European unemployment hits new high

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 November 2013

According to new figures issued by the Eurostat data agency, unemployment across the 17-country euro zone hit a record 12.2 percent in September.

New threats against the Guardian newspaper and Snowden in Westminster debate

By Chris Marsden, 2 November 2013

Following UK Prime Minister David Cameron's threats against the Guardian this week, further parliamentary debate has made clear that the three main parties are intent on suppressing evidence of mass surveillance.

Edward Snowden ready to provide testimony in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 November 2013

Fresh revelations of Canada’s role in NSA’s global spying network

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 2 November 2013

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US attacks Germany’s economic policies

By Andre Damon, 2 November 2013

The US Treasury Department provocatively denounced Germany’s economic policies in its semiannual report on international exchange rates, released on Thursday.

Detroit workers denounce food stamp cuts

By WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2013

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team found widespread anger over the reduction in food stamp benefits.

US appeals court blocks order against NYPD stop-and-frisk

By a reporter, 2 November 2013

A judicial panel has intervened to remove the judge who imposed restrictions on the New York City Police Department.

Israeli warplanes strike targets inside Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013

The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.

Right-wing campaign against Roma spreads across Europe

By John Vassilopoulos and Jordan Shilton, 2 November 2013

The mass media and political establishment are stoking up centuries-old prejudices against Roma people, one of the most oppressed and vulnerable ethnic groups in Europe.

Argentina’s ruling party suffers losses in congressional election

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2013

The ruling Peronist faction of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner saw its vote decline sharply in last Sunday’s elections, reflecting discontent with deteriorating economic and social conditions.

US House subcommittee escalates war rhetoric against China

By Joseph Santolan, 2 November 2013

The credibility of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” is being eroded throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia: Winmalee fire survivors told authorities about power line dangers

By Ismet Redzovic and Richard Phillips, 2 November 2013

Fire victims questioned authorities about overhead power lines and insufficient bushfire mitigation before the most recent blazes.

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Deux ans après la fin de la guerre des Etats-Unis et de l’OTAN en Libye

Par Bill Van Auken, 2 novembre 2013

Washington ignorera en grande partie l’anniversaire de cette guerre d’agression criminelle qui a été menée sous le faux prétexte d’une intervention humanitaire.

Les États-Unis et l'Australie subissent le contrecoup des opérations d'espionnage en Asie

Par Peter Symonds, 2 novembre 2013

Les dernières révélations sur la NSA ont exposé des centres d'écoute américains et australiens dans des représentations diplomatiques à travers toute l'Asie.

Le Kremlin démantèle l'Académie des sciences de Russie

Par Clara Weiss, 2 novembre 2013

Les dernières réformes mises en œuvre servent à piller ce qui reste des plus grandes institutions scientifiques et culturelles de Russie.

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

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Obamacare und die “Krise” einer alternden Gesellschaft

Von Kate Randall, 2. November 2013

Die Amerikaner leben zu lang. Das behaupten aktuelle Expertisen, denen zufolge die hohen Renten und Krankheitskosten die Ausgaben für das Militär gefährden. Erneut zeigen sich die reaktionären Interessen hinter dem Projekt „Obamacare“.

Snowden zu Aussage in Deutschland bereit

Von Ulrich Rippert, 2. November 2013

Voraussetzung für eine Aussage des ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiters ist, dass er danach in Deutschland oder einem anderen vergleichbaren Land bleiben kann und dort sicher ist.

Griechisches Parlament stoppt staatliche Finanzierung der Chrysi Avgi

Von Katerina Selin, 2. November 2013

Der Stopp der Finanzierung der faschistischen Partei dient nicht der Verteidigung der Demokratie, sondern ist ein weiterer Schritt hin zur Stärkung des Staatsapparats.

Verbreitete Kinderarmut in Deutschland

Von Sybille Fuchs, 2. November 2013

Rund 10 Prozent der Mädchen und Jungen in Deutschland leben in Familien, deren Einkommen unter der Armutsgrenze liegt.

