Millions caught in cell phone tracking by US police agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013

Revelations that US police agencies work with phone companies to spy on calls and track movements follow reports that the NSA collects billions of phone records daily.

Canadian Conservatives’ cyber-bullying bill—a pretext for expanding police surveillance

By Dylan Lubao, 10 December 2013

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Ukrainian government issues ultimatum to end pro-EU protests

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2013

The government has set an ultimatum to demonstrators expiring at midnight, at which time all occupied government buildings are to be vacated.

Japan steps up campaign against Chinese air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2013

The Japanese government is intensifying the pressure on China by soliciting support in South East Asia to oppose Beijing’s ADIZ and convene an international meeting on the issue.

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Obamacare plans include high deductibles, large out-of-pocket drug costs

By Kate Randall, 10 December 2013

The Obama administration has deliberately avoided comment on the exorbitant out-of-pocket costs for insurance plans at

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Tense standoff in Thailand after government calls election

By Tom Peters, 10 December 2013

Protest leaders have rejected the election and are continuing their anti-democratic demand for a royally-appointed “people’s council”.

Australian foreign minister toes US line during Asian trip

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2013

Bishop used her tour of Asia to affirm Canberra’s unalloyed support for Washington’s provocative stance toward China.

State secrets law pushed through in Japan

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2013

The secrecy law is a crucial part of Abe’s efforts to remilitarise Japan and strengthen US-Japan alliance against China.

Congress Party humiliated in Indian state elections

By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 10 December 2013

The Congress Party has suffered a stunning defeat in a series of state elections.

Gross exploitation of migrant workers fuels riot in Singapore

By Joseph Santolan, 10 December 2013

The immediate cause of Sunday’s riot was the death of Sakthivel Kumarvelu, an Indian migrant construction worker.

Skyrocketing energy prices increase Britain’s winter death rate

By Zach Reed, 10 December 2013

An estimated 31,100 “excess” deaths occurred in Britain last winter—a rise of almost a third.

Australian government cancels 20 passports over Syrian conflict

By Oliver Campbell, 10 December 2013

Without any semblance of due process, the men were ordered to surrender their passports, depriving them of their right to travel.

Australian Greens make debt ceiling deal with Abbott government

By Mike Head, 10 December 2013

Legislation to scrap the $300 billion ceiling was pushed through yesterday, averting the immediate risk of a downgrading by the financial markets.

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Berlusconi espulso dal Senato

Di Marianne Arens, 10 dicembre 2013

Il primo ministro Letta ha detto che la strada è aperta alla rapida attuazione di “riforme".

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ABD-İran görüşmelerinin ardından

Keith Jones, 10 Aralık 2013

Washington, geçtiğimiz iki ay içinde, kendisini acımasızca ABD emperyalizminin 1991’den beri sürdürdüğü savaşları gölgede bırakacak büyük bir Ortadoğu savaşına sürükleyen yoldan geri çekildi.

Arjantin’de iktidar partisi kongre seçimlerinde oy kaybetti

Bill Van Auken, 10 Aralık 2013

Devlet Başkanı Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’in iktidardaki Peroncu partisi Zafer için Cephe (FpV), Arjantin’de geçen Pazar [27 Ekim] günü yapılan kongre seçimlerinde önemli ölçüde oy kaybetti.

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Les protestations de masse en Ukraine exigent le départ du président Ianoukovitch

Par Alex Lantier, 10 décembre 2013

Des centaines de milliers de personnes ont pris part à des manifestations droitières pro-UE contre le régime oligarchique du président ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch.

France: La « Révolution fiscale » du Front de Gauche vise à bloquer le mouvement anti-austérité

Par Antoine Lerougetel, 10 décembre 2013

La « Marche pour la Révolution Fiscale » du Front de Gauche du 1er décembre était une escroquerie politique dont le but était de bloquer toute opposition en France au gouvernement du Parti Socialiste.

