The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war.

North Korea’s Internet connections cut off

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

AirAsia flight lost over Java Sea

By James Cogan, 29 December 2014

No wreckage of the aircraft has been found and initial searches have been suspended due to stormy conditions.

Reports reveal scale of destruction of Syria’s world historic heritage

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2014

The destruction of Syria’s patrimony means its history can never be studied and made available to future generations.

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Notes on police violence in America

By Matt Rigel, 29 December 2014

Horrifying police violence against civilians has become a central feature of American society.

Police shooting of teen provokes protests in Berkeley, Missouri

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

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In the ten days before Christmas, 81 people killed in home fires throughout the US

By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2014

Increasing numbers of working class families are forced to use unsafe electric or kerosene space heaters in an effort to save money.

US Department of Education reveals new criteria for financial aid to colleges

By Evan Blake, 29 December 2014

The new college ratings system represents the extension of Obama’s Race to the Top into the sphere of higher education.

Further militarisation of UK schools

By Joe Mount, 29 December 2014

The British elite responded to the 2011 inner-city youth riots by demanding the militarisation of the education system.

Investigation into 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing reopened

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2014

There is considerable evidence linking the bomb attack at the 1980 Oktoberfest to the combined activities of the German state and various right-wing terrorist groups.

Social inequality in New Zealand over Christmas

By John Braddock, 29 December 2014

Hundreds queued for nine hours for emergency Christmas food parcels.

New in Persian

تبرئه حسنی مبارک

الکس لانتیر
1 دسامبر 2014

تبرئه حسنی مبارک، رئیس جمهور معزول مصر، از اتهام فساد و کشتار دولتی بیانیه ای است از سوی رژیم ژنرال عبدالفتاح سیسی که می کوشد تا ضد انقلاب را به ثمر نشانده و دیکتاتوری نظامی را مادام العمر سازد.

آشتی ایالات متحده و کوبا: درس هایی از تاریخ

بیل ون اوکن و دیوید نورث
19 دسامبر 2014

بیانیه روز چهارشنبه توامان باراک اوباما و رائول کاسترو، در راستای "عادی سازی" روابط آمریکا و کوبا را هم دولت های امریکای لاتین و هم شرکت های بزرگ آمریکایی چون نقطه عطفی در تاریخ آمریکای لاتین ستایش کرده اند.

New in Serbo-Croatian

Tenzije rastu između Rusije i zapada oko energije na Balkanu

Paul Mitchell, 29. decembar 2014.

Otkazivanje gradnje Južnog toka je još jedan znak rastuće napetosti između imperijalističkih sila i Rusije – napetosti koja značajno utiče na Balkan.

New in Turkish

Emperyalizm ve ruble krizi

Alex Lantier, 29 Aralık 2014

Rus parasının bu hafta yaşadığı değer kaybı, başlıca emperyalist devletlerin Rusya’yı, Amerikan ve Avrupa emperyalizminin Avrasya’yı yeni-sömürgeci tarzda yeniden yapılandırmasına boyun eğmeye zorlamak için uyguladığı politikaların etkili bir sonucudur.

Julian Assange’ın tutuklanmasından bu yana geçen dört yıl

Robert Stevens, 29 Aralık 2014

İşçiler ve gençlik, Assange’ın, Snowden’ın ve Manning’in özgürlüğünü talep etmeli ve onlara yönelik zulme son verilmesi için mücadele etmelidirler.

Christopher Nolan'ın Yıldızlararası: Uzayda karışıklık

Marcelo Arias Souto, 29 Aralık 2014

Yıldızlararası, toz fırtınalarının mahsulleri yok ettiği ve dünyayı gıdasız bırakmakla tehdit ettiği, her şeyin kötü olduğu bir yakın gelecekte geçiyor.

New in Spanish

El maquinar de la propaganda imperialista

Por Patrick Martin, 29 diciembre 2014

La más reciente campaña de propaganda contra Corea del Norte repite un conocido guión: pintar de demonio a líderes y países que estén en la mira de Estados Unidos.

Miles de Jóvenes y Estudiantes peruanos rechazan ley de trabajo

Por Cesar Uco y Armando Cruz, 29 diciembre 2014

Miles de jóvenes estudiantes y trabajadores se manifestaron el 18 y 22 de diciembre contra la nueva "Ley de Trabajo Juvenil", que representa un ataque contra toda la clase obrera y más de lucro para las grandes empresas.

Lo que los correos electrónicos de Sony nos dicen de la industria cinematográfica de Estados Unidos

Por David Walsh, 29 diciembre 2014

Los correos electrónicos filtrados que han surgido de la piratería de operaciones de Sony Pictures Entertainment, pintan un cuadro de imagen de murmuraciónes, mezquindad.

New in French

Le New York Times appelle à des poursuites contre les responsables de la torture

Par Patrick Martin et David North, 29 décembre 2014

Un éditorial publié lundi 21 décembre révèle une crise profonde au sein de l’élite dirigeante américaine.

La Chine défie la guerre économique des États-Unis contre la Russie

Par Alex Lantier, 29 décembre 2014

ans un geste qui va approfondir les tensions entre les États-Unis et la Chine, de hauts représentants du régime chinois se sont engagés à procurer de l'aide économique et du crédit à la Russie.

Allemagne: des dizaines de milliers de personnes manifestent contre le mouvement d’extrême droite Pegida

Par Christoph Dreier, 29 décembre 2014

Des milliers de partisans du mouvement d’extrême droite Pegida se sont rassemblés lundi 21 décembre pour une manifestation à Dresde. Des dizaines de milliers de manifestants ont participé à des rasssemblements contre Pegida dans d’autres villes allemandes.

Le 100e anniversaire de la Trêve de Noël

Par Julie Hyland, 29 décembre 2014

La leçon durable de la Trêve de Noël, aujourd'hui d’une brûlante actualité, est que le vrai coup porté à la cause de la solidarité prolétarienne l’avait été des mois auparavant par la trahison de la Seconde internationale.

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Perspective

A political mobilization of the American police

29 December 2014

The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.

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Arts Review

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014

It is entirely fitting that The Interview has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents.

New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III

By Hiram Lee, 27 December 2014

Foxcatcher: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

Commentary

French pseudo-left seeks to block opposition to Socialist Party’s austerity agenda

By Kumaran Ira, 29 December 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party and the Left Party are insisting that all opposition be controlled by France’s union bureaucracy.

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

By Nick Beams, 27 December 2014

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

By Alex Lantier, 27 December 2014

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

By Christoph Dreier, 27 December 2014

The Sydney siege: Official lies and contradictions

By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2014

The Sydney siege

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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25 years ago: Noriega surrenders to US forces

On January 3, 1990, former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega was handed over to the US military.

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50 years ago: Syria nationalizes factories

The Syrian Baathist regime on January 3, 1965 announced the partial or full nationalization of 107 enterprises.

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75 years ago: Hermann Göring threatens Britain with air bombing

On December 30, 1939, Luftwaffe General Hermann Göring threatened Great Britain with the most ferocious air assault “the world has ever known.”

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100 years ago: Ottomans routed by Russian troops at the Battle of Sarikamish

This week in 1914, the Ottoman Third Army suffered devastating losses at the hands of their Russian opponents in the Battle of Sarikamish, which began in late December.

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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

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

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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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NSA spying

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014

More on NSA spying »

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

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

By Zac Corrigan and Jerry White, 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