Terrorist attack at Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23, wounds 140

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2013

The bombing, coming the day before the resumption of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, aimed to ratchet up tensions throughout the Middle East.

US military build-up continues in Philippine disaster zone

By Joseph Santolan, 20 November 2013

The US military is not just “assisting” its Philippine counterparts, but commanding them.

“A howling wilderness” in Samar
US imperialism returns to the scene of a crime

By Joseph Santolan, 20 November 2013

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Indonesian president threatens “strategic partnership” with US-Australia over spying affair

By Patrick O’Connor, 20 November 2013

Jakarta’s response points to the far reaching geo-strategic implications of the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden.

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US government lets JPMorgan off the hook for mortgage fraud

By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 November 2013

The settlement between JPMorgan and the Justice Department includes no admission of criminal wrongdoing, and the company will get a tax deduction on most of its fine.

Greek government threatens university employees with martial law

By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2013

Four decades since the Greek junta attacked the Polytechnio in Athens, the Greek government is again threatening to attack protesting university staff and students.

China creates new National Security Committee

By John Chan, 20 November 2013

The body will bring China’s military, intelligence, public security, and foreign policy agencies under President Xi Jinping’s direct control.

Mass conviction of 2009 Bangladesh mutineers

By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013

The trial has been widely condemned by international legal and human rights organisations.

Unions end Madrid cleaners’ strike

By Alejandro López, 20 November 2013

The unions have ended a bitter strike by refuse workers in Madrid, signing a concessions agreement.

Germany: New evidence incriminates the police in death of African refugee

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 20 November 2013

The German judiciary has ignored expert evidence that African refugee Oury Jalloh was murdered by the police.

Norwegian government targets immigrants and asylum seekers

By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2013

The brutal deportation of the Ibrahim family, who were seeking asylum, having lived in Norway for a decade, has provoked public anger.

Cuts to legal aid deny hundreds of thousands access to justice in the UK

By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2013

A statement by Tooks Chambers, a leading law firm forced into dissolution, said that government policies on legal aid “are cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and threatening the rule of law.”

Venezuelan legislature grants president power to rule by decree

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 November 2013

With high inflation and product shortages jeopardizing the ruling party in upcoming elections, the National Assembly has granted Nicolás Maduro exceptional powers for one year.

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150 Jahre seit Lincolns Rede von Gettysburg

Von Tom Mackaman, 20. November 2013

Präsident Obama hat es abgelehnt, an der Gedenkfeier für Amerikas berühmteste politische Rede teilzunehmen.

Europa steht wieder vor der Rezession

Von Stefan Steinberg, 20. November 2013

Die Finanzmärkte fordern, dass die Sparmaßnahmen, die Süd- und Osteuropa zerstört haben, auch in den größten Wirtschaften des Kontinents eingeführt werden.

Griechische Regierung droht Universitätsbeschäftigten mit Kriegsrecht

Von Christoph Dreier, 20. November 2013

40 Jahre nachdem die griechische Militärjunta an der Technischen Universität Athen ein Blutbad angerichtet hat, will die Regierung Samaras erneut gewaltsam Universitätsgebäude räumen. Unterstützt wird sie dabei von der EU.

Opposition in Syrien erleidet Niederlagen und stimmt Gesprächen zu

Von Bill Van Auken, 20. November 2013

Die vom Westen unterstützten Rebellen haben unter dem Druck Washingtons ihre Teilnahme an Gesprächen in Genf zugesagt, die der Vermittlung einer Lösung in dem seit zwei Jahren dauernden Bürgerkrieg in Syrien abzielen.

Österreich: Große Koalition plant radikale Sparmaßnahmen

Von Markus Salzmann, 20. November 2013

Die Koalitionsverhandlungen in Österreich sind noch in vollem Gange, doch Sozialdemokraten (SPÖ) und Volkspartei (ÖVP) haben sich bereits auf radikale Sparmaßnahmen der zukünftigen Regierung geeinigt.

