Detroit union joins legal action to force sell-off of DIA art

By Jerry White, 28 November 2013

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has joined a legal action to demand that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sell the cultural treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay off the city’s creditors.

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Claiming nuclear deal “victory,” Tehran signals readiness to ally with US

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2013

After reaching an interim nuclear deal last week, Iran is preparing to make far-reaching concessions to US oil and foreign policy interests.

Chinese officials downplay stand-off with US in East China Sea

By John Chan, 28 November 2013

Chinese officials said there should not be a “fuss” after Washington flew B-52 bombers into an air defence zone China established in the East China Sea.

German grand coalition: A government of social austerity and militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 28 November 2013

The coalition agreement paves the way for social attacks throughout Europe, the militarization of German foreign policy and attacks on democratic rights.

On eve of Thanksgiving holiday
Hunger rises in US capital

By our reporters, 28 November 2013

Nearly one in eight households in the District of Columbia has been classified as “food insecure.”

Supreme Court to hear religious challenge to Obamacare contraceptive provision

By Eric London, 28 November 2013

The Christian right and the Catholic Church have been strengthened by the capitulation of the Obama administration to their anti-democratic demands.

New Snowden document reveals NSA’s international malware operation

By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2013

Based on information supplied by Edward Snowden, it is clear that the US government and its global partners are the primary distributors of malware in the world.

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Obama heckled during speech on immigration

By Jake Dean, 28 November 2013

During a speech on immigration in San Francisco, a member of the audience heckled President Obama, asking him to stop the mass deportation of immigrants.

German Greens negotiate coalition state government with conservatives

By Helmut Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 28 November 2013

For the first time in its history, the Green Party is negotiating a coalition government with the conservative Christian Democratic Union at a state level.

Wales: Hospital waiting times double

By Ben Trent, 28 November 2013

The paltry increase in the NHS Wales budget is more than offset by the reduction in other local services.

Sri Lankan budget imposes deeper austerity measures

By Saman Gunadasa, 28 November 2013

In line with IMF directives, the government is cutting the budget deficit and putting new economic burdens on workers and the poor.

Australia: Tens of thousands of public sector jobs axed

By Terry Cook, 28 November 2013

Mass layoffs are undermining the delivery of vital services on which millions of people rely.

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Cinquante ans depuis l'assassinat du président américain John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Par David North, 28 novembre 2013

Peut-être bien que la population américaine ne saura jamais qui a tué Kennedy. Mais les causes plus profondes de sa mort peuvent être expliquées.

La dynamique lancée avec l’accord américano-iranien sur le nucléaire prend de l’ampleur

Par Keith Jones, 28 novembre 2013

L’objectif de l’impérialisme américain reste de garantir une domination absolue du pétrole du Moyen-Orient et de la masse continentale eurasienne

Les 16.000 points du Dow Jones

Par Andre Damon, 28 novembre 2013

La forte hausse du marché boursier n’est pas le signe d’une reprise économique. Elle reflète plutôt un transfert sans précédent de la richesse de la classe ouvrière vers les ultra-riches.

La France menace d’intervenir militairement en République centrafricaine

Par Kumaran Ira, 28 novembre 2013

Dans le contexte d’une escalade de la violence sectaire suite au coup d’Etat de mars soutenu par la France, Paris s'apprête à intensifier son intervention en République centrafricaine.

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

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Große Koalition der sozialen Angriffe und Aufrüstung

Von Christoph Dreier, 28. November 2013

Der Koalitionsvertrag von CDU, CSU und SPD stellt die Weichen für heftige soziale Angriffe in ganz Europa, die Militarisierung der deutschen Außenpolitik und Attacken auf demokratische Rechte.

USA schicken B-52-Bomber in Chinas Luftverteidigungszone

Von John Chan, 28. November 2013

Der Flug der B-52 war keine Routinemission, sondern eine riskante Herausforderung Chinas. Er hätte einen militärischen Zusammenstoß auslösen können.

Ägyptische Militärjunta verabschiedet Gesetz gegen Proteste

Von Johannes Stern, 28. November 2013

Am Sonntag unterzeichnete Präsident Adli Mansur ein neues Gesetz, das alle Proteste und Sitzstreiks verbietet.

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Thanksgiving in America

28 November 2013

Even as food banks across the country report increasing demand and dwindling supplies, the US media is obsessed with snowstorms, travel delays and Black Friday sales.

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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

Turkey giveaway draws hundreds in southwest Detroit

By WSWS reporting team, 27 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 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.


Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day address: Nationalist myth-making to glorify World War I

By James Cogan, 28 November 2013

Keating’s speech was an attempt to explain away any concerns about commemorating the war and glorify Australia’s involvement.

US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2013

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

By David North, 22 November 2013

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

By John Chan, 27 November 2013

Momentum builds around US nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 26 November 2013

The 16,000 Dow

By Andre Damon, 25 November 2013

Arts Review

Europa Report: Gripping drama of manned mission to Jupiter’s moon

By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2013

This spare, restrained science fiction film deserves a wider audience.

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

By Christine Schofelt and David Walsh, 27 November 2013

Workers Struggles

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

By Jordan Shilton, 27 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

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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