Les troupes françaises interviennent en Centrafique et s'emparent de Bangui

Par Kumaran Ira, 10 décembre 2013

Déployant 1600 soldats en République centrafricaine, les forces françaises se sont emparées de la capitale, Bangui, ce week-end.

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

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Warum der Imperialismus um Mandela trauert

Von Bill Van Auken, 10. Dezember 2013

Die Regierungen, die Nelson Mandela früher als Terroristen bezeichnet und das Apartheidregime unterstützt hatten, das ihn zu einer lebenslangen Freiheitsstrafe verurteilt hatte, feiern ihn heute als internationale Ikone des Friedens und der Versöhnung.

Was hinter den Verhandlungen der USA mit dem Iran steckt

Von Keith Jones, 10. Dezember 2013

Was die Medien eine „Hinwendung Obamas zur Diplomatie” nennen, ist der Versuch, den US-Imperialismus für seine Konfrontation mit Russland und China neu zu positionieren.

EU kündigt symbolische Strafen für Banken an, die bei globalen Zinssatzmanipulationen ertappt wurden

Von Stefan Steinberg und Barry Grey, 10. Dezember 2013

Die Geldstrafen für die Banken haben nur Symbolcharakter und sind schon längst in den Bilanzen berücksichtigt.

Neue soziale Angriffe und Streiks in Griechenland

Von Christoph Dreier, 10. Dezember 2013

Am späten Samstagabend verabschiedete das griechische Parlament den Haushalt 2014, der weitere soziale Kürzungen und Massenentlassungen vorsieht. Streiks und Proteste gegen diese Pläne nehmen zu.

Das „Detroit-Projekt“ in Bochum

Von Sybille Fuchs, 10. Dezember 2013

Das vom Bochumer Schauspielhaus und Urbane Künste Ruhr initiierte Projekt ist alles andere als eine Unterstützungsaktion für die vom Verlust ihrer Arbeitsplätze bedrohten Opel-Arbeiter.

Nach dem Urteil im Detroiter Insolvenzprozess:
Forderungen nach Rentenkürzungen in ganz Amerika

Von Jerry White, 10. Dezember 2013

Ein Bundesrichter hat den Insolvenzantrag von Detroit für rechtskräftig erklärt, und schon zeigen sich die verheerenden Folgen für die Arbeiterklasse in ganz Amerika.

Starker Anstieg der sozialen Ungleichheit in Deutschland

Von Elisabeth Steinert, 10. Dezember 2013

Der Ende November veröffentlichte „Datenreport 2013“ gibt ein Bild der sozialen Lage in Deutschland, das in völligem Gegensatz zur beschönigenden Regierungspropaganda steht.

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Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

10 December 2013

Hersh’s detailed account exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media to provide a pretext for a military attack on Syria.

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David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Dave Hyland’s lasting political legacy is that in 1985-1986 he led the faction of the Workers Revolutionary Party that declared its support for the International Committee of the Fourth International and opposed the efforts of the party’s central leadership, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter and Mike Banda, to liquidate the Trotskyist movement in Britain and internationally.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Emergency manager outlines scorched earth policy on Detroit talk show

By Jerry White, 10 December 2013

Appearing Sunday on the Detroit news talk show “Flashpoint,” Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr outlined his plans to attack public employee pensions and sell off public assets.

Supporters of Detroit Workers Inquiry hold meeting with tenants facing eviction

By Our reporting team, 10 December 2013

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held a meeting Saturday with tenants facing eviction at the Griswold Apartments in downtown Detroit to discuss the February 15 Workers Inquiry Into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

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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Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2013

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


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

By Andre Damon, 9 December 2013

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

By John Chan, 9 December 2013

South African ANC faces deepening crisis after Mandela’s death

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2013

What is Britain’s newly founded Left Unity party?

By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2013

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

By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 December 2013

Why imperialism mourns Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2013

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

By Richard Phillips, 7 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

Arts Review

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

By Sandy English, 9 December 2013

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

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2013

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

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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Letters from our readers

10 December 2013

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