31 December 2012

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 December 2012

The intervention is part of a ratcheting up of imperialist military operations across Africa by Washington and its European allies.

Monti to lead coalition in Italian election

By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2012

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has announced plans to lead an electoral coalition based on a pro-austerity “Agenda Monti for Italy.”

UK High Court rejects inquiry into British role in Pakistan drone strikes

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2012

The High Court in London has rejected a request for a judicial inquiry into the alleged role of the UK’s GCHQ spying operation in aiding drone strikes by the US in Pakistan.

Anti-Semitic outburst in the Hungarian parliament

By Markus Salzmann, 31 December 2012

The latest anti-Semitic outburst by the deputy chair of the far-right Jobbik party marks a further rightward turn in Hungarian politics.

Australian government rejects refugee protest letter

By Mike Head, 31 December 2012

At least 155 people, including about 30 children, are now detained on Manus Island, with many housed in tents and shipping containers.

Canada’s native peoples protest chronic poverty and government attacks

By Carl Bronski, 31 December 2012

A groundswell of protests has emerged against poverty and government measures aimed at opening up native people’s lands to capitalist resource-extraction.

Homelessness soars among US Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2012

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 62,619 veterans are homeless on a given night.

Fear of food scarcity hits US capital, outlying suburbs

By Nick Barrickman, 31 December 2012

In the areas surrounding Washington DC, students qualifying for free or subsidized meals face a difficult period ahead.

Cyclone Evan causes serious damage in Fiji

By Terry Cook, 31 December 2012

High winds flattened homes, destroyed farms, ruined crops, uprooted trees and tore down vital infrastructure.

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تحت شرايط امتناع عمومي، اخوان المسلمين مدعي پيروزي در رفراندوم شد

24 دسامبر 2012 يوهانس اشترن

در روز يكشنبه دور دوم و پاياني راي گيري در رابطه با پيش نويس قانون اساسي مصر در 17 استان باقي مانده اين كشور، از جمله در سومين شهر بزرگ مصر الجيزه، در شهرهاي كانال سوئز بندر سعيد، سوئز و اسماعيليه، استان منوفيه در دلتاي نيل و مناطق روستايي به مانند بحيره، كفر الشيخ، دمياط، المنيا، بني سويف و الفيوم، صورت گرفت. اين حزب در وب سايت خود به شكلي نيشدار به "همه ی مصريان" براي "نتايج اوليه سراسري 64 درصدي ` اري ́" تبريك گفت و ادعا كرد كه "تنها 36 درصد ظاهراً به قانون اساسي `نه ` گفتند". اين بيانيه از " مردان غيور نيروهاي مسلح و پليس كه امنيت روند انتخابات را با موفقيت تامين كردند" تشكر كرد.

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Les conflits monétaires vont s’intensifier en 2013

Par Nick Beams, 31 décembre 2012

Les politiques monétaires des grandes banques centrales du monde menacent maintenant de reproduire, sous une autre forme, les conflits de la Grande Dépression.

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Războaiele monetare se vor intesifica în 2013

De Nick Beams, 31 decembrie 2012

Politicile monetare ale băncilor centrale ale marilor puteri riscă să repete, într-o formă diferită, conflictele de pe vremea Marii Depresii.

Siria se confruntă cu o catastrofă umanitară

De Bill Van Auken, 31 decembrie 2012

După doi ani de escaladare a războiului civil din Siria, populaţia se confruntă cu o catastrofă umanitară.

SUA reutilizează războiul împotriva terorismului în lupta pentru Africa

De Bill Van Auken, 29 decembrie 2012

Anunţul Pentagonului referitor la formarea unei noi brigăzi în Africa este un indiciu clar că imperialismul SUA escaladează intervenţiile sale pe continent.

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Perspective

Behind the “fiscal cliff” debate
Obama spearheads social counterrevolution

31 December 2012

In an interview broadcast Sunday, Obama embraced cuts in entitlement spending and the imposition of “sacrifices” on working people and the poor.

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Commentary

China’s red aristocracy

By John Chan, 31 December 2012

Economic and political power in China is concentrated in the hands of a tiny super-rich elite associated with the Communist Party.

White House, Congress extend police-state FISA law

29 December 2012

The Scottish Socialist Party and the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 29 December 2012

25 years ago: Soviet regime proposes Afghan pullout

Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze arrived in Kabul on January 4, 1988 to meet with Afghan President Mohammad Najibullah.

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50 years ago: Battle of Ap Bac in Vietnam War

On January 2 and 3, 1963, the National Liberation Front, or Viet Cong, as the American media termed it, won its first significant battle over US and South Vietnamese forces.

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75 years ago: President Franklin Roosevelt delivers his fifth State of the Union

In the days leading up to President Franklin Roosevelt’s fifth State of the Union address, which he delivered on January 3, 1938, the press spoke of his plans to criticize big business.

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100 years ago: Major powers sign loan agreement with China

On January 1, 1913, the “six powers”—Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Russia and Japan—reached a preliminary agreement with China, to establish a loan of 25 million pounds.

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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

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Workers Struggles

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

By Ed Hightower, 29 December 2012

Obituary

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

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2012