Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

US torture report exposes European powers’ involvement in CIA crimes

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2014

Officials across Europe are reacting to confirmation of CIA torture by insisting that they should enjoy total immunity for their role in the program.

Successive Australian governments complicit in US torture

By Mike Head, 12 December 2014

Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

UN officials call for criminal prosecution of US torturers

Senate report on torture exposes collusion between corporate media and CIA

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

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US Congress to vote on union-backed plan to cut workers’ pensions

By Jerry White, 12 December 2014

A measure attached to the US government funding bill and backed by several major unions would cut pension benefits for millions of private sector workers.

Obama embraces Republican budget bill

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2014

The White House said Obama would sign the bill funding the federal government, despite a provision that removes even the most limited restraints on Wall Street speculation.

After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014

On Wednesday night, two plainclothes police officers dressed as protesters were exposed during a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland, California.

Protests over police killings continue in Northern California

Race, class and police violence in America

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Report shows rising social inequality in major capitalist countries

By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2014

Thirty years ago, the richest 10 percent in OECD countries earned seven times more than the poorest 10 percent. Today, the ratio is 9.5 to 1.

Hong Kong police shut down protests

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2014

The dismantling of the Admiralty protest site effectively marks the end of 11 weeks of protests over the framework for Hong Kong’s 2017 election.

Japan’s state secrecy law goes into effect

By Ben McGrath, 12 December 2014

The right-wing Abe government passed the anti-democratic legislation as a means of blocking opposition to its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.

Ten thousand take part in right-wing demonstration in Dresden

By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2014

The Pegida Demonstrations are aimed at directing growing social tensions into reactionary channels and building a fascist movement.

Escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Balkan energy

By Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against NATO expansion in the region, which is seen as a provocation against Russia.

Missouri and Georgia execute mentally disabled death row inmates

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2014

The US Supreme Court denied stays of execution for two death row inmates despite evidence of their intellectual disabilities.

New in Turkish

Hüsnü Mübarek’in aklanması

Alex Lantier, 12 Aralık 2014

Mübarek’in aklanması, onun yönetimi altındakinden çok daha vahşi yöntemler kullanan askeri egemenliği yeniden kurmayı amaçlayan karşı-devrimci saldırının sonucudur.

Rus Devrimi ve Tamamlanmamış 20. Yüzyıl
David North’la canlı röportaj

12 Aralık 2014

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi (WSWS), tüm okurlarını, WSWS Uluslararası Yayın Kurulu Başkanı David North’un son yayımlanan kitabı Rus Devrimi ve Tamamlanmamış Yirminci Yüzyıl üzerine özel bir röportaja katılmaya davet ediyor.

New in French

Race, classe et violence policière aux Etats-Unis

Par Joseph Kishore, 12 décembre 2014

En réponse à la colère populaire face à la violence policière aux Etats-Unis, le gouvernement Obama a renforcé l’appareil répressif. Il a aussi déployé les professionnels de la politique identitaire afin d’obscurcir les questions fondamentales de classe qui sont en jeu.

Nouvelle législation «antiterroriste» précipitée au parlement canadien

Par Roger Jordan, 12 décembre 2014

Le gouvernement conservateur du Canada veut rapidement faire adopter trois nouvelles lois qui vont élargir les pouvoirs de la police au niveau de la surveillance des télécommunications et des arrestations préventives.

New in German

CIA-Folter: Amerikas Demokratie in Trümmern

Von Joseph Kishore, 12. Dezember 2014

Die Reaktion der Obama-Regierung und des politischen Establishments auf den Senatsbericht zur CIA-Folter macht deutlich, dass keiner der Verantwortlichen für diese schrecklichen Verbrechen für seine Taten verhaftet, angeklagt oder vor Gericht gestellt werden wird.

F.A.Z.-Redakteur Kaube verteidigt Angriff auf die PSG

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Dezember 2014

Auf einer Podiumsdiskussion im Deutschen Theater in Berlin stellte sich der zukünftige Mitherausgeber der F.A.Z., Jürgen Kaube, erneut hinter die militaristischen und revisionistischen Standpunkte des Humboldt-Professors Jörg Baberowski.

Schottland:
Die Rolle der Radical Independence Campaign
RIC erledigt Drecksarbeit für Scottish National Party

Von Chris Marsden, 12. Dezember 2014

Die Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) übernimmt es, die Wut über die Labour Party vor den Karren eines Flügels der schottischen Bourgeoisie und ihrer Partei, der Scottish National Party, zu spannen.

Plakate der russischen Avantgarde und der sowjetischen Moderne
”Auf der Suche nach Utopia“ – war es das wirklich?
Ausstellung im Setagaya Art Museum in Tokio

Von John Watanabe, 12. Dezember 2014

Die etwa 180 Sowjetposter dieser Ausstellung in Tokio waren von bemerkenswerter künstlerischer und historischer Bedeutung.

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Perspective

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

12 December 2014

The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity.

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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.

Special 36-hour sale for The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

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

Commentary

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014

The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.

Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2014

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

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Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia rape allegations

By David Walsh, 11 December 2014

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

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Emergency Manager Orr departs as bankruptcy cuts take effect

By Shannon Jones, 12 December 2014

The formal implementation of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement, a massive social crime, was the occasion for further self-congratulations on the part of the political establishment.

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Arts Review

Edith Wharton—The Sense of Harmony: A documentary about the American novelist

By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2014

IndiePix Films has recently released a one-hour documentary about American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937), featuring fascinating, never-before-seen archival footage.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

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

By Nick Barrickman, 10 December 2014

The Fight Against Imperialist War

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 December 2014

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

California nurses strike at San Bernardino Hospitals

By Kevin Martinez, 11 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

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

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

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

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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