US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2014

A three-judge panel, including a new Obama appointee, agreed to keep secret the government’s legal rationale for the collection of consumer telephone data.

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Cambodian security forces shoot striking garment workers

By John Roberts, 4 January 2014

Military police yesterday opened fire on protesting workers, killing at least four and wounding 21.

Machinists’ union rams through sellout deal at Boeing

By Shannon Jones, 4 January 2014

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) forced a new vote on essentially the same deal workers rejected by a two-to-one margin in November.

Report reveals the new face of UK poverty

By Tom Pearse, 4 January 2014

Figures for 2011-2012 show 13 million people in the UK are in poverty.

Why Berlin is active on behalf of the Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky

By Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2014

What makes Khodorkovsky of interest to German politics is his absolute commitment to the looting of social wealth.

German court rejects compensation claim from victims of Kunduz massacre

By Verena Nees, 4 January 2014

If the ruling is confirmed, it will give the army a free hand to inflict civilian casualties in military operations without any consideration for international law.

Micro-credit and the return of debt bondage for world’s poor

By Denis Krassnin, 3 January 2014

While the founder of the micro-credit bank in Bangladesh was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, micro-finance is bringing investors fantastic returns and death and destruction to the world’s poor.

Sri Lanka: Standoff between government and TNA deepens

By S. Jayanth, 4 January 2014

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has refused to take part a parliamentary committee supposedly to discuss national reconciliation.

Quebec’s Bill 60—a chauvinist attack on democratic rights

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 January 2014

So as to deflect attention from its social spending cuts, Quebec’s Parti Québécois government intends to make its chauvinist “secular” Charter the center of political debate in Quebec in coming months.

North Dakota train explosion raises questions about oil transport safety

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 January 2014

The second large explosion of crude oil being shipped by rail from the North Dakota oilfields shows that significant risks continue to go unaddressed by the industry or regulators.

UPTE union facilitates attack on University of California pensions

By Norisa Diaz, 4 January 2014

A tentative contract proposed by UPTE and the University of California increases by 1 percent the amount workers must pay towards their pensions.

New in Turkish

2013 biterken kapitalist çöküş hızlanıyor

Nick Beams, 4 Ocak 2014

Egemen sınıflar, krize karşı, işçi sınıfını yoksullaştırmaktan ve baskıyı artırmaktan başka bir çözüme sahip değil.

New in French

La France armera le Liban aux frais de l’Arabie saoudite annonce François Hollande

Par Rosa Shahnazarian, 4 janvier 2014

Le président français François Hollande s’est rendu en Arabie saoudite pour y rencontrer dimanche et lundi des responsables saoudites et libanais.

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

New in German

Pseudojuristische Argumente für einen Polizeistaat

Von Tom Carter, 4. Januar 2014

In den USA legalisiert ein Urteil vom 27. Dezember 2013 die Überwachung der gesamten Telefondaten durch die NSA. Was bedeutet das für die demokratischen Grundrechte?

Weshalb sich die deutsche Außenpolitik für Chodorkowski einsetzt

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Januar 2014

Was Chodorkowski für die deutsche Politik interessant macht, ist sein uneingeschränktes Eintreten für die Plünderung des gesellschaftlichen Reichtums durch das Kapital.

Chodorkowskis Aufstieg zum reichsten Mann Russlands

Von Peter Schwarz, 4. Januar 2014

Die allgemeine Begeisterung über Chodorkowski sagt mehr über den Zustand der Demokratie in Deutschland aus, als über die politischen Zustände in Russland.

Weist die Erpressungsversuche von Boeing und der IAM zurück!
Bildet ein Basiskomitee, um Verschlechterungen zurückzuweisen

Von der Socialist Equality Party, 4. Januar 2014

Die folgende Erklärung wird in den Bundesstaaten Washington und Oregon an Arbeiter verteilt, die am 3. Januar über die Verlängerung eines Tarifvertrages abstimmen.

Waffenstillstandsbestrebungen bei fortgesetzter militärischer Aufrüstung im Südsudan

Von Jean Shaoul, 4. Januar 2014

Die Flügelkämpfe innerhalb der herrschenden Elite des Südsudans um Macht und Kontrolle über die Ölvorräte und Bodenschätze des verarmten Landes drohen in einen Stammes- und ethnischen Bürgerkrieg zu mutieren.

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Perspective

Fiat’s $4.35 billion payoff to UAW, Inc.

4 January 2014

The payoff to the UAW is being financed out of the sweat and blood of Chrysler workers, who have been subjected to savage wage cuts and speedup over the last four years.

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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

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

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

New York Times proposes clemency for Snowden: An exercise in damage control

By Eric London, 4 January 2014

The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.

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

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NHS Fightback

Britain: Mental health services reach breaking point

By Mark Blackwood, 4 January 2014

The UK’s Mental Health Foundation reports that every two hours one death is recorded as a result of suicide.

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 January 2014

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

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

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 January 2014

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

Fallout: Documentary about On the Beach

By Richard Phillips, 4 January 2014

A recent documentary on a best-selling 1950s novel and Hollywood movie about the nuclear destruction of humanity contains fascinating material but fails to explore current geo-political realities.

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

By Christine Schofelt, 3 January 2014

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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Commentary

The launch of the Obamacare counterrevolution

By Kate Randall, 3 January 2014

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

By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014

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

By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014

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

By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014

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.

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

4 January 2014

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