Senate confirms Janet Yellen as Fed Chair
Move signifies continued free money to Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 7 January 2014

The US Senate confirmed Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, signaling continuity with pro-Wall Street easy money policies.

US, Iran say they will not send troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2014

Washington and Tehran have both pledged support to the Maliki government in Iraq, while ruling out the deployment of troops in the escalating battle in Anbar province.

Boeing workers denounce union for ramming through sellout deal

By Hector Cordon, 7 January 2014

Workers angrily demanded a recount after the contract, with terms nearly identical to those rejected by workers in November, was approved by a slim margin.

Acute child malnutrition has doubled in Afghanistan since 2012

By Mark Church, 7 January 2014

Thirteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan population confronts worsening poverty and social deprivation.

Anti-immigrant campaign intensifies in Britain

By Jordan Shilton, 7 January 2014

The scapegoating of immigrant workers is taking place across the continent alongside further attacks on the welfare system, public services and wages.

How Khodorkovsky became Russia’s richest man

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2014

The universal excitement over Khodorkovsky reveals more about the state of democracy in Germany than it does about political conditions in Russia.

Sham election deepens Bangladesh political crisis

By K. Ratnayake, 7 January 2014

The election was marked by a low turnout of 25 percent, police violence and clashes between the two main rival parties.

Australia: Defend Medicare rally promotes Labor Party

By Oliver Campbell, 7 January 2014

The protest was called in response to proposals for upfront fees for visits to doctors.

Chicago residents thrown out ahead of eviction moratorium

By Christopher Davion, 7 January 2014

The sheriff in the county that includes Chicago evicted several residents who have been fighting to remain in their homes, one of whom died the following week.

DC charter school officials charged with funneling millions to personal accounts

By Nick Barrickman, 7 January 2014

The District of Columbia has launched an investigation and lawsuit against Options Public Charter School over illegal billing by its top officers.

New in Russian

Жестокий рождественский подарок: Пособия по безработице упразднены для 1,3 миллиона американцев

Кейт Рэндал и Бэрри Грэй, 7 января 2013 г.

Накануне Нового года в США прекращена выплата пособий по безработице для 1,3 миллиона американцев, кто не сумел в течение шести месяцев найти работу.

New in French

Alors que 2013 touche à sa fin, l’effondrement capitaliste s’intensifie

Par Nick Beams, 7 janvier 2014

Au lieu d’afficher une reprise, les signes de «stagnation prolongée» se multiplient.

Le New York Times propose la clémence pour Snowden: une tentative de limiter les dégâts

Par Eric London, 7 janvier 2014

L’éditorial «Edward Snowden, dénonciateur» est une reconnaissance tardive du large appui populaire pour l’homme qui a aidé à démasquer les opérations totalitaires de la NSA.

La junte égyptienne lance sa répression la plus mortelle depuis des mois

Par Johannes Stern, 7 janvier 2014

À l'approche du troisième anniversaire de la révolution égyptienne le 25 janvier la junte militaire égyptienne intensifie sa répression contre toute opposition à son pouvoir.

La pauvreté en Allemagne atteint un nouveau record

Par Konrad Kreft, 7 janvier 2014

Le dernier rapport en date de l’Association paritaire d’action sociale réfute la propagande officielle que l’Allemagne est un paradis de la prospérité en Europe.

Le leader CFDT à Florange se présente aux élections européennes sous l’étiquette PS

Par Anthony Torres, 7 janvier 2014

En désignant un délégué syndical comme candidat, le Parti socialiste essaie de se présenter faussement comme une formation populaire.

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

New in German

Fiat zahlt 4,35 Milliarden Dollar an das Unternehmen UAW

Von Jerry White, 7. Januar 2014

Die Milliardensummen, welche die amerikanische Autogewerkschaft UAW jetzt kassiert, wurden durch himmelschreiende Lohnkürzungen und Ausbeutung von den Chrysler-Arbeitern erpresst.

Kambodscha:
Polizei erschießt streikende Textilarbeiter

Von John Roberts, 7. Januar 2014

Am Freitag wurden mindestens vier streikende Arbeiter getötet und einundzwanzig weitere verletzt, als die Militärpolizei das Feuer eröffnete.

Polizei erklärt Teile Hamburgs zum „Gefahrengebiet“

Von Christoph Dreier, 7. Januar 2014

Am Wochenende erklärte die Hamburger Polizei große Teile der Stadt zu Gefahrengebieten, durchsuchte willkürlich hunderte Passanten und erteilte verdachtsunabhängig dutzende Aufenthaltsverbote.

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Perspective

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

7 January 2014

The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.

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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

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

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Commentary

Why aren’t the Wall Street criminals prosecuted?

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014

What prevails in America is not democracy, but a revival of aristocratic privilege.

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

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2014

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

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

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

By Jerry White, 4 January 2014

History

A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938

By Elizabeth Zimmerman, 7 January 2014

Konrad Heiden’s graphic account of Kristallnacht shows the horrors of which capitalism in its death throes is capable.

Arts Review

An appreciation of Phil Everly and the Everly Brothers

By Hiram Lee, 7 January 2014

Singer Phil Everly, one half of the early Rock ‘n’ Roll duo The Everly Brothers, has died at the age of 74.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2014

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

More letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 January 2014

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

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

NSA does not deny spying on US Congress

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2014

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

By Eric London, 4 January 2014

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

NHS Fightback

Hampshire council in England closes more care homes

By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014

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Science

The genetic legacy of the Neanderthals

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 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

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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

7 January 2014

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