Snap elections in New Year following fall of Greek government

By Robert Stevens, 30 December 2014

The fall of the New Democracy-led government is an expression of a deep crisis of bourgeois rule in Greece and heightens political instability across Europe.

As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014

Search continues for missing AirAsia flight

By Will Morrow, 30 December 2014

While there has been no explanation for what caused the plane to crash, aviation experts have focussed on the severe weather conditions.

At least ten die in ferry blaze in the Adriatic Sea

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 December 2014

Both the Greek and Italian ferry services have been under pressure to reduce their operating costs as part of austerity measures dictated by the EU and IMF.

Financial Times points to US regime-change intrigue in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 30 December 2014

The newspaper highlights the “unexpectedly well-organised opposition campaign” that has emerged in the presidential election—with Washington’s support.

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Los Angeles police department on high alert after officers allegedly ambushed by gunmen

By Dan Conway, 30 December 2014

The placing of the LAPD on "high alert" coincided with the release of an autopsy report on the police killing of an unarmed man in August.

A political mobilization of the American police

Notes on police violence in America

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

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Loss of temporary Medicaid subsidies: Another Obamacare blow to US working poor

By Thomas Gaist, 30 December 2014

The expiration of temporary federal support for state-based Medicaid programs will reduce health care availability for the low-income families by as much as 40 percent.

Trash haulers and truck drivers strike in Maryland

By our reporters, 30 December 2014

Unity Disposal Management has sought to drag out contract negotiations, demanding that trash haulers take a pay cut while drivers receive a minor wage increase.

NATO’s Libyan puppet regime bombs Misrata amid escalating civil war

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2014

Libya is ravaged by a civil war between NATO’s proxy regime and Islamist militias, with the imperialist powers threatening to intervene militarily.

Vietnam backs Philippine case against Chinese maritime claims

By John Roberts, 30 December 2014

Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration.

Thousands of Peruvian youth and students protest labor law

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 30 December 2014

Under the pretext of promoting youth employment, the law is an attack against the working class, aimed at redistributing wealth to big business.

Faction fight behind purge at South African tax-collection agency

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 December 2014

Recent suspensions over allegations that a covert investigative unit spied on senior politicians are the latest developments in an on-going shakeup at the South African Revenue Service.

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Le Dow Jones au-delà des 18.000 points : les contradictions s’intensifient dans l’économie mondiale

Par Nick Beams, 30 décembre 2014

Le fossé qui sépare de plus en plus les marchés financiers de l’économie réelle crée les conditions pour une tourmente économique et pour l’éruption de luttes sociales et politiques.

La pseudo-gauche française cherche à bloquer l’opposition au programme d’austérité du Parti socialiste

Par Kumaran Ira, 30 décembre 2014

Le Nouveau parti anticapitaliste et le Parti de Gauche veulent que toute opposition soit contrôlée par la bureaucratie syndicale française.

Conférence de David Walsh, rédacteur «arts et culture» au WSWS
Les fondements politiques et théoriques du livre The Sky Between the Leaves – Première partie

Par David Walsh, 30 décembre 2014

Voici la première partie d'une conférence qui avait été donnée par David Walsh, le rédacteur «arts et culture» du WSWS, à l'occasion de la publication du livre The Sky Between the Leaves.

New in German

Dow Jones bei 18.000:
Immer schärfere Widersprüche in der Weltwirtschaft

Von Nick Beams, 30. Dezember 2014

Die Kluft zwischen den Finanzmärkten und der Realwirtschaft wird immer größer. Das schafft Bedingungen für wirtschaftliches Chaos und Arbeitskämpfe.

Bundesregierung kündigt verschärften Sparkurs in Europa an

Von Christoph Dreier, 30. Dezember 2014

Hochrangige Vertreter der deutschen Politik und Wirtschaft reagierten höchst aggressiv auf die gescheiterte Präsidentenwahl und machten klar, dass sie keinen Millimeter von der Sparpolitik abweichen werden.

Ukrainisches Parlament beschließt Annäherung an die Nato

Von Patrick Martin, 30. Dezember 2014

Das ukrainische Parlament hat einen Verfassungszusatz aufgehoben, der das Land als "blockfrei" definiert hat und damit den Weg für einen späteren Antrag auf Beitritt zur Nato geebnet.

Litauen führt den Euro ein

Von Markus Salzmann, 30. Dezember 2014

Zum Jahreswechsel führt Litauen als dritter und letzter baltischer Staat den Euro ein. Zuvor hatten bereits Estland und Lettland ihr Währungssystem auf den Euro umgestellt

Frankreichs Pseudolinke versuchen Widerstand gegen Sparkurs der PS zu behindern

Von Kumaran Ira, 30. Dezember 2014

Die Neue Antikapitalistische Partei und die Linkspartei bestehen darauf, dass sämtlicher Widerstand von der französischen Gewerkschaftsbürokratie kontrolliert werden muss.

Vor einhundert Jahren eroberten Zapata und Villa Mexiko-Stadt - Teil 2

Von Eric London, 30. Dezember 2014

Die historische Bedeutung der Mexikanischen Revolution

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Perspective

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

30 December 2014

The shabby little ceremony Sunday in which a US commander hauled down one battle flag and ran up another only confirmed that the US war in Afghanistan continues.

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Arts Review

Best films of 2014

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 30 December 2014

Some interesting films opened in North America in 2014, a greater number than in many recent years. At the same time, sections of the film industry associated themselves more than ever with the American state.

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014

New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III

Foxcatcher: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 December 2014

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

Commentary

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

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

By Kumaran Ira, 29 December 2014

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

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2014

More on the war in Iraq and Syria »

Investigation into 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing reopened

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2014

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

US steps up Pakistan drone murders amid crackdown over school attack

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

The Sydney siege: Official lies and contradictions

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

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

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.

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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Six reasons you should donate today

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NSA spying

Internal NSA reports detail violation of laws, regulations

By Thomas Gaist, 27 December 2014

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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

In Defense of Historical Truth

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

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