US vice-president begins Asian tour as tensions with China continue

By John Chan, 2 December 2013

China’s declaration of an air defence zone will top the agenda during Biden’s trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

Thai protest leaders demand government step down

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 2 December 2013

Behind the present political turmoil are bitter divisions within the country’s ruling elites over economic policy and patronage.

Commuter train derailment in New York City kills four

By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013

An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.

Portuguese government deepens attacks in 2014 budget

By Jordan Shilton, 2 December 2013

The finance minister was adamant that the government’s austerity measures would continue long after the bailout programme comes to an end next summer.

One million in German metal and electronics industries working on temporary contracts

By Konrad Kreft, 2 December 2013

The IG Metall union commissioned a study on the expansion of work contracts because it felt its role in the spread of contract labour had been overlooked by the political and business elite.

Britain’s poorest summonsed to court to pay council tax arrears

By Allison Smith, 2 December 2013

In scenes repeated across Britain, poor residents queue up outside court buildings waiting to appear before local magistrates for being in arrears on newly imposed council taxes.

Australian High Court hears challenge to anti-democratic electoral laws

By Mike Head, 2 December 2013

The NSW legislation bans parties and groups from accepting political donations from anyone except individuals on the state’s electoral roll.

Massachusetts: Chism case highlights prosecution of juveniles as adults

By John Marion, 2 December 2013

Philip Chism, 14, is to be tried as an adult in the murder of his teacher.

Four out of ten recent college graduates say they are underemployed

By E.P. Bannon, 2 December 2013

Forty-one percent of people who graduated from college during the past two years said they were underemployed or working in jobs that do not require their degree.

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Thanksgiving aux États-Unis

Par Andre Damon et Barry Grey, 2 décembre 2013

Au même moment où les banques alimentaires à travers le pays font état d'une demande croissante et une baisse de leurs réserves, les médias américains sont obsédés par les tempêtes de neige, les retards sur la route et les ventes du Black Friday.

Le premier ministre britannique Cameron s’attaque aux immigrants

Par Robert Stevens, 2 décembre 2013

La chasse aux sorcières que mène Cameron contre les immigrants fait partie d’une initiative plus vaste entreprise par les gouvernements européens pour attiser le racisme et la xénophobie comme moyen de diviser la classe ouvrière.

Des travailleurs et étudiants indiens prennent la défense d’Edward Snowden

Par nos correspondants, 2 décembre 2013

Au cours de ces derniers mois, les partisans du WSWS en Inde ont organisé une campagne de soutien en faveur de Snowden à Chennai, Neyveli et Bangalore.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2008
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The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

2 December 2013

In precise legal language, a motion filed in bankruptcy court to demand the sale of DIA art exposes the unions as full participants in the bankers’ conspiracy against the working class.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

As unions push sale of art treasures
Detroit workers defend DIA

By Tim Rivers, 2 December 2013

In preparation for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students who were visiting the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) last Friday night.

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

By Jerry White, 28 November 2013

Detroit Blight Task Force surveys neighborhoods in preparation for mass demolition

By Thomas Gaist, 29 November 2013

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

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 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

25 years ago: Argentine military rebels against civilian government

Officers demanding amnesty for the Argentine “dirty warriors” seized a section of the Campo de Mayo military base near Buenos Aires on December 2, 1988.

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50 years ago: Oswald named as lone gunman in Kennedy assassination

On December 3, 1963 the New York Times reported that the FBI’s initial report on the November 22 assassination of President John Kennedy would “probably” show that “Oswald acted alone.”

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75 years ago: Ribbentrop and Bonnet sign Franco-German Friendship Pact

On December 6, 1938 during a visit to France, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop signed the Declaration of Franco-German Friendship with his French counterpart Georges Bonnet.

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100 years ago: French cabinet falls amid sharpening political tensions

On December 2, 1913, the French cabinet fell, with the resignation of Prime Minister Louis Barthou.

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Germany’s Left Party defends the European Union

By Christoph Dreier, 2 December 2013

The draft program of the Left Party for the European elections contains a vehement defence of the European Union and its bailout regime.

British PM Cameron’s attack on immigrants

By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2013

As deadline for “fix” arrives
Obamacare debacle intensifies

By Kate Randall, 30 November 2013

US in secret talks with Hezbollah

By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013

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

By David North, 22 November 2013

Arts Review

Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock in New York City

By David Walsh, 2 December 2013

Irish playwright O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, first performed at the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin in May 1924, is set in 1922 during the Irish Civil War.

Doctor Who at the half-century mark: A brief assessment

By Bryan Dyne and Christine Schofelt, 30 November 2013

Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan acknowledges longtime role as Israeli agent

By Fred Mazelis, 30 November 2013

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

By Christine Schofelt and David Walsh, 27 November 2013


Nearly a billion ocean-dependent people at risk because of global warming

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 29 November 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Indian workers and students defend Edward Snowden

By our reporters, 29 November 2013

UK public meetings: Defend Edward Snowden! Oppose Britain’s surveillance state!

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