OECD report: US life expectancy below international average

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2013

Of the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the US ranks 26th in life expectancy, below Greece, Portugal, South Korea and Slovenia.

German Grand coalition government is planning austerity budget

By Peter Schwarz, 23 November 2013

It is increasingly clear that the new German government will exacerbate the attacks of its predecessors on social and democratic rights, in Germany and throughout Europe.

Grand coalition in Austria plans major spending cuts

By Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2013

The Social Democrats and the right-wing Austrian People’s Party have agreed on deep spending cuts, although coalition talks are still ongoing.

Hidden-camera footage shows police attempt to spy on UK students

By Jordan Shilton, 23 November 2013

The Guardian newspaper published secretly-filmed footage showing an attempt by police to recruit an activist to spy on political organisations and protest groups at Cambridge University.

Job losses mount in UK

By Barry Mason, 23 November 2013

Corporations have announced thousands of job losses in all sectors of the UK economy.

US expands its drone war on Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 23 November 2013

Thursday’s attack—which killed at least six people, including several civilians—was only the second-ever US drone strike outside Pakistan’s tribal areas.

China releases sweeping market reform blueprint

By John Chan, 23 November 2013

Global financial markets have responded with enthusiasm to the 60-point agenda that will open up lucrative business opportunities.

American think tank envisages blockading China with missiles

By Mark Church, 23 November 2013

The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.

Secret minutes of Argentine military junta found

By César Uco, 23 November 2013

On November 1, Argentina’s defense minister, Agustin Rossi, announced the discovery of 1,500 documents including 280 sets of secret minutes of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled the country for six years.

General Electric rejects union concessions and announces closure of upstate New York plant

By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013

General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.

Notes on the social crisis in America

By Naomi Spencer, 23 November 2013

Mass job line-ups across the country, rising infant mortality rates in Alabama, fatal accidents due to fatigue among truckers, and other recent indices of the social crisis.

Tribune Company announces 700 layoffs

By Christopher Davion, 23 November 2013

The Tribune Company will cut 6 percent of its workforce.

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Das amerikanische Militär und die Philippinen

Von Bill Van Auken, 23. November 2013

Der Hintergrund der Mobilisierung des Militärs als Reaktion auf den Taifun Haiyan ist sowohl die lange und blutige Geschichte der US-Intervention auf den Philippinen, als auch Washingtons Absicht, das Land als Basis für seine Konfrontation mit China zu benutzen.

Samaras in Berlin: Merkel fordert verschärften Sparkurs

Von Christoph Dreier, 23. November 2013

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel machte bei einem Treffen mit dem griechischen Premierminister Andonis Samaras unmissverständlich deutlich, dass die Große Koalition den Kurs des Sozialabbaus in Europa fortsetzen und verschärfen wird.

Die New York Times betrauert syrischen mit Al Kaida verbündeten Oppositionellen

Von Alex Lantier, 23. November 2013

Am Montag hat die New York Times einen Artikel zum Tod von Abdulkader al-Saleh veröffentlicht, dem Führer der sunnitisch-islamistischen Oppositionsmiliz Tawhid in Syrien.

Giuseppe Verdis zweihundertster Geburtstag

Von Fred Mazelis, 23. November 2013

Man kann die Bedeutung dieser zur Ikone gewordenen Persönlichkeit nur schwerlich überschätzen. Es lässt sich über die Oper – und besonders über die italienische Oper – nicht sprechen, ohne dass sein Name fallen muss.

New in French

150e anniversaire du discours de Gettysburg de Lincoln

Par Tom Mackaman, 23 novembre 2013

Le président Obama a repoussé les invitations à participer au rassemblement pour commémorer le plus célèbre discours des États-Unis.

Tireur présumé du quotidien Libération interpellé

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 23 novembre 2013

Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48 ans, a été arrêté mercredi dernier. Il est soupçonné d'avoir blessé par balles lundi matin un photographe dans les bureaux parisiens du quotidien de centre-gauche Libération.

Le cinquième pouvoir : un film malhonnête sur WikiLeaks et Julian Assange

Par Robert Stevens, 23 novembre 2013

Même si le réalisateur et d'autres personnes impliquées dans le tournage du film Le cinquième pouvoir déclarent qu'il ne s'agit pas d'une attaque contre Assange, cela n’empêche pas qu’il s’agit d’une œuvre tendancieuse qui présente des conceptions politiquement suspectes et erronées sous un angle favorable.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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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 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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The rise of Europe’s far right

23 November 2013

Responsibility for the rise of the far right rests with the bourgeois “left” and pseudo-left parties, which have collaborated in the imposition of austerity measures while blocking working class struggles.

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

By David North, 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.

French petty-bourgeois “left” silent on NSA spying scandal

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2013

The French pseudo-left parties have reacted with total disinterest to the NSA spying scandal and the dangers it poses to democratic rights.

New York Times mourns death of Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition fighter

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013

Canada’s elite eulogizes union boss Jack Munro

By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2013

The US military and the Philippines

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2013

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Socialist Alternative candidate wins in Seattle City Council election

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP rejects Frontline Socialist Party invitation for a “dialogue of lefts”

the Socialist Equality Party, 23 November 2013

The FSP was formed in 2012 in a factional split from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, falsely claiming to have broken from the JVP’s “opportunism.”

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit emergency manager hands tens of millions of dollars to consulting firms

By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2013

Even as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is imposing brutal cuts in city workers’ pensions and health benefits, he is handing out at least $62 million in city revenues to private consultants.

New report exposes lies used to justify Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013

Detroit bankruptcy forum backs attacks on pensions, DIA art

By Shannon Jones, 21 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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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 mehring.com.

Arts Review

The 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten

By Fred Mazelis, 23 November 2013

Britten’s music stands out in the 20th century, and constitutes something of a bridge between the vibrant early decades of that century and the challenges facing classical music today.

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

By David Walsh, 20 November 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

23 November 2013

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

US aircraft manufacturer renews job threats

By Hector Cordon and Andre Damon, 22 November 2013

University of California health care workers hold statewide strike

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2013

Unions spearhead assault on Scottish teachers

By Steve Alexander, 22 November 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US Congress moves to legalize unconstitutional surveillance programs

By Eric London, 22 November 2013

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!

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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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Letters from our readers

23 November 2013

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