US Congress, White House to allow jobless benefits to expire for 1.3 million

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2013

Congressional Democrats have made clear that they intend to allow federal extended jobless benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed to expire the week after Christmas.

US budget deal continues attack on federal worker pensions

By Nick Barrickman, 12 December 2013

Stand-off in Ukrainian power struggle continues

By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2013

Pro-European Union protesters continued to occupy Independence Square in Kiev yesterday after riot police failed in an attempt to force them off the streets.

Washington escalates phony “human rights” campaign against China

By Tom Peters, 12 December 2013

The Obama administration’s denunciations of China have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are intended to camouflage US preparations for war.

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Australia: Toyota foreshadows closure in wake of Holden announcement

By James Cogan, 12 December 2013

Toyota has issued its threat partly to pressure its workforce to accept a revised workplace agreement that will slash their pay and conditions.

UN reports expose conditions in Australia’s offshore refugee camps

By Mark Church, 12 December 2013

There is a bipartisan policy in Canberra of using indefinite detention in primitive conditions to deter all refugees from seeking asylum in Australia.

Thousands more New York City school bus workers face layoffs

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2013

With the opening of another 4,100 school bus routes for rebids and the closure of the largest school bus company, thousands more face layoffs, or wage and benefit cuts.

Greek girl dies from carbon monoxide poisoning after utility shut-off

By John Vassilopoulos, 12 December 2013

The death of a 13 year old girl in Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning, is the latest of many social tragedies resulting from years of brutal austerity.

Irish pseudo-left signs off on repaying EU bank bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 12 December 2013

The pseudo-left Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party support the repayment of the vast majority of Ireland’s debt of hundreds of billions of euros.

Renzi elected Democratic Party leader as protests spread across Italy

By Marianne Arens, 12 December 2013

While a wave of protests has hit Italy, the 38-year-old mayor of Florence won the election for leader of the bourgeois “left” Democratic Party.

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Manobra de pseudo-esquerdas do Brasil em direção à frente eleitoral

Por Bill Van Auken, 12 de dezembro de 2013

Cinco meses após as grandes manifestações que abalaram Brasil em junho passado, nenhum dos problemas que levaram milhões nas ruas - desigualdade social, abandono de essencial infraestrutura social e a corrupção os interesses próprios do governo do Partido dos Trabalhadores-PT) governo - foram resolvidos de forma mínima.

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Obama et Mandela

Par Bill Van Auken, 12 décembre 2013

La tentative d'Obama d'enfiler le costume d'héritier des années de sacrifice, d'emprisonnement et de persécution de Mandela était un obscène exercice d’hypocrisie.

Le budget grec pour 2014 prévoit de nouvelles attaques sociales

Par Christoph Dreier, 12 décembre 2013

Samedi 7 décembre, le parlement grec a voté un budget pour 2013 qui comprend davantage de licenciements et de coupes dans les dépenses publiques.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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Fransa, Orta Afrika Cumhuriyeti’ne askeri müdahaleyi hızlandırıyor

Kumaran Ira, 12 Aralık 2013

Fransa Başkanı François Hollande, dün akşam devlet bakanları ve genelkurmay başkanı ile yaptığı Savunma Konseyi toplantısının ardından eski bir Fransız sömürgesi olan Orta Afrika Cumhuriyeti’ne (OAC) “acil” askeri müdahalede bulunulacağını duyurdu.

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Machtkampf in der Ukraine hält an

Von Peter Schwarz, 12. Dezember 2013

Hinter dem Kräftemessen zwischen Staatsmacht und Demonstranten auf dem Maidan-Platz verbirgt sich ein Machtkampf zwischen verschiedenen Gruppen von Oligarchen und zwischen der EU und den USA auf der einen und Russland auf der anderen Seite.

Seymour Hersh entlarvt Lügen der US-Regierung über Sarin-Angriff in Syrien

Von Barry Grey, 12. Dezember 2013

Hershs detaillierte Schilderung entlarvt die Propaganda der Regierung, die von den Medien kritiklos wiederholt wurde, als kalkulierten Betrug, der einen Vorwand für einen Angriff auf Syrien liefern sollte.

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

Von Chris Marsden, 12. Dezember 2013

Daves bleibendes politisches Erbe besteht darin, dass er in den Jahren 1985 bis 1986 diejenige Fraktion in der Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) anführte, welche ihre Unterstützung für das Internationale Komitee der Vierten Internationale (IKVI) erklärt und sich den Versuchen der zentralen Parteiführung unter Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter und Mike Banda widersetzt hatte, die trotzkistische Bewegung in Großbritannien und weltweit zu liquidieren.

Marx 21 und die rot-rot-grünen Sondierungsgespräche in Hessen

Von Johannes Stern, 12. Dezember 2013

Die pseudolinke Gruppe Marx 21 gehört mittlerweile zu den aggressivsten Befürwortern von Regierungsbündnissen der Linkspartei mit der SPD und den Grünen.

Was ist die britische neue Linkseinheit?

Von Chris Marsden, 12. Dezember 2013

Der Gründungskongress der Linkseinheit hat nichts mit dem Aufbau einer sozialistischen Partei zu tun

Europäische Union verschärft Abschottungspolitik gegen Flüchtlinge

Von Martin Kreickenbaum, 12. Dezember 2013

Drei Monate nach der Tragödie von Lampedusa hat die EU neue Maßnahmen auf den Weg gebracht, um Flüchtlingen den Weg nach Europa effektiver zu versperren.

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Perspective

Australia’s integration into US war plans against China

12 December 2013

Australia, along with Japan, is rapidly being transformed into a giant base for future US military operations in the region.

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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.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

The implications of privatizing the Detroit Institute of Arts

By David Walsh, 12 December 2013

The proposal to set up a private trust that would buy the Detroit Institute of Arts from the city of Detroit is historically regressive and would place the priceless artwork firmly in the hands of the moneyed elite.

The “Detroit Project” in Bochum

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2013

The Detroit project organised in the German city of Bochum is a cultural cover-up for the treachery of the SPD and the trade unions in the city.

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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Commentary

Mandela and the South African Communist Party

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013

The revelation that Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s central committee has been passed over in near universal silence by the corporate media.

Obama and Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2013

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013

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

By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013

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

By Tom Peters, 11 December 2013

Arts Review

The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis: The story of a struggling musician … but which one?

By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2013

The memoir of the late singer and songwriter Dave Van Ronk helped inspire the latest film by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Beleaguered Minnesota Orchestra musicians nominated for Grammy award

By Gary Joad, 12 December 2013

The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, locked out and much abused by the powers that be for the last 14 months, received a Grammy award nomination December 6, their second in two years, in the Best Orchestral Performance category.

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

By Sandy English, 9 December 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Support grows for workers’ inquiry into Weliweriya water pollution

By Vilani Peiris, 12 December 2013

Local residents and workers are providing vital evidence to the Independent Workers Inquiry Committee.

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 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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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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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

12 December 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.