New US drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 January 2013

The latest attacks demonstrate that the drawdown of US-led occupying forces in Afghanistan will be accompanied by an expansion of illegal drone operations across the Middle East.

Afghanistan: Sharp rise in civilian deaths

By Oliver Campbell, 4 January 2013

Civilian deaths rose by 28 percent in the three months to October 31 compared to the corresponding period in 2011.

Judge denies Obama administration attempt to dismiss challenge to “no-fly” list

By Eric London, 4 January 2013

The administration maintains that it has the right to block individuals from flying on commercial flights or entering the country without presenting any evidence either to the targeted people or a court of law.

Shell Oil Arctic drilling rig runs aground

By Bryan Dyne, 4 January 2013

One of Shell Oil’s two Arctic drilling rigs—carrying approximately 140,000 gallons of diesel and 12,000 gallons of lubrication oil and hydraulic fluid—beached Monday night.

GM-Opel: German Left Party leader contacts US ambassador

By Dietmar Henning, 4 January 2013

The Left Party has offered its services to assist in stifling any opposition by workers to the closure of the Opel plant in Bochum.

UK: Hospitals across Greater Manchester under threat of closure

By Tony Robson, 4 January 2013

The downsizing of local hospitals is in line with plans to dismantle much of the NHS.

Homelessness and sleeping in the street on the rise in the UK

By Dennis Moore, 4 January 2013

Across the UK, significant numbers of local authorities saw rough sleeping increase by 100 percent.

Parti Québécois’ education summit—a mechanism for imposing tuition fee hikes and spending cuts

By Eric Marquis, 4 January 2013

Quebec’s trade unions and student associations are lending their support to the Parti Québécois government’s phoney “national summit” on higher education.

Burmese military escalates war in Kachin state

By John Roberts, 4 January 2013

The military has recently begun using airstrikes, along with heavy weapons, in fighting against separatist Kachin Independence Army.

Court rules California city can halt pension payments

By Thomas Gaist, 4 January 2013

A ruling last month rejected CalPERS' efforts to force San Bernardino to continue its payments to the pension fund.

New in French

Le message de Noël de la chancelière allemande

Par Ulrich Rippert, 4 janvier 2013

Dans une interview accordée à la mi-décembre, au Financial Times, la chancelière allemande a déclaré que l’Etat-providence européen ne peut pas être maintenu.

New in Greek

Αξιολογώντας τον Λέων Τρότσκι εβδομήντα χρόνια μετά τη δολοφονία του

Το αντικείμενο αυτής της ομάδας εργασίας είναι ένας άνδρας που παραμένει, ακόμη και εβδομήντα χρόνια μετά τη δολοφονία του από ένα Σταλινικό πράκτορα, μια επίμονα σύγχρονη μορφή. Ο Τρότσκι ήταν ένας από τους τιτάνες της πολιτικής και πνευματικής ζωής του εικοστού αιώνα.

New in German

Fiskalklippe: Der Deal

Von Barry Grey, 4. Januar 2013

Mit Hinhaltefristen und künstlichen Krisen wird die Öffentlichkeit in die Irre geführt, – Manöver, denen sich die US-Elite immer häufiger bedient, um ihre wahren Ziele zu verschleiern.

Am Jahresbeginn 2013:
In den herrschenden Kreisen breitet sich Angst aus

Von Nick Beams, 4. Januar 2013

Fast sechs Jahre nach den ersten Anzeichen der Finanzkrise und mehr als vier Jahre nach dem Crash von 2008 ist eine „Erholung“ der globalen Wirtschaft weiter entfernt denn je.

Opel: Gregor Gysi „kontaktiert“ US-Botschafter

Von Dietmar Henning, 4. Januar 2013

Die Linkspartei bietet der deutschen und der amerikanischen Regierung ihre Dienste an, um jeden ernsthaften Widerstand gegen die Stilllegung des Opelwerks Bochum im Keim zu ersticken.

Italienwahl: Monti kandidiert mit neuem Bündnis

Von Alex Lantier, 4. Januar 2013

Der italienische Premier Mario Monti will jetzt doch am Wahlkampf teilnehmen. Um seinen strikten Sparkurs fortzusetzen, hofft er, im Februar Regierungschef einer Koalition zu werden.

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Obama and torture

4 January 2013

The illegal practice of rendition, inseparably bound up with torture, has continued and expanded under the Obama administration.

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The fiscal cliff deal

By Barry Grey, 3 January 2013

150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation

By Tom Mackaman, 3 January 2013

As 2013 begins: A mood of anxiety in ruling circles

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2013


Astronomers confirm fundamental relationship in atomic physics

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2013

A team of astronomers has determined that the ratio of the mass of the proton to the mass of the electron has been stable for at least seven billion years.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 January 2013

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

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Arts Review

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

By Nick Barrickman, 3 January 2013

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

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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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