CIA pays AT&T to spy on phone data

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2013

The report of the CIA-AT&T operation exposes a new layer of state-corporate spying that overlaps with massive NSA electronic surveillance of the population.

UK intelligence defends mass surveillance as Britain is accused of spying on Germany

By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2013

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Tests show Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium

By Jean Shaoul, 8 November 2013

After Israel’s bombing of his offices in Ramallah in 2002, Arafat was kept a virtual prisoner until his strange and sudden illness.

Officials signal possible deal in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013

US President Barack Obama told NBC News yesterday evening that there is “the possibility of a phased agreement” with Iran in ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

Chinese Communist Party plenum to unveil “free market” blueprint

By John Chan, 8 November 2013

Beijing is desperately seeking to lift economic growth, presently 7.5 percent a year, by boosting foreign investment.

Evidence presented against former editors Coulson and Brooks in News of the World trial

By Robert Stevens, 8 November 2013

The prosecution explained that Rebekah Brooks attempted to conceal evidence of criminality by deleting email records and destroying her own journalistic notebooks.

Upsurge of strikes and popular anger in France at mass sackings, tax hikes

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013

Workers led protest marches and occupied factories across France yesterday, amid explosive anger at the policies of French President François Hollande.

EU in tug of war with Russia over Ukraine

By Clara Weiss, 8 November 2013

The planned signing of an association and free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine has led to sharp tensions with Russia.

California: Food stamp recipients speak about cuts

By Julien Kiemle, 8 November 2013

The WSWS interviewed food stamp recipients in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento about the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.

U.S. Steel ends iron and steel production at Hamilton, Ontario mill

By Carl Bronski, 8 November 2013

Part of a global cost-cutting drive, U.S. Steel’s announcement will bring to an end a one hundred year history of iron and steel production at Hamilton, Ontario’s Hilton Works.

Philippine Senate holds hearing on corruption scandal

By Joseph Santolan, 8 November 2013

What makes this scandal potentially far more explosive than many previous ones is the geopolitical context in which it occurs.

Indo-Pakistani relations fraught after months of border skirmishes

By Deepal Jayasekera, 8 November 2013

The past three months have seen a surge in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistan military forces along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Australian election outcome heads for the High Court

By Mike Head, 8 November 2013

The court decision will directly affect the Abbott government’s ability to get its legislation through parliament.

Secret report foreshadows closure of Australian car industry

By James Cogan, 8 November 2013

The report predicts the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs, leading to the impoverishment of major working class suburbs.

New in French

Pour les dirigeants de la zone euro il n'y aura pas de pause dans la stagnation économique et le chômage de masse

Par Alex Lantier, 8 novembre 2013

La stagnation qui perdure et les licenciements massifs dans toutes les économies dévastées de la zone euro constituent un réquisitoire contre l'irrationalité économique du capitalisme.

Closed Circuit: L’État et ses secrets inavouables

Par David Walsh, 8 novembre 2013

Closed Circuit est un drame, réalisé par John Crowley, à propos de l’infiltration d’un groupe terroriste par les services de renseignements britanniques et comment les choses tournent mal.

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

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Der Sieg der Demokraten in New York und die Krise des Liberalismus

Von Bill Van Auken, 8. November 2013

Bei der Bürgermeisterwahl in New York bemühten sich pseudolinke Gruppen, die zunehmende Desillusionierung mit der Demokratischen Partei zu bekämpfen.

Rechte Kampagne gegen Roma breitet sich in Europa aus

Von John Vassilopoulos und Jordan Shilton, 8. November 2013

Die Massenmedien und das politische Establishment schüren jahrhundertealte Vorurteile gegen die Roma, eine der am meisten unterdrückten und schutzlosen Ethnien Europas.

Das Insolvenzverfahren in Detroit: die Aussagen der ersten Woche

Von Thomas Gaist, Jerry White und Shannon Jones, 8. November 2013

Die Aussagen vor dem Insolvenzgericht unterstreichen den Hauptzweck des Insolvenzverfahrens: die Ausplünderung der arbeitenden Bevölkerung Detroits.

Daimler weitet Werkverträge aus

Von Philipp Frisch, 8. November 2013

Die IG Metall und die Betriebsräte der großen Autohersteller regeln die Werkvertragsarbeit im Interesse „ihrer Konzerne“ – gegen die Belegschaften.

UAW bietet Gründung von Firmengewerkschaft in VW-Werk an

Von Jerry White, 8. November 2013

Die UAW verlässt sich darauf, dass das VW-Management im Werk in Chattanooga eine „Gewerkschaft“ gründet, die völlig dem Unternehmen hörig wäre.

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Política antiinmigrante europea viola derechos humanos

Por Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 Noviembre 2013

La Unión Europea ha respondido a la crisis de refugiados en Lampedusa sellando fronteras y expandiendo el aparato policial que impide la entrada a refugiados.

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The debacle and the fraud of Obamacare

8 November 2013

Obama’s claim that the health bill will provide anything approaching “universal health care” is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Governor’s chief operative takes stand in final day of testimony in Detroit bankruptcy trial

By Thomas Gaist, 8 November 2013

Richard Baird, a key player in the plot to throw Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy, testified Thursday

Corporate cost-cutter Mike Duggan elected Detroit mayor

By Jerry White, 8 November 2013

The election attracted barely 25 percent of registered voters, meaning Duggan will take office with the support of only a tiny fraction of the city’s eligible voters.

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.

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Arts Review

Homeland, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: US television increasingly jettisons democratic rights

By Christine Schofelt, 8 November 2013

Television programming in the US is currently and disturbingly dominated by the presence of series featuring the police, intelligence and military.

School District of Philadelphia considers selling off artwork to cut deficit

By Nick Barrickman, 8 November 2013

In a development that bears comparison to the crisis in Detroit, the Philadelphia schools have contemplated the sale of major works of art.

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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe and Africa

8 November 2013

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

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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The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2013

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

By Alex Lantier, 7 November 2013

David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction

By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2013

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

By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013

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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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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

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.