Over 1 million US unemployed set to lose benefits after Christmas
Democratic, Republican negotiators reach agreement on austerity budget

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2013

Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a budget that will leave in place over a trillion dollars in sequester spending cuts over 10 years while setting the stage for the elimination of jobless benefits for over a million people.

Factional struggle intensifies between Ukraine’s oligarchs

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2013

The current political crisis in Ukraine centers around which group of rival oligarchs will come out on top.

US media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of Washington’s lies on sarin attack in Syria

By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013

The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.

India walks fine line over China’s air defence zone

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013

Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.

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Greece’s 2014 budget lays out more social attacks

By Christoph Dreier, 11 December 2013

On Saturday the Greek parliament passed a budget for 2014 that includes further spending cuts and layoffs.

Neo-fascist wins regional election in Slovakia

By Markus Salzmann, 11 December 2013

A neo-fascist has exploited widespread contempt for the political establishment to win the presidency of a central Slovakian region.

Britain: Disabled widow commits suicide after benefits withdrawn

By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2013

Following an assessment that deemed her fit for work, 53-year-old Jacqueline Harris was stripped of her incapacity benefit of £99.15 per week.

GM announces closure of Holden in Australia

By James Cogan, 11 December 2013

The closure signals a massive escalation in the assault on the living standards and social rights of the working class across Australia.

Australia: Rio Tinto shuts down Gove alumina refinery

By Zac Hambides, 11 December 2013

The decision will devastate the remote northern town of Nhulunbuy, which is heavily dependent on the plant.

New Zealand: Mana Party seeks unity with right-wing Maori Party

By Tom Peters, 11 December 2013

The discussions between the two Maori nationalist parties are a devastating exposure of Mana’s pseudo-left affiliates, which promote the party as progressive.

New York Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s appointments signal continuing assault on working class

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2013

The new first deputy mayor is an experienced member of the political establishment, and the return of Police Commissioner William Bratton assures Wall Street that there will be no “softness on crime.”

Nearly a quarter of Californians live in poverty, according to modified Census figures

By Dan Conway, 11 December 2013

New economic and sociological data reveal deteriorating social conditions for California’s working class.

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L’inégalité et la lutte pour le socialisme

Par Andre Damon, 11 décembre 2013

Avec une cote de popularité en chute libre et une opposition populaire grandissante à ses politiques, l’administration Obama a lancé une campagne de relations publiques pour se présenter comme quelqu’un voulant s’opposer aux inégalités.

Seymour Hersh révèle les mensonges du gouvernement sur les attaques au gaz sarin en Syrie

Par Barry Grey, 11 décembre 2013

Le compte-rendu détaillé de Hersh révèle le mensonge calculé qu'il y avait dans la propagande lancée par le gouvernement américain et répétée sans discussion par les médias pour donner un prétexte à une attaque militaire contre la Syrie.

David Edward Hyland: 7 mars 1947 — 8 décembre 2013

Par Chris Marsden, 11 décembre 2013

L’héritage politique durable que laisse Dave Hyland est d’avoir dirigé de 1985 à 1986 la fraction du Workers Revolutionary Party qui s’était prononcé en faveur du Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale en s’opposant aux efforts entrepris par les dirigeants du parti, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter et Mick Banda, pour liquider le mouvement trotskyste en Grande-Bretagne et internationalement.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Псевдо-левое Российское социалистическое движение и тупик антипутинских протестов

Андреа Питерс, 11 декабря 2013 г.

Разложение российского протестного движения 2011-2012 годов и его переориентация на поддержку политика правого толка Алексея Навального в ходе недавних выборов мэра Москвы обнаружили насквозь прогнивший характер политики Российского социалистического движения (РСД).

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Obamas Betrug mit dem Mindestlohn
Ungleichheit und der Kampf für Sozialismus

Von Andre Damon, 11. Dezember 2013

Angesichts sinkender Zustimmungswerte hat die Obama-Regierung eine PR-Kampagne begonnen, um sich als Gegnerin von Ungleichheit darzustellen.

Die Oligarchen der Ukraine und die EU

Von Ulrich Rippert, 11. Dezember 2013

Die EU-Außenbeauftragte Catherine Ashton reiste am Dienstag nach Kiew, um festzustellen, ob einige führende Oligarchen die ukrainische Regierung zum Einlenken bewegen können.

