Anger follows New York grand jury’s failure to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

By Sandy English, 4 December 2014

The latest grand jury exoneration comes less than two weeks after a similar decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Hundreds of police killings go unreported

By our reporter, 4 December 2014

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

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

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Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014

The former deputy defense secretary has advocated preventive war against North Korea and other potential “security threats” to US imperialism.

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

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Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200

By Mike Head, 4 December 2014

The third mass sentencing since April comes amidst mounting repression by the US-backed military junta.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

US corporate profits soar as productivity rises and wages stagnate

By Shannon Jones, 4 December 2014

New figures show the extent to which the so-called economic recovery has been fueled by driving down the wages of workers.

The impoverishment of industrial workers in America

UK and China clash over Hong Kong

By Julie Hyland, 4 December 2014

A significant section of the ruling elite in Washington and London are using the dispute over Hong Kong’s status to encourage the dismemberment of China.

Hong Kong protest leadership divided after police clashes

Sri Lanka: Opposition presidential candidate to implement austerity

By K. Ratnayake, 4 December 2014

The opposition platform is a cynical exercise aimed at duping voters into believing that its candidate would end the onslaught on living standards and democratic rights.

Ebola epidemic continues to ravage West Africa

By Niles Williamson, 4 December 2014

The death toll from the ongoing Ebola epidemic has officially surpassed 6,000, with more than 17,145 reported cases of infection.

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

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Australian economy in income recession

By Nick Beams, 4 December 2014

Output grew by only 0.3 percent in the third quarter, well below expectations, accompanied by a fall in national income.

Plunging prices and stalling investment drive Australian mining job cuts

By Terry Cook, 4 December 2014

New York transit agency unveils new fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 4 December 2014

The fare increases are part of a continuous attack on working class living standards in a city where 20 percent live in poverty.

Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again

By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2014

Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages.

Debate in Germany over euthanasia

By Sibylle Fuchs, 4 December 2014

Against a background of widespread poverty among the elderly, the debate over euthanasia is centered on eliminating care rather than providing compassionate treatment.

New in Italian

Bassa affluenza alle elezioni regionali

Di Marc Wells e Marianne Arens, 4 dicembre 2014

Le recenti elezioni regionali in Emilia-Romagna e Calabria sono state un decisivo voto di sfiducia al governo di Matteo Renzi (PD).

New in Russian

Накануне решения по делу Майкла Брауна полиция арестовывает протестующих в городе Фергюсон

Андре Деймон, 4 декабря 2014 г.

Аресты состоялись в тот момент, когда один из руководителей Ассоциации полицейских Сент-Луиса сказал, что Даррен Уилсон и его адвокаты не ожидают обвинительного решения об убийстве невооруженного подростка.

Политические уроки оправдания убийства в Фергюсоне

Джозеф Кишор, 4 декабря 2014 г.

Объявление о том, что полицейскому Даррену Уилсону не будет предъявлено никакого обвинения, рассматривается многими в Соединенных Штатах и во всем мире как издевательство над законом.

New in French

Le régime afghan frappé par une vague d’attaques talibanes

Par Patrick Martin, 4 décembre 2014

L’intensification du carnage prend place pendant que Washington tente de consolider le soutien militaire et financier au nouveau régime fantoche mis en place.

L’Université Humboldt tente d’interdire la critique d’un professeur de droite

Par le Parti l'égalité socialiste et EJIES (Allemagne), 4 décembre 2014

L'Université Humboldt de Berlin a publiquement attaqué le Parti de l'égalité socialiste et l'EJIES (Etudiants et jeunes internationalistes pour l'égalité sociale) pour avoir critiqué les conceptions politiques et les activités droitières de l'historien Jörg Baberowski.

New in German

Obamas paramilitärische Polizei:
Der „Krieg gegen den Terror” kommt zuhause an

Von Andre Damon, 4. Dezember 2014

Die Militarisierung der Polizei in den USA ist ein wesentlicher Faktor beim Angriff auf demokratische Rechte

Nato bereitet "schnelle Eingreiftruppe" für Konfrontation mit Russland vor

Von Bill Van Auken, 4. Dezember 2014

Während sich die Nato-Außenminister in Brüssel trafen, begann das US-Militär, Panzer und gepanzerte Fahrzeuge in die Nähe der russischen Grenzen zu verlegen.

Dresden: Prozess gegen Jugendpfarrer Lothar König endet mit Kompromiss

Von Martin Nowak, 4. Dezember 2014

Das Amtsgericht Dresden hat am 10. November, nach über einjähriger Unterbrechung, das Strafverfahren gegen Lothar König gegen Zahlung eines Bußgelds eingestellt.

Großbritannien: Cameron greift erneut Einwanderer aus EU an

Von Robert Stevens, 4. Dezember 2014

Zuerst hatte Cameron geplant, die Zahl von Einwanderern aus der Europäischen Union zu begrenzen.

Mexiko: Weitere Leichen entdeckt
Präsident Peña Nieto legt Polizeistaatspläne vor

Von Rafael Azul, 4. Dezember 2014

Die Entdeckung von elf enthaupteten Jugendlichen vergrößert die lange Liste von Leichen, die in Guerrero vor und nach dem Verschwinden von 43 Studenten gefunden wurden.

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Perspective

The Detroit blackout

4 December 2014

The blackout, attributed to the failure of a single cable on the city’s municipal power grid, speaks to the decline of Detroit and the decay of infrastructure throughout the country.

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History

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 1
The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 4 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the first of a three-part series.

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


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

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.

Arts Review

Whiplash: Heaping scorn on mediocrity

By Joanne Laurier, 4 December 2014

A young drummer at an elite music conservatory becomes the protégé of an abusive instructor who believes artistic genius is formed by sheer force of will.

“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

Commentary

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2014

The primary function of the RIC is to channel hostility to the Labour Party behind a section of the Scottish bourgeoisie and its party, the Scottish National Party.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014

More on the crisis in Ukraine »

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

By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2014

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

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2014

Oil price slide rocks world economy

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes

US retail sales plunge during “Black Friday” weekend

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

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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