English http://www.wsws.org/en/ US escalates campaign against North Korea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/nkor-d20.html An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4e6edc87-2a15-4a83-958d-7141b666418A/nkor-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z The European powers and CIA torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/pers-d20.html The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fd46367-a6cf-40cb-b865-6e9081d9418F/pers-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/euro-d20.html Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d1a0b044-2ff4-4124-bd0e-d7955e6f47eD/euro-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/germ-d20.html A German ombudsman has accused a TV report of displaying an ignorance of history, adopting uncritically the views of Ukrainian nationalists and neglecting to mention the Nazi past of an interviewee. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f3c811f5-a696-4406-87b8-784dfa0f3c2E/germ-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z After announcing "normalization" with Cuba, Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuela http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/cuba-d20.html The new sanctions shed considerable light on the real nature of Washington’s move to “normalize” ties with Cuba. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/23c7fcb3-f57a-42d7-a97c-b71ffcbb3d9G/cuba-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part two http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/tort-d20.html This is the second of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae540bdb-3676-4bcc-a5b0-8a81ab02d8eE/tort-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Obama “task force” on policing: A cover for militarization http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/poli-d20.html Far from preventing police murders and holding the culprits accountable, Obama’s panel will seek to acclimate the population to an increasingly violent and militarized police force. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7007b4d6-3487-4fd6-af41-e7089b51e86D/poli-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z The Sydney siege and the drive to war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/sieg-d20.html The Sydney siege and its bloody outcome are the consequences of the increasing integration of Australia into the war drive of the US. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d75c3dd2-d9b1-4bfd-aaf2-51ea48d79d9C/sieg-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Governments, media internationally respond to the Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/sydn-d20.html The Sydney hostage-taking is the latest chapter in the lies and deceit used to boost the “war on terror” and its agenda of war and militarism. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca020767-3453-4f84-99f8-50682ed8013B/sydn-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Eight children found dead in Cairns, Australia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/mano-d20.html A mother has been charged with murder, pointing to tragic circumstances and a worsening social crisis. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90035d88-074f-44a9-a0b3-5361a648a6bP/mano-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/afgh-d20.html German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dec80b4d-3a16-4c48-8646-2c0ae2099adC/afgh-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Britain: Perverse verdict clears security guards of Jimmy Mubenga killing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/mube-d20.html The racism evidenced by the guards’ text messages is one deliberately cultivated by the ruling class to scapegoat foreign workers for the social crisis created by capitalism. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cf822a34-fed9-4143-b873-2a3d6ee5af8P/mube-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Oil rig fire in Oklahoma kills two workers, critically burns two others http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/okla-d20.html All five casualties of the incident were employees of drilling contractor Dan D. Drilling, which promotes itself as a “cost conscious” service provider. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1aa1ba3-56b0-47e1-92f1-ef9efc3c312E/okla-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Final pre-trial hearing held for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/tsar-d20.html Thursday’s hearing was the first time in a year and a half that Tsarnaev appeared in public, his trial is set to begin early next month. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e66499d-db1f-4192-9473-9bea0fe2a0bB/tsar-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Judge reverses guilty verdict in 1944 execution of 14-year-old http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/stin-d20.html George Stinney, Jr., who was African American, was arrested, tried, convicted, and electrocuted for the murder of two white girls in the small mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/209b6f61-8a2f-4b9a-9371-fa7f0ed6546M/stin-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Why is Canada’s ruling elite commemorating the Boer War? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/cana-d20.html As part of last month’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa was rededicated to include Canadian soldiers who perished in the Boer and Afghan Wars. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ee9e998c-825c-4b56-a1ec-a941a0589cdN/cana-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/slmt-d20.html The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3adf82e-c36e-40e2-84c9-c56524b7ef0M/slmt-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/20/labo-d20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/941a698a-65fa-4efb-9747-58991c7d456J/labo-d20.html 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z US stokes conflict with North Korea over Sony hacking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/nkor-d19.html Obama administration officials described the hacking as a “serious national security matter” that warranted a “proportionate response” by the US government. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba034eb1-4080-4840-8a8f-34243c5614dE/nkor-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US-Cuban rapprochement: The lessons of history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/pers-d19.html Hailed by governments and corporations as a historic turning point, the move to “normalize” US-Cuban ties raises profound historical questions for the working class and the socialist movement. