US sends B-52s to China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 27 November 2013

Far from being a “routine” flight, the B-52 mission was a risky challenge to China that threatened to trigger a military clash.

Washington uses typhoon aid to push for Philippine military bases

By Joseph Santolan, 27 November 2013

Indonesia maintains suspended relations with Australia as spying allegations widen

By Mike Head, 27 November 2013

President Yudhoyono’s announcement came amid sharply rising strategic tensions across region triggered by the US “pivot” to Asia.

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Obamacare: Employers to cancel plans for millions, shift costs to workers

By Kate Randall, 27 November 2013

Millions of workers and their families are expected to lose their employer-based coverage as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

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Egyptian military junta issues anti-protest law

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2013

On Sunday, military-backed Egyptian President Adly Mansour signed a new anti-protest law essentially banning all protests and sit-ins.

Ukraine abandons plans for closer ties to the European Union

By Clara Weiss and Peter Schwarz, 27 November 2013

On Thursday, Ukraine suddenly abandoned plans to closely link itself with the European Union, provoking a political crisis in the country.

France threatens military intervention in the Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 27 November 2013

Amid escalating sectarian violence following a French-backed coup in March, Paris is preparing to intensify its intervention in the Central African Republic.

Cost of UK home ownership pushing people over the edge

By Jean Shaoul, 27 November 2013

Average UK household debt is £56,000, which is 60 percent more than average household income and 50 percent higher than a decade ago.

California teachers’ pensions sink further into debt

By Kevin Martinez, 27 November 2013

While Wall Street registers unprecedented profits, the unfunded liabilities of pension funds are being used as the pretext to justify historic attacks against retirement benefits.

BART Board of Directors unilaterally amend union-approved contract

By David Levine, 27 November 2013

After two employee strikes that ended without a contract, BART Board of Directors accepted a changed union-approved contract, removing a provision for paid family medical leave.

Australian government moves to gut public education funding

By Patrick O’Connor, 27 November 2013

The Abbott government will next year unveil a new funding model that will be even more heavily skewed against public schools.

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France: l’escroquerie de la « révolution fiscale » de Mélenchon

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 27 novembre 2013

En réaction à l’opposition de masse contre le gouvernement du Parti socialiste, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, dirigeant du Parti de Gauche en France, a appelé à une « révolution fiscale ».

Tensions accrues avec l'annonce par la Chine d'une zone de défense aérienne

Par John Chan, 27 novembre 2013

La création par Béjing d'une nouvelle zone dans la Mer de Chine orientale est une réponse au 'Pivot vers l'Asie' de l'administration Obama et au réarmement japonais.

Durant la visite du premier ministre grec à Berlin la chancelière allemande a exigé des coupes budgétaires plus importantes.

Par Christoph Dreier, 27 novembre 2013

Lors d’une réunion avec le premier ministre Grec, Antonis Samaras, la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel a été claire sur le fait qu’un prochain gouvernement de coalition CDU/SPD exigera des attaques sociales encore plus sévères et ce, dans toute l’Europe.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Genfer Iran-Abkommen entfaltet eigne Dynamik

Von Keith Jones, 27. November 2013

Der US-Imperialismus verfolgt nach wie vor das Ziel, ungehinderten Zugang zum Öl des Nahen Ostens zu erreichen und die eurasische Landmasse zu beherrschen.

Ukraine setzt Assoziierungsabkommen mit der EU aus

Von Clara Weiss und Peter Schwarz, 27. November 2013

Das Abkommen sollte die Ukraine wirtschaftlich und politisch eng an die Europäische Union binden und den Einfluss Russlands untergraben.

China richtet im Ostchinesischen Meer Luftverteidigungszone ein

Von John Chan, 27. November 2013

Der Japan-China-Konflikt um die umstrittenen Senkaku-Inseln spitzt sich zu. Sollte es zum Krieg kommen, will die Obama-Regierung an der Seite Japans stehen, wie Kerry am Wochenende bekräftigte.

Eine Million Leih- und Werkvertragsarbeiter in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie

Von Konrad Kreft, 27. November 2013

Die IGM gab eine Studie über die Ausbreitung von Werkverträgen in Auftrag, weil sie sich von Politik und Wirtschaft bei der Gestaltung der Werkvertragsarbeit übergangen fühlt, gegen die sie keine prinzipiellen Einwände hat.

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US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan

27 November 2013

Underlying the public spat between Washington and its puppet Karzai are deep-going tensions over the US bid to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

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

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 27 November 2013

In this installment, the WSWS examines the role of the top trade union executives in the Detroit bankruptcy

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds in southwest Detroit

By WSWS reporting team, 27 November 2013

The scene, reminiscent of the soup or bread lines of the 1930s, speaks to the dire conditions facing working people in Detroit, America’s poorest big city

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 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

Will The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “stir up” revolution?

By Christine Schofelt and David Walsh, 27 November 2013

The overarching motif in the science fiction series of books and films is the emergence of Katniss Everdeen as a symbol of revolt in Panem, a post-apocalyptic North American nation ruled by a violent dictatorship.

Oxyana highlights prescription drug epidemic in Appalachia

By Clement Daly, 26 November 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers at Irish state energy firm vote for strike in pensions dispute

By Jordan Shilton, 27 November 2013

The attack on pensions is a critical part of the Fine Gael-Labour Party government’s plans to fully privatise the electricity service.


Momentum builds around US nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 26 November 2013

Heightened tensions over China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 26 November 2013

The 16,000 Dow

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2013

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

By David North, 22 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

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Obama administration defends NSA against civil liberties lawsuit

By John Burton, 26 November 2013

NSA strategy document envisions unrestrained global surveillance

By Tom Carter, 26 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: 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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