Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2013

The military junta is seizing upon a terror bombing on Tuesday to widen its crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and all opposition to its dictatorial regime.

Federal judge rules NSA phone data collection is legal

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013

The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”

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Power struggle intensifies in Turkey

By Justus Leicht and Stefan Steinberg, 28 December 2013

The current wave of cabinet resignations signals a major crisis for the Erdogan government, which has held power since 2003.

Attempt at ceasefire as military buildup continues in South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 December 2013

What is portrayed as a conflict within the world’s newest state is part of the imperialist balkanisation of Sudan to control its oil and mineral wealth.

German IG Metall union refuses to present agreement to GM-Opel workers

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2013

The contract recently agreed by GM-Opel and German IG Metall union has sealed the fate of the plant in Bochum.

Spanish government attacks abortion rights

By Alejandro López, 28 December 2013

With the new legislation, the Popular Party has accepted yet another demand of the Catholic hierarchy.

India’s Supreme Court re-criminalizes homosexuality

By Kranti Kumara, 28 December 2013

India’s Supreme Court has struck down a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional a section of the penal code, dating back to the 1860s, that criminalizes consensual sex among gay men and women.

Thai military hints at a coup

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2013

Amid a deepening political crisis, the Thai army chief yesterday refused to rule out a military seizure of power.

Australia: Teenage girl assaulted by train ticket inspectors

By Tania Baptist, 28 December 2013

Working class youth are systematically targeted and harassed by ticket inspectors, security personnel, and police, who know they are essentially immune from prosecution.

US veterans face economic and physical hardship

By John Rowe, 28 December 2013

One in nine veterans is living at or below the poverty line, and 13 percent of homeless people in the US have been in the military.

New in French

Inde : Le procès truqué des travailleurs de l'automobile de Maruti Suzuki se poursuit

Par Kranti Kumara, 28 décembre 2013

Cent quarante sept travailleurs de Maruti Suzuki, qui font face à une longue liste de fausses accusations, y compris celle de meurtre, à la suite d'un complot, doivent comparaître pour leur prochaine audience au tribunal le 20 décembre.

La bureaucratie syndicale du Québec accueille Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

Par Guy Charron, 28 décembre 2013

La direction de la CLASSE a aidé la bureaucratie syndicale à isoler la grève étudiante de 2012 en refusant de lutter pour mobiliser la classe ouvrière contre le programme d'austérité de la classe dirigeante.

Un groupe humanitaire français prétend que les forces de sécurité sri lankaises ont exécuté des travailleurs humanitaires

Par Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 décembre 2013

Le rapport fournit davantage de preuves accablantes sur les crimes de guerre commis par les forces de sécurité sri lankaises durant la longue guerre civile menée contre les séparatistes tamouls.

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A cruel Christmas gift: Jobless benefits cut off for 1.3 million Americans

28 December 2013

The cutoff of benefits threatens millions of unemployed workers and their families with poverty.

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Socialist Equality Party

Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.

Obituary

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

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Memories of Dave Hyland from the US and Australia

28 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave Hyland’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.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Fee bonanza for attorneys, accountants and consultants:
Who is getting paid for the plunder of Detroit?

By Kevin Reed, 28 December 2013

Nothing reveals more openly the criminal looting of Detroit by the wealthy elite than the $100 million being paid out to well-connected law firms, accountants and consultancy businesses.

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

By Lawrence Porter, 27 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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

28 December 2013

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

Commentary

Japanese PM revives militarist traditions

By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2013

Catalan nationalist parties set date for independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 27 December 2013

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

By Zac Hambides, 27 December 2013

Arts Review

The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2013

By our reporters, 27 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.

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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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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