New York City mayor calls for a halt to protests against police violence

By Andre Damon, 23 December 2014

In a press conference Monday, Mayor De Blasio called on residents to report anyone making “unacceptable” remarks about police.

Parents of US toddler injured in SWAT raid face $1 million in medical bills

By Tom Hall, 23 December 2014

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

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North Korea’s Internet connections cut off

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2014

The loss of access came just days after unsubstantiated FBI allegations of North Korean hacking and Obama’s warning of a “proportionate response.”

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

US troops in combat in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2014

The report of US “advisers” engaging in combat with ISIS comes as the Pentagon prepares to deploy elements of the 82nd Airborne to Iraq.

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

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China challenges US economic war against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2014

In a move that will intensify tensions between the United States and China, top Beijing officials pledged to extend credit and economic aid to Russia.

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

Ukrainian government prepares extreme austerity measures

By David Levine, 23 December 2014

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s recently unveiled economic program will unleash an economic and social catastrophe in Ukraine.

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No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

By Barry Grey, 23 December 2014

The news that the CIA-appointed review board has exonerated those involved in an unconstitutional attack on Congress illuminates the connection between the official use of torture and the creation of the infrastructure of dictatorship.

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

What is behind the German media’s condemnation of CIA torture?

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2014

Calls are mounting in the media and the political establishment demanding that Germany pursue its imperialist interests more independently from the US.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part three

The European powers and CIA torture

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SYRIZA makes fresh pledge to defend Greek capitalism

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2014

Syriza seeks to renegotiate, not abolish, the European Union-IMF austerity program.

New protests against Hungary’s Fidesz government

By Markus Salzmann, 23 December 2014

The trade unions and petty-bourgeois groups are trying to divert Hungarian protests in a rightward direction.

Britain: Hospital patients face eviction for “bed blocking”

By Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2014

To meet government demands for efficiency savings, the trust has reduced beds and cut down staffing levels.

Australian establishment lays out agenda after Sydney siege

By James Cogan, 23 December 2014

The prime minister signalled with a cabinet reshuffle how he intends to exploit the hostage crisis to implement austerity as well as boost the “war on terror.”

The Sydney siege

New York State bans fracking

By Philip Guelpa, 23 December 2014

Governor Cuomo’s decision has more to do with political calculations than any principled considerations.

Charges brought against executives in West Virginia chemical spill

By Clement Daly, 23 December 2014

Federal prosecutors have charged Freedom Industries and six owners, executives and employees in connection with the January 9 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents.

New in Turkish

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editörü PSG’ye yönelik saldırısını savunuyor

Johannes Stern, 23 Aralık 2014

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’un gelecekteki ortak yayımcısı Jürgen Kaube, Berlin’deki Deutsche Theater’daki bir panelde, [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’un] Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi’ne (PSG - Almanya) yönelik saldırısını savundu.

Alman seçkinler Rusya’ya ve ABD’ye yönelik politika konusunda bölündü

Peter Schwarz, 23 Aralık 2014

Mektup, daha ilk paragrafta, Kuzey Amerika’nın, Avrupa Birliği’nin ve Rusya’nın “felaket getiren tehdit ve karşı tehdit sarmalını durduracak bir yol bulma”da başarısız olması durumunda, savaşın “kaçınılmaz” olduğunu ilan ediyor.

New in French

Les leçons historiques du rapprochement entre les États-Unis et Cuba

Par Bill Van Auken et David North, 23 décembre 2014

Louangée par les gouvernements et les entreprises comme un tournant historique, la tentative de «normaliser» les relations entre les États-Unis et Cuba soulève de profondes questions historiques pour la classe ouvrière et le mouvement socialiste.

Le mode opératoire de la propagande impérialiste

Par Patrick Martin, 23 décembre 2014

L’actuelle campagne de propagande menée par les Etats-Unis contre la Corée du Nord suit le modèle bien établi de la diabolisation des pays et des dirigeants ciblés par Washington au cours des deux dernières décennies.

