European Central Bank meeting downgrades euro zone forecast

By Nick Beams, 5 December 2014

The forecasts of euro zone growth rates and inflation point to an accelerating downturn in the region’s economy.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

Protests erupt over decision not to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 December 2014

Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States.

Hundreds of police killings go unreported

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

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

More on police violence in America »

NSA tapping vast majority of cell phone networks worldwide

By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2014

Newly published secret documents show that NSA surveillance operations aim to spy on all of the world's cellular phone data networks.

More on NSA spying »

The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students

By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014

The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico is the product not only of policies pursued by the Peña Nieto government, but those of Washington as well.

Putin halts South Stream pipeline

By Peter Schwarz, 5 December 2014

At a press conference in Turkey on Monday, the Russian president blamed the European Union for the end of the South Stream pipeline project.

UK government’s fresh round of scorched-earth spending cuts

By Robert Stevens, 5 December 2014

Newly announced cuts will mean public spending in the UK will fall to a lower percentage level than even that in the United States.

Protests erupt in Rome against attack on job protection

By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014

Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees.

London’s New Era housing estate residents take protest to Downing Street

By Allison Smith, 5 December 2014

The housing residents are demanding a halt to rent increases and the threat of eviction.

South Korean fishing vessel sinks, killing dozens

By Ben McGrath, 5 December 2014

The ship’s sinking has highlighted the deplorable conditions facing migrant fishermen in South Korea.

Australian sailors say Labor government ordered them not to rescue refugees

By Mike Head, 5 December 2014

Naval personnel testify that captains received instructions direct from Canberra not to assist stricken boats, leaving the passengers to perish.

Ohio football player, apparent suicide victim, complained of concussions

By Alan Gilman, 5 December 2014

Defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, 22, reported missing for several days, was found dead in a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

New in Turkish

Ukrayna’daki krizin başlamasından bu yana geçen bir yıl

Peter Schwarz, 5 Aralık 2014

ABD ve Almanya, kendilerinin yol açtıkları krizi, sistematik bir şekilde, Rusya üzerindeki askeri ve ekonomik baskıyı arttırmak için kullanıyor.

Stuttgart’ta PSG toplantısı ve tartışma
Alman seçkinleri neden savaş istiyor?

Muhabirlerimizden, 5 Aralık 2014

Hükümet, medya ve Sol Parti de dahil tüm siyasi partiler halk muhalefetine rağmen Alman militarizminin yeniden canlanmasını açıkça destekliyorlar.

Küresel ekonomik görünüm kötüleşirken piyasalar yükseliyor

Nick Beams, 5 Aralık 2014

Mali piyasaların temel ekonomik gerçeklikten tamamıyla kopuk hale gelmesinin ulaştığı boyut, onların geçtiğimiz Cuma günü iki önemli duyuruya verdiği tepkide bir kez daha kanıtlandı.

Kesik: Bir Ermeni Soykırımı filmi

Hiram Lee, 5 Aralık 2014

Duvara Karşı, Soul Kitchen ve Yaşamın Kıyısında filmleri ile tanınan Türk-Alman yönetmen Fatih Akın’ın son filmi, Birinci Dünya Savaşı’nın ve Ermeni Soykırımı'nın en karanlık bölümünde geçmektedir.

New in French

Le Canada s'apprête à élargir son rôle dans la guerre au Moyen-Orient

Par Roger Jordan, 5 décembre 2014

Le gouvernement Harper tente maintenant de fabriquer une justification «juridique» pour étendre la campagne des Forces armées canadiennes à la Syrie.

Le Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Allemagne) répond à la Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung et sa défense de Jörg Baberowski

Par le Parti l'égalité socialiste, 5 décembre 2014

Les propres paroles de Baberowski réfutent les accusations de « diffamation ».

New in German

Steinmeiers Großmachtrede vor der deutschen Wirtschaft

Von Johannes Stern, 5. Dezember 2014

In seiner Auftaktrede beim SZ-Wirtschaftsgipfel richtete der Außenminister einen Appell an die deutsche Wirtschaft, den Aufstieg Deutschlands zur Weltmacht zu unterstützen.

Putin stoppt South-Stream-Pipeline

Von Peter Schwarz, 5. Dezember 2014

Der russische Präsident Putin hat in Ankara das Ende der Gaspipeline nach Europa und eine enge Partnerschaft mit dem Nato-Mitglied Türkei verkündet.

Peugeot-Citroën plant neue Massenentlassungen

Von Stéphane Hugues, 5. Dezember 2014

Der Autokonzern PSA plant eine neue Entlassungswelle. Die Gewerkschaftsführung spielt das Spiel von inoffiziellen Gerüchten und Dementis mit.

Nach Auseinandersetzungen mit Polizei:
Führung der Proteste in Hongkong gespalten

Von Peter Symonds, 5. Dezember 2014

Bereitschaftspolizei verhinderte gewaltsam den Versuch von Demonstranten, das Regierungsviertel im Zentrum von Hongkong einzukesseln.

Nach Wahl in Brasilien:
Dilma ernennt "Chicago Boy" zum Finanzminister

Von Bill Van Auken, 5. Dezember 2014

Zu dem neuen Kabinett, das die brasilianische Präsidentin ernannt hat, gehört auch die Cheflobbyistin der Agrarindustrie als Landwirtschaftsministerin.

Eindrucksvoller Dokumentarfilm über Naziverbrechen:
Night will fall

Von Paul Mitchell, 5. Dezember 2014

Der Film Night Will Fall beruht auf einer bemerkenswerten Arbeit: Der Film German Concentration Camps Factual Survey zeigt die furchtbaren Verbrechen des Holocaust aufrüttelnd und präzise.

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Perspective

Police killings in America: The class issues

5 December 2014

Once again, a police officer has been let off without charges for killing an unarmed man on the streets of an American city.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 2
The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 5 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 second of a three-part series.

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

Arts Review

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014

A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole.

Whiplash: Heaping scorn on mediocrity

By Joanne Laurier, 4 December 2014

“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

In Defense of Historical Truth

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

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


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.

Socialist Equality Party

Mass protests against Quebec government’s austerity drive
To defend public services and pensions: Workers need a socialist strategy

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 5 December 2014

The unions are seeking to channel mass anger along nationalist lines so as to prevent the emergence of a genuine working class challenge to the Couillard government.

Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign

By our correspondents, 29 November 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 December 2014

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

Commentary

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2014

Obama to name Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2014

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

More on the War in Iraq and Syria »

Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200

By Mike Head, 4 December 2014

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

Ebola epidemic continues to ravage West Africa

By Niles Williamson, 4 December 2014

Capitalism and the Ebola crisis

More on the Ebola crisis »

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

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

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

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit blackout

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014

Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit

More on the bankruptcy of Detroit »

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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