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85845a85-5f46-44a4-9227-c5f956cbb35P/pers-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Physicians’ group details psychologists’ role in CIA’s “extensive system of torture” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/phra-d19.html A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c29b9bae-6988-44d9-9ff4-9ee766eb4c8E/phra-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Russian president downplays economic crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/rupr-d19.html In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.” Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20bab300-c602-4aff-995b-af293dc1273G/rupr-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US wealth gap largest on record http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/weal-d19.html A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that the median net worth for low-income US families has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2007. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/93f703a7-1c72-496d-a4b2-1c7d209234aL/weal-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Australian government exploits Sydney siege to advance “war on terror” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/sieg-d19.html The government’s “review” seeks to divert attention from its own role in manufacturing a national “terrorism” crisis that ended tragically with three deaths. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcab33f7-221f-47db-9ca3-94ea2b69109B/sieg-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z More police raids in Sydney on the pretext of counter-terrorism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/raid-d19.html The raids have been used to maintain the drumbeat that Australia is under attack by domestic terrorists inspired by ISIS. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e9e688ec-cf5d-469f-a11c-afecbccfbceI/raid-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/peg-d19.html The anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West (Pegida) demonstrations are the product of a systematic campaign by politicians and the media. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/947ff03d-dd68-474b-9a61-99f46b60306N/peg-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Greek presidential vote moves to second round http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/gree-d19.html The naked intervention by the European Commission into the Greek presidential vote is a message from the financial elite that there can be no retreat from austerity anywhere in Europe. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55467219-701a-4938-92c5-38951046509M/gree-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Former Ben Ali official wins the first round of Tunisian presidential elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/tuni-d19.html The coming to power of Nidaa Tounes represents an attempt to restore the old Ben Ali regime that the working class toppled in revolutionary struggles nearly four years ago. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1593bf91-3191-4742-90dc-89771c8103dB/tuni-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z US Department of Justice to sue New York City over conditions at Rikers Island jail http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/rike-d19.html The DOJ in New York has filed a motion in federal court to join a suit against New York City over brutality and civil rights violations against youth in the Rikers Island prison complex. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c2cb63d7-01bd-4b98-84df-22dbf07abe2D/rike-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Kentucky coal miner killed at Patriot mine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/kent-d19.html Kentucky coal miner Eli Eldridge, who was killed at Patriot’s Highland No. 9 mine, is the 15th coal miner fatally injured this year. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8a0a3ea-2c62-4a03-9b1d-b912ee5a9eeI/kent-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z California drought has depleted water sources by 11 trillion gallons http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/cali-d19.html Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ea8c483-d13b-49c7-902c-f9563964332B/cali-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z UN torture report criticises Australia’s refugee policies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/refu-d19.html The Abbott government has thumbed its nose at a UN committee report finding that the country’s refugee system could violate the Convention Against Torture. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08208c38-dac1-4cc1-a4e8-6938f52779cN/refu-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em> now available in eBook format http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/mehr-d19.html 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. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0d33fe0a-d085-4430-9631-82264a5b400L/mehr-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/19/wkrs-d19.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/08038f2d-f4e6-448f-aaea-3e064867194P/wkrs-d19.html 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z Obama, Castro move to “normalize” US-Cuba ties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/cuba-d18.html The simultaneous speeches by the US and Cuban presidents mark a turning point in the protracted search for rapprochement between the Castro regime and US imperialism. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/958cfd8f-c276-46bc-a731-ed9351da301A/cuba-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Fed Chair Yellen reassures Wall Street on record low interest rates http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/bank-d18.html The US Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday it would be “patient” in raising the benchmark interest rate, sparking a sharp run-up in stock prices. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/783f4786-3aae-4147-b12f-4df2a8105feD/bank-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Former Polish president confirms existence of secret CIA torture prison http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/ciat-d18.html The publication of the US Senate report on torture has proven the existence of a clandestine CIA prison in Poland and the close collaboration between European and US governments. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/281703b7-c747-4a43-9851-abec5237c46E/ciat-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/snow-d18.html The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1037f79b-dde6-44bc-b5d8-909bde6cfbcH/snow-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Australian government announces “review” of Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/terr-d18.html The hostage crisis is being exploited by the Abbott government to press ahead with its agenda of support for US wars abroad and new anti-democratic measures at home. