US government steps up attack on exposure of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013

The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden »

US military forces mobilised amid South Sudan crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 December 2013

A possible US-led intervention force is being readied in the context of heightened great power rivalries across Africa.

CIA role in Colombia assassination program bared

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2013

A targeted assassination program that claimed the lives of at least two dozen leaders of Colombian guerrilla movements was secretly organized and directed by US intelligence agencies.

Barack Obama’s Christmas gift to workers
Washington, DC workers speak out on federal budget cuts

By Nick Barrickman, Danielle DeSaxe and Leon Gutierrez, 24 December 2013

The budget agreement will end federal extended unemployment benefits, cutting off 1.3 million from assistance days after Christmas.

Crackdown on UK student protests

By Joe Mount, 24 December 2013

The ramping up of state repression is part of an effort to stamp out political opposition amongst youth.

Germany: 87-year-old imprisoned for fare-dodging

By Konrad Kreft, 24 December 2013

Widespread poverty has become a fact of daily life in Germany, the result of government policies over the last decade that have drastically reduced living standards.

Germany’s grand coalition appoints new state secretary for intelligence services

By Christoph Dreier, 24 December 2013

The appointment of Klaus-Dieter Fritsche shows that the grand coalition is planning a comprehensive upgrading of the state apparatus and an extension of public surveillance.

Chinese economic conference warns of downturn

By John Chan, 24 December 2013

China’s industries confront serious overcapacity, and huge local government debts threaten financial stability.

Doctors condemn conditions in Australian refugee camp

By Mike Head, 24 December 2013

A 92-page “letter of concern” sheds further light on the inhuman conditions in the country’s detention facilities.

New Zealand government ignores asset sales referendum result

By John Braddock, 24 December 2013

The outcome has exposed the charade of the citizens’ initiated referendum as a meaningless “democratic” gesture.

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La lettre ouverte d'Edward Snowden déclenche un débat sur l'asile au Brésil

Par Bill Van Auken, 24 décembre 2013

Dans cette lettre, l'ex-contractuel de la NSA exprime sa volonté d'aider à révéler les crimes de l'agence et explique que Washington tente de le faire taire.

Des survivants de la tragédie de Lampedusa parmi les réfugiés brutalisés dans un camp italien

Par Robert Stevens, 24 décembre 2013

Des migrants détenus dans un camp sur l'île de Lampedusa ont été forcés de se dévêtir, en présence d'hommes et de femmes, pour être ensuite lavés au jet par des employés.

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Was steckt hinter der politischen Krise in Nordkorea?

Von Peter Symonds, 24. Dezember 2013

Egal was die unmittelbaren Gründe für die Unruhe sind, die Hauptverantwortlichen für die politischen Turbulenzen sitzen nicht in Pjöngjang, sondern in Washington.

EU-Gipfel: Bundesregierung fordert in Brüssel verschärfte Haushaltdisziplin

Von Ulrich Rippert, 24. Dezember 2013

Mit den angestrebten „Reformverträgen“ sollen die verheerenden Sparprogramme von Griechenland auf ganz Europa ausgeweitet werden.

Schwarz-grüne Koalition in Hessen besiegelt

Von Helmut Arens, 24. Dezember 2013

Nach mehrwöchigen Verhandlungen haben sich CDU und Grüne am 17. Dezember auf einen Koalitionsvertrag geeinigt. Damit ist der Weg für die erste schwarz-grüne Regierung in einem Flächenland frei.

Österreich: Große Koalition verschärft Sparkurs

Von Markus Salzmann, 24. Dezember 2013

Fast drei Monate nach der Parlamentswahl haben sich SPÖ und ÖVP auf einen Koalitionsvertrag geeinigt, der die Weichen für heftige soziale Angriffe stellt.

