Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013

The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.

Edward Snowden’s open letter sparks asylum debate in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013

In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.

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Wall Street celebrates Fed announcement, sending US stocks to record highs

By Barry Grey, 19 December 2013

The Fed’s statement was calculated to offset market concerns over a paring back of asset purchases by pledging to keep interest rates at historic lows.

US Senate approves bipartisan austerity budget

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2013

The budget allows extended unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people to lapse on December 28.

Survivors of Lampedusa tragedy among refugees brutalised in Italian camp

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2013

Migrants at a camp on the island of Lampedusa were forced to strip naked, in mixed company, and then hosed down by staff.

US arrest and strip-search of diplomat provokes India’s retaliation

By Keith Jones, 19 December 2013

US authorities’ arrest and intrusive strip-searching of a female Indian diplomat have provoked a major spat between Washington and New Delhi.

Egypt’s new constitution legitimizes coup, enshrines military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2013

What is cynically presented as an exercise in national unity and democracy is an attempt by a bloodstained junta and its supporters to legitimize its July 3 coup.

Japanese government boosts defence budget

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2013

The military buildup is part of a strategic re-orientation of the Japanese armed forces to more aggressively confront China.

Chinese security circles debate growing US war threat

By John Chan, 19 December 2013

A forum in Beijing exposed divisions over how to respond to the US military build-up against China.

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Australian auto workers condemn Holden plant closure

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 December 2013

WSWS reporters spoke to workers at the General Motors Holden assembly plant in Elizabeth in South Australia, slated for closure in 2017.

European Left selects Tsipras as lead candidate in European elections

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2013

The 25 parties which make up the European Left have a long tradition of defending the bourgeois order.

Ruling circles hail social misery produced by Irish bailout

By Jordan Shilton, 19 December 2013

State debt is currently at 124 percent of GDP—comparable with Portugal and surpassed only by Greece and Italy within Europe.

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Tayland’da hükümet karşıtı gösteriler devam ediyor

John Roberts, 19 Aralık 2013

Tayland hükümeti ile seçilmemiş bir “halk meclisi”nin oluşmasına imkan tanınması için Başbakan Yingluck Shinawatra’nın istifa etmesini talep eden göstericiler arasındaki gergin açmaz devam ediyor.

Bir milyonun üzerinde ABD’li işsiz Noel sonrasında sosyal yardımları kaybetmeye başlayacak
Demokrat ve Cumhuriyetçi görüşmeciler kemer sıkma bütçesi üzerine uzlaşma sağladı

Andre Damon, 19 Aralık 2013

Bütçe anlaşması, Obama yönetimi öncülüğünde işçi sınıfına son zamanlardaki bir dizi saldırılardan sadece en son olanıdır.

Ukrayna’da kitlesel protestolar devlet başkanı Yanukoviç’in alaşağı edilmesini talep ediyor

John Roberts, 19 Aralık 2013

Avrupa yanlısı ve Rusya yanlısı oligarşik hiziplerin ikisi de devlet mülkiyetinin çalınmasından ve kapitalizmin restorasyonundan yağmaladıkları milyarları korumak ve mali krizin tüm yükünü işçi sınıfının omuzlarına yıkmak için manevralar yapıyor.

New in French

Une offre d’aide de la Russie aggrave la lutte internationale pour le pouvoir à propos de l’Ukraine

Par Johannes Stern, 19 décembre 2013

Pour le moment du moins, l’accord conclu entre Poutine et Ianoukovitch est un revers pour l’impérialisme européen et américain.

L’entente budgétaire aux États-Unis: une intensification de l’attaque contre les travailleurs

Par Patrick Martin, 19 décembre 2013

La clé de voûte de l’entente est la décision de l’administration Obama et des démocrates du Congrès d’abandonner la proposition de renouvellement des prestations d’assurance-emploi de longue durée.

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

New in German

Große Koalition: Die herrschende Klasse schließt ihre Reihen

Von Peter Schwarz, 19. Dezember 2013

Die herrschende Klasse rückt enger zusammen, weil sie sich auf heftige Klassenkämpfe vorbereitet. Ihre Geschlossenheit steht in umgekehrtem Verhältnis zur Spaltung der Gesellschaft.

Russisches Hilfsangebot verschärft internationalen Machtkampf um die Ukraine

Von Johannes Stern, 19 Dezember 2013

Das Abkommen zwischen Putin und Janukowitsch ist zumindest vorläufig ein Rückschlag für den europäischen und amerikanischen Imperialismus.

“Fast wie bei Orwell“: US-Richter klagt Ausspähen der NSA an

Von Bill Van Auken, 19 Dezember 2013

Das Urteil von Richter Richard Leon dämmt zwar nicht die Massenausspähung durch die NSA ein, aber es erkennt zumindest an, dass sie den Methoden eines Polizeistaats angemessen sind.

Bundesarbeitsgericht weist Klage gegen Leiharbeit zurück

Von Konrad Kreft, 19 Dezember 2013

Laut dem Urteil haben Leiharbeiter keine Möglichkeit, sich in Unternehmen einzuklagen, selbst wenn sie von Zeitarbeitsfirmen über mehrere Jahre verliehen werden.

Indischer Spitzenbeamter bezeichnet Beziehung zu China als “feindselig”

Von K. Ratnayake, 19 Dezember 2013

Die Bemerkungen des Vorsitzenden des Nationalen Sicherheitsrats Shyam Sarab deuten auf zunehmende Diskussionen innerhalb der herrschenden Kreise Indiens hin, in denen ein engeres Verteidigungsbündnis mit Japan und den Vereinigten Staaten erwogen wird.

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Perspective

German ruling class closes ranks in grand coalition government

19 December 2013

The convergence within the ruling class as it prepares to meet rising social resistance stands in inverse relation to the widening of divisions within German society.

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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

In the bankruptcy court
Detroit emergency manager conceals evidence of possible financial collusion

By Thomas Gaist, 19 December 2013

Nearly two-thirds of the massive loan sought by Kevyn Orr will likely be paid to Bank of America and UBS AG to end the "swap deal."

Chairman of Workers Inquiry condemns privatization of Detroit public lighting system

By our reporter, 18 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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Workers Struggles

India: Frame-up trial of Maruti Suzuki auto workers continues

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2013

One hundred forty-seven Maruti Suzuki workers who face a long list of frame-up charges, including murder, are to appear for their next court hearing Friday, December 20.

Arts Review

Filmmaking and social life in postwar America
The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 2

By David Walsh, 19 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. This is the second of two parts.

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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

“Almost Orwellian”: US Judge indicts NSA spying

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013

Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

Commentary

Russian offer of aid sharpens international power struggle over Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 18 December 2013

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

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2013

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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