24 December 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims constitutional referendum victory amid mass abstention

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2012

On Saturday, the final round of voting on Egypt’s draft constitution completed the referendum—a mockery of democratic process.

Report details massive growth of social inequality across US

By Nick Barrickman, 24 December 2012

Since 1989, inequality has grown in 49 of 50 US states, and 28 states have seen inequality increase simultaneously by measurements of education, income and poverty.

Berlin: A grim Christmas for many

By Ernst Wolff, 24 December 2012

Winter exposes the social decline in Berlin more revealingly than any other season.

Australia: Christmas period highlights mounting social crisis

By Mark Church, 24 December 2012

The sharp economic downturn, compounded by federal and state government cuts, is driving new layers of the working class into poverty.

Australian analyst points to debate on alliance with Japan

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 December 2012

The Labor government has developed closer military ties with Japan as part of its support for Obama’s aggressive “pivot” against China.

Big business clamour for Canada to adopt US-style “right-to-work” laws

By Carl Bronski, 24 December 2012

In the wake of “right-to-work” legislation being enacted in Michigan, right-wing politicians and commentators have taken up a drumbeat for anti-worker legislation in Canada.

Britain: Oppose the closure of Maltby Colliery

24 December 2012

Campaigners from the Socialist Equality Party are circulating this leaflet at Maltby Colliery and the nearby village of the same name.

Massive cuts at German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp

By Elizabeth Zimmermann and Dietmar Henning, 24 December 2012

ThyssenKrupp is preparing to cut thousands of jobs, lower wages and worsen working conditions.

New in French

Le Parti québécois, les associations étudiantes et la supercherie du sommet de l’éducation

Par Eric Marquis, 24 décembre 2012

En préparant son Sommet sur l’enseignement supérieur, auquel participent les syndicats et les fédérations étudiantes, le Parti québécois indique qu'il continuera et intensifiera le programme d’austérité des libéraux qui l’ont précédé.

New in Romanian

Mesajul de Crăciun al cancelarului Merkel

De Ulrich Rippert, 24 decembrie 2012

Cancelarul german Angela Merkel a declarat într-un interviu pentru Financial Times că programele sociale de stat nu ar mai putea fi finanţate.

Nemulţumirea din Grecia este în creştere

De Christoph Dreier, 24 decembrie 2012

Muncitorii se opun vehement punerii în aplicare a celui mai recent pachet de reduceri, în special a disponibilizărilor masive planificate pentru sectorul public.

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Perspective

African National Congress anoints the butchers of Marikana

24 December 2012

The election of Zuma and Ramaphosa is an endorsement of the massacre at Marikana and the ensuing brutal assault on striking miners.

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25 years ago: Mass arrests in first Palestinian intifada

One thousand Palestinians, mostly youth, arrested during two weeks of violent protest in the Occupied Territories were put on trial by an Israeli military court on December 27, 1987.

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50 years ago: US warns Europe on balance of payments

On December 27, 1962, a US congressional panel demanded that European nations reduce their tariffs and take other measures to help the US reduce its balance of payments deficit.

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75 years ago: Parisian workers clash with Popular Front government

The French Popular Front government reacted with fury to an unofficial transport and municipal services strike by Parisian workers on December 29, 1937.

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100 years ago: Arkansas governor moves to end convict leasing

On December 27, 1912, the outgoing governor of Arkansas, George Washington Donaghey, pardoned 360 convicts, freeing them from convict leasing.

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Obituary

Robert Bork (1927-2012): Reactionary jurist and opponent of equality

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2012

Bork was a key figure in ultra-right politics and jurisprudence for nearly half a century.

Ravi Shankar, acclaimed Indian musician, dies at 92

By Kapila Fernando, K. Ratnayake and Peter Symonds, 20 December 2012

Arts Review

A new film version of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (and Sean Baker’s Starlet )

By Joanne Laurier, 22 December 2012

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood embraces the “dark side”

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2012

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty brings to film-making what “embedded” reporting did for journalism—an uncritical embrace of and identification with the military-intelligence complex and its crimes.

Commentary

The Libor swindle

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2012

The German chancellor’s Christmas message

21 December 2012

Germany’s Left Party mobilizes for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 21 December 2012

UN admits Syria wracked by sectarian civil war

By Chris Marsden, 21 December 2012

State Department officials sanctioned for Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2012

Socialist Equality Party

Germany: PSG holds meetings in defence of Greek workers

By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2012

The enduring significance of the life and work of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

18 December 2012

The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site today mark 25 years since the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya, the general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka.

In Memory of Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 18 December 2012

This article was originally posted on the WSWS in two parts on December 18-19, 2007.

Sri Lankan SEP marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondent, 19 December 2012

SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.