Biden-Xi meeting fails to resolve East China Sea crisis

By John Chan and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2013

High tensions over the Chinese air defence identification zone in the East China Sea continue after yesterday’s meeting between the US vice-president and Chinese president produced no agreement.

Australian government threatens lawyer with charges over Timor spying revelations

By Mike Head, 5 December 2013

The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.

US tracks billions of cell phone location records daily

By Eric London, 5 December 2013

New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.

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Obama postures as an opponent of inequality

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2013

Having presided for the past five years over an unprecedented growth of social inequality, President Obama in a speech on Wednesday adopted the unlikely pose of tribune of egalitarian values.

Illinois legislature passes bill to cut pensions

By Kristina Betinis, 5 December 2013

The passage of cuts in Illinois only hours after a bankruptcy court ruled that the pensions of Detroit city workers can be slashed points to a nationally coordinated attack on the working class.

Mexican government accelerates drive to privatize state oil industry

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2013

Encircled by riot police and metal security fences, Mexico’s congress is expected to soon enact constitutional amendments allowing the partial privatization of the state energy firm, PEMEX.

German IG Metall union supports grand coalition government

By Dietmar Henning, 5 December 2013

The IG Metall union has given its clear support to the formation of a grand coalition between the Social Democrats and the conservative parties.

German universities threatened with spending cuts

By Phillip Frische, 5 December 2013

Millions of euros are to be cut at several universities, mainly in the states of the former East Germany.

Britain’s Co-op Bank teeters on the brink

By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2013

The Conservative-led UK government has sought to extract every ounce of political capital out of the Co-op Bank affair at Labour’s expense.

On-the-job accident kills Ohio coal miner

By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2013

The death of Ohio miner Ryan Lashley brings to 20 the number of US coal miners killed on the job this year.

New offensive being prepared against Boeing machinists

By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2013

In the wake of Boeing’s failed attempt to wrest deep concessions from its workers, the unions are ramping up a campaign to convince the manufacturer to keep production of its new airplane in Washington State.

Australia: Slowing economic growth fuels austerity demands

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 December 2013

The Australian economy is yet to fall into official recession, but the slump is already lowering working people’s living standards.

New in Turkish

Çin hava savunma sahası üzerine gerilimler tırmanıyor

John Chan, 5 Aralık 2013

Kapitalizmin küresel krizi, Birinci Dünya Savaşı barbarlığının fitilini ateşleyen rakip güçler arasındaki gerilimleri büyük ölçüde şiddetlendiriyor.

Lübnan’daki İran Büyükelçiliği’ne yönelik terörist saldırıda 23 kişi öldü, 140 kişi yaralandı

Keith Jones, 5 Aralık 2013

Salı günkü bombalı saldırı, ABD emperyalizminin başlıca sorumlusu olduğu aşırı gerginliklerin ve şimdi bölgenin her yerine yayılmakta olan savaş tehlikesinin altını çizmektedir.

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Ce qui se cache derrière les négociations américaines avec l’Iran

Par Keith Jones, 5 décembre 2013

Ce que les médias décrivent comme le « tournant diplomatique » d’Obama est une tentative de recentrer l’impérialisme américain dans le but de s’opposer à la Chine et à la Russie.

Face aux menaces de poursuites judiciaires, le rédacteur en chef du Guardian témoigne devant le parlement britannique

Par Chris Marsden, 5 décembre 2013

Les responsables britanniques menacent de poursuites judiciaires le rédacteur en chef du Guardian pour sa décision de publier les révélations sur l'espionnage pratiqué par les agences de renseignements contre leur propre peuple.

Les protestations pro-Union européenne continuent à Kiev

Par Peter Schwarz, 5 décembre 2013

Ce n’est pas une lutte pour la démocratie et un Etat de droit qui a lieu en Ukraine mais plutôt un conflit entre les oligarques et une lutte de pouvoir entre l’Europe et la Russie.

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

New in German

Erneut Streiks bei Amazon

Von Dietmar Henning, 5. Dezember 2013

Verdi haben die miserablen Arbeitsbedingungen und Niedriglöhne bei Amazon jahrelang nicht gestört. Der Grund für die aktuelle Auseinandersetzung mit Amazon ist vorgeschoben.