Edward Snowdens offener Brief lässt Asyldebatte in Brasilien aufflammen

Von Bill van Auken, 24. Dezember 2013

In einem offenen Brief an die brasilianische Bevölkerung äußerte der ehemalige NSA Beschäftigte den Wunsch, bei der Aufklärung der Verbrechen des Dienstes behilflich zu sein und verwies auf Washingtons Bemühungen, ihn zum Schweigen zu bringen.

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Perspective

Fed decision fuels global financial parasitism

24 December 2013

Far from providing a cure for the crisis of the global capitalist system, the Fed’s policies are boosting the growth of a giant economic cancer.

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Obituary

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Condolences on the death of Dave Hyland from Australia and the US

24 December 2013

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

Eileen Hyland responds with thanks

20 December 2013

A letter from Eileen Hyland thanking those sending condolences on the death of her husband.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As campaign builds for workers inquiry
More Detroit workers speak on pensions, jobs and the DIA

By Tim Rivers, 24 December 2013

Many workers and young people at Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market spoke out about the issues being investigated by the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

Christie’s appraisal paves way for sale of Detroit Institute of Arts masterpieces

By Joseph Kishore, 20 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

Machinists union forces re-vote on Boeing concessions contract

By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 24 December 2013

Repudiating the decision by workers last month to reject a concessions-laden contract demanded by Boeing, the machinists' union announced Saturday that it will hold of another ballot.

Union moves to block Portland teachers strike, impose concessions

By Katie Hughes, 24 December 2013

With a December 27 deadline fast approaching, the Portland Association of Teachers is working feverishly to prevent the first strike by educators in the district’s history.

South Korean police raid unions over railway strike

By Ben McGrath, 23 December 2013

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Commentary

Scotland: Jimmy Reid Foundation advocates suppression of the class struggle

By Steve James, 24 December 2013

The Jimmy Reid Foundation’s primary concern is to suppress workers' struggles by deepening the integration of the trade unions into corporate management.

Behind North Korea’s political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2013

White House grants new Obamacare exemptions as enrollment deadline hits

By Kate Randall, 23 December 2013

US academics approve boycott of Israeli universities

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2013

Arts Review

MIA’s new album Matangi

By Zac Corrigan, 24 December 2013

A refugee of the Sri-Lankan civil war, MIA makes pop music that shows an awareness of and sensitivity to the lives of impoverished victims of imperialism around the world.

Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians take independent steps

By Gary Joad, 24 December 2013

As of January 1, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will have been locked out of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, a publicly owned facility, for fifteen months.

“I will stir the smooth sands of monotony:” Peter O’Toole, 1932-2013

By Paul Bond, 23 December 2013

Actor Peter O’Toole, one of the remarkable film and stage actors of his generation, died December 14 at 81.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra threatened with closure

By Niles Williamson, 23 December 2013

Juno and the Paycock at the Irish Repertory Theatre: An interview with J. Smith-Cameron and Ciarán O’Reilly

By David Walsh, 21 December 2013

NHS Fightback

British NHS director promotes restructuring of accident and emergency departments

By Ajanta Silva, 24 December 2013

A report on A&E departments by Bruce Keogh calls for the health care system to be “redesigned.”

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Canada’s foreign minister calls on Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013

More on NSA spying and the defense of Edward Snowden »

25 years ago: US was warned about Lockerbie bombing in advance

An official State Department document warning of an impending bombing attempt was published in the media on December 23, 1988—two days after the Lockerbie crash.

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50 years ago: FBI adopts aim of “neutralizing Martin Luther King, Jr.”

At a December 23, 1963 meeting at its Washington DC headquarters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched a plan to nullify King “as an effective Negro leader.”

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75 years ago: Fascist offensive in Spain

General Francisco Franco’s fascist forces, heavily bolstered by crack mechanised Italian troop units, launched a fresh offensive on the Catalan front on December 23, 1938.

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100 years ago: Woodrow Wilson signs US Federal Reserve Act

On December 23, 1913, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law, establishing the central banking system known as the Federal Reserve System.

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Correspondence

Letters from our readers

24 December 2013

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