9 January 2013

Austerity drives up European unemployment to record levels

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2013

Unemployment in the 17 European countries that make up the euro zone rose in November to 11.8 percent, with the number of jobless workers hitting 18.8 million.

Another sweetheart bank settlement on mortgage fraud

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2013

The settlement reached with US bank regulators on Monday includes a paltry payment to defrauded homeowners, while ensuring that no one is criminally prosecuted.

President Mursi, IMF prepare austerity policies in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 9 January 2013

After the passing of a new constitution, the Egyptian bourgeoisie is seeking to continue and intensify the attacks on the Egyptian working class.

Israeli election campaign reflects rightward shift

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2013

The Israeli parliamentary election campaign is marked by an ever more rightward turn by all the main political parties.

Sri Lankan Buddhist chauvinists provoke violence against Muslims

By Gamini Karunasena and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 January 2013

Given a free hand by the government, Buddhist groups are fomenting attacks in various parts of the country.

US health insurers hiking premiums

By Kate Randall, 9 January 2013

Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, private health insurers are requesting and receiving large increases in insurance premiums, often in the double digits.

Behind the newly proposed US food regulations

By Naomi Spencer, 9 January 2013

While the proposals have been hailed as “landmark” improvements to US food oversight, they will provide FDA inspectors with no meaningful enforcement powers.

Tens of thousands of distressed Michigan families losing welfare benefits

By Debra Watson, 9 January 2013

Thousands more Michigan families who are unemployed or underemployed will abruptly lose welfare under a new law.

Australia: Hundreds of bushfires as heatwave continues

By Mark Church, 9 January 2013

Scores of bushfires are still burning out of control throughout Australia.

New in German

Weltwirtschaft 2013:
Schein und Wirklichkeit

Von Nick Beams, 9. Januar 2013

Das vergangene Jahr war Zeuge, wie einige der nach dem Ausbruch der globalen Finanzkrise am eifrigsten verbreiteten Illusionen der Fürsprecher der herrschenden Eliten zerplatzten.

Grundsatzerklärung der IYSSE

9. Januar 2013

Die International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) bestehen darauf, dass die chronischen sozialen Probleme unserer Zeit nur durch eine sozialistische Reorganisation der Gesellschaft zu lösen sind.

Weshalb wir ein NPD-Verbot ablehnen

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 9. Januar 2013

Mitte Dezember beschloss der Bundesrat, ein Verbotsverfahren gegen die rechtsextreme Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD) beim Bundesverfassungsgericht einzuleiten. Die PSG lehnt ein Parteienverbot grundsätzlich ab.

Obama ernennt Chef des Drohnen-Mordprogramms zum CIA-Chef

Von Barry Grey, 9. Januar 2013

Mit der Wahl von John Brennan zum Chef des Geheimdienstes gibt Obama das eindeutige Signal, dass er das völkerrechtswidrige Drohnen-Mordprogramm ausweiten will.

Neue Drohnenangriffe in Pakistan und im Jemen

Von Patrick O’Connor, 9. Januar 2013

Die Obama Regierung lässt im neuen Jahr schon wieder Ziele in Pakistan und im Jemen mit unbemannten Drohnen angreifen.

New in French

Les partis gouvernementaux grecs et l’opposition appellent à manifester conjointement

Par Christoph Dreier, 9 janvier 2013

L’alliance appelant à une manifestation conjointe contre Chrysi Avgi le 19 janvier n’a nullement l’intention de mener une lutte sérieuse contre les fascistes.

Les syndicats isolent la lutte des dockers portugais contre la restructuration européenne des ports

Par Paul Mitchell, 8 janvier 2013

Les dockers portugais mènent des grèves contre les projets de restructuration du gouvernement de coalition unissant le Parti social démocrate et le Parti populaire.

Le plus grand marxiste d’Asie du Sud de la seconde moitié du 20e siècle

Par Wije Dias, 9 janvier 2013

L’article suivant est le premier d’une série de deux articles portant sur la lutte pour l’internationalisme prolétaire menée par le fondateur et secrétaire général de la LCR au Sri Lanka.

New in Romanian

Afacerea privind “prăpastia fiscală”

De Barry Grey, 8 ianuarie 2013

Opinia publică este dusă în eroare cu termene limită şi crize artificiale. Aceste manevre sunt folosite tot mai des de către elita conducătoare a SUA pentru a-şi atinge scopurile reale.

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Perspective

The Brennan nomination: A government of torturers and assassins

9 January 2013

The nomination of John Brennan as CIA director underscores the impunity enjoyed by the war criminals of the Bush administration and the deepening of their crimes under Obama.

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Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “Defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

9 January 2013

Published here is the third resolution, “Defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

Arts Review

Superhero graphic novels from DC and Marvel: Symbols and avatars, not images and people

By Adam Haig, 9 January 2013

A comment on the wave of superhero graphic novels that has recently hit the market.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

By David Walsh, 5 January 2013

Commentary

The world economy 2013: Illusions and reality

By Nick Beams, 8 January 2013

After tax deal, spending cuts dominate Washington agenda

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2013

Workers Struggles

Australia: Victorian paramedics protest over poor conditions

By Margaret Rees, 8 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

By Sandy English, 8 January 2013

Auto Workers Struggles

French auto industry prepares assault on jobs, working conditions

By Pierre Mabut, 7 January 2013

Obituary

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

By Sven Heymann, 7 January 2013

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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