US budget resolution funds war and repression

By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2014

The $1.1 trillion budget measure was passed by the House of Representatives Thursday and will be approved within days by the US Senate.

US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.

French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014

Canadian government lies over complicity in CIA torture

By Roger Jordan, 13 December 2014

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela?

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014

In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.

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Federal judges overturn insider trading convictions

By Thomas Gaist, 13 December 2014

The ruling underscores the fact that financial criminals are held to different legal standards than the rest of the population

Murder of Palestinian minister is latest Israeli provocation

By Jean Shaoul, 13 December 2014

The killing of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein took place just days after Prime Minister Netanyahu called an early election for next March.

UN agency calls Mediterranean Sea deadliest route for refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 13 December 2014

In the first eleven months of the year, 207,000 refugees have sought to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Over 3,400 have died in the process.

Japanese PM flags propaganda offensive to “restore Japan’s honour”

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2014

The ruling LDP is preparing to accelerate plans for Japan’s remilitarisation, including on the ideological front, if it retains office in tomorrow’s election.

US blocked negotiations for hostages killed in Yemen raid

By Niles Williamson, 13 December 2014

The US government stymied attempts to ransom British-American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who were both killed last weekend.

Jobless toll continues to rise in Australia

By Mike Head, 13 December 2014

There are now about five times as many unemployed workers as the number of job advertisements.

Thai junta maintains firm grip on power

By Tom Peters, 13 December 2014

Thailand’s military dictatorship, tacitly supported by Washington, is continuing to crack down on opposition and cement its hold on power.

Financialization of rental market threatens future of home ownership in US

By Michelle Ryan, 13 December 2014

Following the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse, the firms responsible for the crisis are creating a rental empire out of the very homes they foreclosed on.

New in Persian

بیست و پنج سال پس از فروریختن دیوار برلین

11نوامبر 2014

سالروزهای تاریخی فرصت مغتنمی است برای نگاه به گذشته وعبرت آموزی برای ترسیم آینده. اما در یادبودهای دولتی که در پایتخت آلمان به مناسبت 25 امین سالگرد برچیدن دیوار برلین برگزار شد چنین رویکردی به چشم نمی آمد. این سلسله جشن های دولتی جسارت مواجه با واقعیت و نامیدن مسائل با نام حقیقی خود را نداشت.

New in Turkish

Moldova seçimleri: AB yanlısı koalisyona olan destekte keskin düşüş

Andrei Tudora ve Tina Zamfir, 13 Aralık 2014

Yoksullaştırılmış Moldova, NATO güçlerinin Rusya’ya karşı askeri saldırganlığının bir parçası olarak, gittikçe artan bir oranda, Batı önderliğindeki provokasyonların odağı haline gelmiş durumda.

Çinli ve Hintli liderler Fiji’ye rekabet ziyaretleri düzenledi

Tom Peters, 13 Aralık 2014

Bu ziyaretler, Obama yönetiminin Çin’i yalıtma, askeri olarak çembere alma ve ABD’nin Asya-Pasifik bölgesindeki hakimiyetini güvence altına alma amacı taşıyan Asya’ya “dönüş” stratejisi eliyle körüklenen Hindistan-Çin gerginliğinin yükseldiği bir ortamda gerçekleşti.

New in French

Le rapport américain sur la torture révèle l’implication des puissances européennes dans les crimes de la CIA

Par Alex Lantier, 13 décembre 2014

Partout en Europe, les responsables réagissent à la confirmation de la torture pratiquée par la CIA en soulignant que celle-ci doit jouir d’une immunité totale pour le rôle qu’elle y joue.

New in German

Folter, Polizeimorde und die Militarisierung Amerikas

Von Bill Van Auken, 13. Dezember 2014

Die Veröffentlichung des CIA-Folterberichts inmitten landesweiter Proteste gegen Polizeimorde in den USA entlarvt ein korruptes System, in dem staatliche Kriminelle auf allen Ebenen völlig straffrei bleiben.

Pazifismus und Nationalismus—das reaktionäre Programm des „Friedenswinters“

Von Ulrich Rippert, 13. Dezember 2014

Der „Friedenswinters“ versucht, die wachsende Empörung über die Rückkehr des deutschen Militarismus in eine pazifistische, religiöse und nationalistische Richtung zu lenken.

Bundesregierung will Kampftruppen in den Irak schicken

Von Christoph Dreier, 13. Dezember 2014

Mitte nächster Woche will das Kabinett einen Mandatsentwurf beschließen, der die Entsendung von über 100 bewaffneten Bundeswehrsoldaten in den Irak vorsieht.

US-Kongress:
Kerry fordert Zustimmung zu unbefristetem Nahostkrieg

Von Patrick Martin, 13. Dezember 2014

Die Obama-Regierung erwartet eine Resolution, die den unbefristeten Einsatz von US-Kampftruppen im Irak und in Syrien abdeckt.

Mittelmeer „tödlichste Flüchtlingsroute der Welt“

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 13. Dezember 2014

In den ersten elf Monaten des Jahres haben mehr als 207.000 Flüchtlinge versucht, über das Mittelmeer nach Europa zu gelangen. Mehr als 3400 sind dabei ums Leben gekommen.

Putin wirft den USA vor, Russlands Souveränität zu untergraben

Von Andrea Peters und David Levine, 13. Dezember 2014

Putin warf den USA in seiner jährlichen Rede an das Parlament vor, sich in Russlands Einflusssphäre einzumischen, die internationale Sicherheit zu destabilisieren und Separatismus innerhalb der Grenzen Russlands zu finanzieren.

Griechische Aktien wegen vorgezogener Präsidentschaftswahlen im freien Fall

Von Robert Stevens, 13. Dezember 2014

Der griechische Aktienmarkt fiel am Dienstag um fast 13 Prozent, nachdem Premierminister Antonis Samaras vorgezogene Präsidentschaftswahlen ausgerufen hatte.

Europäischer Haftbefehl im Zentrum der repressiven Agenda der Scottish National Party

Von Steve James, 13. Dezember 2014

Anfang dieses Jahres zog die schottische Polizei wegen ihrer viel höheren Quote von Kontrollen und Durchsuchungen, insbesondere von Jugendlichen, als in London und New York weltweite Aufmerksamkeit auf sich.

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Perspective

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

13 December 2014

That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.

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Commentary

Canada’s International Socialists promote unions’ “anti-Harper,” pro-Liberal campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 13 December 2014

The pseudo-left International Socialists are lining up behind the trade unions’ campaign to back a Liberal or a Liberal-NDP coalition government.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014

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

By Jerry White, 12 December 2014

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

By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 12 December 2014

Report shows rising social inequality in major capitalist countries

Hong Kong police shut down protests

Escalating tensions between Russia and the West over Balkan energy

Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution

Rolling Stone magazine and the University of Virginia rape allegations

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

Bankruptcy firms to collect huge fees from Detroit

By James Brewer, 13 December 2014

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has acknowledged that Detroit owes $28 million to investment banking firm Miller Buckfire.

Detroit Emergency Manager Orr departs as bankruptcy cuts take effect

By Shannon Jones, 12 December 2014

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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: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 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

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

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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