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00ce9af2-e901-4ee8-afa2-79d04acd230F/terr-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z UN report accuses Ukrainian government of human rights abuses http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/ukra-d18.html The report provides grounds for charging leading Kiev politicians with war crimes and opening investigations into the role of the US and Europe in fomenting civil war. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/056c6f8b-a33b-4cc9-bffa-d0948fd8f3fM/ukra-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Catalan minister admits independence demand used to divert social unrest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/cata-d18.html The statement by Planning Minister Santi Vila is confirmation of the warnings made by the <i>World Socialist Web Site</i> of the politically criminal role played by the pseudo-left. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8ec4f427-f869-4fc5-9312-0502d2057c4F/cata-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US pushes for trilateral anti-missile cooperation in North East Asia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/jpko-d18.html Washington is pressing South Korea and Japan for defense collaboration as it continues its military build-up in Asia aimed against China. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8c22da1-08fe-4a53-8709-55de4f8ac09F/jpko-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan government censors Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/wiwy-d18.html The government’s demand for extensive cuts to <em>With You, Without You</em> is an attack on basic democratic rights. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c327da9-0140-4dd1-93b1-8fa5181670dC/wiwy-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US auto union president postures in advance of 2015 contract talks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/auto-d18.html UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60f1cd0b-4ef9-4462-bc4a-094f897da11N/auto-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court decision broadens police powers of search and seizure http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/traf-d18.html The recent ruling in Heien v. North Carolina is yet another blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce5a62e4-cc6a-4350-9cf7-794f253026cB/traf-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z Imperialism and the ruble crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/18/pers-d18.html As imperialism encircles and financially strangles Russia, the catastrophic consequences of the dissolution of the USSR are being made all too clear. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/049008d3-6646-4669-84cb-4748aaa41eeL/pers-d18.html 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z British troops returning to Iraq http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/brit-d17.html Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11f92bf6-aae9-4695-a2c4-bc29936d003G/brit-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/pers-d17.html Coming on the heels of the Detroit bankruptcy, the pension “reform” passed as part of last week’s bipartisan budget resolution will open the floodgates to the gutting of retirement benefits for millions of workers. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cc643141-0372-4f95-bfc3-00ff2254056N/pers-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Russian ruble collapses amidst mounting social and political tensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/rubl-d17.html Russian government officials have failed to stem the fall of the ruble in the worst economic crisis to hit the country since the Russian default of 1998. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be20ef65-ba1e-4043-8329-25eff8bc213E/rubl-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Terrorist attack in Pakistan kills more than 130 children http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/tali-d17.html The Pakistan Taliban sought to justify yesterday’s brutal attack as retaliation for the war the Pakistani state is waging, at Washington’s behest, in North Waziristan. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/232b4b01-7b82-468f-8a1f-a1c5c82abf7E/tali-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/scal-d17.html Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0a7d8673-9030-4003-b02b-c1e120fcf0bF/scal-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Unanswered questions about the Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/sieg-d17.html The most disturbing question is why the Australian government immediately elevated the incident into a major national crisis. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcf7414c-21d6-45c1-82a9-3b8ab0f997dK/sieg-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Military-style manhunt in Pennsylvania after fatal shooting by Iraq War vet http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/penn-d17.html The deployment of SWAT teams and other police agencies, armed with military-style weapons, followed the suspected killing of six people by a veteran early Monday. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/853701a6-c506-4a83-8159-772dcaad4d9I/penn-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z US Department of Justice forces journalist Risen to testify in leak case http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/rise-d17.html A federal judge has ruled that <em>New York Times</em> journalist James Risen must appear at a hearing relating to the ongoing trial of former CIA officer and accused leaker Jeffrey Sterling. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7f884634-6a66-4462-9e8e-abc7059cde9F/rise-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Mass surveillance ruled legal in UK http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/temp-d17.html The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has sanctioned the Tempora program, which captures the data from all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/969c7183-fc28-4dfc-925d-6e0682e4d7cG/temp-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z New details emerge on the execution of Clayton Lockett http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/exec-d17.html A court document filed in Oklahoma provides insight into the barbaric execution process that has been abandoned in all but a few nations around the world. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2999c05-2088-42f7-92d2-2dcaec9b313H/exec-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z German court stops prosecution of SS soldier involved in French war crime http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/germ-d17.html A Cologne court announced it will not initiate proceedings against a man who was part of an SS regiment that murdered the inhabitants of a French village in 1944. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6256b8f1-d00d-4bd3-a253-214fe3acd78A/germ-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Xenophobic campaign in Germany leads to burning of refugee homes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/ger2-d17.html Right-wing gangs are being encouraged by the reactionary immigration policies of the government and leading politicians. