Momentum builds around US nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 26 November 2013

The aim of US imperialism remains the securing of untrammeled dominance over Middle Eastern oil and the Eurasian land mass.

Obama administration defends NSA against civil liberties lawsuit

By John Burton, 26 November 2013

Administration lawyers used the standard “war on terror” pretext to justify the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States.

NSA strategy document envisions unrestrained global surveillance

By Tom Carter, 26 November 2013

An NSA strategy document envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

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Both sides claim victory in Honduran election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2013

Four years after a US-backed coup ousted Manuel Zelaya, Honduras is gripped by a new crisis as both sides claim victory in the presidential election.

Chile’s former president set to win second-round election

By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2013

With the intensification of the global economic crisis, a second Bachelet administration will not be a replay of the first.

Man charged in killing of 19-year old Detroit resident Renisha McBride

By Lawrence Porter, 26 November 2013

The killing of McBride, who was shot on the doorsteps of a suburban home, is being seized on by sections of the political establishment to promote racial politics.

Detroit middle schooler dies after being electrocuted by downed power line

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2013

Malik Shelton, 14, is the latest victim of what can arguably be described as criminal negligence by utility giant DTE Energy.

Obamacare: Nearly a million Californians receive cancellation letters

By Archie Stone and Toby Reese, 26 November 2013

Those currently on health plans not meeting ACA requirements will be cut off and forced to find new coverage.

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Workers protest closure of Spanish cooperative Fagor

By Alejandro López and Carlos Hernández, 26 November 2013

The collapse of the Fagor cooperative demonstrates that such organisations are not an alternative to capitalism, as their promoters proclaim.

France: The fraud of Mélenchon’s “Fiscal Revolution”

By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 November 2013

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the French Left Party, has called for a “Fiscal Revolution” in response to mass opposition to the Socialist Party government.

Anti-government protests erupt in Thailand

By John Roberts, 26 November 2013

Just two years after national elections, an amnesty bill has reignited bitter infighting among the country’s ruling elites.

Japan: Fuel removal begins at stricken nuclear plant

By John Watanabe, 26 November 2013

TEPCO has started the hazardous task of transferring nuclear fuel rods from the unstable reactor 4 building at its Fukushima Daiichi plant.

University of Michigan lays off hundreds

By Mitch Marcus, 26 November 2013

The University of Michigan announced that 325 staff would be laid off and made to reapply for their jobs, only 275 of whom would be “rehired.”

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Der Aufstieg der Rechtsextremen in Europa

Von Chris Marsden, 26. November 2013

Für den Aufstieg des Rechtsextremismus sind die bürgerlichen "linken" und pseudolinken Parteien verantwortlich. Sie waren an der Umsetzung von Sparmaßnahmen beteiligt und haben die Kämpfe der Arbeiterklasse blockiert.

Hessen: CDU und Grüne verhandeln über Regierungskoalition

Von Helmut Arens und Ulrich Rippert, 26. November 2013

Erstmals in der Geschichte der Partei führen die Grünen Koalitionsverhandlungen mit der CDU über die Bildung einer gemeinsamen Regierung in einem Flächenland.

Vorläufiges Abkommen zum iranischen Atomprogramm

Von Peter Symonds, 26. November 2013

Die USA und ihre europäischen Verbündeten werden in den nächsten sechs Monaten den Druck auf den Iran zweifellos verstärken, um weitere Zugeständnisse zu erzwingen.

Linkspartei unterstützt Sparhaushalt in Duisburg

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26. November 2013

Die Fraktion der Linkspartei im Duisburger Stadtrat unterstützt den Haushalts-Sanierungsplan 2014 und die damit verbundenen drastischen Sparmaßnahmen.

54 Menschen sterben beim Einsturz eines Supermarkts in Riga

Von Markus Salzmann, 26. November 2013

Der Einsturz eines zwei Jahre alten Gebäudes legt den Schluss nahe, dass Korruption und Sparmaßnahmen zu den Ursachen zählen.

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Heightened tensions over China’s air defence zone

26 November 2013

Beijing’s creation of a new zone in the East China Sea is a response to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and Japan’s rearmament.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Students, retirees campaign for workers’ inquiry into Detroit bankruptcy

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 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

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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.

Arts Review

Oxyana highlights prescription drug epidemic in Appalachia

By Clement Daly, 26 November 2013

The film centers on the small coal mining town of Oceana in southern West Virginia.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 25 November 2013

The 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten

By Fred Mazelis, 23 November 2013


The 16,000 Dow

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2013

UK Socialist Party mounts its defence of the union bureaucracy

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2013

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

By David North, 22 November 2013

Alabama posthumously pardons Scottsboro Boys

By Matthew MacEgan, 25 November 2013

Climate conference ends with UN admission of failure

By Bryan Dyne, 25 November 2013

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles, the Americas

26 November 2013

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

Socialist Equality Party

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

the Socialist Equality Party, 23 November 2013

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!

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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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Letters from our readers

26 November 2013

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