27 December 2012

Occupy protests targeted by FBI counterterror units

By Barry Grey, 27 December 2012

The direct attack on Constitutionally protected free-speech rights, begun under Bush, has been expanded by the Obama administration.

US mayors’ survey: Food insecurity, homelessness rising across the country

By Nick Barrickman, 27 December 2012

The United States Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness released its yearly survey, which documented a sharp rise in these social ills throughout the country.

New right-wing Japanese government installed

By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2012

Prime Minister Abe has not resiled from the aggressive nationalist policies that he promoted during the election campaign.

Unions isolate Portuguese dockworkers’ struggle against European port restructuring

By Paul Mitchell, 27 December 2012

Portuguese dockworkers have struck against the restructuring plans of the right-wing Social Democratic Party/Popular Party coalition government.

US munitions cause spike in Iraqi infant birth defects

By Eric London, 27 December 2012

The Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah are experiencing an exponential rise in birth defects, linked to the use of depleted uranium ammunition by US and British invasion forces.

Russian President Putin’s address to parliament promotes nationalism, austerity

By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2012

President Vladimir Putin delivered the first speech of his new term in office to the federal assembly.

Australian utility companies disconnect thousands of households

By Terry Cook, 27 December 2012

Rising utility prices are hitting the most vulnerable people—the unemployed, disabled and the elderly.

West Coast longshoremen overwhelmingly reject grain handlers’ contract offer

By Hector Cordon, 27 December 2012

Dockworkers at four grain terminals rejected a concessions-laden contract described by the grain handlers association as its “last, best and final” offer.

Wage freezes, school cuts in Connecticut budget

By John Marion, 27 December 2012

Connecticut’s public schools and social services, along with state workers’ wages, are targeted in the new fiscal year.

New in German

Der Libor-Betrug

Von Andre Damon, 27. Dezember 2012

Der Betrug mit dem Libor-Zinssatz entlarvt nicht nur die Bankenkriminalität, er zeigt anschaulich, dass Regierungen und Finanzbehörden weltweit eng mit dieser Korruption zusammenarbeiten.

Israel erwägt Angriffe auf Syrien

Von Jean Shaoul, 27. Dezember 2012

Ministerpräsident Netanjahu hat Jordanien wiederholt vorgeschlagen, angebliche Chemiewaffenlager in Syrien gemeinsam zu bombardieren.

Antisemitische Hetze im ungarischen Parlament

Von Markus Salzmann, 27. Dezember 2012

Die offizielle ungarische Politik rückt immer weiter nach rechts und stützt sich angesichts zunehmender sozialer Proteste gegen den Sparkurs der Regierung immer offener auf faschistische Kräfte.

Wachsende Armut in Deutschland ist „politisch gewollt“

Von Dietmar Henning, 27. Dezember 2012

Am Mittwoch stellte die nationale Armutskonferenz ihren „Schattenbericht“ vor, der eine wachsende und verfestigende Verarmung konstatiert, die „politisch gewollt“ sei.

Kathryn Bigelows Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood und die „dunkle Seite“

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Dezember 2012

Kathryn Bigelows Film Zero Dark Thirty bereichert das Medium Film in der gleichen Weise wie der „eingebettete Journalismus“ die Nachrichten – durch unkritische Verherrlichung und Identifizierung mit Militär und Geheimdiensten und deren Verbrechen.

New in Romanian

Frăţia Musulmană din Egipt declară victoria referendumului în ciuda absenteismului în masă de la vot

De Johannes Stern, 27 decembrie 2012

Sâmbătă s-a încheiat runda finală a referendumului privind proiectul de Constituţie din Egipt. Modul de desfăşurarea a acestuia a fost o batjocoră la adresa procesului democratic.

Consiliul Naţional African recompensează măcelarii de la Marikana

De Chris Marsden, 27 decembrie 2012

Alegerea lui Zuma şi Ramaphosa este o aprobare a masacrului de la Marikana şi a asaltului brutal asupra minerilor grevişti.

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Perspective

US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

27 December 2012

The Pentagon’s announcement that it is forming a new Africa brigade is a clear indication that US imperialism is escalating its interventions on the continent.

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Socialist Equality Party

25 years since Keerthi Balasuriya’s death
South Asia’s foremost Marxist of the second half of the 20th century
Part one

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2012

This article is the first part of a two-part series about the political struggle waged by the RCL’s founding general secretary for proletarian internationalism.

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

18 December 2012

In Memory of Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 18 December 2012

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

By our correspondent, 19 December 2012

Arts Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—not so unexpected as all that

By Christine Schofelt, 27 December 2012

Filmed as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, this first part of The Hobbit covers approximately half the book as written by J.R.R. Tolkien (published in 1937).

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 December 2012

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

Obituary

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

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2012

Commentary

African National Congress anoints the butchers of Marikana

By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2012

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

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2012

The Libor swindle

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2012

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

27 December 2012

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.