US, allies step up military backing for Syria’s sectarian insurgency

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2013

US troops have begun to arrive in Turkey to man Patriot missile defence batteries near the Syrian border.

India and Pakistan involved in fatal border clash

By Keith Jones, 7 January 2013

India and Pakistan are trading accusations after a bloody clash over the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir early yesterday morning.

Obama administration blocks information request on assassination of US citizens

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2013

At the request of the Obama administration, a federal judge denied requests for government records related to targeted killings, including of US citizens.

French auto industry prepares assault on jobs, working conditions

By Pierre Mabut, 7 January 2013

Auto job cuts in 2013 threaten the 10 percent of France’s workforce employed, directly or indirectly, in the industry.

Chinese government imposes new Internet censorship law

By Will Morrow, 7 January 2013

The main purpose is to stifle online political discussion and the use of social media to organise protests.

New Year’s Eve stampede kills 64 in Ivory Coast

By Kumaran Ira, 7 January 2013

At least 64 people were killed and over 200 injured in a stampede in the early morning of New Year’s Day in Abidjanl.

Bushfires hit five Australian states

By Richard Phillips, 7 January 2013

Scores of fires are burning throughout Australia, fuelled by extreme heat-wave conditions.

Sri Lankan Tamil party legitimises military occupation

By M. Aravinthan, 7 January 2013

The Tamil National Alliance indicated last month that it would no longer demand a complete military withdrawal from the North and East.

11,000 US teachers laid off in December

By Nick Barrickman, 7 January 2013

Last month’s firings have driven the number of workers employed by local government to their lowest levels since 2005.

Mental health care cuts hit rural Wisconsin

By Gary Joad, 7 January 2013

A mental health facility for inpatient care and its companion outpatient care clinic have been shuttered in Cumberland, Wisconsin.

New in French

Afghanistan: un modèle de néocolonialisme pour le 21ème siècle

Par Peter Symonds, 7 janvier 2013

Les affirmations selon lesquelles l’occupation américaine arrivera à son terme d’ici la fin de 2014 sont contredites par des projets concernant une présence militaire américaine indéfinie en Afghanistan.

Le conseil de sécurité de l'ONU donne son accord pour une intervention militaire au Mali

Par Ernst Wolff et Alex Lantier, 7 janvier 2013

le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies a autorisé une intervention au Mali, en Afrique sub-saharienne, au prétexte de libérer le Nord du Mali de l'occupation par des islamistes liés à Al Quaïda.

New in Romanian

Afganistan - un model de neo-colonialism al secolului 21

De Peter Symonds, 7 ianuarie 2013

Afirmaţiile că ocupaţia americană se va încheia în 2014 sunt contrazise de planurile Pentagonului pentru o prezenţă militară indefinită în Afganistan.

New in Turkish

Washington El Kaide’nin Suriye’nin kimyasal silahlarını ele geçireceği kaygısı yaratıyor

Bill Van Auken, 5 Ocak 2013

Daha önce kimyasal silahlar konusunda belirsiz istihbarat bilgilerine dayanarak Beşar Esad yönetimini tehdit etmiş olan Obama yönetimi, şimdi, bu silahların, bizzat Washington’ın desteklemekte olduğu “asiler”in eline geçebileceği konusunda uyarı yapıyor.

Tunus’ta, UGTT İslamcılara karşı bir günlük genel grevi iptal etti

Antoine Lerougetel ve Alex Lantier, 5 Ocak 2013

Tunus Genel İşçi Sendikaları (UGTT), Devrimi Korumak İçin İslamcı Birlikler’e (LPR) bağlı haydutların UGTT üyelerine yönelik saldırılarına karşı çağrı yaptığı bir günlük genel grevi, bir gün öncesinde, 12 Aralık günü iptal etti.

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After tax deal, spending cuts dominate Washington agenda

7 January 2013

Behind the posturing over differences between the Democrats and Republicans, the two parties are united in declaring that the richest country on the planet cannot afford retirement benefits or adequate medical care.

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Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds First National Congress

By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) held its First National Congress in Manchester, on November 17-19, 2012.

Main resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “The political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party”

7 January 2013

Published here is the main resolution adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

25 years ago: Second Kentucky coal miners’ frame-up trial opens

The trial of miner Paul Smith opened on January 11, 1988 in a federal district court in London, Kentucky.

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50 years ago: Togo president assassinated

On January 13, 1963, Togo President Sylvanus Olympio was assassinated in a military coup d’état.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republican forces take strategic town of Teruel, Aragon

Republican forces finally took the town after a weeks-long battle on January 7, 1938.

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100 years ago: Tibet and Mongolia sign defense treaty

On January 11, 1913, Tibet and Mongolia signed a mutual defense treaty in which they proclaimed their independence from China.

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On the death of German SPD leader Peter Struck (1943-2012)

By Sven Heymann, 7 January 2013

Peter Struck, the former German defence minister and longtime parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), died December 19 in Berlin at the age of 69.

Arts Review

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

By David Walsh, 5 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


Afghanistan: A model for 21st Century neo-colonialism

By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2013

Obama signs Pentagon bill maintaining Guantanamo and military detention

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2013

US jobs report points to continuing stagnation

By Barry Grey, 5 January 2013

Workers Struggles

Unions undermine struggle of Palermo’s Pizza workers

By Nicholas Russo and Niles Williamson, 5 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

GM-Opel: German Left Party leader contacts US ambassador

By Dietmar Henning, 4 January 2013

NHS Fightback

UK: Hospitals across Greater Manchester under threat of closure

By Tony Robson, 4 January 2013


Astronomers confirm fundamental relationship in atomic physics

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2013

The Bankstown Fire

Australia: Owners Corporation Network spokesman discusses building safety

By Richard Phillips, 3 January 2013

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