3 January 2013

As 2013 begins: A mood of anxiety in ruling circles

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2013

Almost six years after the first signs of financial crisis and more that four years after the crash of 2008, “recovery” in the global economy is more remote than ever.

US drone strikes continue in Yemen

By Will Morrow, 3 January 2013

Six people were killed in two US drone attacks on December 24, bringing the number of such attacks in Yemen during 2012 to at least 40.

French Constitutional Council strikes down Hollande’s 75 percent tax on the rich

By Kumaran Ira, 3 January 2013

The ruling exploited the fact that the PS’s tax increase was itself a political fraud.

German SPD leader Steinbrück: Candidate of the financial aristocracy

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 January 2013

The leading candidate of the German SPD, Peer Steinbrück, has complained that political leaders, in particular the German chancellor, are not paid enough.

Growing poverty in Germany “politically desired”

By Dietmar Henning, 3 January 2013

While the government is following its agenda of social counterrevolution and creating Greek conditions in Germany, the country’s trade unions respond with impotent threats and reformist proposals.

Sri Lankan government prepares to impeach chief justice

By K. Ratnayake, 3 January 2013

The president is concentrating power in his hands amid a growing economic crisis and explosive social tensions.

Southampton City Council cuts expose UK unions as partners in austerity

By Zac Reed, 3 January 2013

New cuts expose the claim of the trade unions that installing Labour in May’s council elections was the answer to austerity.

Texas judge approves ban on Planned Parenthood funding

By Kate Randall, 3 January 2013

A state judge ruled that Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, forcing thousands of poor women to seek alternative state-approved doctors for annual exams, cancer screenings and contraceptives.

Merit-based scholarships in US to widen gap between high and low-income college students

By Charles Bogle, 3 January 2013

Higher education scholarships based on need are being replaced by merit-based scholarships at a time when working class and poor students are finding college education increasingly beyond their reach.

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Les Etats-Unis et la France déploient des troupes en République centrafricaine

Par Patrick O’Connor, 3 janvier 2013

Cette intervention fait partie d’une intensification des opérations militaires impérialistes partout en Afrique de la part de Washington et de ses alliés européens.

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ABD ve Arap müttefikleri, Filistin kampının bombalanmasının ardından müdahale çağrısı yapıyor

Jean Shaoul, 3 Ocak 2013

Bu tür röportajlar, Washington’ın bölgedeki müttefikleri Suudi Arabistan, Katar, Türkiye ve İsrail tarafından kışkırtılıp finanse edilen 21 aylık iç savaşın alâmetifarikası olan medya eliyle yanlış bilgilendirme kampanyasının bir parçasıdır. Filistinliler’in Suriye yönetiminin kurbanı gibi gösterilmesi, Filistinliler’i ve tüm Arap işçi sınıfını Suriye yönetimine karşı çevirmeyi ve bir “insani” müdahaleye uluslararası desteği canlandırmayı amaçlamaktadır.

Yeni Japon hükümeti militarizme tehlikeli bir dönüşü gösteriyor

Peter Symonds, 3 Ocak 2013

Japonya’da geçtiğimiz Pazar günü [16 Aralık] yapılan seçimlerde Liberal Demokratik Parti’nin (LDP) yeniden iktidara gelmesi, yalnızca Japonya’da değil ama uluslararası politikada da büyük bir dönüşümü işaret etmektedir.

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Obama conduce o contrarevoluţie socială

De Patrick Martin, 3 ianuarie 2013

Într-un interviu televizat duminică, Obama a dat de înţeles că este de acord cu reducerile din cadrul unor programe sociale de drept şi cu impunerea “sacrificiilor” asupra clasei muncitoare şi a celor săraci.

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.

New in Persian

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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Perspective

The fiscal cliff deal

3 January 2013

The use of artificial deadlines and phony crises to manipulate the public has become a basic modus operandi for managing the political affairs of the American ruling elite.

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Commentary

150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation

By Tom Mackaman, 3 January 2013

We repost here a perspective initially posted on September 22 celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s order that legally freed 4 million slaves and altered the course of the American Civil War.

Behind the “fiscal cliff” debate
Obama spearheads social counterrevolution

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2012

China’s red aristocracy

By John Chan, 31 December 2012

Arts Review

Brother Ali’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color and social reality in the US

By Nick Barrickman, 3 January 2013

Ali, a practicing Muslim for two decades, is best known for his impassioned delivery and songs that offer vivid, unglamorous pictures of American life.

Best films of 2012

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 29 December 2012

Favorite music of 2012

By Matthew Brennan and Hiram Lee, 29 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

Australia: Owners Corporation Network spokesman discusses building safety

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2013

Stephen Goddard speaks to the WSWS about the Bankstown apartment blaze and the impact of deregulation and private certification.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 January 2013

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

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

3 January 2013

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