US drone strike against Somalia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2014

The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program.

Police counter-offensive continues in New York

By Daniel de Vries, 31 December 2014

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was greeted with boos and jeers Monday as he addressed a ceremony for 900 graduating police cadets at Madison Square Garden.

Twitter post prompts arrest of teenager for “terrorist” threats against police

By Bryan Dyne, 31 December 2014

Social media posts have led to the arrests of two more people, in Fort Worth and Chicago, following the shooting of two police officers in New York City.

A political mobilization of the American police

More on police violence in America »

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

By Niles Williamson, 31 December 2014

While Washington quickly assigned blame to Pyongyang for the hacking attack, independent cyber security investigations point to an inside job.

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry

US House majority whip spoke at white supremacist conference

By Gabriel Black, 31 December 2014

Representative Steven Scalise, the third most powerful GOP member in Congress, spoke at an international conference of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in 2002.

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

By Clara Weiss, 31 December 2014

The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats.

Global financial markets facing instability in 2015

By Nick Beams, 31 December 2014

Divergent central bank policies are a potential source of financial turmoil in 2015.

Wreckage of crashed AirAsia flight found in Java Sea

By Will Morrow, 31 December 2014

The three day search concluded last night with the discovery of debris and the confirmation of the deaths of 162 people on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

US, Japan, and South Korea sign intelligence sharing deal

By Ben McGrath, 31 December 2014

While the memorandum of understanding is nominally directed against North Korea, the US clearly wants an agreement that targets China as well.

Scottish first minister reassures the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 31 December 2014

This pledge of fealty between the Scottish National Party and the top echelons of the British state exposes the role of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party.

Report reveals poor performance by UK academies and free schools

By Tania Kent, 31 December 2014

New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children.

Two dead, dozens injured in three separate attacks in France

By Kanda Gabriel and Kumaran Ira, 31 December 2014

The three attacks prior to Christmas have been used to stoke fears of Islamist attacks in retaliation for French involvement in wars in the Middle East and Africa.

Maryland sanitation workers’ strike enters fifth day

By Nick Barrickman and Todd Mason, 31 December 2014

Truck operators and helpers in suburban Washington, DC declared their intention to remain on strike until Unity Disposal and Recycling agrees to demands for better wages and benefits.

New Orleans elementary school holds coat drive for homeless students

By Tom Hall, 31 December 2014

In addition to high levels of homelessness, 98 percent of students at McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.

New in Spanish

El New York Times exige sanciones a torturadores

Por Patrick Martin y David North, 31 diciembre 2014

Un editorial del lunes, 22 de diciembre del 2014, revela una esencial crisis política dentro de la oligarquía estadounidense.

New in Russian

Индекс Доу-Джонса достиг уровня 18000 пунктов: В мировой экономике нарастают противоречия

Ник Бимс, 31 декабря 2014 г.

Растущая пропасть между финансовыми рынками и реальной экономикой создает условия для экономического потрясения и взрыва социальной и политической борьбы.

New in French

Grèce: élections anticipées début 2015 après la chute du gouvernement

Par Robert Stevens, 31 décembre 2014

La chute du gouvernement de coalition mené par Nouvelle Démocratie, l’expression d’une profonde crise du régime bourgeois en Grèce, accroît l’instabilité politique dans toute l’Europe.

New in German

Bundeswehr und BND aktiv an gezielten Tötungen beteiligt

Von Johannes Stern, 31. Dezember 2014

Aus geheimen Dokumenten geht hervor, dass der Kommandeur der deutschen Isaf-Truppen in Afghanistan „Personenziele“ für vom US-Militär durchgeführte „gezielte Tötungen“ persönlich auswählte.

Nach Anschlag auf Schule in Pakistan
USA verstärken Drohneneinsätze

Von Alex Lantier, 31. Dezember 2014

Am 16. Dezember wurden bei zwei Drohnenangriffen im Norden von Waziristan an der afghanisch-pakistanischen Grenze acht Menschen getötet.

Pegida und der Rechtsruck der Politik

Von Christoph Dreier, 31. Dezember 2014

Regierungsvertreter nutzen die Mobilisierung des braunen Mobs durch Pegida, um einen politischen Rechtsruck zu organisieren und ein extrem reaktionäres Programm durchzusetzen.

Russland: Putin unterzeichnet neue Militärdoktrin

Von Clara Weiss, 31. Dezember 2014

Putin unterschrieb am 26. Dezember eine neue Militärdoktrin für die russischen Streitkräfte. Darin werden die Osterweiterung der NATO, die Destabilisierung angrenzender Staaten sowie die Destabilisierung von Russland selbst als größte Sicherheitsbedrohung ausgemacht.

Mindestens zehn Tote bei Fährenbrand in der Adria

Von Stefan Steinberg, 31. Dezember 2014

Die Spardiktate von EU und IWF zwingen griechische und italienische Fähren, ihre Kosten zu senken.

The Interview: der neueste Blockbuster von CIA Pictures

Von Andre Damon und David Walsh, 31. Dezember 2014

Es passt zur Obama-Regierung, dass sie The Interview als Werbung für die Werte nutzt, die sie repräsentiert.

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Perspective

The collapse of the Greek government

31 December 2014

With all of the principal parties of bourgeois rule deeply discredited, the ruling class is turning to SYRIZA, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” in an effort to head off a revolutionary crisis.

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Arts Review

The Imitation Game: “Am I a machine? Am I a war hero? Am I a criminal?”

By David Walsh, 31 December 2014

Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum attempt to come to terms with the complicated life and work of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst and logician.

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014

By our reporters, 31 December 2014

World Socialist Web Site music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2014.

Best films of 2014

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 30 December 2014

The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: The Interview

By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014

Commentary

The continuing US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 30 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

More on CIA torture »

Sri Lanka SEP Election Campaign

Sri Lankan opposition candidate issues pro-US, pro-business manifesto

By W.A. Sunil, 31 December 2014

One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West.

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

More on the SEP (Sri Lanka) election campaign »

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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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