28 December 2012

On the eve of the “fiscal cliff”
Democrats, Republicans prepare major cuts in workers’ wages, benefits

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2012

Both the Obama administration and Republican leaders are whipping up a crisis atmosphere to justify policies that would otherwise be politically impossible to enact.

Longshoremen strike may shut down US East Coast ports

By Ed Hightower, 28 December 2012

A strike by 15,000 dock workers in the US, from 14 ports on the eastern seaboard, could begin as early as this weekend.

Iraq arrests spark mass protests

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2012

The rounding up of bodyguards and aides of leading Iraqi Sunni politicians sparked protests that blocked the main trade route to neighboring Syria and Jordan.

Spanish Popular Party government launches assault on public education

By Alejandro López, 28 December 2012

Last Friday, the Spanish Popular Party government approved a new draft education law that slashes funding for public education.

Rape of Delhi woman sparks protests in India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 December 2012

Thousands of people, mainly students, protested last week in the Indian capital, New Delhi, against the gang rape of a young woman on December 16.

South Korean companies plan sweeping job cuts

By Ben McGrath, 28 December 2012

Major South Korean companies are planning to cut thousands of jobs as the economy is battered by deepening world economic turmoil.

US walks out of World Conference on Information Technology
Global split over telecom treaty

By Kevin Reed, 28 December 2012

The breakdown of talks at the IT summit signals intensified national conflicts in an increasingly interdependent world.

UK police frame up Conservative MP

By Paul Bond, 28 December 2012

Three months after Andrew Mitchell MP resigned over allegations that he had abused police officers, it is clear that much of the evidence against him was fabricated.

More than 400,000 Californians could lose unemployment benefits

By Kevin Martinez and Norisa Diaz, 28 December 2012

If federal unemployment benefits are not extended at the end of the year, some 2 million people throughout the US will immediately lose this limited form of cash assistance.

Social crisis intensifies in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 28 December 2012

In the week before Christmas, people on low incomes queued in record numbers for food parcels and donated gifts.

New in German

Bombenangriff auf palästinensisches Flüchtlingslager
Die USA und ihre arabischen Verbündeten fordern eine Intervention in Syrien

Von Jean Shaoul, 28. Dezember 2012

In sämtlichen Medienberichten über die Bombardierung von Yarmouk wird betont, dass die syrische Regierung ein Verbrechen begangen hat und dafür bezahlen muss.

Andrew Marr’s History of the World: Eine Verunglimpfung der Revolution

Von Thomas Scripps, 28. Dezember 2012

Man ist es gewohnt, dass der Sozialismus in den Medien verunglimpft wird, aber es geschieht selten so scharf und so voll von Geschichtsverdrehungen wie in dieser BBC-Dokureihe.

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Les bouchers de Marikana consacrés par le Congrès national africain

Par Chris Marsden, 28 décembre 2012

En élisant Zuma et Ramaphosa, l’ANC a donné son approbation au massacre des mineurs ainsi qu’à l’assaut subséquent lancé contre eux

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Perspective

Currency wars to intensify in 2013

28 December 2012

The monetary policies of the world’s major central banks threaten to repeat, in another form, the conflicts of the Great Depression.

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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 two

By Wije Dias, 28 December 2012

The second part of a two-part series about the political struggle waged for proletarian internationalism by the Sri Lankan RCL’s founding general secretary.

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 Perks of Being a Wallflower: Growing up in the early 1990s

By David Walsh, 28 December 2012

In Stephen Chbosky’s film, based on his 1999 novel, the central character, Charlie, a 15-year-old high school student, narrates the story in the form of letters to an anonymous “friend.”

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

By Christine Schofelt, 27 December 2012

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

Commentary

US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2012

Occupy protests targeted by FBI counterterror units

By Barry Grey, 27 December 2012

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

Workers Struggles

Unions isolate Portuguese dockworkers’ struggle against European port restructuring

By Paul Mitchell, 27 December 2012

West Coast longshoremen overwhelmingly reject grain handlers’ contract offer

By Hector Cordon, 27 December 2012

Obituary

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

By Patrick Martin, 24 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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