US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014

Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014

Documents released by the NSA itself show that agents regularly violate legal restrictions on surveillance of US citizens.

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Police shooting of teen provokes protests in Berkeley, Missouri

By Nick Barrickman, 27 December 2014

After the killing of Martin, protests broke out at the scene near Ferguson, with police arresting several demonstrators.

Arrests for social media posts follow NYPD shootings

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 December 2014

The New York shooting and the bid to outlaw opposition to police violence

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

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Germany: Tens of thousands protest against ultra-right Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 27 December 2014

Thousands of supporters of the right-wing extremist Pegida movement gathered at a demonstration in Dresden on Monday. Thousands more protested in counter-demonstrations in other cities.

Ireland opens parliamentary inquiry into banking crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 27 December 2014

Even at this early stage, it is clear that nothing will be done to uncover the criminal practices of those who crashed the economy through financial speculation.

UK mental health services in crisis

By Dennis Moore, 27 December 2014

Cuts to mental health services have led to enormous demand with little capacity to meet it.

The Sydney siege: Official lies and contradictions

By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2014

Governments and police exploited the café siege as a giant dress rehearsal for police state measures that will in the future be used against the working class.

Australia: “Terrorism” warnings ratcheted up for Christmas

By James Cogan, 27 December 2014

The Abbott government is using constant fear-mongering to justify its support for the US-led war in the Middle East and deep inroads into democratic and social rights.

Australian state Labor leader quits over Sydney siege-linked letter

Australian establishment lays out agenda after Sydney siege

Ebola epidemic: West African governments prohibit public Christmas celebrations

By Bernd Sackow, 27 December 2014

The measures taken are more akin to those used by a police state to control the population and they symbolise the inadequacy of the medical measures to fight the Ebola epidemic.

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At least 786 US children died while being monitored by child protection authorities

By Tom Hall, 27 December 2014

The AP report, which covers a six-year period, states that the government does a “terrible job” of accounting for child deaths.

New in French

Le gouvernement ukrainien prépare des mesures d'austérité extrêmes

Par David Levine, 27 décembre 2014

Le premier ministre Arseni Iatseniouk a récemment dévoilé un programme économique qui va entraîner une véritable catastrophe économique et sociale en Ukraine.

Pride: La grève des mineurs britanniques vue à travers le miroir déformant de la politique identitaire

Par Robert Stevens, 27 décembre 2014

Le film de Matthew Warchus sur le conflit de 1984-85 a été bien accueilli en Grande-Bretagne et s’est classé troisième pour les recettes d'une première fin de semaine en salle.

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Zum hundertsten Jahrestag des Weihnachtsfriedens im Ersten Weltkrieg

Von Julie Hyland, 27. Dezember 2014

Die dauerhafte Lehre aus dem Weihnachtsfrieden ist die, dass die spontane internationale Solidarität der Soldaten aus der Arbeiterklasse schon Monate zuvor durch den Zusammenbruch der Zweiten Internationale verraten wurde.

US-Truppen kämpfen im Irak

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Dezember 2014

Zum ersten Mal seit der neuerlichen Stationierung von US-Truppen im Irak sind amerikanische Militär-?Berater? in der umkämpften westlichen Anbar Provinz des Landes angeblich in Kämpfe mit Teilen des Islamischen Staates im Irak und in Syrien (Isis) verwickelt.

Ebola-Epidemie 2014: Regierungen in Westafrika verbieten öffentliche Weihnachtsfeiern

Von Bernd Sackow, 27. Dezember 2014

Die Maßnahmen, die vor allem an die Methoden von Polizeistaaten zur Kontrolle der Bevölkerung erinnern, stehen sinnbildlich für die medizinisch völlig ungenügenden Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung der Ebola-Epidemie.

Ermittlungen zum Oktoberfest-Attentat werden wieder aufgenommen
Welche Rolle spielten Geheimdienste und Behörden?

Von Dietmar Henning, 27. Dezember 2014

Der rechtsterroristische Bombenanschlag auf das Münchener Oktoberfest 1980, bei dem zwölf Menschen und der Attentäter ums Leben kamen, wirft seit Jahrzehnten Fragen nach der Beziehung zwischen staatlichen Behörden und neonazistischen Terrorgruppen auf.

Vor einhundert Jahren: Zapata und Villa nehmen Mexiko-Stadt ein
Teil 1

Von Eric London, 27. Dezember 2014

Obwohl seither bereits ein Jahrhundert vergangen ist, dominieren die Auswirkungen der mexikanischen Revolution noch immer alle Aspekte des politischen und kulturellen Lebens in Mexiko.

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Perspective

The Dow at 18,000: Contradictions mount in world economy

27 December 2014

The ever-widening gap between financial markets and the real economy is creating the conditions for economic turmoil and the eruption of social and political struggles.

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Commentary

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014

December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

The European powers and CIA torture

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

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Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2014

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Christmas for Wall Street: Dow hits record 18,000 points

US troops in combat in Iraq

China challenges US economic war against Russia

Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana

US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

Sri Lanka: NSSP leader campaigns for right-wing, pro-US presidential candidate

By Pani Wijesiriwardena—SEP presidential candidate, 27 December 2014

The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony.

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

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Arts Review

New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III

By Hiram Lee, 27 December 2014

The music of saxophonists Stephens and Smith reveals some of the strengths and weaknesses in contemporary jazz.

Foxcatcher: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman

By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2014

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

By David Walsh, 22 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

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Six reasons you should donate today

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: Detroit workers speak on a Christmas of inequality in America

By Zac Corrigan and Jerry White, 24 December 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

27 December 2014

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

Air France pilots union signs concessions contract for low-cost subsidiary

By Anthony Torres, 24 December 2014

History

The 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce

By Julie Hyland, 24 December 2014

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

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.

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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