Democrats, Republicans work toward “fiscal cliff” deal

By Joseph Kishore, 29 December 2012

Following a meeting between the president and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, negotiations are continuing on a budget agreement.

Tentative agreement reached as union calls off plans for US port strike

By Ed Hightower, 29 December 2012

A federal mediator announced on Friday that an agreement between the union and the shipping industry will extend the current contract for an additional 30 days.

Dismal holiday sales belie talk of US “recovery”

By Barry Grey, 29 December 2012

The poor holiday sales are an expression of the absence of a genuine economic recovery and the existence of an acute and deepening social crisis.

Syria faces humanitarian catastrophe

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2012

After two years of escalating civil war, the people of Syria confront a humanitarian catastrophe, with an estimated four million people lacking adequate food and shelter.

Unpaid wages spark strikes in China

By John Chan, 29 December 2012

Amid an economic slowdown, a number of strikes and protests have erupted.

IMF demands deeper austerity in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 29 December 2012

The executive board report made clear that a further bailout will require unprecedented pro-market “reforms.”

UK: Peterborough city council’s social cuts target elderly, disabled

By Mary Smith, 29 December 2012

Peterborough City Council is again targeting the elderly and disabled, implementing budget cuts and austerity measures in line with government policies.

In wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers hit with transit fare hike

By Alan Whyte, 29 December 2012

The MTA has voted to increase bus and train fares, as well as tolls on the bridges and tunnels it controls.

NYC worker: “The fare is going up, but my salary is not”

By a reporting team, 29 December 2012

The WSWS spoke to New York City transit workers and to subway and bus riders in Brooklyn about the impact of the latest fare hike.

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ANC zeichnet die Mörder von Marikana aus

Von Chris Marsden, 29. Dezember 2012

Mit der Wahl von Zuma und Ramaphosa verteidigt der ANC das Massaker von Marikana und das brutale Vorgehen gegen streikende Bergarbeiter.

Indisches Establishment betrauert faschistischen Politiker

Von Nanda Wickremasinghe, 29. Dezember 2012

Führende indische Politiker betrauern den Tod eines Gründungsmitglieds der faschistischen Partei Shiv Sena (SS) und machen damit klar, dass sie gegen die wachsende öffentliche Unzufriedenheit Gewalt und Diktatur vorbereiten.

New in Spanish

El duradero significado de la vida y obra del Camarada Keerthi Balasuriya

Por Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 29 Diciembre 2012

En esta artículo de perspectiva política conmemoramos 25 años desde la muerte de Keerthi Balaruriya.

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White House, Congress extend police-state FISA law

29 December 2012

The US Senate voted Friday to renew the law, first passed in 2008 under the Bush administration, authorizing virtually unlimited domestic spying by the National Security Agency.

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The Scottish Socialist Party and the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 29 December 2012

In alliance with wealthy social layers in Britain, the Scottish Socialist Party, as part of "Yes Scotland," advances a pro-capitalist perspective to divide the working class.

Currency wars to intensify in 2013

By Nick Beams, 28 December 2012

US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2012

Arts Review

Best films of 2012

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 29 December 2012

The general state of the film world presents a sharper contradiction than ever, as underlined by a number of recently released films and the critics’ reactions to them.

Favorite music of 2012

By Matthew Brennan and Hiram Lee, 29 December 2012

World Socialist Web Site music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz releases of 2012.

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

By David Walsh, 28 December 2012

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

The Bankstown Fire

Australian state government imposes fire station shut-downs

By Mark Church, 29 December 2012

Across Sydney and other urban areas, stations are being temporarily closed on a daily basis, increasing the danger of another fire tragedy.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 December 2012

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

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Longshoremen strike may shut down US East Coast ports

By Ed Hightower, 28 December 2012

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


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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