Detroit bankruptcy ruling triggers calls for pension cuts across the US

By Jerry White, 6 December 2013

Within days of a federal judge’s ruling in support of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the devastating implications for the working class across the US are becoming apparent.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2013

Mandela utilised his political skills and personal courage to stave off the threat of social revolution in South Africa, dismantling the Apartheid regime while defending capitalism.

Biden lectures Chinese leaders on “human rights”

By John Chan, 6 December 2013

Biden’s hypocritical invocation of “human rights” will only compound the tensions between the US and China over the latter’s air defence zone in the East China Sea.

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US congressional intelligence chiefs promote terror scare

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2013

The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and her House Republican counterpart claimed in a televised interview that the threat of terrorism in the US is greater than ever.

US officials will no longer provide information on Guantanamo hunger strikers

By Fred Mazelis, 6 December 2013

In a logical extension of the brutal practice of force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners, their American jailers are denying the detainees any means of making their protest known to the public.

France steps up military intervention into Central African Republic

By Kumaran Ira, 6 December 2013

Yesterday evening, French President François Hollande announced an “immediate” military intervention in the Central African Republic.

Poverty skyrockets in Ireland as the ruling elite gets richer

By Dermot Quinn and Emily Doyle, 6 December 2013

Poverty levels continue to rise in Ireland, while the number of Irish billionaires has doubled since the economic crash.

Russia moving to devalue the ruble

By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2013

Russia’s ruling elite is using currency devaluation to attack the working class.

Nepal’s Maoists suffer landslide election defeat

By W.A. Sunil, 6 December 2013

The collapse of the UCPN-M vote is a reflection of widespread disillusionment and hostility among broad layers of the population.

Qantas Airways announces another 1,000 job cuts

By James Cogan, 6 December 2013

The atmosphere of crisis that now surrounds the airline will be used by the government and management, aided by the trade unions, to escalate the assault on jobs, wages and conditions.

New York: Basic safety system absent in Metro North crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 6 December 2013

Several technological systems in use for decades could have prevented the Metro North crash that killed four people.

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El Dow Jones pasa los 16,000

Por André Damon, 6 Diciembre 2013

El 21 de noviembre el índice Dow Jones de la bolsa de Nueva York, cerró por encima de los 16.000 puntos por primera vez en su historia, después de siete semanas consecutivas de ganancias.

Hallan actas secretas de la dictadura militar Argentina

Por César Uco, 6 Diciembre 2013

El 1ro de noviembre el ministro de defensa de la Argentina, Agustín Rossi, anunció el hallazgo de 1,500 archivos conteniendo 280 actas con información sobre la brutal junta militar que gobernó el país durante seis años.

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La décision sur la faillite de Detroit ouvre la voie à une attaque nationale contre les retraites

Par Jerry White, 6 décembre 2013

Le juge du tribunal de commerce fédéral Steven Rhodes a donné le feu vert mardi à la ville de Detroit pour le lancement de la plus importante procédure de faillite municipale de toute l'histoire américaine.

L’élite canadienne fait l'éloge du chef syndical Jack Munro

Par Carl Bronski, 6 décembre 2013

Munro est peut-être mieux connu pour son rôle dans le sabordage de la mobilisation de masse de centaines de milliers de travailleurs de la Colombie-Britannique au cours de la crise en 1983 qui avait menacé de faire tomber le gouvernement de droite du premier ministre Bill Bennett.

Le Parti national écossais publie un livre blanc sur l’indépendance

Par Steve James et Chris Marsden, 6 décembre 2013

Les 670 pages du livre blanc montrent clairement que la fonction essentielle d’un Etat indépendant serait l’établissement de relations plus étroites avec les principales banques, les entreprises et les spéculateurs.

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Machtkampf um die Ukraine

Von Peter Schwarz, 6. Dezember 2013

Die jüngsten Proteste in der Ukraine tragen das Etikett “Made in Germany”, „Made in EU“ und „Made in USA“.

Das Urteil im Detroiter Insolvenzprozess

Von Jerry White, 6. Dezember 2013

Das Urteil vom Dienstag im Insolvenzprozess in Detroit stellt einen Wendepunkt in den Klassenbeziehungen in den USA dar.

Biden und Xi können ADIZ-Krise nicht lösen

Von John Chan und Peter Symonds, 6. Dezember 2013

Das Treffen am Mittwoch zwischen Biden und Xi hat zu keiner Vereinbarung über die chinesische Luftverteidigungszone geführt. Scharfe Spannungen bleiben bestehen.

Vereinigte Staaten sammeln Milliarden Mobilfunk-Verbindungsdaten täglich

Von Eric London, 6. Dezember 2013

Neue Enthüllungen Edward Sowdens zeigen, dass die amerikanische Regierung jeden Tag fünf Milliarden Daten über den genauen Aufenthalt und die Bewegung von Handynutzern überall auf der Welt sammelt.

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The struggle for Ukraine

6 December 2013

The protests in Ukraine bear the label “Made in Germany,” “Made in the EU” and “Made in America.”

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

6 December 2013

The answer of the working class to the ruling of the bankruptcy court in Detroit is being prepared by the campaign for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

The Detroit bankruptcy ruling

By Jerry White, 5 December 2013

Detroit workers and students react to bankruptcy ruling

By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 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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As tensions in Asia mount, danger of world war emerges

By Nick Beams, 6 December 2013

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War I approaching, the prospect of a third world war is increasingly being raised in the establishment media.

Australian government threatens lawyer with charges over Timor spying revelations

By Mike Head, 5 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

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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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Alexander Payne’s Nebraska: How a great many people live today

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2013

The comedy-drama, shot in striking black-and-white, centers on Woody Grant of Billings, Montana, who is determined to get to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim one million dollars in a sweepstakes prize.

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.

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

By David Walsh, 2 December 2013

Socialist Equality Party

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

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

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

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

4 December 2013

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.

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

US tracks billions of cell phone location records daily

By Eric London, 5 December 2013

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

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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 December 2013

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

New offensive being prepared against Boeing machinists

By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2013

Sri Lanka: Ansell Lanka sacks hundreds of workers

By W. A. Sunil, 5 December 2013

Scotland: Unions call off strike at Stirling City Council

By Steve James, 5 December 2013

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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