Scottish National Party veröffentlicht Entwurf zur Unabhängigkeit Schottlands

Von Steve James und Chris Marsden, 5. Dezember 2013

Die 670-seitige Schrift zeigt klar, dass es die Hauptfunktion eines unabhängigen schottischen Staates wäre, engere Beziehungen zu den Großbanken, Konzernen und Spekulanten aufzubauen.

Russische Zentralbank beschließt massive Abwertung des Rubels

Von Clara Weiss, 5. Dezember 2013

Die herrschenden Eliten Russlands haben Währungsabwertung und Inflation immer für weit reichende Angriffe auf die Arbeiterklasse eingesetzt.

Berlin: Veranstaltung zum 75. Jahrestag der Vierten Internationale

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 5. Dezember 2013

Führende Vertreter der Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) und der britischen Socialist Equality Party sprachen am 30. November auf einer Veranstaltung in Berlin zum 75-jährigen Bestehen der Vierten Internationale.

Besucher sprechen über die Bedeutung der Vierten Internationale

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 5. Dezember 2013

Besucher der Veranstaltung zum 75-jährigen Bestehen der Vierten Internationale sprechen über ihre Eindrücke und ihre Meinung.

Srilankische SEP lehnt Einladung zu einem „Dialog der Linken“ ab

Von Wije Dias, 5. Dezember 2013

Der Sekretär der srilankischen Sektion des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale lehnt es in einem Brief an die Frontline Socialist Party ab, sich an einem Umgruppierungsprozess kleinbürgerlicher Organisationen zu beteiligen.

Führer der thailändischen Demonstranten fordern Rücktritt der Regierung

Von John Roberts und Peter Symonds, 5. Dezember 2013

Hinter den politischen Unruhen in Thailand stehen erbitterte Spaltungen innerhalb der herrschenden Eliten über Wirtschaftspolitik und Korruption.

New in Russian

Украина отказывается от планов присоединения к Евросоюзу

Клара Вайс и Петер Шварц, 5 декабря 2013 г.

Отказ Украины от подписания соглашения об ассоциации с Европейским Союзом является серьезным барьером на пути усилий ЕС во главе с германским империализмом по расширению своего влияния на восток и дальнейшей изоляции России.

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The Detroit bankruptcy ruling

5 December 2013

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling handed down Tuesday is a turning point in class relations in the United States.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit workers and students react to bankruptcy ruling

By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2013

A WSWS reporting team spoke with Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers and Wayne State University students Wednesday about the Detroit bankruptcy ruling.

Detroit bankruptcy ruling paves way for nationwide attack on pensions

By Jerry White, 4 December 2013

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

The unions and the Detroit bankruptcy

By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2013

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Socialist Equality Party

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

Leading representatives of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit of Germany and the Socialist Equality Party of Britain spoke at a November 30 meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Workers, youth speak on Berlin meeting to mark 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with workers and youth who attended the meeting in Berlin last weekend.

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.

Workers’ Inquiry on Weliweriya water pollution
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.

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

Arts Review

The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler—how the studios suppressed films about Nazi crimes

By Charles Bogle, 5 December 2013

Author Ben Urwand lays bare the high degree of collaboration between Hollywood and the Nazi regime during the “golden age” of studio filmmaking.

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

By John Watanabe, 4 December 2013

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


Behind the US negotiations with Iran

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013

Five years since Canada’s constitutional coup

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013

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

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013

Temporary truce in Thai anti-government protests

By John Roberts, 4 December 2013

Facing threat of prosecution, Guardian editor testifies before UK parliament

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

More than 1 million in US scheduled to lose unemployment benefits

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2013

Scottish National Party issues independence blueprint

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

Workers Struggles

Sri Lanka: Ansell Lanka sacks hundreds of workers

By W. A. Sunil, 5 December 2013

The striking workers were deliberately isolated by the FTZ&GSEU, leaving them open to victimisation.

Scotland: Unions call off strike at Stirling City Council

By Steve James, 5 December 2013

After months of negotiations, the unions have conceded to all of the councils’ demands and are advising workers to accept the deal in separate ballots.

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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Letters from our readers

5 December 2013

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