Die Revolutionen von 1848 und die historischen Grundlagen der marxistischen Strategie

Von David North, 20. November 2013

Die World Socialist Web Site veröffentlicht im Folgenden einen Vortrag von David North, dem nationalen Vorsitzenden der SEP und Vorsitzenden der Internationalen Redaktion der WSWS, zu den Revolutionen von 1848 und der Theorie der Permanenten Revolution.

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La déflation et la faible croissance attisent les tensions économiques

Par Nick Beams, 20 novembre 2013

Les espoirs de croissance mondiale fondent devant la montée des tensions économiques.

Les partis d'extrême-droite forgent une alliance pour les élections européennes

Par Christoph Dreier, 20 novembre 2013

La semaine dernière, sept partis d'extrême-droite ont annoncé qu'ils coordonneraient leurs campagnes pour les élections européennes et formeraient un groupe parlementaire commun.

L'assassinat de Yasser Arafat

Par Jean Shaoul, 20 novembre 2013

Le gouvernement Bush a soutenu Israël jusqu'au bout, opposant son veto au Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies à une résolution condamnant la décision israélienne de se débarrasser d'Arafat.

Un tireur a blessé un photographe dans les bureaux de Libération
Chasse à l'homme dans Paris

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 20 novembre 2013

Une chasse à l'homme organisée par la police était toujours en cours dans la nuit du 18 au 19 novembre à Paris.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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Obamacare exposed: The gutting of health care for workers

20 November 2013

The health care overhaul is aimed at drastically reducing medical services for ordinary Americans, resulting in a deterioration of the health of workers and their families and needless disease, suffering and death.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

“It’s capitalism, not democracy”
Detroit sanitation workers denounce privatization

By Thomas Gaist, 20 November 2013

Sanitation workers face layoffs and benefit cuts as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr moves ahead with privatization plans.

A who’s who of the conspirators behind the Detroit bankruptcy: Part two

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 19 November 2013

Detroit Teenager in critical condition from shock from downed power line

By Thomas Gaist and Lawrence Porter, 19 November 2013

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

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Socialist Alternative candidate wins in Seattle City Council election

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013

The election of Kshama Sawant is part of a restructuring of capitalist politics.

150 years since Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

By Tom Mackaman, 19 November 2013

Dow hits new record amid deepening world slump

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2013

Brazil’s pseudo-lefts maneuver toward electoral front

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2013

Unrestrained jingoism to characterise UK’s marking of World War I anniversary

By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2013

Workers Struggles

Protests intensify in Bangladesh after police kill two garment workers

By Sarath Kumara, 20 November 2013

The Awami League government’s offer of a smaller wage rise backfired as thousands of workers demonstrated over the police shootings.

Arts Review

A new film version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations: “Those wretched hankerings after money and gentility”

By David Walsh, 20 November 2013

British filmmaker Mike Newell has directed a valuable, moving adaptation of Dickens’s remarkable novel.

New Ocean from musician Jake Bellows

By Juan Verala Luz and Toby Reese, 19 November 2013


Evolutionary links between the development of language and stone tool technology

By Philip Guelpa, 19 November 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP announces workers’ inquiry into Weliweriya water pollution

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 November 2013

A workers’ inquiry will be an important first step in the fight to end industrial pollution and guarantee decent jobs and living standards for all.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

UK public meetings: Defend Edward Snowden! Oppose Britain’s surveillance state!

Australian spying on Indonesian president provokes diplomatic storm

By Peter Symonds, 19 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

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: Soviet court rehabilitates Trotsky’s son Sergei Sedov

The Soviet state newspaper Izvestia announced on November 21, 1988 the judicial rehabilitation of the youngest son of Leon Trotsky, Sergei Sedov.

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50 years ago: US President Kennedy assassinated

On November 22, 1963 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was shot dead in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 p.m.

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75 years ago: Daladier moves against French workers

On November 22, 1938 France’s Radical Party prime minister, Edouard Daladier, instructed prefects throughout the country to break factory and workplace occupations.

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100 years ago: General strike in New Zealand called off

On November 23, 1913 a strike committee in Auckland voted to call off the general strike that had paralyzed New Zealand’s largest city for two weeks and other towns and cities since the beginning of October.

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