In Diskussion mit Glenn Greenwald
Bill Keller verteidigt Rolle der New York Times bei der Vertuschung von Verbrechen der Regierung

Von Barry Grey, 2. November 2013

In dem streitigen Austausch von Kommentaren mit Glenn Greenwald versucht Keller seine Rolle und die der Times bei der Unterdrückung von Informationen auf Betreiben der Regierung und bei der Verbreitung von Regierungspropaganda unter dem Deckmantel von „Nachrichten“ reinzuwaschen.

Blue Jasmine von Woody Allen

Von Joanne Laurier, 2. November 2013

Woody Allen hat in den vergangenen 44 Jahren mehr als 40 Filme gedreht, aber in der letzten Zeit nicht viel damit bewirkt.

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The political implications of the NSA exposures

2 November 2013

Underlying the crisis over the latest NSA revelations is a deep fear within the ruling elite over the political consequences of exposures of its global spying apparatus.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

German Left Party reacts to NSA spying scandal with call for stronger secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013

The Left Party has joined official German and international political circles calling for a strengthening of Germany’s counter-intelligence capacities.

In exchange with Glenn Greenwald
Bill Keller defends role of New York Times in concealing government crimes

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013

US, Australia face backlash over spy operations in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013

The global NSA spying scandal

By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2013

Secret NSA program gains “bulk access” to Google, Yahoo data centers

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2013

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Emergency manager and Michigan governor follow Jones Day blueprint to gut pensions

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2013

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Defend the Detroit Institute of Arts!

New SEP pamphlet available at Mehring Books
The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new Socialist Equality Party pamphlet, The Defense of Culture and the Crisis in Detroit, by David Walsh and Joe Kishore.

The significance of the rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 October 2013

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Global financial system may be heading for another 2008

By Nick Beams, 2 November 2013

There are growing concerns that the world financial system could be heading for another crash on the scale of 2008, or even larger.

Obamacare and the “crisis” of an aging population

By Kate Randall, 1 November 2013

UK’s Privy Council used to steamroller press regulation

By Chris Marsden, 1 November 2013

Two years since the end of the US-NATO war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2013

Workers Struggles

UK lecturers and academic staff stage one-day national strike

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2013

Rallies were held in major cities throughout England and Scotland.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

2 November 2013

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

Arts Review

Tokyo International Film Festival 2013—Part 2
Blind Dates from Georgia and Nobody’s Home from Turkey

By John Watanabe, 2 November 2013

The recent Tokyo International Film Festival, held October 17-25, screened a number of films worth commenting on.

Robert Reich’s Inequality for All: A friendly warning to the powers that be

By Zac Corrigan, 30 October 2013

David Walsh delivers lecture “Art, Socialism, and the Working Class” at Toronto’s York University

By Dylan Lubao, 29 October 2013

Mehring Books

eBook versions of second edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky now available

29 October 2013

The new expanded edition is now available in epub and pdf formats.


On the death of literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki (1920-2013): A passionate advocate of literature—Part 2

By Sybille Fuchs, 1 November 2013

The literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki was one of the most important figures in contemporary German cultural life.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE/SEP public meeting November 9
New York mayoral election: The tasks facing the working class

29 October 2013

The winner of the mayoral election, Bill de Blasio, will continue the policies that have led to unprecedented inequality in the cultural and financial capital of the United States.


New fossil skull find may revolutionize view of early human evolution

By Thomas Douglass, 22 October 2013

25 years: Public sector strike wave shakes French government

In late October and early November 1988, virtually the entire public sector in France seethed with wildcat strikes.

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50 years ago: Diem assassinated in US-backed coup

On November 1, a cabal of South Vietnamese generals led by Duong Van Minh, acting with the backing and financial support of the US, overthrew the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem.

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75 years ago: Orson Welles creates sensation with broadcast of The War of the Worlds

On the evening of October 30, 1938, Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells science fiction novel The War of the Worlds on CBS Radio as part of the “Mercury Theatre on the Air” series.

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100 years ago: Victim of anti-Semitic frame-up acquitted in Tsarist Russia

On October 28, 1913, Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Ukrainian Jew who was the victim of an infamous anti-Semitic frame-up orchestrated by the Tsarist autocracy, was acquitted of the murder of an eleven-year-old boy.

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Letters from our readers

2 November 2013

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