Russian offer of aid sharpens international power struggle over Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 18 December 2013

The deal between Putin and Yanukovich is at least for the time being a setback for European and US imperialism.

Budget-slashing deal set to be ratified by US Senate

By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2013

A two-year budget deal locking in place over a trillion in “sequester” cuts and failing to extend unemployment benefits passed a key Senate vote on Tuesday.

Former Chinese security chief under house arrest

By John Chan, 18 December 2013

Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, is under investigation for corruption.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

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Australian budget update foreshadows sharp austerity cuts

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 December 2013

The treasurer yesterday reprised the central theme of his 2012 “end of the age of entitlement” speech, which declared that governments could no longer provide welfare or basic services.

Australia: A tidal wave of job losses

By Zac Hambides, 18 December 2013

The gutting of manufacturing since the 2008 global crash is being compounded by rising job losses in the mining sector, retail closures and public sector cuts.

UK local government spending will have fallen by a third by 2015

By Barry Mason, 18 December 2013

By 2017-2018, the per capita loss of funding, including welfare cuts, in 45 local government authorities in the UK will be £685.

German prosecutors to investigate more far-right terror groups

By Christoph Dreier, 18 December 2013

Figures from the Interior Ministry and Attorney General suggest that far-right terrorist networks are much larger and more numerous in Germany than previously thought.

Latvian Prime Minister Dombrovskis resigns

By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2013

The prime minister’s resignation was likely a political manoeuvre, using the supermarket collapse tragedy in Riga as a pretext to make way for a more stable government.

US college executive pay soars along with student debt

By Matthew MacEgan, 18 December 2013

While over 40 college presidents took in more than $1 million each in 2011, today’s average college graduate shoulders $29,000 in student loan debt.

Food stamp cuts hurting poor and low-income workers in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 18 December 2013

The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods

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Манифестации за и против Евросоюза усиливают напряженность на Украине

Алекс Лантье, 18 декабря 2013 г.

В прошедшее воскресенье в Киеве состоялись две массовые демонстрации: одна была созвана правыми прозападными силами с требованиями вступления в Евросоюз; другая была организована сторонниками украинского президента Виктора Януковича, поддерживаемого Россией.

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Les chrétiens-démocrates et les sociaux-démocrates forment un nouveau gouvernement de grande coalition en Allemagne

Par Peter Schwarz, 18 décembre 2013

Le nouveau gouvernement poursuivra les mesures d’austérité qui ont dévasté une bonne partie de l’Europe méridionale et orientale et ont fortement augmenté le taux de pauvreté en Allemagne.

De nouveaux documents révèlent d'autres programmes de la NSA

Par Robert Stevens, 18 décembre 2013

Ces nouveaux documents ont été publiés au moment où l'Union européenne a accepté d'autoriser Snowden à témoigner par lien vidéo avec sa Commission sur les libertés civiles, la justice et les affaires intérieures.

Collision évitée de peu entre des navires américain et chinois

Par Tom Peters, 18 décembre 2013

Si la collision a été évitée, cet incident constitue une mise en garde de plus sur les risques d'un conflit et d'une guerre créés par la montée des tensions en Asie orientale.

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

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Weltmärkte befürchten Ende der lockeren Geldvergabe der Fed

Von Nick Beams, 18. Dezember 2013

Die Weltwirtschaft gleicht einer umgedrehten Pyramide, bei der sich der ganze finanzielle Reichtum an die Spitze einer schrumpfenden Realwirtschaft schiebt.

Europäische Linke wählt Tsipras zum Spitzenkandidaten der Europawahl

Von Christoph Dreier, 18. Dezember 2013

Am vergangenen Wochenende fand in Madrid der vierte Kongress der Europäischen Linken (EL) statt.

Weitere Streiks bei Amazon

Von Dietmar Henning, 18. Dezember 2013

Der Gewerkschaft Verdi geht es genauso wenig um die Verbesserung der Arbeitsbedingungen wie um die prekäre Beschäftigung bei Amazon.

Die Implikationen einer Privatisierung des Detroit Institute of Arts

Von David Walsh, 18. Dezember 2013

Der Vorschlag, eine private Treuhand zu gründen, die, von verschiedenen philanthropischen Stiftungen finanziert, das Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) und seine Kunstsammlung für etwa 500 Millionen Dollar von der Stadt Detroit aufkaufen würde, stellt einen historisch rückschrittlichen Akt dar, mit dem die unschätzbaren Kunstwerke dem Geldadel ausgeliefert würden.

Chinas Neo-Maoisten bejubeln Nordkoreas Atomprogramm

Von John Chan, 18. Dezember 2013

Chinas führende neo-maoistische Website Utopia erklärt das bankrotte nordkoreanische Regime fälschlicher Weise zu einer “Bastion gegen den Imperialismus”.

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Perspective

“Almost Orwellian”: US Judge indicts NSA spying

18 December 2013

The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.

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Obituary

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

More letters from international comrades on the death of Dave Hyland

18 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

Mehring Books

Special offer, WSWS Chronology now $12.00

18 December 2013

The WSWS Chronology is now available for online purchase at a reduced price.

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.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit’s bankruptcy ruling paves way for new attacks on California workers

By Gabriel Black, 18 December 2013

Detroit’s bankruptcy ruling will be used to deepen the attack against workers in California.

Chairman of Workers Inquiry condemns privatization of Detroit public lighting system

By our reporter, 18 December 2013

Lawrence Porter, the chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, condemned the handover of the city’s public lighting system to utility giant DTE Energy.

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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Arts Review

Filmmaking and social life in postwar America
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 1

By David Walsh, 18 December 2013

The early film work of American director Anthony Mann, a major figure of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, is the subject of a new book. In two parts.

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

By Christine Schofelt, 17 December 2013

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

By Joanne Laurier, 16 December 2013

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

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

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2013

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

By Nick Beams, 17 December 2013

UN Syrian chemical weapons report exposes Washington’s lies

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

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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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