Iraq slides toward civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 3 January 2014

Heavy fighting erupted Thursday between Iraqi government troops and Sunni militants who seized large parts of Fallujah and Ramadi.

Supreme Court justice stays contraceptive mandate for some church-run institutions

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2014

Concessions by the Obama administration have emboldened its opponents in right-wing religious groups.

Civil liberties lawyer Lynne Stewart wins “compassionate release” after four years in prison

By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014

The crusading attorney was serving a vindictive ten-year sentence stemming from her representation of an unpopular client on terrorism charges.

Bill Clinton administers oath of office to New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio

By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014

The new mayor, who cast his campaign as a crusade for equality, was sworn in by an ex-president whose policies were key to the record rise in inequality over the past two decades.

French President Hollande announces Lebanese arms deal in Saudi Arabia

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 3 January 2014

French President François Hollande traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi and Lebanese officials on Sunday and Monday.

Treatment of political activist Trenton Oldfield shows criminalization of protest in UK

By Allison Smith and Paul Bond, 3 January 2014

There was an outpouring of sympathy for Australian immigrant and political campaigner Trenton Oldfield during his trial and deportation ordeal.

As 2014 begins, New York City’s homeless population continues to grow

By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014

According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.

At least one dead in explosion in Minnesota neighborhood

By Eric London, 3 January 2014

Multi-billion dollar CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is likely to blame for an explosion in a working class neighborhood in Minneapolis, which killed at least one worker.

Hewlett-Packard to cut another 5,000 employees

By Bryan Dyne, 3 January 2014

This will bring the total number of layoffs between 2012 and 2014 to 34,000.

6,000 Chicago workers lose jobs in Dominick’s grocery chain closure

By Jeff Lusanne, 3 January 2014

Thousands of grocery store workers lost their jobs when Dominick’s closed 72 stores on December 28.

Victims of Bangladesh building collapse neglected

By Wimal Perera, 3 January 2014

Many of the families have spent their limited compensation, leaving them in a desperate situation.

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Les arguments pseudo-juridiques justifiant un Etat policier

Par Tom Carter, 3 janvier 2014

La décision rendue le 27 décembre par le juge de la cour fédérale américaine, William H. Pauley, dans l’affaire de l’ACLU contre Clapper approuvant la surveillance par la NSA des données téléphoniques de toute la population du pays, a une immense signification pour les droits démocratiques.

Postes Canada: Fin du courrier à domicile et assaut sur les pensions

Par Carl Bronski, 3 janvier 2014

La société d'État Postes Canada, avec l'appui du gouvernement conservateur fédéral, met fin à la livraison du courrier à domicile et mène un assaut frontal sur les conditions de travail des employés de la poste.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Türkei: Proteste und Korruptionsermittlungen gegen Erdogan-Regierung

Von Johannes Stern, 3. Januar 2014

Die Regierung von Premierminister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gerät unter wachsenden Druck durch Proteste im eigenen Land und zunehmend auch durch internationale Kritik.

Erklärung des Vorsitzenden des Arbeiteruntersuchungsausschuss
Annulliert Detroits Schulden !

Von Lawrence Porter, 3. Januar 2014

Zehntausende von Rentnern haben in Detroit sorgenvolle Weihnachten verbracht, weil sie sich Gedanken über das Schicksal ihrer hart verdienten Renten machten.

Thailändisches Militär schließt Putsch nicht aus

Von Tom Peters, 3. Januar 2014

In Thailand stehen sich Regierungsgegner und –anhänger gegenüber, während der oberste Armeechef einen Militärputsch nicht ausschließen will.

Ein zeitgenössischer Bericht über die Novemberpogrome 1938

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 3. Januar 2014

Das erstmals in deutscher Sprache erschienene Buch „Eine Nacht im November 1938: Ein zeitgenössischer Bericht“ von Konrad Heiden schildert die Novemberpogrome 1938 aus zeitnaher Sicht.

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Perspective

The launch of the Obamacare counterrevolution

3 January 2014

Obama’s health care “reform” was aimed from the start at cutting costs for the government and corporations, resulting in reduced medical care and rationing for the vast majority of Americans.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Corporate spokesman Mike Duggan inaugurated as Detroit mayor

By Lawrence Porter—chairman of the Detroit Workers Inquiry, 3 January 2014

Duggan assumes an office with virtually no powers, with all decisions in the hands of an unelected emergency manager.

Australia: National Gallery of Victoria patrons denounce selloff of Detroit masterpieces

By our reporters, 3 January 2014

“These things are owned by the people, not just by the city council; they’re the people’s property.”

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg calls for assault on public worker pensions

By Philip Guelpa, 31 December 2013

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

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Workers Struggles

Reject IAM-Boeing blackmail!
Form a rank-and-file committee to defeat concessions

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 January 2014

The following SEP statement is being destributed to Boeing workers in the states of Washington and Oregon who are voting today on a contract extension.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 January 2014

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

India: Protest denounces frame-up of Maruti Suzuki auto workers
An on-the-spot report

By Jai Sharma and Arun Kumar, 31 December 2013

Arts Review

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: James Thurber’s short story remade

By Christine Schofelt, 3 January 2014

Ben Stiller’s new version of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, fails to hit the mark.

Best films of 2013

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street: Why should we admire such figures?

By David Walsh, 30 December 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.

Obituary

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Condolences from Dave Hyland’s German comrades

3 January 2014

Below, we publish condolences sent by some of Dave Hyland’s comrades from the Socialist Equality Party of Germany.

Eileen Hyland responds with thanks

20 December 2013

A letter from Eileen Hyland thanking those sending condolences on the death of her husband.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

The pseudo-legal arguments for a police state

By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013

Snowden reveals massive National Security Agency hacking unit

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

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Mehring Books

Special offer, WSWS Chronology now $12.00

The WSWS Chronology is now available for online purchase at a reduced price.

Just published!
David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves

A unique collection of writings on film by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available through mehring.com.

Book Review

The humanitarian industry: A “force multiplier” for imperialism
Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread, by Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss

By Nancy Hanover, 30 December 2013

The growing nexus between imperialism and international non-governmental organizations makes the 2011 book Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread a timely read.

History

Fifty years since the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 December 2013

Commentary

As 2013 draws to a close, capitalist breakdown is intensifying

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2013

Cutoff of jobless benefits caps year of attacks on US workers

By Andre Damon, 30 December 2013

A cruel Christmas gift: Jobless benefits cut off for 1.3 million Americans

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 December 2013

25 years ago: Two Libyan aircraft shot down by US F-14s in Gulf of Sidra

On January 4, 1989, US Navy F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan MIG-23 aircraft over the waters just off Libya’s coast.

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50 years ago: Communal violence in Cyprus

In the first days of January, scores of Turkish and Greek families left mixed neighborhoods and suburbs of Nicosia, under the threat of ethnic violence.

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75 years ago: Nazi decree bars Jews from German economy

A Nazi decree took effect January 1, 1939 barring German Jews from operating shops, stores, markets or other small businesses.

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100 years ago: Battle of Ojinaga in Mexican Revolution

On December 31, close to 5,000 of Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries carried out an offensive against the Mexican Federal Army entrenched in Ojinaga.

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