US mayors’ report: Hunger and homelessness rise as aid programs are cut

By Kate Randall, 13 December 2013

The federal government is preparing to carry out new cuts in food stamps and eliminate or slash extended jobless benefits even as the need grows for food assistance and services for the homeless.

US drone strike in Yemen kills 15

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2013

The latest civilian deaths underscore the indiscriminate and illegal character of US drone strikes.

US suspends military aid to its Syrian proxies

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013

The United States and Britain have suspended military aid to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army—their proxy force in the war to overthrow the Assad government.

Anti-government protests continue in Thailand

By John Roberts, 13 December 2013

There is undoubted sympathy for the anti-government protesters in the upper echelons of the state bureaucracy, the police and military.

EADS to cut 5,800 jobs across Europe

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2013

The mass layoffs at aerospace and defence firm EADS are part of a new round of attacks on the European working class.

Revised UK welfare sanctions mean more punishment for the poor

By Emily Wilson, 13 December 2013

Many of those hit by welfare sanctions are cutting back on food, heating, and travel.

Unions capitulate on pensions at Irish energy supplier

By Jordan Shilton, 13 December 2013

The dispute arose over a €1.6 billion deficit in the pension scheme and the company’s decision to change from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system.

Volcker rule gives free pass for Wall Street speculation

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2013

The document approved Tuesday incorporates loopholes and exemptions that will enable the banks to continue to make risky bets on stocks, bonds and other securities for their own profit.

Probe finds ex-president of Brazil was assassinated by US-backed regime

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2013

The investigation concluded that Juscelino Kubitschek’s 1976 death was the result of a plot by the US-backed military dictatorship.

Two miners killed in Australian copper mine

By Terry Cook, 13 December 2013

The tragic deaths of two miners in Tasmania this week brings to four the number of Australian mine fatalities in just three weeks.

New Zealand: Charges dropped against Pike River mine CEO

By Tom Peters, 13 December 2013

The decision not to charge Peter Whittall means no one will be held accountable for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men.

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Mandela et le Parti communiste d'Afrique du Sud

Par Bill Van Auken, 13 décembre 2013

La révélation que Mandela a été membre du comité central du Parti communiste d'Afrique du Sud a été passée sous un silence quasi universel par les médias à la solde des grandes entreprises

La lutte pour le pouvoir continue en Ukraine

Par Peter Schwarz, 13 décembre 2013

A Kiev, les manifestants pro-Union européenne ont continué d’occuper hier la place de l’Indépendance après que la police anti-émeute a échoué dans sa tentative de leur faire quitter les lieux.

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Obama ve Mandela

Bill Van Auken, 13 Aralık 2013

Obama’nın konuşması, bizzat onun sicili ile Mandela’nın yaşam öyküsü hakkında yaratılmış olan efsaneyi birbirine bağlama yönünde bir çabaydı.

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EADS streicht europaweit mindestens 5.800 Stellen

Von Johannes Stern, 13. Dezember 2013

Die heftigen Sparmaßnahmen bei EADS sind Bestandteil einer neuen Runde von Angriffen auf die europäische Arbeiterklasse.

Weitere Angriffe auf die Belegschaft von ThyssenKrupp

Von Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13. Dezember 2013

Auf der Bilanz-Pressekonferenz des ThyssenKrupp-Konzerns kündigte Vorstandschef Heinrich Hiesinger weitere Umstrukturierungen an, also Arbeitsplatzabbau, Lohnsenkungen und eine Steigerung der Arbeitshetze.

Ehemaliger Guantánamo-Häftling David Hicks spricht mit World Socialist Web Site

Von Richard Phillips, 13. Dezember 2013

Hicks spricht über die juristische Kampagne, seine gefälschte Verurteilung wegen Terrorismus rückgängig zu machen, und über seine Sorge über zunehmende Angriffe auf demokratische Rechte.

Mandela und die Kommunistische Partei Südafrikas

Von Bill Van Auken, 13. Dezember 2013

Die Enthüllung, dass Nelson Mandela Mitglied des Zentralkomitees der Kommunistischen Partei Südafrikas war, wurde von den Mainstreammedien fast völlig totgeschwiegen.

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The US budget deal and the political conspiracy against the working class

13 December 2013

This week’s bipartisan budget agreement represents yet another attack on working people in the US.

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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.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts privatization plan would undermine both art and pensions

By Jerry White, 13 December 2013

Although the details of the secret discussions involving the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts remain sketchy, a federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case is reportedly close to a deal that would privatize the DIA.

Deadly house fires as winter freeze hits Detroit

By our reporting team, 13 December 2013

Two Detroit house fires in the past week have left two children dead and other residents injured.

The implications of privatizing the Detroit Institute of Arts

By David Walsh, 12 December 2013

The “Detroit Project” in Bochum

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2013

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

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The role of Labor and the unions in the assault on car industry workers in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 December 2013

The demagogy against Abbott over GM Holden’s closure is orchestrated, staged, cynical and fake.

Mandela and the South African Communist Party

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2013

Australia’s integration into US war plans against China

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2013

Obama and Mandela

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2013

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013

Arts Review

Art Turning Left at the Tate Liverpool: An ambitious but problematic collection of “left-wing” art

By Paul Mitchell, 13 December 2013

Art Turning Left exhibits many interesting works, but the last 200 years of “left” art are presented as an undifferentiated and unbroken continuum of “left-wing values.”

The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis: The story of a struggling musician … but which one?

By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2013

Beleaguered Minnesota Orchestra musicians nominated for Grammy award

By Gary Joad, 12 December 2013

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 December 2013

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

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Sri Lanka: Support grows for workers’ inquiry into Weliweriya water pollution

By Vilani Peiris, 12 December 2013

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Millions caught in cell phone tracking by US police agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013

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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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