Obama administration seeks to contain anger over whitewash of police killings

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014

The use of racial politics is a key part of the effort to obscure the social and political issues involved in the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Tear gas, rubber bullets used against protests over police brutality in Berkeley, California

By our reporters, 8 December 2014

Police fired tear gas at a peaceful protest late Saturday evening, hitting both demonstrators and passersby.

Report on Cleveland exposes national epidemic of police killings and abuse

Police killings in America: The class issues

“Community-oriented policing”: A cover for the militarization of police in the US

By Nick Barrickman, 8 December 2014

"Community policing" has served as a key facilitator for militarization, as well as the spread of community-based police informers.

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Bank for International Settlements points to increased financial fragility

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2014

The BIS warns of the growing volatility of international financial markets despite their apparent buoyancy.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.

Former Chinese security chief arrested on corruption charges

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2014

President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is part of his pro-market agenda of opening up the Chinese economy as well as a means to remove key factional rivals.

UK: Police use tear gas to repress student sit-in at Warwick University

By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014

In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.

Germany: GM Opel plant closure exposes bankruptcy of IG Metall

By Dietmar Henning, 8 December 2014

The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union.

Social inequality in Canada far higher than official statistics claim

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 December 2014

The share of Canada’s national income going to the top 1 percent is 13.3 percent once private corporation income is included.

Australia: Eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy commits suicide

By Susan Allan, 8 December 2014

A record level of suicides by Aboriginal children and teenagers is a product of decades of poverty and a damning indictment of the profit system.

Expanded spy powers being rammed through New Zealand parliament

By John Braddock, 8 December 2014

The bill gives stepped-up powers to allow the security services to carry out warrantless spying and suspend or cancel passports.

Widespread opposition to closure of Boston-area municipal hospital

By John Marion, 8 December 2014

Unions and state officials in Massachusetts are collaborating with Steward Health Care Systems to close the 124-year-old Quincy Medical Center.

New Orleans local school board makes its pitch to charter operators

By Tom Hall, 8 December 2014

The Orleans Parish School Board is attempting to coax charter operators at its former facilities, which were taken over after Hurricane Katrina, to return to their former district.

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La exculpación de Hosni Mubarak

Por Alex Lantier, 08 diciembre 2014

La exculpación del derrocado dictador pone el dedo en el renglón de la decisión burguesa de ahogar en sangre las luchas obreras.

A un año del comienzo de la crisis en Ucrania

Por Peter Schwartz, 08 diciembre 2014

El 2 de noviembre marca el primer aniversario de la reunión cumbre de la Asociación del Este donde el presidente de Ucrania Víctor Yanucovych se negó a firmar un acuerdo de la asociación con la Unión Europea.

Análisis crítico del modelo HANDY de las dinámicas humanas y naturales

Por Philip Guelpa, 08 diciembre 2014

Un nuevo modelo de la dinámica de sociedades humanas y de sus relaciones con la naturaleza acepta las contradicciones de las sociedades de clases, pero tapa su significado.

Director de Cine y teatro Mike Nichols muere a los 83 años de edad

Por David Walsh, 08 diciembre 2014

Mike Nichols tuvo una carrera de cinco décadas y fue un individuo con grandes capacidades artísticas y con un talento para la improvisación cómica, y para trabajar con actores.

New in French

L’état du capitalisme mondial: salaires réels en baisse et productivité du travail en hausse

Par Patrick Martin, 8 décembre 2014

Le dernier Rapport sur les salaires mondiaux rendu public par l’Organisation internationale du Travail montre le déclin de la part du revenu allant à la classe ouvrière internationale.

La réunion de la Banque centrale européenne revoit à la baisse les prévisions pour la zone euro

Par Nick Beams, 8 décembre 2014

Les prévisions des taux de croissance et d’inflation pour la zone euro indiquent une baisse accélérée de l’économie dans cette région.

Au congrès de Lyon, le FN se pose en recours politique du capitalisme français

Par Francis Dubois, 8 décembre 2014

La progression du Front national s'explique avant tout par la faillite totale et ouverte du Parti socialiste et de ses alliés de la pseudo-gauche, tels le NPA.

Le discours du ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères Steinmeier au patronat sur l’Allemagne Grande puissance

Par Johannes Stern, 8 décembre 2014

Steinmeier a appelé les dirigeants de l’économie à soutenir la montée de l’Allemagne et son développement vers une puissance mondiale.

New in Turkish

PSG, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’un Jörg Baberowski’yi savunusuna yanıt verdi

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi-Almanya, 8 Aralık 2014

Üniversiteler bilim ve özgür tartışma merkezleri olmaya devam edecek mi? Yoksa onlar, Alman tarihinde önceden olduğu gibi, aşırı sağ, neo-Nazi ve militarist ideolojiler için devlet kontrolünde seralar haline mi gelecekler?

IYSSE, Humboldt Üniversitesi öğrenci seçimlerine katılıyor

Muhabirimizden, 8 Aralık 2014

Toplumsal Eşitlik İçin Uluslararası Gençlik ve Öğrenciler (IYSSE), Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi Öğrenci Meclisi’nin (StuPa) 20-21 Ocak’ta yapılacak olan seçimlerine katılıyor.

Ukrayna’nın isyancı bölgelerine ekonomik abluka kitlelere zarar veriyor

David Levine, 8 Aralık 2014

Ukrayna Cumhurbaşkanı Petro Poroşenko, Kasım ayının ilk yarısı boyunca, Doğu Ukrayna’daki isyancıların kontrolündeki bölgelere ekonomik abluka uygulamaya denk düşen bir dizi kararname imzaladı.

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Perspective

The CIA torture report and the crisis of legitimacy in the United States

8 December 2014

From CIA torture abroad to unrestrained police violence at home, the American ruling class is facing a deep crisis of political legitimacy, with revolutionary implications.

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25 years ago: Stalinism reels in Eastern Europe

This week in 1989, political upheavals continued in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria.

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50 years ago: Charges dropped against Mississippi Klansmen

On December 11, 1964, charges were dismissed against 21 supporters of the Ku Klux Klan accused by the FBI in connection to the murder of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 21 that year.

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75 years ago: WPA strikers victimized

On December 8, 1939, 14 women and eleven men, all striking WPA workers, were convicted in federal district court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on charges of conspiracy to “interfere” with scabs crossing picket lines.

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100 years ago: German naval forces routed in the Battle of the Falklands

On December 8, 1914, a contingent of the German navy, comprising eight warships, suffered a heavy defeat during a raid on British naval forces stationed at the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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Arts Review

The veiled art of Alex Colville
Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition

By Lee Parsons, 8 December 2014

The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought together nearly 100 of Colville’s paintings, drawings and prints, the largest number ever in a single exhibit.

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014

The fight against imperialist war

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business

By Johannes Stern, 6 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.

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

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

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

Science

Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014

The unmanned test flight is only the first step in plans to resume US manned space flight by the year 2021.

Commentary

The state of world capitalism: Labor productivity up, real wages down

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2014

The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

History

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

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 Bankruptcy of Detroit

The Detroit blackout

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2014

Infrastructure collapse blacks out large portions of Detroit

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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.”