Les Etats-Unis attisent le conflit avec la Corée du Nord au sujet du piratage de Sony

Par Patrick Martin, 23 décembre 2014

Les Etats-Unis attisent le conflit avec la Corée du Nord au sujet du piratage de Sony

Canada: International Socialists fait la promotion de la campagne prolibérale, «anti-Harper», des syndicats

Par Dylan Lubao et Keith Jones, 23 décembre 2014

Le groupe de la pseudo-gauche International Socialists (IS) se range derrière la campagne des syndicats pour faire élire un gouvernement libéral, ou un gouvernement de coalition des libéraux et du NPD.

Luxembourg: les entreprises ont passé des contrats secrets pour éviter de payer des impôts

Par Jean Shaoul , 23 décembre 2014

Partout dans le monde, des accords sur le non paiement de taxes ont privé de revenus fiscaux des gouvernements qui prétendent maintenant tous que les services publics sont inabordables.

New in German

Europäische Mächte und die Folterpraxis der CIA

Von Chris Marsden, 23. Dezember 2014

In Europa verbergen die Regierungen ihre Komplizenschaft hinter leeren Phrasen. Die SPD-Grüne Schröder-Regierung war an der Verschleppung des Deutsch-Libanesen Khalid El-Masri nicht unbeteiligt.

Deutsche Reaktionen auf den CIA-Folterbericht

Von Johannes Stern, 23. Dezember 2014

Stimmen werden lauter, die dafür eintreten, dass Deutschland seine imperialistischen Interessen selbständiger und unabhängiger von den USA vertritt.

Europäische Union verschärft trotz Rubel-Krise Sanktionen gegen Russland

Von Alex Lantier, 23. Dezember 2014

Trotz Bedenken wegen der Folgen eines möglichen Zusammenbruchs der Putin-Regierung für die europäische Wirtschaft wurde auf einem EU-Gipfel beschlossen, Russland weiterhin im finanziellen Würgegriff zu halten.

Zweite Runde der griechischen Präsidentschaftswahl

Von Robert Stevens, 23. Dezember 2014

Durch ihre offene Einmischung der Europäischen Kommission in die griechische Präsidentschaftswahl gibt die Finanzelite zu verstehen, dass es nirgendwo in Europa ein Zurück vom Sparkurs geben dürfe.

Sozialer Kahlschlag im Ruhrgebiet

Von Denis Krassnin und Dietmar Henning, 23. Dezember 2014

Die Kommunen des Ruhrgebietes haben ihre Haushalte für das nächste Jahr verabschiedet. Wieder werden sie Millionen durch Einsparungen von der arbeitenden Bevölkerung eintreiben.

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Perspective

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

23 December 2014

An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.

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Arts Review

Foxcatcher: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman

By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2014

Bennett Miller’s film is based on events that culminated in the shocking 1996 murder of an Olympic wrestling champion by the multimillionaire scion, John Eleuthère du Pont, of the American chemical dynasty.

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

By David Walsh, 22 December 2014

Commentary

Prosecutor in Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony favorable to Ferguson cop

By Andre Damon, 22 December 2014

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Wall Street surge another sign of instability

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2014

Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana

By Jerry White, 22 December 2014

Pakistan escalates war offensive after school attack

By Sampath Perera, 22 December 2014

Why is Canada’s ruling elite commemorating the Boer War?

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign reveals widespread disillusionment with main political parties

By our correspondents, 22 December 2014

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 20 December 2014

In Defense of Historical Truth

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

Mehring Books

The Sky Between the Leaves now available in eBook format

19 December 2014

This work by WSWS Arts and Culture Editor David Walsh is now available in ePub and Kindle formats. It is an important contribution to the study of Hollywood and global cinema and belongs in every Marxist library.

History

Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old

By Tom Mackaman, 20 December 2014

I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol

By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2014

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 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

25 years ago: Ceausescu falls in Romania

This week in 1989, military units joined the anti-Ceausescu uprising in Romania and the Stalinist regime collapsed.

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50 years ago: US postwar boom reaches zenith

In the final week of the year, preliminary economic data indicated that 1964 had seen nearly the sharpest growth of the US economy in the post-WWII era.

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75 years ago: Red Army debacle in Finland

On December 28, 1939, Stalin called a temporary halt to military action in the Winter War waged by the USSR against Finland.

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100 years ago: European troops hold unofficial Christmas truce

This week in 1914, some 100,000 British and German troops on the battlefields of the Western Front participated in an unofficial truce, halting the carnage of World War I over the Christmas period.

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