Armed clashes erupt around besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2014

Fresh fighting was reported around the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah Thursday as the Obama administration moved to rush new military aid to the Maliki government.

Syria conference, Iranian deal hang in balance as US steps up bullying

By Keith Jones, 10 January 2014

Washington is intensifying efforts to use the upcoming international conference on Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad, while seeking fresh concessions from Iran.

The strange case of Dennis Rodman in North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2014

Incongruous as it might seem, Rodman appears to be functioning as something of a go-between on behalf of Washington in Pyongyang.

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

Campaigning underway in South African elections

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 January 2014

The next general election in South Africa will be held between April and July of this year.

New York City’s homeless suffer in record-breaking low temperatures

By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014

As with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, extreme weather has exposed the blight of extreme social inequality in New York City.

New Jersey Governor Christie caught up in scandal over bridge vendetta

By Fred Mazelis, 10 January 2014

The “Bridgegate” episode has the potential to destroy the Republican’s plans for a presidential run in 2016.

UK police get away with killing of Mark Duggan

By Julie Hyland, 10 January 2014

Duggan’s killing in north London was the spark for riots that quickly spread across the country in 2011.

Australian government forces refugee boats back to Indonesia

By Mark Church, 10 January 2014

Canberra’s policy is threatening hundreds of lives and fuelling tensions with the Indonesian government.

Australian airline Qantas reduced to “junk” status

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 January 2014

Moody’s announcement comes as even more job cuts at the airline are threatened.

Washington DC health exchange plagued with problems

By Trent Novak, 10 January 2014

Users of the DC Health Link web site have reported a range of issues, including finding out that their electronic applications have gone missing.

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Les tensions géopolitiques évoquent le spectre de la Grande Guerre de 1914

Par Nick Beams, 10 janvier 2014

Le Financial Times a choisi de commencer la nouvelle année par un éditorial intitulé «Réflexions sur la Grande Guerre», dressant un parallèle entre la situation géopolitique actuelle et celle qui a mené à la catastrophe d’il y a cent ans.

L'impérialisme américain et l'Irak qui s'enfonce dans la guerre civile

Par Bill Van Auken, 10 janvier 2014

Dix ans après les deux sièges barbares de Fallouja par les États-Unis, cette ville irakienne est une fois de plus confrontée à un conflit armé sanglant.

Les partis politiques tunisiens reprennent le «dialogue national» et votent sur la constitution

Par Antoine Lerougetel et Johannes Stern, 10 janvier 2014

À l'approche du troisième anniversaire de la révolution tunisienne, l'élite dirigeante du pays reprend son «dialogue national» qui vise à empêcher la reprise des luttes ouvrières de masse.

Israël: Protestations de masse des immigrés et des demandeurs d’asile

Par Jean Shaoul, 10 janvier 2014

Partout dans le pays, des demandeurs d’asile ont entamé une grève de trois jours dans les restaurants, les hôtels et sur d’autres lieux de travail.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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New in German

Der US-Imperialismus und der Bürgerkrieg im Irak

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Januar 2014

Zehn Jahre nachdem das US-Militär Falludscha zweimal auf barbarische Weise belagert hatte, ist die irakische Stadt wieder Schauplatz eines blutigen bewaffneten Konfliktes.

Die Große Koalition und die Linkspartei

Von Peter Schwarz, 10. Januar 2014

Die Linke erfüllt ihre Rolle als stärkste Oppositionspartei ganz im Sinne einer verlässlichen Stütze der Regierung. Man könnte sie als „Angela Merkels äußerst loyale Opposition“ bezeichnen.

Warum die Wall-Street-Verbrecher straffrei ausgehen

Von Barry Grey, 10. Januar 2014

In den Vereinigten Staaten setzt sich nicht die Demokratie durch, sondern die Wiedergeburt des aristokratischen Privilegs.

Die Zeitschrift gleichheit in neuer Form
Editorial der Januar-Februar-Ausgabe der gleichheit

10. Januar 2014

Zusätzlich zu aktuellen Analysen von der World Socialist Web Site enthält die gleichheit jetzt auch längere Beiträge, die jeweils einem bestimmten Thema gewidmet sind. Thema der jüngsten Ausgabe ist die Gründung der Vierten Internationale vor 75 Jahren.

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Perspective

Obama’s phony campaign against inequality

10 January 2014

Announcing his “economic promise zone” initiative on Thursday, President Obama gave a performance that expressed the cynical and contemptuous attitude of his administration and the entire ruling class to the plight of working people in America.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge has rubber-stamped plans to steal the pensions of Detroit workers and sell off the city's cultural heritage. Now it's time for the working class to expose and fight this conspiracy.

Behind the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts
The oligarchs and their playthings: The private museum comes into its own

By Nancy Hanover, 9 January 2014

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

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Socialist Equality Party

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!
Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.

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

Letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

Commentary

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

In the aftermath of the defeat of the Boeing workers at the hands of International Association of Machinists, the International Socialist Organization has published a commentary that whitewashes the role of the IAM and seeks to prevent workers from drawing any political lessons from this latest betrayal by the unions.

US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2014

Fifty years since Johnson’s declaration of the “War on Poverty”

By Tom Mackaman, 8 January 2014

Why aren’t the Wall Street criminals prosecuted?

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014

Arts Review

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A film largely without history or even politics

By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014

Director Justin Chadwick has taken a shallow, unserious approach in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, focusing on Nelson Mandela’s personal life and using his public activities as a mere backdrop.

Frank Wess, Chico Hamilton, Yusef Lateef: A tribute to three important jazz musicians

By D. Lencho, 8 January 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 January 2014

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

India’s “judiciary acts on the agenda of the capitalists”
—says lawyer for Maruti Suzuki workers facing frame-up murder charges

By Deepal Jayasekera and Arun Kumar, 8 January 2014

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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History

PBS’s Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigan’s bitter labor past

By Debra Watson, 8 January 2014

A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938

By Elizabeth Zimmerman, 7 January 2014