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ad1306b6-4586-4ec5-946f-99615e3a6ceD/ger2-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z France’s Socialist Party pushes free-market deregulation with Macron Law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/macr-d17.html In the name of boosting “growth and economic activity”, the bill aims to impoverish the working class and sections of the petty-bourgeoisie in the interests of financial capital. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6cc93748-7689-4365-a1d5-d6250e7b78dA/macr-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Haitian street protests grow as US intervenes in political crisis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/hait-d17.html Haiti’s prime minister has resigned amidst a political crisis and growing protests targeting not only the government, but also inflation and the imperialist machinations of the US and UN. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/17745ccf-f0d3-4b21-ba62-96e75d653c7E/hait-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Australia: Senate inquiry whitewashes killing at Papua New Guinea refugee camp http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/manu-d17.html Evidence suggests that the government provoked protests at the detention centre, then violently suppressed them as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/28576ad7-9767-4898-a5ea-c136ed17563D/manu-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Sri Lankan Trotskyist P. V. Nandasena dies at age 71 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/seps-d17.html About 500 people attended Nandasena’s funeral, indicating the great respect in which he was held by SEP members, family and many other people. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/96f47b4f-9092-4234-891d-bc813ba96beK/seps-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>I Want To Live</em>: The memoir of Izrail Agol http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/agol-d17.html The childhood memoir of the revolutionary, geneticist and Marxist theoretician of biology Izrail Agol (1891-1937) is an important document on the history of the revolutionary movement in Russia and the devastating impact of Stalinism. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42008bd9-284b-4e94-ba94-7386c121933D/agol-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Prince</em> and <em>A Few Cubic Meters of Love</em>: Two films about Iran and Afghanistan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/tok1-d17.html <em>The Prince</em>, the better of the pair of films, is a “docu-fiction” about the life journey of Jalil Nazari, an Afghan refugee in Iran, who subsequently applied for asylum in Germany. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3f4a4a5b-b0e9-477e-832a-68ad4201aa7M/tok1-d17.html 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z Oil price slide and ruble plunge shake global markets http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/lead-d16.html The worsening global slump is sending shock waves through financial markets. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4534813c-983c-423d-bee8-0c4a2e06e48D/lead-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z The Sydney siege http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/pers-d16.html The Australian government transformed a serious, but relatively straightforward, police matter into a national crisis to justify a shift in foreign and domestic policy. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59c47787-b63c-4a69-b416-4b0def3bb29C/pers-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Sydney siege ends in violent police assault http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/sieg-d16.html Long-distance footage showed heavily-armed units storming the building, firing stun grenades and semi-automatic weapons. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f27f3c7-69e0-432f-bda2-70069a3fe3cL/sieg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/tort-d16.html This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f7bbefb2-1ac9-4f55-bb14-eb66a8e43eaP/tort-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Obama claims “turning point” for US militarism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/obam-d16.html In a speech larded with “support our troops” rhetoric, Obama hailed the end of the US war in Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon was increasing the size of its planned deployment. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30d9fadb-c351-41ac-9067-8af8a0b4a43P/obam-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Turkish government mounts police state crackdown on opposition media http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/turk-d16.html Early on Sunday, at least 25 people, including journalists, screen writers and former police chiefs were detained in nationwide police raids. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4f86672c-fac5-49bc-9196-aca72b5ef4eK/turk-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z General strike against austerity hits Belgian government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/belg-d16.html The strike brought the country to a standstill amid mass opposition in the working class to the reactionary Michel government's austerity agenda. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/55ad5294-ac49-42c6-93df-c5f578189cdC/belg-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Canada continues to persecute torture victim Omar Khadr http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/khad-d16.html Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Conservative government’s appeal of a lower court ruling that US torture victim Omar Khadr should be considered a “young offender.” Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20fa8d1d-de6a-4bd9-a05a-cb8bbfef4bdE/khad-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Mass arrests at Eric Garner protest in London http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/west-d16.html The mass arrests at the Westfield demonstration reflect the nervousness of the ruling elite in the face of any form of dissent. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2977715a-e9d4-4f12-8e64-9a434cdd817B/west-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Peru climate change negotiations again dominated by great power rivalries http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/peru-d16.html The failure to take any significant measures to address an escalating environmental crisis sees Lima join the long list of failed UN summits. