US, UK governments defend police-state spying

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2013

The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization of Edward Snowden and his supporters.

European agencies, NSA collaborate on mass spying against European population

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2013

Reports based on documents provided by Edward Snowden show that European intelligence agencies have also set up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state.

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Kerry begins Middle East tour with visit to back Egyptian military junta

By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2013

The Secretary of State stressed his support for the bloody Egyptian junta amid growing criticism of Washington’s Middle East policy by right-wing US allies across the region.

Plans for Geneva II talks on Syria in disarray

By Chris Marsden, 4 November 2013

The most dramatic expression of regional powers’ anger with the US policy shift on war with Syria was Israel’s October 30 air strike on Syrian targets near Latakia.

Geneva talks to restart on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2013

The Obama administration has signalled that there will be no significant reduction in the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

Obama holds security talks with Iraqi premier Maliki

By Thomas Gaist, 4 November 2013

As violence reaches levels not seen since the worst days of the US occupation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met US President Obama to discuss escalating the US role in Iraq.

US drone attack kills Taliban leader in Pakistan

By Sampath Perera, 4 November 2013

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is caught between Pakistan's strategic alliance with the US on the one hand and mass popular opposition to the criminal drone war on the other.

News of the World phone-hacking trial begins in UK

By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2013

Defendants and former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are close to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Los Angeles area residents speak out against food stamp cuts

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in the Los Angeles area about the impact of the cuts.

Australia: Further turmoil threatened over carbon tax repeal

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2013

Underlying the manoeuvres of all the parties are the calculations of rival layers of the business elite that have nothing to do with addressing climate change.

Australia: Government and Labor boast of stopping refugee boats

By Mike Head, 4 November 2013

Since the election there has been a concerted cover-up of what is happening to the victims of the anti-refugee regime.

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Edward Snowden prêt à témoigner en Allemagne

Par Ulrich Rippert, 4 novembre 2013

Edward Snowden se dit prêt à donner son témoignage aux autorités allemandes sur les pratiques d’espionnage des agences de renseignements américaines.

Le parti allemand Die Linke réagit au scandale de l’espionnage de la NSA en exigeant des services secrets renforcés

Par Christoph Dreier, 4 novembre 2013

Le parti Die Linke s’est associé aux cercles politiques allemands et internationaux qui réclament un renforcement des moyens de contre-espionnage

Vo Nguyen Giap: 1911-2013
Le dirigeant militaire de la lutte anticoloniale vietnamienne

Par Patrick Martin, 4 novembre 2013

Giap a dirigé les forces révolutionnaires nationalistes du Vietnam dans les conflits militaires avec les impérialismes français, japonais et américain.

L’énigme de la Symphonie dite «Leningrad» de Chostakovitch

Par Verena Nees, 4 novembre 2013

Un concert mémorable eut lieu il y a 70 ans: la Septième Symphonie de Dimitri Chostakovitch fut jouée dans la ville de Leningrad alors assiégée depuis plus d’une année par l'armée allemande.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2007
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Perspective

Food assistance cut for 48 million Americans
Inequality and the political vacuum in the United States

4 November 2013

As the US government moves to slash food assistance for tens of millions, approval for the Obama administration has hit a record low.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 November 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.

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

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2013

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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25 years ago: Republican candidate George H.W. Bush wins US presidential election

US Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis by a wide majority in the election held November 8, 1988.

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50 years ago: Japanese coal mine explosion kills 438

On November 9, 1963, an explosion in the Miike coal mine in Japan killed 458 miners and afflicted another 1,197 with acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

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75 years ago: Nazi Kristallnacht attacks against German Jews

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, mass pogroms against German Jews and Jewish property were organized and executed by the ruling fascist regime.

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100 years ago: Transit workers strike in Indianapolis

A major strike of transit workers in Indianapolis, Indiana, ended on November 7, 1913 after Governor Samuel Ralston declared martial law in the city two days earlier.

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NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

The political implications of the NSA exposures

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2013

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

By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013

US, Australia face backlash over spy operations in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013

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

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013

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Commentary

Global financial system may be heading for another 2008

By Nick Beams, 2 November 2013

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

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

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

By Zac Corrigan, 30 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.

Obituary

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.