Drop in holiday sales reflects US social crisis

By Andre Damon, 3 December 2013

Retail sales over the Thanksgiving weekend dropped for the first time in seven years, reflecting the impact of falling wages and mass unemployment on the financial health of American households.

Dormitory fire kills seven migrant textile workers in Italy

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 December 2013

Immigrant workers who died in a dormitory fire in Italy on Sunday were victims of the exploitative practices of major Western companies.

Pro-European Union protests mount in Kiev

By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2013

There is no fight for democracy and the rule of law taking place in Ukraine, but rather a conflict among oligarchs and a power struggle between Europe and Russia.

Canada facilitated NSA spying on 2010 G8 and G20 summits

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 3 December 2013

With the support of the Communications Security Establishment Canada, the NSA spied on the 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Ontario, Canada.

Snowden document confirms US-backed mass surveillance in Australia

By Mike Head, 3 December 2013

The leaked document shows that the Australian Signals Directorate monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.

Australian media denounces exposure of Indonesia spying operations

By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013

Under the banner of the so-called war on terror, the mainstream media has embraced its role as an effective auxiliary arm of the state.

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Union-organized Walmart protests seek to pressure Democratic Party

By Kristina Betinis, 3 December 2013

While the issue of the extreme exploitation of Walmart and other service workers is very real, the campaign organized by the unions is aimed at bolstering a party that is overseeing a coordinated attack on the working class.

New report documents “a living death” in US prisons

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013

The United States leads the world in imprisonment, and a new report documents the unconstitutional use of cruel and unusual punishment.

Nine confirmed dead in Glasgow helicopter crash

By Robert Stevens, 3 December 2013

Three of the Eurocopter EC135 crew died in the incident, along with at least six people inside Clutha Vaults pub.

British local councils cut home care visits for elderly and disabled

By Joan Smith, 3 December 2013

The crisis in home care visits in the UK is a direct result of drastic cuts to local government budgets.

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Ataque del primer ministro británico Cameron contra los inmigrantes

Por Robert Stevens, 02 Diciembre 2013

El ataque del primer ministro británico, David Cameron, esta semana contra los inmigrantes búlgaros y rumanos es sólo el último agresión antiinmigrante para contaminar el ambiente político en la Gran Bretaña y Europa.

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Premierminister Cameron hetzt gegen Einwanderer

Von Robert Stevens, 3. Dezember 2013

Camerons Hetzkampagne gegen Immigranten ist Teil der Strategie aller europäischen Regierungen, die Arbeiterklasse durch Rassismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit zu spalten.

Pro-EU-Proteste in Kiew

Von Peter Schwarz, 3. Dezember 2013

In der Ukraine findet kein Kampf für Rechtstaatlichkeit und Demokratie statt, sondern eine Auseinandersetzungen zwischen ukrainischen Oligarchen und ein Machtkampf zwischen Europa und Russland um die Kontrolle über die Ukraine.

Mélenchons Betrug mit der „Steuerrevolution“

Von Antoine Lerougetel, 3. Dezember 2013

Jean-Luc Mélenchon von der französischen Linkspartei fordert eine „Fiskalrevolution“, um die Massenopposition gegen die Hollande-Regierung aufzufangen.

Fünfzig Jahre nach der Ermordung von John F. Kennedy

Von David North, 3. Dezember 2013

Möglicherweise werden das amerikanische Volk und die Weltbevölkerung nie erfahren, wer Kennedy ermordet hat. Aber die tieferen Ursachen für seinen Tod kann man erklären.

Die WSWS braucht Eure Unterstützung!

3. Dezember 2013

Die WSWS formuliert gegen den Medien-Mainstream die Interessen der Arbeiter. Sie analysiert auf täglicher Basis das Weltgeschehen, benennt die Verantwortlichen und informiert über Klassenkämpfe auf der ganzen Welt. Unterstütze diese Arbeit finanziell!

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Le vice-président américain entame sa tournée asiatique dans une escalade hostile contre la Chine

Par John Chan, 3 décembre 2013

Les tensions qui persistent au sujet de la nouvelle « zone de défense aérienne » (ZDA) de la Chine en Mer de Chine orientale domineront l'agenda du vice-président américain Joe Biden qui entame un voyage au Japon, en Chine et en Corée du Sud

Les dirigeants des protestations thaïlandaises exigent la démission du gouvernement

Par John Roberts et Peter Symonds, 3 décembre 2013

De profondes divisions au sein des élites dirigeantes du pays à propos de la politique économique et du clientélisme se cachent derrière les troubles politiques actuels.

Il y a 75 ans : Ribbentrop et Bonnet signent le pacte d'amitié franco-allemand

3 décembre 2013

Le 6 décembre 1938, durant une visite en France, le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères Joachim Von Ribbentrop signait la Déclaration d'amitié franco-allemande avec son homologue français Georges Bonnet.

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US vice-president to lay down law to China

3 December 2013

The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

On the eve of the bankruptcy ruling
Detroit workers denounce attack on pensions, moves to sell DIA art

By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2013

Residents spoke out Monday in Hamtramck, a working class enclave in Detroit, as US Judge Steven Rhodes prepared to rule on Detroit’s bankruptcy.

The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2013

As unions push sale of art treasures
Detroit workers defend DIA

By Tim Rivers, 2 December 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 mehring.com.


The New York Times, Obamacare and the war on the elderly

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2013

According to an opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times, the answer to the “crisis” of people living longer is “to let death have its day.”

Germany’s Left Party defends the European Union

By Christoph Dreier, 2 December 2013

British PM Cameron’s attack on immigrants

By Robert Stevens, 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

A concert of early and rare Shostakovich

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013

Works by the Soviet Russian composer for silent film and music hall are especially welcome at a performance by the Juilliard Orchestra.

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

By David Walsh, 2 December 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 December 2013

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

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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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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Letters from our readers

3 December 2013

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