Millions face desperate plight in Philippines

By Mike Head, 14 November 2013

Despite government efforts to downplay the disaster, shocking scenes are emerging of bodies strewn across towns and children begging for food and water.

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Obama administration approves merger of airline giants

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2013

With the merger of American and US Airways, only four giant airlines--Delta, United, the new American Airlines and Southwest--will account for 80 percent of all US domestic flights.

Madrid garbage collectors strike against lay-offs and wage cuts

By Alejandro López, 14 November 2013

Thousands of garbage collectors and gardeners have been on indefinite strike in Spain's capital Madrid since November 5.

Portuguese public sector workers strike

By Jordan Shilton, 14 November 2013

A strike of Portuguese public sector workers, in opposition to further austerity cuts of €3.9 billion, including wage cuts of up to 12 percent, received the support of 70 percent of the workforce.

North Carolina man charged with seeking to join US-backed Syrian opposition

By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013

The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.

New evidence points to German secret service collaboration with far-right NSU

By Christoph Dreier, 14 November 2013

On Monday, Siegfried Mundlos, the father of the alleged right-wing terrorist Uwe Mundlos, gave evidence to the NSU committee of investigation in Thuringia.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron proclaims austerity cuts to be “permanent”

By Robert Stevens, 13 November 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron used the annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet to declare that the devastating austerity being imposed by his government will be “permanent.”

New Delhi downplays evidence of extensive NSA spying targeting India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 November 2013

The Indian government’s failure to lodge any official protest against US National Security Agency operations targeting Indian officials and diplomatic missions has drawn critical comment even from sections of India’s right-wing press.

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Unions and Labour Party back New Zealand Post job cuts

By John Braddock, 14 November 2013

NZ Post has revealed the full extent of its planned job destruction—2,000 jobs or 20 percent of its workforce.

Québec Solidaire lends legitimacy to PQ’s chauvinist Charter

By Richard Dufour, 14 November 2013

The ostensibly left-wing Québec Solidaire is lending support to the chauvinist campaign being mounted by Quebec’s Parti Québécois provincial government with its Charter of Quebec Values.

New in French

La catastrophe sociale du typhon Haiyan

Par Joseph Santolan, 14 novembre 2013

La catastrophe sociale aux Philippines, dans laquelle plus de 10 000 personnes ont perdu la vie, était entièrement évitable. La cause principale de la mort et de la destruction est le capitalisme mondial, qui créé des niveaux grotesques d'inégalité sociale.

La richesse des milliardaires du monde a doublé depuis 2009

Par Andre Damon, 14 novembre 2013

La couche sociale des super-riches représente un énorme fardeau pour la société mondiale, ne produisant rien de valeur tout en monopolisant de vastes ressources.

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

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Taifun Haiyan verursacht soziale Katastrophe

Von Joseph Santolan, 14. November 2013

Die soziale Katastrophe auf den Philippinen mit über 10.000 Todesopfern hätte gänzlich verhindert werden können. Die Hauptursache für die Todesopfer und die Zerstörungen ist der internationale Kapitalismus, der groteske soziale Ungleichheit schafft.

Neue Belege für Zusammenarbeit der Geheimdienste mit dem NSU

Von Christoph Dreier, 14. November 2013

Am Montag sagte der Vater des Rechtsterroristen Uwe Mundlos vor dem NSU-Untersuchungsausschuss des thüringischen Landtags aus. Er belastete den Verfassungsschutz schwer.

Was steckt hinter den langwierigen Koalitionsverhandlungen?

Von Ulrich Rippert, 14. November 2013

Der Grund für das lange Hinauszögern der Regierungsbildung ist die dramatische Verschärfung der wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Krise in Deutschland und Europa.

Privatisiertes Klinikum Offenbach kündigt Massenentlassungen an

Von Marianne Arens, 14. November 2013

Bis zum Sommer 2014 soll im Sana Klinikum Offenbach einer von sieben Arbeitsplätzen wegfallen.

Südkoreas Regierung will Oppositionspartei verbieten

Von Ben McGrath, 14. November 2013

Das Verbot der UPP wäre das erste Verbot einer Partei in Südkorea, seit der US-freundliche Diktator Syng-man Rhee im Jahr 1958 die oppositionelle Progressive Partei verbot.

Internationale Hilfe für philippinische Taifunopfer
Ein Tropfen auf den heißen Stein

Von Peter Symonds, 14. November 2013

Hinter den betont ernsten Gesichtern der Politiker verbergen sich zynische geopolitische Überlegungen.

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The Detroit bankruptcy trial

14 November 2013

Behind the façade of impartial justice, what has been discussed in the Detroit bankruptcy court is plain and simple: theft on a monumental scale.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit’s Belle Isle to be leased to state, ending free access

By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2013

A Michigan state financial assistance board voted Tuesday to approve the transfer of control over Belle Isle to the state government in Lansing.

A who’s who of the conspirators behind the Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 13 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

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Workers Struggles

Reject blackmail by the IAM, Boeing and Democrats!
For a new political strategy to defend the working class

the Socialist Equality Party, 13 November 2013

Romanian teachers protest austerity policies

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 12 November 2013

Arts Review

Avery County, I’m Bound to You by Barton Carroll: Coming to terms with one’s roots

By Dylan Lubao, 14 November 2013

In his latest album, folk musician Barton Carroll paints a picture of small-town Appalachia and its musical influence on him.

Detroit Unleaded: “This is the American Dream?”
Also, an interview with director Rola Nashef

By Joanne Laurier, 11 November 2013


The social catastrophe of Typhoon Haiyan

By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2013

75 years since the Kristallnacht pogrom in Nazi Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2013

The significance of British comedian Russell Brand’s call for revolution

By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2013

New Zealand pseudo-lefts promote new Labour leader

By Tom Peters, 13 November 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden revelations lead to decline in support for US in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 12 November 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.

25 years ago: Greenspan demands program of austerity in the US

On November 16, 1988, only a week after the US presidential election, Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan publicly rejected President-elect Bush’s economic plan in favor of “reducing the deficit directly.”

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50 years ago: Nasserite coup against Iraqi Baathist Party

On November 11, 1963, a series of purges, coups, and counter-coups began in Iraq that resulted in the elimination of most leaders of the Baathist party from power and the consolidation of the authority of the Nasserite president, Abdul Salam Arif.

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75 years ago: Spanish Republican retreat at Battle of the Ebro

The Battle of the Ebro, which had been raging since Republican forces crossed the Spanish river in late July 1938, came to an end November 16, 1938, with their retreat back across the waterway.

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100 years ago: Treaty of Athens ends war between Ottoman Empire and Greece

Hostilities between the Kingdom of Greece and the Ottoman Empire were brought to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Athens on November 14, 1913.

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Letters from our readers

14 November 2013

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