Detroit bankruptcy ruling paves way for nationwide attack on pensions

By Jerry White, 4 December 2013

Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday gave the go ahead for the city of Detroit to proceed with the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.

Detroit workers denounce bankruptcy ruling and attack on pensions

By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2013

WSWS reporters spoke with workers in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, as a judge ruled the city’s bankruptcy could go forward.

US vice president backs Japan over China’s air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013

The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.

Australian government orders ASIO raids to suppress East Timor spying evidence

By Mike Head, 4 December 2013

The raids send a threatening message to the media, the legal profession and potential intelligence whistleblowers.

Temporary truce in Thai anti-government protests

By John Roberts, 4 December 2013

While the protests were suspended for the king’s birthday tomorrow, none of the issues behind the factional infighting in ruling circles has been resolved.

Facing threat of prosecution, Guardian editor testifies before UK parliament

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.

Obamacare enrollment records contain significant errors

By Kate Randall, 4 December 2013

People who thought they had enrolled at may find they are not covered when the insurance goes into effect January 1.

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More than 1 million in US scheduled to lose unemployment benefits

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2013

About 1.3 million people are slated lose unemployment to benefits the week after Christmas when federal extended unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire.

Governor and media rush to blame train’s engineer in fatal New York derailment

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013

The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.

US steps up war of words with Afghan puppet regime

By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2013

Conflicts between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US-NATO occupation forces over the legal terms of their presence in the country are intensifying.

Scottish National Party issues independence blueprint

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

The 670-page white paper makes clear that the primary function of an independent state would be to establish closer relations with the major banks, corporations and speculators.

Australian government announces another school funding backflip

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 December 2013

The series of shifts has provoked consternation within ruling circles, with the recently elected government seemingly unable to impose spending cuts to education.

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Büyük koalisyon Avrupa’da kemer sıkma politikalarını güçlendirecek

Peter Schwarz, 4 Aralık 2013

Çalışanların, kendi çıkarlarını mevcut partiler ve siyasi sistem çerçevesi içinde savunması mümkün değildir.

Afganistan’ın sürekli işgaline ilişkin ABD ültimatomu

Bill Van Auken, 4 Aralık 2013

ABD’de ve Batı Avrupa’da, Afganistan’daki savaşa ve işgale karşı ezici halk muhalefeti, varolan siyaset kurumunda ya da medyada ifadesini bulmamaktadır.

Portekizli kamu çalışanları grevi

Jordan Shilton, 4 Aralık 2013

Bütün siyaset kurumu tarafından benimsenmiş olan toplumsal karşı-devrim politikasının olası sonuçlarından giderek daha fazla korkuluyor.

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Cinq ans depuis le coup constitutionnel au Canada

Par Keith Jones, 4 décembre 2013

Il y a cinq ans, le gouvernement conservateur canadien a utilisé les pouvoirs arbitraires de la gouverneure générale non-élue pour fermer le Parlement du Canada afin d'empêcher les partis d'opposition de faire tomber le gouvernement par un vote de non-confiance.

Le parti allemand La Gauche défend l’Union européenne

Par Christoph Dreier, 4 décembre 2013

Le projet de programme de La Gauche pour les élections européennes contient une défense véhémente de l’Union européenne et de ses ‘plans de sauvetage’.

Italie: Un incendie dans un dortoir tue sept travailleurs migrants du textile

Par Stefan Steinberg, 4 décembre 2013

Les travailleurs immigrés qui ont perdu la vie dimanche dans l'incendie d'un dortoir en Italie sont les victimes de l'exploitation des grands groupes occidentaux.

Il y a 100 ans : l'intensification des tensions politiques fait tomber le gouvernement français

4 décembre 2013

Le 2 décembre 1913, le cabinet français tomba, avec la démission du premier ministre Louis Barthou. Cette crise du gouvernement reflétait des différences profondes au sein de l'élite dirigeante française concernant la croissance des tensions inter-impérialistes en Europe, et aux revers militaires subis par l'impérialisme français en Afrique du Nord.

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US-Vizepräsident will China Grenzen aufzeigen

Von Peter Symonds, 4. Dezember 2013

Für das Aufflammen der Spannungen im Ostchinesischen Meer in der letzten Woche ist hauptsächlich die Obama-Regierung verantwortlich, die versucht, mit ihrer "Schwerpunktverlagerung auf Asien" China wirtschaftlich und militärisch zu schädigen.

Geheimverhandlungen zwischen USA und Hisbollah

Von Keith Jones, 4. Dezember 2013

Kurz vor Bekanntwerden der Verhandlungen zwischen den USA und der Hisbollah hatten die Westmächte schon mit dem Iran ein Interimsabkommen über dessen Atomprogramm getroffen.

Neo-Faschist gewinnt Regionalwahl in der Slowakei

Von Markus Salzmann, 4. Dezember 2013

Der Rechtsradikale Kotleba bestritt seinen Wahlkampf mit Hetztiraden gegen die Minderheit der Roma und Angriffen auf die Europäische Union.

Universitäten droht Spardiktat

Von Philipp Frisch, 4. Dezember 2013

Den Hochschulen in Deutschland stehen drastische Kürzungsmaßnahmen bevor. An mehreren Universitäten, hauptsächlich in den neuen Bundesländern, sollen Millionen eingespart werden.

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Behind the US negotiations with Iran

4 December 2013

What the media describe as Obama’s “turn toward diplomacy” is an attempt to reposition US imperialism to confront China and Russia.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!
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The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2013

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

By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2013

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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

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As military tensions increase in Asia
SEP public meetings: Oppose the US, Australia war preparations against China

4 December 2013

The Abbott government in Australia declared its full support for the US and Japanese provocations against Beijing, making clear it was also prepared to go to war.

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Venigros owners demand reopening of Sri Lankan factory

By Vilani Peiris, 4 December 2013

Venigros has threatened to move its production facilities to Malaysia if the Rajapakse government does not create the conditions for the factory to resume production.


Five years since Canada’s constitutional coup

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013

Five years ago today, Canada’s Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the un-elected governor-general to shut down parliament so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government in a non-confidence vote.

US vice-president to lay down law to China

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013

Pro-European Union protests mount in Kiev

By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2013

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

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2013

Arts Review

Tokyo Filmex 2013
Transit, Ilo Ilo and Youth: Three films that rise above the average

By John Watanabe, 4 December 2013

Tokyo Filmex, founded in 2000, is a film festival that features mostly new Asian releases. The 14th Filmex, held from November 23 to December 1, presented a number of interesting films.

A concert of early and rare Shostakovich

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2013

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

By David Walsh, 2 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden document confirms US-backed mass surveillance in Australia

By Mike Head, 3 December 2013

Australian media denounces exposure of Indonesia spying operations

By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013

Canada facilitated NSA spying on 2010 G8 and G20 summits

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 3 December 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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