US prepares strikes against Islamists in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2013

Two years after Obama declared the US war in Iraq over, Washington is shipping Hellfire missiles and preparing for direct intervention against the same Islamist forces it backed in Syria.

Catalan nationalist parties set date for independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 27 December 2013

The growth of Catalan nationalist sentiment is the result of the betrayals carried out by the Spanish trade unions, with the support of the pseudo-left parties, of repeated attempts by the working class to oppose austerity.

German Greens, Christian Democrats seal coalition pact in Hesse

By Helmut Arens, 27 December 2013

The Greens’ right-wing politics are shown again in their recent Hesse coalition agreement.

Austrian grand coalition government intensifies austerity

By Markus Salzmann, 27 December 2013

The recently elected social democratic-conservative grand coalition has agreed to step up spending cuts and austerity measures.

Hundreds of thousands face Christmas holidays without electricity in US and Canada

By James Brewer, 27 December 2013

Utility monopolies like DTE Energy and Consumers Power in Michigan continue to shut off service to hundreds of thousands of homes for late or non-payment of bills.

Young worker and father of two killed at Detroit area steel mill

By Tracy Montry, 27 December 2013

A 31-year-old steelworker was killed in a December 15 explosion at US Steel’s mill in Ecorse, Michigan.

Half a million in the UK deprived of social care over the last five years

By Robert Stevens, 27 December 2013

A new study shows that since 2008, nearly half a million elderly and disabled people have either lost support or are no longer eligible for care.

Elizabeth, South Australia: A city devastated by General Motors Holden

By Zac Hambides, 27 December 2013

The plant closure will destroy the last 1,600 car manufacturing jobs and hit a working-class community already suffering from decades of job shedding.

French humanitarian group alleges Sri Lankan security forces executed aid workers

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 27 December 2013

The report provides more damning evidence about war crimes committed by Sri Lankan security forces during its long-running civil war against Tamil separatists.

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L’origine de la crise politique en Corée du Nord

Par Peter Symonds, 27 décembre 2013

Quelles que soient les raisons immédiates du tumulte, la principale responsabilité des bouleversements politiques incombe non pas à Pyongyang mais à Washington.

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

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Snowdens neueste Enthüllungen entlarven Obamas Lügen über die Überwachungsprogramme der NSA

Von Bill Van Auken, 27. Dezember 2013

Präsident Obama nutzte eine Pressekonferenz zum Jahresende, um die massiven Überwachungsoperationen der National Security Agency in orwellscher Manier zu verteidigen.

Schließung Opel Bochum
IGM und Betriebsrat verweigern Belegschaft Einblick in Sozialtarifvertrag

Von Dietmar Henning, 27. Dezember 2013

Der Mitte November vereinbarte Sozialtarifvertrag ist noch nicht endgültig beschlossen. IGM, Betriebsrat und Opel einigten sich lediglich auf einige „Eckpunkte“. Die Gewerkschaft weigert sich, diese der Belegschaft vorzulegen.

Berliner Senat verabschiedet neuen Sparhaushalt

Von Johannes Stern, 27. Dezember 2013

Der Doppelhaushalt für die Jahre 2014/2015 verbietet dem Land Berlin erstmals, neue Kredite aufzunehmen, und stellt so die Weichen für weitere massive soziale Angriffe in den kommenden Jahren.

Georg Büchner (1813-1837)
Ein zeitgemäßes Jubiläum – Teil 1

Von Sybille Fuchs, 27. Dezember 2013

”Georg Büchner – Revolutionär mit Feder und Skalpell”, so heißt die sehenswerte Ausstellung zum zweihundertsten Geburtstag des revolutionären Dichters. Sie ist noch bis Mitte Februar im hessischen Darmstadt zu sehen.

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Perspective

Japanese PM revives militarist traditions

27 December 2013

Abe’s visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to Japan’s war dead is part of his campaign to whitewash past war crimes in order to prepare for new ones.

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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

Statement from the chairman of the Workers Inquiry
Cancel Detroit’s debt!

By Lawrence Porter, 27 December 2013

Lawrence Porter issued the following statement on the city of Detroit’s settlement with Bank of America and Swiss bank UBS.

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

By Tim Rivers, 24 December 2013

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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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.

Arts Review

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2013

By our reporters, 27 December 2013

World Socialist Web Site music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2013.

MIA’s new album Matangi

By Zac Corrigan, 24 December 2013

“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.

Commentary

Fed decision fuels global financial parasitism

By Nick Beams, 24 December 2013

Scotland: Jimmy Reid Foundation advocates suppression of the class struggle

By Steve James, 24 December 2013

US military forces mobilised amid South Sudan crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 December 2013

CIA role in Colombia assassination program bared

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US government steps up attack on exposure of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013

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

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Workers Struggles

Machinists union forces re-vote on Boeing concessions contract

By Hector Cordon and Jerry White, 24 December 2013

Union moves to block Portland teachers strike, impose concessions

By Katie Hughes, 24 December 2013

NHS Fightback

British NHS director promotes restructuring of accident and emergency departments

By Ajanta Silva, 24 December 2013

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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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