Oil price slide and ruble plunge shake global markets

By Nick Beams, 16 December 2014

The worsening global slump is sending shock waves through financial markets.

Sydney siege ends in violent police assault

By Mike Head, 16 December 2014

Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one

By Tom Carter, 16 December 2014

This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

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Canada continues to persecute torture victim Omar Khadr

By Graham Beverly, 16 December 2014

Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Conservative government’s appeal of a lower court ruling that US torture victim Omar Khadr should be considered a “young offender.”

Obama claims “turning point” for US militarism

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2014

In a speech larded with “support our troops” rhetoric, Obama hailed the end of the US war in Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon was increasing the size of its planned deployment.

Turkish government mounts police state crackdown on opposition media

By Halil Celik, 16 December 2014

Early on Sunday, at least 25 people, including journalists, screen writers and former police chiefs were detained in nationwide police raids.

General strike against austerity hits Belgian government

By Alex Lantier, 16 December 2014

The strike brought the country to a standstill amid mass opposition in the working class to the reactionary Michel government's austerity agenda.

Mass arrests at Eric Garner protest in London

By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2014

The mass arrests at the Westfield demonstration reflect the nervousness of the ruling elite in the face of any form of dissent.

Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

Race, class and police violence in America

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Peru climate change negotiations again dominated by great power rivalries

By Patrick Kelly, 16 December 2014

The failure to take any significant measures to address an escalating environmental crisis sees Lima join the long list of failed UN summits.

Germany: The reactionary programme of the organisations backing “Winter of Peace”

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 December 2014

There can be no doubt that many right-wingers are active in Germany’s so-called new peace movement, and increasingly set the tone.

British Labour Party strikes a pose against NHS privatisation

By Tony Robson, 16 December 2014

The bill brought by Labour MP Clive Efford leaves intact the framework to outsource services to the private sector.

Australian government announces budget deficit blowout

By James Cogan, 16 December 2014

The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending.

Mexican federal police attack students and teachers in Guerrero

By Rafael Azul, 16 December 2014

An independent investigation has uncovered evidence of federal government and military involvement in the massacre and disappearance of the 43 normalistas in September.

Charter school fraud exposed in Rochester, New York

By Jason Melanovski, 16 December 2014

The 22-year-old founder of Greater Works Charter school falsified his educational background.

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Torturas, matanzas, armamentismo en Estados Unidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 15 diciembre 2014

El nuevo informe público del proyecto de torturas de la CIA en momentos en que policías matan desenfrenadamente pone el dedo en una estructura corrupta donde criminales del Estado actúan con total impunidad.

El proyecto de tortura de la CIA y el colapso de la democracia estadounidense

Por Joseph Kishore, 15 diciembre 2014

La reacciones del gobierno de Obama y de los grupos de poder al Informe del Senado sobre tortura de la CIA demuestran que ninguno de los culpables será detenido, acusado o sancionado.

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Torture organisée par la CIA: la démocratie américaine en ruines

Par Joseph Kishore, 16 décembre 2014

La réaction du gouvernement Obama et de l’establishment politique au rapport sur les tortures commises par la CIA montre clairement qu’aucun des responsables de ces crimes odieux ne sera arrêté, inculpé ou poursuivi pour ses actes.

Le rédacteur en chef de la Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung défend son attaque du Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

Par Johannes Stern, 16 décembre 2014

Lors d’une réunion-débat au Deutsches Theater à Berlin, le futur co-rédacteur en chef du quotidien Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jürgen Kaube, a une fois de plus défendu les points de vue militaristes et révisionnistes du professeur Jörg Baberowski de l’Université Humboldt de Berlin.

Les néo-fascistes éliminent le Parti socialiste dans la législative partielle de Troyes

Par Stéphane Hugues, 16 décembre 2014

Le Front national a infligé une nouvelle défaite cuisante au Parti Socialiste, au gouvernement et au président François Hollande.

Dix mille personnes participent à une manifestation droitière à Dresde

Par Peter Schwarz, 16 décembre 2014

Les manifestations de l’alliance ‘Pegida’ visent à diriger les tensions sociales grandissantes dans des voies réactionnaires et à construire un mouvement fasciste.

New in German

Cheney zu CIA-Folter: "Ich würde es jederzeit wieder tun"

Von Patrick Martin, 16. Dezember 2014

Ehemaliger Vizepräsident verteidigt die CIA-Folter und brüstet sich, er und Präsident George W. Bush hätten die Methoden, die gegen Gefangene zur Anwendung kamen, ausdrücklich genehmigt.

