British troops returning to Iraq

By Mark Blackwood, 17 December 2014

Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia.

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

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Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children

By Keith Jones, 17 December 2014

The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan.

Russian ruble collapses amidst mounting social and political tensions

By Andrea Peters, 17 December 2014

Russian government officials have failed to stem the fall of the ruble in the worst economic crisis to hit the country since the Russian default of 1998.

Oil price slide and ruble plunge shake global markets

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture

By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2014

Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations.

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

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

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

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Unanswered questions about the Sydney siege

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 17 December 2014

The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis.

The Sydney siege

Military-style manhunt in Pennsylvania after fatal shooting by Iraq War vet

By Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2014

The deployment of SWAT teams and other police agencies, armed with military-style weapons, followed the suspected killing of six people by a veteran early Monday.

US Department of Justice forces journalist Risen to testify in leak case

By Niles Williamson, 17 December 2014

A federal judge has ruled that New York Times journalist James Risen must appear at a hearing relating to the ongoing trial of former CIA officer and accused leaker Jeffrey Sterling.

James Risen on war and the US financial aristocracy
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK

By Robert Stevens, 17 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK.

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New details emerge on the execution of Clayton Lockett

By Matthew MacEgan, 17 December 2014

A court document filed in Oklahoma provides insight into the barbaric execution process that has been abandoned in all but a few nations around the world.

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

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German court stops prosecution of SS soldier involved in French war crime

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 17 December 2014

A Cologne court announced it will not initiate proceedings against a man who was part of an SS regiment that murdered the inhabitants of a French village in 1944.

Xenophobic campaign in Germany leads to burning of refugee homes

By Christoph Dreier, 17 December 2014

Right-wing gangs are being encouraged by the reactionary immigration policies of the government and leading politicians.

France’s Socialist Party pushes free-market deregulation with Macron Law

By Kumaran Ira, 17 December 2014

In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital.

Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis

By John Marion, 17 December 2014

Haiti’s prime minister has resigned amidst a political crisis and growing protests targeting not only the government, but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN.

Australia: Senate inquiry whitewashes killing at Papua New Guinea refugee camp

By Patrick Kelly, 17 December 2014

Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.

New in Italian

Giornata di sciopero generale contro il Jobs Act di Renzi

Di Marianne Arens, 17 dicembre 2014

Venerdì scorso, durante la più recente azione di protesta contro il Jobs Act del governo Renzi, centinaia di migliaia di persone hanno partecipato a manifestazioni in tutta Italia.

New in Persian

مذاکرات هسته ای ایران تمدید شد

کیث جونز
25 نوامبر 2014

یم مذاکره کننده ایران و 6 قدرت جهان (آمریکا، چهار عضو دائم شورای امنیت و آلمان) روز دوشنبه، از توافق بر سر تمدید مهلت دستیابی به توافقی جامع برای "عادی" سازی برنامه هسته ای غیرنظامی ایران به مدت هفت ماه دیگر خبر دادند. این مهلت تا 1 ژوئن 2015 تمدید شده است و 1 مارس مهلت تعیین چارچوب توافق نهایی و چهار ماه برای حل و فصل تمام جزئیات فنی تعیین گردیده است که تنها چند ساعت قبل از انقضای تاریخ توافق موقت پیشین اعلام شد.

New in Russian

Путин обвиняет США в попытках подорвать российский суверенитет

Андреа Питерс и Дэвид Левин, 17 декабря 2014 г.

Выступая с ежегодным посланием к Федеральному собранию, президент Путин обвинил Соединенные Штаты во вмешательстве в российскую сферу интересов, дестабилизации международной безопасности и поощрении сепаратизма в пределах российских границ.

25 лет назад: Сталинизм шатается во всей Восточной Европе

17 декабря 2014 г.

После падения Берлинской стены осенью 1989 года вместе с углублением массовой оппозиции сталинистским режимам в Восточной Европе события стали развиваться более быстрым темпом, предвещая полный распад сталинистского блока.

New in French

Une grève générale contre l’austérité frappe le gouvernement belge

Par Alex Lantier, 17 décembre 2014

La grève a paralysé le pays, alors que l’opposition de masse dans la classe ouvrière monte contre la politique réactionnaire d‘austérité du gouvernement Michel.

Allemagne: le programme réactionnaire des organisations actives dans le mouvement « Friedenswinter »

Par Ulrich Rippert, 17 décembre 2014

Il ne fait aucun doute que de nombreux partisans de l’extrême-droite allemande sont actifs au sein de ce prétendu nouveau mouvement de la paix et qu’ils y donnent de plus en plus le ton.

New in German

Die Belagerung von Sydney

Von Peter Symonds, 17. Dezember 2014

Die australische Regierung bauschte eine zwar schwierige, aber im Wesentlichen polizeiliche Aufgabe zur nationalen Krise auf, um in der Außen- und Innenpolitik eine Wende durchzusetzen.

Kwaśniewski bestätigt Foltergefängnis der CIA in Polen

Von Konrad Kreft, 17. Dezember 2014

Mit der Veröffentlichung des Senatsberichts ist nicht nur die Existenz von Foltergefängnissen auf polnischem Boden bewiesen, sondern auch die enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen amerikanischen und europäischen Geheimdienstens.

Generalstreik gegen Austerität trifft belgische Regierung

Von Alex Lantier, 17. Dezember 2014

Vor dem Hintergrund des massiven Widerstandes der Arbeiterklasse gegen den Sparkurs der reaktionären Regierung Michel hat der Streik das Land zum Stillstand gebracht.

Türkische Regierung geht mit Polizeistaatsmethoden gegen oppositionelle Medien vor

Von Halil Celik, 17. Dezember 2014

Das jüngste Vorgehen gegen Journalisten zeigt unmissverständlich, dass staatliche Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte zunehmen und ausgeweitet werden.

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Perspective

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

17 December 2014

Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Obituary

Sri Lankan Trotskyist P. V. Nandasena dies at age 71

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 17 December 2014

About 500 people attended Nandasena’s funeral, indicating the great respect in which he was held by SEP members, family and many other people.

The Defense of Historical Truth

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

History

I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol

By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2014

The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism.

Arts Review

15th Tokyo Filmex—Part 1
The Prince and A Few Cubic Meters of Love: Two films about Iran and Afghanistan

By John Watanabe, 17 December 2014

The Prince, the better of the pair of films, is a “docu-fiction” about the life journey of Jalil Nazari, an Afghan refugee in Iran, who subsequently applied for asylum in Germany.

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

By David Walsh, 16 December 2014

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

Commentary

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

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 December 2014

General strike against austerity hits Belgian government

By Alex Lantier, 16 December 2014

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

Socialist Equality Party

SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war

By our reporters, 16 December 2014

Students and workers speak out on the danger of war

By our correspondents, 16 December 2014

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

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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