South Korea declares air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2013

Tensions continue to flare between US allies—Australia, Japan and South Korea—and China over disputed air defence zones in North East Asia.

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Mass protests in Ukraine demand ouster of President Yanukovich

By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2013

Hundreds of thousands participated in right-wing, pro-EU protests against the oligarchic regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

South African ANC faces deepening crisis after Mandela’s death

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2013

The death of Mandela has served to temporarily mask a deepening political and social crisis in South Africa.

Thai prime minister to dissolve parliament

By John Roberts, 9 December 2013

Yingluck’s decision is designed to pre-empt further Democrat-backed protests.

US budget talks focus on entitlement cuts

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2013

The talks have turned to discussions of a tradeoff in which cuts in entitlement programs such federal pensions would be substituted for cuts in discretionary spending.

What is Britain’s newly founded Left Unity party?

By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2013

The founding conference of Left Unity had nothing to do with an attempt to build a socialist party.

Food bank use surges as hunger spreads across Britain

By Tom Pearse, 9 December 2013

One in five recipients of Trussell Trust food parcels were referred to its food banks as a direct result of government attacks on welfare benefits.

French troops intervene in Central African Republic, seize Bangui

By Kumaran Ira, 9 December 2013

With 1,600 French troops deploying to the CAR, French forces seized the capital, Bangui, over the weekend.

Government sources claim GM will shut Holden subsidiary in Australia

By James Cogan, 9 December 2013

Holden’s closure will be the death knell of the Australian auto manufacturing industry.

French Left Front’s “Fiscal Revolution” aims to block anti-austerity movement

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 December 2013

The Left Front's “Fiscal Revolution” march on December 1 was a political fraud, aiming to block opposition to France’s ruling Socialist Party.

German grand coalition plans expansion of surveillance state

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 December 2013

The incoming German government is strengthening the state apparatus in anticipation of strong opposition to its austerity policies.

Trial underway in police killing of homeless man in California

By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2013

A trial has begun for two police officers charged with the killing of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, California.

New Mexico railway crash kills three train operators

By Matthew MacEgan, 9 December 2013

The Association of American Railroads is considering modifying and replacing both new and old tank cars as another accident claims the lives of three rail workers.

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¿Por qué llora el imperialismo a Mandela?

Por Bill Van Auken, 09 Diciembre 2013

La muerte de Nelson Mandela a los 95 años de edad es la ocasión de un torrente de luto oficial, sin precedentes.

Carta del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad de Sri Lanka:
El SEP rechaza invitación del Partido Socialista Frontline para un "diálogo de izquierdistas

Por André Damon, 09 Diciembre 2013

La siguiente carta fue enviada por Wije Dias, Secretario General del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, la sección de Sri Lanka del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, rechazando una invitación del Partido Socialista Frontline para participar en una discusión de grupos de "izquierda".

New in Russian

Борьба за Украину

Петер Шварц, 9 декабря 2013 г.

Западные масс-медиа усиленно пытаются изображать киевские демонстрации как борьбу за демократию и законность. На самом деле они выступают частью геополитического конфликта. Цель этих демонстраций — уменьшить влияние России и толкнуть Украину в сферу влияния Германии, Евросоюза и НАТО.

New in French

Pourquoi l’impérialisme pleure Mandela

Par Bill Van Auken, 8 décembre 2013

Les gouvernements qui jadis accusaient Nelson Mandela d’être un « terroriste » et qui soutenaient le régime de l’apartheid qui l’avait condamné à la prison à vie, l’acclament à présent comme une icône mondiale de la paix et de la réconciliation.

La lutte pour l'Ukraine

Par Peter Schwarz, 8 décembre 2013

Les médias occidentaux font beaucoup d'efforts pour dépeindre les manifestations de Kiev comme une lutte pour la démocratie et la primauté du droit. En vérité elles font partie d'un conflit géostratégique.

Mort de Nelson Mandela, ex-président de l'Afrique du Sud

Par Patrick O'Connor, 8 décembre 2013

Mandela s'est servi de ses qualités politiques et de son courage politique pour écarter le risque d'une révolution sociale en Afrique du Sud, démantelant le régime de l'Apartheid tout en défendant le capitalisme.

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

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Obama’s minimum wage fraud
Inequality and the fight for socialism

9 December 2013

In the face of plummeting approval ratings, the Obama administration has launched a public relations campaign to present itself as an opponent of inequality.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Millionaire offers $5 million in support of plan to spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts

By Thomas Gaist, 7 December 2013

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

6 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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25 years ago: Armenia seeks relief after devastating earthquake

European rescue teams and equipment were airlifted into Armenia on December 10, 1988 just days after the strongest earthquake on record for the region hit the Soviet Transcaucasus.

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50 years ago: Kenya gains independence

On December 12, 1963 the independence of Kenya from Great Britain was celebrated in the former colonial capital of Nairobi.

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75 years ago: Nazis put German socialists on trial

The trial of arrested members of the International Socialist Militant League (Internationales Sozialistisches Kampfbund/ISK) continued December 9-15, 1938 in Germany.

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100 years ago: Rebels attack Tampico in Mexican revolution

On December 10, 1913, rebels attacked Tampico in the Huasteca region.

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2013


China’s neo-Maoists hail North Korea’s nuclear program

By John Chan, 9 December 2013

China’s leading neo-Maoist web site Utopia falsely proclaimed the bankrupt North Korean regime as a “bastion against imperialism.”

Why imperialism mourns Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2013

Biden in South Korea reaffirms “absolute” US commitment to “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2013

More whistleblowers emerge in Australia’s Timor spying scandal

By Mike Head, 7 December 2013

EU announces token fines on banks caught rigging global rates

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 7 December 2013

Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013

Arts Review

Novelist Doris Lessing (1919-2013) and the long retreat

By Sandy English, 9 December 2013

Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize winning novelist , died at age 94 in London on November 11. She produced over 50 novels and scores of short stories.

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

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2013

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

By Charles Bogle, 5 December 2013

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

By David Walsh, 2 December 2013

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

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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Socialist Equality Party

Berlin rally commemorates 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

Workers Struggles

Renewed strikes at Amazon sites in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 7 December 2013