Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

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Obamacare a model for employer-sponsored health plans

By Kate Randall, 17 December 2013

A new poll finds shows growing opposition to Obamacare, which is serving as a model for a further gutting of the health care system.

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Christian Democrats, Social Democrats form new German grand coalition goverment

By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2013

The government will continue austerity measures that have devastated much of southern and eastern Europe and sharply raised poverty rates in Germany.

US and Chinese naval vessels in near-collision

By Tom Peters, 17 December 2013

While a clash was avoided, the incident is another warning of the dangers war posed by rising tensions in East Asia.

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Behind the Obama-Raúl Castro handshake at Mandela memorial

By Alexander Fangmann, 17 December 2013

Underlying Obama's gesture is concern among major US interests that they are losing out on opportunities opening up in Cuba.

Bachelet wins Chilean election marked by massive abstention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2013

Michelle Bachelet, candidate of the Socialist Party-led New Democracy coalition, won an overwhelming victory, but with 59 percent of the electorate failing to vote.

Thai military leaders support new election to resolve crisis

By John Roberts, 17 December 2013

The armed forces are far from united, with powerful military figures backing anti-government protesters.

Saudi Arabia angered by US-Iran rapprochement

By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013

The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.

Australian unions stage phony protest against GMH shutdown

By Margaret Rees, 17 December 2013

The unions used the rally as a platform to offer their services to the government and employers to police further cost-cutting.

Australia: Unions meet with Qantas to plan job and wage cuts

By Mark Church, 17 December 2013

The unions are rushing to offer their services in enforcing the company’s measures.

Relatives of Franco’s victims testify in Argentine courts

By Alejandro López, 17 December 2013

Since the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain, not one Francoist official has been held responsible for the executions, torture, forced disappearances and abduction of babies that occurred under the fascist regime.

UK’s Croydon Council sells artworks

By Paul Bond, 17 December 2013

Croydon Council’s determination to sell part of its art collection signals an escalation of the assault on culture and art.

Federal prosecutors charge Los Angeles deputy sheriffs in jail abuse probe

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

FBI agents arrested 18 Los Angeles County Sheriff employees on charges of conspiracy, abuse of inmates and lying.

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Что делать украинским рабочим?

Петер Шварц, 17 декабря 2013 г.

Волнения, сотрясающие Украину уже в течение трех недель, отражают глубину социального напряжения в стране. Налицо борьба правых сил в пользу Евросоюза. Но десятки тысяч людей, выходящих на уличные демонстрации, движимы в немалой степени недовольством экономическим положением в стране, возмущением коррупцией на самых верхах правительства и общества, протестом против жестокости полиции и опасениями, порождаемыми российским шовинизмом.

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Le rapport de l'ONU sur les armes chimiques en Syrie expose les mensonges de Washington

Par Patrick O'Connor, 17 décembre 2013

Les milices « rebelles » soutenues par les États-Unis et dominées par les islamistes sont responsables de plusieurs crimes de guerre sous la forme d'attaques chimiques contre les soldats syriens et les civils.

La guerre menée par la France en République centrafricaine intensifie la crise humanitaire

Par Kumaran Ira, 17 décembre 2013

Les affirmations des responsables français selon lesquelles ils effectueraient une intervention humanitaire sont des mensonges servant à légitimer une intervention impérialiste.

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New in German

Die neue Bundesregierung

Von Peter Schwarz, 17. Dezember 2013

Im Mittelpunkt des Regierungsprogramms steht die Fortsetzung der Sparpolitik, die große Teile Süd- und Osteuropas in eine soziale Katastrophe gestürzt und zum Anstieg der Armut in Deutschland geführt hat.

Ukraine: Spannungen zwischen rivalisierenden Pro- und Anti-EU-Demonstrationen nehmen zu

Von Alex Lantier, 17. Dezember 2013

Demonstrationen für und gegen die EU-Mitgliedschaft der Ukraine erschüttern Kiew, während die EU auf schärfere Sparmaßnahmen drängt.

Nordkoreanisches Regime lässt zweitwichtigstes Führungsmitglied hinrichten

Von Peter Symonds, 17. Dezember 2013

Die plötzliche Entmachtung von Jang Song-thaek ist ein deutliches Anzeichen für eine tiefe politische Krise in Pjöngjang.

Japan: Abe setzt Geheimhaltungsgesetz durch

Von Ben McGrath, 17. Dezember 2013

Der japanische Premier Schinzo Abe setzt im Oberhaus ein Gesetz “zum Schutz besonderer Geheimnisse durch und rüstet das Land weiter auf.

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Perspective

Global markets shudder at prospect of Fed pullback on dollar handouts to banks

17 December 2013

The global economy is increasingly coming to resemble an inverted pyramid, with ever-increasing financial wealth sitting atop a contracting real economy.

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Obituary

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Letters from international comrades on the death of Dave Hyland

16 December 2013

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Bankruptcy judge moves to privatize Detroit public lighting system

By Thomas Gaist, 17 December 2013

The bankruptcy judge has approved a key aspect of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to privatize Detroit’s public lighting system.

Detroit firefighters, city workers speak out on bankruptcy decision

By our reporters, 16 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!

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David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves

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Commentary

100th anniversary of Brandt’s birth
Willy Brandt, first Social Democratic chancellor of Germany and opponent of Trotskyism

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2013

Willy Brandt established his political credentials for the bourgeoisie by savagely attacking Trotsky and the Left Opposition in 1935, and then supporting Stalinism in the Spanish Civil War.

US in sweetheart deal with JPMorgan over complicity in Madoff Ponzi scheme

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2013

Deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements have proliferated under the Obama administration, in accordance with its policy of not prosecuting major banks or corporations.

UN Syrian chemical weapons report exposes Washington’s lies

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 December 2013

Budget deal intensifies attack on US workers

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2013

Signs of China-North Korea tensions after Jang Song-thaek’s execution

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2013

Mexican Congress approves oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2013

Which way forward for Ukrainian workers?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2013

German Marx21 in exploratory talks to form Hesse state government

By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013

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

By Mike Head, 14 December 2013

Arts Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: The filmmakers waste considerable talent and skill

By Christine Schofelt, 17 December 2013

Peter Jackson directs, co-writes and co-produces the second installment of a three-part film series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s fantasy book, The Hobbit (1937).

The Book Thief: The Nazis and the assault, then and now, on culture

By Joanne Laurier, 16 December 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 December 2013

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Australian Federal Police boosts data intercept capacity

By Mike Head, 16 December 2013

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

By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

25 years ago: 270 killed in bombing of PanAm jumbo jet

On December 21, 1988, Pan American flight 103 from London to New York was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 residents of the small town.

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50 years ago: Truman warns of CIA in Washington Post op-ed

On December 22, 1963, exactly one month after the assassination of President John Kennedy, former President Harry S. Truman published an opinion piece in the Washington Post entitled “Limit CIA Role.”

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75 years ago: Hungary declares adherence to Rome-Berlin Axis

Toasts were exchanged in Budapest on December 21,1938 between Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Istvan Csaky and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano when Csaky announced Hungary’s adherence to the Rome-Berlin Axis.

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100 years ago: Spanish troops quash uprising in Morocco

On December 18, 1913, Spanish troops brutally suppressed an armed force of tribesman opposing the colonial domination of Morocco.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

17 December 2013

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