Euro zone officials: No let-up in economic stagnation, mass unemployment

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2013

Continuing stagnation and mass layoffs across the euro zone’s devastated economies constitute a condemnation of the economic irrationality of capitalism.

Greece: Tens of thousands of workers protest against the Troika

By Christoph Dreier, 7 November 2013

While the EU and IMF travelled to Athens for new talks, thousands of workers protested against mass layoffs, tax increases and cuts in social spending.

David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction

By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2013

Hicks is seeking to have the conviction thrown out because the law was applied retrospectively and his “guilty” plea was an “unlawful product of the coercive conditions.”

Right-wing populist Toronto mayor tries to ride out burgeoning scandal

By Keith Jones, 7 November 2013

Big business wants Rob Ford removed because the scandal that now envelops him has become an impediment to implementing their anti-working class agenda.

Los Angeles airport shooting prompts calls for further militarization of airport security

By Gabriel Black, 7 November 2013

The shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is being used to argue for further expansion of the power of the Transportation Security Administration.

Pennsylvania budget starves higher education

By Douglas Lyons, 7 November 2013

Funding for public colleges in Pennsylvania is at the same level it was in 1997.

Administrators demand additional fee hikes in British universities

By Joe Mount, 7 November 2013

The Universities UK organisation, representing vice-chancellors, is calling for a hike in tuition fees beyond the current £9,000 level.

London house prices continue inexorable rise

By Jean Shaoul, 7 November 2013

House prices in London are unaffordable for the majority of people, with an average property now costing more than £500,000.

German trade unions push for grand coalition and warn against excessive social spending

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2013

“Nobody is working harder to promote a Christian Democratic Union/Social Democratic Party coalition than the trade unions,” the news magazine Der Spiegel wrote recently.

Italian government crisis remains unresolved

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2013

Even after surviving a second no-confidence vote at the beginning of October, the Italian government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta is staggering from one crisis to the next.

New Australian Labor Party leader—a valued enforcer for big business

By Terry Cook, 7 November 2013

Shorten brings to the task more than a decade of experience as a leading union apparatchik, during which he cultivated intimate ties with business while enforcing mass layoffs, speed ups and wage cutting.

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Le scandale de l’espionnage de la NSA et l’offensive contre la liberté de la presse

Par Chris Marsden, 7 novembre 2013

L'oligarchie capitaliste, terrifiée par l'opposition populaire qui s'affirme face aux atteintes aux droits démocratiques et à sa politique d'enrichissement personnel obscène, considère la liberté de la presse comme une menace inacceptable.

Deux partisans d’Aube dorée tués en Grèce par un tireur à moto

Par Christoph Dreier, 7 novembre 2013

Bien que les circonstances de la fusillade restent floues, l’élite dirigeante grecque exige davantage de pouvoirs pour la police après le meurtre de deux membres d’Aube dorée.

Le parlement grec met un terme au financement public d’Aube dorée

Par Katerina Selin, 7 novembre 2013

La pseudo-gauche SYRIZA fournit une caution politique au financement du parti fasciste Aube dorée par de grands financiers.

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Der NSA-Skandal und der Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit

Von Chris Marsden, 7. November 2013

Die kapitalistische Oligarchie fürchtet den Widerstand der Bevölkerung gegen Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte und ihre Politik obszöner Selbstbereicherung. Daher sieht sie die Pressefreiheit als inakzeptable Bedrohung.

Europäische Dienste und NSA arbeiten gegen europäische Bevölkerung zusammen

Von Alejandro López, 7. November 2013

Wie Edward Snowdens Enthüllungen zeigen, haben auch europäische Geheimdienste die Überwachungsinfrastruktur von Polizeistaaten geschaffen.

Griechenland: Zehntausende protestieren gegen die Troika

Von Christoph Dreier, 7. November 2013

Während EU und IWF neue Verhandlungen in Athen führen, haben tausende Arbeiter gegen Massenentlassungen, Steuererhöhungen und Sozialkürzungen demonstriert.

Tauziehen um die Ukraine

Von Clara Weiss, 7. November 2013

Die geplante Unterzeichung eines Assoziierungs- und Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Ukraine und der Europäischen Union hat zu heftigen Spannungen mit Russland geführt.

Schweiz: Volksabstimmung über Begrenzung der Spitzengehälter

Von Max Schneider, 7. November 2013

Am 24. November wird in der Schweiz über eine Initiative abgestimmt, die die Lohndifferenz innerhalb eines Unternehmens auf das Zwölffache begrenzt.

New in Spanish

Lecciones de la huelga de BART en San Francisco

Por Joseph Kishore, 7 noviembre 2013

Los sindicatos de tránsito en el Área de la Bahía de California suspendieron una huelga de cuatro días y aceptaron rendir sueldos, pensiones y reglas de trabajo.

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The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism

7 November 2013

The 2013 off-year US election witnessed an attempt by various pseudo-left groups to overcome increasing popular disillusionment with the Democratic Party.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Wayne State University students speak on Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2013

Students at Wayne State University discussed the situation in Detroit and the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign for a workers inquiry into the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the bankruptcy of the city.

Former Michigan state treasurer testifies in Detroit bankruptcy trial

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 6 November 2013

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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Mehring Books

Now available at Mehring online
Socialism, Historical Truth and the Crisis of Political Thought in the United States

7 November 2013

This pamphlet, by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North, looks at the causes of the present debased state of intellectual life in the United States.

Arts Review

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises: Blocking out the rest of the world

By John Watanabe, 7 November 2013

The new animated film is a mixture of striking imagery and the wrongheaded views of a disillusioned and disheartened artist.

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

By David Walsh, 6 November 2013

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

By John Watanabe, 2 November 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama administration pledges to continue illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2013

The NSA spy scandal and the attack on press freedom

By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2013

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

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2013

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

By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013

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

By Eric London and Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2013

UAW bids to set up company union at Tennessee Volkswagen plant

By Jerry White, 5 November 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 November 2013

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

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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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.