Obama backs continued militarization of local police forces

By Jerry White, 2 December 2014

The president met with supposed “civil rights” organizations Monday to diffuse popular anger over the police murder of Michael Brown while accelerating the military style crackdown on public dissent.

Missouri governor signals long-term National Guard presence in Ferguson

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

“They just killed him for nothing”
Hundreds mourn death of 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police

By Samuel Davidson, 2 December 2014

Hundreds of people from throughout the Cleveland area attended a viewing Sunday for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police while playing with a toy gun.

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US retail sales plunge during “Black Friday” weekend

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2014

The fall in sales reflects the fact that the disposable incomes of working-class households continue to stagnate and decline.

The impoverishment of industrial workers in America

As election campaign begins, Moody’s downgrades Japan’s debt

By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2014

The credit downgrade was a warning to the next government to implement harsh austerity measures to bring down Japan’s massive public debt.

Japan’s snap election: A sign of economic and political crisis

After Brazilian election, Dilma taps “Chicago Boy” as finance minister

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2014

The new cabinet named by the Brazilian president also includes the chief lobbyist for agribusiness as minister of agriculture.

Smith report on Scottish devolution sets off further devolution throughout UK

By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2014

The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish student debt skyrockets

By Joe Mount, 2 December 2014

Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs.

Low turnout in Italian regional elections

By Marc Wells and Marianne Arens, 2 December 2014

In regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, nearly two thirds of the electorate abstained from voting.

Billions in handouts to Canadian auto companies yet to be repaid

By Carl Bronski, 2 December 2014

The true aim of the auto industry bailout was to make the Detroit Big Three once again a lucrative source of profits for rich investors by gutting auto workers’ jobs and wages.

Australian government confronts deepening political and economic crisis

By Mike Head, 2 December 2014

Prime Minister Abbott held a 50-minute solo media conference to try to deal “head on” with the ever-more visible disarray of his government.

Australian government faces crisis over failed budget measures

New Zealand Labour elects new right-wing leader

By Tom Peters, 2 December 2014

Former union leader Andrew Little’s installation has been praised by corporate media commentators, who recognise his record of support for big business.

New in Turkish

Britanya İsveç’in Assange’ın iadesi talebinin önünü açtı

Robert Stevens, 2 Aralık 2014

Stockholm Temyiz Mahkemesi’nin, WikiLeaks’in kurucusu Julian Assange aleyhine dört yıl önce çıkartılmış olan tutuklama kararını onaylaması, İsveç, Britanya ve ABD yetkili makamları arasında varılmış üst düzey gizli anlaşmanın ürünüdür.

Rusya ve Çin ekonomik işbirliğini genişletiyor

Clara Weiss, 2 Aralık 2014

Rusya, Avrupa ve ABD tarafından dayatılan yaptırımlar karşısında, son aylarda, Çin ile ekonomik işbirliğini önemli ölçüde genişletti. ABD’nin Rusya’yı ve Çin’i dışlamaya çalıştığı Pasifik ve Atlantik ticaret bloklarına yanıt olarak, Rusya ile Çin arasında bir blok ortaya çıkıyor.

New in French

L’acquittement de l’ex-dictateur égyptien Hosni Moubarak

Par Alex Lantier, 2 décembre 2014

L’acquittement du dictateur égyptien déchu exprime la détermination de la bourgeoisie égyptienne de noyer dans le sang les luttes révolutionnaires de la classe ouvrière.

La Grande-Bretagne se joint à la campagne de révocation des passeports
On prétend priver les dissidents politiques de citoyenneté

Par Julie Hyland, 2 décembre 2014

Une fois de plus, sous prétexte de « guerre contre le terrorisme », l’Etat s’approprie des pouvoirs autoritaires dont la capacité de priver effectivement un citoyen britannique de sa citoyenneté.

New in German

Freispruch für Hosni Mubarak

Von Alex Lantier, 2. Dezember 2014

Der Freispruch für den gestürzten ägyptischen Diktator zeigt die Entschlossenheit der ägyptischen Bourgeoisie, die revolutionären Kämpfe der Arbeiterklasse in Blut zu ertränken.

Ramelow und die Linkspartei: investorenfreundlicher als die CDU

Von Johannes Stern, 2. Dezember 2014

Im Interview mit der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung stellt Ramelow klar, dass die Linkspartei besser als die konservative CDU in der Lage ist, die Interessen der Wirtschaft gegen die Arbeiter zu vertreten.

Neuer Hinweis auf wachsende Kriegsgefahr
Russische Kriegsschiffe im Ärmelkanal

Von Chris Marsden, 2. Dezember 2014

Die größten aktuellen Militärmanöver sind jene der Nato in Polen. Gleichzeitig plant die Nato eine schnelle Eingreiftruppe für Osteuropa unter deutscher Führung.

Gesetzentwurf zum „jüdischen Nationalstaat“
Israels Premier Netanjahu schafft Apartheid-Verfassung

Von Jean Shaoul, 2. Dezember 2014

Der neue Gesetzentwurf zum “jüdischen Nationalstaat“ wird die Diskriminierung der Palästinenser in Israel noch erheblich ausweiten.

Entscheidung der OPEC befeuert Ölpreiskrieg

Von Nick Beams, 2. Dezember 2014

Unmittelbar nachdem die Opec bekannt gegeben hatte, dass sie ihr Förderniveau beibehalten werde, gab der Ölpreis um weitere acht Prozent nach.

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Perspective

Oil price slide rocks world economy

2 December 2014

Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production.

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Book Review

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
Radley Balko, 2013, PublicAffairs

By Nick Barrickman, 2 December 2014

While arguing that the US is not yet a totalitarian society, Balko acknowledges that “we have entered a police state writ small.”

Arts Review

The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking’s life, or parts of it, on film

By Walter Gilberti, 2 December 2014

Stephen Hawking has over the years become a familiar personage to millions. A brilliant physicist and cosmologist, Hawking’s nearly life-long battle with disease has become the stuff of legend.

Socialist Equality Party


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.

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

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

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

27 November 2014

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.

Commentary

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes

By James Cogan, 2 December 2014

The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 1 December 2014

Afghan regime hit by wave of Taliban attacks

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2014

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

By Jean Shaoul, 1 December 2014

The Australian Greens and “human rights” imperialism

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

Science

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

By Bryan Dyne and Don Barrett, 1 December 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 December 2014

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

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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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.