Cutoff of jobless benefits caps year of attacks on US workers

By Andre Damon, 30 December 2013

The cutoff of jobless benefits for 1.3 million unemployed workers is the culmination of a year in which social programs have been slashed by tens of billions of dollars.

Lebanon destabilised by Chatah assassination

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013

The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.

New York Times report:
CIA-backed militias linked to Benghazi, Libya attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013

The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Factional warfare grips Congress of South African Trade Unions

By Thabo Seseane Jr., 30 December 2013

The showdown between different elements in COSATU is bound up with factionalism among the elite.

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.

Australian Greens initiate Senate inquiry to whitewash mass surveillance

By Mike Head, 30 December 2013

The inquiry is about updating and boosting the powers of the security apparatus.

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Deadly train fire highlights poor safety conditions on Indian Railways

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 December 2013

At least 26 people were killed Saturday morning when two coaches on a train traveling through Andhra Pradesh caught fire.

Bangladeshi government cracks down on opposition protests

By Wimal Perera, 30 December 2013

Opposition parties are boycotting the January 5 national election and demanding a caretaker government to conduct the ballot.

New German defence minister makes Christmas visit to Afghanistan

By Dietmar Henning, 30 December 2013

The new German defence minister used a visit to troops in Afghanistan to launch a PR campaign in support of the German army and its future operations.

Berlin Senate passes new austerity budget

By Johannes Stern, 30 December 2013

With the two-year budget for 2014/2015, the social democratic-conservative Senate in Berlin is paving the way for further austerity in coming years.

NYC school bus workers hammered by mass layoffs and contract givebacks

By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013

The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.

Canada Post to end home mail delivery, slash pensions

By Carl Bronski, 30 December 2013

With the full support of the federal Conservative government, Canada Post is slashing mail delivery and mounting a frontal assault on postal workers’ terms of employment.

Pennsylvania court upholds life terms for crimes committed by juveniles

By Douglas Lyons, 30 December 2013

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that those convicted of crimes committed as juveniles must serve life terms, despite a US Supreme Court ruling that declared such sentences unconstitutional.

New in Spanish

¿Podrá "Los juegos del hambre: En llamas" incitar a una revolución?

Por Christine Schofelt y David Walsh, 30 Diciembre 2013

Los juegos del hambre: En llamas, la secuela a Los juegos del hambre (2012) estrenó con una taquilla de fin de semana de más de $161 millones en los EE. UU., y aproximadamente más de $308 millones mundialmente.

New in Turkish

Avrupa Birliği sığınmacılara karşı sınır kontrollerini arttırıyor

Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 Aralık 2013

Avrupa Birliği'nin gerici karakteri, sığınmacılar konusundaki bu insanlık dışı politikalar eliyle çarpıcı biçimde açığa çıkmaktadır.

Edward Snowden’ın açık mektubu Brezilya’da sığınma tartışması başlattı

Bill Van Auken, 30 Aralık 2013

Ulusal Güvenlik Ajansı’ndan bilgi sızdıran Edward Snowden’ın Brezilya’dan sığınma talep etmesi, Brezilya hükümeti içinde tartışmalara neden oldu.

New in French

Soudan du sud : tentative de cessez-le-feu alors que se poursuit le renforcement des troupes

Par Jean Shaoul, 30 décembre 2013

Ce qui est décrit comme un conflit au sein du plus récent Etat du monde fait partie de la balkanisation impérialiste du Soudan pour le contrôle de son pétrole et de ses richesses minérales.

Les partis nationalistes catalans fixent la date du référendum sur l'indépendance

Par Alejandro Lopez, 30 décembre 2013

La croissance du sentiment nationaliste est le résultat des trahisons par les syndicats, soutenus par la pseudo-gauche, des tentatives répétées de la classe ouvrière de s'opposer aux mesures d'austérité.

Willy Brandt, premier chancelier social-démocrate d’Allemagne et adversaire du trotskysme

Par Ulrich Rippert, 30 décembre 2013

Willy Brandt a établi sa crédibilité politique envers la bourgeoisie en attaquant férocement Trotsky et l’Opposition de Gauche en 1935 et en soutenant le stalinisme durant la guerre civile en Espagne.

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Perspective

As 2013 draws to a close, capitalist breakdown is intensifying

30 December 2013

Rather than an upturn taking shape, warnings of “secular stagnation” are proliferating.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

”They want to go back to the days when art was only for the wealthy”
DIA visitors support Workers Inquiry

By Jerry White, 30 December 2013

A Socialist Equality Party team campaigned outside the Detroit Institute of Arts Saturday to build for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA to be held February 15 at Wayne State University.

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

By Kevin Reed, 28 December 2013

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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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.

More letters of condolence on the death of Dave Hyland »

Arts Review

The Wolf of Wall Street: Why should we admire such figures?

By David Walsh, 30 December 2013

Martin Scorsese’s new film treats the career of convicted stock swindler and con artist Jordan Belfort, who benefited from the rise of financial gangsterism in the US to make a fortune in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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.

Book Review

The humanitarian industry: A “force multiplier” for imperialism
Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread, by Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss

By Nancy Hanover, 30 December 2013

The growing nexus between imperialism and international non-governmental organizations makes the 2011 book Humanitarianism Contested, Where Angels Fear to Tread a timely read.

History

Fifty years since the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 December 2013

The Auschwitz hearings marked the first time some of the individuals responsible for the Nazis’ machinery of extermination were brought before courts in the German Federal Republic.

25 years ago: Two Libyan aircraft shot down by US F-14s in Gulf of Sidra

On January 4, 1989, US Navy F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan MIG-23 aircraft over the waters just off Libya’s coast.

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50 years ago: Communal violence in Cyprus

In the first days of January, scores of Turkish and Greek families left mixed neighborhoods and suburbs of Nicosia, under the threat of ethnic violence.

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75 years ago: Nazi decree bars Jews from German economy

A Nazi decree took effect January 1, 1939 barring German Jews from operating shops, stores, markets or other small businesses.

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100 years ago: Battle of Ojinaga in Mexican Revolution

On December 31, close to 5,000 of Pancho Villa’s revolutionaries carried out an offensive against the Mexican Federal Army entrenched in Ojinaga.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Federal judge rules NSA phone data collection is legal

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013

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Commentary

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

By Kate Randall and Barry Grey, 28 December 2013

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2013

Power struggle intensifies in Turkey

By Justus Leicht and Stefan Steinberg, 28 December 2013

Attempt at ceasefire as military buildup continues in South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 December 2013