Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation

By Eric London, 10 December 2014

The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged.

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

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US raises troop deployment in Afghanistan by 1,000

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2014

While the US and NATO are marking the formal end of their combat mission in Afghanistan, Washington is increasing the number of troops left behind.

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2014

Last Friday, 60 prominent figures from German politics, economics, culture and the media published a sharp criticism of the policy of the German government towards Russia.

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

Protests over police killings continue in Northern California

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 10 December 2014

Police cracked down on a third night of protests in Berkeley, California on Monday night, leading to the arrest of over 150 protesters.

Orlando, Florida police sergeant shoots unarmed man

By Matthew MacEgan, 10 December 2014

Race, class and police violence in America

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

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European Arrest Warrants at center of Scottish National Party’s repressive agenda

By Steve James, 10 December 2014

Earlier this year, Scottish police attracted worldwide attention for having a far higher stop and search rate than both London and New York.

Leaked photos show UK nuclear plant poses public safety threat

By Trevor Johnson, 10 December 2014

Spent fuel rods abandoned in neglected storage ponds are in danger of being exposed to the air, which could set off a nuclear explosion.

Germany: Trial of anti-Nazi pastor ends in compromise

By Martin Novak, 10 December 2014

The Dresden district court decided to abandon the prosecution of pastor Lothar König after a year-long break in proceedings.

Australian government seeks to force doctors to charge fees

By Mike Head, 10 December 2014

Abbott’s apparent about-face is another indication of the political crisis wracking the Liberal-National Coalition government.

India implementing raft of “pro-investor” measures

By Kranti Kumara, 10 December 2014

India’s new government is gutting labour laws and has signaled its intention to dramatically scale back price subsidies and social welfare programs.

Taiwanese local elections reveal widespread disillusionment with government

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2014

The KMT government suffered one of its worst defeats in recent elections, driven by declining social conditions.

Unscrupulous lenders target South African mineworkers

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 10 December 2014

Many South African mineworkers cannot obtain legal lines of credit and are forced to turn to loan sharks.

Chinese president visits New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 10 December 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit was part of Beijing’s efforts to counter the US “pivot to Asia.”

Deadly fire exposes hazardous housing conditions in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 10 December 2014

The neighborhood where three residents died in a house fire on November 13 is well known for poor housing, high unemployment and poverty.

New in Italian

Scoppiano a Roma le proteste contro gli attacchi al lavoro

Di Marc Wells, 10 dicembre 2014

Immediatamente dopo il voto di fiducia del Senato di mercoledì, che ha ratificato la reazionaria “riforma” del lavoro del primo ministro democratico Matteo Renzi, conosciuta come Jobs Act, proteste di massa da parte di lavoratori e studenti sono esplose a Roma e sono state accolte da una violenta repressione poliziesca.

New in French

Espagne: le parti Podemos présente son programme économique pro-capitaliste

Par Alejandro López, 10 décembre 2014

Podemos s’est engagé vis-à-vis de l’élite financière à ce que tout gouvernement, quel qu’il soit et auquel il participerait, ne contesterait pas véritablement ses intérêts.

New in German

Hautfarbe, Klasse und Polizeigewalt in Amerika

Von Joseph Kishore, 10. Dezember 2014

Als Reaktion auf den Zorn in der Bevölkerung über Polizeigewalt in den USA stärkt die Obama-Regierung den Unterdrückungsapparat und ruft gleichzeitig die Hohen Priester der Identitätspolitik zu Hilfe, um die grundlegenden Klassenfragen zu verschleiern.

Linkspartei stellt erstmals Ministerpräsidenten

Von Ulrich Rippert, 10. Dezember 2014

Die Linkspartei wird gebraucht. Sie soll noch stärker als bisher in die Politik von Sozialabbau und Staatsaufrüstung integriert und auf eine Regierungsbeteiligung auf Bundesebene vorbereitet werden.

Bundesregierung verschärft Asylrecht

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 10. Dezember 2014

Kern des neuen Gesetzes zum Bleiberecht ist die Kriminalisierung von Flüchtlingen, die zukünftig leichter inhaftiert werden können, und die Beseitigung von so genannten Abschiebehindernissen.

Spanien:
Podemos präsentiert prokapitalistisches Wirtschaftsprogramm

Von Alejandro López, 10. Dezember 2014

Podemos verspricht der Finanzelite, dass eine Regierung, in der sie eine Rolle spielt, keine echte Gefahr für ihre Interessen darstellen wird.

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Perspective

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

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The fight against imperialist war


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

Commentary

Chicago Teachers Union backs long-time Democratic Party politician for mayor

By Alexander Fangmann and Jerry White, 10 December 2014

The outcome of the “independent political” initiative of the CTU, promoted by the International Socialist Organization, is the endorsement of a capitalist politician who attacked jobs and pensions.

DNA tests confirm charred remains belong to disappeared Mexican student

By Eric London, 9 December 2014

Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2014

Spain’s Podemos presents its pro-capitalist economic programme

By Alejandro López, 9 December 2014

Bank for International Settlements points to increased financial fragility

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

Australia: Eleven-year-old Aboriginal boy commits suicide

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

Arts Review

Run the Jewels 2 from rappers Killer Mike and El-P

By Nick Barrickman, 10 December 2014

Run the Jewels 2 is the second full-length studio effort from the hip hop duo Run the Jewels, consisting of rapper Killer Mike and rapper-producer El-P.

The veiled art of Alex Colville
Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition

By Lee Parsons, 8 December 2014

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings to launch presidential election campaign

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

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

History

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

Science

Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight

By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2014

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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