White House-backed panel to call for cosmetic changes to illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013

A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.

New documents expose more NSA programs

By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013

Canadian spy agency set up covert sites worldwide at NSA’s request

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 14 December 2013

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Ukraine round-table talks fail as power struggle intensifies

By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013

The power struggle in the Ukraine intensified after the failure of round-table talks between the government and right-wing parties leading pro-European Union protests.

North Korean regime executes no. 2 leader Jang Song-thaek

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2013

The sudden purge of Jang Song-thaek is a clear sign of a profound political crisis in Pyongyang.

Trans-Pacific trade talks fail to meet Obama’s deadline

By Mike Head, 14 December 2013

The breakdown was a blow to the White House, which was intent on pushing through the pact as a key part of its “pivot” to Asia.

Missing US citizen in Iran identified as CIA spy

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2013

A former FBI agent missing in Iran since 2007 has been identified as a covert CIA spy, exposing as lies US claims that he went to the country on private business.

Australia: Toyota exploits GM shutdown to bolster wage-cutting drive

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 December 2013

The company is threatening to end production in Australia unless costs are slashed by $3,800 per vehicle.

Australian government rescinds childcare and aged care pay rises

By Will Morrow, 14 December 2013

The decision will ensure that these workers remain among the worst-paid and most exploited sections of the working class.

US defence secretary warns Pakistan to end NATO supply blockade

By Sampath Perera, 14 December 2013

Washington is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan unless the Sharif government secures the supply route to Afghanistan.

Uttar Pradesh government sanctions mass expulsion of Muslim villagers

By Kranti Kumara, 14 December 2013

Tens of thousands of Muslims who were driven from their villages by Hindu communalists are being illegally blocked from returning to their homes.

San Antonio, Texas university student slain by police

By Charles Abelard, 14 December 2013

Robert Cameron Redus was shot five times by an Alamo Heights police officer.

Widespread abuse of juvenile inmates in Michigan prisons

By Naomi Spencer, 14 December 2013

A lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of seven juvenile prisoners describes sexual abuse by both adult inmates and guards in Michigan prisons.

New in French

Les États-Unis suspendent l'aide militaire à leurs intermédiaires syriens

Par Keith Jones, 14 décembre 2013

Les États-Unis et la Grande-Bretagne ont suspendu l'aide militaire qu'ils accordaient au Conseil militaire suprême de l'Armée syrienne libre, la force qui leur servait d'intermédiaire dans la guerre pour faire tomber le gouvernement Assad.

Le projet de loi sur la cyberintimidation du Parti conservateur du Canada: un prétexte pour développer la surveillance policière

Par Dylan Lubao, 14 décembre 2013

À l’aide d’un projet de loi qui est maintenant devant le Parlement, le gouvernement conservateur du Canada tente de développer considérablement les pouvoirs dont l'État dispose pour espionner les activités des Canadiens sur Internet.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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ABD Suriyeli vekillerine askeri yardımı askıya aldı

Keith Jones, 14 Aralık 2013

ÖSO’nun bozgunu, Obama yönetiminin, ABD siyaset seçkinlerinin ve ordu-istihbarat çevresinin ABD emperyalizminin Suriye politikası konusunda keskin şekilde bölündüğü bir zamanda gerçekleşiyor.

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Perspective

Which way forward for Ukrainian workers?

14 December 2013

The absence of the working class as an independent and self-conscious force is bound up with the reactionary legacy of Stalinism.

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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.

Letters on the death of Dave Hyland

14 December 2013

Within hours of Dave’s death on the night of December 8, letters of condolence began to arrive from all over the world.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts privatization plan would undermine both art and pensions

By Jerry White, 13 December 2013

Deadly house fires as winter freeze hits Detroit

By our reporting team, 13 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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Commentary

German Marx21 in exploratory talks to form Hesse state government

By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013

The pseudo-left group Marx21 is one of strongest advocates of a coalition between the Left Party, the SPD and the Greens.

The US budget deal and the political conspiracy against the working class

By Andre Damon, 13 December 2013

The role of Labor and the unions in the assault on car industry workers in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 December 2013

US suspends military aid to its Syrian proxies

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013

Mandela and the South African Communist Party

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013

Australia’s integration into US war plans against China

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2013

Arts Review

Paganini or The Devil’s Violinist?

By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 December 2013

Bernard Rose’s Paganini biopic focuses too much on audience frenzy and not enough on the genuine artistic abilities of the great virtuoso.

Art Turning Left at the Tate Liverpool: An ambitious but problematic collection of “left-wing” art

By Paul Mitchell, 13 December 2013

Art Turning Left exhibits many interesting works, but the last 200 years of “left” art are presented as an undifferentiated and unbroken continuum of “left-wing values.”

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

By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2013

Beleaguered Minnesota Orchestra musicians nominated for Grammy award

By Gary Joad, 12 December 2013

Mehring Books

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 December 2013

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

By Vilani Peiris, 12 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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