Interim agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2013

Over the next six months, the US and its European allies will undoubtedly intensify the pressure on Iran for further major concessions.

China announces “air defence identification zone” in East China Sea

By John Chan, 25 November 2013

The Obama administration criticised the Chinese air defence zone and reiterated that the US-Japan Security Treaty will apply if war breaks out between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands.

Australian public broadcaster threatened over Indonesia spying revelations

By Will Morrow, 25 November 2013

The ABC faces the threat of a witch-hunt similar to that waged in Britain against the Guardian.

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Alabama posthumously pardons Scottsboro Boys

By Matthew MacEgan, 25 November 2013

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole decided unanimously to posthumously pardon three of the “Scottsboro Boys,” who were wrongfully accused of two rapes during the early 1930s.

Climate conference ends with UN admission of failure

By Bryan Dyne, 25 November 2013

The UNFCCC executive secretary admitted during the last press conference of COP19 that the current measures will not stop global temperatures from exceeding 2° C by 2100.

Latvia: At least 54 dead in supermarket collapse

By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2013

There are indications that corruption and spending cuts are among the causes of the collapse of the two-year-old building.

German chancellor demands deeper spending cuts as Greek prime minister visits Berlin

By Christoph Dreier, 25 November 2013

At a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear that the incoming grand coalition government will demand deeper social attacks across Europe.

UK government moves to clamp down on Internet, citing child pornography

By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2013

Google is planning to target 100,000 search terms, with restrictions applying first in English-speaking countries and then expanded to all other languages over the next six months.

Australian officials, economists warn of declining living standards

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2013

Leading economists forecast permanently high unemployment and plunging living conditions for working people, while advocating sweeping austerity measures.

US prescription drug overdoses quadruple over last decade

By Clement Daly, 25 November 2013

A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health details the burgeoning epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States.

Teamsters push through cuts in pensions for workers at New York supermarket chain

By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013

Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.

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El ejército de EE.UU. y las Filipinas

Por Bill Van Auken, 25 Noviembre 2013

En un breve comunicado la semana pasada sobre el impacto del huracán Haiyan en las Filipinas, el presidente Barack Obama declaró que era un "recordatorio doloroso de cómo la vida es frágil".

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Le pirate informatique de StratFor condamné à dix ans de prison

Par Kristina Betinis, 25 novembre 2013

Les poursuites juridiques agressives et les peines disproportionnées sont de plus en plus utilisées par le gouvernement des États-Unis pour intimider de potentiels lanceurs d'alerte.

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The 16,000 Dow

25 November 2013

The stock market surge is not a sign of economic recovery. Rather, it reflects an unprecedented transfer of wealth from working people to the super-rich.

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UK Socialist Party mounts its defence of the union bureaucracy

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2013

The Socialist Party’s Socialism 2013 conference was a desperate exercise in covering the exposed rear of the trade union bureaucracy.

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.

The rise of Europe’s far right

By Chris Marsden, 23 November 2013

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

By Anthony Torres, 23 November 2013

OECD report: US life expectancy below international average

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2013

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

By Alex Lantier, 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 Bankruptcy of Detroit

Students, retirees campaign for workers’ inquiry into Detroit bankruptcy

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2013

A campaign team in downtown Detroit won an enthusiastic response to the call for a workers’ inquiry into the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the bankruptcy of the city.

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

By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2013

New report exposes lies used to justify Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist, 22 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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25 years ago: FDIC chairman asks for $30 billion savings and loan bailout

On November 30, 1988, US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman L. William Seidman called for spending $30 billion over the next year to bail out the savings and loan industry.

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50 years ago: Warren Commission convened to investigate JFK assassination

On November 27, 1963, President Lyndon Baines Johnson convened the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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75 years ago: Stalin initiates purge of Communist Union of Youth

On November 25, 1938, press reports in the West told of a major new Stalinist purge throughout the Soviet Union, the victims being officials of the Komsomol.

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100 years ago: 15,000 General Electric workers return to work after strike

On November 25, 1913, 15,000 General Electric Company employees in Schenectady, New York walked out in protest against the firing of two workers.

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Arts Review

Dallas Buyers Club: A “cowboy” style of fighting the authorities

By Joanne Laurier, 25 November 2013

Jean-Marc Vallée’s film is set in 1985 in Dallas, at a time when AIDS was ravaging the gay population. It concerns the fate of Ron Woodroof, who is told by doctors he is HIV-positive and has 30 days to live.

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

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 Books launches 2013 holiday sale

Take advantage of big savings on most titles and sale bundles—an excellent opportunity to add to your library of Marxist classics.

Workers Struggles

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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