US, Australia face backlash over spy operations in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013

The latest NSA leaks have exposed US and Australian listening posts in diplomatic missions throughout Asia.

NSA affair strains German-US relations

By Peter Schwarz, 1 November 2013

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UK’s Privy Council used to steamroller press regulation

By Chris Marsden, 1 November 2013

A Royal Charter to regulate the press is a major attack on media freedom and will be used to censor revelations like those of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

As food stamp cuts set to begin
US budget conference committee meets to slash social spending

By Andre Damon, 1 November 2013

The bipartisan conference committee created as part of the deal to end October’s government shutdown met for the first time Wednesday.

FBI “Suspicious Activity Reports” target political dissent

By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2013

Recent reports issued by the ACLU document the expansive, unconstitutional character of domestic intelligence operations run by the FBI.

Pennsylvania governor seeks to cut Medicaid benefits

By Samuel Davidson, 1 November 2013

The Medicaid plan being submitted to the Obama administration by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett would introduce monthly premiums and a work search requirement.

Romanian trade unions support destruction of health care

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 November 2013

The union bureaucracy, non-governmental organizations and pseudo-left parties are supporting reactionary plans to privatize and rip up health care in Romania.

Czech legislative elections result in new political impasse

By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2013

The elections last week exposed the deep gulf between the Czech population and the political elite.

Australian car workers confront plant closures, job losses

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 November 2013

General Motors is preparing to follow Ford in shutting down production, while Toyota announced new moves to slash labour costs.

Australia: Sweeping security powers for G20 summit in Queensland

By Ellen Blake, 1 November 2013

Next year’s scheduled summit in Brisbane and Cairns is being used to set new police-state precedents.

New in Romanian

Guvernul României şi sindicatele împart sistemul de sănătate

De Andrei Tudora si Tina Zamfir, 1 noiembrie 2013

Sindicatele joacă un rol esenţial în distrugerea sistemului de sănătate publică din România.

New in French

La NSA a un “accès d’ensemble” aux centres de traitement des données de Google et Yahoo grâce à un programme secret

Par Alex Lantier, 1 novembre 2013

Le dernier reportage sur l'espionnage de la NSA dément totalement les affirmations du gouvernement Obama et des députés américains selon lesquelles les agences américaines respectent la vie privée et opèrent sous supervision stricte de la loi.

La crise diplomatique à propos de l’espionnage de la NSA en Europe s’accroît

Par Alex Lantier et Alejandro López, 1 novembre 2013

Les responsables européens insistent pour limiter l’espionnage par la NSA des gouvernements et des hauts responsables européens tout en camouflant l’espionnage pratiqué par les agents du renseignement américain et européen contre la population en Europe et dans le monde.

La presse et les politiciens allemands préviennent d'une rupture dans les relations américano-allemandes

Par Ulrich Rippert, 1 novembre 2013

Les services secrets américains ont passé en revue 60 millions d'appels téléphoniques en Espagne rien qu'en décembre dernier.

Canada: Le gouvernement conservateur et le scandale des dépenses au Sénat

Par Keith Jones, 1 novembre 2013

Le premier ministre Stephen Harper et son gouvernement ont à maintes reprises dissimulé les faits et menti au sujet du scandale des dépenses au Sénat.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

New in German

Zwei Jahre nach Kriegsende in Libyen

Von Bill Van Auken, 1. November 2013

Die Regierung in Washington wird diesen Krieg weitgehend ignorieren. Er wurde als krimineller Aggressionskrieg unter dem falschen Vorwand einer humanitären Intervention geführt.

Gewerkschaften wollen Große Koalition und warnen vor überhöhten Sozialausgaben

Von Ulrich Rippert, 1. November 2013

„Niemand wirbt derzeit fleißiger für Schwarz-Rot als die Gewerkschaften“, schreibt der Spiegel.

NSA-Affäre belastet deutsch-amerikanische Beziehungen

Von Peter Schwarz, 1. November 2013

Hochrangige deutsche und europäische Politiker geben sich derzeit in Washington die Tür in die Hand, um die Auswirkungen der Abhöraffäre zu begrenzen.

Die Linke will die Geheimdienste stärken

Von Christoph Dreier, 1. November 2013

Auf die Bespitzelung des Kanzleramts reagiert die Linkspartei, indem sie auch verbal von der Kritik der Geheimdienste Abstand nimmt und fordert, diese gegen die USA in Stellung zu bringen.

