tiger

By David Walsh, 15 December 2012

The new film directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee is based on a 2001 novel—winner of the Booker Prize—by Canadian author Yann Martel.

Death Grips’ No Love Deep Web: A terminally destructive message

By Zac Corrigan, 13 December 2012


Above the law

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2012

Obama, CEOs join forces in budget-cutting campaign

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2012

Australian pseudo-left backs imperialist intervention in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor and Nick Beams, 14 December 2012

Scotland’s Radical Independence Conference pledges to divide the working class

By Steve James, 14 December 2012

Michigan’s right-to-work law

By Jerry White, 13 December 2012

The royal pregnancy phone hoax

By Julie Hyland, 13 December 2012

Leading German newspaper’s conference hears call for dismantling democracy

By Wolfgang Weber, 13 December 2012

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Australia)
Film showing of Tsar to Lenin in Sydney this Sunday

14 December 2012

Bankstown Fire

Australia: Fire safety problems in new student accommodation

By Mark Church, 14 December 2012

South West NHS Fightback

Lobbyists collude with UK government on National Health Service privatisation

By Tony Robson, 13 December 2012

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Auto Workers Struggles

GM-Opel plant in Germany to be shut down

By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2012

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25 years ago: GM permanently shuts down first sit-down strike plant

The plant where the great Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37 began was permanently shut down on December 10, 1987.

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50 years ago: Mariner 2 transmits from Venus

On December 14, 1962, the NASA probe Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to transmit from another planet back to Earth.

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75 years ago: Tensions exacerbated by Japanese sinking of USS Panay

The American river gunboat the USS Panay was sunk by Japanese bombers in China on the Yangtze river on December 12, 1937.

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100 years ago: Peace talks on Balkan War commence in London

On December 16, 1912, peace talks on the ongoing Balkan War began in London, convened under the auspices of the major European powers.

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Mehring Books

Now available from Mehring Books: Russian Revolutionary Posters by David King

By David Walsh, 29 November 2012

Mehring Books is proud to offer for sale a new book, Russian Revolutionary Posters: From Civil War to Socialist Realism, From Bolshevism to the End of Stalinism by David King (Tate Publishing).