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/40a78417-0a1f-4191-8157-7c55641293aN/peru-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Germany: The reactionary programme of the organisations backing “Winter of Peace” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/germ-d16.html There can be no doubt that many right-wingers are active in Germany’s so-called new peace movement, and increasingly set the tone. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73d199e4-61cd-48fa-ad78-c75fa2150ffA/germ-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z British Labour Party strikes a pose against NHS privatisation http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/effo-d16.html The bill brought by Labour MP Clive Efford leaves intact the framework to outsource services to the private sector. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9c551f83-81f0-4642-8190-bb228982257K/effo-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Australian government announces budget deficit blowout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/myef-d16.html The economic reversal is intensifying corporate demands for cuts to government spending. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50d623e0-5d2e-4103-93d4-479b1bd20a1D/myef-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Mexican federal police attack students and teachers in Guerrero http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/mexi-d16.html An independent investigation has uncovered evidence of federal government and military involvement in the massacre and disappearance of the 43 normalistas in September. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dda6dfa3-6355-4502-a883-d63fa92a857F/mexi-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Charter school fraud exposed in Rochester, New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/char-d16.html The 22-year-old founder of Greater Works Charter school falsified his educational background. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f020a383-3e89-4787-b18c-93ee41c84d9L/char-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z <em>Under the Skin</em> (or aliens from another social class) and <em>Mood Indigo</em> (more inventiveness from Michel Gondry) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/skin-d16.html <em>Under the Skin</em> is loosely adapted from Michael Faber’s 2000 science fiction novel. <em>Mood Indigo</em> is based on French writer Boris Vian’s famed 1947 novel, <em>L’ Écume des jours</em>. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66b386d5-c6c2-4977-b11f-f565c8306abM/skin-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z SEP public meetings in Australia oppose preparations for war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/meet-d16.html The meetings are part of an international offensive to alert and mobilise the working class against the danger of a new world war. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aca59e5d-1880-4ada-a47b-9c20982bb9bI/meet-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Students and workers speak out on the danger of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/ints-d16.html Audience members at the Socialist Equality Party’s public meetings in Australia on “ Why have Australia’s parliamentary parties all signed up for war?” spoke to WSWS correspondents after the meetings. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85861640-2a43-4ce7-9053-a3758ef5441B/ints-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/16/wkrs-d16.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e07bf0e9-34f9-4d52-be83-f7ea044deadK/wkrs-d16.html 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands join protests against police killings in the US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/prot-d15.html Protest organizers, including Al Sharpton, sought to channel popular anger over police violence behind the Democratic Party and the Obama administration. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/65dc93fa-612c-4633-98f3-b328f02e33cL/prot-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Australia: Police lockdown as Sydney siege continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/terr-d15.html Without any evidence being made public of terrorist involvement, a massive police operation has been set in motion in Sydney and other Australian cities. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8733a3b7-a26e-4e0f-8738-ce4f6e8e0f8J/terr-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/pers-d15.html The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b38ebb09-eb64-4ca5-9f8b-81d3e0d27deF/pers-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Protesters in Washington, DC denounce police killings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/wash-d15.html More than 10,000 protesters from many different states attended the demonstration against police killing in Washington, DC on Saturday. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ca01d28e-780e-4309-b7a8-99b52557c57M/wash-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z New York City protests fills streets of Manhattan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/nycp-d15.html Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8db37612-c423-4b7d-9252-b65fbfef99dP/nycp-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ukra-d15.html The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/57aeedac-82b4-4965-b02f-f2f4c6a1066G/ukra-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Right-wing LDP wins Japanese election amid low turnout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/japa-d15.html The turnout of just 52 percent reflects widespread alienation from the entire political establishment and its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d56e1597-dfef-4551-99ae-a46d49e80f9C/japa-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Oil price fall brings global market turbulence http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/mark-d15.html Share prices fell last week amid fears that the rapid drop in oil prices is having an impact on debt markets and signals a world downturn. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/749de826-7526-423c-a4d9-9143b2488dcK/mark-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z Italy: One-day general strike against Renzi’s Jobs Act http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ital-d15.html Renzi has the backing of an all-party political alliance and can also rely on the support of the union leadership in enforcing his anti-labour reform plans. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15ad6844-45b5-4999-ab99-f6cb04871a2M/ital-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z FBI investigates possible lynching of 17-year-old in Bladenboro, North Carolina http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/lacy-d15.html The FBI has taken over the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging in a park in Bladenboro, North Carolina on August 29. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a47b1ba-f957-473b-81ef-e18fbf656c7F/lacy-d15.html 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z