Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2014

The blackout underscores the dangers arising from the sweeping privatizations that are part of the bankruptcy restructuring of Detroit.

NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014

As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders.

Moldovan election: Sharp decline in support for pro-EU coalition

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 3 December 2014

Moldova has increasingly become the focus of Western-led provocations.

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Thousands of Mexican workers and youth demand Peña Nieto’s resignation

By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2014

Protests over the disappearance of 43 students pose the question of who will rule Mexico.

How the St. Louis prosecuting attorney manipulated the Ferguson grand jury

By John Burton, 3 December 2014

The grand jury process that ended with a decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was anything but a fair and impartial weighing of the evidence.

St. Louis football players protest Michael Brown murder in pre-game ceremony

By Nick Barrickman, 3 December 2014

Notes on police violence in America
Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to probation for beating handcuffed suspect

By Tom Hall, 3 December 2014

No let-up in police violence across the US.

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

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Hong Kong protest leadership divided after police clashes

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2014

Riot police violently broke up an attempt by protesters to surround the government headquarters in central Hong Kong.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014

The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

Party leader boasts: German Left Party more pro-business than the CDU

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2014

In an interview with a major German newspaper, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow boasted that his party was better prepared to push through anti-working class policies than the conservative CDU.

Munich police evict refugees from protest camp

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 December 2014

Refugee protests have been met with violence from Munich police.

Spain wracked by corruption scandal

By Carlos Hernández, 3 December 2014

The scandals have revealed the criminality at the heart of the country’s now shipwrecked economic boom.

Youth in Australia worse off than their parents

By Zac Hambides, 3 December 2014

This generation of young people will become the first in the post-war period to have a lower standard of living than their parents.

Australian military launches first amphibious assault ship

By James Cogan, 3 December 2014

The ship’s role has been expanded since Australia enlisted as one of the main partners in the aggressive US “pivot to Asia.”

New in French

La chute des prix du pétrole ébranle l’économie mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 3 décembre 2014

Suite à la décision de l’OPEP de ne pas réduire la production, les compagnies d’énergie, les marchés financiers et toutes les économies ont été durement touchés par la chute des prix du pétrole.

De la recherche, pas de la propagande de guerre
L’EJIES présentera des candidats aux élections du ‘parlement étudiant’ à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin

Par nos correspondants, 3 décembre 2014

L’organisation des Etudiants et Jeunes internationalistes pour l’Egalité sociale (EJIES) a placé au centre de sa campagne la lutte contre la guerre et l’opposition aux tentatives entreprises pour transformer l’université Humboldt en un centre du militarisme.

New in German

Ölpreisverfall erschüttert Weltwirtschaft

Von Nick Beams, 3. Dezember 2014

Die Schockwellen, die am Donnerstag die Entscheidung des Ölkartells OPEC ausgelöst hatte, die Produktion nicht zu drosseln, haben die globale Wirtschaft in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Betroffen sind neben Energie- und Bergbauunternehmen auch Finanzmärkte; ganzen Wirtschaften droht der Bankrott. Das von den Saudis angeführte Kartell reagierte auf das Überangebot auf den Weltmärkten.

PSG beantwortet Angriff der F.A.Z.

Von der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3. Dezember 2014

Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 1. Dezember hat einen Artikel veröffentlicht, der der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) vorwirft, eine Diffamierungskampagne gegen den Historiker Jörg Baberowski zu führen.

Lufthansa-Piloten streiken erneut

Von Dietmar Henning, 3. Dezember 2014

Die Piloten wehren sich mit ihrem Streik gegen drastische Sparpläne des Konzerns.

Dezentralisierung in Großbritannien geht weiter

Von Julie Hyland, 3. Dezember 2014

Die parteiübergreifende Kommission wurde gleich nach dem Referendum über die Unabhängigkeit Schottlands am 18. September eingerichtet.

Sri Lanka: SEP nimmt an Präsidentschaftswahl teil

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3. Dezember 2014

Die SEP kämpft bei der Wahl für den Aufbau einer politisch unabhängigen Arbeiterbewegung auf der Grundlage des internationalen Sozialismus. Sie richtet sich gegen die wachsende globale Kriegsgefahr und die Angriffe auf den Lebensstandard und auf demokratische Rechte.

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Perspective

Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

3 December 2014

The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.

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Socialist Equality Party

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

Claims of “defamation” are refuted by Baberowski’s own words.


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

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

“Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters
Exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

By John Watanabe, 3 December 2014

The recent exhibition in Tokyo included some 180 early Soviet posters, which have remarkable artistic and historic significance.

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

“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

Commentary

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

By Nick Beams, 2 December 2014

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes

By James Cogan, 2 December 2014

US retail sales plunge during “Black Friday” weekend

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2014

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

By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2014

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

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2014

Mehring Books

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century now available in eBook format

3 December 2014

This book by David North is an essential addition to every Marxist library.

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.”

Science

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

By Bryan Dyne and Don Barrett, 1 December 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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