New report exposes lies used to justify Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013

A report issued Wednesday by the Washington DC-based liberal think tank Demos is a devastating refutation of the arguments used to throw the city of Detroit into bankruptcy.

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Pact provides for permanent US occupation of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2013

The draft agreement between Washington and its puppet regime in Kabul calls for as many as 15,000 US and NATO troops as well as nine permanent bases.

US Senate limits filibuster power

By Joseph Kishore, 22 November 2013

The vote Thursday by Senate Democrats will eliminate, for most judicial and executive appointments, a Senate rule requiring 60-vote supermajority to break a filibuster.

Indonesian protests over Australia spying revelations

By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013

Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.

Australian government unveils tougher anti-strike laws

By Terry Cook, 22 November 2013

Two draconian industrial relations bills are only the first instalment of a further assault on workers’ wages, conditions and basic rights.

US Congress moves to legalize unconstitutional surveillance programs

By Eric London, 22 November 2013

Competing bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks seek to codify NSA surveillance programs as the ruling elite prepares for popular opposition to its policies.

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US Supreme Court refuses to block Texas anti-abortion law, declines to hear NSA surveillance case

By Thomas Gaist and Tom Carter, 22 November 2013

The Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law imposing arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics Tuesday, after declining on Monday to hear a case challenging NSA spying.

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s paean to the super-rich

By Julie Hyland, 22 November 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s paean to the super-rich was a defence of a social layer who pollute society, dragging it deeper into an economic and intellectual abyss.

German union seals shutdown of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, 22 November 2013

IG Metall has reached a deal with GM-Opel management confirming the shutdown of the Bochum plant by the end of 2014.

In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran

By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2013

Hollande assured the Israeli regime that France will continue to take an aggressive line against Iran and across the entire Middle East.

French authorities arrest suspected gunman in shooting at Libération newspaper offices

By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 November 2013

Police arrested Abdelhakim Dekhar, a former member of petty-bourgeois anarchist circles, charging him with Tuesday’s shooting at the Paris offices of the daily Libération .

New in Turkish

Çin Komünist Partisi piyasa yanlısı “Reform 2.0”ı açıkladı

John Chan, 22 Kasım 2013

ÇKP önderliği, rejimin kapitalist restorasyonu eliyle yaratılmış yeni burjuvazinin çeşitli katmanlarını temsil ediyor.

New in French

L’armée américaine et les Philippines

Par Bill Van Auken, 22 novembre 2013

Ce qui est sous-jacent à la mobilisation militaire, suite au typhon Haiyan, c’est à la fois la longue histoire sanglante de l’intervention américaine aux Philippines et l’objectif de Washington de se servir de ce pays comme d'une base dans sa confrontation avec la Chine.

Canada: Le gouvernement conservateur s’attaque aux droits fondamentaux des travailleurs de la fonction publique fédérale

Par Ed Patrick, 22 novembre 2013

Le gouvernement du Canada s’apprête à priver des dizaines de milliers de travailleurs de la fonction publique fédérale du droit de grève et de la possibilité de s’opposer aux réductions de salaire et d’avantages sociaux et aux coupes dans les services publics.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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Große Koalition plant Sparhaushalt

Von Peter Schwarz, 22. November 2013

Die Koalitionäre haben sich darauf geeinigt, die nationale Schuldenbremse und die Sparvorgaben der EU strikt einzuhalten.

Ägypten und Russland diskutieren über engere militärische Zusammenarbeit

Von Johannes Stern, 22. November 2013

Der Besuch einer hochrangigen russischen Delegation in Kairo letzte Woche zeigt, dass die Spannungen zwischen Ägypten und Washington zunehmen, und dass sich die Krise des US-Imperialismus im Nahen Osten verschärft.

Britischer Komiker Russell Brand ruft zur Revolution auf

Von Chris Marsden, 22. November 2013

Die pro-Labour Linke ist empört darüber, dass Brand alle Politiker und Parteien als willfährige Diener der Unternehmer bezeichnet.

Die Rolle der Linkspartei in den Koalitionsverhandlungen

Von Ulrich Rippert, 22. November 2013

Die Öffnung der SPD in Richtung Linkspartei hat im Karl-Liebknecht-Haus Begeisterung ausgelöst. Es ist die Form, in der sich die Linke in die Große Koalition integriert.

IG Metall besiegelt Schließung des Bochumer Opel-Werks

Von Dietmar Henning, 22. November 2013

Am Wochenende hat die IG Metall mit der Opel-Geschäftsleitung einen Sozialtarifvertrag vereinbart, der die Schließung des Bochumer Werks spätestens Ende 2014 besiegelt.

New in Italian

Scissione del partito di Berlusconi

Di Marianne Arens, 22 novembre 2013

Lo scorso fine settimana ha visto una scissione all'interno del partito di Berlusconi.

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A half-century since the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

22 November 2013

It may be the case that the American people will never know who killed Kennedy. But the deeper causes of his death can be explained.

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Mehring Books

Just published!
David Walsh’s The Sky Between the Leaves

22 November 2013

A unique collection of writings on film by David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available through

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit bankruptcy forum backs attacks on pensions, DIA art

By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2013

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

By Thomas Gaist, 20 November 2013

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

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 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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New York Times mourns death of Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition fighter

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013

On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.

Canada’s elite eulogizes union boss Jack Munro

By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2013

Munro is best remembered for his role in scuttling a mass mobilization of hundreds of thousands of workers in British Columbia in 1983 that threatened to bring down the right-wing government of Premier Bill Bennett.

The US military and the Philippines

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2013

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Geneva talks on Iran resume while war threat remains

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2013

Geithner moves from US Treasury to Wall Street

By Barry Grey, 21 November 2013

The role of Germany’s Left Party in the coalition negotiations

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 November 2013

Workers Struggles

US aircraft manufacturer renews job threats

By Hector Cordon and Andre Damon, 22 November 2013

Following the rejection of a concessions contract by Boeing machinists, the company renewed its threat to move production to other manufacturing facilities.

University of California health care workers hold statewide strike

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2013

On November 20, health care service and technical workers held a one-day strike throughout California’s UC system.

Unions spearhead assault on Scottish teachers

By Steve Alexander, 22 November 2013

Scottish teachers vote to reject latest pay offer, as trade unions continue to sabotage widespread opposition.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 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

Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia over US-Australian spying

By Mike Head, 21 November 2013

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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Arts Review

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

By David Walsh, 20 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

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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