Missouri governor signals long-term National Guard presence in Ferguson

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is seeking additional funding to finance the continued deployment of the National Guard in the St. Louis area.

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

Political lessons of the Ferguson whitewash

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Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2014

The escalating bloodshed comes amid Washington’s efforts to consolidate military and financial support for the newly installed stooge regime.

Netanyahu’s “Jewish nation” bill enshrines an apartheid-style constitution

By Jean Shaoul, 1 December 2014

The “Jewish nation” bill sets the scene for far greater discrimination against the Palestinian population within Israel.

Washington’s intrigues against Sri Lankan president

By Pani Wijesiriwardena—Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate, 1 December 2014

The lynchpin in the moves against President Rajapakse is former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has established close ties in Washington.

Australia: Liberal-National Coalition loses Victorian state election

By Patrick Kelly, 1 December 2014

The result intensifies the crisis confronting the federal government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war and austerity in Victorian election

By our reporters, 1 December 2014

More large US companies drop retirees from health plans

By Douglas Lyons, 1 December 2014

Among large employers with 1,000 or more workers, 60 percent have instituted caps on benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.

US Labor Department Study: 4,405 workers killed on the job in 2013

By Todd Mason, 1 December 2014

The study reveals that 12 workers die each day from on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

UK Prime Minister Cameron launches fresh attack on European Union migrants

By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2014

Cameron has previously proposed a cap on the number of European Union migrants allowed to enter the UK.

German parliament passes austerity budget

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 December 2014

Finance Minister Schäuble’s austerity diktats and the Left Party’s call for investment programmes are only the right and left boot of capitalist exploitation.

German welfare “reforms” promote virtual slave labour

By Dietmar Henning, 1 December 2014

The Hartz welfare and labour “reforms” and the enlargement of the EU have created conditions in which hundreds of thousands of workers are exploited as virtual slaves.

South African police ignore official watchdog’s recommendations

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 1 December 2014

In the first six months of the 2014-2015 fiscal year, deaths in police custody rose by 1 percent.

Dozens killed in separate Chinese mine explosions

By Ben McGrath, 1 December 2014

The latest tragedies make a mockery of Beijing’s claim it is working to improve conditions for miners.

New in Turkish

Ferguson aklamasının siyasi dersleri

Joseph Kishore, 1 Aralık 2014

Egemenliğini artık şiddet yoluyla koruyan egemen sınıf, yalnızca kendisini tüm dünyanın önünde daha fazla itibarsızlaştırıyor. Dünyanın her bölgesinde, sabit bir şekilde insan haklarını savunma temelinde gerekçelendirilen savaşlar örgütlemiş olan bir devlet, kendi sınırları içindeki muhalefete karşı en vahşi baskı biçimlerine başvurmaktadır.

Michael Brown kararına karşı ABD genelinde gösteriler

Tom Eley, 1 Aralık 2014

Pazartesi ve Salı günleri, soruşturma kurulunun Michael Brown’ı öldüren polis memurunu aklayan kararına karşı, ABD genelinde, tüm ülkedeki polis seferberliğine meydan okuyan protestolar gerçekleşti.

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L’annonce dans la presse de manœuvres effectuées par des bateaux de guerre russes dans la Manche souligne le danger croissant de guerre

Par Chris Marsden, 1 décembre 2014

Les plus grandes manoeuvres militaires qui se déroulent actuellement sont celles de l’OTAN en Pologne dans le cadre du Plan de réactivité adopté à son récent sommet au Pays de Galles.

Le SEP (Parti de l’Egalité socialiste) sri lankais se présentera aux prochaines élections présidentielles

Par le Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 1 décembre 2014

Le SEP sri lankais mènera une campagne sur une perspective socialiste et internationaliste contre le danger grandissant de guerre mondiale et les attaques accrues sur le niveau de vie et les droits démocratiques.

Manifestations de masse au Québec pour défendre les services publics:
Les travailleurs ont besoin d'une stratégie socialiste

Déclaration du Parti de l'égalité socialiste (Canada) , 1 décembre 2014

Les syndicats cherchent à détourner la colère populaire sur des voies nationalistes afin de bloquer l'émergence d'un mouvement politique indépendant des travailleurs qui offrirait une véritable alternative à l'ordre social existant.

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Perspective

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

1 December 2014

The acquittal of the deposed Egyptian dictator underscores the determination of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to drown the revolutionary struggles of the working class in blood.

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Socialist Equality Party

For scholarship instead of war propaganda
IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is placing at the center of its campaign the struggle against war and opposition to attempts to transform Humboldt University into a center of militarism.

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

27 November 2014


WSWS readers will be able to participate in this live interview on December 13 with International Editorial Board Chairman David North, the author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign

By our correspondents, 29 November 2014

The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

28 November 2014

This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.

Arts Review

“The real question is: does your art speak to the times and ask serious questions?”
Veteran photographer Errol Sawyer talks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 1 December 2014

Errol Sawyer discusses his early career and influences and the responsibilities facing photographic artists today.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: A mess in space

By Marcelo Arias Souto, 29 November 2014

25 years ago: Military coup attempt in Philippines

On December 1, 1989, rebel forces within the Philippines military began what became known as the “Christmas coup” against the government of Corazon Aquino.

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50 years ago: Mass arrest of UC Berkeley students

On December 3, 1964, the California Highway Patrol arrested 796 University of California at Berkeley students who were staging a sit-in to protest the school administration’s restrictions on campus political activity.

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75 years ago: Stalin establishes puppet regime in Finland

On December 2, 1939, after a massive Red Army invasion of Finland at the end of November, a puppet regime was installed.

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100 years ago: German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht votes against war credits in the Reichstag

On December 2, 1914, Karl Liebknecht, a leading representative of the revolutionary and internationalist tendency that had emerged from the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), voted against war credits in the Reichstag.

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Commentary

Australian government faces crisis over failed budget measures

By James Cogan and Peter Symonds, 1 December 2014

An editorial entitled “Abbott government is doomed without narrative” summed up the deep frustration in ruling circles over its failure to ram through the austerity agenda.

The Australian Greens and “human rights” imperialism

By James Cogan, 29 November 2014

Report of Russian warship manoeuvres in English Channel highlights growing war danger

By Chris Marsden, 29 November 2014

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

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Mexican President Peña Nieto announces police-state plan as more bodies are discovered

Protests, building occupations follow California tuition hike

Democrats back union-organized Wal-Mart protests

Canada preparing to expand its role in Mideast war

New Australian terrorism bill to facilitate targeted military killings

The $35,000 Thanksgiving dinner

Science

New telescope reveals first detailed image of a planetary system in formation

By Bryan Dyne and Don Barrett, 1 December 2014

An international telescope array entering operation has produced the first detailed image showing a planetary system in formation around a young star

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Public Meeting December 4: The attack on democratic rights in Ferguson and Detroit

27 November 2014

The “rescue” of the Detroit Institute of Arts has resolved nothing

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Obituary

Former Washington mayor Marion Barry mourned in US ruling class circles

By Fred Mazelis, 29 November 2014

Barry typified the layer that came to prominence in the ebb and decline of the mass civil rights movement.

History

150 years since Sherman’s March to the Sea

By Tom Mackaman, 27 November 2014

In November and December, 1864, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led a Union army deep through Confederate territory, resulting in the capture of Savannah and the liberation of thousands of slaves.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale

24 November 2014

Prices marked down up to 50 percent on a large selection of titles and sale bundles.