Amerikanische Folterpraxis:
UN-Vertreter fordern Strafverfolgung

Von Thomas Gaist, 16. Dezember 2014

Nach internationalem Recht müssen die USA hohe Regierungsvertreter, die am CIA-Folterprogramm beteiligt waren, strafrechtlich verfolgen.

Italien: Eintägiger Generalstreik gegen Renzis Jobs Act

Von Marianne Arens, 16. Dezember 2014

Für seine arbeiterfeindlichen Reformen hat Renzi die Unterstützung aller politischen Strömungen und auch der Gewerkschaftsführung

Brennende Flüchtlingsheime sind das Ergebnis einer fremdenfeindlichen Kampagne in Politik und Medien

Von Christoph Dreier, 16. Dezember 2014

In der Nacht zum Freitag wurden im mittelfränkischen Vorra drei für die Unterbringung von Flüchtlingen vorgesehene Häuser in Brandt gesteckt.

Bundesregierung beschließt Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit
Angriff auf Streik- und Koalitionsrecht

Von Dietmar Henning, 16. Dezember 2014

Das „Tarifeinheitsgesetz“ war in den letzten Jahren immer wieder von Unternehmen und dem DGB gefordert worden.

Gericht lehnt Prozess gegen ehemaligen SS-Mann wegen Massakers von Oradour ab

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16. Dezember 2014

Am 9. Dezember verkündete das Landgericht Köln, dass es die Eröffnung eines Hauptverfahrens gegen einen 89-jährigen Rentner aus Köln ablehnt. Er soll als Mitglied des SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiments 4 „Der Führer“ am Massaker in Oradour-sur-Glane beteiligt gewesen sein.

Japanischer Premier kündigt Propagandaoffensive zur Wiederherstellung der Ehre Japans an

Von Peter Symonds, 16. Dezember 2014

Die regierende LDP bereitet sich darauf vor, die Pläne für die Remilitarisierung Japans zu forcieren, wenn sie bei der Wahl am Sonntag an der Macht bleibt.

Frankreich: Neofaschisten besiegen regierende Sozialistische Partei bei Nachwahlen

Von Stéphane Hugues, 16. Dezember 2014

Die Nationale Front hat der Sozialistischen Partei und Präsident Hollande eine weitere erniedrigende Wahlniederlage zugefügt

Internationales Publikum verfolgt Live-Interview mit David North

Von der Redaktion, 16. Dezember 2014

Hunderte Leser der World Socialist Web Site aus über 30 Ländern verfolgten am Samstag, den 13. Dezember, das Interview.

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Perspective

The Sydney siege

16 December 2014

The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy.

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Arts Review

Under the Skin (or aliens from another social class) and Mood Indigo (more inventiveness from Michel Gondry)

By David Walsh, 16 December 2014

Under the Skin is loosely adapted from Michael Faber’s 2000 science fiction novel. Mood Indigo is based on French writer Boris Vian’s famed 1947 novel, L’ Écume des jours.

Devil’s Knot, The Congress, The Giver and The Last Sentence: A few of this year’s films

By Joanne Laurier, 15 December 2014

The Defense of Historical Truth

Wide audience for online interview with David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our reporter, 15 December 2014

Many hundreds of people from over thirty countries listened to the interview held December 13.

The Fight Against Imperialist War

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor defends his attack on the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit

By Johannes Stern, 15 December 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war

By our reporters, 16 December 2014

The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war.

Students and workers speak out on the danger of war

By our correspondents, 16 December 2014

Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings.

SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election
Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014

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

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 December 2014

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

Italy: One-day general strike against Renzi’s Jobs Act

By Marianne Arens, 15 December 2014

Commentary

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

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Right-wing LDP wins Japanese election amid low turnout

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2014

FBI investigates possible lynching of 17-year-old in Bladenboro, North Carolina

By Evan Blake, 15 December 2014

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 15 December 2014

New far-right party in Greece

France: Neo-fascists defeat ruling Socialist Party in legislative elections

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

25 years ago: US invades Panama

On December 20, 1989, the US launched a full-scale invasion of Panama to oust strongman Manuel Noriega.

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50 years ago: Political crisis in South Vietnam

On December 20, 1964, the South Vietnamese military dissolved the civilian legislature, provoking a new political crisis for the US puppet government.

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75 years ago: First air battle of World War II

On December 18, 1939, the first major air battle of the Second World War occurred between British and German forces.

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100 years ago: France launches winter offensive against Germany

On December 20, 1914, French forces, led by the Fourth Army, launched an offensive against German positions in the Champagne region of northeast France.

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