Das Insolvenzverfahren in Detroit:
Eine amerikanische Stadt wird geplündert

Von Jerry White, 1. November 2013

In den Gerichtssälen von Detroit findet ein ekelhaftes Spektakel statt, das für Arbeiter in den Vereinigten Staaten und weltweit üble Auswirkungen haben wird.

Vortrag “Kunst, Sozialismus und Arbeiterklasse” von David Walsh an der York Universität in Toronto

Von David Walsh, 1. November 2013

David Walsh, Kulturredakteur der World Socialist Web Site, hielt am 24. Oktober an der York Universität in Toronto einen Vortrag, in dem er sich auf die Beziehung zwischen sozialistischem Bewusstsein und der künstlerischen Wahrnehmung der Welt konzentrierte.

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Perspective

Obamacare and the “crisis” of an aging population

1 November 2013

Policy papers arguing that Americans live too long and undermine US military spending by receiving pensions and medical care give a glimpse of the reactionary interests driving Obamacare.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

In exchange with Glenn Greenwald
Bill Keller defends role of New York Times in concealing government crimes

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013

The exchange of comments is an attempt by Keller to whitewash his role and that of the Times in withholding information at the behest of the government and publishing state propaganda in the guise of "news."

The global NSA spying scandal

By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2013

US spy chiefs defend wiretapping of foreign leaders, mass surveillance programs

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2013

Amid new revelations of NSA spying on Europe
German press, politicians warn of rupture in US-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 October 2013

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Emergency manager and Michigan governor follow Jones Day blueprint to gut pensions

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2013

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

New SEP pamphlet available at Mehring Books
The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new Socialist Equality Party pamphlet, The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit, by David Walsh and Joe Kishore.

The significance of the rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 October 2013

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Obituary

On the death of literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920-2013): A passionate advocate of literature—Part 2

By Sybille Fuchs, 1 November 2013

The literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki was one of the most important figures in contemporary German cultural life.

On the death of literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920-2013): A passionate advocate of literature—Part 1

By Sybille Fuchs, 31 October 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 November 2013

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

Mehring Books

eBook versions of second edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky now available

29 October 2013

The new expanded edition is now available in epub and pdf formats.

Commentary

Two years since the end of the US-NATO war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2013

Cutting food stamps: The ruthlessness of the American ruling class

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 29 October 2013

The pseudo-left Russian Socialist Movement and the dead end of the anti-Putin protests

By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2013

Arts Review

Robert Reich’s Inequality for All: A friendly warning to the powers that be

By Zac Corrigan, 30 October 2013

David Walsh delivers lecture “Art, Socialism, and the Working Class” at Toronto’s York University

By Dylan Lubao, 29 October 2013

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE/SEP public meeting November 9
New York mayoral election: The tasks facing the working class

29 October 2013

The winner of the mayoral election, Bill de Blasio, will continue the policies that have led to unprecedented inequality in the cultural and financial capital of the United States.

Science

New fossil skull find may revolutionize view of early human evolution

By Thomas Douglass, 22 October 2013

A newly reported skull from the site of Dmanisi in Georgia demonstrates wide variation in brain size and morphology within an early Homo erectus population, with implications for other fossil species and ancient population structure.

NHS Fightback

Government demands third year of pay freeze in British health service

By Ajanta Silva, 29 October 2013

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25 years: Public sector strike wave shakes French government

In late October and early November 1988, virtually the entire public sector in France seethed with wildcat strikes.

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50 years ago: Diem assassinated in US-backed coup

On November 1, a cabal of South Vietnamese generals led by Duong Van Minh, acting with the backing and financial support of the US, overthrew the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem.

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75 years ago: Orson Welles creates sensation with broadcast of The War of the Worlds

On the evening of October 30, 1938, Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction novel The War of the Worlds on CBS Radio as part of the “Mercury Theatre on the Air” series.

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100 years ago: Victim of anti-Semitic frame-up acquitted in Tsarist Russia

On October 28, 1913, Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Ukrainian Jew who was the victim of an infamous anti-Semitic frame-up orchestrated by the Tsarist autocracy, was acquitted of the murder of an eleven-year-old boy.

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