Ukrainische Regierung stellt Pro-EU-Demonstranten Ultimatum

Von Stefan Steinberg, 11. Dezember 2013

Die Regierung hat den Demonstranten ein Ultimatum bis Mitternacht gesetzt, bis dahin müssen alle besetzten Regierungsgebäude geräumt sein.

Italien: Matteo Renzi übernimmt Führung der Demokraten

Von Marianne Arens, 11. Dezember 2013

Während Italien von einer Protestwelle überflutet wird, hat der 38-jährige Bürgermeister von Florenz die Urwahl der Führung der Demokratischen Partei gewonnen. Viele vergleichen ihn mit Tony Blair.

Frankreich verstärkt militärische Intervention in der Zentralafrikanischen Republik

Von Kumaran Ira, 11. Dezember 2013

Letzte Woche kündigte der französische Präsident François Hollande eine “sofortige” militärische Intervention in der Zentralafrikanischen Republik an.

Lettland: Regierungschef Dombrovskis tritt zurück

Von Markus Salzmann, 11. Dezember 2013

Es ist zu bezweifeln, dass der Einsturz eines Supermarktes in Riga Dombrovskis zum Rücktritt bewegt hat. Vielmehr ist das Ganze ein politisches Manöver, um Platz für eine stabilere Regierung zu machen.

Paganini oder „Der Teufelsgeiger“?

Von Bernd Reinhardt, 11. Dezember 2013

Der deutsch-italienische Kinofilm Der Teufelsgeiger trägt kaum dazu bei, die Legenden um Paganini ins rechte Licht zu rücken und seine Verdienste an der Kunst zu würdigen.

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Perspective

Obama and Mandela

11 December 2013

The attempt by the US president to cloak himself in the legacy of Mandela’s years of sacrifice and persecution was an obscene exercise in hypocrisy.

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Obituary

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Dave Hyland’s lasting political legacy is that in 1985-1986 he led the faction of the Workers Revolutionary Party that declared its support for the International Committee of the Fourth International and opposed the efforts of the party’s central leadership, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter and Mike Banda, to liquidate the Trotskyist movement in Britain and internationally.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Before Detroit bankruptcy Democratic Party-led task force demanded huge pension cuts

By Thomas Gaist, 11 December 2013

The 2012 “Report of the State Budget Crisis Task Force” makes the case for massive cuts to social benefits and social infrastructure.

Emergency manager outlines scorched earth policy on Detroit talk show

By Jerry White, 10 December 2013

Supporters of Detroit Workers Inquiry hold meeting with tenants facing eviction

By Our reporting team, 10 December 2013

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

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Mehring Books

Just published!
David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves

22 November 2013

A unique collection of writings on film by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available through mehring.com.

Commentary

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013

Obama’s minimum wage fraud
Inequality and the fight for socialism

By Andre Damon, 9 December 2013

China’s neo-Maoists hail North Korea’s nuclear program

By John Chan, 9 December 2013

What is Britain’s newly founded Left Unity party?

By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2013

Why imperialism mourns Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2013

Arts Review

Novelist Doris Lessing (1919-2013) and the long retreat

By Sandy English, 9 December 2013

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska: How a great many people live today

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Millions caught in cell phone tracking by US police agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013

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Socialist Equality Party

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

Workers’ Inquiry on Weliweriya water pollution
Venigros owners demand reopening of Sri Lankan factory

By Vilani Peiris, 4 December 2013

25 years ago: Armenia seeks relief after devastating earthquake

European rescue teams and equipment were airlifted into Armenia on December 10, 1988 just days after the strongest earthquake on record for the region hit the Soviet Transcaucasus.

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50 years ago: Kenya gains independence

On December 12, 1963 the independence of Kenya from Great Britain was celebrated in the former colonial capital of Nairobi.

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75 years ago: Nazis put German socialists on trial

The trial of arrested members of the International Socialist Militant League (Internationales Sozialistisches Kampfbund/ISK) continued December 9-15, 1938 in Germany.

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100 years ago: Rebels attack Tampico in Mexican revolution

On December 10, 1913, rebels attacked Tampico in the Huasteca region.

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