Obama administration pledges to continue illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2013

The US administration has responded to the spying revelations by insisting that the programs will go forward, and intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

NSA spying revelations exacerbate Australian-Indonesian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 6 November 2013

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US government exempts new health exchanges from anti-fraud standards

By David Walsh, 6 November 2013

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the programs created by the Affordable Care Act are not federal health care plans, thus putting them beyond anti-kickback regulations applicable to such plans.

SAC Capital fined less than one year’s earnings for “pervasive and unprecedented” insider trading

By Andre Damon, 6 November 2013

US Prosecutors announced Monday that Hedge fund SAC Capital would plead guilty to five counts of insider trading.

In run-up to nuclear talks
Iranians protest en masse against US aggression

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2013

The officially-sanctioned demonstration became a show of strength by sections of the Iranian elite wary of the new government’s attempted rapprochement with the US.

China and Japan hold rival military exercises

By John Chan, 6 November 2013

Massive exercises, staged not far from the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands, have become the focal point for a war of words between Tokyo and Beijing.

Philippine political opposition deepens as Beijing-Manila relations sour

By Joseph Santolan, 6 November 2013

In the wake of Obama’s no-show in South East Asia in October, a political opposition to Philippine President Aquino has taken shape driven by concerns over the souring relations with Beijing.

Split result in US off-year elections

By Patrick Martin, 6 November 2013

The two big business parties split the major prizes in the US off-year elections Tuesday, with Republicans winning the governorship of New Jersey while Democrats won the Virginia statehouse and the mayoralty of New York City.

Food stamp cuts devastate New York City’s poor

By our reporters, 6 November 2013

The cut in food stamp assistance that took place on November 1 will have a devastating impact on New York City’s poor.

US study details destruction of labor rights in wake of the 2008 financial crisis

By Nick Barrickman, 6 November 2013

The EPI report shows how authorities have used austerity measures aimed at eroding the position of the American workforce in relation to big business, while draping their attacks in the guise of economic necessity.

Golden Dawn supporters killed in drive-by shooting in Greece

By Christoph Dreier, 6 November 2013

Though the circumstances of the attack remain unclear, the Greek ruling elite is pushing for greater police powers after the murder of two Golden Dawn members.

Greek parliament ends state funding for Golden Dawn

By Katerina Selin, 6 November 2013

The pseudo-left SYRIZA is providing political cover for major financiers who fund the fascist Golden Dawn party.

Mass protests in Portugal against new budget cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 6 November 2013

As unemployment and poverty grow, thousands protested against new austerity measures of the Portuguese government.

New in French

Les implications politiques des révélations sur la NSA

Par Joseph Kishore, 6 novembre 2013

Le gouvernement américain a été démasqué comme l’auteur d’une opération de type État policier à l'échelle mondiale impliquant la surveillance illégale des communications de centaines de millions de personnes.

Les agences australiennes de renseignement sont essentielles au «pivot vers l'Asie» de la NSA

Par Peter Symonds, 6 novembre 2013

Les opérations d'espionnage de la NSA sont étroitement liées aux préparatifs américains en vue d'une guerre informatique et militaire contre la Chine.

Des travailleurs de l'agroalimentaire et des patrons de Bretagne protestent contre l’écotaxe en France

Par Pierre Mabut et Alex Lantier, 6 novembre 2013

Une manifestation de masse contre une nouvelle écotaxe pour les poids lourds a rassemblé samedi plus de 20.000 personnes à Quimper, à l’extrême ouest de la Bretagne.

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

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Neue Drohungen gegen den Guardian und Snowden in der Westminster Debatte

Von Chris Marsden, 6. November 2013

Unmittelbar nach den Drohungen von Premierminister David Cameron gegen den Guardian in dieser Woche, machte eine weitere Parlamentsdebatte klar, dass die drei wichtigsten Parteien fest entschlossen sind, Beweise für die Massenüberwachung zu unterdrücken.

Anhänger der Chrysi Avgi in Griechenland ermordet

Von Christoph Dreier, 6. November 2013

Auch wenn die Umstände der Tat noch unklar sind, wird der Anschlag auf Mitglieder der faschistischen Partei Chrysi Avgi von Regierung und Opposition genutzt, um die Staatsaufrüstung voranzutreiben.

Italien:
Regierungskrise ungelöst

Von Marianne Arens und Peter Schwarz, 6. November 2013

Die italienische Regierung von Ministerpräsident Enrico Letta torkelt auch nach dem überstandenen Misstrauensvotum vom 2. Oktober von einer Krise in die nächste.

Die pseudolinke Sozialistische Bewegung Russlands und die Sackgasse der Anti-Putin-Proteste

Von Andrea Peters, 6. November 2013

Die Auflösung der russischen Protestbewegung von 2011-2012 und ihre Umorientierung auf die rechte Kandidatur von Alexej Nawalni im Moskauer Bürgermeisterwahlkampf hat die verkommene Politik der pseudolinken Sozialistischen Bewegung Russlands (RSM) entlarvt.

Steuert das globale Finanzsystem auf ein neues 2008 zu?

Von Nick Beams, 6. November 2013

Das Weltfinanzsystem steuert möglicherweise auf einen neuen Zusammenbruch im Ausmaß wie von 2008 – oder noch größer – zu. Das befürchten zurzeit mehrere Finanzexperten.

Prozess gegen gestürzten Präsidenten Mursi vertagt

Von Bill Van Auken, 6. November 2013

Anhänger der Muslimbruderschaft protestieren vor dem Gericht, während Mursi den Prozess als illegitimes Kind eines Militärputsches verurteilt.

New in Spanish

El proceso de bancarrota en Detroit:
El saqueo de una ciudad norteamericana

Por Jerry White, 6 noviembre 2013

Un desagradable espectáculo está tomando lugar en las salas de justicias en Detroit que tendrá consecuencias siniestras para los trabajadores en todo EE.UU. y en el resto del mundo.

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Perspective

The NSA spy scandal and the attack on press freedom

6 November 2013

The capitalist oligarchy, terrified of popular opposition to attacks on democratic rights and its policies of obscene self-enrichment, sees press freedom as an unacceptable threat.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Former Michigan state treasurer testifies in Detroit bankruptcy trial

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 6 November 2013

From the time Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed him treasurer in January 2011, Dillon, a Democrat and former investment banker, was the chief architect of the drive to throw Detroit into bankruptcy.

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.

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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Commentary

New York Times: Treat high medical costs as a “serious side effect”

By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013

The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.

Socialist Alternative boasts of Democratic Party, union support in Minneapolis City Council election

By Eric London and Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2013

Amid protests, Egyptian court suspends trial of ousted President Mursi

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2013

UAW bids to set up company union at Tennessee Volkswagen plant

By Jerry White, 5 November 2013

Breton food processing workers, businesses protest French eco-tax

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 5 November 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Australian spy agencies central to NSA’s “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2013

German media, political parties debate granting Snowden asylum

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 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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Arts Review

Costa Gavras’s Capital: A critique of “cowboy capitalism”

By David Walsh, 6 November 2013

The most recent film from Greek-born director Costa-Gavras, best known for Z (1969), State of Siege (1972), and Missing (1982), is Capital, a scathing assault on the world of financial speculation.

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

By John Watanabe, 2 November 2013

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.