Obama’s fraudulent defense of the unemployed

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2014

Having overseen the expiration of extended jobless benefits for 1.3 million workers at Christmas time, the White House is now posturing as the defender of the unemployed.

Egyptian junta launches deadliest crackdown in months

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2014

Approaching the third anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, the military junta in Egypt is intensifying its violent crackdown to suppress opposition to its rule.

Cambodian government bans rallies and protests

By John Roberts, 6 January 2014

Following the killing of striking workers on Friday, the government broke up an opposition protest site in Freedom Park in Phnom Penh.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

NSA does not deny spying on US Congress

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2014

The declaration that “Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons” should be read as a confirmation of the unlimited scope of the NSA’s spying operations.

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Poverty in Germany hits new high

By Konrad Kreft, 6 January 2014

The latest report by the Joint Welfare Association refutes the official propaganda that Germany is a haven of prosperity in Europe.

Hampshire council in England closes more care homes

By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014

Hampshire County Council in England plans to reduce demand for services, including social care of the elderly and disabled, which accounts for more than one-third of council’s budget.

India’s prime minister announces resignation

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2014

Manmohan Singh’s resignation announcement is a sign of mounting panic in the Congress leadership over the party’s election prospects.

Australia: Report foreshadows collapse of mining construction jobs

By Dragan Slavkov, 6 January 2014

Even though the mining industry employs just 2 percent of the workforce, almost another 8 percent of workers are in associated industries.

Elderly couple dies in house fire on Detroit’s west side

By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2014

The deaths are the most recent in a series of tragedies related to the use of space heaters in cold weather.

Bitter cold across much of US

By John Marion, 6 January 2014

The winter storm and record-breaking sub-zero temperatures have been blamed for at least 16 deaths.

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Pourquoi Berlin prend la défense de l’oligarque russe Khodorkovsky

Par Peter Schwarz, 6 janvier 2014

Ce qui rend Khodorkovsky intéressant pour la politique allemande c’est son engagement absolu pour le pillage de la richesse sociale.

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Perspective

As 2014 begins
Geo-political tensions raise spectre of 1914 Great War

6 January 2014

The Financial Times chose to start the New Year with an editorial entitled “Reflections on the Great War”, drawing parallels between the present geo-political situation and that which led to the catastrophe 100 years ago.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Emergency manager acknowledges bank deals pushed on Detroit were likely illegal

By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2014

Hearings continued last week on a plan for Detroit to pay $165 million to end a swaps deal with Bank of America and UBS that has already bled hundreds of millions of dollars from the city’s coffers.

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

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25 years ago: Sri Lankan Trotskyist murdered by fascist JVP

On January 6, 1989, the press of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) reported the murder of a longstanding member of the Revolutionary Communist League (RCL).

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50 years ago: Dozens killed in anti-US riots in Panama Canal Zone

Anti-US riots erupted in Panama's Canal Zone on January 9, 1964, after zone police tore up a Panamanian flag in the area of US control.

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75 years ago: Tom Mooney given a full pardon

On January 7, 1939, class-war prisoner Tom Mooney was given a full pardon by California Governor Culbert Olson.

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100 years ago: Turkish army reorganized

On January 6, 1914, Colonel Enver Bey, also known as Enver Pasha, appointed himself chief of the general staff of the Ottoman army just three days after being assigned the war ministry.

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Arts Review

David O. Russell’s American Hustle: Nearly everybody gets a free pass

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2014

David O. Russell’s new movie is loosely based on the “Abscam” sting operation conducted by the FBI in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which led to the conviction of one US senator, six members of the House of Representatives and the mayor of Camden, New Jersey.

Fallout: Documentary about On the Beach

By Richard Phillips, 4 January 2014

Science

The genetic legacy of the Neanderthals

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 January 2014

Scientists have, for the first time, sequenced the entire genome of a Neanderthal hominin.

Commentary

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

By Jerry White, 4 January 2014

Why Berlin is active on behalf of the Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky

By Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2014

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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

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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

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

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2014

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Workers Struggles

Machinists’ union rams through sellout deal at Boeing

By Shannon Jones, 4 January 2014

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

NHS Fightback

Britain: Mental health services reach breaking point

By Mark Blackwood, 4 January 2014

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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